Did you notice? How could you not? Pretty cool, right? I can say that because it isn't my handiwork--but a gift from a good friend.
Pauline Kenny, the creative founder of Slow Travel the web's premier travel community website and its companion message board Slow Talk took over my very sad visual presentation and made it First Class. Please give her a standing ovation!
Now, not only is the blog visually entertaining, but there are little niceties such as hover over links, a redesigned sidebar so that fonts match and more. I am so pleased--and grateful.
If you are a traveler but not yet familiar with Slow Travel, you are missing a travelers's treasure--a free one. Pauline started it 5 years ago with a small, unpolished website where travelers to Italy could share information. Since then she has developed it into a technologically sophisticated resource for travelers to world wide destinations.
We who love to travel know there is no resource more important and reliable than the advice, insights and experiences of fellow travelers--far more dependable than any guide book. And--this is what Slow Travel is all about. People sharing goods and bads, must dos and avoid at all cost experiences. If you have a question, there are always people with the answer--from where to stay in that very out of the way place to how to work your new digital.
There are now thousands of members from around the world sharing trip reports, reviews of restaurants and accommodations, photo albums, travel information, travel tips and, most importantly, friendships. Magazines and newspaper columns frequently seek Pauline's input and reference her site. She has become a leading guru of traveling slow--which means staying several nights or weeks in one location, absorbing ambiance and culture--the antithesis of 15 countries in 15 days.
God sometimes gives us unexpected gifts. Our gift has been a grandson who enlivens our lives and makes retirement very different than the one we anticipated. He is a special joy. And that's "Casey." In 2006 we fulfilled our dream of living in Italy for a year. It was every bit as wonderful as anticipated. This blog begins in 2005 as we prepared for that experience. Since then we have explored many places together. That's the "Travel." And finally, I am a person of opinions--spiritually, politically, on just about anything and that's the "Other Stuff." Welcome to my blog.