August 2nd, 2018 / posted by paularath

A view from our “tree house” in, Nu’uanu                                   Photo by Duncan Graham

When we are traveling, people always ask us why on earth we would ever leave Hawaii to visit (insert their home here – Carcassonne, Dublin, Bruges, Buenos Aires, Paros, Pittsburgh- you get my drift) and, yes, there are moments when we ask ourselves the same question.

The fact is, we love Honolulu and our little “tree house” in the rain forest of Nu’uanu. We never feel sad or regretful when we return to the often misty mountains my son Duncan Graham captured in the photo above.

Along the sea cliffs of Vestmanna, in the Faroe Islands

And yes, we often have waterfalls we can see from our deck. But our waterfalls are quite different from the waterfalls we saw in Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Ireland, and therein lies the fascination. No matter how beautiful our island is, it is a very small island, in the middle of the Pacific, and the world is such a huge and magnificent place. We want to see as much as we can, for as long as we can.

Gullfuss Falls, on the Golden Circle in Iceland

That said, we are now preparing for a five-week trip to England in late August. We will spend two weeks in a watercolor workshop with John Lovett, a teacher from Australia whom Jerry has admired for years. We’ll have one week in the Cotswolds, based in Stratford upon Avon, and one week in Cornwall, based in Plymouth. Wonderful subjects for plein air painting!

After the workshop, we will retreat to a little cottage in Lower Heyford, a tiny village in the Cotswolds, where we will paint the English countryside while our lessons are still fresh. During those two weeks we will take train or bike trips to nearby places such as Oxford and Blenheim Castle.

Then a week in London, my very, very favorite city in the world. I want to see if my old 1967-68 address, a third-floor walk-up at 60 Hogarth Road in Earl’s Court, has turned into something quite different from the frumpy old Victorian I knew.

Stay tuned for more travel blogs…..

  • Paula Rath

Cliffs of Moher, Western coast of Ireland



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