Armchair Traveler ~ Classic National Geographic Magazine ~ January 1943

On a recent visit to Boise, Idaho, I purchased three old National Geographic Magazines at the Main Library. The January 1943 issue has 6 articles, including 16 pages of illustrations in color. As it was published during World War II, five of the six articles pertain to the War. Two articles specifically stood out to me.

The first, “American Bombers Attacking from Australia” contains a lot of information about U.S airmen at an active war base. The correspondent spent time with the airmen, including going on several dangerous missions. The 20 page article takes the reader into the heroic lives  of these airmen. The photos are a fascinating look book at history.

As I read the article, I was thinking of how this and similar articles would be eagerly read by the families and friends of military who were stationed in the South Pacific. There is a terrific two page map and I bet it was the first time that many people saw where the Gilbert Islands, Solomon Islands, etc. were located.

The second article, “Your Dog Joins Up” is on a slightly lighter note. But again, it brings the war home to the reader. Any owner of a dog would relate to the article and learn a lot about canine training. The author spent time at a K-9 training center in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. It was the first time the US trained dogs to use in a war.

Dogs were trained as messengers, carrying medical supplies, dragging telephone wires to the front lines plus guarding and patrolling. The author points out that by day, a dog could be friendly but at night, on patrol, that dog would become a suspicious, watchful beast.

 

Check out your library or used book stores for ideas for your journeys. The articles and photos will conjure up future journeys and/or have you reminiscing about previous journeys. And, they are also great history lessons — which is a fabulous part of taking a journey.

 

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

The Sea ~ Quotes ~ Photos

The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. ~ Kate Chopin

Meet me where the sky touches the sea. Wait for me where the world begins. ~ Jennifer Donnelly

Don’t sit and wait. Get out there, feel life. Touch the sun, and immerse in the sea. ~ Rumi 

I am alone again and I want to be so; alone with the pure sky and open sea. ~ Friedrich  Nietzsche

At sea, I learned how little a person needs, not how much. ~ Robin Lee Graham

As the sea is beautiful not only in calm but also in storm, so is happiness found not only in peace but also in strife .~  Ivan Panin

The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace. ~ Kate Chopin

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

Beautiful Fall Day, Bainbridge Island, WA ~ Photos

Visiting Bainbridge Island is a terrific way to experience “island time” any time of the year. Walk along Winslow Way, browse the shops, and enjoy coffee and pastry (check out Pegasus) or lunch.

Favorite places for lunch include Restaurant Marche (marvelous French cuisine, with the best French Onion Soup) and Doc’s Marina Grill (great fish ‘n’ chips).

Let me add a new find: J’aime Les Crepes. It’s a small place, close to Restaurant Marche with fabulous crepes, savory or sweet. I had the exquisite Norwegian Crepe: wild sockeye salmon, creme fraiche, green onions, lemon juice and capers. Also, very good coffee. Keep it in mind as you walk about and explore.

Fall is a beautiful time to stroll about the back streets and enjoy the magnificence of the foliage.

Savor your journeys, near or far, real or imagined, fleeting or lengthy. 

Cat Photos ~ Celebrate National Cat Day

Time spent with a CAT is never wasted ~ Colette 

 

National Cat Day was founded as a way to bring awareness to the number of homeless cats. It is a celebration that takes place on October 29th, every year in the United States. 

Celebrate with your special feline … 

Journeys are more meaningful with special pals … Savor the moments … 

 

 

 

 

 

To Capture a Moment ~ Photos

Photography is the art of capturing something fleeting; holding something which cannot be held; time made still.

Savor your journeys … treasure the moments … enjoy the memories. 

Armchair Traveler ~ Classic National Geographic Magazines ~ Jan 1941

On a recent visit to Boise, Idaho a friend suggested that we visit the main library as it has a room where they sell donated books and magazines. In addition to some very good books, they had the most marvelous old magazine selection. I immediately spotted several National Geographic Magazines from the 1940’s (Jan 1941, Jan 1943 and Oct 1946) and purchased them.

 

Each is a fascinating look not only at travel but also at history. The January 1941 magazine has 7 articles, including stories about Winchester, England’s Early Capital, a British West Indian Interlude and the Flame-Feathered Flamingos of Florida. Two of the articles feature color photos. It’s fascinating comparing these magazines to a current National Geographic. 

A favorite article is “Turning Back Time in the South Seas” by Thor Heyerdahl, of Kon-Tiki fame. He and his wife spent several months living on the sparsely inhabited island of Fatu-Hiva, in the Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia. The black and white photos and captivating story transported me to a different time and place.

I’ve visited both Tahiti and Fiji and love the South Pacific. It was eye-opening seeing it through their perspective and I thoroughly enjoyed being immersed in their exotic adventures in this remote part of our world. 

Another article, “Classic Greece Merges Into 1941 News” has 19 illustrations of Greece.  The photos show ancient Greece merging with the Greece of 1941, which was under attack by Italy. I studied Greek history and it was the first European country I visited. It holds many marvelous memories (especially Athens and Delphi), made more so after seeing these incredible photos of a beautiful country. 

 

 

Check out your library or used book stores for ideas for your journeys, both real and armchair. The articles and photos that you find will conjure up future travels and/or have you reminiscing about previous journeys. Plus they are a gateway to exploring the history of an area you wish to visit. 

 

Savor your journeys … past, present and future …

Boise, Idaho ~ The Village at Meridian

About a 15 minute drive from Boise is the marvelous Village at Meridian Mall. I am not a fan of shopping centers, but this one is an exception. Many interesting shops to explore, coffee shops and restaurants to try and it is nicely laid out.

Stop in the locally owned Royal Coffee Company for a terrific latte, cappuccino or fruit smoothie. Enjoy it while sitting outside, deciding whether to browse the shops, walk about, dine or stay a while in the lovely Fountain Square area. 

My favorite place to dine is The Yard House. They have a very good, varied menu (fabulous fish ‘n’ chip), an extensive bar (including 140 unique beers) and multiple TVs showing sports.  Terrific place for lunch or dinner. 

Savor your journeys … enjoy the ride …

Road Trip ~ Western Washington to Coeur d’Alene and Boise

Boise, Idaho ~ Greenbelt, Julia Davis Park and Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial

The beautiful Boise River Greenbelt follows the river through the heart of the city. Your walk takes you past Boise State University, to Julia Davis Park (stop and explore the gorgeous Rose Garden) to the inspiring Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial. You will find restaurants in the area (Cottonwood Grille is a favorite) plus other parks, including Ann Morrison Park.

Savor your journeys …and treasure the memories … 

Boise Rose Garden, Idaho

Road Trip ~ Western Washington to Coeur d’Alene and Boise