It was a mild January afternoon in 2007. My husband Bill and I were rocking on the front porch, enjoying the last rays of a
“I’m just beginning the sketches for Plant Secrets and final art is due in November,” I replied.
He asked what my schedule was after that. I told him I had quite a while before my next project. I looked at him quizzically and said, “Why do you ask?”
“Our fortieth anniversary is next year. How would you like to spend it in
“Sounds great,” I replied.
He then said it would take a while to get there. In fact it would take months! He was proposing we go on a four month around-the-world cruise. I could hardly wrap my mind around such a possibility. I’m the type you might describe as a homebody. I love the life we are enjoying since my husband’s retirement and subsequent move from
On January 4th we boarded the ms Amsterdam in
During eight days in the Pacific we enjoyed ship life, lectures, shows, learning Tai Chi, making friends, and I even worked on sketches for my next book. Finally, “Land ho!” The South Pacific islands like, Tahiti, Moorea, and
We were anxious to get to our four ports in
Our itinerary included three ports in
Continuing on to
Although Hong Kong and
I can’t mention here all our ports, but we traveled through the Suez canal, into the Black Sea, to Sochi, Russia (where I practiced the little bit of Russian I knew) and Sevastopol, Ukraine, Istanbul, Turkey, Santorini, Greece, and finally to Venice for two days to celebrate our 40th in a romantic city. I had studied art in
Posted by author/illustrator Phyllis Limbacher Tildes