Our return to Puerto Vallarta for the winter months, (usually December to March), provides us with not only an escape from the colder weather in Europe and elsewhere, but also provides us time to work on our travel schedule for the year. We have travelled extensively throughout Mexico over the past 30 years, (been there-done that), so we are quite content to just remain in the Vallarta area and reacquaint with friends, enjoy the sun and sea, and make travel plans.
For 2017, it’s working out to be another busy schedule:
- March: Back to Nice, France
- April: Back to Portugal – Lisbon and the Algarve
- June: Sailing via Catamaran Northern Croatia and Adriatic Sea
- July: British Columbia, Canada
- September: Nice
- October: Northern Italy, Lakes region
- November: Azores?
- December: Back to Puerto Vallarta
It takes a lot of preparation, but thanks to handy tools such as Tripit, Trip Advisor, Booking.com, LoveHomeSwap.com, Google Maps and Evernote, it actually ain’t that bad.
We’ve now sailed a good part of the Adriatic Sea, but not way north, near Venice. Our friends Jack & Yvonne Cawood recently did and enjoyed it enough to want to return. So we’ve charted a 42′ catamaran with them out of Pula and plan to make our way north from there, visiting small coastal towns and villages along the way.
Lakes District, Northern Italy
Everyone has heard of Lake Como and Bellagio in Northern Italy, and we’ve been wanting to visit there for some time. There are actually a number of lakes in the area (Maggiore, Lugano, Como, Iseo and Garda), and we’d like to visit them all. The pictures we’ve seen are amazing, it really is a beautiful area.
Same with the Azores, we’ve been wanting to go for awhile but something keeps coming up. Hopefully we’ll make it this year.