“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
This week’s photo challenge theme is ‘Journey’. This photo was taken in Pantelleria in October 2008. This was my second journey to this magical island which lies closer to Tunisia than Sicilia. This island will always hold a very special place in my heart. I was traveling solo, hell bent on finding the famed caper berries that grow abundantly on the island. I have written a few earlier blog posts on this little island and the wonderfully warm people that call it home. (Look over there on the right under Regions to read more!) On this trip, flights to the island were scarce so I had flown to Palermo, taxied to Trapani and taken the overnight ferry to Pantelleria. The ferry was a complete hoot. I shared a cabin with 3 Italian ladies and my bunk lay just near the porthole. I was able to watch the evening fade as I was lulled to sleep by the gentle movement of the boat. Magical moments. A few days into my trip I hiked up to the top of a hill overlooking Lago Specchio di Venere (Lake Venus’ mirror), a gorgeous saline lake that sits near the middle of the island. I have vivid memories of sitting on this ledge of the hill, high above, feet dangling – the smell of a fire from below, the freshness of the air, the sounds of island life around me. My journal entry for that day expresses gratitude for all that I had experienced from my travels near and far. Gratitude that runs deep with every journey I take. May I always be so fortunate. Happy journeys!