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The Swiss portion of our trip is now booked. After staring at a map of Switzerland for far too long, and weighing the number of days we'd allotted to the country, the various train journeys we needed or wanted to take, exactly how often we wanted to hump our luggage through various train stations*, how much we hated changing domiciles frequently, and the least painful route to take to Venice from Switzerland, I came up with a plan.
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I've mentioned before I think that we're booking a trip to Switzerland and Northern Italy (going to be circumspect about the actual dates for now), and I want you to know that I have just booked:

(1) an apartment in Venice that overlooks the lagoon and has a tiny private rooftop terrace, as well as an elevator in the building AND a washer and dryer

(2) a hotel in a former monastery in Vatican City that is actually ON St. Peter's Square

Now to see if I can find something cool in Florence.
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What is it about travel that makes other people tell you you're doing your vacation all wrong? A couple of weeks ago, a clerk in a store gently chided me for bringing books on a vacation after I mentioned stocking up on ebooks during a conversation about my Kindle. (I refrained from throttling her.) Also, when I posted on Ask.Metafilter a few months back seeking information on a private guide for South Wales and explained a few things about where I wanted to go, I got someone bitching at me for wanting to go to Carmarthen*, and someone else bitching at me for not renting a car and for wanting to hire a guide**.

Not to mention that every time you go onto a travel site and fail to avoid reading comments, you find a war between the hotel people, the hostel people, and the couch surfers, all of whom know what REAL travel is and they know that you're not doing it!


* He apparently missed where I said that I WENT TO COLLEGE THERE and wanted to go back for nostalgia's sake.

** I explained I'd hired private guides before and that I loved it - you're not on a herd tour, and you get someone who know way more about the area than you do to introduce you stuff they love about their area that's not in guidebooks. But, you know, GOD FORBID I BE A TOURIST OR SOMETHING.

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