Most summers for us bring the opportunity to get away, explore new places, see new sights. But as is true for so many activities in 2020, this summer is different.
At the beginning of the year, we were planning a trip to Italy, in celebration of our 35th wedding anniversary. With the unfolding of the COVID crisis, those plans became a distant dream. Someday, perhaps, but not soon.
When lockdown guidelines allowed us to leave our homes late this spring, I cautiously ventured to the grocery store, got a much-needed haircut, and completed other necessary errands. Planning a summer vacation was far from my mind. I know many people did travel this season, hitting the road for destinations not too far away. Since we did not make that choice, I’ve been reminiscing about vacations past, remembering some of the days we spent together on the beach, in the mountains, or exploring new cities.
So I’m taking a trip down memory lane today and sharing with you a small offering of the many (many!) photos I’ve taken during our travels the past few years.
The exercise of going back through my photos reminds me that I’ve been very fortunate to have seen so many wonderful sights, and to have those experiences with my family is priceless.
These images also help me remember that there is so much beauty in this world! It’s a much-needed reminder in these days of stress and uncertainty.
No matter where you are this summer, I hope you are finding joy and beauty in your surroundings. And if you’re traveling, please share with me your favorite destinations. I’m building my list for more carefree days ahead!