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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Spain: Welcome to Valencia! ... Part 3

No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until
he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.

Part 3

One of many beautiful cathedrals in Valencia, Spain
Welcome to Spain!
Inviting.  Friendly.  Festive.  Loud.
Hot (even in September).

Arriving at the Valencia airport, we hailed a taxi.
Driver didn't speak English and was not clear 
where our flat was located.
I called the flat's owner, Lauren, and handed her over to the driver.
Luckily, my iPhone was working.
(didn't work in Italy...long story)
And luckily, Lauren spoke the English and the Spanish.

  After 20 minutes of wandering through the lovely
city of Valencia, he pulled over on a busy street
and motioned us to get out.
"Where do we go from here?" I asked Rob.
"Quick, call the landlord," he responded. 
Lauren gave me directions and met us halfway down
the cobblestone path that led to our adorable flat.
The courtyard below our flat
UNICEF building steps in the courtyard of our flat.

The cafe around the corner from our flat.  Did I mention that the food was delicious?
I love churches, cathedrals, and museums
A warm and windy day by the Mediterranean Sea.
Beautiful sand art of The Last Supper

Beauty abounds in the cathedrals 
Bustling streets of Valencia, Spain

We met warm and friendly people along our journey
from all over the world.
Those who spoke the English, we talked and made friends,
and will keep in touch, thanks to Facebook.

Now, lets hop a train to

Our 2-hour train ride from Valencia to Barcelona along the Mediterranean Sea

See you in Barcelona on my next blog!

May the Lord make your love for one another and for all people
grow and overflow, just as our love for you overflows.
I Thessalonians 3:12

I wish you oceans of travel blessings!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Ciao! From Italy, With Love ... Part 2

When you're traveling, you are what you are right then and there.
People don't have your past to hold against you.
No yesterdays on the road.  Enjoy that luxury.

Part 2
On a hill overlooking Florence, Italy
After arriving in Rome (great flights, by the way)
we hopped a train and two hours later we arrived in Florence.
Even though we were now on Italian time (6 hours ahead of South Carolina time)
I was all eyes from the moment I stepped off the plane until we
arrived in Florence.

Words cannot describe my love for this city.
Pictures cannot capture the beauty of the 
architecture.  the people.  the food.
the land.

Eleven days in wonderful Tuscany. 
Rob and I made each moment count.
Whether we were strolling cobblestone streets,
savoring the food in outdoor cafes (the best spaghetti I've ever tasted),
or touring the hills of Tuscany in our 1972 Fiats,
we soaked in the glory of each day.

Due to circumstances beyond my control,
I couldn't log into my blog so I was six weeks without blogging.
But I did write in my journal.  Whew!

Sometimes less is more, so this blog is focused more on the visual and less on words.

The street where we lived for eleven days.
Our flat was just above the Gucci Store.
"Temptation, get away!"

Three flights of stairs brought us to our one bedroom flat,
complete with kitchen and washer/dryer.

A day in the hills of Tuscany in our 1972 Fiats
with son Jason and Xyla, Rob and me.
Our Fiats took us to a hill where we dined el fresco!
Did I mention the Italian food?
(Did I mention that I gained 10 pounds?)

Who's leaning, me or the Leaning Tower of Pisa?

Another day in the Tuscany hills.
Dining at a local farm/winery

Dining at a Tuscany farm/winery.
Jason, do not touch my pasta!

Too much food to post on one blog.
This is one of Xyla's favorites.

A famous bridge across the Florence canal.
Xyla, Rob, and me sharing a cozy moment.

We had the luxury of taking our time to enjoy each day.
Coffee and light breakfast in our flat.
Morning touring at our own pace.
Stopping for a relaxing outdoor lunch.
Home for a shower and afternoon siesta (a nice way to deal with 'jet lag).
Then venturing out in the evening for a late dinner 'cause
that's what they do in Europe ... dine late, and stay late!

Now, my suggestion:  Go make your own memories.
Discover new territory.
Learn from your own experiences.
Whether in a foreign country, or in your own neighborhood,
gather pictures to look back on when you're
relaxing in your rocking chair on the front porch,
or, like me, chilling on my backyard screened portch.

See you next blog in ...

