My theme for the 2017 AtoZ Challenge is "Daily Thoughts".
Each day I will post a thought that comes to mind. The first word of the thought will correspond with the letter of the day.
taken on board Air New Zealand taking off from Wellington.
Journeys are as exciting as destinations
We are always excited to be going on holidays and look so forward to all the places we are going to visit. Destinations are so exciting.
So I sat back and thought about all the holidays I took and it hit me then that actually while I remembered the destinations, I also remembered the journeys there quite vividly. And the journeys were just as exciting as the destinations themselves. Here are some snippets from some of my travels.
When I was 11 years old we took a cruise to Hong Kong from Singapore. I remember the cruise liner so well. I also made a friend on board. Her name was Sigrid. I wonder where she might be. I also watched the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's on board.
On a visit to the US, we were flying from Los Angeles to St Louis. It was a really beautiful clear day and we had such a fabulous view of the Rocky Mountains and the Grand Canyon. That's a sight I will never forget.
The White Cliffs of Dover are another amazing sight from the ferry from Dover to Calais, the little towns in Switzerland, Lake Como enroute to Milan and some of the personal interesting experiences we had on our Europe trip - like waving goodbye to Rome, pushing the van to start it up in Heidelberg.
Travels in India when I was young - stopping by the roadside to have a soft drink and watching the poor man trying to open up the bottles with a bottle opener and failing miserably, the first sight of the Himalayas - a breathtaking moment I will never forget, a trek on the Sonmarg glacier where my aunt's horse decided he wasn't going to behave and so many other incidents.
Train journeys in India travelling with extended family have their own story to tell - The Rajdhani Express from Mumbai to Delhi, Karnavati Express from Mumbai to Bharuch, The Deccan Queen from Mumbai to Pune and many others are etched in memory.
Even short journeys can be interesting. On a clear day in Wellington, it looks spectacular from the air. The picture above was taken on my flight to Auckland.
Sharing a poem I wrote as an Ode To Places
In this life there are places I've seen
Wondrous, beautiful and so serene
The hills and mountains spiritual and grand
Valleys and plains all across the land
Woods and forests quiet and mysterious
But explore with care for they can be nefarious
Rivers and streams and babbling brooks
Crags and cliffs and caves and nooks
Meadows of flowers, shores and the sea
Any place where my spirit is free
These are the places in this world that I love
Breathtaking, amazing, and those I'm in awe of
Share some of your journey stories in the comments below.
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