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Planning my next adventure...

I'm constantly "planning" my next adventures in head.  I have an always updating list in my head of places I want to visit and things I want to see there.  If someone offered me all the cash I needed for whatever I could plan in a couple of hours, I'd be set.

I've been wanting to go to London.  This is nothing new, I always want to go to London.  The difference is that I wanted to go for a specific purpose and on a specific timeline.  I wanted to go see the Kensington Palace Diana Exhibit which is on until January.

I also really wanted to see the Fife Tiara and Queen Victoria's Emerald Tiara that have very recently gone on display at KP as well..


So I've been thinking about where I could go in addition to London, and contemplating trying out the discount air carrier, Wow Airlines, since they are now flying out of Dallas.  I finally narrowed my "other" destination to Iceland or Amsterdam.  Both those locations seemed better suited for a summer trip rather than my typical December vacation.  

Last week, I settled on Amsterdam and booked my flights (which will layover in Iceland because that's how Wow Airlines works).  I booked the hotels, museum visits, and additional tours in just a couple of hours.  A friend commented, "Wow when you have decided to go, you get busy".  I think it's because I have that constant itinerary updating in my brain!

So as I said, I booked the museum visits:  Kensington Palace in London, Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank House, and Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam.  I also booked a couple of tours:  an all day tour to Bruges, Belgium, and a half day tour out to the Dutch countryside to see windmills, a clog making demonstration, a fishing village, and a village known for it's cheese.

After booking my trip and thinking I had things settled, a couple of surprises presented themselves...

At Westminster Abbey (which I hadn't planned on visiting this trip), they are opening the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries on June 11th.  So now, I have to TRY and visit (I say TRY because tickets will be available online from August on, but for June and July it's walk up only).  

And then I realized I would be there for 2 of the last 4 days of Wimbledon.  This is probably in the Top 3 of my Bucket List items!  (Attending all of the Grand Slams is on my list, but this one is at the TOP).  Then I looked for tickets.  Which is complicated and turns out because of the complication, incredibly expensive for the ones that can be sold.  Finally this morning I decided YOLO and got myself a ticket!

So this little casual trip, is really shaping up to be a trip of a lifetime.  I can't wait.  Of course I will update on my instagram (@legallyblondekf) when on vacation, and then here once I'm back home.

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