On Travelling – The finished poem, a collaboration between myself and Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess.

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This is my third collaboration with Beckie, of Beckie’s Mental Mess, check out her blog here:

A new collaboration with Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess – and Kristian of Tales From The Mind Of Kristian – On Travelling

Thank you, Beckie. As ever it was a pleasure working with you, and in this case, travelling with you. 🙂

The Finished Poem:

On Travelling

I’d like to travel far and wide,

and explore some exotic climbs,

From the Himalayan mountainside,

a panoramic view,  one can witness at any given time,

When watching television, staring google-eyed,

but to actually go there physically would be something quite sublime.

Far off lands and sunny coastlines,

I watch this television, envious of the people enjoying their time.

It’s time for me to taste some Italian wines,

get up and journey to far-flung lands, divine

Indulge in fine cuisine while I dine,

to savour the flavour from ripened grapes, straight from the vine.

Travel to London, and sail down the serpentine, 

that’s something that’s always been a dream of mine. 

Imagine, the Changing of The Guard, strickly on time

and wouldn’t it be a hoot to have the Queen drive by?

And if it’s Christmas season, I could take in a Pantomime,

or buy a ‘Whistle and Toot’ which, by the way, is Old Cockney Rhyme. 

Off to search the medieval castles of The Isle of Skye,

afterwards, visit Portree’s little boutiques and pubs on the harbourside. 

Where there’s much more to see than ever meets the eye, 

From glen to glade, where once a Bonnie Prince did hide. 

“The Hills Are Alive With The Sound of Music!”  I belt out a tune to some passerby,

Just one glance and they think of me as a wiseguy.

As I whirl around on an Austrian alpine meadow, like Fraulein Maria on a High,

Something, I would love to do, if only I wasn’t quite so shy. 

Oh, how my mind wanders as the bicycles speed by,

Where should I venture off to next, by train or should I fly?

maybe a canal boat trip to see Tulips in Amsterdam, or why

shouldn’t I sail to Venice and give a Gondola ride a try?

This is a dream vacation that may only happen once in my lifetime,

I  order the tickets in advance, up to the Eiffel Tower, to avoid the long lines.

As I wander around Montmartre I hear the bells of the Sacre Couer Chime,

And watch a show at the Moulin Rouge in its dark and intimate confines. 

What’s next on my list?  I check it thoroughly, off to Palace of Versailles.

Louis XIV’s gilded palace and gardens, that survived the French Revolution of 1789.

Then off for a gentle cruise down the Rhine in Germany to see the Lorelei, 

Or off to Turkey’s Istanbul to admire something ancient and Byzantine. 

Germany’s ultimate Fairytale Castle, Neuschwanstein,

next, to Sultanahmet Square, to appreciate the architecture in stride.

Or a trip to America’s far south-west, to explore the exotic Argentine, 

dancing the Tango in a sequined vest, the beauty of Buenos Aires cannot be denied. 

I must remember to pack my SPF 30 Sunscreen 

when sunbathing at Pinamar, I hear that part of the country to be sublime.

Then on to the Amazon jungle, somewhere totally tropical, lush and green, 

I was going to head to Mexico, but then I realised it doesn’t rhyme. 

Ooh, Mexican huevos rancheros, enchiladas, with rice and beans,

break out the Tums, I consumed too much all at once this time.

Enjoying the cuisine that has been lovingly shared by blogger Irene,

Then, where do I go next? How about a road trip to Anaheim? 

Blogger, Angie lives in South California, Ben’s Grandma, the Queen!

Then back on the road and head up the Pacific Coastline.

Then on past L.A and San Fran, northwards past Seattle where the air is clean,

I’d like to groove on up to Vancouver, far from the trail of the lonesome pine. 

Vancouver’s surrounded by mountains and tranquil scenes,

smack dab in the middle, a diverse city of art, theatre’s, and music divine

Then across the mighty Rockies to explore Chicago in limousines, 

then across Lake Michigan and on to Toronto over that great dividing line.

Ooh! The CN Tower scaling over the city’s soaring skyscrapers, Wow, what a scene!

Head to Niagra Falls to watch evenings light show glisten and shine.

And then a cruise down the Hudson river would be relaxing and serene, 

and then to Manhattan island where the elite go to dine.

Down to Chinatown, maybe Little Italy for a cannoli filled with delicious cream,

Then to the New Jersey shore and the boardwalk for a good ole’ time.