The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the skies announce what His hands have made.
Psalm 19:1

Thank you, Jason and Xyla

Thursday, October 12, 2017

I'm home! At last ... Part 1

Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember,
and remember more than I have seen.

Rob and son Jason having fun in Berlin, Germany

Part 1
I've been in Europe for the past six weeks,
and for some strange reason that I cannot figure out,
I wasn't able to write or edit my blog.
Go figure.
Quite frustrating.
However, I'm back in the good ol' USA and back to blogging.

This blog will be short,
but soon I'll be writing a few blogs on our latest travels to
and Germany.
Food.  People.  Customs.
Beautiful Scenery galore.

Familial Church in Barcelona, Spain
I love traveling to different countries,
but as I mentioned in my last blog,
after traveling to 15+ countries,
Rob and I had no plans to travel international again.
But then out of nowhere, our son, Jason, called Rob
and announced that he wanted to take us to Europe
for his "70th Birthday."
So after the shock wore off,
Rob gave him a big, "Yes!"
How could we refuse?
So away we flew, for six weeks.

Thank you, Jason and Xyla,
for a wonderful birthday gift that your Dad will always remember.
And for the most valuable gift of all ...
Jason and his mean stepmother
... spending quality time with you on a journey we will never forget.

Xyla, Rob, and son Jason
Berlin, Germany

Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.
However many years we may live,
let us enjoy them all.
Ecclesiastes 11:7-8

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Lady Traveler is flying away!

Savor little glimpses of God's goodness and His majesty,
thankful for the gift of them:
winding pathways through cobbled streets,
a bright green canopy of vineyards,
and dappled sunshine falling all around.

(hot air balloon in Paris 2014)

We had no longer unpacked our motor home, took a few deep breaths,
kicked off our shoes ...
when the phone rang.
"Who was it?" I asked.
"What did our California son have to say?"
Rob smiled. "You're not going to believe this."
"Try me," I said.
"For my 70th birthday he wants to take us to ..."
"Italy, Spain, Germany ..."

From left: my brother John, me, Rob, Xyla (Jason's sweetheart), and son Jason
Zion, Utah 2016

We were caught completely off guard.
Well, it has finally sunk in ...
We're flying to Europe for six weeks!

In a nutshell:
Flying to Rome, Italy.
Hop a train to Florence.
Bicycle through the city.
Spend days in Tuscany.
Wine, food, sunshine, and
quality time with Jason and Xyla.

I haven't been to Italy, but here's a photo of our trip to Istanbul, Turkey 2008

Fly to Valencia, Spain.
Spend days biking around the seaside city.
Wine, food, sunshine, Jason and Xyla.
Take a train to Barcelona.
Spend days biking along the sea; more wine, food, sunshine.

I haven't been to Spain to see the magnificent churches, but here's a photo of a
beautiful church in Istanbul, Turkey

Fly to Stockholm, Sweden.
Stay with our Swedish friends for 10 days.
We hooked up with our Swedish friends in Paris 2014

We fly to Berlin, Germany.
Stay a few days sightseeing with Jason and Xyla,

No matter where we're traveling, 
we look forward to
meeting new friends along the way,
listening to their stories,
and sharing our testimony and God's love.

We are leaving in two weeks.
Jason has reserved lovely, cozy apartments,
made flight arrangements.

Motor home is in storage.
House sitter arranged.
Popcorn will be house-hopping ...

We are feeling very thankful and blessed.

Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God.
I Peter 1:18  The Message

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Safe at home ... for now.

To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive.

Home sweet home

We all like to travel.
Whether through a movie,
a book,
a song,
or through the eyes of another.

Travel takes us away from reality.

But at the end of a movie, a book, and a song,
we have to come to reality.

No matter what your reality is,
know there is Someone who is
watching over you.

He wants the best for you.
Know that it's okay to make mistakes.
He doesn't keep score.
Don't be concerned about meeting others 
He doesn't put those expectations on you.
Others do.
And you.
Stop it.
Get a grip.
Say a prayer.
Take a deep breath.
And begin living the life that God has for you.

I'm back home now.
Slowly putting everything back in its place.
Laundry.  Food.  Clothes.  Stuff.

Back home to write.  And play.

I love to travel,
but it's so nice to be back home
where I can kick off my shoes and be free!

