After two years of touring Europe for 6 to 7 consecutive weeks on a couple of amazing home swaps to the South of France and to homes in Amsterdam and Ireland, our intention was to scale back and only travel for 2-3 weeks in 2016. Those plans quickly fell to the wayside as new opportunities arose to tempt us.
As it turned out, our Paris swap for the first 2 weeks in July did come through. Now we were up to 4.5 weeks of vacation, but it did not end there. Shortly after, we were contacted by the friends who had so generously allowed us to stay in their Dublin home last summer while we were touring Ireland. At the time we promised ourselves that in repayment, if they ever wanted to come to Toronto, we would make our home available to them somehow, even if we had to take an unplanned vacation. It would have worked out perfectly if they had wanted to come during the same period that we were going to be in Paris, but instead, they needed accommodations for the last 2 weeks of July. We cut our Paris vacation short by 3 days so that we would have time at home to prepare for our guests.
So our adventures for 2016 have been finalized. What started out as a light travel year has morphed into another 6-7 weeks of vacation, although at least the weeks are not consecutive this time. We will have four distinctive experiences in Venice, Reykjavik, Paris and English Island. This should make for some interesting blogs ... stay tuned.