Yesterday I started the day by saying good by to my Joyce. Several months ago she dreamed that she had gone to Switzerland which is the home of her Mennonite ancestors. She awoke with the realiziation that if she were to visit Switzerland in this lifetime she must do it now.
Her husband David and her oldest daughter, Beth, had toured Europe while Joyce chose to stay at home with Jill, her youngest daughter who was in Junior High School. Fully awake, she determined that she and Jill should visit Switzerland.
Joyce told me of her dream and determination. I made a search of TourMagination’s tours and found an unhurried ten-day visit to Germany, Switzerland and Bavaria and informed Joyce. Immediately she told her daughters of her dream and contacted the TourMagination office. When I told the authorities in the tour office of my weak knees they kindly informed me that I had waited too long to take the trip. (So I went to Arizona instead. If you are not aware of my trip, check the archives for reports and pictures.)
Today, according to schedule Joyce is visiting Riquewihr, an ancient walled city in France’s wine country with some houses that were built in the 16th. century. and still standing. John Ruth is the tour guide.
Situated between the peaks of the Vosges mountains and the Plain of Alsace, Riquewihr is a medieval town right in the heart of the Alsatian vineyards, classified among the “Most Beautiful Villages in France”.
For centuries this magnificent town has managed to combine the quality of its architecture with the quality of its world-famous wines, from where it gets its nickname “The Gem of the Alsace Vineyards”. (Picture and description from google.)
This after noon I went to see La Bohem with Pavarotti courtesy of Ron Guth, a retired attorney from Louisiana who is a friend and a member of the College Mennonite Church. I told Joyce I was going to see the opera not because I like opera but because I liked Ron. Next month I will go because I also like opera.
took My Joy to the home land
of her ancestors