Entry Gate, Chengdu, China
Wikipedia Excerpt: The village is located at the confluence of the Dourdou and Ouche rivers. It is built on a hillside and has classic narrow Medieval streets. As a result, large vehicles (such as buses) cannot enter the historic town centre but must park outside. Consequently, most day visitors enter on foot and, as at least one overnight visitor has observed, the majority of the tourists depart in the late afternoon, leaving the town much less crowded. The town was largely passed by in the nineteenth century, and was saved from oblivion by the efforts of a small number of dedicated people. As a result, the historic core of the town has very little construction dating from between 1800 and 1950, leaving the medieval structures remarkably intact. The roads have been paved, and modern-day utility lines are buried.
The resort “Jade Mountain” is located in the eastern Caribbean island nation of St. Lucia.
I remember waiting for the school bus when I was a small child and seeing the caravans of Airstreams filled with retirees and expatriots headed to Mexican beaches. The retirees’ dollars went further and it was an exotic escape from the years of watching the clock waiting for their quitting time. It was a trip into “freedom”.
It happened every autumn.
I don’t remember seeing the long trains headed back, probably because they each picked their own time of when to return to their “regular” lives, when they needed to see the grandkids, when they needed to head back for their other tribal groups such as Elks, Moose, and Mason meets.
It was exciting to think of being on the open road, in a self-contained unit, in a caravan with other escapees from the mundane grind of daily life.
Traditional Santana, Madeira, Portugal houses