And how sweet it was - it sure has been a long stretch of full , full days.
But I spent most of the day in front of the computer anyway.
No, no, don't panic... I didn't "work" on my day off but today was GAGOTT Day.
Get A Grip On The Trip Day.
Allan and I set aside today to focus on getting 4 Adults across 3 continents, 3 destinations, and maaaany flights and having a spectacular time while doing it!
So we started with breakfast in the village - as one does. Focus without bacon? I don't think so!
And coffee - lots of coffee - of course!
And then we came home and sat on the sunny and warm patio and made lists and delegated research and thought through a bunch of logistics and supplies and connections etc...
|Allan appropriately attired|
I often do this part of trip planning on my own but it was great to have a partner in crime as we trolled our way through travel websites figuring out metro passes, wineries to dine at, beaches to surf, tours we might want to take, places not to miss and I even found our long ago booked hotel in Paris was having a sale and I got a better rate! More croissants en cafe for moi! Allan spoke in a ridiculous french accent while reading websites and we poured over maps. I "chatted" with some lovely ladies I went to high school with and made plans for a reunion in our home town (the reunion hostess lives 4 doors from Allan's sisters house where we are staying - CRAZY!). We figured out how to wire money to SA to cover all the things my sister-in-law Wendy has booked for us (even a fly fishing excursion which just shows how much she loves that brother of hers!) - for which we are so so grateful!
We ordered some gifts for family and friends and did a little travel retail ourselves - funny how that happens but yay I now have those dorky looking noise cancelling earphones for the plane (all in pursuit of some of the 44 hours we will be on planes to be ones spent sleeping!!!).
We didn't get it all done but we made a huge dent in the TO DO lists and we chatted and dreamed and laughed as we did it - with more coffee and possibly a wee bit of chocolate.
We were on such a roll we nearly missed the gym... but we managed to get out the door in time! Phew. We are pre-burning calories for all the food we will be eating in August - that's how that works right?
Such a great day off and I'll rest a little easier tonight feeling a little more on top of the #Byres4ontour2018