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Dave’s European Travel Schedule

By Dave Fox
Singapore

Globejotting is going mobile again this summer! 

dave-fox-kattina-cockpit-300Kattina and I are jetting over to my old stomping grounds in northern Europe. We begin with a visit to her family in the Cologne / Düsseldorf area in Germany, and a road trip with her mom and uncle into Belgium and France. From there we head north into the Netherlands, Denmark, and Norway … hopefully with a foray in mid to late july up to Svalbard Island, one of the northernmost places on Planet Earth that has a tourism infrastructure.

Our plans are very tentative right now, and we like it that way. Expect the schedule below to change frequently. Check back to this page and stalk us. And watch this website for lots of bloggage from around northern Europe.

I’m also looking into setting up some Globejotting meet-ups and /or travel writing classes in some of the places we’ll be visiting. If you’re going to be in any of these areas and would like more info, drop me an e-mail and let me know you’re out there!

Here’s our schedule — very tentative for dates in the future. Partially annotated (Twitter-style) for our trip so far. (More detailed bloggage is on the way!)

Day Date Location
Sunday June 8 Overnight flight: Singapore to Germany
Monday June 9 Arrived in Cologne. Waterlogged luggage. Accommodations gone awry. Epic storm. City in chaos.
Tuesday June 10 Cologne. Bier und jetlag.
Wednesday June 11 Cologne.
Thursday June 12 Düsseldorf, Germany. Day-trip from Cologne for Kattina’s birthday. Trains in chaos due to Monday’s storm. But wow! I’d never been to Düsseldorf before. One of the most festive cities I’ve visited anywhere.
Friday June 13 Strasbourg, France. We hit the road today with Kattina’s mother and uncle. Following their whims — which were first to sleep in Switzerland, then France, then Germany, then France. We finally settled on Strssbourg — a city I stopped in for lunch around 23 years ago, but I missed the magic. Didn’t think anything around here would top Düsseldorf, but Strasbourg has blown my mind today. It rivals Venice, Italy, in terms of “photogenic-ness.”
Saturday June 14 Strasbourg, France. Holy crap, this place is amazing! I don’t know how people came here in the pre-digital-photography era without going broke or insane. No matter which direction you look, you want to take about 12-trillion photographs.
Sunday June 15 Colmar, France. Drove along the Route du Vin (“Wine Road”) today. It’s insane how photogenic this part of France is. (Pics and bloggage coming soon!) However …  in the smaller villages, everything is closed on Sundays, so we made our way to the larger town of Colmar for a ridiculously huge dinner and World Cup soccer in a local pub. (Well, we watched World Cup soccer in a local pub. They were not playing World Cup soccer in the pub.) Tomorrow … on to Burgundy. Meanwhile, our plans for Svalbard Island seem to be crumbling at the moment. It’s looking prohibitively expensive. “Budget” accommodations are starting at around US $150 per night, and getting out to see the island (which requires hiring a local guide with a gun in case of polar bear attacks) isn’t cheap either. We have not totally given up, however. Stay tuned.
Monday June 16 Beaune, France.
Tuesday June 17 Beaune, France. I’m not sure how we’ve managed to be in France for the last five days without realizing the country was in the throes of its longest train strike in years, but it threw a wrench into our plans … until Kattina found a crazy cheap car rental. Just need to get to Dijon somehow to pick it up tomorrow.
Wednesday June 18 Autun, France. Driving through Burgundy. Made it to Dijon. (Local trains are still running. It’s the long-distance routes that are in chaos.) Picked up our car and planned to drive to the Auvergne region of France, but stumbled onto a little town on the way called Autun and ended up staying the night. Among other things, the town has an ancient Roman amphitheater and a pizza vending machine.
Thursday June 19 Orcival, France – Finally made it to the Auvergne region today. Took a while finding a place to stay. Ended up in a tiny village that looked very lively, until 7 p.m., when we realized everything was closed for the night except for one restaurant.
Friday June 20 Orcival, France. Broke my personal record today for most volcanoes climbed in a single day. (Two. And never going for three. Ouch.)
Saturday June 21 Orcival, France.
Sunday June 22 Somewhere in France
Monday June 23 Paris
Tuesday June 24 Paris
Wednesday June 25 Paris
Thursday June 26 Paris
Friday June 27 Train from Paris to Groningen in northern Netherlands.
Saturday June 28 Groningen, Netherlands
Sunday June 29 Groningen, Netherlands
Monday June 30 Groningen, Netherlands
Tuesday July 1 Netherlands
Wednesday July 2 Bus to Copenhagen, Denmark
Thursday July 3 Copenhagen, Denmark
Friday July 4 Copenhagen, Denmark
Saturday July 5 Copenhagen, Denmark
Sunday June 6 Copenhagen, Denmark / Overnight boat to Oslo, Norway
Monday June 7 Oslo, Norway
Tuesday July 8 Sailing: Risør, Norway
Wednesday July 9 Sailing: Kragerø, Norway
Thursday July 10 Sailing: Tåtøy, Norway
Friday July 11 Sailing: Stavern, Norway
Saturday July 12 Drøbak, Norway
Sunday July 13 Drøbak, Norway
Monday July 14 Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway (Near the North Pole!)
Tuesday July 15 Svalbard, Norway
Wednesday July 16 Svalbard, Norway
Thursday July 17 Svalbard, Norway
Friday July 18 Svalbard Island, Norway
Saturday July 19 Drøbak, Norway
Sunday July 20 Drøbak, Norway
Monday July 21 Train to Bergen, Norway
Tuesday July 22 Bergen, Norway
Wednesday July 23 Bergen, Norway
Thursday July 24 Bergen, Norway
Friday July 25 Train to Oslo, Norway
Saturday July 26 Drøbak, Norway
Sunday July 27 Drøbak, Norway
Monday July 28 Drøbak, Norway
Tuesday July 29 Drøbak, Norway
Wednesday July 30 Drøbak, Norway
Thursday July 31 Fly Oslo to Singapore
Friday August 1 Arrive Singapore

