Friday, October 16, 2009

Back to the U.S.A.

Back to the USA

I've traveled all about this world,
And seen sights most sublime,
The marble towers of the Taj,
Set my watch by Big Ben's time.

I stood in awe at the Acropolis,
Drank wines throughout Bordeaux,
Sailed past the Sydney Opera House,
Played black jack in Monaco.

I've watched a Barbados sunset,
Rode the Star Ferry in Hong Kong,
I've seen exotic Balinese dancers,
Heard Bangkok temple bells gong.

I marveled at David in Florence,
Prayed at a mosque in Brunei,
Danced tango in Buenos Aires,
Sampled samosas in far Mumbai.

Yet, no matter where I travel,
And how far afield I roam,
It feels good to return to America,
The best country of  all - my home.

Carmen Henesy

Copyright © 2005 Carmen Henesy.
All Rights Reserved

I arrived home from Barcelona late yesterday - one suitcase remained behind me at Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris...not sure why but Air France has promised to deliver it today.  I didn't care, really.  My business class flight was spectacular - the food absolutely incredible and no words can describe the wonderful wines.  There is definitely something to be said for hoarding one's frequent flyer miles for years for one last big splurge on a round trip business class journey that allows you to sleep, fully stretched out, and totally pampered, which is what I did on this 65th birthday adventure.  Over the next few days, I will download the photos though I don't think I took all that many.  Most were just of me and my friends since I have been several times to these spots.  

I was surprised at just how much I missed reading everyone's blogs and at writing.  I am new to the blogging world but one quickly becomes addicted!

The poem above was written back in 2005 but I always think about it when I return home.  No matter how joyous the journey, it is always nice to sleep in one's own bed again!


  1. Only just back and you kindly visited me! Looking forward to your post/s on your wonderful birthday cruise om part of the Mediterranean sea/s. Most especially the food.

    Care and huggles, Michelle and my darling rescue cat, Zebby, xxx and many purrrumbles

  2. I absolutely love that poem Carmen and it is the true essence of YOU. Welcome back, I missed you :)

  3. Mickle, it will take me awhile to sort out the photos. I didn't take as many as I should have since, now that I am retired, I may not get back to those wonderful places.

    Jo, I missed you as well. We haven't seen enough of each other lately. I hated that my Air France flight arrived late and I missed Sony yet another time.

  4. Welcome back! Sounds like you have a great time, and the poem is wonderful..

  5. Anonymous3:38 PM

    lovely poem, there is no place like home. I have been saying that now for 38 years.. Ty for the visit to my blog today and your kind words..
    Happy Birthday..

  6. Welcome home! Happy belated birthday! I enjoyed your poem -- you are so well traveled and I'm sure each place has given you wonderful memories. Home is always the best in the end.

    I look forward to seeing your photos. I'd love to visit Barcelona one day!

  7. Icy, Inky and Pat, glad you liked the poem. Travel is fun but, seeing that Golden Gate Bridge as we circled the bay, felt very good, indeed - though, Pat, Barcelona is one of my very favorite cities on earth and I have always enjoyed my time there. I think, as I grow older and travel is more difficult, home grows much more welcome at the end of a journey!!

  8. The feel of home under the feet is a luxury :)) Loved the poem; kinda "been there done that" feeling came over me :)))

  9. nothing beats waking up at home!

  10. Back to your very own bed is a wonderful thing. Not fussed about photos, but would love to read about your experiences of the travels and the food everywhere - it may not show on my blog, but I am a keen foodie, especially for those of us with food restrictions. I love to cook. Sending special "recovery from cruise" care and love,

    Michelle and Zebbycat xxx and purrrrrumbling

  11. welcome home! your poem is heart-warming and made me smile as well. barcelona is on my bucket list . . . maybe one day!

  12. I'm so glad you're back and well! I thought of you during the days you were in Barcelona, of course, and I really hope that you had a nice time there.

  13. Nice to see you arrived home. I'm looking forward to seeing the photos.

  14. Lovely poem, I so agree, Carmen. Nothing can compare with HOME! Again, welcome back! You've been missed! We will patiently wait for the photos! Take your time. You are so fortunate to have a chance to see those beautiful places.