Posts tagged ‘France’
Daydreaming about travel and adventure was not enough – I had to take action, and so I booked a flight via British Airways to visit my brother and sister-in-law on the Cote d’Azur this October. Funny, when a dream becomes a reality how your psyche is just ready to catch up and it feels like you are already on the road. Having something wonderful to look forward to makes every day a little brighter. And although traveling isn’t as easy as it was a few years ago (with added security and long lines at the airport) still…it’s like turning a page in your life and finding something completely new there. Travel is one of those experiences that can never be taken away. It will always live in your memory, with sights, sounds, and sensations of a different time and place. I’m excited! For inspiration, I’m reading travel writer Pico Iyer’s new book The Man Within My Head, based on his psychological and spiritual connection with the writer Graham Greene. Now that my brother and his wife live part of the time in Europe, they get a lot of guests (location, location, location), so I’m glad they’ve reserved a place for me again this year. My sister Katey is going in September, and I’m sure my sister Kim and her husband will schedule a trip soon, too. They just bought a place in Mexico, and my son lives in Canada, so our family is becoming more international by the day. Speaking of international, our students come from all over the world to Living Light – and they are happy and proud of the decision they made to start a new adventure – this time as a raw food chef.
This is the view from the balcony of my brother and sister-in law’s apartment in Nice. I arrived a few days ago and the time is going by so quickly. Weather is perfect 70s every day, what can I say? It’s been 30 years since I’ve seen the blue Mediterranean sea. Many images of beauty everywhere I turn. We strolled to the market a couple of days ago and saw Himalayan crystal salt in big bushels and flavored with vegetables creating beautiful colors. Everyone walks in Europe and the streets are filled with life. I’m still adjusting to the time change, but had a wonderful time in Vence and St-Paul-de-Vence yesterday. Medieval villages with winding stone streets popular with artists and writers like Bonnard, Modigliani, Matisse, Simone de Beauvoir, Sartre, Fitzgerald, and even Greta Garbo. I’ll be glad when I’m feeling totally normal time-wise, but meanwhile c’est fantastique! How can I squeeze enough photos into this blog? More later…gotta walk to Ville Franche – the next town over today!
After several months knowing that I would be taking a trip to Nice in the south of France, the time has finally arrived. Today, I bid adieu to Fort Bragg and embark on a voyage to “the continent” via Swiss Air. I’ve never flown on the airline before, but I imagine it will be organized and accommodating. I lived in Paris for a year long ago– 30 years to be exact, and this is my first visit back since then. Dare I say yahoo, or is that already taken? I must admit that now that the time has nearly arrived, I’m allowing those little bubbles of excitement to begin to quicken my pulse and excite my endorphins.
One of the great things about embarking on travels is that you don’t know where the road (or jet plane) will take you, exactly. You can’t really even anticipate the feelings, sights, smells, and experiences that await. Travel is one of those things that can change a person. Material possessions may come and go, but the flavor of life that you gain by visiting other places stays with you forever. Shall I be La Belle Dame Sans Merci, dazzling a knight in shining armor? Likely not, but I’ll see the rocky beach at Nice, and the big palm trees, and the luxe pink hotel on the promenade again. How lovely is that?
Meanwhile, back here at Living Light, the beat goes on. Lot’s of wonderful classes lined up, and many new things coming down the pike, including the next Living Light Chef Showcase, Hot Chefs Cool Kitchens, and the next Hot Raw Chef video recipe contest. Stay tuned for bloggers Hilloah and Mary Elizabeth, who will share the latest in my absence. And I’ll probably drop a line or two from my travels, and share the wealth. Bon Voyage to me!