Monday, January 18, 2016
If you could, would you?
My last novel is called ‘The Vacation’. The vacation is an Ocean Cruise, across the Atlantic and into the Mediterranean. The cruise makes many port calls, most that I have actually visited, so I did write from some firsthand experience. I really did enjoy writing the book. One port was special, the Greek Island of Corfu, it had been my dream trip.
From the time I set foot on the Island in 1957 I have always wanted to return and take Sherry. Google Earth is a wonderful thing, but it can also burst some bubbles. The Corfu I remember is the perfect picture for family life. The roads were one and two lanes and the industry was fishing. The only tourist attraction there was the Kaiser’s Palace. A summer retreat for the German Kaisers of early times.
When researching the book I took a Google tour, I was amazed at the huge buildings, 4 lane roads, expensive resort homes and the industrial changes on the small island.
I really do know better, but I still see families (as in 1957) walking into the park hand in hand with a handmade straw picnic basket. Spreading the blanket and having a family meal. Then watching the kids playing after the meal, and the parents laying arm in arm talking, laughing or taking a nap.
SO an amazing thing happened! Just Lately, Out of the blue I clicked on a Holland America cruise. It leaves this coming October, it would be sailing into Alicante, Spain on Sherry’s Birthday. The cruise is 45 days long and actually goes to every port I listed in my book, The Vacation.
So? Is it prophecy? Is it luck? Or just coincident that a cruise stops in Corfu that I clicked on? It has never happened before. Sherry doesn't like to fly, and this is all surface ship. Can we afford it? Well……….. Maybe. ;-)
Nothing wrong with dreaming!
PS: Sherry says, “45 days on a ship?”
“What, “ says I, “You are talking to the guy who used to live on a ship, remember?”
This is an early 50's Pontiac. Getting gas at a Shell station for
25 9/10cents a gallon.