Friday, July 10, 2009

VACATION: It takes all kinds...what kind are you?

Nearly every German I've met, and I've met a LOT of Germans, finds a hike like the one above the perfect thing for a vacation. Days and days...WALKING...then days and days.........of MORE WALKING. You might say to yourself "My, what a perfectly lovely way to spend your time away from home and office!" Reeeeeeeeeeeeally? NOT ME!

My idea of camping is a hotel with no room service. Exercise is rarely my idea of fun and I can never quite understand our European or American friends going on WALKING TRIPS for vacation. Or bicycle trips, which I can almost understand, but................No, walking is not my idea of fun.

Give me a lovely hotel near a beach that has a nice quiet pool which I can come to around 5 pm for a delicious glass of Merlot, some grapes, and an assortment of cheeses and crackers. Mr Z will join me after an afternoon snooze and then we'll take off for an evening at an excellent restaurant, maybe browse some book stores or hit a place with a pool table and play a few games with ZZ TOP shouting from the jukebox and me studiously avoiding the delicious looking pizza they serve with large pitchers of cold beer (which I only really like with pizza).

SO...WALKING TRIPS..........or...POOL SIDE HOTELS with Happy Hour and good restaurants close by.............................
What's your idea of a vacation?

Z

22 comments:

beamish said...
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beamish said...

I like hunting / fishing / camping vacations, where you go off into the middle of nowhere national forest with as minimal accomodations as possible and if you have no luck at hunting or fishing, well, you keep trying until you either starve or the vacation's over.

Makes you appreciate "the working world" when you get back.

lovelyprism said...

I walk a lot on vacation but not like... in the wilderness! LOL I like to walk so if I see a little church on a side street or a cafe or something like I'd like to stop in, I can just walk in. If you're on a bus or in a taxi it's too hard to remember where it is later.

HoosierArmyMom said...

Vacation? Whats that? I think the last time I did a vacation was 18 years ago, Nags Head, NC. But I'm with Z, hotel, good stuff nearby... but I do like to get out and walk, either shopping or seeing "historic places". Old cemeteries are fun, especially out east.

Always On Watch said...

What's your idea of a vacation?

Ten days in Maui

OR

Visiting at Warren's house.

Best vacations I ever had!

mike said...

We come down in the middle. We like to camp but we have a motorhome. Little bit of comfort and still outdoors.

In fact I am packing later today for a 10 day trip north.

Chuck said...

Z, the mystery Mike above is my son. I was not awake this morning and didn't reaqlize he was signed in.

The Hermit said...

I'm with you, Z. As a result of my military career, there are a number of things I don't do if I can help it.

I don't eat out of cans.
I don't sleep in a tent.
I don't ride in the back of trucks.
I don't go for long hikes with everything I own on my back.

No, I'm a Holiday Inn kind of guy these days.

FJ said...

Hipparchus, son of the Athenian tyrant Peisistratus, erected a bunch of herms around the city, each one bearing a little message, like, "A reminder of Hipparchus: Walk thinking just thoughts."

"All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking."--Friedrich Nietzsche

"It is good to express a thing twice right at the outset and so to give it a right foot and also a left one. Truth can surely stand on one leg, but with two it will be able to walk and get around." --Friedrich Nietzsche

"Golf is a good walk spoiled." --Mark Twain

"Not to go back is somewhat to advance, and men must walk, at least, before they dance." --Alexander Pope

"People create their own questions because they are afraid to look straight. All you have to do is look straight and see the road, and when you see it, don't sit looking at it - walk." --Ayn Rand

"As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives." --Henry David Thoreau

"I don't really think, I just walk." --Paris Hilton

RaDena said...

Here's hoping you enjoy your vacation immensely!

My idea of a great vacation is taking our RV to a lake and fishing. Both Ray and I love to fish. I know... It's not most women's idea of a great vacation, but I really enjoy it. I clean and cook them too. :)

Z said...

WALKING is different than walking, folks.

Mr and Mrs Z like to walk....but not WALK for miles and miles through grass.....to more grass...like they seem to be doing in the picture and like our German friends tell us about their 'vacations'! By the way, Mr. Z just asked me "Where'd you get a picture of the president of Germany, Mr. Koehler?" (WHO KNEW? I got it from some German article and I didn't think it WAS 'someone'!)

