The last lines from the poem Questions of Travel, by Elizabeth Bishop:
'Is it lack of imagination that makes us come to imagined places, not just stay at home? Or could Pascal have been not entirely right about just sitting quietly in one's room?
Continent, city, country, society: the choice is never wide and never free. And here, or there... No. Should we have stayed at home, wherever that may be? '
I spent a few days in the Eastern Townships of Quebec last month. When I have more time I may write a longer post about that trip, but meanwhile, since we’re in dire need of a new thread and wj has thrown out a challenge, here’s a topic:
Where would you go if you had a year to travel, and sufficient money to make it comfortable for your needs/preferences?
I’d spend a few months in London, with side trips to some of the great English gardens. Timing: spring.
I’d spend a few months in New York.
I’d probably divide the rest between Ireland, which I love beyond reason, and Italy, where half my ancestors came from and where I’ve never visited at all. And may never at this point, realistically speaking.