“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players,” commented our friend, William Shakespeare. I’m reminded of his observation when I ask Ruth Ann Taylor to tell me about her recent trip. I am aware that somehow Byng community has assigned to Ruthie (RAT) the role of world traveler.
Most of us Byng-ites don’t have the money, the time, or the energy to travel extensively outside the boundaries of the U.S., but we are pleased to let her journey for us, and vicariously, we enjoy the excitement with her. She has been to China three times, and to Africa once. I, personally, have gone with her to Mexico and to Israel and have recognized that she is a person who can feel at ease and at home wherever she hangs her hat.
Ruth Ann is at home now after traveling with her brother and sister-in-law, Wyman and Susie Grindstaff, Springfield, Mo., and seven of their church friends on a 20-day trip to major points of interest in Europe.
The group flew from Springfield to London’s major airport, Heathrowe, where they were picked up by Princess Cruise line bus and taken to Dover where they began an eight-day cruise. Port cities included Edinburgh, Scotland; Dublin, Ireland; Milford Haven — St. David’s Peninsula, Wales; St. Peter’s Port-Guernsey Island. The cruise finished with return to Dover.
The group then went by ferry and train to Paris, France, where they stayed six days. From Paris they took the bullet train Eurostar to London for two days before returning to Springfield, Mo.
Recalling memorable aspects of her travels, Ruth Ann mentioned Edinburgh’s 14th century palace, particularly its Crown Room, home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the chamber where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to James , who became king of England and Scotland.