travel@home (I)

… we had the most beautiful summer day here in Landskrona. We had more like autumn for the last 10 days … so it is so welcome … but it will only last for tomorrow too, then the UK lower pressure arrives again.

Enjoyed my solo dining out on my balcony in the evening sun and … after the clearing up in the kitchen I felt for a Porto Splash or PT (Port & Tonic). Drinking on my own isn’t something that happens very often, I probably can count the times it has happened on my 10 fingers … and I will become 72.

“Travel is the only thing you buy
that makes you richer”

As I sat there in the warm sunshine … my thoughts went back to all the fantastic places I have visited through the years and I felt got that fuzzy “feeling good” feeling inside and the idea to this. I guess it will be more than one … of “travel@home”.

In this post will I take you to my favourite destinations.

1. Chicago. Which I ended up in by accident more or less the first time at the end of May 2000. 

All because I got a voucher for giving up my seat when visit flying back to London from New York. $500 voucher and when I phoned to enquire how it was going to work, the nice young lady at Pan Am explained and when she asked where I want to go … I didn’t have a clue and I asked her and she said; CHICAGO!!! And it was love at first sight, I didn’t know what to expect more than what she had told me … I have been back 4 times after that.

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart”

And hopefully, there will be another visit before I cut up my passport for good. *smile – but for us poor Swedes …. the US is far too expensive now, our krona is so weak. In my currency draw, I have 300$ laying and waiting … at will take me from the airport, always a start.

“There is nothing safer than flying
– it’s crashing that is dangerous.”
Theo Cowan

2. Porto. All down to my good friend and blogging sister Suzanne@Travelbunny.

She had been invited to a goodwill visit to Porto and she posted brilliant posts about her days in this magical city and when I read her posts (What to See and Do in Porto)  I just knew that had to go there. And the year after I landed there and I love inch of it … been there now 3 times.

“Doing what you like is freedom,
liking what you do is happiness”

Had plans to go back this year, but never manage to book flights, which hadn’t happened anyway. Now looking at going back in early October next year. Because I every time I been there has it been far hot for my comfort, so it has been an autumn visit.

Last year I got sunstroke, a light version … but still, an experience I could be without.

“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road
and enjoy the journey”
Babs Hoffman

3. Tbilisi. One of my greatest adventures so far … and I have to thank CCN’s 60-second travel dairy for Tbilisi.

I was spending my Christmas in Kraków 2017 and before breakfast one morning I watch CNN and there they showed short travel diary. And at once I just knew that the following Christmas I was going to spend in Tbilisi and the accommodation I booked so soon I was back home and the flights I booked so soon they were released.

The city, the history … the heritage, the food, … and the people. Not to forget their wines – excellent, but they also have been making wines in Georgian for 8000 years.

“Don’t listen to what they say. Go see.”
Chinese Proverb

I have never been to a place where I been so welcome as a tourist … with open arms and warm hearts. So generous people … generous with themselves. The Tbilisi Old town … falling apart on the outside but behind most of the decay houses and the wooden balconies are modern comfortable homes.

Had planned to go back during Easter this year … but that didn’t happen but have rebooked to end of October instead. Hopefully, I will be able to take off with a face mask on.

“Jet lag is for amateurs.”
Dick Clark.

This … is for now, but I will back with more destinations soon. I wish you a pleasant weekend!

“Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember 
and remember more than I have seen.”
Benjamin Disraeli.

18 thoughts on “travel@home (I)

  1. Vivi you had me smiling broadly the moment I heard Frankie in one of my favourite songs . . .never mind about the wretch virus, never mind about the lockdowns
    Eastern Australia is again entering . . . I’ll have a glass of wine with you and remember the past and plan for the future . . . ! “Doing what you like is freedom, liking what you do is happiness’ . . . I could not agree more . . and, to a large degree, both you and I are lucky that way . . . ! In one way we live differently: wine is part of my ‘every’day’ and I oft have no one here . . . it is absolutely par for the course to reach for the glass when I begin cooking ! Oh, love your photo montages, remember you going to Chicago last time around and also so enjoying . . . we must have been on different paths when you went to Tbilisi . . . back to the photos whilst Frank sings again . . .

    • Yes, who doesn’t want to fly away with Frankie. Good for you that you give your life a glass of wine everyday. The doctor likes that. With me … I need company to enjoy wine. Also after my cancer treatment … wine doesn’t taste that great anymore. A glass I can enjoy, but a second glass I struggle with. Yes, Tbilisi only happened 1,5 year ago … so you were not back on my path. *laughing
      By the way we can fly to the moon with Frank too. *smile

  2. Vivi, you’ve made the best of every second. I think we could travel through your photo albums for the rest of this year, and beyond 🙂 🙂 Stay well and travel will come back to you. Saturday hugs!

  3. 🙂 Dear Wivi,
    this is incredible, such a good idea!
    I remember your Tblisi visit and your blog posts.
    I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you that you will be able to travel in fall – with a face mask. Stay safe!
    Many duvet hugs xo
    Claudia xo 🙂

  4. Your travel from home post makes me wish that I could dust off my passport and head back for another visit to Porto but unfortunately that will have to wait a while longer.

    • Karen … I understand you so well. My friend and I had planned to spend Christmas in Baku, Azerbaijan – but we have now changed our tickets and staying inside Europe. Spending Christmas in Porto. So looking forward to going back.
      Such a fantastic city .. with fantastic people. Always been visiting when it has been a heatwave … so hopefully it will a little warmer down there and up here, even if we had mild winters for a couple of years now.
      I will drink a Port & tonic the first evening … think about you. *smile

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