(Read in Italian) In the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life“ Jimmy Stewart asks his friend: “Do you know the greatest sounds in the world are?” and then answers: “Anchor chains, airplane motors and train whistles!”
I agree with George Bailey – Jimmy Stewart’s character in “It’s a Wonderful Life“. These sounds awaken also in me the excitement and the urge to travel the world far and wide. This month along with my friends from Circolo delle Mamme Viaggiatrici I am tackling the theme “Preferred method of transportation with kids“.
I must admit that is really hard for me to choose only one favorite way to travel, because I like all methods of transportation that take me away to new places! But am particularly fond of traveling by car because since I was a child it was the way my family always traveled together. We lived in the middle of the states, in Iowa and every summer the entire family, including the dog, traveled to the East Coast to spend a month with my grandparents. The trip from Iowa to New Jersey, where my grandparents lived, took two days and along the way we stopped to visit realatives and spent the nights with aunts and uncles and cousins in Indiana and Ohio. I remember so well, our routine of rising before dawn to avoid the heat and make tracks on the highway. With sleep still in our eyes, my brother and sister and I seated in the back seat, watched as the mists rose up over the cornfields and the sun’s rays began to illuminate the world. It seemed a perfectly magical moment and we were happy to be beginning a new adventure. Now my family travels by car to visit fantastic places here in California. From San Diego and Los Angeles in the south, to Monterey Bay and Yosemite Valley in the north, it is possible to see sea lions, waterfalls, giant redwood trees and curving coast lines all just a car ride away. To learn more about things to see in California by car I recommend taking a look at my friend Barbara Zarago’s web site California Notebook (for whom I designed the logo). I am always a fan of traveling by car because it is relaxed and comfortable and we can stop and enjoy the vistas and sights with out hurrying and without having to adhere to a rigid time table. We all feel closer after sharing a car trip together. There are the jokes and songs we sing along the way that create wonderful memories that we talk about years later.
I like traveling by car, by on the other hand, there is nothing finer than traveling by train! I had my first train experience in Italy. After having landed in Belgium on my first trip to Europe I took the overnight train to Florence. There is something really emotive about hearing the “clickity clak clickity clak” of the wheels of the train carriage and I remember well the first time I woke up in the morning on the train bound for Italy. Looking out the window in the dawns early light, I had my first glimpse of “il bel paese” and I fell in love!
Autos and trains are grand, but without a doubt I love traveling by air! The first time I flew in an airplane I was only six years old and we were destined for Chile. There is something magical about the idea of flying and I have always loved looking out the window to see the clouds and a miniature earth below. Even though I have travelled many times by plane I always get excited all over again to be boarding a jet, because these days usually my destination is Italy! Even in these times of advanced technology I am somewhat amazed that it is possibile to jump on board a flight, fly across the ocean and visit far off places, in just a matter of hours. And surely for me, there is no better sound than the voice on the intercom that says to me in Italian: “vi prego di allacciare la cintura di sicurezza…e buon viaggio!”/”Please fasten your seat belts…happy flying!”
This is the first post of Circolo delle Mamme Viaggiatrici Circle of Mommy Travellers. Check out what Monica, Valentina, Alessandra, Silvia e Silvana have written on their blog for “Modes of Transportation”
To watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” with Jimmy Stewart in Italian check out this link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNZx4pRAINc