So it has been a month of being out of the US, longest vacation ever. Biked about 16 km today - was overcast, but the humidity has been climbing over the past week. Have learned more about this region's history: Was occupied during WW II, some report a sense of "resistance" is still felt. Was imagining this landscape during war, and the poverty and loss which followed. Plan to take some portraits of the people, along with more landscape and architecture. Have finalized our "vacation within a vacation"; Pisa and Florence, Italy in early July for 1 week. Found travel is quicker and easier taking a train (northeast 2-1/2 hours) to Paris, then getting on a plane to Italy for about 1-1/2 hours (southeast), than it would be to try to travel southeast from where we are. Everything must go through Pairs first - a statement probably started by Napoleon. Discovered "Amazon UK", and ordered an Italian phrasebook, along with two other books about France - package got here in about three days - pretty amazing. M
When I started this blog in May 2007, it was for the sole purpose of staying in touch with friends and family while we traveled to Europe for three months. I am still staying in touch. "Traveller's Joy" clematis vitalba: Wildflower found throughout southwest Europe/Africa. Used for medicinal purposes and found "climbing and covering" the roadsides of Europe.
We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential. ~Ellen Goodman