Maybe, then a trip to Philadelphia where Liberty was proclaimed supreme, 

then catch a train to Carolina, where nothing can be finer, at least that’s the line. 

To Georgia, drive through the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains and sip from a fresh stream,

Off to Florida, the sunshine state, visit Disney World and sing “It’s a Small World” – Which is asinine.

And now I’ve travelled far and wide, an around the world trip, extreme.

It’s time to get up from my old rocking chair, it was all a splendid dream.

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this epic journey and poem and it made you giggle.

🙂

 

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/08/11/giggle/

 

A new collaboration with Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess – On Travelling

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I have collaborated with Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess on two poems so far:

  1. In Search of Happiness:

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2019/07/21/in-search-of-happiness-a-collaborative-poem-by-beckie-of-beckies-mental-mess-and-kristian-of-tales-from-the-mind-of-kristian/

and

2. The Creation (about the Creative writing process)

A Collaboration By Beckie of “Beckie’s Mental Mess” and Kristian of “Tales From The Mind of Kristian” ~ The Creation ~ The Final Piece

 

And here is the start of a third:

On Travelling:

I’d like to travel far and wide,

and explore some exotic climbs,

From Beckie:

From the Himalayan mountainside,

a panoramic view,  one can witness at any given time,

My bit:

When watching television, staring google-eyed,

but to actually go there physically would be something quite sublime.

From Beckie

Far off lands and sunny coastlines,

I watch this television, envious of the people enjoying their time.

And from me:

It’s time for me to taste some Italian wines,

get up and journey to far-flung lands, divine

From Beckie:

Indulge in fine cuisine while I dine,

to savor the flavor from ripened grapes, straight from the vine.

My next bit (sorry for the delay):

Travel to London, and sail down the serpentine, 

that’s something that’s always been a dream of mine. 

 

Beckie’s next bit:

Imagine, the Changing of The Guard, strickly on time

and wouldn’t it be a hoot to have the Queen drive by?

And from me:

 

And if it’s Christmas season, I could take in a Pantomime,

or buy a ‘Whistle and Toot’ which, by the way, is Old Cockney Rhyme. 

 

From Beckie:

 

Off to search the medieval castles of The Isle of Skye,

afterwards, visit Portree’s little boutiques and pubs on the harbourside. 

 

From me:

Where there’s much more to see than ever meets the eye, 

From glen to glade, where once a Bonnie Prince did hide. 

 

Beckie’s next bit:

“The Hills Are Alive With The Sound of Music!”  I belt out a tune to some passerby,

Just one glance and they think of me as a wiseguy.

And from me:

As I whirl around on an Austrian alpine meadow, like Fraulein Maria on a High,

Something, I would love to do, if only I wasn’t quite so shy. 

Beckie’s addition:

Oh, how my mind wanders as the bicycles speed by,

Where should I venture off to next, by train or should I fly?

 

and mine:

maybe a canal boat trip to see Tulips in Amsterdam, or why

shouldn’t I sail to Venice and give a Gondola ride a try?

 

Beckie’s bit:

This is a dream vacation that may only happen once in my lifetime,

I  order the tickets in advance, up to the Eiffel Tower, to avoid the long lines.

 

And from me:

As I wander around Montmartre I hear the bells of the Sacre Couer Chime,

And watch a show at the Moulin Rouge in its dark and intimate confines. 

 

Beckie’s addition:

What’s next on my list?  I check it thoroughly, off to Palace of Versailles.

Louis XIV’s gilded palace and gardens, that survived the French Revolution of 1789.

 

And from me:

Then off for a gentle cruise down the Rhine in Germany to see the Lorelei, 

Or off to Turkey’s Istanbul to admire something ancient and Byzantine. 

Beckie’s new addition:

Germany’s ultimate Fairytale Castle, Neuschwanstein,

next, to Sultanahmet Square, to appreciate the architecture in stride.

 

and my bit:

Or a trip to America’s far south-west, to explore the exotic Argentine, 

dancing the Tango in a sequined vest, the beauty of Buenos Aires cannot be denied. 

 

From Beckie:

I must remember to pack my SPF 30 Sunscreen 

when sunbathing at Pinamar, I hear that part of the country to be sublime.

 

And my bit:

Then on to the Amazon jungle, somewhere totally tropical, lush and green, 

I was going to head to Mexico, but then I realised it doesn’t rhyme. 

Beckie’s new bit:

Ooh, Mexican huevos rancheros, enchiladas, with rice and beans,

break out the Tums, I consumed too much all at once this time.

