I doubt few people have a more extensive collection of maps and guides than I
have accumulated over the years, but even after pouring over them for days
and weeks - I think the most enjoyable part of any trip is to try to get
In Paris, I used to always make long lists of thing to do each day, then go
downstairs and turn right, rather than left as I should have. In Venice, we
will sit at a bus stop and say Ok, let's take the 3rd bus and get off at
it's 4th stop, never knowing where we'll wind up. Last fall, we were making
a short 11km trip to Montepulciano and as I turned right (instead of left to
Montepulciano) my wife laughed, as she knew I was intentionally going the
wrong way. Several hours - and many glorious sights - later, we were taking
off our shoes and walking in the water along side the Mediteranean.
While I know this sounds scary to first time travelers, I can't begin to tell
you the enjoyment you'll receive.