Focus on What's Important
Develop from the negatives, and if all else fails, take another shot.
I really like this quote - literally it gives logical advice for photographers - but this is good advice for life, too. We truly can learn and grow from every single experience. For me, among the key lessons learned during our current situation is the importance of family and friends, and to remember to appreciate and savor all the truly amazing things that we are privileged to be able to do.
During this Memorial Day Weekend I would also like to take a moment and recognized with gratitude all those who have served our country. In our family, my grandfather and both of Rich's grandfathers were deployed during World War I, and Rich's father was deployed during World War II. My Uncle Bill enlisted during World War II; my father served during the Korean Conflict, but was very fortunate to be deployed in France, and my Uncle Jim served in the Air Force. During our travels we have had the privilege of visiting American cemeteries in Normandy, Maastricht and Anzio - doing so is a very sobering experience as you acknowledge so many who gave their lives to preserve freedom.
"The Spirit of American Youth, Rising From the Waves" - Normandy American Cemetery
Grave markers at The American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands. In gratitude to the fallen liberators and their next of kin, Dutch families have adopted graves of the American soldiers, and care for them as if they were those of family.
Stone Cenotaph honoring war dead, Sicily-Rome American Cemetery
When Can I Travel Again?
My Colleagues and I are fielding many questions regarding when the travel world will return to "normal" - the short answer is that we're not sure. The hospitality industry is slowly gearing up to restart operations - with rigorous safety precautions and enhanced sanitation measures. I've linked a handful of articles addressing some of the many questions regarding travel as we transition to our "next normal." I hope you find these helpful.
SKIFT is a publication created to define trends around travel, dining and wellness on a global scale. They've compiled a resource of links with information and a timeline regarding reopening of many travel components around the world.
Airlines Take Action, a Trade Organization representing leading US airlines, has launched a campaign to educate the traveling public about the steps airlines are taking with respect to enhanced cleaning and other procedures, as well as to offer guidance for travelers on how to stay safe when flying.
Fodor's Travel has published an updated state-by-state directory, outlining the phased reopening plans for all 50 states.
From Joan's Kitchen
If you missed my live demo of how to make Tiramisu, never fear - here's the link for the video. To get the recipe, click the button below . And on Monday May 28 at 2 PM Pacific, 5 PM Eastern and 4 PM Central, I'll be demonstrating Pappa Pomodoro live - tune in to my business page on Facebook, Tasteful Voyages to follow along.
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