WE DON'T LOOK BACK ENOUGH
For those of us who are passionate travellers, life gets to be about the next adventure, the next journey, the where-can-I-go-that-I-haven't-been- before type of thing. We are always planning and saving for a holiday somewhere, indeed, anywhere. But how many of us actually sit and ruminate on past travels. Sure places we have been will come up in conversation or on a TV programme and our minds will flash back briefly to our experiences there but do we ever just sit and relive past journeys. In fact, once the photos have been carefully placed in an album and shown off to anyone interested, or even those who aren't, how often do we take time to go through the albums again?
In his book Bill visits several places in England that I had visited over the years and barely given a second thought to since. Beautiful places like Tenby in Wales " ...it is exquisite - full of pastel-coloured houses, sweet-looking hotels and guest houses, characterful pubs and cafes, glorious beaches and gorgeous views " (B. Bryson) or the uniquely beautiful Yorkshire Dales where I spent many happy hours with my son and his family. Bryson views the spectacular Ribblehead Viaduct and mentions in passing the picturesque village of Malham where he used to live and where I enjoyed lunch. His praise for Oxford is fulsome. He refers to it as "...the most improved city in Britain" (B.Bryson) particularly enjoying the improvements to the museums and the pedestrianised main street. I have a very soft spot for Oxford having spent several weeks there when my son lived there and I came to know and love it well. Haunts familiar to me such as Woodstock and The Trout Inn all get a mention as does the TV series Morse. I even, at one stage, harboured a burning desire to be the lock keeper at Iffley lock, in the story book village just along the river from Oxford "I found myself transported to a Cotswold village, or something awfully like it" (B.Bryson)
Here are some photos from my albums of the places mentioned above:
|Tenby, Wales - I noted beside it " A really delightful town"|
|The Trout, Godstow, a short walk from Oxford. I spent many happy times there.|
|The spectacular Ribblehead Viaduct, Yorkshire Dales|
|A wintry day in Malham, Yorkshire, the village Bill Bryson lived in for 8 years|
So there we are then,
DON'T FORGET TO REMEMBER YOUR TRAVELS AND ADVENTURES
The joy they bring you can be life long if you take the time to think back over them.