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When I started my retirement travels - the first of which was my solo overseas trip to Italy in 2009 - I wanted a way to share it with family and friends as it happened. Hence, "My Travel Journal". However I realized I wouldn't always be on a trip and wondered what to do with the blog in between times. My daughter pointed out, wisely, that travels can also include trips to the kitchen to try a new recipe, trips to visit family, trips to my neighborhood Starbucks, or a fun day trip with a friend. You're welcome to join me on any of these journeys!

P.S. I've set up separate pages for each of my major trips (see tabs above).

I recently added an "Italian Word a Day" thingie which shows up at the bottom of every page. You see the word and can click to hear it pronounced. I've been enjoying it and I think my accent is improving as time goes by.

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September 17, 2009

Catching Up

It's now Thursday and I went to my older daughter's home on Tuesday, left Wednesday and went down to my younger daughter's and came back to my son's apartment this morning.  I've packed and repacked so many times I'm going to wear my clothes out.  But I no sooner get one suitcase arranged, than I think "oh, I'm going to need that" and I have to dig something out.  However, I DO think I'm managing two steps forward for every step back, so I'm bound to get there sometime.

I managed to get some pictures to share at each stop.  I missed a golden opportunity on Tuesday driving up to Maryland because it was a beautiful day and I ended up in stalled traffic at the precise point where there was a wonderful view of the Jefferson Memorial and Washington monument.  And where was my camera?  In the trunk!  So today my daughter drove me to my son's and I did take these pictures out the window - not as good a view and, as you can see, a very grey day...but then, I didn't call this Mary Lynne's Photo Journal, did I?!

This is the Air Force Memorial which was erected in front of the Pentagon following 9/11.  The arcs represent the vapor trails of three jets and when you see them as you drive by, it really is a strong and beautiful evocation of flight...

As I said, on Tuesday I was with my daughter, her husband and my two grandchildren.  I wish I could have managed to sneak some "natural" shots of them, but seems like kids can sense a camera at 300 paces, so here is the best I managed of Sophia, 3-1/2 years old, and Johnny, not quite 9-1/2 years old.

And, since I posted pictures of my son's apartment, I took a couple at my daughter's house.  They went to Cypress for three weeks this summer (her husband's parents live there) and while there made a trip to Egypt which my grandson really enjoyed (so did they...)  She brought back lots of wonderful souvenirs from each place although I couldn't manage to get any good pictures of the two really beautiful Egyptian art pieces that she brought back and has had framed.
This cabinet is where she displays a lot of the things she's found on her travels along with a few other little family treasures.  The second close up picture is all from Egypt.
And finally, on to my younger daughter's apartment.  I've always loved her and her partner's homes because they are filled with all sorts of artwork done their friends, tons of photographs, huge plants, hundreds of books.  It's sort of like visiting a really neat, small museum!  This first one is their photo wall, which they have had in every place they've lived.  The photos change as time goes by, but there are also "perennial favorites".  That's a jade plant on her table of which I'm fairly jealous.
These next two are two pieces of art done by two of their friends.  The tree is needle art - heavy yarn emboidered on burlap or something similar and I've always really liked it.  The second one is probably my all time favorite.  Don't know how many of you are familiar with the song "There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly" but here she is swallowing the cow...you'll have to excuse the perspective - it's hanging way up above a doorway.

And, I think that's it until I'm finally out of the country.  I have 5 hours to kill in the Charles DeGaulle airport in Paris, so you may hear from me then if I can find a computer hookup.

So, damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead!!!


Jamie said...

Glad to finally see some pictures of Sophia and Johnny! Sounds like you are enjoying your little pit stops along the way. Love the photos of the kids' homes. It is clear they have a passion for art. Could they get that from you? Be careful and keep us "posted"! Missed our Thursday lunch so hurry back!

Mary Lynne said...

I HAVE enjoyed my "pit stops" and it dawned on me after I posted this that I hadn't really said anything about that. Heather was home all day Tuesday so we had time for some good visiting and, of course, some shopping. And January and I had Wednesday afternoon and evening together - had such a nice outdoor lunch, we moved on to Starbucks when we were done and had a nice outdoor tea and coffee. Lots and lots of talking...

Christopher said...

...Eagerly awaiting your first posting from foreign lands...!

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