Why Do We Travel

Sometimes we travel to see the past and other times to experience the present. We often mix and match the two in different holidays or even the same.  Going to Europe is most often to see how folks lived in the past.  Even the cities have not changed very much over the centuries.  Paris was changed in the early 1800’s and looks the same today.  The wide avenues with their black iron balconies still dominate the city scene.  All the new high rise construction was done on the outskirts of the city. And the small rural towns look just like the 1600-1700’s.   Some even older.  I personally enjoy the quiet calmness these unchanged towns emit.  Stopping at a local drinking/eatery where the neighbors gather is wonderful.  Experiencing the community just chatting away…..It is the present but in a very past manner!

Others, I know, enjoy the action and liveliness of the present.  Going to a modern city like San Francisco or New York where everything is constantly changing is most stimulating.  Old buildings are demolished to make room for new modern high-rise buildings.  Cranes are looming everywhere.  The energy of these cities is most different than the old.  Paris parks are filled with people enjoying their lunch and reading a book, while NYC is more likely to have someone jogging by.  San Francisco has so many of all ages on skateboards!
We often think of a museum as the past, yet a modern art museum or science museum is usually representing the present.  An opera is more the past and a noisy rock band the present.  Theater can be Shakespeare or Steven Spielberg, which do you enjoy?

Before you plan your next holiday think about which you enjoy most.  The past or the present…  And let me help you with the details.

About alwaysharriet

With thirty years experience in corporate and leisure travel consulting, Harriet Ahouse has traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean and worldwide. An avid scuba diver, she understands the requirements of travelers both on land and in the water. On the European scene she has offered traditional and personalized travel itineraries throughout the continent--Italy, France, and England are some of her favorites. As a Virtuoso Agent, she also has extensive resources to enhance her expertise in designing individual destination travel itineraries--and honeymoons--worldwide!
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