My love of travel has been with me my entire life. As a youngster I traveled by car and train with one or both parents to America’s west, Canada and New York City. In my teens I discovered America’s south, Pittsburgh, Maine and more. But I wanted more, much more so at 17 when I learned that U.S. Marines served in Asia I jumped at the opportunity and got to visit, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Philippines and Singapore.
Later I discovered travel writing and added Tahiti, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, South Korea, China, Morocco, Spain, France, England, Ireland, Monaco, Italy, Mexico, the Bahamas, Jamaica, Peru and more to my list of great joy. It is my firm belief based on abundant experience that world travel is one of the best things anyone can do. It is far more instructive than any college degree and exposure to a wide spectrum of differing cultures, languages, typographies and food brings far more genuine joy and understanding of our world than any other human activity. But on December 18th 2012 my ability to travel abruptly crashed down around me.
On that date I literally dropped dead. Local EMT’s got me restarted and transported to a nearby hospital where I spent 26 days most in a coma. The problem was Congestive Heart Failure along with a little Type 2 Diabetes thrown in just for fun. Then shortly after my release I was diagnosed with advanced stage prostate cancer. That required 42 radiation treatments and when it was all over I was physically and fiscally exhausted. All of that is now ancient history and it is finally time to get back on the road again and this time I am inviting you to join me by following this adventure right here in this publication.
With my beautiful bride of 34 years, my two daughters Kimberly and Kari and my most granddaughter Somaya, I will depart Los Angeles International Airport on March 28th and arrive on March 29th in London, England to stay but one night before taking a train under the English Channel to Brussels, Belgium headquarters for NATO and the European Union not to mention world renown waffles.
Next will be our first ever visit to Cologne, Germany a 2,000 year old city along the banks of the Rhine River. From there we train on to magnificent Paris, France a first time visit for all but me. The Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Lourve and so much more including some awesome food. But for the best in beverage we will travel next to Reims, France home of Champagne. Finally, we shall return to London for two more days before flying home.
At each stop along this trail I promise to write about every significant experience and send it here with abundant photos so that you too may enjoy this experience with us almost as it happens. And now I also invite you to share with us any thoughts or suggestions you may have about the places we shall visit. To do that simply send you ideas, thoughts, recommendations or questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org. I may not be able to respond directly but rest assured your thoughts and helpful suggestions will be deeply appreciated.
Top photo of the Hohenzollern Bridge in Cologne, Germany from Wikipedia
Ron Irwin was born in Chicago, Illinois a long time ago. He served in the Marine Corps in Vietnam, became a trial lawyer, TV and radio host, CEO of a public company and once held an Emmy. He never won an Emmy he just held one. Ron has written and published twelve books. His most important book to date is “Live, Die, Live Again” in which Ron tells of his early life and his unexpected and very temporary death in 2012. That experience dramatically refocused his life and within the pages of that book Ron reveals how he achieved a much healthier life, ridding himself of Diabetes, Cancer and Heart Failure. Now Ron enjoys writing about many things including health topics, travel [he has circled the globe several times], adventure, culinary experiences and the world of performing art. Ron’s motto is “Live better, live longer and live stronger because it feels great and annoys others.” Contact the author.