I’m enjoying being back in Portland for about two weeks, usually starting the days out slowly by checking in at one of my favorite coffee haunts that I can only make it to once or twice a year now. This morning I’m in Ristretto Roasters, enjoying a mustard and cheese croissant and surreptitiously glancing at a trio of young women at the counter cheerfully chattering the morning away and occasionally showing off their favorite stretching poses.
Today’s featured image is one of my all time favorite photos of Rachael. She’s lying on the sea wall in the harbor at Korcula, a Croatian island a bit north of Dubrovnik, and one of the two alleged birth places of Marco Polo (Venice also claims him). It was taken in late September, 2011, on our tour from Florence to Dubrovnik. Yes, THAT September. We were in Orvieto on 9/11, puzzling over the agitation at a nearby table of cyclists, and not learning the cause until we saw the headlines the next morning.
The photo has water in it, and a bicyclist, so I could almost argue that it qualifies for this month’s challenge if it weren’t 17 years old. Instead, I might as well just call it what it is: a plug for the journal of our upcoming tour from Dubrovnik to Barcelona, which begins in a bit over a week. We hope to see you there.