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State of travel and my favorite baker’s dozen 2020-22

The last time I did one of these, in 2019, after a really big traveling year even by my lofty standards, my prediction for the following year started with “next year shapes up to be relatively subdued”…

Man, was that an understatement!!

As the world more or less shut down for the pandemic, our travel plans along with everybody else’s turned to dust. Over the following year and a half, we only managed two domestic trips, and only towards the end of the second year of “the covid era” did we manage an overseas trip, to Italy.

2022, thankfully, brought us more or less back to normal. My lovely wife went with a group of girlfriends to Milan, and I later enjoyed a veritable immersion into all things Venice. In addition to Italy, we visited five more foreign countries (Israel, France, Monaco, Panama, Costa Rica), of which two were first-time visits. There were also a few business trips and a few short-distance pleasure journeys.

My WH roster grew by only 14 entries in 3 years, and only 9 of those were visited by me for the first time during this period (the rest are the most recent additions to the official list that I’ve been to before).

The new year so far has only one confirmed trip. We are certainly not above planning ahead but may be proceeding more cautiously than in years past. I’ll leave it at that.

Below is my traditional selection of favorite shots from the travels of the reporting period.

View from Cadillac Mountain.
Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse.
Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, Maine
In York, Maine.
Greeting the sunrise in San Diego.
San Diego, CA
In Palermo.
Palermo, Sicily
Palazzo Castelluccio, Noto.
Noto, Sicily
In Castelmola, Sicily.
Castelmola, Sicily
Ponte Sisto.
Ponte Sisto, Rome
Grand Canal.
Grand Canal, Venice
View from the Bridge of Sighs.
Bridge of Sighs, Venice
View from the balcony of Ca’d’Oro.
Western Wall Plaza.
The bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer.
Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
Here is to more travels!