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#BehindTheScenes 8 - Travel

Oh, the places you go and the people you see!

Welcome to another edition of #BehindTheScenes with me, Sara Ellie MacKenzie! I think the title says it all. Travel. I am not a huge car traveler anymore (long story about that), but I love seeing new things and meeting strangers. I also know many people out of the country and we exchange culture, government, social and whatever jokes about us.

I will not tell you my 1st airplane flight or any of that nonsense. But I will say that I welcome all sorts of stories and I love giving mine. I do not have a lot. I hope to soon. But my favorites are always in-state trips. Usually, they are a few hours or last the whole day. Beaches, museums, nature walks...we've been there! CT is not a bad place to find fun places.

I remember something that happened almost 30 years ago. Gillette Castle, East Haddam is where I 1st met my grandfather and his 2nd wife, my wonderful grandmother. I was 4-5 years old and had NEVER met them because they lived on the other side of the country. My grandmother was in her mid-40s. I remember she was very kind. She took my sister and I by the hand and we went into the castle.

Before the construction, the place was CROWDED. I mean it. We had to walk slowly in a line. I remember going inside in the back, where the greenhouse is. If you have never been to Gillette Castle, I will tell you that there is a small attachment in the back, before the view of the CT River. It is all glass and there is a fountain and plants inside.

All I can remember were the goldfish. They were in the fountain. And we were still walking with Grandma, me on one side and my sister in the other. We were not her blood grandchildren, but we loved her so much, just as she does to us (still!). And I still contact her today, long after Grandpa passed. She has a special place in my heart.

Travel did that. We can meet our family and friends. It can be the hello or the goodbye. It can be the introduction or the epilogue.

What special places do you hold close?


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