Friday, January 20, 2012
Last night was my first lecture of the semester. I did my usual introduction which is comprised of equal parts serious scholarship, general awkwardness and humor. We covered the earliest human art last night, pausing to discuss Stonehenge I was taken back....I told the class of what it was like to look up at those huge monoliths in wonder. For just a moment I could feel the cool air of the Salisbury Plains, the sense of awe that we felt as we looked up at these monuments from the past. Suddenly I couldn't stop thinking about that trip and that time in my life.
I was 18 when I took my art tour of Europe, it was sort of an abbreviated version of the traditional Grand Tour. We went to Holland, Germany, France and England. Eric and I were able to take this trip together with a group of fellow artists and our beloved Copelands. For some reason I couldn't stop thinking about that trip all night. It would seem that I am having a little bout of wanderlust coupled with a strong dose of nostalgia.
Eric and I on the flight over. So young.
Sunset on the Rhine River, Germany
Big Ben (yes I know Big Ben is not the actual clock)
I am feeling the itch. I want to see more. I want to share that with my family. Obviously a European adventure may be off the agenda for this summer, what with being due to deliver a bay-bay smack dab in the heart of summer, but I am still thinking a lot about travel in my future. The world is so big and so amazing. I feel like I need to see more! I want our children to feel that the world is their home, that they can see the places that they read about in books.
Looking at a Van Gogh
We have traveled a lot in our years together, but it seems that the more we travel the more there is to see. Eric and I have a list of places we want to visit some places we just want to re-visit: Italy, Greece, Russia, Iceland, Norway, Japan, China, Australia, Spain, New Zealand, Ireland, all over the US (we've seen a lot, but we want to see more), South America (not sure where), Egypt, oh man....I could go on and on. We just want to see it all!
Do you travel a lot? Where do you want to visit and why?
Posted by Maria Rose at Friday, January 20, 2012