Camino de Santiago, Camino Portuguese, National & State Parks, Random Thoughts, Road Trips, Travel Abroad, Travel Tips
Social distancing. It’s the new catch phrase (hashtag). Unless you’ve been living in the most remote parts of the world, you’re well-aware of the headlines. The coronavirus has been declared, by the world health organization, to be a pandemic. And, to go along with that bit of news, it has been suggested, worldwide, that we all engage in the practice of social distancing.
Coronavirus outbreak, it’s the headline being heard around the world. Wherever you are in this vast world of ours, you’ve surely read the headlines, or listened to a broadcast, about the spread of the virus. The news is inescapable.
What I don’t know about art could fill a book, but I know what I like and that’s all that matters, right? What’s that old saying, beauty is in the eye of the beholder? It’s common knowledge the museums of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC are well-known and highly regarded. However, it’s not so commonly known that the Sackler and Freer Galleries, together form the Smithsonian’s museums of Asian Art. They may not be as well-known, but they are definitely well-worth visiting.
Any visit to Washington, DC should include a walk on the National Mall. One can easily spend an entire day walking and exploring the 2-mile loop trail along the National Mall and another 2-mile loop around the Tidal Basin. Taking in the sites and memorials that line the mall will keep everyone interested. To make it easier for visitors to the city, we’re sharing a few insider tips and helpful hints, for taking a walk on the National Mall.
I’m not one to have a “bucket list” nor do I proclaim New Year’s resolutions. I’m finding the
older more experienced I get the less I worry about long-term planning, or pretty much making any plans at all. Perhaps it has something to do with retirement and the level of flexibility and freedom it offers. Or, maybe, it’s just because I’ve stopped worrying about what might happen, opting instead to live in the here and now.
To say the least it’s been a rough start to the new year, the new decade. I’m not sure anything more could happen to make the headlines around the world any worse, but I shouldn’t jinx it. The images and reports coming out of Australia are heartbreaking. Puerto Rico has declared a state of emergency after a series of earthquakes, and hundreds of thousands protesters, led by the courage of a seventeen-year-old girl, are taking to the streets every Friday around the world, to bring awareness to climate change. And, of course, the contentious conflict between the US and Iran, which has me thinking of our travels through Iran.
I’m not a big fan of New Year’s Eve and all that it entails. I’d much rather snuggle up for the evening with the one I love most, with a big bowl of popcorn, and watch a classic movie, such as the one I share every year at this time. And, this year because I think we all need an extra hug, I’m including my absolute favorite version of Auld Lang Syne for your listening pleasure. Cheers!
Each year for the past several years I’ve published a list of Christmas quotes; a list of inspiration if you will. It’s no surprise that I think the past couple of years, in particular, have found many of us in need of a little extra dose of holiday inspiration; something to help us find joy in the moment while we hold on to hope for the future.
Maybe some sort of Christmas miracle? Or, at the very least a beautiful Christmas melody to make us smile and cry with emotion at the same time. Take a few minutes and listen until the end, I promise it will touch your heart.
Sometimes, the best travel treasures can be found in one’s backyard, or within just a couple of hours drive. Road trips are probably our most favorite mode of travel, followed closely by train travel. We decided to jump start our Christmas holiday with a yuletide road trip that took us just beyond our backyard to the Brandywine Valley which stretches across the borders of Pennsylvania and Delaware.