London, England

Take out and explore

Have you ever vacationed somewhere and fell in love with the city? As if the place now has a part of you and you of it?

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This happens to me quite regularly and I believe that is why I love to travel so very much.

walking around Sundance Square, in Ft. Worth

Yes, getting away is nice. Seeing new things and having new adventures and eating new food. That is all wonderful and a wonderful part of traveling.

Ruidoso, NM
Mark and I in Ruidoso, NM

But I truly fall in love with places.

Eiffel Tower, Paris3
Palais du Trocadero or across from the Eiffel Tower

I read a quote by a writer that seems to artfully describe what happens when I travel. Patrick Wiltse sums it up beautifully.

French Quarter, New Orleans

As you immerse yourself in an area over the course of a walk, you form a relationship with that area and your world expands, adding a new piece to the ever growing mosaic of the earth that has passed beneath your feet.”

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So true.

Paris, France
walking in Paris

When we visit a city, we like to walk the city. Take out and explore. Find places to eat and places to sit and watch people. I am known as the outdoorsy-type. And by that I mean– I like to sit outside and have drinks, relax, talk and watch people.

Paris sidewalk cafe
sitting along the Champs-elysees, in Paris

I believe when you actually connect your feet to the city streets you become a part of the city, you learn more about it and the people.  You blend in with the city. (unless you are really looking like a tourist!) Become one. You merge with it.

A piece of my heart stays there in the new city I explore. I yearn to go back.

Big Ben, London
London calling!

This has happened with New York, Paris, Rome and many places in the U.S., but none more than London. I have been blessed to travel to London two times and I will go back. God willing.

London, England
Flying into London

This produces a syndrome called vacation depression.

Do not laugh.  This is real.

As we travel to a new city this week, a city we have never discovered, I fear this place will take another piece of me. I have always wanted to go to San Francisco but have never been.

I am excited about all the sights and sounds and tastes of this place.

The legendary Chronicle columnist Herb Caen said, “A city is not gauged by its length and width, but by the broadness of its vision and the height of its dreams.”

Caen also said, “One day if I go to heaven… I’ll look around and say, ‘It ain’t bad, but it ain’t San Francisco.'” (Now I haven’t traveled there yet, but I am pretty sure I won’t agree with that quote.)

Oscar Wilde seems to feel the same way. “It’s an odd thing, but anyone who disappears is said to be seen in San Francisco. It must be a delightful city and possess all the attractions of the next world.”

But the most famous San Franciscan quote has to be by Mark Twain. “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.”

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St. James Park, London

I am looking forward to the weather. Any weather that is not Texas weather is good weather. I’ve packed my sweaters. I am ready to go.

love and blessings~dd

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I am a late-in-life journalist that is God-fearing, husband-loving, with three beautiful grown children. I love my dogs, my family and my friends. I love traveling and am also in the process of discovering Waco, after living 20 minutes away since 1998; it is about time! My goal is to grow and push myself daily.

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