Tag Archives: Travel

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Ladyhawke

a very sensual, strange, physically beautiful, dangerous place

Back in the day I spent a lot of time à Paris, la ville lumière.  I learned that, while Parisienne women look chic, they often smell of Galoises overlaid with a lot of Chanel #5.

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Love Paris and you’re hung up on something that’s never going to love you back.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

when good Americans die they go to Paris

Relationships, Travel, and Self-Development

self-affinity, self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-development

Life is better for me today, and looking back I can see why things didn’t always happen the way I hoped and expected them to go.  Partly it was because my expectations were unrealistic and depended upon others acting the way I would wish them to, (and that almost never works out).  Partly it was because I suffered from a lot of negative character traits such as judgementalism, jealousy, and impatience.

By accepting what were my downfalls in the past I can work on developing better ways of living, and also deciding consciously what I don’t want to be, what I don’t want to do, and where I don’t want to go, (in a literal and figurative sense).  This is the right time for me to push on through with no regrets and no hesitation.  This is the time for me to re-evaluate some of my life path choices so I can drop everything unsatisfying and toxic, and instead concentrate on that which adds to my success and happiness.  People, places and things that have just ever taken from me, giving little in return, no longer have a place in my life.

I am very aware of what I don’t want in my life, but I think I need something like a bucket list, or a vision board, or maybe a mind map to help me to decide what I do want in my life.

There’s a list of places I want to visit in the next year or so; starting with California, and maybe Arizona in the USA.  In England I would like to see Stonehenge again and some of the other weird places such as Lindisfarne.  I have no desire to spend much time in London, but seeing Amsterdam, Paris, Rome again might be cool ~ after I’ve been back to Florence, Sienna, Pisa, and San Gimignano.  I do so love Tuscany.

The Mediterranean might well be the most favoured region on the planet; the Greek Islands are fabulous, as are Crete, Cyprus, and Malta ~ maybe I’ll take a cruise.  And of course it’s been a long time since I’ve been to the West Indies ~ and the islands are a great winter destination.  Never, ever go to the Caribbean during June, July, August, or September ~ unless you really like hurricanes.

I have no issues with finances nor responsibilities back here in the garret, (apart from Marmaduke), but what hold me back a little is the ultimate joylessness of travelling alone.  Maybe the first thing I need on life is a new friend and travelling companion, or to change my relationship with an old friend for the better.

Some say that no matter where you go you always take yourself with you.  And that freedom is not just a long holiday.  All I know is that the world is my lobster.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Marmaduke likes travelling with me

 

Scenes on Sunday ~ Favourite Places

some places I’ve been seem to feed my soul

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

sunset is a wonderful time a day

Scenes on Sunday ~ Beaches

A beachcomber is a man at peace with Life.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

California Beaches have a charm of their own

Scenes on Sunday ~ America

America is a land of endless inspiring vistas.

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A Mustang in Arizona

No matter what life throws at me, at least I have a cool car.

In Arizona my rental is a Mustang.

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Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

now all I need is a cool girl riding shotgun

Scenes on Sunday ~ The Sea

You can’t cross the sea by standing and staring at the water.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Aphrodite was born nubile from the sea

Scenes on Sunday ~ Marmaduke

The young at heart will always find a friend in a teddy bear.

Marmaduke is my teddy bear.  He has his own life, filled with adventures, daydreams, and really wild things.  But, the boat has got to go.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

It’s a grand life being a well-travelled teddy bear.

Almost Drowning in Turkey

Always look before you leap.

When I went on a day’s boat trip in Turkey I jumped into what looked like fairly shallow water.  Turned out it was about 60 feet deep.  It also turned out that I’ve just about forgotten how to swim.

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I almost drowned before I made it back to our boat.

As almost drowning on vacation is not a good plan, I am taking a week’s 1 to 1 professional swimming instruction, from a lady called Sarah Kentish.

This will be in the pool of the Imperial Hotel in a British seaside resort called Llandudno.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

I wonder if I’ve forgotten how to ride a bicycle too?

Scenes on Sunday ~ Piers

So, just how big is a pier?  Well, mostly it sticks out half-a-mile.

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Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Trust me, the various types of pier are interesting and fun.

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