Friday, January 23, 2015

The Grand tour

Only for the young? Not so. Baby Boomers can embark on their own Grand Tour. We are scared and apprehensive. I am too even though I have traveled so much. It is a little overwhelming, to be in a different part of the world, where the language is different, the food is different and we keep getting lost. The mind and body just refuses to undertake such a daring feat. It takes too much out of us. Why don't we just pick up the TV remote, put our feet up and watch others do it. But little do we know that the fun and thrill is on the other side of the television screen! If we don't put on our walking shoes and pack our belongings into a small tote, head out the door, for the airport, we'd be spared the expense. The money will still be in our bank account and not dispersed among the airlines, the pensions, the restaurants, the train companies and whoever else. Well, that's another way of looking at life. Sure we can live like that. In the end, the decision is ours to make. The Grand tour was a much later invention, late 18th C. The first visitors to Rome were the Barbarians whose main intent was to plunder and pillage. Then the pilgrims came since this was the seat of the Holy Roman Empire. Then the English people followed, the earliest guidebooks were written by Murray and by the 19thC, you are not educated unless you've been on the Grand tour of the major capitals of Western Europe. And people became enamored with ruins, the older the ruin, the better. They haven't stopped. Visitors continue to trample all over Rome. It's a wonder to see the numerous groups all over the major sites in Rome, following a leader holding up a flag or an umbrella. These days they have clipped on microphones. Besides the ruins, there are wonderful palaces which are now museums and hold some of the world's most beautiful art whether they be paintings, sculptures or furnishings. Rome is incredible. Rome has older history than Paris or London. Try some 'dolce far niente', the sweet doing of nothing! Drink some coffee and just watch life go by in front of you! Don't forget the famous Tiber river!

Rome, Italy

Oh, to be in Rome again and very soon. I can't wait.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Biot, near Nice, France

Once in a while in our travels we bump into weddings. We've bumped into weddings in Avignon and in Rothenburg, Germany and it is a lot of fun. Here we were enjoying the pretty pastel colored village of Biot when suddenly church bells rang for a wedding. Imagine walking in your heels on those cobbled stones, lovely!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Barcelona, Gaudi

As I wrote this morning about Barcelona, I realized how I have forgotten how much fun this city was. I had forgotten how brilliant Gaudi was that there is still no one like him.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sunday musings

I love Youtube not so much for the entertaining aspects but more to learn stuff that people do to make money on the Internet. Some of them just wants to sell a program or a subscription but I just watch the free stuff. Its fun to learn what the top Kindle publishers are doing to make money. I learned a few things today. So maybe my next Kindle book is for the baby boomers of which I am one. 'How to still travel when your financial portfolio has taken a hit. I think many of us boomers are in this category and we probably think the times when we can still travel is over. Do not despair. We may not be able to stay in those 4 or 5 star hotels or eat fancy meals but we can still do hosteling. Its no shame for an older person to be in a hostel. I've met lots of them because I'm a hosteler myself. I have stayed in all kinds of accommodations and many are hostels. I can only say, stay fit because you might find yourself climbing up to the top bunk and I've done that many times even when I travel with younger people. For some reason they always stick me on the top bunk! This was a hostel in Vienna.

Winter blues

We're in the middle of winter and while it is so mild in Southern California, one still feel the winter blues and experiences cabin fever. I try to get out under the slightest pretense, get some milk, some toilet paper, some something just so I get to get out, walk to the nearest store. I can't help dreaming of the trips I will take as soon the weather warms up in Europe. Here I am dreaming of sunny South of France.

Friday, January 16, 2015

So Bloomsbury

Keep a part of Bloomsbury in your house. Put a bouquet of meadow flowers in a jug or any chipped vessel, place on top of some old books and display it. Keep an altar for Bloomsbury in a corner of your house and your heart.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Charleston, the Kindle book

This was supposed to be the cover but for some reason, it did not load. I think Kindle doesn't like pictures that stands tall, it wants those that are just taken horizontally. So from now on all paintings and photos are to be taken just as they can uploaded on Kindle. I was able to add a photo in the ebook. Its very exciting, am working on a couple more ebooks, then I go to Italy and be back with more. Then I have to build up my author's page on Amazon, update my Link in page, print and distribute some business card, work on my website. This is work!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Charleston farmhouse

Next Kindle project by popular demand. So I'm going to be really busy. Writing is my job now since I lost my other job.