Monday, October 8, 2012


Helene in her Greenwich apartment
Brother Jim and nephew Conor
Upon leaving Maine, we began our southward bound journey.  First stop: Greenwich, Connecticut where we stayed overnight with Helene and her husband, Per.  Helene and I met just about this time 50 years ago as college freshmen.  We became sorority sisters, roommates and lifelong friends.  

It wasn't far from Greenwich to North Jersey where we stayed overnight so we could have dinner with my brother Jim and my nephew Conor.  
George & Jeannette in their Charleston home

The next day we drove to Virginia making great time thanks to leaving  the New York metropolitan area early on a Sunday morning.  We spent two nights in Fredricksburg, an historic town a little below Washington D.C. Then it was on to Charleston, South Carolina.  Here we were able to see George and Jeannette, friends we made during our 2002 World Cruise.  They have a big, beautiful home overlooking the Carolina lowlands.
Club Med Infinity pool

Club Med beach
We made it from Charleston all the way to Port St. Lucie, Florida, site of the only Club Med in the States where we enjoyed a relaxing week before returning to the Boca Raton area.  

And so our 8 and 1/2 month, 14,000 mile car trip around the USA came to an end.  We visited or drove across 33 states and stayed in 68  different places.  We thoroughly enjoyed this trip.  Even better than seeing so much of this beautiful country was seeing so many beautiful friends along the way.  

Now we are back in South Florida for a short period getting medical and dental check ups, unpacking and re-packing things in storage.  And I am working on some new lectures for my next speaking engagement.  

October 19, we leave on a 22 day cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Rome, get on another ship to visit Turkey, Cyprus, Israel and Egypt.  When that returns to Rome,  we take an overnight ferry to Barcelona where we will pick up the Seabourn Quest back to Fort Lauderdale.  I will be lecturing on the Seabourn.

I hope to send you a little overview of that when we return in December.  Till then....  Wishing everyone safe journeys.