Travel is certainly not all romance. Sometimes it includes a long slick road through blinding rain, a sleepless overnight flight, or a rough bouncing ferry ride in a strong gale. At times, there's traveler's diarrhea or another cold virus. So, what's the take-away?
Maybe it's about gathering stories. It's a true love of language, using words to tell stories. We learn about places from topography to weather, and we learn about people, from how they adapt to what they create.
But more than anything, it's the unexpected, the unusual things I'd never imagined, like these:
|Guanajuato, Mexico: The colors of a central Mexican city.|
|Ephesus, Turkey: The Roman Ruins including these first century mens' public toilets.|
|Rome, Italy: Marble sculptures for sale in a neighborhood shop.|
|Montisi, Italy: A photo op, interacting with an artist's random roadside exhibit|
|Anacapri, Italy: The Phoenician Steps (Scala Fenicia) Over 900 steps top to bottom of the Island of Capri|
|Odeceixe Beach, Portugal: The rugged Atlantic Coast of the Algarve|
|Inverness, Scotland: Clava Cairns, remnants of a Bronze Age cemetery.|
Sorrentine Peninsula, Italy: A water delivery vehicle or a suicide bomber?
|San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua: Balloons for sale on the beach at sunset|
|Anacapri, Italy: Fried Fresh Anchovies at Restaurante di Rondinella|