Armchair Traveler ~ France

Since travel is restricted, an Armchair Traveler journey to a favorite destination, France, is in order. France is a fabulous place to explore, from the Alps (do add Chamonix and Annecy to your bucket list), to Brittany (St Malo is fantastic), to Avignon and of course, to Paris.

“There are only two places in the world where we can live happy: at home and in Paris.”  Ernest Hemingway 

And there are so many other areas for me yet to discover. 

France is both a visual and gastronomic feast. The vistas are magnificent and memorable. Equally memorable is the cuisine from croissants and pain aux raisin at a neighborhood boulangerie to local bistro dining to incredible dinners. And of course, the magnificent wine and cheese. Yes, a journey to France is truly a unique experience.

I hope that this post lets you take a pause, think of memorable past journeys, plan future trips and enjoy your armchair travel. Not only peruse books, but watch favorite movies set where you want to explore, listen to the music of that area, and prepare special meals …. enjoy the journey! 

Savor your journeys… real, imagined or virtual, near or far.

Le cœur a ses raisons que la raison ne connaît pas. -Blaise Pascal

“The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of.”

 On ne voit bien qu’avec le coeur. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

We see well only with the heart.”

Le monde est un livre dont chaque pas nous ouvre une page. -Alphonse de Lamartine 

“The world is a book – with each step we open a page.” 

Quotes ~ Isolation ~ Solitude ~ Favorite Photos

I have always loved solitude … however, solitude is very different from isolation, or a government mandated “stay home” order (no date for the commencement of phase 2 in western Washington). Thought I’d share some thought provoking quotes about isolation and solitude and also some favorite photos from recent journeys. And yes, I am planning my next road trip. For now, armchair travel will suffice. 

Every terrorist regime in the world uses isolation to break people’s spirits. bell hooks

Many people, especially young people, would like to be more independent and on their own. But it is very difficult and they suffer from feelings of isolation. I think that is one reason why young readers support my work. Haruki Murakami  

Chekhov is this poet of melancholy and isolation and of wishing you were somewhere else than where you are. Salman Rushdie

The worst cruelty that can be inflicted on a human being is isolation. Sukarno

The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind. Albert Einstein

A man can be himself only so long as he is alone, and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom, for it is only when he is alone that he is really free. Arthur Schopenhauer

I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity. Albert Einstein

Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god. Francis Bacon

One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude. Aldous Huxley

Our language has wisely sensed the two sides of being alone. It has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word solitude to express the glory of being alone. Paul Tillich

Solitude is not the same as loneliness. Solitude is a solitary boat floating in a sea of possible companions. Robert Fulghum

Savor your journeys… real, imagined or virtual ..  near or far.

Addendum ~ Photos ~ Gig Harbor, WA ~ May 2020 ~ A Beautiful Afternoon

It rained this morning, but cleared in the afternoon. Gig Harbor is beautiful when it’s sunny, even when Mt. Rainier is not visible. Today I walked a different part of the harbor than on the week-end. Very glad for the variety ….

I love photography and think of it as trying to capture a moment or the perfect shot. Photos are a fabulous way to remember people, events and special places.

Savor your journeys … past, present and future … real and imagined, near and far.

 

Photos ~ Gig Harbor, Washington ~ May 2020

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Photos ~ Gig Harbor, Washington ~ May 2020

This past week-end was beautiful ~ sunny and clear ~ in the 80s. When we have days like this in the Pacific Northwest (known for drizzle, gray skies ~ which we will have most of this week) we take advantage!  There were many of us walking about Gig Harbor, soaking up the sun. Local restaurants were open for take-out and were doing a brisk business, which was great to see. 

I ordered take-out from a favorite restaurant, Devoted Kiss Café. Their Veggie Wrap is terrific and I am eagerly looking forward to their re-opening (no date set yet!) . 

On a clear day, you can see Mt Rainier in the distance ~ always spectacular.

Savor your journeys … past, present and future … real and imagined, near and far.

Magnets: Journeys ~ Cats ~Enchanting Phrases

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Magnets are great fun ~ they are marvelous travel mementos, easy to carry and will bring a smile as you recall your adventures to favorite places.

When browsing for your travel magnets, check out other magnets ~ you may find some that appeal to your sense of wonder or whimsy. 

 

And what collection would be complete without a cat or two… 

Since travel is restricted for a while, we armchair travelers have to be creative: photo books, cookbooks, virtual sites on-line, novels or movies set in areas we want to explore, history books, perhaps study a language, listen to music from a different part of the country or world, etc …. 

I wish you all good health (physical and mental) … In these very stressful times, I hope that this email lets you take a pause  …and know that we will all get through this…..

Savor your journeys… real, imagined or virtual, near or far.

Jameson ~ A Beautiful Cat Who Loves Puzzles ~ and Tummy Rubs

Jameson loves helping me work on puzzles ~ from sorting the pieces to laying on it and guarding it. The last puzzle had two extra pieces (??) which she obviously did not like. She somehow took a piece from the puzzle and laid it next to the two orphan pieces. When not working on puzzles, she loves to stretch out and have her tummy rubbed or nap in her basket. Now, onto our next puzzle. 

Helping sort the pieces …. Voila — it’s finished! 

