Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Cathedral in Sienna

I have my ticket to travel already, leaving end of March with a very loose sort of itinerary. Each time I'm in a church, my prayer is that I will be able to continue to travel and see such gorgeous places. This is truly a sumptuous church, I was here 20 years ago and it had made such an impression on me that I knew I wanted to come back. The opportunity to do that was last April/May as part of a trip to Rome and Florence. I am grateful for my life!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Travel plans for 2018

Are Americans the only ones in the world always mulling over New Year's resolutions? Do we only decide to change our lives at the start of a new year? Why? We should be constantly taking stock of life and reorder it whenever we can rather than at the start of the year. Do I have any or have I made any new year resolutions? No. I make changes constantly throughout the year. At this moment I have a ticket to fly in 2 months and that will already take me well into half the year. I have young friends who are still mulling over travel. Its tough especially when there are so many destinations but the plan should be to take one country or one city at a time. Start with a very simple and rudimentary plan and as one's expertise increases, then to make more elaborate plans. Young people are so lucky. There are a lot of budget airlines flying to the major cities in the world. There are lots of new concept hostels with incredible locations. The reason to stay at home has diminished. I celebrate my 66 birthday in a week and I'm still doing hostels and backpacks!

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Summer 2015

I made sure I was in Stockholm for mid summer celebration and I was but it was rained out. I was hoping to wear a flower crown and dance round the pole but the place was so wet and  muddy. I want a do over!

Monday, January 01, 2018

Happy New Year 2018

2017 was a great year but 2018 is already shping to be even more wonderful. It is going to be another wanderlustful year. I have my plane ticket already and the dates made out and it is coming up sooner than anticipated. I am not complaining. I was here in Mystra on the Peloponese in March 2011 and this will be my first stop among many many others. May your 2018 be full and wanderlustful too!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

2018? Are you here yet?

I'm plotting my escape and am finalizing the details. It is going to be another epic journey, hopscotching all over the place. It is exciting and scary at the same time. Didn't someone say, do things that scare you. I am!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Fast away the old year passes

It wasn't that long ago, like April 2017 that I was here. The next April is approaching too and fast. I haven't even put down the dates for my travel plans which I must do very soon.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Books, books and more books

Daunt books in the city of Marylebone, London is almost iconic. It has been here for ages and just as a visit to London is not without a visit to Foyles Books, similarly any visit to London cannot be without a visit to Daunt Books. Foyles is a multi story bookstore in London and is a new store. Daunt has been around for a while and has a lot of books on travel. I asked the clerk, 'where is Scotland?' To which he replied, 'its up here!' Its quiet and a wonderful respite from the frenetic pace of London. Try it the next time you are in London. You'll agree!