Giverney – Monet’s Home

During this pandemic I have realized beyond a shadow of a doubt just how much I love to travel. There really was never a question about that. Being able to see other parts of the country and experience other cultures across the globe bring me such joy. I learn so much and realize how much we can learn from one another.

This year was going to be an epic travel year. I was able to get my NYC trip in with a friend in February. It was a special five days, seeing friends, meeting new ones, going to the theatre on and off Broadway, catching an opera, hitting museums and eating amazing food. A lot of living was packed into just a few days! The weeks and months ahead however, all trips and plans came to a halt with Covid and the quarantine.

Plans to treat my mother to a long weekend in NYC flying first class, planning visits with old friends and creating a memory with her have been put on hold and may never happen. My June trip to Italy for a week on a yoga retreat and two weeks in Israel seeing where Jesus walked also had to be cancelled.

While these are disappointments, I realize how blessed I am to be able to go on vacations like these. I do not take them for granted. The thing I go back to as I miss my adventures is just that…. I am not a tourist but more a traveler. Getting to know the people, a culture, being present to experience the energy and feeling of a place is important to me. I don’t need to run around and have my photo taken at every famous doorway, statue or street. Sitting in a park, walking along a river, sitting in a cafe with a coffee watching the people move about…. this is what I want to also experience. I have had the pleasure of meeting new people and making friends. It’s amazing what happens when you open your mouth, talk to strangers and ask questions. You become friends!

My camera, as well as my eyes, are lenses I use to experience the world. While I am home, there are lots of things I can do to keep busy and working. I can also revisit my books and photographs, close my eyes and in my head return over and over to the beautiful places I have been on this amazing planet.

God has created such beauty and diversity. What an amazing time we are living in. I pray we all not only appreciate this world but leave it just a little better than we found it.

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