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European Adventure

paris street with church at end

It’s the Final Countdown to…

Our Epic European Adventure!

“Throw your dream into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back: a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.”

– Anais Nin

I hope you’ve had a wonderful summer! 

On Thursday September 7th, my niece Emily (25) and I are taking our roommate show on the road!

We are embarking on a rather epic four-month trip to Europe and Morocco. We are both super excited… and beyond grateful 🙂

Sometimes we will be traveling together and sometimes we’ll be venturing off to different places on our own. I will be taking my laptop with me & writing to my heart’s content!

Here are some of the places on our itinerary: 

  • Paris
  • Athens
  • The Greek islands of Poros, Naxos, Ios & Crete
  • Rome
  • Florence
  • Venice
  • Vienna
  • Prague
  • Salzburg
  • Zurich
  • Milan
  • Morocco
  • The UK
  • Florida (on the way home) for Christmas

The reason this trip came about is kinda comical. Nine months ago, a friend of mine in Qualicum Beach casually mentioned that she and her husband would be renting a villa in Greece with a big group of friends in September…and might I be interested in joining them?

I said YES! Click To Tweet

One thing led to another and before we knew it, Emily and I were making plans to join the group at the villa…and then somehow, a one-week stay blew up into a 4-month, multi-country adventure.

And now here we are…and away we go!

MA & Emily in Greece…8 years ago!

A few quotes that have been resonating with me of late:

“Be bold…when you embark for strange places, don’t leave any of yourself safely on shore.”

– Alan Alda

“Make voyages! Attempt them! There is nothing else.”

– Tennessee Williams

“It is only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up – that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it were the only one we had.”

– Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

I’ll continue to blog while I am away & will post travel blogs, every second week or so.

I will also be posting lots of photos on Insta, so you can follow me there at pink.gazelle.

I’ll be back home in Canada in early January 2024. Till then, take care & have a fabulous few months!

Maryanne Pope is the author of “A Widow’s Awakening.” She also writes screenplays, playscripts and blogs. She is the CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and a co-founder of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. To receive Maryanne’s blog, “Weekly Words of Wisdom,” please subscribe here.


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6 thoughts on “European Adventure”

  1. Thank you, Jantina! I am so sorry I didn’t get you called before leaving for our 4-month trip! I will be back home on the island in January, so will touch base then. We are WAY overdue for a catch-up chat! I hope things are going well…I think of you often 🙂
    Take care,

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