ITINERARY / MAPS

2011

Feb. 26–leave Austin

Feb. 27–one night in Madrid

Feb. 28-arrive Cairo

Mar 2–fly to Aswan

Mar 3 and 4–Nile cruise on a dahabiyya

Mar 5, 6 and 7–Luxor

Mar 8–Fly to Athens

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Mar. 8-11–Athens

Mar. 12-14–Peloponnese–Sparta, Olympia–then up to Oracle of Delphi

Mar. 15–Overnight ferry from Athens, across the Aegean Sea to Bodrum, Turkey

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Mar. 16 and 17–Bodrum, Turkey

Mar. 18 and 19–Ephesus

Mar. 20–on the road to Istanbul, stopping at Troy and Gallipoli

Mar. 21-24–Istanbul

Mar. 25-27–Cappadocia, Turkey

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Mar. 28-31–Rome

April 1–Florence

April 2 and 3–Venice

April 4–Milan

April 5–home to Austin

2010

January-February

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for tutoring and to prepare for spring travels.

Jan. 30

Austin, Texas. We’re moving to our new home just outside of Austin. We’re very excited to be buying a friend’s house on 15 acres and lots of Barton Creek frontage. Never thought we would find such a “rural” place so close in to Austin.

Feb. 26

Leave Austin for Africa (not very much time to get settled into our new house).

March 1

Nairobi, Kenya, where we will visit an orphanage for baby elephants. The boys are so anxious to see and touch the babies. What a treat this will be.

March 2-March 8

Tsavo National Park, Kenya for a Volunteer Safari. We will working on projects in the national park, which include waterhole monitoring, wildlife tracking, helping anti-poaching efforts and community service in the villages on the edge of the park.

March 9-March 16

Tanzania, where we will visit the Serengeti to see the Great Migration and other areas that should be chock full of wildlife. We’ll also go to a little visited area of Tanzania where we will be able to go on hunts with the Hadza bushmen and learn about their culture and hear their stories (these people use the “click” language, just like in the movie, “The Gods Must Be Crazy”).

March 17-April 3

L’isle sur la Sorgue, France. We’re renting an apartment in this gorgeous town in Provence that is known for its Venice-like canals and its antiques. It’s known as the Antiques Capital of France, and Robb and I love antiques. The boys will be taking some French classes while we’re there, but we’re hoping a lot of their progress in French will come from interacting with other kids in town (and from helping us barter for antiques!)We’ll be here for Jeb’s 11th birthday.

April 3-April 10

Paris Here we’ll be taking in the sights, studying art and French history (the boys are watching a documentary on the French Revolution right now). We’ll also be celebrating 2 birthdays (Robb’s and Gus’) and our anniversary. Oh yeah, we’ll be there for Easter too. So it should be a great time to be in Paris. We’ve rented a very sweet apartment in San Germain/Latin Quarter. Also, we’re hoping friends (a mom and her son) from Germany will meet us in Paris for the week. The boy has been Jeb’s best friend in San Miguel, but is now at a boarding school in Germany. He and his mother may come over to Paris during his Easter break. That would make for a very happy reunion.

April 10 – 12

Normandy, France. Gus is a HUGE World War II buff (at the age of 7, he sat in front of the History Channel all day to watch non-stop coverage of the 60th anniversary of the D-Day Landing). So we couldn’t go to France without visiting the famous beaches and museums here. A friend suggested this gorgeous inn to stay in. We can’t wait.

April 13

Return to Austin

2009

August-October
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, for tutoring and to prepare for fall travels

Oct. 19

Leave San Miguel for Texas, for a few days of visiting friends and preparing for our journey. We fly out of Dallas.

Oct. 25-Nov. 5

Macchu Pichu, Peru, to see the famed Lost City of the Incas. We will spend 4 days walking the Inca Trail, starting at the former Inca capital of Cuzco and trekking as high as 14,000 feet before reaching the splendid ruins of Macchu Pichu. Here is the trek we’ll be doing and info on our trekking company.

