Tuesday, June 5, 2012

how we got around


in Paris and then Switzerland
photos in no particular order

 before we ever left America I had a dream--
I had to jump down and snatch Liz out of the way
she had fallen in the path of a subway train
 “The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.” – Rudyard Kipling


 our flat was in Clichy
it took us 20 minutes to get to Paris

“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca
when we see this sign we know we can go underground for a ride
 that map is the bible of the subway system
 many times the cars were standing room only
Nate always made sure I had a seat
 someone is always needing a ride
 “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain
 we started each day on the 13
it was good luck for us
if you can read and navigate this map you've got it made
lose this ticket and you have a headache
“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” – Jack Kerouac
this silver train took us from Paris to Zurich in just over four hours
with amazing countryside to view 
precision clocks---precision trains---welcome to Switzerland
my brother lives is Thalwil
any time we sat was a nice time to rest
“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang
 “Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese
i left my black sweater on the train
dang!
 “To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson
“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley
 Swiss and French have very efficient modes of travel
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller
 don't even think about talking if you are in a quiet car


“I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain
she was always tired
fun
but tired
 “There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” – Robert Louis Stevenson


 on our way to church in Zurich
 she really is Swiss!
her great-grandmother and grandfather are 100% Swiss
“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” – James Michener


getting around 
practice makes perfect


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2 comments:

The Carters said...
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Grandma Honey said...

LOVED this...quotes and all! (but loved the pictures the most)