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First Blog: European Adventure

Here's all our luggage for twenty-two days
Here’s all our luggage for twenty-two days

After a long and nasty winter, we are going on a European Adventure. We were making plans to go to the French Open Tennis Tournament in Paris, which starts on the last week of May. Then we received word that the Oklahoma University volleyball team was invited to play in several European arenas in May and June. Our granddaughter, Julia Doyle, is the setter for the team. Parents and grandparents were given an invitation to join the team on their journey as they play the Junior National Teams of the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Croatia, and Italy. This was an opportunity we could not pass up. In addition, they are going to many places we have not been to in our previous travels.

The itinerary:

22 May – Fly to NYC Kennedy airport and join the team on a flight to Prague.
23 May – Arrive Prague and tour the city.
24/25 May – Sightseeing. Two matches with the Czech JNT.
26 May – To Vienna, Austria, by bus, and sightseeing.
27 May – To Bled, Slovenia, by bus, and sightseeing. Match with Slovenia JNT.
28 May – To Rovinj, Croatia, by bus, and sightseeing. Match with Croatia JNT.
29 May – Sightseeing and match with Croatia JNT.
30 May – To Venice, Italy, by bus, and sightseeing.
31 May – To Milan, Italy, by bus. Match with Club Italia.
1 June – Sightseeing in Milan.
2 June – The tour ends. The team and most tour members will return to the US.
2 June – Arnie & Kathy rent a car at Milan and drive to the Cinque Terre for 3 nights.
2/3/4 June – Tour the five villages that make up the Cinque Terre (between Portofino and Pisa)
5 June – Drive to Arezzo, Italy, to visit the town that granddaughter, Rachel Doyle, will be attending this fall.
6 June – Tour and drive to Lake Como near the Swiss border.
7 June – Stop in Zug, Switzerland, to see our friends’ son. Continue on to Hartheim, Germany.
8/9 June – Visit long-time friends in Hartheim and Freiburg, Germany.
10 June – Drive to Vaduz, Leichtenstein, for a visit to this small country.
11 June – Drive to Milan via Chur in Switzerland and stay overnight near the airport.
12 June – Fly home to the US.

Eleven days is good. Twenty-two days is better. Venice and the Cinque Terre have been on our bucket list for a long time. Seeing friends in Germany is always a delight. Driving through Switzerland twice is a visual treat as well.

Hoping to take lots of pictures and videos along the way. We’ll post some messages as we go.