My husband and I love to travel to places we have never been. We think of these travels as adventures. A time to expand our minds and to learn about the world. The more we travel the more we realize that we are all the same. No matter where we live, we all have the same hopes and dreams for our families. I love this sameness that crosses most barriers. England is a country we have never visited. I have become friends with most of you through Susan Branch. Following her through the years and reading her books have always bought great joy to me. Her focus on the positive is like a magnet for me. When she wrote her book about her trip to England--A Fine Romance--I knew this was the way I wanted to visit England. This trip began with my dream as a young woman who wanted to visit the beautiful gardens of England. Gardening is in my soul and I knew that one day I must visit this land of beauty. The homes of Beatrix Potter, Jane Austen, Rudyard Kipling, William Wordsworth---how I yearned to feel their presence. I must say I was not disappointed. We began our adventure early May 10th as we were picked up and taken to Union Station in Washington, DC to take the train to NYC to board the Queen Mary 2.
This was the beautiful view as we boarded the ship! How many families have come to this harbor to start a new life? It bought tears to my eyes--Lady Liberty standing proud!
It was such an exciting day! A day that I had dreamed about for some time, was finally here. May 10th was also Mother's Day. This day was not spent with our daughter and son and we try to do. Upon entering our stateroom I was in for a surprise! The children had arranged to have flowers for me in our room. Another tear filled moment!
I must say we were starting our journey with so much excitement, I could hardly stand it. We then went to the top deck to join in all the festivities of the sail away from the New York Harbor. It was everything I had dreamed about.
The Queen Mary 2 has to pass under the Verrazano Bridge to go into the ocean. This is quite exciting as the smokestack only has a 12 foot clearance! Yikes! Yes, one must put their faith in the Captain!
Our adventure was fully underway!
Please join me as we continue on our grand adventure to England. I'll have a surprise give away at some point. I'll try very hard not to make this trip the only thing I discuss on this blog, but it's going to be hard! ♥