We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I always wanted to go on one of these wine country barge cruises, either in the Rhone valley or in Burgundy. The way they are described in the brochures is lovely. The boats are fully staffed with chefs as well as wait staffs. The boat meanders through the French countryside at a slow pace, allowing the passengers to get off onto shore periodically to investigate, either by bus or bike, tasting rooms at the wineries along the way. After a refreshing time at sightseeing or wine tasting, the passengers return to the boat, to watch the sunset and eat a good dinner. Best of all, they don't have to pack and unpack every day, and are close enough to shore [sometimes very close] to get fresh bakery goods and meal makings every day.
A week of this kind of travel will relax the most tense of travelers. Bird Dog, I've always wondered why you didn't do this. With your taste for the finer things of life and the leisure to enjoy them, it would seem that it would be a natural fit for you.