Her highlight is a particularly poignant one for this Remembrance Day weekend.
Many thanks for sharing your experience Elizabeth.
An early train from Gare du Nord. The hotel waitress named Matilda. World cup games streaming in the foyer. An early start to Hamel. Site of the 93 minute battle. An allied victory. The trenches still outlined in the soil. Surrounded by wheatfields. Poppies growing among the sugar beet. Driving to Villers-Bretonneux. Passing the lonely road taken to battle. The graves in white military rows. The beloved family name chiseled in marble. A time to talk to one never met. Tears for the life never lived in full. Lest We Forget.
Elizabeth has lived in Australia all her life. She is happily married, a mother of two, grandmother of five 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.