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Report 866: Castles, Caves and Cablecars

By wendy lynn from California, U.S.A., Spring 2005

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Page 16 of 16: The Trip Home and Our Final Thoughts

photo by Wendy

Alex and Julia enjoy some candy

It was the morning of our departure. We took the shuttle and were off to the airport.

The kids again behaved incredibly well on the 11 hour flight to DFW and then on the 3 1/2 hour flight to SFO. The only things of note: (1) no child cried or even raised his or her voice; (2) we were able to again obtain bulkhead seats for which we were very grateful; (3) on boarding the 11 hour flight, Wendy was greeted by a surly woman traveler who proceeded to curse loudly at her for bringing kids on the plane and who, of course, didnít apologize later when her fears were not realized; and (4) we had only one hour to make our connection and nearly missed the plane because the new international terminal in Dallas hadnít worked out all the kinks. By chance, our flight was delayed 30 minutes for routine maintenance and so we got on in time, despite having Julia in tears as we rechecked our luggage and making our way through the incredible security line. No airport staff would help us, and no one in any of the lines offered to let us go ahead. At least we could communicate with everyone in a mutually fluent language. Then onto BART and a short taxi ride home. Wonderful neighbors have left the lights on with little gifts for the kids and the current newspaper on the kitchen table. Very nice.

All told, it was a great vacation. The combination of castles, motor vehicles (for Alex) and natural wonders seemed about right, although a little heavy on the driving (poor Joe). Everyone remained in high spirits and good health. The people we encountered were kind and helpful for the most part.

Slovenia was a good contrast to Austria. Austria was a high-end tourist paradise while Sloveniaís natural wonders were beyond compare. Austria was totally Germanic while nearby Slovenia felt very Eastern European (novel for both of us).

We left wishing we had spent more time in northern Italy and had skipped Piran, although we would have always wondered what we had missed. We will definitely go back to northern Italy and give it the time it deserves.

Despite all the fun, it did seem like time to get the kids back to their routines. Julia missed school, and Alex had started asking if we would ever see our old house again. Just the sign that itís time to go home and start planning the next trip.


B&B Ca' Rossa (Bergamo, Italy)

Hotel Alpina (Unterschachen, Switzerland)

Hotel Weisses Kreuz (Innsbruck)

Hotel Welcome Inn (Kloten, Switzerland)

Kozjak Waterfall (Kobarid, Slovenia)

Pericnik Waterfall (Triglav Nat'l Park, Slovenia)

Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle

Simmerl Inn (Salzburg)

Skocjan Cave

Slovenian Tourist Farm Webpage

Vintgar Gorge near Bled, Slovenia

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