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European plans

With small children, it’s good to have travel plans for the neighbourhood, in my case Europe. Returning from our stay in New Zealand in 2003, I set a target to visit all the countries in Europe. Nearly there; only lacking Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. Although their European-ness is dubious – or at least contested – I’ll include them. Apart from those three, I’m done. 

31 October 2003 (my birthday), I also set these 31 European goals and enjoy ticking them off:

  1. Sail the Mediterranean
  2. Hike the Alps in Liechtenstein (Sep 2006)
  3. See the old walled city of Dubrovnik (Sep 2004)
  4. Hike the Tatra Mountains – Zakopane/Poprad
  5. Visit Moldova (Chisinau, Orhei Vechul) (Jun 2008)
  6. Stay in a private flat in Transdniester (Jun 2008)
  7. Visit Macedonia (Skopje) (Apr 2008)
  8. Visit Kosovo (Pristina) (Apr 2008)
  9. Visit Montenegro (Kotor, Budva, Cetinje) (Oct 2004)
  10. Visit Bosnia-Hercegovina (Mostar, Medugorje, Srpska) (Sep/Oct 2004, Aug 2008)
  11. See more of Russia (Siberia, Lake Baikal)
  12. Take the Trans-Siberian Railway (some of it’s in Europe, after all)
  13. Wadlopen to the Frisian Islands
  14. Visit these parts of England: Cambridge, Bath, Ironbridge Gorge, Manchester, Liverpool, Kings Lynn/Norfolk, Yorkshire, Lake Windermere, Durham, Hadrian’s Wall, Lindisfarne (Dec 2005, Jul 2008)
  15. Ride a horse buggy on Sark (Channel Islands)
  16. Have a look at Wales (Jul 2008) 
  17. Visit the Isle of Man (Jul 2008)
  18. Go to the Hebrides (Islay, Jura)
  19. Stay in a cave in Cappadocia (Turkey)
  20. Stay in Agatha Christie’s room at the Pera Palace in Istanbul
  21. Drive around Provence
  22. Visit Corsica
  23. Gaze at Florence (Aug 2007)
  24. Photograph the leaning tower of Pisa (Aug 2007)
  25. Drive around Tuscany (Aug 2007)
  26. Hang around Lago di Como for a bit
  27. Visit Sardinia
  28. Visit Lampedusa
  29. Gaze at Vesuv from Pompeii
  30. Take the kids to Venice
  31. See these places in Switzerland: Zermatt, St Moritz, Davos, Klosters, Interlaken, Luzern, Bern (Jul 2003, Sep 2006)

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