Butterflies in my stomach….

I don’t think there is anything more exciting than a row of backpacks in the hall, all ready and set to go! It does it for me every time.  There is that funny feeling in my stomach that says: yes….we’re going!!! Hurray!! We’re off said the monkey… 🙂

Butterflies3.JPGThe first time we went on a backpacking trip in 2007 – a five-week trek around Scandinavia – the coach for Gatwick Airport left Bristol at 2.00am in the morning, just in time for us to catch the early morning flight to Denmark. While we were preparing for departure this week, we were all reminiscing just how much fun it was to leave so early in the morning. I know it sounds a little mad perhaps, but the knowledge that you are up at a ridiculous time makes the whole thing even more exciting.  And there you are, travelling in pitch black darkness on a coach towards unknown territories.


This time our travel is much more mundane – we leave in the middle of the day. Perhaps not quite the same as 2.00am in the morning, but the butterflies are there, just the same.

We’re about as prepared as we were ever going to be, train timetables have been scrutinised, cheap advance tickets have been booked, unusual accommodation has been found, and of course a new travel kit has materialised.

Where are you going this time?

It’s the question I have been asked the most during the past few weeks. When I answered ‘France‘, the response has been unanimGeneva (17).JPGous: what, no big trek this time? As if France is not a big trek!

It’s a big place

When I started planning this trip I had such high expectations of all the things we would do and places we could visit: the list was endless.  And then reality hit. There was no way we were going to be able to do it all in just three weeks. France is huge and we have to be home on the 12th August.  So France it is, and a trek it definitely is, but we’ve had to be very selective about what we were going to be able to fit in.


On our journey we’re taking in Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Ile de Ré,  Poitiers, Futuroscope, Tours, gorgeous castles along the river Loire, visiting our friends Christèle and Fabrice and of course for the big finale we’re ending up in Paris. We’re taking in sun (we hope…), sand, bicycles, water rafting, lovely wine, french bread, croissants, some great museums, and lots of mooching.

And it’s all about to happen in two hours!  Time to do some last minute packing, and keep the butterflies down…. Beautiful though they are! 🙂

PS. The butterfly photos were taken last year by Alexander when we stayed in the Swiss Mountains of Zermatt. 🙂
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  1. Aleida Brinkman ( Mum )
    Posted July 23, 2010 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    It is all very exciting again, can’t wait for the write ups!

    Have lovely time ! XXXXXMum

  2. Tim
    Posted July 23, 2010 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    Say cheese?

  3. An
    Posted July 24, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Hello dear friend,
    this post is written in our holiday hotel at the pool side with a direct evening view on Akropolis. I do hope your holiday will be as great as ours! Enjoy it. La douce France… pour nous, elle est encore plus proche que pour vous, mais nous l’aimons aussi. Ciao!!!

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