To celebrate retirement–Dr. Feelgood’s–the two of us are on a three week trip through Europe. We are currently in Italy exploring, for two days, Lake Como. After this, we’ll travel to Switzerland, take a boat up the Rhine, check out the Vermeer exhibit in Amsterdam, and then spend a week in England with our eldest son who is meeting us–he lives in India.

Last night, over fish and very good Italian white wine, we were hazarding a guess at what place we’d enjoy the most on this trip. This is our tenth trip to Italy and we remain entranced with the country’s food, charm, aesthetics, and culture. We’re curious about our trip up the Rhine–we’ve both been to Switzerland but only to Zurich and Geneva. We’ve been once before to Amsterdam–always a good time–and are looking forward to exploring Southern England; neither of us have spent much time outside of London before. I am especially excited, after having read about it in countless historical romances, to visit Bath.

I’ve been a traveler my whole life–I come from a family where there is nothing we love more other than, of course, books. If I had to pick my favorite country to visit, I’m sure the answer would change with my mood. Our sojourn to India, five years ago was magical and I long to go back to spend more time there. I love visiting France, Italy, and England–museums are my jam and those nations have them in spades.

So, honestly, I don’t have an answer to this question! There are so many nations I’ve traveled through and found fascinating. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to see so much of the world. I do feel like, at this point in my life, I’d like to go to places I haven’t been before. At almost 62, I am aware my time is finite and I don’t want to miss a thing!

What’s your favorite nation/place to visit? Why? And where do you still long to go that you haven’t been yet?



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