"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
With Memorial Day almost upon us, I have been thinking back on my memories of some three-plus decades of travel writing. Happily, I’ve never become jaded.
I am still in awe of the fantastic experiences that the magic carpet of travel has swept me to. Yes, it’s been a great ride! I spent a weekend in Monte Carlo partying with the Royal Family of Monaco…met a bevy of movie stars, astronauts, royalty and politicians…flew at Mach 2 on both the British and French Concordes…sailed some 140 cruises…circumnavigated the world on a romantic honeymoon...visited the Arctic and Antarctic…ingested numerous kilos of caviar…and drank enough champagne to fill an Olympic swimming pool.
However, with that being said, the memories most etched in my mind are not those sybaritic, hedonistic ones that brought me undeniable pleasure. The trips that carved a permanent place in my heart and my mind are the ones that inevitably brought tears to my eyes.
As we approach this upcoming Memorial Day, relive with me some of the world’s sad and sobering experiences that have made this business of travel even more meaningful.
WAR SITES: The Normandy Beaches are the sites where the members of “The Greatest Generation” landed on June 6, 1944. The men who landed at Normandy on D-Day made up the largest military invasion from the sea in the history of the world. The code name for the landing was “Operation Neptune”. Omaha Beach was the bloodiest of the D-Day landings. The American Cemetery, located on a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach contains the remains of 9,387 American military dead.
|THE AMERICAN CEMETERY IN NORMANDY|