As Panurge said to Pantagruel, "I've long known you to be a lover of peregrinations, ever wanting to see and ever wanting to learn. We shall see wonderfull sights, believe you me". 😍😍 (from Rabelais; Third book of Pantagruel)
OF CASTLES, PALACES, MUSEUMS, GARDENS, ARTISTS AND ART...OF HOTELS AND TRAVEL. SEARCHING FOR THE HOLY GRAIL, WRITING MY BOOK, THE ART OF FLÂNERIE, AND THINGS THAT NO LONGER EXIST. BASICALLY, THIS WEBSITE IS FULL OF MY PERSONAL ARM CHAIR PHILOSOPHY AND TRAVELERS' TRIFLES.
As I work on writing and publishing my book, I will provide some pages of some chapters in the book on this website. The page called INDIA includes some of chapter 5 of my book. The pages called MY STORY IN POETRY and SONORA ROAD TRIP include some of the poetry I had written while traveling on the roads of North America. SONORA ROAD TRIP will bring you to Mexico. MY STORY IN POETRY incudes a trip I made in my converted school bus 🚌 ( a 1967 Ford short school bus) along side the Mississippi River. I am an explorer, not in any professional way, but I try to post my photos and descriptions as inspiration for others. Nothing on my website should be thought of as professional advise. And I must admit, although having been to Paris and fancying myself as a flâneur, I am not a true flâneur because I always seem to have an agenda and at least one destination to reach as a result of the walks I take. The true flâneur has no agenda for their walks like I always do. Their walks exist for the walks and only for the sake of the walks. The last times I walked like that were when I was 13 and 14 years old as I was accustomed to walking all day between the river and the range of cliffs with caves just south of Florence, Colorado. I walked for miles, alone, just to walk. These following photos show examples of what this website will explore. Go to the page called "PRACTICAL THINGS" to see an example of the process I use to plan my trips. I use my New York City trip for the example. And to see the description of my marriage in Parlilitan North Sumatra, you can read the page called "MEETING FARIDA". You will see many photos that I took in Southeast Asia and each photo has a paragraph concerning the meeting and marriage with Farida. Just tap or click on each photo for my travelers' trifles attached to the photo. My "PHOTO TAPPING" pages have general travel photos and favorite restaurants on them. Just tap on each photo for the descriptions. Anyone who is interested in the traditional cuisine of New Mexico can go to the page called TRADITIONAL FOOD which will sample food from many contries. Bon voyage aux monde.🌎 I should warn you, go to my pages; Paris, India, and Information Photos only if you are interested in reading short stories or novellas because I am writing a lot on those three pages. My FAVORITE PHOTOS page will just be a lot of photos of my family, animals, and art works.
I do have an affiliate link or two on this website and I can potentially make a nominal commission if anyone were to click on it and make a reservation. It is on the bottom of this page and at the first section of my PARIS page and it is for tickets to Operá Garnier but it is a Get Your Guide website so you can explore and book events throughout the world. Get Your Guide is terrific. Also, if you do make a purchase via the affiliate links here, and if I do get a commission, it will not effect how much you pay. The cost remains the same for you.
A FEW PHOTOS TO SUMMARIZE THIS WEBSITE:
Kong Qiū (Kong Fuzi) said; "Wherever you go, go with all of your heart".
Oh, and one more thing:
I have about 3,000 places in the world on my Guide Book For Life wish list. I know that it is all right if I arrive at only 5% of them before I meet death because the journey is the true destination. I am who I am no matter where I am and I live in the moment when I make plans and itineraries knowing that I may never arrive anywhere else. And that is all right.😑 I included a page about death on my humble website because I came very close to death when I was hit by a car and it fractured my Lumbar #1 vertabrae. That was the third time I landed in the hospital because of motorcycle and car accidents so I have thought about death quite a lot. Maybe that is the HOLY GRAIL? 🤔 To die well?
NOW FOR THE MISCELLANEOUS PHOTOS
AROUND ALBUQUERQUE NM.
L'île de Cité is where Paris began (Lutetia Parisiurum) This area of Paris with Île Saint Louis provide some wonderful early morning walks.
See PARIS page for more about Paris.
Looking at the island, I was thinking that it was a funny place to start a metropolitan community but the river was much wider during the Roman occupation. So, maybe the island was larger also? There were no cemented quais along the north and south banks of the Seine River so the bridges they built must have been longer too. I am just speculating though, because I do not know what the size of the island was before and during the Roman occupation.
WEBSITES IMPORTANT FOR FUTURE TRAVEL AND DISCOVERY:
SUMMARY AND ART ACQUISITIONS
Following in the footsteps of Gertrude Stein and Ernest Hemingway.
SUMMARY OF WEBSITE
I call my website Guide Book For Life because I intend to show and describe my plans and my experiences in order to offer some insight into what can happen when one wanders around the world through out life; until one can no longer move. 😀😀 Inspiration for others who have been traveling may also be found here because I did make some interesting mistakes in my life.. My travel and exploration in this world is really just a metaphor for the travels of the soul from immaturity to maturity to eternity (I hope.) This is a life long pursuit.
I call the site "WHAT I SEE FROM MOUNTAIN TO SEA" because I have no favorite kind of excursion, I just love traveling. I call myself "Addicted to travel and exploring". As my mind searches for new experiences in new places, my soul searches for the eternal bliss. Both of these journeys will be hinted at in this website.
I would like to share my experiences and thoughts while traveling. Maybe I can provide you with some examples of what NOT to do while traveling. I sure made lots of mistakes while traveling. There may even be a few things done right! 😄 Actually, my complete story will be here eventually but it is a slow proccess to gather all of my journals together and include what may be useful to those who plan to travel to the few places where I have been (18 countries so far). I really hope I can give a few travel tips or inspiration from the experiences that I have had. I really love travel and I hope to share that love with others. I live day by day, remaining in a constant mode of survival. I believe the world is a manifestaion of Heaven so the more I explore THIS world, the more I should know THAT world.
I guess my website can be called:
MY VERSION OF THE SEARCH FOR THE HOLY GRAIL.
Of kings and queens, of palaces and castles, of mountains and lakes, of hotels and restaurants, of a life long spiritual quest, all this and more will be found on this website.
My website page "MY STORY IN POETRY" will give some hints of this search which is a search for spirtitual fulfillment. This is a search for the promised land of the spirit, to the Gates Of Paradise.
Let me apologize right now for my unprofessional, amateurish poetry and photography. I am attempting something here that I never learned how to do. I am just doing it. I guess this website is my amateurish attempt at a Travel Blog but it is just as much a description of my souls' journey through life as a whole. My writing is not very logical. I write as I think. I have no training as a writer and I certainly am not a littérateur by any means so I can only hope and dream some of you can bear with me and peruse these pages because I do have a lot to share. I really do not know how to discern what material is interesting to others so I am just reporting what I experience on THE JOURNEY. It has been said:
"It is better to write for oneself and have no public than to write for the public and have no self."
Here is a contact opportunity for anybody who wants to correspond with us: