On our last cruise we traveled a very long way and had to be prepared to encounter all types of weather. We traveled from Singapore through Southeast Asia and India and the UAE, through the Suez canal to Rome, then to Scotland and on to Canada. The trip was in March through June. I knew that we would encounter hot steamy and hot and dry weather, then possibly cold and rainy in Scotland and Canada. Although I am well versed in layering my wardrobe, and packing conservatively, this trip was a challenge!
To top it all off, after traveling for months, when we were to fly home our bags could not weigh over 40 pounds each. That severely limited our souvenir purchases, not that we buy many anyway. Our favorite souvenirs to buy are artisan made ceramic plates and local salt. We have a small collection of both from all around the world. This trip precluded buying much of anything, so besides the thousands of photos I took (which I still have to organize), I brought home some watercolor paintings I did while we traveled.
They are nothing spectacular, but framed they are a nice addition to our wall. Every time I look at them, I can remember where we were and why I chose that subject to paint. Each is a little capsule of memory. It was extremely easy to pack the paintings because each is just a sheet of watercolor paper. Framing happens at home.
So now you know about one of my other hobbies, beside sewing and gardening!
Until next time,
Ten years ago I couldn’t convince Mr. M to take a cruise. He was adamant that cruising was stupid and something he would NOT do. I, on the other hand , had taken a wonderful cruise in the mid-seventies with my Mom and sister-in-law. For over 30 years, I tried to convince him to take a cruise with me.
While we were in Mexico, I decided to force the issue. Read the rest of this entry »