Time to start another puzzle
Time to start another puzzle

Which horoscope am I ??? 

Let’s work on a new puzzle … I will protect it … 

Hurrah .. it’s finished …hmmm, 2 pieces left over…let’s make it 3 …. 

Time for a Tummy Rub ….and a Nap!! 

More info about Jameson … 

Jameson … a Cat Tale …

 

Photos ~ Gig Harbor, Washington ~ April 2020

Yesterday was a gorgeous, sunny day in Gig Harbor, perfect to walk about. On a clear day, you can see Mt Rainier in the distance ~ always spectacular.

I ordered take-out from a favorite restaurant, Devoted Kiss Café. Their Mediterranean Quiche is fabulous and I am eagerly looking forward to their re-opening. 

Spring is in the air – time for re-awakening.

Savor your journeys … past, present and future … real and imagined, near and far.

Armchair Traveler ~ Virtual Sites ~ Worldwide Museums

Since travel is more or less at a standstill, armchair travel is certainly more in vogue. Hopefully, it is a way to relieve stress and transport you for a while to a different place, perhaps a place you have dreamed of visiting.

Below is a fabulous site with Museums — MANY MUSEUMS!!! Some museums have setup a virtual tour while others have photos of their exhibits. Have you dreamt of visiting the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, The Palace of Versailles, The Acropolis Museum in Athens, The Olympic Museum in Lausanne, The White House, Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, National Gallery of Australia, The National Gallery of Prague, etc? Now, you can virtually browse and explore numerous museums from all over the world.

In addition, this site also has links to Getty Images and Life Photo Collection. You can easily spend hours exploring the incredible photos.

Enjoy your virtual journey ….. https://artsandculture.google.com/partner

Below are some favorites that I have visited and relive each time I browse these great sites. The only thing missing is the terrific food and wine I remember (including the BEST chocolate brownie at The Louvre)  … I will have to improvise …

The Louvre in Paris

https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne#tabs

The Vatican in Rome  http://www.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani/en/collezioni/musei/tour-virtuali-elenco.html

The Getty Museum in Los Angeles

https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/the-j-paul-getty-museum?hl=en

The British Museum in London

https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/

In these very stressful times, I hope that this blog post lets you take a pause — find a museum in an area you want to explore in the future, plan an ethnic meal, listen to music …and know that we will all get through this…..

Savor your journeys… real, imagined or virtual, near or far.

Below are some photos of the Metropolitan Museum (NYC) and some exterior photos of the Getty Museum (LA) ~ Looking forward to visiting them again!

Another favorite spot is the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, CA … a beautiful, serene place to walk about … When this is all over, I think that we will treasure our journeys so much more .. be they a long vacation, a one day excursion or a museum visit, in person!

Photos ~ Getty Villa, Pacific Palisades, CA

Armchair Travel ~ Museum of Flight, Seattle, Washington

I wrote the post (see below) 2 years ago … Now, you can visit this fabulous Museum virtually!

Check out museumofflight.org for a virtual tour! Enjoy …..

The Museum of Flight, home to more than 150 historic planes, spacecraft and related artifacts, celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2015. It offers an interactive experience for aviation enthusiasts and families at each of its main areas: the Great Gallery, the Tower at Boeing Field, the Red Barn, the Personal Courage Wing, the Space Gallery and the Airpark.

Start your adventure with a 30- or 60-minute guided tour of the Great Gallery. Walk among the reproductions and aircraft, ranging from an 1896 biplane glider to the popular M-21 Blackbird spy plane. Indulge your Red Baron fantasies by climbing into the cockpit of an SR-81 Blackbird or an F/A-18 Hornet.

If feeling adventurous, check out the X-Pilot simulator and take the controls. Fly a jet fighter or a WWII combat plane, engage in a dog fight, doing loops and 360 degree rolls. The 13-seat 4D-X simulator is tamer with 3-D graphics and some motion.

Space Exhibit Area 

In the space exhibit areas, marvel at the advances from Sputnik to the Mars Viking Lander, explore a full size replica of the International Space Station’s Destiny Research Lab, pilot a lunar module and try your hand at space docking, using the Manned Maneuvering Unit.

Visit the Tower to learn about flight and air traffic control and listen to real-time communications at King County International Airport, adjacent to the museum.

The Red Barn houses Boeing’s original manufacturing plant and early aircraft designs plus the beginnings of commercial aviation, including early ads from airlines extolling their new aircraft and on-board services.

Walk among 18 WWI aircraft and 10 WWII fighter aircraft, read stories, watch films and enjoy the interactive exhibits in the Personal Courage Wing.

Take the walkway bridge to The Space Gallery where you can climb onto the full-scale mock-up of the NASA Space Shuttle Trainer, more than 100 feet long and four stories high. The gallery also houses a Russian Soyuz space capsule plus artifacts from recent space flight ventures.

Two of the most popular exhibits are in the Airpark: the first Air Force One (used by Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon) and a Concorde. Stroll down the aisles, sensing their history, and as throughout the museum, there are docents available to answer your questions.

The web site has information about weekend lectures and special events and exhibits  including the acquisition of a 787.      www.museumofflight.org

Savor your journeys… real, imagined or virtual ..  near or far