Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Treat Yourselves

by Maggie Sefton

Once again, Mary Kennedy's Monday post inspired my post for today---especially the part about her delight in traveling abroad.   Amen, Mary.  I'm in fervent agreement.  Passionate, actually.  And I beg of all you Cozy Chicks Blog readers, fans, and friends---if there is some destination that you have longed to visit, for the first time or for a return to a beloved spot, please do not deprive yourself any longer.  No one will care that you kept an immaculate house after you have "shuffled off this mortal coil" as the saying goes.  And yes, I do contribute to charities, several of them generously.  But you also must be charitable to yourself.  That will keep the spark of Life alive within you.

I purposely do not drive new or expensive cars.  My 2004 Acura has just hit 100,000 miles and it is still a jewel of reliability and dependability.  And don't even sneer at my beloved 1993 Ford Explorer.  I live in Colorado, so you never know when the urge to drive up into the mountains on the paved roads then switch to some off-road trekking will strike.  :)

Over the years, I have used my savings for travel, travel, and then travel some more.  Mary's memories of previous Paris visits as well as visits to Rome brought back fond remembrances.  Wandering around my favorite Parisian get-away----La Place des Vosges.  Built in the early 1600s in the Marais section of Paris, it is a beautiful, tree-filled spot to escape traffic and the busy, busy bustle of Paris.  The Marais section is filled with wonderful shops to create a distinctly Parisian lunch----butcher shops, cheese shops, bakeries, and of course, pastry shops.  :)  All to enjoy while sitting on a bench in La Place des Vosges.   I used several of those locations when writing my
Musketeer Swashbuckler historical later that year.  

Rome brings back other fond memories as well.  A long ago memory of traveling with daughter Melissa's college class trip to Europe.  Lots of fun.  Including running down a hillside at midnight in order to return to the boarding house faster.  More recently, I arrived in Rome a day and a half before a cruise.  Once in the hotel the cruise line reserved, I dropped my luggage in the room then escaped into the streets to find a distinctive cafe for dinner.  Of course I found a delightful cafe and enjoyed a delicious meal and a yummy Pinot Grigio.  :)

My whole point in writing this post is to inspire ALL of you to please treat yourselves to a longed-for travel experience.  You will not regret it.  And remember the words of advice I once heard as a college student years ago that I have never forgotten----

A young bride had her elderly aunt over for tea one  day and opened her kitchen silverware drawer to reveal two separate silverware containers----one containing bargain store tableware and the other container holding a gorgeous set of family Sterling Silver.  The young bride brought out two spoons from the bargain tableware and put them beside the teacups.  Elderly Aunt eyed the drawer containing both tableware and Sterling Silver and pointedly asked the young bride:

"What are you saving the Silver for?  John's second wife?"   -----Enough said.    

Get back to Paris and Rome, Mary.  :)

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