Friday, July 1, 2016

A new dream adventure trip. . . . . . . . . and the winner is -

I always see myself in this particular painting by the talented American artist
 Jessie Willcox Smith.
Philadelphia born, she was one of the most prominent female 
illustrators of the late 19th early 20th century.
I excelled in geography which was always my favorite subject at school. 
I adored maps, looking at them, tracing them, coloring them.
I loved learning who lived where, what they grew on the land, how they 
made their living, the weather they had to contend with, what made each
 continent and country so different.

I never thought I would actually set foot in all seven continents (I have to thank
 my great friend Paula for that, who else would have taken me to Antarctica in 2013). . . . 
 . . . . . or that many of my exotic travels would happen when I reached my golden years!

The game brought up some interesting responses as you can see if you
 return HERE where all your comments are now visible. I will respond later to 
your questions on that post.
I've already visited some of the countries. Others are on my 'maybe someday' list.
A couple are perhaps a wee bit dangerous in the current world upheaval so I'm
not chomping at the bit to visit them.

Thanks to everyone who joined in.
Seven of you guessed the correct country, amazing KENYA.
We will be based in the most amazing safari camp in the Mara Plains.

Bob pulled one of those names out of his safari hat . . . . . . and the winner
 is. . . . . . . . ROSEMARY a great UK blogger who takes and shares the most
 beautiful photos.

Congratulations dear Rosemary, I know that you, like me, enjoys traveling to
 wonderful places. Please send me your mailing address via e-mail (it's in my profile) 
 and I'll be posting a memento from Kenya when I return in late September.

Closer to trip time I'm going to love showing you all where we are going. It's going to be
 a very exciting safari I'm certain, and at last I will get my real 'Out of Africa' fix on this one!


  1. Dear Mary - love the Jessie Willcox Smith painting - those were the days when the globe was very 'pink'and geography was an important part of the school curriculum. It was in the geography class that I learnt the poem Cargoes -
    Quinquireme of Nineveh from distant Ophir,
    Rowing home to haven in sunny Palestine,
    With a cargo of ivory,
    And apes and peacocks,
    Sandalwood, cedarwood, and sweet white wine.
    Stately Spanish galleon coming from the Isthmus,
    Dipping through the Tropics by the palm-green shores,
    With a cargo of diamonds, Emeralds, amythysts,
    Topazes, and cinnamon, and gold moidores.
    It was this poem that set my imagination on fire.
    What fun that I came out of Bob's safari hat!

  2. How exciting another safari, already looking forward to seeing your photographs.
    We're heading down to the Dordogne in the morning, going to check it out as a possible relocation destination. After all why would we want to return to the UK after the referendum result disaster!
    Hope your health is continuing to improve and you are managing to get about a little bit more.
    bon weekend,

  3. Just was reading in Town and Country magazine yesterday about traveling to Kenya. I should get a shout out for Tanzania. Ha. Very wonderful trip I think it will be. I too love geography and love studying about places I am traveling to.

  4. How exciting! Looking forward to following along!

  5. Ah, I was kind of close! Congrats to the winner!

  6. Mary, another safari in your future? How marvelous! You are my travel hero. I will look forward to traveling along with you as you post your wonderful photos.


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