Over the weekend, I had the privilege of being with my grandmother as she peacefully rested through her last full day with us, with my mother and I sharing favorite stories and a game of Scrabble (her favorite game) at her side. I have been so incredibly lucky to know my grandma for 40 years, and to have her in my life through many momentous occasions, including many birthdays of my own children. She has been a fun friend and an inspiration, and she will be missed.
In addition to her undeniable Scrabble genius and artistic talents, she was an accomplished world traveler. She managed to travel on 5 continents and no one is sure how many islands, including one of her favorites: Easter Island. She sledded down salt mines in Salzburg, danced the grapevine in the Greek Isles, made a visit to Macchu Picchu in Peru, paid tribute to the Terracotta Warriors in China, made friends with the monkeys of Gibraltar, and that’s just a sampling of the fun adventures she’s had. I have yet to catch up with her passport stamp collection, but hope I will in time.
She had almost 93 years and, I’d say, made the most of them.
I will be taking a short break from this blog, though the archives and website resources are here for you as you may tackle any upcoming trip planning.
Shelly Rivoli, author of the award-winning Travels with Baby guidebooks
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