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Had a lovely trip down Route 9 last Sunday, reliving memories from past trips down this same route, and speaking to a dear old friend along the way. Stopped and took some pictures along the way. Then I met my lovely daughter, Kiryn in Tarrytown and we went over to Piermont to see the spectacular artwork of Mary Altobelli. What a lovely day! Dined at Pasta Amore and saw a brilliant full moon before the day was done.
We just had the opportunity to tour Paris, Bourges, the Loire Valley, Amboise, Brittany and Normandy on an 11 day Rick Steves Tour. I'm surprised when I tell folks about this kind of tour and they haven't heard of Rick Steves. Nonetheless, there are still an abundance of "Rick-Niks" out there who know that he is a respected authority on European travel who's provided valuable information via his books, radio and dvd's since 1976.Rick's mission is "to empower Americans to have European trips that are fun, affordable, and culturally broadening.''
My daughter went to Italy on her honeymoon armed with Rick's book and was thrilled to have chosen good hotels and managed to get around using public transportation. I took a look at the book and felt overwhelmed when it was our turn to tour Italy, so I googled Rick's name and was thrilled to discover his "successful small-group tour program taking 30,000 travelers to Europe annually."…
I've been enjoying travel this year - Cuba, France, NY and most recently, South Carolina and Georgia. Each trip has been so very different but this was a getaway jam packed with my sisters and friends and we lucked out on a magnificent week weather-wise and lots of cool adventures.
We were celebrating sister Liz's 60th and just happened to luck out on an opportunity to stay at a condo, for a very reasonable price, which was located a few short miles from where her dear friend, Linda, has a beautiful retirement home. Linda is president of the Sea Turtles Patrol in Hilton Head so we got quite an environmental education while there. I even saved a turtle - albeit the pond type.
We toured Daufuskie Island which was quite a treat - an island you can only get to by a private ferry boat, which is 5 miles long and 2.5 miles wide and is steeped with history and charm. Folks get around on unpaved roads with golf carts and everyone seems to know everyone else. Quiet, laid back and bea…
With her sparkling blue eyes, Clara Newby, showed me the "new" art she is selling at The Old Bakery and Emporium. Clara, who has been an artist for many years, mostly painting flowers, is one woman who is willing to learn new things. Just recently she has been experimenting with an acrylic art form (see the image on the bottom left) that "works a bit like watercolor" but the paints kind of swirl and take off on their own. She has an eye for color and which ones work well together.
Clara, a longtime volunteer at the Old Bakery, told me proudly that she is turning 94 in the end of March. Hard to believe as you watch her move and hear her speak. "I used to drive from Victoria to Rockport for art lessons," she explained to me. She didn't have a clue what she was going to paint until she got there but they always came out rather nice. She showed me some of the notecards that she sells and I recognized them as ones I had already been attracted to and…