 

And from me:

Enjoying the cuisine that has been lovingly shared by blogger Irene,

Then, where do I go next? How about a road trip to Anaheim? 

 

Beckie adds:

Blogger, Angie lives in South California, Ben’s Grandma, the Queen!

Then back on the road and head up the Pacific Coastline.

 

My bit:

Then on past L.A and San Fran, northwards past Seattle where the air is clean,

I’d like to groove on up to Vancouver, far from the trail of the lonesome pine. 

 

And from Beckie:

Vancouver’s surrounded by mountains and tranquil scenes,

smack dab in the middle, a diverse city of art, theatre’s, and music divine

 

My addition:

Then across the mighty Rockies to explore Chicago in limousines, 

then across Lake Michigan and on to Toronto over that great dividing line.

 

From Beckie:

Ooh! The CN Tower scaling over the city’s soaring skyscrapers, Wow, what a scene!

Head to Niagra Falls to watch evenings light show glisten and shine.

My Addition:

And then a cruise down the Hudson river would be relaxing and serene, 

and then to Manhattan island where the elite go to dine.

 

From Beckie:

Down to Chinatown, maybe Little Italy for a cannoli filled with delicious cream,

Then to the New Jersey shore and the boardwalk for a good ole’ time.

 

From me:

Maybe, then a trip to Philadelphia where Liberty was proclaimed supreme, 

then catch a train to Carolina, where nothing can be finer, at least that’s the line. 

 

Beckie’s latest bit:

To Georgia, drive through the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains and sip from a fresh stream,

Off to Florida, the sunshine state, visit Disney World and sing “It’s a Small World” – Which is asinine.

 

My addition:

And now I’ve travelled far and wide, an around the world trip, extreme.

It’s time to get up from my old rocking chair, it was all a splendid dream.

 

I suggest that this is the end of the trip. What do you think?

A new collaboration with Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess – and Kristian of Tales From The Mind Of Kristian – On Travelling

 

 

 

 

 

The Journey of Life – Game on – Series 2 – Adventures and Travels.

A Guy Called Bloke has asked the following questions to anyone who fancies answering them. Take a look below:

Game On – Series 2 – Adventures and Travels

In his own words:

Game On – S2 Created by A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip!

This twice-weekly game will be 21 questions or in truth 16 flexi questions, because there will be five permanent that must stay in place at all time.

But apart from those 5 permanent questions, should you choose to reblog, then you can change any of the other 16 questions or create 16 of your own, that’s down to you, however, you must stick to the Daily Topic Subject.

The Rules …

1] Leave the Permanent Questions [PQ] always in place PLEASE.

2] Reblog should you so desire

3] If you do reblog, a pingback would always be welcomed so l don’t miss it.

4] This is a non-tagger/ non-nomination game.

Today’s questions are perhaps a little bit more taxing, however, this is the way of life as we know it, and there is never anything wrong with a little bit of thought provocation is there?

 

Daily Topic Subject – Adventures and Travels

Q1] What is the last holiday you took?

My Last holiday was to Whitby, which is in the northeast corner of England in the county of Yorkshire.

I posted about it here:

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2018/06/11/picture-of-the-day-st-marys-church-whitby/

Here are a couple more photos.

Q2] What is your most favourite place in all of the world that you have seen?

Difficult. One of my favourite places is the Isle of Wight, I love its gentle charm and the feel that you are going back in time. I have also been so some beautiful places in New Zealand and Australia.

Highlights for me are:

Pahia and the Bay of Islands – New Zealand

Kata TJuta (The Olgas) – Australia

Lake Windermere – The Lake District, England.

The View from Arthur’s Seat – Edinburgh, Scotland.

The Fairy Glen – Isle of Skye, Scotland.

Bantry Bay and Garinish Island Gardens – Co, Cork, Ireland

Just a few.

Q3] Do you think travelling enriches your life, your learning, your wisdom or it’s just time off?

For me going on holiday (taking a vacation) must include an element of seeing things and learning about something. I am not someone who can just sit by a pool and drink cocktails. I would be bored in 10 seconds flat, in fact, I am bored just thinking about it.

I have to explore, scenery, culture, history, the lot. So for me travelling enriches the mind. I don’t need an expensive holiday, or to travel far afield but I get withdrawal symptoms if I haven’t been away for a least a long weekend for a while. My Last holiday was in May so I am champing at the bit waiting for my next one. Luckily that is next week. 🙂

Q4] Recently l read, and it’s not new about windowless aircraft which will be the future of air travel, what are your views on this?

