Monthly Archives: June 2014

Travel Writing: Ready to Begin

When I started this blog, I had great plans to use Dave Fox’s Globejotting method of post-journaling about past vacations, as well as pre-journaling about future adventures.  For some reason, however, I have felt blocked.  I needed a starting point, but I didn’t know how to begin.  I decided that an introductory post would release these inhibitions by giving myself permission to write about any trip – past, present, or future – without the need for context.

For now I will start with post-journaling topics, based on previous trips to New York City, Paris, and London (with perhaps a few local Midwest destinations).  Some ideas for blog posts include, but are not necessarily limited to:

New York City:

  • Bleecker Street Apartment
  • Washington Square Park
  • Raffettos Pasta
  • Italian Street Festivals
  • Little Italy and China Town
  • Balduccis and Zabars
  • James Beard Society
  • “The Village”
  • Macy’s at Herald Square
  • Carriage Rides and Tavern on the Green
  • Central Park and the Carousel
  • Radio City Rockettes
  • 5th Avenue at Christmas
  • Kitchen Arts and letters (culinary NYC)
  • BEA and the Strand (literary NYC)
  • Grand Central Station (commuting and working in the city)
  • Transportation (subways and foot power)
  • Delicatessen’s and movie sets
  • Times Square
  • Broadway (TKTS booth)
  • Iconic landmarks

Paris:

  • Montmartre apartment
  • Place du Tertre
  • Sacre Coeur
  • Moulin de la Galette
  • Museum Pass
  • Louvre
  • Musee d’Orsay
  • Pompidou
  • Musee de l’Orangerie
  • Bateaux on the Seines
  • Paris Plage
  • Notre Dame
  • Shakespeare and Company
  • Tuileries Gardens
  • Boat seller (toy boats)
  • Cafes
  • Metro
  • Quintessential pick-up
  • Tale of Two Cities (Bastille – Conciergerie)
  • Cemeteries
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Palais Garnier
  • Outdoor Markets
  • Chocolate Tour
  • Hemingway Tour
  • Wine Tour of Sancerre

London:

  • Changing of the Guard
  • London Eye
  • Westminster Abbey (Poet’s Corner)
  • Tower of London
  • the ‘tube’
  • Windsor Castle
  • Stonehenge
  • Literary London (Dickens and Doyle)
  • Bath (Jane Austen museum)
  • Bath (Roman Baths)
  • Bucolic countryside (Cotswolds)
  • Covent Garden
  • Theater (Wicked and The Woman in Black)
  • Abbey Road
  • Harrods
  • Globe Theater (groundling tickets)
  • Stratford-on-the-Avon
  • Oxford (colleges and town)
  • Eagle and Child Pub (Inklings)

I am taking a group of 30 students to Europe in March, 2015.  We are scheduled to spend 2.5 days in each of the following locations:  London – Paris – Florence – Rome – Pompeii.  I will also write some pre-journaling posts regarding this trip as the departure time draws near.  I am most interested in journaling my anticipation of Italy, since my husband is a “paisano” and I have never visited the country.

I think I have enough material to cover the next few months.  I am excited to begin this trip down memory lane.

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