One night before our trek, we will stay at a Quechua home in a remote village so that we can see how the indigenous people have been living for centuries–what a great opportunity for the boys to see something far different than the life we live. Here is information on our homestay.

We will also visit the Lares Valley, where beautiful Peruvian fabrics are woven and dyed in the traditional ways. We’ll be traveling with the director of The Center for Traditional Textiles.

We’re reading Last Days of the Incas in preparation.

Nov. 6-Nov.11

El Calafate; Patagonia, Argentina, to see mighty mountains, such as Torres del Paine (Towers of Paine) and trek through glaciers (Glacier Perito Moreno, one of the few glaciers in the world that’s expanding instead of retracting).

While in El Calafate, we’re renting a cabin here.

Nov. 11-Nov. 23
San Carlos de Bariloche; Lake District, Argentina (also driving to Lake District in Chile), we’ll be renting a cabin on one of the beautiful lakes and from there we’ll be exploring the gorgeous countryside. We will visit an estancia where authentic guachos still work–including gauchos who are indigenous Machupe. We’ll get to compare gaucho dress and traditions to that which we’ve seen in Texas. Robb and Jeb will break off for 3 days of fly-fishing, as part of the father-son trip that each boy gets when they are 10. (Gus chose to go to the Galapagos; Jeb is a huge fly-fishing fan).

Nov. 23-25

Buenos Aires. Can’t wait to tango in the Argentine capital.

Nov. 26

Fly back to Dallas, just in time for a good old American Thanksgiving.

Nov. 30

Return to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, for 3 weeks of classes.

2010

January-February

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for tutoring and to prepare for spring travels.

Jan. 30

Austin, Texas. We’re moving to our new home just outside of Austin. We’re very excited to be buying a friend’s house on 15 acres and lots of Barton Creek frontage. Never thought we would find such a “rural” place so close in to Austin.

Feb. 26

Leave Austin for Africa (not very much time to get settled into our new house).

March 1

Nairobi, Kenya, where we will visit an orphanage for baby elephants. The boys are so anxious to see and touch the babies. What a treat this will be.

March 2-March 8

Tsavo National Park, Kenya for a Volunteer Safari. We will working on projects in the national park, which include waterhole monitoring, wildlife tracking, helping anti-poaching efforts and community service in the villages on the edge of the park.

March 9-March 16

Tanzania, where we will visit the Serengeti to see the Great Migration and other areas that should be chock full of wildlife. We’ll also go to a little visited area of Tanzania where we will be able to go on hunts with the Hadza bushmen and learn about their culture and hear their stories (these people use the “click” language, just like in the movie, “The Gods Must Be Crazy”).

March 17-April 3

L’isle sur la Sorgue, France. We’re renting an apartment in this gorgeous town in Provence that is known for its Venice-like canals and its antiques. It’s known as the Antiques Capital of France, and Robb and I love antiques. The boys will be taking some French classes while we’re there, but we’re hoping a lot of their progress in French will come from interacting with other kids in town (and from helping us barter for antiques!)We’ll be here for Jeb’s 11th birthday.

April 3-April 10

Paris Here we’ll be taking in the sights, studying art and French history (the boys are watching a documentary on the French Revolution right now). We’ll also be celebrating 2 birthdays (Robb’s and Gus’) and our anniversary. Oh yeah, we’ll be there for Easter too. So it should be a great time to be in Paris. We’ve rented a very sweet apartment in San Germain/Latin Quarter. Also, we’re hoping friends (a mom and her son) from Germany will meet us in Paris for the week. The boy has been Jeb’s best friend in San Miguel, but is now at a boarding school in Germany. He and his mother may come over to Paris during his Easter break. That would make for a very happy reunion.

April 10 – 12

Normandy, France. Gus is a HUGE World War II buff (at the age of 7, he sat in front of the History Channel all day to watch non-stop coverage of the 60th anniversary of the D-Day Landing). So we couldn’t go to France without visiting the famous beaches and museums here. A friend suggested this gorgeous inn to stay in. We can’t wait.

April 13

Return to Austin