I Wish I Were Here

I'll do a quick Daydream Destination today. It has been cold and gross here again, it even snowed last Sunday, and I found myself daydreaming about canoeing the Dordogne River in France. Last summer, I spent a week in that region. One day I took a 2 hour canoe trip from Vitrac to Beynac, where my group rented a cottage. It was one of the best things I have ever done.

Approaching La Roque Gageac and its cliff side troglodyte caves



The water is clear and calm. Trees line the banks of the river and around each bend is a new, breathtaking, lush vista.

It's easy to stop off at all the small, historic towns along the river and get a bite to eat or walk around and do some sightseeing. The whole experience is enchanting.

I have a few posts planned about the Dordogne region and I will definitely do a longer post about my canoeing adventure. It's a gorgeous area and I would love to go back one day.

I know I'm a bad blogger lately. I've been busy with work and job hunting. Lately, I've wished there were more hours in the day to do everything I want and have to do.

Actually, I really wish I could make traveling and writing about it my job. I love this blog and have thought about all the posts I want to do, so I'm not going anywhere. I might just be a bit slower with the updates.

Today someone I follow on Twitter retweeted this quote from RunningQuotes:

Never give up on something that you can't go a day without thinking about.


That "something" for me is definitely travel. Writing about places and having this space with which to do whatever I want has been incredibly satisfying and fulfilling for me even though I'm still feeling my way through it.

I would be happy doing it even if no one visited, but I am thankful when anyone takes the time to look at it. Thanks to everyone who has left a comment or just stopped by to look at pictures. I'm so inspired by the comments and the new travel-loving bloggers I've been introduced to over the past few months.

A Couple of Changes

Last night I was in the basement grabbing a bottle of wine and inspiration hit. It was a bottle of Chianti from Castello di Meleto where I once stayed. Picking it up reminded me of how important food and history/stories/culture are to the travel experience, at least for me. I love how the "ham" and the "histoire" of each trip connect to make a whole, unique, wonderful experience that is so easily recalled with something as simple as a bottle of wine. I've also been wanting to make my posts feel more connected and focused. So I'm going to test out some changes during the next couple of weeks and see how they work out. Instead of having a Daydream Destination on Fridays, I'm going to start with a destination on Monday. That destination will be like a theme for the week. On Wednesday, I'll do a little history post that relates to the destination and, then, on Friday I'll do a food post.

I'm also working on some general travel posts about things like my travel philosophy, how I pack, trip planning tips, etc.

I think it's kind of a journey figuring out what works best, but that is what is making it fun now.

See you Monday with a new destination to dream about. Have a great weekend!