Aug 312019
 

On Aug 14 2014, we embarked on a life of travel. So, here are some thoughts and images of the last five years. Lots has changed over those years, but we have changed the most … and for the better.

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Apr 302015
 
Apartment Hunting ... Choose Well!

Our travels have now taken us to apartments in Rennes, Brussels, Montpellier, Lyon, Rome, and now again in Lyon. This has given us a good bit of experience picking out an apartment online, and then actually living in it. Most of our rentals are for longer stays, so we only look for furnished apartments. The

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A Distillation

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Aug 142014
 
A Distillation

Distillation: something that consists of the essential points, aspects, or implications of something larger or longer. Most asked question: Are you excited? When we can catch our breath long enough to even think about it … well (sic) yes! When do you leave? Tomorrow, Friday 15 August 2014, about 1:00pm, Cincinnati then Paris, then a

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Lasts and Firsts

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Aug 102014
 
Lasts and Firsts

As the countdown continues we have begun to wax a bit nostalgic. Even though, as I said before, we don’t tend to look back too much, it has been difficult to not to take notice of the lasts and firsts. For example, last night we had a wonderful dinner with some dear friends, fellow travelers

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Aug 052014
 
The Countdown Begins

Well, it is now T-10 days. We fly out August 15th. Are we ready? Yes and no. We finally worked out a plan for the cars. Jeannie’s is sold and will be delivered to its new owner this weekend. My Subaru will go to CarMax next week, then I will rent a car to give

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Compression

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Jul 182014
 
Compression

Frank Lloyd Wright often employed a principle he called “compress and release”. He used it to help direct people from one area to another. One author described it as “Sometimes, when we are comfortable in our surroundings, we are not particularly aware of them—it is only when we are made to feel slightly uncomfortable that

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Whispering Floors

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Jun 292014
 
Whispering Floors

The wood floors whisper underfoot as I wander the house, alone, for the last time. The furniture has been sold or taken to storage, there is no art on the walls, no sounds but the air conditioner and its cooling breeze. From room to room memories waft about, reminding me of so many good times.

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Jun 212014
 
Where is the ________?

Our home has been becoming more and more difficult to live in. Not because it’s not nice, but … maybe an example might serve to illustrate. We have been packing like crazy people. Since the movers come Monday the 23rd, the pantry, refrigerator, and drawers have all been packed. Thursday’s dinner was to come from

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Jun 142014
 
Connections and Reconnections

We were in Miami the other night. The next day we applied for our French long-stay visa. For some reason we kind of had pre-test jitters, even though it is merely a bureaucratic formality. The paperwork had been checked multiple times, multiple copies had been made, and we even had copies of documents we probably

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