From an exhibit at The Museum of Natural History in London.
TO THE NOT IMPOSSIBLE HIM
By Edna St. Vincent Millay
How shall I know, unless I go
To Cairo and Cathay,
Whether or not this blessed spot
Is blest in every way?
Now it may be, the flower for me
Is this beneath my nose:
How shall I tell, unless I smell
The Carthaginian rose?
The fabric of my faithful love
No power shall dim or ravel
Whilst I stay here,—but oh, my dear,
If I should ever travel!
We also visited London during our vacation. Mid-way through the trip I found myself needing to wash a load of clothes so I went to a nearby laundromat. When I entered the laundromat I was surprised and delighted to find original artwork on the wall featuring chickens and ducks, which included instructions for how to use the washers and driers. Very whimsical and also quite clever. Art is everywhere, you just have to look for it. Here are some pictures of the artwork.
My husband and I were vacationing in Paris during the terrorist attacks. Asleep in bed, we were unaware of the attacks until the next morning when I began receiving multiple messages from friends and family asking if we were okay. I was puzzled at first and then checked the news and learned of the events that had transpired.
The terrorist attacks happened on Friday night, and on Sunday afternoon we went walking along the River Seine. While walking along the river we came upon a public blackboard with messages written in chalk. The messages were in all different languages and it was quite inspiring to see the thoughts, feelings, comments and sentiments of the people who had left messages on the blackboard. I didn’t understand all the messages but the sentiment I gleaned from it was solidarity with France and an undaunted spirit in the face of tragedy. Here are pictures of the blackboard.
On a vacation to the Big Island of Hawaii last month, one of the activities we enjoyed the most was stargazing on the mountain of Mauna Kea. We chose to take a guided tour and leave the driving to the professionals since the road up the mountain can be quite rough. Of the 14 people in our tour there were people from all over the United States as well as Canada, Australia and Japan. The tour lasted for approximately six hours so we had lots of time to get acquainted with our fellow travelers, which is half the fun of traveling.
After an informal dinner halfway up the mountain, we proceeded to the top of the mountain where we watched the sunset which was quite spectacular. It was quite cold at the summit and we were provided with parkas and mittens to ward off the cold.
There are multiple observatories on the top of the mountain used by professional astronomers from all over the world. The lack of air pollution and light pollution makes Mauna Kea one of the best locations for stargazing in the world.
After watching the sunset we proceeded back down the mountain to the visitors center, which is midway between the top and bottom of the mountain. There our guide set up a telescope and we took turns getting a closer look at the stars and constellations while munching on brownies and drinking hot chocolate. The tour ended at about 11:00 at night which made for a long but fun evening.
Stargazing is both inspiring and humbling. If you ever get to the Big Island of Hawaii, Mauna Kea is an excellent place to appreciate the beauty of the stars.