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20 January 2016 @ 09:47 pm
It's already Next Year  
For most of last year I was talking about my trip to New Zealand next year, which of course is now, and happening in March - where did the time go? And now we're planning our big trip for next year. Originally it was to be a month abroad, with a river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest to start, followed by two weeks in the UK. Plans have changed slightly - have a look at this! Bergen in Norway to Istanbul, and ports in between. Have to say upfront that I don't sail well - that was the whole reason for the river trip as my sister loves cruises, and I figured the river would be calm enough. But for this new cruise I'll live on Quells if I have to.

And as it's already Wednesday night, and I opted into the Pros-a-day game, here's today's pic:

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Bit of a manipulation going on there (by sunray45 I do believe!).
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Merlin Pendragon: Earth Rise Animemrlnpndrgn on January 20th, 2016 12:32 pm (UTC)
Bergen in Norway to Istanbul, and ports in between.

That sounds lovely! I visited Norway in 2009 (there's a MFU cousin there, sensine) and I loved it (even if it's rather expensive!)

A river cruise is one of my dreams :-/

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miwahni: UK fish spankingmiwahni on January 21st, 2016 10:52 am (UTC)
River cruise was the original plan but this just had so much more appeal.

I've never been to Norway; in fact have only touched the ground in continental Europe for a couple of hours, wandering around Calais after catching the ferry from Dover. There'll be a lot of firsts on this trip.
Merlin Pendragon: Hiver - are we there yet?mrlnpndrgn on January 21st, 2016 09:12 pm (UTC)
I've never been to Norway;

It's a beautiful place : the fjords there reminded me of home (I was born in a region in Québec that contains a fjord; though we have only the one!)

My friend took the Hurtigruten from Bergen to Bodo. Only four days, but she loved it.
And we did a small round trip Bergen/Flam/Bergen (the first part was by boat, through the fjords, and we came back on the train, through the mountains). So many wonderful views...

I'd go back and stay longer if I could :-/

miwahni: UK fish spankingmiwahni on January 23rd, 2016 09:20 am (UTC)
I had to look up the Hurtigruten, which sounds marvellous.Funny how something that started as a necessity quickly became a tourist event - but I guess the scenery would be amazing.
Merlin Pendragon: Hiver - are we there yet?mrlnpndrgn on January 23rd, 2016 07:16 pm (UTC)
had to look up the Hurtigruten, which sounds marvellous

My friend was blown away.
I dream of doing the whole thing... one day :-/

ali15son: pic#125580213ali15son on January 20th, 2016 12:34 pm (UTC)
your holiday sounds wonderful and you are already planning next years . I have to wait until june for our holiday. Love this scene and loving the photo ..thankyou x

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miwahni: Pros Are we there yetmiwahni on January 21st, 2016 10:53 am (UTC)
You're welcome *g*. Where are you going in June? It's not too far away now.
ali15son: pic#125580213ali15son on January 21st, 2016 11:25 am (UTC)
we are going to the isle of wight for a week at the end of june ...fingers crossed we will have sunny weather though you never know when you stay in the uk .
miwahni: Pros Bats for the other sidemiwahni on January 23rd, 2016 09:17 am (UTC)
That sounds fab! I hope you get good weather.
I was in the UK in 2010 from 31st May to 30th June. On the day I arrived the temperature didn't get over 13 degrees and I was thinking "This is summer? What?" but apart from a few miserably cold and drizzly days at the start, the rest of the trip saw sunny skies and announcements on the Tube about heat-stress! I hope you're as lucky.
Spencer's Journalspencer5460 on January 20th, 2016 01:12 pm (UTC)
That sounds fabulous! I can barely plan what I'm doing next week . . .
miwahni: S&H Mean Streetsmiwahni on January 21st, 2016 10:54 am (UTC)
In most other aspects of my life I'm exactly the same, to be honest. I'm still thinking about inviting a friend over for dinner on Saturday night, and here it is Thursday night already.
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] FANTASTICdraycevixen on January 20th, 2016 02:47 pm (UTC)

That trip looks brilliant! \o/
miwahni: Pros Never far apartmiwahni on January 21st, 2016 10:55 am (UTC)
Doesn't it just... not long enough to thoroughly explore anywhere, but long enough to know if you want to go back to thoroughly explore on a later trip. Istanbul fascinates me and I'm glad the cruise ends there, so we can take a bit of time to look around.
byslantedlight: young love (imbeiaiel)byslantedlight on January 20th, 2016 03:58 pm (UTC)
Love the sound of your trip (though it's a shame you won't be coming this way after all) - how lush would it be to just cruise around all those places!

And yeay our lads - thank you! I'm already loving this challenge, and it's only the first day... *g* Is that definitely a manipulation though? There are definitely actually pics with the lads walking shoulders-touching together, half-ignoring Cowley... *vbg*
miwahni: Pros Are we there yetmiwahni on January 21st, 2016 10:56 am (UTC)
Hopefully will still get a bit of time in the UK, just not as much as we'd planned. We do want to get to Ireland, at least. And London, because LONDON.
miwahni: Pros Mixed doubles canonmiwahni on January 21st, 2016 11:02 am (UTC)
Oh and meant to say - were they really that close in that pic? I didn't realise. I know sunray sent me some manips and I assumed this was one of them, where she put them closer together so they looked like they were holding hands. Have a look at the background around their legs, where it looks like it's been whited-out, that's why I thought this was one of her manips. But then again, the name I saved this pic under suggests that it was actually from one of the old advent calendars originally.
Calise: Winterladycali_se on January 20th, 2016 06:11 pm (UTC)
Awww, that sounds absolutely lovely. Do you have plans to visit the UK sometime as well?
miwahni: Sherlock Trafalgar Squaremiwahni on January 21st, 2016 10:59 am (UTC)
Am hoping to spend some time in the UK, just not as much as originally planned. We are flying into Heathrow and then on to Norway (well that's the plan, anyway, as air fares are still to be booked) but how much time we'll have there is unknown at this stage. Not quite *that* organised yet! *g*
Paris7amparis7am on January 21st, 2016 02:15 am (UTC)
Your trip sounds amazing! And gorgeous picture of our lads...
miwahni: Pros Never far apartmiwahni on January 21st, 2016 11:02 am (UTC)
All lads pictures are gorgeous. *g*