Travelling! Choo-choo train, here we come! Or not!
We’re off on our Christmas travels tomorrow … paws crossed that Strikers in France won’t get in our way. Or we may have to quickly change route and go via Brussels instead.
The current plan is – another early start with our favourite driver, Abdul, driving us to Folkestone for the Eurotunnel crossing. And because of all the recent mayhem in France, we didn’t want to risk missing train connections and thought it best to spend the night there before we travel on. Those Frenchies – they decide whatever they want to do with little warning. Or maybe that’s a bad idea – we are watching the ongoing news feed.
Our travel plans have changed about four times since September. Because of our annual tradition of walking the beach on the first day of the new year – we are always in search of somewhere new. The island of Sylt in the very north of Germany has been for a long time on our list of destinations and this year felt right for it because Mum finally figured out how to get us there. When she called in mid September for accommodation, every hotel was fully booked but could let us know when there was a cancellation. Within a week, we did have a room from the 28 Dec till 2 Jan! Think it had something to do with Mum talking about our blog. So that was when the planning for the Christmas/New Year adventures began.
As we’re going to Germany anyway, it made sense to stop over in Dusseldorf for Christmas – to celebrate with our friends.
But then came a potential job for Mum in Karlsruhe so that got added to our travel agenda. Over the six weeks of planning, somehow plans for Christmas in Dusseldorf was overtaken by Mum wanting to take us to Salzburg instead. And then the meeting at Karlsruhe was postponed – so we thought – what the heck! Let’s swing by and visit Vaduz, Liechtenstein for a day while we’re on the way. LOL!
And so that was how we ended up with an overnight stay in Paris, train to Zurich and Sargans – and a taxi ride to Vaduz for one night. The next day we travel onto Salzburg for Christmas before travelling to Dusseldorf to visit with friends (after Christmas) and then head up to Sylt to welcome in the new year. But the strikes in Paris began with a vengeance since the 5th Dec and though there are no strike plans for the Thursday and Friday, the unions can suddenly call one on Thursday and then we’ll be stuck.
So being clever, Mum thought about Brussels and Frankfurt – but then the Belgian trains are on strike too!!!! So it will all be down to the last minute of planning. And that means we will need to add time to buy dog tickets at the train stations.
And this time George will be with us for it is after all what this holiday is all about – being together. There will be many long road journeys (with George’s panting) and train journeys in the coming days but we shall keep calm and carry on!
We will be home before Brexit happens! Regardless, we are prepared.
On y va!
May’s comment: Every year we are always looking for some coastal place to go to. I guess if we have found a seaside place that we absolutely love, we might consider returning but so far, nothing had compelled us to do so. We’ve been to Scotland, Wales, the south and east coasts of England, even Norway for our last New Years.
And as Christmas is such a family holiday we really prefer to be on our own. Travelling with two dogs makes it slightly more difficult as I need to carry George or I will be paying for him. That means packing light and have things strapped all over my body and a roller bag with George on my shoulder.
Thankfully we have sorted out our food. Packages of our Forthglade travel food have been despatched to the various destinations of Salzburg, Dusseldorf and Sylt. Very organised from that perspective but it remains a mystery which city we will stop in tomorrow night.