Second Draft Itinerary

September 24, 2009

Well, first snag encountered. Most cottages in Ireland are rented on a Saturday to Saturday basis. So we have moved the Irish leg of the itinerary around a little to cater for this. We have also added an extra night in Paris.

Draft Itinerary

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Apr 11 Apr 12 Apr 13 Apr 14 Apr 15 Apr 16 Apr 17
Sydney Fly Fly/ London Dublin Wicklow Area
Apr 18 Apr 19 Apr 20 Apr 21 Apr 22 Apr 23 Apr 24
Wicklow Area Wicklow Area Wicklow Area Wicklow Area Wicklow Area Wicklow Area Cork Area
Apr 25 Apr 26 Apr 27 Apr 28 Apr 29 Apr 30 May 01
Cork Area Cork Area Cork Area Cork Area Cork Area Cork Area Galway Area
May 02 May 03 May 04 May 05 May 06 May 07 May 08
Galway Area Galway Area Galway Area Galway Area Galway Area Galway Area Northern Ireland
May 09 May 10 May 11 May 12 May 13 May 14 May 15
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Midlands Area Midlands Area Midlands Area
May 16 May 17 May 18 May 19 May 20 May 21 May 22
Dublin Dublin London London London Paris Paris
May 23 May 24 May 25 May 26 May 27 May 28 May 29
Paris Paris “France” “France” “France” “France” Bern
May 30 May 31 Jun 01 Jun 02 Jun 03 Jun 04 Jun 05
Bern Bern/ Wengen Wengen Wengen/ Zermatt Zermatt Zermatt/ Luzern Luzern
Jun 06 Jun 07 Jun 08 Jun 09 Jun 10 Jun 11 Jun 12
Luzern/ Zurich Zurich Zurich Fly Fly/ Sydney

Accomodation options

September 23, 2009

During our trip we plan on using a number of ‘bases’ that we can treat as home for a week.

In Ireland, we are looking at renting cottages for a week at a time, one in each area. For example, here is one place we are looking at.

Living in cottages has the advantage of being self catering, gives us a touring base that we can do day trips from and allows us to relax in our own ‘home’ each night. Most surprising is the cost — to rent a cottage is roughly the same or less than using B&Bs or hotels. We were expecting it to be higher, given that many are advertised as ‘luxury’ cottages.

In Paris, we are looking at renting an apartment for the time we are there. There is a myriad of choices of these ranging widely in price and facilities. But they appear to be much cheaper than hotels and give us the option of self catering.

The only places where we won’t be using this type of accommodation is London, Dublin and throughout Switzerland [which is another story in itself].


First Draft Itinerary

September 22, 2009

Well, last night we sat down and tried to get down on paper what has been floating around in our heads for a while. We needed to do this so that we could start looking at booking accommodation and flights where needed.

So here is the first draft of our itinerary [very much subject to change].

Draft Itinerary

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Apr 11 Apr 12 Apr 13 Apr 14 Apr 15 Apr 16 Apr 17
Sydney Fly Fly/ London Dublin Dublin
Apr 18 Apr 19 Apr 20 Apr 21 Apr 22 Apr 23 Apr 24
Wicklow Area Wicklow Area Wicklow Area Wicklow Area Wicklow Area Wicklow Area Wicklow Area
Apr 25 Apr 26 Apr 27 Apr 28 Apr 29 Apr 30 May 01
Cork Area Cork Area Cork Area Cork Area Cork Area Cork Area Cork Area
May 02 May 03 May 04 May 05 May 06 May 07 May 08
Galway Area Galway Area Galway Area Galway Area Galway Area Galway Area Galway Area
May 09 May 10 May 11 May 12 May 13 May 14 May 15
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Midlands Area
May 16 May 17 May 18 May 19 May 20 May 21 May 22
Midlands Area Midlands Area London London London Paris Paris
May 23 May 24 May 25 May 26 May 27 May 28 May 29
Paris “France” “France” “France” “France” “France” Bern
May 30 May 31 Jun 01 Jun 02 Jun 03 Jun 04 Jun 05
Bern Bern/ Wengen Wengen Wengen/ Zermatt Zermatt Zermatt/ Luzern Luzern
Jun 06 Jun 07 Jun 08 Jun 09 Jun 10 Jun 11 Jun 12
Luzern/ Zurich Zurich Zurich Fly Fly/ Sydney

New Toy Arrives

September 12, 2009

Well, our new toy has arrived and is currently undergoing “shakedown testing”.

The new toy is a Toshiba NB205 netbook …

Sable Brown, 1.66GHz Atom, 160GB hard drive, 1GB RAM, Windows XP Home and 6 cell battery giving a claimed 9 hours battery life.

We bought it from the US via B&H Photo. $US399 plus $US62 delivery resulted in an all up price of $AU580. Current retail in Australia is around $AU799.

First things first … update with all patches. Took forever… thanks Microsoft.

Then uninstall some software installed by default that we will never use on the netbook :
Norton Internet Security [10 day trial, basically a waste of time], Google Toolbar [I hate Toolbars, and on a netbook they waste too much screen real-estate], various Windows software such as Fax Services, Microsoft Compatability Pack for Office 2007, Microsoft Powerpoint Viewer, and Skype.

Then install some useful software :
Firefox 3.5, Java 6 Runtime Environment, Comodo Firewall, Lotus Symphony, Symantec EndPoint Protection, Adobe Acrobat Reader 9, Filezilla, Secunia PSI and Freemind. All except Symantec are free products.

Next step is to determine what of the myriad of Toshiba utilities installed by default are useful, and what we can uninstall.

The netbook will be our gateway into the internet while on our travels, as well as a place to store the thousands of photos that we will invariably take. We also intend to get a small slimline portable harddrive as well, so that we can keep copies of our files in multiple places. More on that later.