We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I've been there twice - saw a bullfight, the markets, the beaches, and the Matisse Museum - but want to go back for a week or so bringing all the kids.
Watch the video in the article. Lots of fine dining and wine. Top two on my travel bucket list: A week in a villa in Provence (or maybe somewhere north of Perugia) with all family, and 4 days grouse hunting in Scotland. Hey, it's almost the Glorious 12th
Good pals recently invited us to join them on this Viking trip. Would love to, but 8-10 days away is my max, and work is one of my joys so my need to get away is just for curiosity and education. No need to escape anything.
Speaking of travel, a daughter of mine found this note in some files I have been going through. My dad had sent me his travel plans in 2001 and my assistant tossed it in a file. They were in late-70s at the time with medical challenges they tried to ignore (Dad was half-blind but still working and Mom could be a space cadet) but they drove all over the world anyway same as my inlaws do now in their 80s).
It was their habit to go to Europe every early summer. They loved the canal barges in France almost as much as they loved small ships.
I suspect the deal was Sissinghurst for Royal Opera.
My wife's family is from southern France, scattered from Marseille to Nice and the small villages in between. It is heaven on earth as far as I'm concerned. It is best experienced slowly as it is a completely different pace.