Awesome day, all-around June 19, 2019

Parisian night music, wafting up to my open window from the restaurants and bars below. A symphony of multiple conversations playing off, through, and over each other, together rising in volume, dropping down to near silence, rising again, pierced by shrieks of laugher and deeper rumbles of amusement. The music softens as the night deepens…

We are the Lethargarians June 18, 2019

A long time ago we built jet lag into our travel plans and quit worrying about it. If we want to sleep, we do it. The clock be damned. Even if we get a good night’s rest over the ocean (and I didn’t) there still comes a time the next day when it catches up…

Love will find a way June 17, 2019

Our feet know the way. For thirty years we have made this pilgrimage. The hair is grayer (or bluer.) The waists are a little thicker. The hotels have changed — though not for the last ten years. Our Paris is not everyone’s but it is deeply familiar and soulful — like coming home to a…

Hello, Sydney December 9, 2019

Too busy catching up with myself to have much to share these first few days away. Boy have I been out of touch with me. The Sydney Opera House is gorgeous in all its moods and I must have taken 50 shots. I’ve seen a million opals, fallen in love with half of them and…

Random Things I Love about Paris ~~ January 7, 2018

It’s our second to last night in Paris, capping off a trip of a lifetime to exotic places I never thought to see. With all that adventure, I planned a little familiar comfort at the end of the trip with a few days in the loveliest city in the world. I wish I could write…

Time Travel ~~ January 1, 2018

Yesterday we said goodbye to Maria Gadnaor, a joyful, funny, sprite of a travel companion. We enjoyed her company so much. She saw us from Eilat, through Petra (Big and Little), to the place where John baptized Jesus and set the forces of Christianity in motion. The baptismal site is such a poignant place. There…

Makdous Fatteh ~~ December 30, 2017

So, I spent yesterday leaning on a cane as we hiked around and I got carsick descending into a valley where the rest went hiking in a creek. Still, it was a lovely day. The cane got me through Little Petra which was really lovely, even if it wasn’t big Petra. The natural rock formations…

Wadi Rum (The Valley of the Moon) ~~ December 28, 2017

Today was our visit to the ancient city of Petra, and I am sorry to say that I have nothing to say about it since I was laid up in a hotel room with a dodgy knee. [Gorgeous pictures of Petra, taken by Gale: The fall I took skidding in the sand of the Timna…

Deep thoughts and full stomachs ~~ December 22, 2017

A few days ago we were en route to Jerusalem from a Druze village in the north, tight against the Syrian border. There was bloody fighting here in 1973, a surprise attack on the Israelis from Syria on Yom Kippur. The Israelis were apparently caught unawares and as a consequence were fighting for their survival….