Barcelona, Florence and Rome, here we come! A quick post on mode of transport while in Europe. After the butt-numbing 13 hour flight on KLM to Amsterdamâ€¦the thought of more airtime really weighed heavily on our psyche. So here is the dreamy Marketman post on how to get around the continent with style. From Amsterdam to Barcelona, rent this fantastic silver BMW motorbike (also rent outrageous leather outfit if that is your thing) and cruise at 140kph for several hours until you cross France and into Northern Spainâ€¦ Send your maletas by fedex to your next destination and obtain helmets for Mrs. Marketman and find a way to squeeze in the Kidâ€¦
After dropping off the BMW in Barcelona, (btw, those out of country drop-off charges can be wicked pricey!) and touring the city for several days, head to the docks beside the Barcelona Aquarium to board a friendâ€™s spectacular 150 foot yacht that can comfortably sleep 12 with a crew of 8 on board. Relax in calm Mediterranean waters as you cruise along the French Riviera sipping champagne and consuming jamon jabugo like it was your last meal on the planet. Take your green Philippine passports out before docking at Positano in Northern Italy and hope the local customs officer doesnâ€™t think you are there to jump boat and seek work on land.
After finding oneâ€™s balance back on land, I am not that fond of boats, and perhaps after a lunch at the restaurant of the Splendido Hotel, figure out how to gracefully squish 3 people into a nice bright red Ferrari that the rental agency has delivered to the hotel parking lot for the next few days of sightseeing in Tuscany. My daughter screeched when the idea that she would be left behind at the hotel cropped up during lunch. As the cypress trees, beautiful vineyards and olive groves pass in a blur caused by the near 160kph average cruising speed, my cellphone rings and it is the folks at American Express telling me they have shut down my card for excessive dreamingâ€¦and I snap back awake.
It doesnâ€™t hurt to aim high, right? Heeheehee.