After twenty five years of teaching, I was fortunate to retire in 2012. Chuck retired from Santa Rosa Junior College at the same time.
Suddenly, we controlled our time; we could decide where to put our energy, thought, and resources. We understood the paradox that although time stretched before us infinitely, it actually had become more finite. How we spent that infinite/finite time was precious. We did not want to stumble, but to stride into the future of our own choosing.
In the four years since we retired we have traveled to Istanbul, Ephesus, Athens, Santorini, the Mani Peninsula, London, the Cotswolds, Cornwall, Bath, Stratford on Avon, Oxford, Boston, New York, Oregon, Paris, the Ardeche, the Dordogne, Vence, Tolouse, Chamonix, Lisbon, Sintra, Val D’Aosta, Telluride, Moab, Steamboat Springs, Norway, Denmark, Hawaii, Sicily, Naples, Rome, Puglia, Tuscany.
We have visited the Blue Mosque, Topkapi, the Grand Bazaar, The Lion’s Gate at Mycenae, the library at Ephesus, Olympia, the Parthenon, the Cortaud Gallery, the Wallace Collection, Victoria and Albert Museum, Barbara Hepworth Gallery, Canterbury Cathedral, the Morgan Factory, Gloustershire Cathedral, Winchester Cathedral, Royal Shakespeare theater, Anne Hathaway Cottage, the Sheldonian, the Ashmolean, the Bodlean Library, Blenheim Palace, Lexington and Concord, Harvard campus, Metropolitan Museum, the Frick, Central Park, the Paris Auto Show, Musee Bourdelle, the Musee d’Orsay, the Grand Palais (Niki de Saint Phalle), the Tile Museum. These are only a few of our memorable visits.
We have visited famous gardens: Great Dixter, Sissinghurst, Wisley, the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Hidcote, Blenheim and others.
We have eaten and cooked more good meals using unexpected ingredients than imaginable. Our current favorite restaurant is Au Pasage in Paris; I just love being able to write a sentence like that.
We are traveling, eating, visiting so much that one trip has started to merge into another. I decided to put this blog together as a way to quickly refresh my memory. I can put in photos: where were we? what did we see? who were we with? where and what did we eat/cook. I can name the memorable sites, and try to capture the wonder we feel for where we have been.