Well at the moment I am terrified of flying. Even the thought of flying makes me feel anxious and short of breath. I don’t like the idea of windowless planes, I think that it will lead to an increase in travel sickness and vomiting on flights which will greatly diminish peoples enjoyment of the experience.

PQ5] In your opinion what is a great quote that symbolises adventuring and travelling?

Well I had a little look and this one appealed to me:

 “ I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met.” – John Green.

Q6] Since you have begun travelling have you noticed any change in who you have become as a person?

No, I think it has enhanced what was already there, someone genuinely interested in the world. It gives me more to talk about, much to the chagrin of my colleagues.

PQ7] What is a great song to get you in the mood for adventuring? [provide link please]

I’ve always like this one:

Q8] When on holiday, travelling or adventuring – do you take books/kindle to read or simply rest on the knowledge that your time away is enough to provide all your stimulation anyway?

I do take a book, but I often find I don’t read much of it, maybe for 30 minutes before falling asleep. I tend to find my stimulation by my surroundings.

Q9] Five best holidays you have had and list why?

A trip down the Thames with my parents in a boat – Happy family memories.

A caravan holiday across Ireland with my parents – More happy memories but also of Ireland.

New Zealand, North Island – The fantastic scenery and also the last time I saw my Aunty Glynis who died not long afterwards.

Isle of Skye with my partner – The memories still linger, maybe another trip is in order.

All of my trips to the Isle of Wight – They all merge into one and every moment was joy and bliss.

Q10] Do you have a favourite blog that deals with adventuring or travelling that you read before you go?

No. I enjoy reading a lot of blogs that deal with travelling, I enjoyed Novus Lectio’s recent pictures of her trip to Ireland and also Laura M Bailey’s if Ireland too. I like seeing pictures of other people’s holidays because I get vicarious pleasure. It is the closest thing I can get to, to actually having a break myself.

Q11] Are you a soloist traveller or prefer company?

I prefer company, but it has to be specific. My Partner or a very close friend or family member. I like travelling with my Mum although we are both strong personalities who bicker all the time. We also make each other laugh.

PQ12] What is the most significant lesson you have learned when adventuring?

By all means, make judgements but never set them in stone. Keep them flexible and prepared to change or you will miss out so much in life’s adventures.

Q13]  When in a new location, what are the first five things you check or do to ensure your adventure/holiday is successful?

I always pack my teabags, so the first thing is to find out where I can get hold of the things I’ll need to have a nice cup of tea.

The other thing is to find out where the local interesting places are to visit. The museums, castles, gardens etcetera.

Q14] Are you a rigid planner for adventures, or just throw a few things into a bag and let the day take you wherever?

I have a rough idea of what I want to do but I chop and change depending on the weather or other circumstances. Sometimes you find that places you want to visit are only open on certain days. I like to leave plenty of time for unplanned adventure too.

PQ15] In your opinion what do you think is needed to make an adventure/holiday really successful?

A positive attitude.

Q16] When adventuring do you have a traditional routine or just go with the flow?

A mixture of the two. I am never one to go with the flow, I like to create my own flow.

Q17] Are you totally relaxed when holidaying/adventuring as in let your hair completely down, or hang on to a sense of reticence?

I am never completely rigid or completely loose.

Q18] How important is adventuring/holidaying away to you?

Very. I must have regular holidays and always must have one in the pipeline otherwise I feel quite depressed.

Q19] Are you completely and utterly true to your personality when ‘away’ or do you become someone else?

My personality is one that adapts to my surroundings, but I am always me. I do feel less stressed and happier when I am on holiday so there must be changes that do occur.

PQ20] Are you deleting any questions, if so which ones?

No, I didn’t feel any difficulty answering any of them.

Q21] You have been gifted a 42 day holiday of your dreams all expenses paid – where would you choose to go?

I would like to cruise around Europe. I did a Baltic Cruise a few years ago and loved the idea of visiting so many places. I would like to explore Norway, visit Iceland, Brittany, La Rochelle, Northern Spain and Portugal. Visit Gibraltar and the Balearics, Nice, Monaco and Sorrento. I would love to sail into Valletta harbour in Malta and then go on to Dubrovnik and the Greek Islands.

I am planning it now, so I hope I win the lottery soon 😉

 

Whether you are on holiday, planning a holiday or are simply at home, I hope you enjoy your life’s adventures.