||[Jul. 5th, 2014|10:30 pm]
It's a sunny Saturday evening and I feel a little lazy, a little unfocussed - maybe I could tidy up the old travel supplements that are littering my desk: nothing as demanding as making travel plans, but dream a little of places we might go, sometime... And idleness has been rewarded, because underneath the newspapers I found a book I've been meaning to return to A. next time we see her - and we will see her on Monday, and I would have forgotten it was there. Does that in itself make the process worthwhile? No, on with the links:
The Centre de l'Art et du Paysage is on an island in a lake in the plateau de Millevaches, in the Corrèze (a thousand springs, etymologically, it seems, and not a thousand cows): you reach it by crossing a footbridge. Its website is uninviting, but if you read the Guardian article first, you have some idea what you are looking for, and the Bois des Sculptures soundslike my sort of place (there's an Andy Goldsworthy, which is always a good start).
I can't really see us taking a holiday to savour slow food in rural Turkey: but it does sound good...
Why do I have a copy of the books section here? And why do I not have last week's article about wine tourism in Sicily? (Never mind, I found it!)
This isn't much to show for several months worth of weekly supplements. Most of what they publish just isn't for me: skiing holidays, cycling holidays, how to amuse your children, city breaks... And sometimes I may be a bit dismissive of this material. "Hah!" I might say. "Who on earth plans a trip around recommendations for an outdoor cinema?" Let this be a lesson to me not to be so hasty - because the Cromarty Film Festival sounds rather wonderful: outdoor screenings in Scotland in December night be a challenge, but "Join the audience near the shoreline for mulled wine and watch the opening film as it is projected on to the lighthouse..." (mulled wine? the Festival's own website talks of Glen Ord...)
And one that's not from the Guardian: Britain's most northerly accommodation property (it's on Unst).
I would like a holiday on some part of the Turkish coast, I must say.
Oh, Turkey's certainly on my list - but realistically, quite a lot of other places are higher up that list!
I hadn't thought of the coast in particular, though: what attracts you about that coast, that part of Turkey?
2014-07-06 04:52 pm (UTC)
Turkish food in Turkey is very nice - full of fresh vegetables, and they have excellent fish and of course mezes. I would be tempted by the village described, but are there any good ruins nearby?
Yes, that's another of Turkey's attractions...
That reminds me; J and I are still hoping to see you guys around the 26-28 of Nov and would really love to see the season's Panto while we're there. Do I recall that it opens on the 27th? Can we take you out to dinner beforehand?
Panto - Aladdin - does indeed start on 27th: shall I book tickets for the opening night? I should really demand that you cook us a Thanksgiving dinner beforehand, but since then we'd have to get rid of the garbage, perhaps we had better go out instead.
I'm still hoping to arrange to visit you in your new home first, if I can drag durham_rambler
away from the Planning Committee - what are your plans for September?
Oh wow! Yes please! Would loooooove to have you both visit us in Boston! Our September is almost completely clear and unscheduled at the moment. The only date I see is sunspiral
's End of Summer Party on the 6th, which you would be most welcome to attend but I suspect might be a bit overwhelming. You'd meet hundreds of our friends at once, though. Yes, I mean that literally.
As for booking the Panto, yes please do! We would be glad to take you two out to a dinner of your choice in lieu of invading your kitchen with turkey and cranberries. And please do let us know what if anything we can bring for you from the US. I've seen quince products here and think of you but I'm guessing that you have plenty of that over there. Do you guys get fresh cranberries? Not sure if they'd get past the scanners, but we can try. We could of course bring canned cranberry sauce, but it's usually full of high fructose corn syrup when canned and just not the same.
ETA: Oh! I know! We could bring you no-sugar-added canned pumpkin! It's actually more healthy than fresh pumpkin because it's concentrated and the water is taken out. Edited at 2014-07-08 12:25 pm (UTC)
Mission accomplished: we have booked for the panto!
Please don't worry about transporting gifts - it's not as if we were short of Stuff...
And I'll be in touch about September plans as soon as I can.