I have dreamed about world travel since I was a very young woman in Massachusetts. Then I married young and had a family. The extent of travel during those years consisted of going to kid-oriented activities–the beach, amusement parks, and the like. I moved my family to Northern California in 1981. For the next few years, we drove up and down the coast and went to Hawaii several times as well. Not exactly world travel, but great nonetheless.
In 2001, I met my husband Bob, who would make my dreams of foreign travel come true. Our first trip out of the country a sailing trip out of San Diego to the Coronados islands off the coast of Mexico on New Year’s Eve. The following year we went to Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico for New Years Eve. Since then, we have returned to Mexico a number of times and have vacationed in Nuevo Vallarta in the state of Nayarit ( Flamingos, Paradise Village, Bucerias, LaCruz, and Sayulita); San Carlos in Sonoma; and Cabo San Lucas in Baja, California (also Todos Santos, La Paz, and San Jose del Cabo). In addition, we’ve taken two trips to Hawaii–our wedding trip to Maui, then to Kauai to celebrate some dear friends’ anniversary.
I had to search to find travel pictures of us–we take hundreds of places and things but very few of ourselves. I’ve included a few highlights of the past 13 years.
Other places we’ve visited include:
EUROPE (2004, 2005, 2011, 2012)
France (Paris, Provence, the Loire Valley, Normandy, and Monet’s Gardens in Giverny), Germany (Hamburg), England (London), and Greece (stays in Athens; Naphtlio, the islands of Poros, Santorini, Mykonos, and Siphons as well as several others during a 7-day Cycladic cruise)
CANADA (2009, 2010, 2014, 2015)
Montreal, Quebec, Vancouver, and Victoria
AUSTRALIA (2006 and 2014)
Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney, Hawks Nest (a beachfront community near Newcastle, Melbourne, Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast, and Airlie Beach in the Whitsunday Islands
NEW ZEALAND (2015)
Ten days in Auckland, a 12-day cruise around both islands, and four days in Pahia on the north coast
ALASKA (2015)–well, OK, Alaska is not a foreign country, but it looks and feels lIke one
Seven-day Inside Passage cruise followed by ten days inland during which we visited Seward, Anchorage, Talkeetna, and Fairbanks
Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, Belize City
Additionally, we’ve done some cruising:
– a small boat (26 people) cruise of the Cycladic islands in Greece
– two mega boat cruises–one around New Zealand and the other to Alaska via the Inside Passage
– the most intimate, a charter share that we did on a 42-ft sailboat within the Argolis Bay in the Peloponnese (Greece).
I started this blog during our first trip to Greece in 2011; maybe one day I’ll fill in our earlier travel. In 2012, we started a Travel Bucket List and are checking it off–so far we’ve done New Year’s Eve in Sydney, taken an Alaskan cruise, and snorkeled in Belize. Later this year (2016) we are planning a European river cruise.
“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends,
but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers.
The mind can never break off from the journey.”
– Pat Conroy