The Path of Friendship

The only walking I managed today was short and utilitarian, on either end of a long drive from one side of England to the other. We said goodbye to Lisa Moriarty as she jetted  home to Minnesota, then drove west, past Stonehenge and on to Glastonbury where we are staying with our good friends Sig…

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Into London

London’s Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are thrilling in any weather, but the afternoon sun made everything look its best as we walked through the park en route to the splendid Victoria and Albert Museum. I loved the football game casually taking place in front of the Royal Albert Memorial.

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Pilgrimage Symbols Found

Pilgrimage runs in my blood, and we couldn’t resist walking in search of pilgrimage symbols along the medieval route through Paris, showing each other the treasures we’ve located on previous journeys. We had both heard about this delightful sign over a coffee roasters, but thought that it had been lost. We’re so pleased that it…

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Women in Paris

If you ever have the chance to celebrate your 60th birthday in Paris with a dearest friend, do not hesitate! We have made the nicest of magic together, walking for miles, talking, eating, laughing, and exploring the most meaningful corners of this ancient city. Here I introduce you to Clemence Isaure, a mythical lady whose…

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Chartres!

Visiting Chartres is always a joy. I’ve come here many times over the years, and every visit has its own unique flavour. This time we arrived as two women celebrating friendship and milestone birthdays. We’ve visited the cathedral and walked the picturesque medieval streets, eaten crepes,  and strolled through the markets. This afternoon we walked…

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Feeding My Writer’s Heart

Our morning stroll around the Ile de la Cité took us past some iconic Paris landmarks. My spirit had already been fed by our early morning visit to Notre Dame Cathedral before the arrival of the day’s onslaught of tourists, and my literary self was thrilled to wander in a space made special by the…

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Aaah…… Paris!

Can there be a better place to celebrate one's 60th birthday week? Lots of gentle walking, great food, meaningful conversation. The trip from England is a quick and comfortable train ride, depositing us in the heart of Paris just as the morning rush hour ends. The weather was crisp, the crowds non-existent…. A perfect day!…

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Back in the World

Crocus sativus. Just look at these little beauties opening to the sun, little symbols of cheerfulness and hope . Our weather has been absolutely glorious for the past two days, making it a real pleasure to be making my way gently back into the world again.

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Hearts of Gratitude

I have had an amazing and grace-filled life, and in the lead-up to this, my 60th, birthday, I have become more and more aware of the wonderful people who have been part of it and who have helped to make it what it is. Last month, I started a meditative practice of creating little hearts as…

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