I will be in Europe during the second half of June speaking at various events and taking a few days vacation. This is my 10th trip to Europe over the past 10 years or so and it will certainly be my most adventurous visit. Instead of spending significant time in places that I have previously visited such as London, Prague, Germany, Amsterdam, and Switzerland, I decided to see as many places as possible during my visit. After Tore Bleken invited me to speak at the VFP user group in Oslo, Norway this year, he told me he was planning on attending the Prague VFP DevCon conference by driving from Oslo to Prague. I decided that it would be fun to drive with him and he and I planned out some details in the weeks prior to the conference. He attended the DevEssentials conference in Kansas City where I spoke in early June so we time to work out many of the trip details in advance. We created a plan to drive to Stockholm Sweden, Copenhagen Denmark, Berlin Germany, into Prague Czech Republic over 3 days. The drive is under 20 hours, so we will drive about 7 hours per day. We should arrive in Prague the evening of Sunday June 20th. My younger brother J.D. will arrive in Prague (his first visit to Europe) on the morning of Monday June. Then on June 24th, J.D. and I will drive with Tore from Prague through Salzburg Austria and northern Italy to Zurich Switzerland. On June 25th, I speak at the TechDay in Zurich. On June 26th, Tore leaves on his own to drive to Frankfurt to pick up his family for some vacation time around Europe. Then on Monday June 28th, J.D. and I will take a train through Germany into Amsterdam where I will speak at the Netherlands VFP user group that evening. The plan is for J.D. to fly home to Phoenix and I fly home to Seattle on June 30th.
Europa Tour in Europa trip itinerary:
Wed June 16th - Seattle, WA U.S.
Thr June 17th - Fly to London U.K. (Gatwick), fly from (Heathrow) to Oslo Norway, speak at VFP user group in Oslo.
Fri June 18th - Drive to Stockholm Sweden for dinner and walk around downtown.
Sat June 20th – Drive to Copenhagen Denmark for lunch and then to Berlin Germany for dinner.
Sun June 21st – Spend time in Berlin, drive to Prague Czech Republic.
Mon June 21st - Prague VFP DevCon conference.
Tue June 22nd - Prague VFP DevCon conference.
Wed June 23rd - Prague VFP DevCon conference, drive to Salzburg Austria.
Thu June 24th - Drive to Innsbruck Austria through northern Italy, then St. Moritz Switzerland for dinner, then through Lichtenstein on into Zurich.
Fri June 25th - Speak at Microsoft TechDay in Zurich on VS 2005 and VFP 9.0, take a train to Luzern and tour around the lake on a dinner boat named MS Europa.
Sat June 26th - Take Glacier Express panoramic train ride through Alps to Zermatt (Matterhorn).
Sun June 27th - Take train to Interlaken and have lunch dinner on the high peaks near the Eiger and other key mountains in the Alps.
Mon June 28th - Take train through Frankfurt Germany into Amsterdam Netherlands and speak at VFP user group that evening.
Tue June 29th - Tour around Amsterdam.
Wed June 30th - Fly home to Seattle after visiting 11 European countries in 14 days.