Where To First?

Prior to the pandemic, I had been keeping a long list of places I wanted to see. Sometimes these places would have sub-lists of must-see sights or recommended restaurants. It’s a substantial document! But after two pandemic years of hunkering down indoors or in country, I kept aching to go back to my favourite places and not to any new ones on the list.

Has this happened to anyone else out there?

It has surprised me! I had really expected to be in a big hurry to tick names off that list. Instead, I guess I’ve wanted comfort and normalcy because the sense of the unknown has been too pervasive and stressful. But I’ve decided for once not to fight this sensation and my first travels will be to familiar and heart-filled places.

Brooklyn Bridge Park

My first booked short trip is to family in New York this spring, and then a month-long trip to Tuscany Italy this summer. While these trips are to familiar general areas, I will be staying in new locales and hoping to see some new sights mixed in with the old favourites.

My family are now located in Brooklyn and I look forward to discovering more about this city, as I’ve only briefly been there once. And as for Tuscany, even though I’ve been many times, I’ve not stayed one month in ANY spot and intend to get deeply into the day-to-day of the Chianti region. If you’ve got any good recommendations for either Brooklyn or the Chianti region of Tuscany, drop me a comment?

Volpaia, in the Chianti region of Tuscany

And let me know where your first trips will be?

Ciao! Ciao!


  1. Funny you should say that about your future travels Marion, because I feel exactly the same. I have thought a lot about where I want to go when things open up and frankly, Italy is where I want to be. I might wander as far as France, because it too holds memories for me, but for now… Italy for sure.
    Always enjoy your blogs Marion. Safe travels.


    • Ciao, Rose! There’s definitely the call of the heart in play for us both, isn’t there. France sounds great, too – a quick trip over the border into Provence would be a lovely tonic! Think there are many of us who want the grounding of the familiar and the beloved. Thanks for sharing your travel thoughts. And who knows, maybe we’ll run into each other soon at an Autogrill?


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