My place in time….

2015-05-29 11.52.34_resizedI remember walking through Venice in a trance.  As my eyes took in the overwhelming beauty of the city my mind reeled with questions of how history and culture had carved out this unimaginable place.  Around every corner the bridges and pathways laid out a labyrinth of intrigue and story.  Each doorway was an invitation to explore the nature of this way of life.  How did this place come to be?  Who envisioned this remarkable water lined community and how am I so lucky to be here?  As I sat alone along a quiet canal, photographing homes that rose straight out of the water, I was struck by an awareness that I too was now part of its history.  My own footsteps had been added to the record of time as Venice and I took each other in.

As I travel I inherit fragments of each place, and take them with me on my path.  Venice inspires in me a sense of awe at what the swell of humanity is capable of.  Lives and footsteps and stories combine through history, each impacting its course, resulting in the very moment that I experience here and now.  As the culmination of time arrives through my senses I accept that my contribution is underway, and smile at the opportunity to make my mark.  I believe that each of us are here to participate in the unfolding of time and the evolution of culture.  As we expose ourselves to the world we open within ourselves new doors of understanding of what it means to be alive.

My arrival in Venice in 1996, was by train.  Railpass in hand, and backpack as companion, I scraped Liras out of my pockets for cheap accommodations and dined on pizza truck delicacies drinking stowed bottles of Italian wine.  The shoe string of my budget could not diminish the deliciousness of the experience but my next voyage will be by sea.  I can hear the flap of the sails as I travel the coastline of Italy; taste the wine and feel the Mediterranean sun on my skin.  From Rome to Venice by way of the water is a dream for me where I will once again find my place in history.

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“Vacation with Europe’s elite along the sun-drenched shores of Croatia, Montenegro, and tiny Capri. Let your imagination soar as you travel through time to discover the magic of Venice, the grandeur of Rome, and the stunning beauty of the Dalmatian Coast. From the Grand Canal to St. Peter’s Square, this is a voyage of superlatives. “-www.windstarcruises.com

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Wine and Dine along the Douro

Travelling to Europe is like stepping back in time. The stunning cities, bridges and homes were built when craftsmanship was king. Long before television, phones and other modern day distractions, life was lived at a slower pace and beauty was praised over mere function. It is a wonder to behold and a feast for the senses. For many years train travel was the best way to go, but thanks to major innovations in cruise ship design, there is now an entirely new and much more luxurious way. I believe that a life well lived must include at least one trip to Europe and would like to help get you there.

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Imagine yourself settling in to your Balcony stateroom aboard the luxury AMA Vida, champagne in hand. After spending 3 nights in a beautiful hotel in Lisbon, Portugal you were effortlessly whisked away to the port to embark on a 7 day cruise through some of the most stunning waterways in the world. You unpack your bags, throw open the curtains and step out onto your own private balcony. This will be your home for the next 7 days. Each morning you will awake to a breathtaking new view, each day you will explore a new and exciting place, and each night you will unwind with wine tastings, theme dinners, live music and the gentle breeze of river cruising, finally returning to your own private suite. The world will present itself to you while you dine in style and toast to new memories and friendships.

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Our friends at Ama Waterways have developed an incredible trip for you through the Douro Valley. They invite you to spend three nights in Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, before beginning your journey down the Douro River, with its dramatic gorges, lush vineyards, and tranquil fishing villages. Begin in Porto and continue on to the ancient and picturesque city of Lamego. Enter Spain to visit Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as the beautiful inland countryside and the palace and gardens of Mateus. Explore the 24th-century Alpendurada Monastery before concluding your cruise in Porto.

Book by Oct 15 and receive $1500 off per couple with Dartmouth Travel. Join Kim Pullen from the BC winery Church and State and she escorts this April 01 sailing. If you can imagine yourself there, and believe that travel is the best gift to give to yourself, please call Faith at Dartmouth travel to make it happen. (902) 407-4567.