asks: Assuming time and/or money were not issues, what does your idea of a perfect vacation look like?
Oh, don't I have extensive but completely vague thoughts about this.... :P
I've never traveled as much as I would have liked, so travel would DEFINITELY be on the menu! London and Florence are fantastic, but why repeat myself? Maybe more of Italy, something in eastern Europe, finally get to Egypt to see the pyramids? I've seen so little of the world that almost anywhere would feed my curiosity.
I'm enough of a tourist that I'd want to see all the sights, but I wouldn't want to be on a bus tour or any other American-sanitized, isolated situation: I'd want to see how the people really live.
Good travel companions: D. is actually excellent in this regard. While I tend to get caught up in history and museums, he finds the best local bakery. He's also a lot better at languages.
I'd want good conversation - this is why I love going to K.Zoo, Costume Con and the like: brains on display are fun
. If there are any noteworthy museums where I'm on this hypothetical vacation, I want to set up collection visits!
If there's a fencing club, I'd want to visit, if only to watch. Dragging the bag around can be a real pill, especially for traveling companions.
I'd want to stay someplace close to the middle of things - whether I'm in the city or the country, I don't want to be far from where I want to be.
I want to have to at least try to speak the local language, even if it's only to order lunch.
I'd want at least a month to do this in (yeah, I know I'm dreaming now)! It's criminal how very little vacation we get in the states, compared to the rest of the world.
And after all this, I'd need some recupe time. Maybe a few days at a spa, or a week in the middle of nowhere with a bag of books!