DESTINATIONS

Reflecting on a year of journeys

December 25, 2016
Chappaqua in winter
Photo credit: Pixabay

Photo credit: Pixabay

Thanks for joining us on a year of journeys, some far away and others closer to home. Travel has a way of diminishing distances and bringing people of different languages, backgrounds, cultures and customs closer together.

We are so appreciative of the friends we’ve made along the way (travel/tourism professionals and fellow travelers) as well as the vibrant community of writers and photographers we’ve met. So many of you have enriched our lives in countless ways, including the sophistication of our palates!

Like many empty nesters who are retired or still working, we are finding that this phase of life offers a mix of possibilities coupled with some uncertainties. We are currently involved in the emotionally wrenching task of downsizing in anticipation of a move, and of divesting ourselves of accumulated “stuff.”

That process has reminded us that with age, intangibles like relationships and experiences trump everything else that can eventually wind up in a big basement or tucked into closets. So we intend to continue to explore and share our world with you, mapping out the future—one day, one trip at a time.

With every wish that the New Year will bring vitality to you and your loved ones to explore the world in peace, good health and contentment. Happy holidays from our house to yours…


Take a peek at where we traveled in 2016 on our blog post: 2016: Recounting our Travels

Chappaqua in winter

Chappaqua in winter

  • Reply
    Lauren
    December 26, 2016 at 12:12 am

    Thanks for all the wonderful information and all the great photos that you provided in 2016. I look forward to more of your great travel tips, photos, stories and adventures.

    Happy new year!

    • Irene S. Levine
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      Irene S. Levine
      December 26, 2016 at 9:27 am

      Thanks, Lauren! Wishing you everything good for the New Year!

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    Alanna
    December 26, 2016 at 3:49 am

    Nice White Christmas at home 🙂 Best wishes for a 2017 filled with amazing travels!

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    Anita
    December 27, 2016 at 2:54 am

    Lovely post, Irene. Tom and I so enjoyed meeting you two IRL when you cruised the Douro this year. Best wishes for downsizing…in the meantime, enjoy snow season in your cozy Chappaqua nest!

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    Sheryl Kraft
    December 27, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    I’ve so enjoyed reading about all of your adventures and can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2017. Happy New Year filled with more exciting travel to you and Jerry!

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    John
    December 27, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Cheers to many more adventures in the coming year too. Hope to see you and Jerry soon.
    JR

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    Rachel Heller
    December 30, 2016 at 5:23 am

    Happy new year to you too!

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    Jackie Smith
    January 2, 2017 at 10:42 am

    I can relate so well to this post as we’ve been dancing (one step forward and two back) with the idea of downsizing. Greece is teaching us that we can do without a lot of ‘stuff’ that still surrounds us back in the States. It is an interesting time of life. . .feel much like I did back in college when I wondered what direction my life would take. (BTW, I tried to leave a comment on your cabin steward post but the Leave a Reply box was missing). Happy New Year Irene and continued Happy Travels.

    • Irene S. Levine
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      Irene S. Levine
      January 5, 2017 at 6:17 am

      Yes, downsizing is emotionally wrenching but I suspect it will be liberating on the other end. It’s nice that you are able to dip your toes in the waters at your home in Greece. Thanks for letting me know about the other post; I was able to fix the commenting. Best wishes for the New Year! Irene

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