On a Clear Day…

We are talking about places we’ve always wanted to visit…and why.
Where WOULDN’T I want to go? I haven’t had much chance to travel. I have seen a lot of America just going back and forth, traveling through, although not well into New England, nor to the Pacific coast. I’d like to go there, to both areas.
I have friends around the world now and have invitations to almost all continents,(I don’t know any penguins), but many places are never going to happen, at least, not until or unless I see Europe.

I realize that Europe is big and diverse and choosing would be hard. But here is where my thoughts lie:

I wanted very much to be an archaeologist. I read many books on the subject, but ancient civilizations are what really grab me, so Greece is near the top of my list as there is so much there, so much already found. I won’t be doing any digging, I resigned myself to that a long time ago.

I’d go to Ireland in a heartbeat. We have been exploring the Irish side of the family. We can’t find the direct link yet, but I wouldn’t wait to find it to go.

So much of the entire continent is so rich in differing cultures, it would be heartbreaking for me to go and not see everything. I am completely unlike Colin Farrell’s character in “In Bruge”(!) I want to look at the old buildings and see the charm everywhere, such as the old, relatively preserved cities such as Prague, Budapest, Istanbul, or the lesser visited ruins in Macedonia, or the ancestral homes of my husband’s Austrio-Hungarian / Croatian-Slovenian roots, then there is Switzerland, the tiny countries and Scandinavia, especially to go to Norway to see the fjords. (Have you read the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” books? In one the “Designer of Earth” asked the main character if he had ever seen the fjords, because he had won an award for those!)

Goodness! You’d have to give me a month just to glance at everything in Germany.

Italy is a no-brainer. My mother’s parents and some of her siblings were ‘off-the-boat’. Even though my grandmother’s village in Umbria was destroyed in the 1976 earthquake, I’d still like to find relatives. And you want to talk history? This is also my husband’s first choice. Few places are as rich in continual history as Rome and he could banter religion at the Vatican. So Italy was always top on my list but…

A few years ago I saw a documentary on El Museo Nacional del Prado; The Prado.

Of course Italy has art everywhere and France has the Louvre, (and many more charms, I am sure). There is great art all over Europe, but I was blown away by what I saw on the DVD. You take the Prado, the incredible architecture, crocus fields and diverse regions and I would never turn down a chance to go to Spain.

Some years ago a reporter visited Melanie Griffith at her home at the southernmost tip of Spain. As they gazed across the Strait of Gibraltar she said, “On a clear day, you can see Africa”. For some reason, that struck a chord in me. I would LOVE to stand in Spain and be able to see Africa. I may have to wait a long time there for clear enough weather, but I would love to do it.
A side note: My niece decided that “On a clear day, you can see Africa” would be a pretty good euphemism…clearly she was thinking of Melanie’s husband, Antonio Banderas.

So although I wouldn’t be going with Antonio, put me down for Europe, especially if it’s a clear day at Gibraltar.

Anyone care to join me?


About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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10 Responses to On a Clear Day…

  1. jeff7salter says:

    Wow, that’s a lot of territory to cover. And I can see your tastes are quite cultured compared to mine. I do appreciate the fine arts, and would definitely want to tour some of those famous museums if I were in the area … but I think the museums would be lower on my list than the structures and landscapes. Yes, archaeological history of one of the world’s oldest civilizations would be fascinating to me also. But I’d want to poke around those places … not just walk on a path which is roped off from those ruins. And they frown on letting tourists “poke around”.


    • Yeah,Jeff, did you see about the American doctor,(of all things!) who broke the 14th century statue in Italy? Hands off!
      You realize I’m married to a History major,former-Social Studies teacher…museum are big with us….and I am here in Bardstown with only the Whiskey Museum….SERIOUSLY deprived!


  2. I’m in. Let’s go!


  3. pjharjo says:

    I would absolutely LOVE to join you on that trip to Europe! As you said you could only “glance” at everything in Germany in a month, I must agree. When I went I was there for month and I must laugh at myself bc in that time I tried to see ALL of Europe! LOL! I certainly only took a glance at it and I can’t wait to return!

    Like you, I enjoy all the old historical stuff there, too. It’s AWE-INSPIRING! Whereas herein America, all the historical stuff is from hundreds of years ago, over there it’s from thousands of years ago! Old Historical stuff is SO COOL!

    I don’t especially have any genealogical roots there that I want to trace, though. Mine are all here with this continent’s first peoples from thousands of years ago.

    It seems that we all have a yen to visit Europe. We should all get together and take a field trip over there!
    What do the rest of you think about historical places?

    Romance through the mists of time,
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    • Well, yeah, some of my people were here, too ,but more are what they call here,”Brought-Ins”LOL!
      Unlimited funds, unlimited time, unlimited energy and I’ll be ready to go!


  4. Sharmishtha says:

    Europe is a treasure trove of art of middle age!


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