FRIDAY POTPOURRI: VICARIOUS TRAVELS…AND BOOKS

In the photo above, Aubrey is showing that she is “holding up the tower.”  She loves the fun things she can reveal through photos.

Since she is in Prague for a university semester, I am curious if she is actually doing any homework.  LOL.  Just kidding, Aubrey.

This week my son Craig, who lives in Prague, is now in Liverpool..and then will go to Portugal…for his photography work.

Here he is with Gabi, enjoying a repast.

Here is Gabi clowning around in this London telephone booth:

Today is Craig’s birthday, so they are definitely celebrating as they travel.

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My reading week has been pretty good, with three books read and reviewed:  All the Best People, by Sonja Yoerg; Poison, by Galt Niederhoffer; and The Story of Arthur Truluv, by Elizabeth Berg.

But then I lost my mojo.  I picked up one book after the other, read a few pages, and then set each one down.  Nothing seemed to captivate me.  Sigh.

So…I grabbed a very “old  and dusty TBR book,” hiding on Pippa since November 2014:  The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin.

I am loving it!  I have another of her books, Young Jane Young…so I am sure that I will be reading that one soon.

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This week, Firefox, my trusty browser, made some drastic changes in the format…and I was lost, trying to figure out simple functions.  I was throwing things, too.  I hate when they make major changes…just as I felt when Word Press did their so-called “improved way to post” a while ago.

But we do cope…and find ways to work around these things, or adapt to the way things are.  What choice do we have?

Enjoy your weekend!

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FRIDAY POTPOURRI: FROM NESTING TO VICARIOUS TRAVELING…

Today I threw open the door of one of my country cupboards for this photo op.  This one houses some of my colorful and fun pieces, ranging from the Jamestown Fostoria crystal to the vintage tumblers and the “Cornflakes” mugs and dishes.  In other words, a “potpourri” of collections.

Since I am home, nesting, while others in the family are gallivanting around, in Europe, etc., I have to find ways to cheer up my day.

But I do love the photos which have been appearing regularly via text from my son Brett, who started out in Spain, then went to Ibiza…and finally Prague.  Now he has branched out to Budapest.  But first…

He stayed in The Jim Morrison suite at this hotel in Ibiza…

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After arriving in Prague, Brett and his daughter Aubrey, who will be attending a college semester in Prague, had dinner with my eldest son Craig, his wife Gabi, and Aubrey’s roommate.

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A view from the hotel in Budapest…

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This morning I got this photo of the thermal baths in Budapest.

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My vicarious travels are fun.  Right?  I don’t have to pack, unpack, or fly.  Am I kidding myself, though?

Do you love to travel, or would you rather nest at home, reading books about travel.  I am currently reading Happy People Read and Drink Coffee, a story about a widow who moves from Paris, where she owns a bookstore/cafe, to Ireland.  She hopes to escape the pain of the past.

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Vicarious traveling through reading and movies reminds me of the Anne Tyler book, The Accidental Tourist.  I also have the movie with William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, and Geena Davis.

Enjoy your travels…vicarious or actual.

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