Before the pandemic I dreamed of travel. I’d spend time going down internet rabbit holes featuring towns, local food, architecture, and crafts. I had a trip to Ireland all bought and paid for — last September. It was going to be the first time I took a small tour, around the west of Ireland, with a company that came well recommended. When everything closed down we waited, hoping we’d be able to go. Ireland didn’t want visitors from the US, our handling of the pandemic was dismal at that point. We got our money back without any problems, and will go when it’s safe.

In the meantime I’ve added Brittany and England to my plans, and this morning I spent the last hour looking at pictures of the former. Many regions in France feature their most beautiful towns, and the “Bretagne Small Towns of Character” website really worked on my imagination. I’d like to find out more about navigating the area without a car, and without too much schlepping. Anyone have experience with this?

So, before the pandemic I dreamed of traveling. Now I’m allowing myself to tentatively imagine ‘what if”. I have a few traveling companions lined up, but for now it’s still dreaming. Where would you go if you could?

Clematis, madrone sticks, heuchera flowers, alstroemeria

Time to get back to reality, and get ready for another day here in paradise. We live next to Point Reyes National Seashore. State and county parks are close by. I can walk out the door and into nature. Today it will be crowded with tourists, so after my morning walk, I’ll shelter in place on Zoom with my knitting group. Ireland, Brittany, and England will wait, but I’m happy to dream about travel again. We’re not back to pre-pandemic times, but there’s hope for more movement in the not too distant future.

field of poppies

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