Oh, what a difference a year makes! In this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, Amy invites us to share what we were doing “then” as opposed to what we are involved with “now.” And it probably goes without saying that pre-pandemic days, especially around a holiday as notable as Thanksgiving, are very different “now.”
One year ago to the day (November 23, 2019), we were on Viking Sky (above) enjoying the Cities of Antiquity and The Holy Land cruise — fine dining, superb personal service, and lectures and entertainment every night. We missed Thanksgiving with family, but it was an opportunity to go places we’d only dreamed of before. This year, even our traditional turkey dinner will be different!
THEN: We strolled the cobblestone Street of the Knights in Old Town Rhodes, marveling at medieval construction, flags of various ruling countries, and heavy, handmade doors.
NOW: With news of rising coronavirus cases in Knoxville, we’re preparing for a quick drop-in visit from family members on Thanksgiving Day, afraid to serve a full-blown meal in the close quarters of our dining room!
THEN: We took in the sights of the Palace of the Grand Masters, noting artfully detailed floors, vaulted ceilings , and carefully articulated art representing tales of the ancients.
NOW: We’re vacuuming our condo, dusting tables and chairs, and setting out platters and boards for finger food to be eaten at safe distances.
THEN: We moved in more closely to look at Medusa, a central figure on a mosaic floor in the Palace of the Grand Masters that was, no doubt, painstakingly wrought by a talented artist of the 14th century.
NOW: I’m thinking that 8 months of quarantine has me looking a bit like Medusa (Yikes!), and the only representations I’ll allow on Thanksgiving are quick photos taken with an iPhone!
THEN: Bert toasted the morning with his beverage of choice — black coffee, strong and hot — on the Aegean sea, no less.
NOW: At home, it’s the same, but he’s lucky to get a cuppa joe in a souvenir mug from the kitchen cabinet above the sink!
Yes, you guessed it. We’re home now. Staying in. Staying safe. But remembering what THEN was like last November!
Travel when you can,
Rusha & Bert
If you want to read more entries in this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #124, head over to Amy’s blog The World Is a Book. And if you want to participate, link your post to hers and be sure to include the tag Lens-Artists.