It's officially summer! How are you faring? My tomatoes are growing and radishes are popping out of the ground. I am staying at home and sinking deeply into writing, gardening and noticing how different it is to stay in one place. It may not be so different for you, but it's a 180 for me~
I am not traveling per se, but I am.. always in my mind. Memories flood in like a warm bath and I catch myself often in a dreamlike state. I can taste the sweetness of the apricots we picked with Captain Antonio on the island of Ventotene this time last year from his friend's farm. We swam in cool, clear waters off of a black sand beach and ate herb-infused grilled lumberjack on the bow of MiaPlacidus, our 67 ft sailboat. Docked in what was once an ancient Roman port, we can feel all the seafaring stories that came before ours. Those particular experiences grab your heart and still give you that fluttering feeling for years to come. This is the reason to travel with a local.
I am staying two steps ahead of the posse for the fall. My ticket is booked for Italy September 1st. I will go, Inshallah, and I will follow protocol. I feel the airlines and other countries, especially Italy, are being more careful than we are here in the US. And it seems a concern for them as well. It's important to know how to move, how to balance the risk and the reward, and stick to the roads less traveled.
Our postponed trip to Sicily
is happening mid-September with 2 spots left. We can spread out on 1000 acres of vines. Following Sicily, we are offering an exclusive adventure to join Linda Sarris and I on the island of Pantelleria off of Sicily's west coast, for Vino Volcanico. We'll spend five days exploring, tasting and soaking in the beauty, staying in a traditional Damuso overlooking the sea. Tuscany's doors at La Cucina al Focolare
are still open in October as is Morocco, A Feast for the Senses
It is my commitment as I walk the beauty path to talk about things I love, the places we go, and the people I adore. This communication is a synopsis of what's possible even in the time of uncertainty. Dream, plan, travel, reminisce
. The beginning of summer also reminds us that we'll be craving the vibrant and nourishing experience of India
on the seasonal flip side. The entire land is infused with a sense of well being, ready to inspire and heal us. We are 7 months away from roti and raita and Rajasthan's various realms.
Our hearts go out to the world now and we pray the pandemic loses speed and disappears quickly.
Have a wonderful summer wherever you may be. Stay safe, sane and healthy. We will have stories to tell of the time our wings were clipped and what came of finding ordinary magic right here at home..while planning where dreams come true...