July 7 to August 2, 2018;
8 nations in 28 days
Iceland then Western continental Europe, specifically Southern Spain, Northern
France, the Rhine, and Benelux
Myriad! Planes run by Icelandair, Wow Airlines, & Vueling,
Thalys train, the Metros of Paris, Barcelona, and Amsterdam, and rental
cars included one Renault and two Volkswagons
First time in the Old World and Europe
specifically for Scott and kids
Scott, Jessica, Andrew, Ana
(with special guest star
In 1909 the last
person directly related to anyone in our family left Europe for
America aboard a Red Star Line ship appropriately called the
Vaderland, the German word for "fatherland." In the
summer of 2017, after 25 years of genealogical and historical study,
we returned to the Vaderlands of Luxembourg and Trier. But the trip
also explored places that are the roots of the American culture we
swim through everyday. Spain was the launching point for Columbus'
misadventure that became America, while France was the home of
Voltaire, Montesquieu, and the idea of the people's republic.
Days 1-2: Plane from ORD to Iceland for layover then
to Madrid. Days 2-4:
Getting over jetlag and seeing the great city of Madrid. Days 8-11:
Exploring La Mancha due south. Days
12-15: Andalucia, includng Grenada, the Sierra Nevadas, and Gibraltar. Days 15-20:
The Valencian and Catalonian Meditteranean.
Days 20-23: Urban and
spectacular Paris. Days
24-27: East through the Ardennes to Luxembourg. Days
28-31: The Rhineland and Limburg. Days
31-35: The beaches of Normandy. Days
35-38: Amsterdam, then back to ORD.