Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Wonder of Travel by Margot Justes

My roots go back to Europe, and I've always been kiddingly (I hope) told that for me it's not a vacation unless I cross the pond, aka the Atlantic or any other ocean. I've been blessed in being able to travel. I seek out the best deals in hotels, air fare and anything else needed to keep the price down and affordable; of course that is all relative. We have to plan according to our budgetary constraints. The idea is to be able to go somewhere and see something new and have an adventure and still be able to afford it.  
That adventure can happen right in your own backyard, all it takes is a bit of research and voila, there are things to do. Everyplace offers something new to discover. I'm not at all interested in beaches, not my choice, but I have made an effort and have seen a few. Okay, I'll admit to the old adage if you've seen one beach you've seen them all. Well except the beaches in Santorini, Greece, it is black sand because of volcanic activity. That was unique. Here is my point, it was different and I learned a bit about Santorini's history because of that beach.  

The same can happen right here at home. A beautiful building, an enticing restaurant with a terrific view, an age old bookstore filled to capacity with history and books, local history museum and yes, bars and beaches. No matter your interest, there is always something new to see. It doesn't have to cost a lot, just a bit of your time.
Not everyone likes museums, I've heard a great deal of disdain in my life from people who do not want to waste their time in a museum. My philosophy is, if you don't try you'll never know. Stretch the imagination a bit. Many museums charge a fee, some nominal and others not so nominal. If you're in the DC area, the Smithsonian is free and the museums are unbelievable, you hop from the National Gallery to the American History Museum , and so many others in between-and they are all amazingly free.

As the proverbial saying goes, I cut my teeth in museums, but my palate was severely limited to Polish food. That is what I grew up on. There was no exposure until I was on my own, timid and afraid slowly I ventured out, now there is not a cuisine in this world that I would not try. I'm grateful that I took that first step. I apply that same process to a vacation, whether it's in other parts of the world or right here at home.
Margot Justes
A Hotel in Paris


Deb Larson said...

Margot: you're so right, museums can be such a treasure and delight. Unfortunately too many are dreary and ugly with teeny tiny placards that you can't read unless you stand right in front of it. But that is changing. I've been to some that are wonderful. We're leaving next week for Alabama (yes, the coastal beaches) but we will visit The Alabama while we're there!
DL Larson

Debra St. John said...


I love that you are such a traveler. I traveled a lot before I got married, but then priorites changed. Maybe someday I'll coax the hubby to come across the pond with me again.

Museums are great...and lots of times one of those things right in your backyard that you don't really think about. Once you do, it's like a little mini-vacation right there close to home.

Margot Justes said...

Thank you for the comments. That was exactly my point, you don't have to go far,just try something different.

Morgan Mandel said...

I can always count on you to write about your traveling and do my traveling for me!

Morgan Mandel

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