Five weeks from today, my brother Ben and I will be hopping a plane from Syracuse to…
Newark, New Jersey!
Fun fact: I actually lived in Newark for six months right after college. And I’ve enjoyed the ability to run outside without fearing for my life ever since.
I’ll save the details of my glory days in Newark for another day because this isn’t really where my brother and I are headed in July. No, once in Newark, we’ll hop another plane bound for…
My brother and I will be heading to Paris for quite the action-packed trip that will take us into four different countries. We’ll be in big cities and rural towns… at the beach and in the mountains… traveling and touring by plane, train, car, bike, and foot. And, the two things I’m most excited for — we’ll eat lots of good food and get to spectate two world-class sporting events!
Our Amazing Race
I’ve dubbed this trip our own Amazing Race since for years, my brother and I have talked about going on the CBS show Amazing Race. But every time we remember to apply for the show, we’ve usually just missed an application deadline (yep, definitely just missed it again!). So, instead, we’re going to have our own amazing race, trying to see and do as much as we can in western Europe in a week and a half!
Our trip will start out with three days in Paris. You better believe I plan to go on a mission to find Paris’ best croissants, baguettes, and everything else David Lebovitz tells me to do in those 3 days. :)
After carb loading, we’ll get to see the end of the Tour de France!
My brother is a triathlete, so he gets really into cycling stuff, and I myself have been watching the Tour for almost ten years on TV. I really wanted to be able to catch a stage in the countryside where I could run up a steep mountain alongside the cyclists, waving an American flag in my bathing suit or something crazy, but I guess the more tame Champs Elysees will have to suffice.
After Paris, our plan is to take our Amazing Race to:
- Burgundy region (wine country!) of France
- Switzerland (Laussane & the Swiss Alps)
- Italian/French Riviera
- Mont Ventoux (France) …I will be driving up this while my brother cycles to the top!
London and the Olympics!
And after making the full circle back up to Paris, we’ll board a train to London just in time for the first day of competition at the 2012 Olympics!
My brother and I actually began scheming about this trip a couple years ago, and our main agenda was to attend the Olympics in London, and build our trip around the games. But we’ve had a ton of trouble trying to grab tickets for the Olympics, so I guess it’s a good thing we’ve now got big plans in “mainland” Europe as well.
We’re still crossing our fingers we’ll be able to see some of the Olympic events though, especially swimming! Maybe a quick note to Michael Phelps would do the trick?
I’ll trade you a lifetime supply of chocolate chip cookies in exchange for VIP tickets to see you win gold in London.
He’d say yes to that, right?! I mean, he’s going to need a new hobby when he retires from swimming after the Olympics. Professional cookie eater sounds like a good option to me.
Enough rambling for today — I just wanted to share my fun traveling news! I’m hoping to be able to document our “amazing race” as it all happens here on the blog, so you can all vacation through me!