Gary and I narrowed down vacation choices tonight.
Quebec City. Pros: inexpensive. Cons: not enough there to keep us for a week, I think.
Hawaii - the Big Island. Pros: lava! Hattie! Cons: been there (Maui).
A Mediterranean cruise. Gary pulled this out of nowhere. Pros: we could spend a few days in Venice before. Cons: expensive.
The cities below were met with Gary's scorn and were deleted from the list.
Tokyo. "No! It's dirty and crowded and too expensive." I began to explain that the Japanese are supposedly a nation of germophobes and I can't picture them tolerating dirt, but the goal was to strike choices off the list.
Ireland. We're city folk, not country folk, and the focus in Ireland does seem to be on the landscape.
Buenos Aires. I believe they are truly toting Argentine pesos about in wheelbarrows, but it's a false economy to go to a cheap city you were never interested in visiting. It's the tuna fish coupon of travel.
Tofino Canada. The week we plan to go is in June, and Gary got the idea that June is spring break in Tofino. It sounded to me like the Relais & Chateaux concierge would chase any spring breakers off our beach, but again, the goal was to delete.
Now, according to a budget travel article I read on stalking natural disasters, where we should be going right now is Sicily, in the hopes that Etna scares tourists off. Ghoulish but appealing.