by paul spencer
Sat Oct 31st, 2009 at 08:00:55 PM EST
Mirta and I are going to visit Europe again in April and May of 2010, and we were wondering if you might take in a couple of wayfarers for a night or two, here and there. It could be arranged by rental fee or as a home exchange - or as a visit exchange, too. I'll lay out the draft schedule below in case anyone is interested in some such arrangement.
The other hope is that we can meet any ETers for whom our route is convenient. Several of us have cursorily discussed getting together a seminar meeting - rather than a strictly social meet-up. Topics could include, for instance, local political organizing experiences, PTP schemes, or Grand Unified Theory (political Theory, that is). Got to start the new Comintern someplace, sometime. Why not May of 2010?
We are planning to visit Spain, Italy, Croatia, Italy again, France, England, and Scotland, repeat England in that order. We have our Spain itinerary fairly well set, as we'll visit Migeru, then a cousin of Mirta's in Zaragossa. We'd love to share a meal with kcurie in Barcelona, if possible.
In Italy we're going to Cinque Terre, then to Rome. We've tentatively chosen a hotel in Rome, but we'd like to visit with de Gondi and any others in the area. From there, we'll head over to melo's place for some good sunsets. Next we're going to stay a couple of days in Firenze.
We'll go straight to Zagreb from Florence; on to Split for two nights; north to Rijeka (Mirta's hometown) and Opatija; west to Pula, Brijuni, and Rovinj.
Back to Italy, staying at Lago di Garda and Milano, with day trips to towns where Mirta and her family lived at various times, such as Vicenza and Tortonna.
We plan to stay one night in L'isle Sur la Sorgue, but then we're ready for the piece de resistance - Lyon with Melanchthon. After that, we'll probably stay one night in Beaune on our way to Paris.
We have several folks to meet in Paris, including old Texas friends who are staying there for the month of May. My guess is that, wherever we go for our week in Paris, David and Sally will be with us - or we'll be with them. In any case we're all quiet, house-broken Texans - and francophiles - so not to fear.
We're going from Paris to London for one night, then off to East Anglia to visit a cousin of mine. Next is Scotland, where Chris Cook and I will - I hope - sample various Scotch Whiskeys and invent the one true coin of the realm - Caol Ila units. We're going to take one night in western Scotland, then work our way back down through London to Paris for our flight home.
I realize that it's rather early for folks to have firm plans for April and May, but, if you think that there are some possible connections, please let me know. Also, my e-mail address is easy to figure out under my signature link, if you want to contact me directly.