Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Garden Inn by Hilton (Bordeaux, France)

For the most part I took today off to rest and continue travel planning. I didn’t sleep well last night which was probably due to thinking about what to do about a few open decisions that still have to be made.

On my way out the door to find something for lunch and bring back food for dinner I stopped by the hotel’s front desk. I wanted to make two reservations for touring a couple of local wineries. They had given me a brochure the day before and I didn’t have any luck getting a response from the tour company. The two people at the front desk helped me make the reservations. I will go on two separate tours. One on Thursday and the other on Friday.

I walked over to the nearby train station and bought two sandwiches. One for lunch and the other I’ll have later in the evening. When I returned to my room I decided where I’ll stay when I’m in England between May 18 – June 1 when I leave for Edinburgh. I’ll be in London for a week and will stay in a Hilton, then visit Prean in Wales for a few days, then visit Paula who will be south of London for a couple of days before I leave for Edinburgh. I’ll confirm the exact dates with them in the next couple of days.

Next was to purchase the train ticket to Paris. I had a couple of options and now have that out of the way. Also to decide about visiting the Eiffel Tower and getting tickets for going going up to either the lower landing or up to the top. I now have a plan that I’ll need to confirm with my niece tomorrow.

Paula and I have decided to meet up in August to tour Ireland for a couple of weeks. I’ve been looking at places to visit. We can finish planning when we meet up in a couple of weeks. We need to make some decisions soon because August is a popular vacation month.

Still pending are making travel plans with Molly and Ori for September. They gave me some excellent options and now to decide where to meet. This I’ll work on after I arrive in Edinburgh. About this same time I need to confirm plans for the remainder of August and then a side trip to Braemar Gathering on the 7th of September.

I’ve been thinking about visiting Dubai and Abu Dhabi, staying in Cyprus for another month, and then to Egypt to see Hussein before returning to England and Wales for Christmas. I’ll also need to plan my visit to Russia for next year. Also next year (October) is when I plan to return to the U.S. for at least six months.

That is what has been on my mind. It was good to finish planning as much as I did today and will continue tomorrow which will be another day of rest.

Guess all of this planning wore me out. I was in bed by 10:00 and slept fairly well at night.

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