Wednesday, February 20, 2013

On the Road in Tuscany. . .

Just saying the word, Tuscany, brings back memories of our day trip through Italy’s stunning countryside last fall.

As travelers you know those kind of memories; those images tinged with a just bit of regret because you didn’t .  . .

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. . .breathe a bit deeper. . .

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. . . linger a bit longer. . .

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. . .appreciate more the experience as it was happening.

The kind of trip not dictated by a GPS, in fact, one not clearly defined on paper either. . .

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. . .where the direction doesn’t matter. . .


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. . .your route doesn’t disappoint . . .

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. . .where your destination isn’t set. . .

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. . .where you find unexpected treasures along the way. . .

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That’s the kind of memories I am talking about.  Have you taken that type of carefree approach to trip planning lately? If not, give it a try – you might be surprised by what you find!  And if you’re ready for some armchair travel, head over to Budget Travelers Sandbox for Travel Photo Thursday.

(And thanks to those who let me know you couldn’t leave a comment last week because of Google’s fickle support of its blogging system.  I don’t know what caused the problem nor how to fix it, but thanks for letting me know. . .if it continues, please let me know at travelnwrite@msn.com)

20 comments:

  1. Ah Tuscanny! It must be on the top of my "must go to" list. I dream of it! I would love to have time to stay in a village and ramble around the country at leisure.
    Wonderful images. Thank you for taking me there.
    Have a wonderful week. And thank you for stopping by my blog today.

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    1. You are welcome and thanks much for the return visit you made to this blog! See you next week - if not sooner.

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  2. I have travelled like that in Tuscany and Liguria. Although we had a home base, every day we just got out the map and drove, not caring where we ended up some days and others we would have a destination in mind, which may or may not eventuate. The surprises are the best.

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    1. I agree Jan - we love those days of traveling 'where the wind blows us'

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  3. Would love to get to Tuscany one day, for all the reasons you recommend. Very interesting the way you structured this post, it was a great way of presenting your lovely pics.

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    1. Thanks so much Johanna. Hope you make it to Tuscany - you won't be disappointed, I'm sure!

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    1. Thanks for the visit today - loved your post as well.

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  5. I haven't taken that approach to travel lately - but I do love what unfolds when I do. Most of my travel lately has had hard and fast start/stop times and need to be there times. But I find time slows down when you allow the wind to blow you wherever it happens to be going. Well put.

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    1. You are right about 'time slows down' when you allow yourself the luxury of just being when you travel; no destination, no expectations, just explorers along a new path.

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  6. I do know what you mean, Jackie. These are also the trips that bring a wistful smile to your face long after you return.

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  7. I'm sure that I would love Tuscany. I know that feeling of wishing I had taken just a little more time to really the drink it all in. Sometimes I find it's hard to really do a place justice because it's so awesome you can't even believe you're there! I wish that I had taken the time to sit for about 1/2 hour in front of the Eiffel Tower -- no talking, no photos, just looking and thinking.

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    1. I've thought the same thing about so many places - wishing I'd have simply sat for awhile and soaked in the experience. I may set that as a goal for all upcoming adventures.

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  8. Hi Jackie! I still can't leave a comment on your site when I am using the Google Chrome browser.

    Your shots are beautiful, and I so want to go to Tuscany. Slow travel really is the way to go :)

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    1. Thanks Nancie! And if anyone out there knows why Google Chrome is being so difficult, could you let me or Nancie know?

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  9. I'm such a planner that I've been longing to do these carefree trips. These pictures are beautiful and I would love to do this drive in Tuscany. Love this post!

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    1. Thanks for visiting Mary and glad you liked the post. We have a friend who uses a spreadsheet to calculate - not plan - his trips. . .right down to the day and location and travel distance. He keeps saying that he and his wife should link up with us in Europe; but I am not sure who would drive who crazy first in that foursome!

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    2. Hi Jackie,
      Ahhh...Tuscany. You're right, it doesn't disappoint and there is always a surprise in every turn. What's not to love it right? I enjoyed your images; they brought back good memories of the wonderful times spent in Tuscany with my husband. Thanks for sharing them.

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    3. Marisol, Glad they brought back happy memories for you as well. Thanks for the visit - hope to have you return again soon!

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  10. I've made it as far down as Bologna but never into Tuscany, it looks like such an incredible place

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