WHILE MY LIFETIME FOCUS REMAINS THE HUMANITIES, AFTER MANY YEARS OF ACADEMIC WRITING, WITH MY SENSE OF SARCASM HEIGHTENED, I HAVE RE-KINDLED MY INTEREST IN TRAVEL AND HUMOR. I AM NOW WORKING IN THE GENRE OF HUMOR AND RE-VISITING THE BRIGHTER SIDE OF LIFE. OF COURSE, I AM ALSO SEEKING AN AGENT AND A PUBLISHER FOR MY CURRENT WORK IN PROGRESS. IN THE INTERIM, I POST A GREAT DEAL ABOUT THE HUMAN CONDITION.
Turning Over New Leaf
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Count Them on One Hand?
Do I like to vacation? You can say that. I have been very
fortunate in my life time to have had the opportunity to travel a great deal because I taught college in Europe. Here
are a five of my favorite stops on the European continent, with a few reasons
for the great memories:
On our first trip to Germany, we participated in the Munich
Carnival. It proved to be a safe, crime free version of Mardi Gras. The Carnival
was huge, with thousands of events available to patrons. Our imaginations ran
wild. We stayed right in Marienplatz, where everyone dressed in traditional
clothing, celebrating five days of food and drink in a friendly, clean
atmosphere of happy people who were glad we attended the festival. It is a
memory that has brought me back to Germany on every trip across the pond.
Home of my ancestors, Italy has much to offer travelers. I
took my wife to a villa in Firenze for New Year’s Eve and it ranked up there
with one of the best trips of all time. The entire city is built on art and is
one of the most beautiful places in the world to visit. With frescoes on every
wall and irresistible food on every corner, Florence is the number one choice
for immersion into the Humanities.
Chipping Campden, England
This ancient town nestled in the Cotswolds is the essence of
tranquility. With outstanding architecture and a beautiful countryside, it has
imprinted in my mind a vision of England that is a far cry from the hustle and
bustle of London.
Prague embodies the Bohemian experience. Its castles, historic
pubs, taverns, and cellars, Old Town Square, the gypsy market, where the
bargaining is an art and the values are spectacular, and gastronomical treasures
make this city a must see in one’s lifetime.
This is where Americans are loved. Slovakia was the poorer
side of Czechoslovakia behind the Iron Curtin. Once the Velvet Revolution took
place and the Cold War ended, Slovakia looked to the West for friendship – and found
it. While much of the planet resents American prosperity and arrogance, the
capital city of Bratislava treats travelers from the USA like royalty. We
stopped for a cup a coffee in a small café on one occasion after walking all
day and having no idea where we were. The shop keeper closed her establishment
at the busiest time of her day to walk us a mile to the nearest train station,
which we never would have found without her assistance. I love this city!
Traveling anywhere can be fun, if people use common sense and
respect the host culture. Snapping your fingers in a French café will buy you a
lot of alone time. When in Rome . . .