Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Attraction

Frigo magnets represent some of the places we've been
Fall in love, see the world.

The fall in love is wonderful and entirely sufficient, even if we spent all our time in one place. The see the world is a bonus.

In the past couple of years, Donna-Lane and I have been (not necessarily in sequence) to the south of France (Argeles-sur-mer, our home base); Geneva (our second home base); other places in Switzerland such as Einseideln, Stans, Payerne, Neuchatel, Môtiers, Montreux, Morges, Martigny, Les Marécottes, Gland; through the Mont Blanc tunnel; Milan and Sesto Calende, Italy; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; London, Croydon, Brighton, and Oxford in the UK; Barcelona, Bisbal, and Figueras, Spain; Carcassone, Sete, Thuir, Maury, Banyuls, Collioure, Ferny-Voltaire, Evian, Perpignan, Villefranche-de-Conflent, Marseilles, Toulouse, Paris, and other locales in France; Saint Petersburg, Russia; plus part of our honeymoon in Arans and Andorra la Vella, Andorra.  Separately, I've been to Las Vegas, Atlanta, Houston, Orlando, Johnson City, Washington DC, Montreal, Berlin, and Dubai. D-L also went to Malta.

We saw the world's best-ever tennis pro, Roger Federer, play in person at the O2, and I was at the NCAA basketball Final Four and The Masters. We've taken in theatre in London, a Shakespeare-Dickens history walk, canal boat tours in Amsterdam and St. Pete, the Montreux Jazz Festival, Russian ballet and folk dances, and dozens of castles, cathedrals, museums, and Roman aqueducts and amphitheatres.

We have reveled in the spectacular scenery of the Alps, the Pyrenees, glacial lakes, and the sea. Centuries-old buildings and newly planted grapevines. Plus an abundance of flowers of every color, shape, and aroma.

Met old friends (mostly new to me) who originate from every region of the world: lots of writers, artists, film directors, doctors, economists, engineers, pilots, sailors, and much more.

Dined in everything from elegant restaurants to holes-in-the wall cafes, and tasted several dozen dishes I've never had before.

Started to learn French, but also dealt with Spanish, Catalan, Swiss-German, Russian, and other languages.

Not bragging (well, maybe a little), just really, really enjoying the opportunity to see so many places together with someone so special.

In the coming months, hopefully we'll also get to Ireland and Scotland (Saint Andrews, to be sure), more Germany and the UK, France and Switzerland of course, as well as continue our honeymoon in Monaco, San Marino, and Leichtenstein. Maybe even the relatively new principality of Sealand off the UK coast, if and when they can accommodate visitors.

Mostly we walk around the places we visit, soaking in the culture, the history, the art and architecture, the food - the richness of life. We also get to meet many interesting people who add to the richness.

It's an amazing world out there. Hope you get to see and experience some of it yourself.

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