Today we are leaving on a two-week trip to Europe. Normally, my wife and I plan our trips together and work through the intricate details of itinerary: where to visit, how much time to spend in each place, what sites we should go to, where to find the best food and wine. This trip, I decided to do things differently. I told my wife how long we would be gone and the general weather conditions in the locations we would be going. She had a couple of follow-up questions to help with clothes and shoe packing. Fancy or casual? Any outdoor activities such as hiking? Any cultural restrictions or considerations on clothing?
She has tried to get me to divulge the secret a couple of times – I think more to test my resolve in keeping the secret than because she wants to know ahead of time. Miraculously, I have managed to purchase airfare, book hotels and rental cars, and line up a dozen activities without her figuring out where we are going. This trip will either be the best ever …or it is going to suck. But it surely will not be boring.
The only thing my wife knows is that we are flying from San Francisco to Istanbul this evening. What she does not know is that after a short layover we will be flying to Venice, Italy to spend a couple of days there. You may wonder why we are flying SF-Istanbul-Venice? The easiest answer is that the fare on Turkish Air was almost half of what other airlines were charging into any European destination. Another good reason is that Turkish Air was the most flexible option for flying into one European city and flying out of a different city in a different country.
I wish I could say where we are going after Venice, but it would spoil the surprise. We will be in the air when this blog posts, so mentioning Venice is safe because she won’t see it until …she is in Venice. But I will have a post for every country we visit – at least five, but I’m hoping to squeeze in a sixth country toward the end of our trip.
Wish us luck, and stay tuned for updates!