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23rd January 2021

I second your opinion
Thanks a lot, Syl. I read your story with pleasure. I also have a lot of small reminders of my trips...
22nd January 2021

What a fantastic idea for a blog post!
I loved this - both the idea and seeing all your travel memories. It also makes me feel more justified in my own enthusiasm for acquiring what Chris often describes as 'dust-collectors' just as you suggest :) Like you I love to look at the items we've brought back from our travels - each one brings back a memory of where we were when we bought it and the experiences we had there. I'm sorry, but I am totally going to pinch this idea for my own blog!!
22nd January 2021

What a fantastic idea for a blog post!
Wow!! Thanks, Sarah!! I think I'm the one blushing now! Although I've tried to be a lot more thoughtful about the souvenirs I bring home now, I know it would never be possible for me to come home with none at all! Nearly all of them carry meaning for me! I'll have to tell you about my souvenirs from England sometime, LOL!! I can't wait to read your own post about this!
22nd January 2021

An adventure through memories
Sorry to hear that your leg hasn't improved as much as you'd hoped Sylvia, hopefully the time and care you are taking will see you through. I love this idea for a blog post very much! I'm so impressed that you have been brave enough to bring back such fragile and delicate items from your travels. I'd love to buy local pottery when we travel, but have heard so many unlucky stories that I always get cold feet at the point of sale... although a few sets of teapots and small teacups have made it back successfully. We also bought a couple of Moroccan mint tea glasses as you did, and they work well with the cay glasses we brought back from Turkey. Our souvenirs are spread out through most of the house - in the lounge, kitchen, hallway and dressing room - so while a similar bog to yours may not be possible, I'm now tempted to write one about the various scarves and jewellery I religiously buy on every trip ;) Thanks for a glimpse into your travels via your travel mementos, and I also loved the glimpse into your beautiful home :)
22nd January 2021

An adventure through memories
Thanks so much, Ren!! I really didn't know if people would appreciate my thoughts about my souvenirs and their attached memories or not. It seems time goes by so slowly when your anticipating a trip, but goes by so fast when you're actually in the middle of it!! At least writing a journal or blogging about it afterwards helps to keep the memories fresh, and for me the souvenirs make the memories last even longer. Like you, I've got souvenirs spread throughout our house (some of them were shown in the additional photos). I guess I've been lucky they made the journey home! I've actually left some clothes behind along the way just so I can fit the souvenirs into my luggage! By the way, I love to buy scarves too! Thanks again!
22nd January 2021

“Voyage autour de ma chamber.”
I sit with a far away gaze...carried to exotic locales past but not forgotten. A beautifully penned and presented journey around your room Sylvia that should transcend your knee pain and cravings...'cos your memories are not just thoughts but evidenced by beautiful things that you have collected on your travels and treasure. What a great idea for a blog. Our children's friends when they visited used to refer to our house as a museum. I used to buy a suitcase for the souvenirs and often returned wishing I had had room for more. Love the rug on your wall. Those ones buys on ones travels are special indeed.
22nd January 2021

“Voyage autour de ma chamber”
Thanks, Dave!! I love that you used to buy a suitcase just for souvenirs and that your children's friends thought of your house as a museum!! I guess bringing souvenirs home is the outward sign of our passion for travel. I'm glad to hear that someone else thinks the same way I do!!
22nd January 2021

Vivid memories
I really enjoyed this entry. I was especially taken with the idea of travel years wasted. So many lost opportunities for us travelers. It has definitely challenged us to make the most of our truly strange and surreal circumstances. I am happy that you found such a great outlet for your creativity, Thanks for sharing your stories.
22nd January 2021

Vivid memories
Thank you so much for your kind comments! In my case, I was upset about being confined due to my injury, and deep down I felt I had lost a year of my life due to COVID restrictions. Not being able to see family was huge but I felt the same way about not being able to travel which is so important to me. Writing this blog helped me try to turn a negative situation into a somewhat positive one. Thanks again!
21st January 2021

Firstly, I'm sorry to hear of your accident and hope that you're recovering well. Secondly, what a great idea to have a Journey around your room. You've got a fantastic collection of memorabilia here Syl and at least your confinement has enabled you to put it all together for posterity.
21st January 2021

Malcolm, thanks so much for continuing to follow my blog and for the kind words!! My knee and leg are beginning to heal now. I do like most of the souvenirs I've collected, but highly doubt they'll ever find their way into my children's homes, LOL!! Although I think my son would like the Moroccan pieces most probably.
8th January 2021

