Thanks to all of you who gave me such good advice and suggestions. I was the
one traveling for four weeks thinking I could see all of Europe in that time.
We limited our trip to Paris, Nice, Florence, Venice, Murren &Amsterdam.
Thanks to your suggestions we cut out Barcelona and Rome and we probably
should have cut out one more place. We spent 8 days in Paris which was fine
but we could have spent more than the four or five nights in each of the
other places. For all the novices, I can't emphasize enough PACK LIGHT. I
thought I was being unrealistic in taking only a carry on for myself for four
weeks. It really worked fine. I took clothes that could all be interchanged,
and each time we came to a new place I hand washed my underwear and shirts.
Pants & skirts were dark colors or prints that didn't show dirt so that was
fine. I also rolled everything which I had never done before and that made
looking for things easier and possibly even gave me more room although I
didn't try packing in my usual manner. My husband on the other hand took a
bigger suitcase - a 28 inch upright - which before we left we didn't think
was so big. - We were wrong. When you have to get on and off trains or walk
down and up staircases to make a train connection, that was really difficult.
So again, thanks to all of you who convinced me to pack light and limit the
places I visited. I'll write again about some of my impressions.