Wednesday, 7 August 2013

I've got that strange feeling that you get when you've been planning something big
for months and months..... and suddenly it's here!
I've cleaned the house and emptied the fridge..
Layered up the tinted moisturiser (so my legs aren't 'glow in the dark' white)..
Painted my nails and coloured my hair...
Bought all the maps and read the latest Trip Advisor posts...
Packed the 'capsule wardrobe'...
Tomorrow we are leaving on a big adventure..
We've NEVER done anything like this before in our lives..
We're taking our silver Marcos to Europe for two weeks!
I must confess that I even had a worry dream about it all last night....
Normally Mark and I head off to the Welsh borders and walk.
We stay in nice - but fairly cheap - self catering accommodation.
My main expectation of my summer holiday is that I come home a little fitter and a lot more chilled!
This time we're staying in proper hotels -
(at the Nurburgring, in a vineyard on the Moselle and in a chateau in the Ardennes)
It could be great - or it could be ghastly.......!
I can't remember the last time I was so nervous about going on holiday...
Anyway, the whole family are coming round this evening.  It's Mark's birthday and our 23rd Wedding Anniversary while we are away.   Normally I'd pop all our presents and cards into the car and open them during the holiday.  This time space is seriously at a premium, so we decided to celebrate and open everything with the family before we go. 
My family have given Mark Euros so that he can buy something to remember the trip - probably a cap from the Nurburgring or something similar.  His main present from me is a leather 'man bag' that he wanted for the trip.  I've also picked up some second hand books for him that he may want to take.  I found a book that analyses the tank battles in 1944 and 1945 in the Ardennes.  I also found him a couple of 50 year old Motoring Journals.  They are full of the quirky motoring information that he loves and I can't wait to see his face when I realises what they are!
Obviously things are going to be a little quiet here on my blog -
but I will be thinking of you all and hoping that you're having a good couple of weeks...
All the best,


  1. Happy Anniversary! I hope you have a grand time on your holiday.

  2. Happy Anniversary and Happy Birthday to Mark. You will look very posh driving around Europe in your super looking car! Enjoy and we'll catch up with you in a couple of weeks or so. Suzy x

  3. Sounds good, it'll be a great adventure and you'll have some great memories of it - be it great or ghastly! Happy Anniversary

  4. Wow, I am sure you will have the most amazing time. Have a happy anniversary and hope Mark has a wonderful birthday too. Looking forward to hearing all about it when you get back Jan!!

  5. OH MY!!! I cannot tell you how excited I am for you to take this trip and....for me to live vicariously through the photos I know you will post. Have a wondrous time!!!

  6. I think you will have an AMAZING time! It will be like a 2nd honeymoon and truly romantic!
    Have a great time,
    Tammy x

  7. Ooh! Nurburgring! Petrol head heaven! And you'll be going there via the autobahn with speed limits of. .....?

  8. Sounds great! Look forward to hearing more on your return! x

  9. I'm sure it will be a fantastic holiday, just make sure you have a wonderful time, and stop worrying! Hope Mark has a super birthday and that you you both have a wonderful anniversary while you're away.

  10. Sounds excellent, enjoy ! We are off doing your normal holiday Wales & walking :-)

  11. Will you be going by ferry or the chunnel? I think I would opt for the ferry. Either way, it sounds like a wonderful vacation!

  12. You must be well into your hols by now. I do hope that you have a wonderful time! Bring back lots of happy memories and be really chilled ready for whatever is likely to come. Joan

  13. Your definitely going in style . Have a wonderful anniversary !

  14. Fantastic! Sounds like you have a knack for picking out the perfect gift - I wish I had that gene! Have a wonderful time - sounds amazing :)