Every time I started a new blog post for the past 7 years, Travelpod asks me to come up with a catchy title. I think I have come up with some pretty clever ones in the past, but a person only has so much of that in her.
Yes, I'm going on another trip. I don't think anyone is too shocked when I say this every 6 months or so. It has kind of become standard. And I'm not complaining ! This one takes me from Chicago with another layover in Istanbul (Turkish Airlines has unbelievably low fares lately) and then on to Cologne, Germany. A few days will be spent in Cologne, eating schnitzel with noodles and drinking kolsch beer, followed by a short flight to Riga, Latvia. The main purpose of this is to get to Tallinn, Estonia, by bus. I will spend a few nights here, followed by a long layover in Istanbul where I will actually get to leave the airport this time.
Cologne Cathedral (Kolner Dom): One of the largest and most beautiful Roman Catholic cathedrals in the world. Like any cathedral, I have the opportunity to climb 500 steps to the top spire and sweat like a drowned rat in the process. I might pass on that.
Cologne Beer Tour by rickshaw, with samples: This should not need an explanation.
Spas & Saunas: Germans are big on spas, and Estonians, like their Finnish neighbors, are big on their saunas (SOW-nahs). Apparently in Estonia it's common to get "whisked" by a friend with birch twigs to improve circulation. They call this "whisking." We'll see. Not sure I want a strange Estonian male to just whisk away at me.
Tallinn's Old Town: This area of Tallinn is supposed to be magnificent, and one of the best preserved Old Towns in Europe.
Istanbul's Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia: Not sure if I will have time to go inside, but at least I should be able to marvel at them on the outside.
I don't have a ton of things scheduled for this trip, and the idea is to actually, dare I say it, RELAX. I have ideas on things to do, but I want to be a little more loose in my planning. See what each day brings.
Take off is in two days. Gotta pack!
How Many Catchy Titles Can One Come Up With ??
Thursday, September 03, 2015
Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States