YES!..walk to a restaurant, stroll around book stores, old cemeteries (HOOSIER MOM, I"M WITH YOU on the old cemeteries!), along the beach..THAT"S walking...not WALKING!

mike...GLAD TO HAVE YOU HERE! Thanks! Your vacation sounds nice! YOu're right..a little of both!

Hermit..you don't do those things NOW because you're afraid we might ALL be eating out of cans in the near future, right!?

RaDena, I WISH we were going somewhere....nope! Just curious about my friends' vacations ...

Prism: You're right about taxis or buses...you go by too fast! But, it's better than walking MILES!

Always...I can only imagine what spending 10 days with that bless-ed Warren and Mrs W would be like! BLISS!

Well, FJ...I guess you're a WALKER!! thanks..very interesting quotes. (ALL WRONG! smile!) (except for Paris, whom I believe nailed it exactly right for her)

Always On Watch said...

Z,
Just calling your attention to my comment a few posts down.

Anonymous said...

Z, a fun post and a change of pace.

My idea of a vacation is doing something I don't do at home on a regular basis. A real vacation in other words.

The main thing is, I don't want to cook or clean when on vacation.

We love to fish, and we do. We rent a place with a fridge and I will help clean the fish but that's it. We freeze it and take it home. It's only a two hour drive to the local mountains for a few days fishing.

I love going anywhere with Mr. Pris, staying in a nice hotel, eating out and being served. Like you we saunter down the streets and take in local shops and points of interest.

Or, we'll rent a car and see the sights along the way.

It's been too long since we've had a vacation. Gee, I'm ready, let's go!

Pris

FJ said...

No, Z, I'm NOT a walker. The only walking I'd ever do on a vacation is from the hotel room to the beach... or perhaps to a nearby retaurant.

Z said...

Pris...I'm STILL typing..I'm with YOU..."let's GO"!

FJ...me, too.......that's my idea of walking on a vacation (or any time, actually....to food!) Sometimes, sadly, it's just to my kitchen!!

beamish said...

I walk to the store for a pack of cigarettes when I need exercise.

Deborah on the Bayside said...

Die Wanderung is great -- as long as I get back to my hotel, spa and hot shower by dark! Never camping out -- that would be a hotel that doesn't have a full kitchen with dishwasher in the room.

Agricultural forays - I have a favorite and growing list of u-picks from here to Portland. They can bring delightful pastoral interludes. Like last year's surprise picnic stop right in a glade on the Rogue River.

Little music fests, theater, family get togethers, and reading is heaven. Anything that changes the pace of the usual routine. As long as we can set up house, cook in comfort. Like an occasional meal out to be a special treat instead of a daily drudge and expensive time waster. I am blessed with Mr. Bayside who shares these sentiments exactly. Too bad he doesn't feel the same way about hiking.

Love the planning when it leads to new discoveries. Ain't the web great?

Z said...

Beamish! Keep cracking me UP!

Deborah..it is a blessing when our spouse has the same kind of pace and finds the same stuff fun..Mr. Z would like a BIT more exercise but he goes on his own if I'm being lazy.
It's not like I WON'T walk, I just want to be GOING SOMEWHERE when I walk....kind of a reward!? !!

And, I don't want to cook on a vacation...but I look forward to it when I'm back home!

I have had very fun camper trips on the ocean, etc...cooked in the camper, too........but before Mr. Z, so we don't talk about that stuff much (smile!)

Jen aka Pinky said...

I like mountain vacations. A cabin with a cozy place to sleep and lots of good reading. Cold temps with lots of hot things to drink.

If it's warm weather? I need ocean to calm be down.

MK said...

I don't mind walking a bit if there's something nice to see, but not days and days.

Mark said...

My favorite vacations are the ones where my wife leaves me alone for a while.

(Few and far between)

Mark said...

Seriously, though. We drove to Kansas last summer to visit my aged mom and most of my siblings and my kids and grandkids. I don't think any vacation is as nice as being able to spend time with your family, especially when you rarely get to see them, regardless of what you do with them.