Until next time,
I wish you oceans of summer's end blessings!

Stand at the crossroads and look ...
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your soul.
Jeremiah 6:16

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

My Old Kentucky Home

Kentucky is noted for horses and bourbon
so after a morning at The Old Friends Horse Farm,
we drove a few miles east to Kentucky's oldest distillery.

Woodford Reserve, the first Kentucky distillery
Cozy lounge with large leather chairs and sofas.
and shelves and shelves of bourbon in all shapes and sizes.
We met our new RV rowdy roadies at the distillery lounge.
And we are sober!  Honest!  
Beautiful rolling hills on the distillery grounds.
We don't drink bourbon, so we didn't take the tour.
Well, I did order a mint julep a few years ago in Savannah, Georgia,
in celebration of the Kentucky Derby.
But after two sips, I couldn't finish it -- way too strong for this lady.
so ...
A long, windy, narrow road led us to my kind of hangout ...

Prodigy Winery and Vineyards
Prodigy Winery and Vineyards is the perfect place to relax, kick off your shoes and
do some wine tasting.
Lots of extravagant lady's Kentucky derby hats,
gifts, and wine!
A complimentary wine glass with wine tasting.
Because I'm such a good girl, Robinski bought me a bottle of dry red wine.
Calm serenity overlooking the vineyards (a pond is to the right)

Travel Tip:  Try not to cram too much into one day.

After such a full day of touring, its always nice to come home
to our home-on-wheels, Moon River and have a glass of vino.
Inside our motor home, Moon River
Photo by Shawn Watson Photography
Rob and I thank the Lord every day for the opportunity to
travel across this beautiful land,
and meet kind and generous people who want the best for our country.
Let us continue to pray for our country,
for our men and women who are serving our country,
and for our President.

Before the mountains were brought forth, 
or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world,
even from everlasting to everlasting,
thou art GOD
Psalm 90:2

I wish you oceans of summer travel blessings!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Get Your Kicks on Route 66

Lady Traveler is getting her kicks on Route 66!

A Route 66 sign outside our restaurant window in
Evansville, IN
Our coach, Moon River, happily camouflaged at
the Waldorf Walmart in Evansville, Indiana 
Route 66 in Indiana

Our journey is taking you through
the bluegrass hills of Kentucky.
I'm sure I'm just scratching the surface of this beautiful state
But remember, a picture can be worth a thousand words.

My old Kentucky Home

Staying at Whispering Hill RV Park in Georgetown, Kentucky was a welcome 6-day stop.

Whispering Hills 
A fishing pond
A swimming hole
An hour swim in an empty pool is a tranquil delight

Our first day: we bought tickets online to the Ark Encounter
Noah's Ark in Williamsburg KY
I had some questions answered about
The Ice Age.  Dinosaurs.  Etc.
Make sure you stop by.  There is a nice restaurant and
seniors can eat a nice buffet for $9.00 while overlooking the hills of Kentucky.

The next day we drove to The Creation Museum,
forty-five minutes northeast of the Ark.
Well worth the drive to walk through this very informative museum.
Do you have questions about creation?
I did.
Come and find your answers at The Creation Museum.
I did.

Main Street in Georgetown is a quaint and inviting.
Lots of antique shops and eateries.
Needing a place to relax? We found this great little place, Fava's Diner of Georgetown.
All the catfish you can eat!  Delicious!

Our third day in Kentucky was a hum-dinger!
After breakfast, we drove a few miles west of Georgetown to
The Old Friends Horse Farm,
one of my favorite places in Kentucky.
My favorite book when growing up: "Old Bones"
True story of Kentucky Derby winner, Exterminator.

After spending time with over a hundred retired, and many famous, thoroughbreds,
I have hope for my retirement years!

I loved feeding them all the carrots they could eat.
After leaving our old friends,
we had a great afternoon, so
stay tuned for a wine tasting tour and a distillery visit -- next time!

Until then ...

Wherever your car takes you, I wish you oceans of Route 66 blessings!

For by Him were all things created,
that are in heaven, and that are in earth,
visible and invisible,
whether they be thrones, or dominions, or
principalities, or powers:
all things were created by Him, and for Him.
Colossians 1:16