Published on Tuesday, June 3, 2014

8 Responses to “Dave’s European Travel Schedule”

  1. Linda Secrest
    June 5, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Hi Dave,

    It is always good to read your posts. Since I travel for a living and am in a constant state of fatigue with Jetzheimers, (a combination of jet lag and I forget what else), I am not too keen on travel writing. I would sign up for another humor writing course, but am now enrolled in an accelerated Bachelor’s degree program with other online courses garnering CEUs (22 in the last year,) so I haven’t been idle. I am bogged down with course work and homework, but am still considering enrolling with you again. Maybe a little levity would be a nice break. Of course, my priority is my degree.
    There is an off chance, (very off), that I might be able to meet you for happy hour in Europe. It is possible we might be in proximaty of one another sometime this summer. It would be great to see you and Kattina again, even if only very briefly. When you stabalize your schedule, I’ll be able to better assess if meeting is possible.
    Now, regarding your picture, do you have your own plane and do you have a pilot’s license? You and Kattina look very natural and “at home” in the cockpit.
    It was truly tough to see Frank’s airplane fly away when I sold it. A little more of him disappears daily. Flying was his passion, but hanging onto his new plane, purchased a year before he fell ill, was a luxury I chose to forego. I am now tackling the daunting task of disassembling his man cave in the garage. I set things not needed on the curb in front of the house, and people decend like locusts. The things are gone within minutes which is amazing in that I live in a very secluded enclave in the Everglades. I don’t know where these people come from, but they show up in droves.
    My best to Kattina. Traveling mercies to you both as you embark on a lengthy tour.

    • June 16, 2014 at 6:31 AM

      Linda!!

      Great to hear from you, and I am glad to hear you are working on a new BA. Wow… you don’t like to sit around, do you?

      Our travel schedule is changing by the second, for a variety of reasons, so happy hours are looking less and less likely, unfortunately, unless they are of the spontaneous variety. Should you be in Europe anyway, please keep us posted on your whereabouts — but even with your 97-quintillion-mile frequent flier benefits, crossing the ocean for a happy hour that might or might not happen would be too unpredictable given our impossible-to-keep-up-with plans.

      (Oh, and no, I do not have a license to fly a 747. Kattina and I were at a bar in Saigon in 2009, a couple of days after we got engaged, and a guy started chatting with us who turned out to be flying us to Hong Kong a couple of days later when we were heading back to Seattle. He invited us to come play in the cockpit while we were still on the ground in Vietnam, but he made us leave before the plane started flying.)

  2. June 6, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Great to hear from you, Linda! It sounds like you are keeping busy! In the fall, I hope to create a video version of my humor writing course.

    Our plans are changing by the minute, but I will let you know if we do plan a meet-up somewhere. And no, I do not have a pilot’s license. I just like to sneak into 747 cockpits every now and then.

    (Actually, Kattina and I were at a bar in Saigon one night in 2009. We had just gotten engaged. A guy walked in, started chatting with us, and told us he was a pilot for United. It turned out he was flying us to Hong Kong two days later on our way back to the States, so he invited us to come see the cockpit before we took off in Saigon.)

    • June 16, 2014 at 6:33 AM

      Oh … wait … you just got two replies, didn’t you? Lucky you! (Or not. I’m not sure. But I do know I need to go to bed now before my own Jetzheimers flares up.)

  3. Jim Carson
    June 6, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    So close, yet……
    I’ll be arriving in Berlin, as you are “Somewhere in France”, on the 21st. Europe is a small place, stop on by for a drink.
    Then, you head to the Netherlands while I’m headed to Prague… Wait, back in France, you list Auvergne – is that the one near Auxerre & Chablis? Do you know Dennis of “Elden Selections” wine and partner with Jamie from Bath and Lucca of Papillon fame?
    Yes, I am again on a RS Tour – Whereas you seem to be on a Time Machine – – How does that work taking the Overnight boat from Copenhagen to Oslo – changing from July 5th back to June 6 & 7 and then once in Drøbak back to July 8th – Cool boat – Ah, three years ago we were on that boat July 3 to 4th, with our Guide Lisa – Fourth of July in Oslo lacked some Red, White, & Blue – while the price of a beer did set off fireworks…….
    Safe Travels

    • June 16, 2014 at 6:25 AM

      Hi Jim…

      We are unfortunately headed in the opposite direction from Berlin, but have a great trip!

  4. June 12, 2014 at 2:40 AM

    Hi Dave,

    You are probably somewhere almost within reach of Amsterdam at the moment – will you be passing through the Dutch capital on your way to Groningen? Happy to meet up with you and Kattina and possibly get one or two other English-speaking writers to join in, if you are! Sounds like a wonderful tour – I trust you’re accumulating a ton of notes for future books en route…
    Christine

    • June 16, 2014 at 6:21 AM

      Hi Christine! Our plans are changing by the minute. We will be passing through Amsterdam on the way to Groningen but it might just be a quick train change. After living in Southeast Asia for three years, we are suffering from severe sticker shock in Europe, so we’re heading to where we can crash on friends’ floors. But we might be able to wrangle a quick hello in Amsterdam. (I was pondering setting up some writing workshops along the way, but sadly, the idea entered my brain a bit late to set things up for this trip. If you’re connected with a writing community there that might be interested in a travel writing workshop, please let me know! And if not, perhaps we could still wrangle a beer or coffee somewhere! :-) )

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