travel@home (II)

… so I’m back with more photo memories and destinations! They aren’t presented in any special order … also I need some help with some images in the galleries, can’t find my own on file (Biarritz & Vancouver).

4. Biarritz, France … I was there long before the 45th G7 summit.

My first visit was in 1977 with my German finance, Hans and ever since we arrived that September afternoon by car  I wanted to go back.

I must have been coming back about 10-12 times (lost count) since then. When living in the UK it was so easy to jump on a direct budget flight and be there in 2 hours. From here is so complicated, have to change flights and even airports in Paris and only the thought of that !!!! So I haven’t been back since 2008, spent my 60th birthday there.

“Take only memories, leave only footprints.”
Chief Seattle

I was on the way last year … because Ryan Air had flights from Stockholm, but when I was going to book they had cancelled the route. I miss it SO! But there will be another visit.

If I ever win enough money on the Euro Lotto, I will move to Biarritz. I wish I had bought a place during the ’70s. Today I can even afford a cleaning locker.

Biarritz is the only place that I would leave Sweden for, it is my sanctuary. (I haven’t enough images on file to make up an interesting gallery, so I have to mix mine with borrowed. Click on the images and you see the rightful owners. Oscar is my camera by the way – he isn’t feeling the best just now, so he has been sent away to be fixed, I hope.)

“It is better to see something once,
then to hear about it a thousand times.”
Asian Proverb.

5. Sopot, Polen … awesome substitute for Biarritz. 

Only 1-hour flight away …  it is one of the nicest seaside resorts I have enjoyed. Polish friends took me when I visited Gdańsk in 2015 and I felt that belonging so soon I step out of their car. Been back for more 3 times now. It has that old fashion grandness and still very young at heart. Plus they do the best Mojitos!!!

“To travel is to live.”
Hans Christian Andersen

I’m a big fan of Poland … maybe it’s because I have Polish blood in my veins (my father). There isn’t much not to like. Outstanding hospitality, friendliness, the best hairdressers … loads of beautiful building and so much history … excellent food (very important), great shopping and good value for the Swedish krona.

“Once a year, go somewhere
you’ve never been before.”
Dalai Lama.

I try to visit Poland once a year. This year I hope I will make to Poznan and their International Ice Sculpture Festival at the beginning of December. My first visit and even if the festival isn’t happening I sure I come home with a lot of fantastic memories. Hopefully, their famous Christmas Market will happen.

6. Vancouver … for many years my number one. 

In 1989 I was asked by my employer if I would consider work over in Canada for them .. for 12 months. They were starting up a ferry route between Victoria on Vancouver Island and Seattle. It was a yes straight away from me. I stayed for 2 years … and moved over to Seattle. LOOOoooOve!!!

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And in April 1989 the adventure started. Landed in Victoria when all the cherry trees were blooming such beautiful site … such a pretty city, but as they say over there … Victoria is for the newlywed and nearly dead. *laughing

So whenever I had some days off … a good friend and I took a couple of marvellous days in Vancouver. During one visit by accident, I had the honour to hear Placido Domingo singing at Canada Pl. in front of the Pan Pacific Vancouver terminal.

“Let’s find some beautiful place to get lost”
Unknown

Vancouver was for many years the city that I would have moved to straight away to if I had been asked. What a fabulous city; the Glorious Mountains of Vancouver’s North Shore and the Pacific Ocean in the front. Vancouver is a city that has everything … Vancouver has been ranked as one of the best cities in the world to live in for years.

Last time I visited Vancouver was in July 2012 when I visited friends in Victoria.

Why I changed my mind???? I met Chicago.

“Life is short and the world is wide.”
Simon Raven

There …. is more destinations to come. *smile

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless,
then turns you into a storyteller.”
Ibn Battuta

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