Read and enjoy Elizabeth's wonderful entry for our 2016 Travel Highlight Competition.
An afternoon in the medieval town of Minerve, France. I walked cobbled streets and looked down from this cliff hugging hamlet to the dry gorge below.
A barrow of apricots announced – ‘fruits non arroses-producteur a Minerve’ – unsprayed, local fruit. I tasted the soft, yellowness of this beautiful region – mouth-melting sunshine; delicious, golden harvest.
Early Australian summer and my husband surprised me with a single apricot. He’d battled predators, fruit-fly and weather to bring me a sunbeam. One bite and I was back in the little village once more, as the juice dribbled slowly down my chin.
Elizabeth has lived in Australia all her life. She is happily married, a mother of two, grandmother of four and devoted assistant to one very bossy tortoiseshell cat named Lucy. Her working career began as a speech pathologist and later morphed into the totally unrelated field of retail manager in a university science centre and planetarium.
Travel has always been a focus and yes – there has always been a bucket list. This was brought into stark relief when she was diagnosed with breast cancer and following treatment, a travel timetable began to take shape. Guam was first, followed quickly by European and North American adventures. Illness nudged another long-held interest to the fore and Elizabeth began chronicling her trips with extensive photography, promising herself she would also write about her exploits.