I am liking this already.
I have just started on this series and I am already loving it as the title suggests. It is such a shame you got sick just after a fairly arduous flight, that really was a double whammy. The thing is that experienced travellers know they will get sick at least once per trip, there is no logical reason for it, it just happens. At least your attack happened fairly quickly and there are certainly worse places to be stranded. I am so glad you did not call it off and I cannot wait to read the rest. As for a Salad Niçoise in a French run hotel, well that must have been a thing of joy. I am not a huge salad fan as the words "rabbit food" and unbidden images of Bugs Bunny inevitably spring to mind but I do like a well-made Niçoise. I cannot wait to get onto the rest of this.
8th January 2021

I am liking this already
Hi Fergy, I am thrilled to see your comment here!! Becoming ill on this trip certainly did make me wonder if my traveling days are near an end because it seems that I do become ill for at least a portion of every trip (in Peru I spent an entire in a clinic getting drip fluids and antibiotics, etc.). I had been waiting so long to visit Morocco that I would have been extremely depressed to have to leave!! Thank you so much for your very kind comments, and I do hope that if you follow my blogs you will like them. Best wishes always, Fergy!!
4th January 2021

Morocco
What a beautiful last blog. We loved the Hassan II Mosque too - it was on the same block as our hotel and catching sight of the stunning minaret from our room window on our first morning basically set the tone for the whole trip. I'm so happy you enjoyed your time in Morocco so much, it's such an easy country to fall in love with and admire. And thank you for taking us on the journey with you :)
4th January 2021

Morocco
Thank you very much for your kind comments! I'm so glad we visited Morocco and as you said, it's an easy country to fall in love with. We were very lucky to have such an excellent guide and good group to travel with -- I'd love to go back some day even for a short visit. But other new countries I'd like to visit are beckoning me too!
23rd November 2020
Buzludzha Monument

We saw that for real
We went to the Buzludzha Monument and saw it IRL. It was cool but the journey there and the environment was better than the actual monument. It is in a terrible state and is basically a ruin today. /Ake
24th November 2020
Buzludzha Monument

We saw that for real
Thanks for reading my blog, Ake Och Emma! In a way it''s a shame that Buzludzha was not maintained for its architectural attributes, but I can understand why the Bulgarians had no interest in it at the time. I believe I read that now there is some interest in restoring it with funding coming from outside of the country. I know that none of my friends who visited it were allowed to enter because it was so dangerous.
23rd November 2020

I think we too took a photo of this
I am pretty sure we too took a photo of this amfitheatre. Well, we were in Plovdiv so I guess it we should have takena photo of it. /Ake
24th November 2020

I think we too took a photo of this
I never expected to see Roman ruins in Bulgaria, so when we visited this amphitheater in Plovdiv it was surprising to see it in such good condition!
23rd November 2020

I just had to have a look at your Bulgaria blogs
We were in Bulgaria a few years ago and I just fell in love with the country. The resorts by the Black See were totally uninteresting. It was the less travelled interior I loved. Best coffe in the world I think. Also the food blew me away. /Ake
24th November 2020

I just had to have a look at your Bulgaria blogs
Ake Och Emma, thank you! I also was surprised at how much I liked Bulgaria -- at least what I saw of it. I found the places we visited totally interesting and enjoyed every minute of our visit!! It's great to share thoughts about it with other travelers who also been there!
22nd November 2020

Full Circle
I love coming Full Circle on a trip, it allows great contemplation in comparing one's first experiences of a new place with the renewed experiences after having travelled around. Lovely to hear you had plenty of time for contemplation of what appears to have been a wonderful trip. I'm so glad to read that it fulfilled and succeeded your expectations of the country. Thank you so much for taking me around with you on your journey. I imagine very much that Morocco will still be in your memory even one year on. I hope we all get to travel again sometime soon. Thank you again Sylvia, and wishing you all the very best.
15th November 2020

Ah, Essaouira!
Essaouira! Reading your blog entry has reminded me of my own wonderful visit to this really special city. The combination of sea and old medina is indeed truly wonderful. Thank you for your lovely blog entry reminding me of this special place. I'm sorry to hear you are nearing the end of your journey, but wow, what a wonderful journey it seems to have been so far.
15th November 2020

Ah, Essaouira!
Thanks for continuing to read my Morocco blogs, Alex. Essaouira's ocean side location was especially wonderful and added greatly to its charm. I recently finished & posted my last blog on Morocco, "Coming Full Circle in Casablanca." Now working on an article about Northern Ireland. Must catch up & read your latest blog too!! Thanks again! Stay well!

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