For years I wanted to sail around the world. But alas, time, family, responsibilities, etc. gradually brought me to the realization that this particular dream would probably not occur. Never one to give up my dreams, I decided to modify it. Thus, I planned a trip around the world but via jet....much faster...yes, less adventurous...but still wondrous. By visiting this section, you can vicariously take your own trip. I not only wrote poetry but enjoyed renewing friendships, savoring magnificent meals and wines (also, some great beers), meeting some wonderful people, and casting my gaze upon spectacular scenery. Some of this scenery is imperfectly captured in my photos. This section also includes personal recommendations regarding housing, airlines, restaurants, and one airport.
The trip started on March 20, 2001 with departure from Cleveland Hopkins Airport (not an airport where you want to spend much time) and ended on my return to Cleveland Hopkins on April 14, the day before Easter. My good friend, Patrick, accompanied me for 14 days of the 24 day trip. (Yes, we are still friends.) My travels included the North Island of New Zealand, Australia (Sydney, Tasmania, and Perth), Bali, Singapore, Frankfurt, and home.
By clicking on the underlined items below, you can go directly to a specific area or poem. Or, you can simply travel sequentially as I did. Please enjoy!
Oh yes, why is this extensive section under "Beauty." Frankly, this section fits under all subjects. I simply had an open slot...:-)
In my book, The Wanderer: A Poetical Journey these poems have their own chapter.