I’ve turned to quotes most of my life to get me through some things…and I think out of the dozen or so, this is the most fitting for today… quote source
The tricks and traits of filmmaking – is when a town location on camera is really more of multiple sites. Example: Hallmark’s Moriah’s Lighthouse – which caught my attention last night, while aiming to find a film I could actually escape from all things too real. Filming Locations (3). Ploumanac’h Lighthouse, Perros-Guirec, France (location). Hotel Castel Beau Site, Brittany, France (location). This is how I normally add destinations in my travel journal of places I need to see: First stop: the Lighthouse in Perros-Guirec, France The Boutique hotel: Castel Beau Site And finally a list of Beautiful Villages of France …where I plan to be immersed for a few months.
Although I am one who manages stress pretty well, I might say, there are moments where I need to stop all things and simply sit in my garden and reflect. That’s what I did last night, while experiencing an unusual heatwave for June in San Francisco. At seven-thirty in the evening I pulled a recline from the garage and went down to my garden and sat among the colorful plants and I watched the birds, the bees and the butterflies feast among the lavender for hours. And then I heard a fluttering near my ear, and I turned my head slowly and shifted my eyes to see the most beautiful of hummingbird simply inches away from me, and I said hello… For my life, if only for a few hours, felt peaceful and complete.
Greece seems so far away for someone like me in the U.S. on the West Coast. But it is one destination for sure on my radar. Have you been?
Three years ago, I had the most amazing opportunity to be present in London for the Trooping of the Colour Parade – which normally is in honor of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s birthday. I was happy to see the Queen as well as Prince Philip among all the royals imaginable. It was a good day to see such a historical figure. It was as if she was a time capsule or an encyclopedia of sorts. All I could think about while seeing her smile and wave from her carriage to the crowd was-I wish I could have an hour or two with her. Just to hear first hand about her conversations with world leaders through the decades, and her truest feelings about how our world has evolved. This year, as we know, Trooping The Colour celebration will have a different meaning. It will be the platinum jubilee – dedicated to The Reigning Queen’s seventy years on the throne. Wish I was there…for this historic moment in her majesty’s and my lifetime. Decades of the only …
I went to the local garden shop over the weekend, in hopes of purchasing a few more plants so that I may add them to my garden. Which has become my haven-no doubt-for anyone who understands the impact of a personalized outdoor space. I mean, I do visit gardens in parks, and walk past home front gardens or partial views of some through neighborhoods I can only dream of living. But there is nothing better than the art of creating a garden that you hope the birds, and butterflies and bees would visit often. The idea of it all makes me smile…in the most peaceful manner imaginable.
I traded in my 2800square foot home in the suburbs for a studio apartment in the city by the bay-San Francisco. Simply because I enjoy the cottage feel of a small space. I call it my artists loft. Which by the way, is all neutral in décor with pops of color – all in line with the coastal living vibe. So you can imagine how this home grabbed my attention and hence the need to share here.
When I initially started this blog, it was simply to share all things travel. However, as we all know, 2020 put an unpredictable pause on the best form of escapism mankind has ever known. Fast forward to the present, and I am happy to report that the RS&S travel series is back, not just due to popular demand, but also to keep my head in the clouds while I navigate through some challenging times. Here’s how I escape during a distressing situation: Exploring the small villages perched along the shores of the Greek islands. Discovering Ireland one castle at a time Spending hours in a Parisian cafe with breathtaking views Paying homage to Piazza Navona (Rome) for inspiring me to write my first novel Switzerland…need I say more How do you escape?
Last week was a continuation of previous weeks x two. Which has me wondering – why does everything require a zoom meeting? The idea of needing a scheduled call to ‘be on the same page’ has me booked up through the end of April. Not complaining just sharing too much information. But in all honesty I have missed staying connected here and do want to know how everyone is truly doing out there as we watch our world shift and change. And humanity be swayed in every direction imaginable to feel and think a certain way. I do my best to focus on the positive and live my life as simply as possible. Some of the things that keep me motivated are the stuff I am thankful and very grateful for. Have a nice day…