On the road again

People who read and enjoyed last year’s travel blog, PatandDavidinItaly, have been kind enough to suggest that we fire up the blog again on our forthcoming trip to England and Ireland.

Both of you readers will recall that Patty and I traveled to Italy last October 1, the day I left full-time employment (and turned 65), in an effort to: 1) See parts of Italy we hadn’t seen before; 2) take a real break from work for an entire month and try not to worry about it, and 3) think about how we would spend the next phase of our lives.

We were moderately successful. We had a great trip to Italy. (The archives are at the bottom of this blog in case anyone wants to relive them.) There was plenty of introspection: when no one around you speaks English, there is plenty of time to talk to yourself. But there was little actual resolve. Eight months later, I am still uncertain about how I will spend semi-retirement. Currently, I have been busy enough with consulting jobs to be quite happy. I don’t know if that has a long-term future. Patty may provide her own insight to this as the blog wears along.

Because the destination is different, we have changed the name of the blog to TravelswithPatty.com

We will spend six days in London, then two weeks in Ireland. The first week in Ireland will consist of travel from Dublin – by way of Belfast, Londonderry (Derry), and Galway — to a house in Kenmare which we have rented for the final week.

We will post periodically and alert our list of friends via e-mail. If we have any great insights about how to spend life in your 60’s, we will send those along as well.

6 thoughts on “On the road again

  1. Have fun, you two. Interesting comments about how to handle the next phase of your life. If you figure it out, please let me in on the secret. I swing wildly between guilt that I am still breathing air that I don’t deserve because I’m not working and wanting to do nothing but crossword puzzles, bike riding and follow in your footsteps to far off lands. Take care, John B.

  2. Sounds bloody interesting if you ask me. Looking forward to the commentary and pix!

  3. We eagerly await your dispatches. Safe travels.

  4. So, get cracking! Unleash the pithy prose. Your vicarious voyagers need stimulation.

  5. David and Pat, can’t wait to hear all about the neeps and tatties… err kidney pudding? Keep Georgeanne in check. Tally ho! xoxo

  6. Happy travels in Ireland!! I spend 3 weeks in Belfast and environs a few years ago, and it’s really a great little city. If you have a chance to drive up the Antrim coast, and stop at the Giant’s Causeway, they are both worth the trip. Enjoy! Looking forward to your next post!

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