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Do you know you are having a good time while you are having it?

Do you know you are having a good time while you are having it?

Nov 3rd, 2002, 11:08 AM
John B
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Some of you may already have seen this so please excuse the repetition.

We know we had a good time when we remember the things we experienced and learned.

For example:

Why We Go to France:

To drive small cars fast on well maintained narrow roads and to enjoy getting lost in remote hamlets;

To have two hour lunches and three hour dinners but not on the same day;

To see and listen to the children play;

To sit under plane trees;

To watch men play boules while the women exchange village news;

To see four generations having Sunday lunch together;

To look through our wine glasses at the setting sun;

To go shopping for clothes for our new grandchild and have people in the store ooo and ahhh about our luck and choices;

To see elderly folk out on the patio of a castle that had been turned into a retirement home;

To overhear a child say to his parents that the cows eating the lush grass by the stream were "gourmands";

To marvel at the produce and presentations in the local weekly markets;

To note the farmer in blue coveralls driving a monster grape harvesting machine while smoking and talking on a cell phone;

To visit two young artists and buy some of their paintings each time we go and to decorate our home with them;

To absorb and try to retain memories of some of the products of more than a thousand years of civilization;

To admire the skills of stonemasons;

To stay in B and Bs and get to know a little about the way of life;

To wonder at the range of human possibilities: automatic toilets to holes;

To watch old 2CVs tilt wildly while driving on mountain roads;

To recall seeing a arm sticking out from a pup tent in the streaming cold rain and wondering how wet they will soon be;

To see people taking home pastries in little ribbon tied boxes for Sunday lunch;

To smell the cooking in the narrow lanes;

To have works of art placed before you at even modest restaurants.

To be amused at the care and attention given to dogs in restaurants;

To see a woman arranging flowers as we walked by her window;

To visit the cemeteries and think about the lives others have lived as well;

To come upon flowers placed at the spot where a soldier was killed during the war;

To see a small discreet sign nearby with directions to the nearest auberge;

To marvel at the vista of tiled roofs, churches and patchwork fields while flying over France;

To enjoy the Gallic shrug; and,

To see cats sleeping on warm stone window sills.

Why do you go?
Nov 3rd, 2002, 06:53 PM
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Thank you all for the beautiful comments, I appreciate them on this dreary-weather day, but I suppose I should learn to appreciate the days at home too. (But I do, really)
Nov 4th, 2002, 04:16 AM
John B.
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On dreary days I would revisit this another thread currently running about small unexpected pleasures. The comments resonate with me and are perhaps the reason for traveling.
Nov 4th, 2002, 10:19 AM
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I did look at it this morning, John, thanks. I am trying to narrow my selections down so I can post on it too.
Nov 4th, 2002, 05:42 PM
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Nov 4th, 2002, 10:00 PM
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I think if you keep a journal you will keep on top of things in regards to your memories of the trip. If I reflect every day while writing in my journal about the day's adventures I appreciate my trip more. Rushing around and trying to see too much and then dropping on the bed exhausted is not the way to savor your travels, chill out as people say.
Nov 11th, 2002, 10:49 AM
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If your are really grateful to be able to travel and see the world then you will make a point of keeping that topmost in your mind. When petty annoyances happen, I stop myself from even wanting to get angry or upset, by thinking how glad I am to be where I am at the time. Even doing laundry in a small shop in the backstreets of some city can be a good experience with the right attitude, I know I have experience it.
Nov 11th, 2002, 10:56 AM
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While studying in Europe I started a habit of taking 15 minutes each day to write in a journal. Re-reading my thoughts all the fun and adventures my friends and I have had come rushing back. I also have friends that are very good about carrying their cameras and capturing those silly offbeat moments. Many we frame and share with each other as gifts for birthdays and holidays.
Nov 11th, 2002, 12:15 PM
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We do the same. The characters and the people of the places make the difference. We sit in the evening and look back on the day. Then when we go home we still sit in the evening after dinner, with a glass of wine and reflect on our most recent holiday!
I take the point of others that you can do too much on holiday. We did a 3 centre holiday in Asia recently and were up at the crack of dawn and out. I have never felt so shattered during a holiday and will plan more relaxation into the next comparable holiday!This is a great thread!
Nov 11th, 2002, 12:54 PM
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topping a good thread!
Nov 11th, 2002, 01:12 PM
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Oh yes. It comes with that soul swelling feeling as if you are going to burst from the sheer joy of the moment. And, for me, part of it is the realization that here am I, not from money or even raised middle class, standing where {you name the historical figure] stood centuries ago. Standing by myself in a forest outside our manor hotel on an early English morning, hearing the birds and nothing more, I could not believe my blessings.
Jul 14th, 2003, 01:38 PM
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On my last trip to Italy last year I finally learned la gioia di essere.
I was able to savor each minute at a leisurely pace and live like I was living there.
Such peace overcomes you, if you can travel like this.
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Jul 14th, 2003, 01:54 PM
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Today's mail brought a letter from my mother. Ever practical, she sent a sheet of pronunciations for the Italian language, in hopes that my husband and I will use them freely while we are there. She also wrote "...the way the physical beauty of the land affects you as a person and brings such peace and happiness to you. Sit on a bench by the church and gaze upon the plains..."

My parents return to Italy year after year and get that same rush every time. I hope a bit of that rubs off on my husband and me as we experience Italy for the first time.
Jul 14th, 2003, 02:01 PM
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San Marco AFTER all the (other) tourists have gone..no "plains" to gaze upon but magical nonetheless and you will definitely KNOW you are having a good time!
Jul 14th, 2003, 03:36 PM
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I agree with the other posters on keeping a journal. What I have enjoyed is sharing the journal writing with my travel companion. I like to look and see what he or she has written. It is almost more fun to look back and see what someone else has said about the same thing.
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Jul 15th, 2003, 05:05 AM
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I know when I am having a good time, because I will tell my husband how lucky we are while my eyes are welling up. I am an emotional fool!!
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