Meine Mutter

14 Mar

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My mother, Jeanne, was a world traveler.  She had a plan to see everything and go everywhere, and she almost did. When my sisters and I were young, she would get us in the car and we would be off on a road trip adventure for three weeks in the summer.  In this manner we traveled to all 48 mainland states and nine provinces of Canada by the time I graduated from high school. Then she expanded her goals and looked abroad. In 1970 she made her first trip to Europe, primarily Germany, and that just whetted her appetite for more.  She made many trips to Europe after that.  She and my father were fond of South America and also the Orient.  Hong Kong was a favorite destination for them.  They traveled to Egypt and the Holy Land. In 1974 my sister Patty and I accompanied them on a trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to me one of the most spectacular locations in the world. The last trip she made abroad with my father was to Antarctica. Kuala Lumpur was to be next, but she left us before that could materialize.  Her goal was to set foot on all seven continents, and by God, she did it…In 1975 she and I were both traveling in Europe, but to different destinations. Our paths crossed in Geneva, Switzerland, and here we are having dinner together one evening.  The next day we saw her off on the train as she resumed her trip and we went our separate ways.  There is my wonderful Mama on board for her next adventure. I have inherited my love of travel from her.

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