How I Traveled Far to Find My Love for Home
Oh, the places I’ve been. Oh, the people I’ve met. Oh, the adventures I’ve shared with my husband, family and friends.
I have not mused often about my world travel because it has been so expansive I do not know where to begin.
I have seen so much of our world. I have learned so much. I have met so many amazing people, admired their customs, been in awe of their cities, art and landscape.
Let’s begin by saying, in my marriage, I am the adventuresome one. My Ultimate Concierge always says “yes” and winds up having the time of his life. So, I am a very lucky wife and I am grateful.
Before I get to my story on Normandy, France I will give you a little survey of our travels.
When I said to my Ultimate Concierge, “I dream of traveling through every country in the Middle East,” after he was dismayed, he was game.
So off we traveled to Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Israel and the West Bank City of Ramallah where we met in the office of the PLO with Arafat’s picture on the wall… I could not believe I was sitting there. When I stood on the Golan Heights and heard bombs blasts in Syria, I was saddened.
When I prayed at the Wailing Wall of what remains of the Old Temple in the old city of Jerusalem, I was proud of my heritage.
When I walked the streets and visited with the Iranians in Tehran and the Syrians in Damascus and Aleppo, I knew they wanted to live in peace and harmony with the rest of the world.
When I asked my husband to take me to the off limit Palestinian town, Hebron, to visit the tomb of Sarah, Abraham’s wife, he hired a special Palestinian guide to take us into the city. (Sarah is my Hebrew name.)
When I walked into the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, I was in awe. When I looked at the Dome of the Rock located on the Holy Mount in Jerusalem, I wanted peace for all mankind.
Every country has its own specialness, but I do have favorite sites and experiences, such as…
The Great Wall of China, The Pyramids in Egypt, Monet’s Garden in Giverny, Lennon Square in Moscow, The Berlin Wall in Germany, the Changing of the Guard in London, Montmartre outside of Paris, France, Notre Dame, The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and shopping, everything about Vietnam and Angkor Wat in Cambodia, The Geisha Theatre in Tokyo, elephant safari in Africa, learning the Tango in Brazil, whale watching and glaciers in Antarctica, golf in Ireland and Scotland. Did I mention India, The Taj Mahal, and Rome, The Vatican?
In Normandy, France I felt terrible sadness mixed with great pride.
Thinking about Memorial Day, I do want to expound on the history of Normandy and our personal experience.
My Story on Normandy
Backtracking for a moment, I wanted to mention an event that took place a few years ago.