Vacations -- Go There, Live There
John Townley and Susan Wishbow Townley
gotta get out of this place!" exclaimed Suzie.
where we gonna run to?" replied John...
Home is where the
heart is, but when you need a break, well...where, indeed?
that precious vacation time comes
along, there's always a debate about just the right place to go to get
rays, get some rest, party for a while, rekindle that fire of love,
and personal inspiration that will carry you though the workadays that
your windows on the world.
just where, but how?
Around the world
in 80 days in a balloon?
A slow boat to
A magical mystery
tour where you wake up surprised every sunrise?
lot depends on what lights your fire -- your solar fire -- so your Sun
be a good start for your vacation plans. And
if you find the country that matches you to a
"T" -- your
geographical soulmate -- you might even wind up moving there. Of
course, that all depends on whom you meet
You know this is
an Aries country the moment you get
on the Autobahn and
cars race past you when you're doing 80! Energy
is the name of the game, in the disco
sophistication of Berlin or
the rustic hideaways of the Black Forest. Beer,
beer, beer is your game at Oktoberfest, but
you don't need Autumn
to sample the goods -- don some leather shorts for summer hiking in the
and, when you're glowing with morning's climb, regale yourself with
and saurbraten or stuff yourself with "schweine mit stuffen" at a
mountain inn overlooking a sparkling, crystal lake.
meadowed peaks and peeking out of
sun-dappled glades to reward
the energetic climber.
But when the
Aries energy wears you out, try the beach promenade at Wilhelmshaven on
Baltic, where fresh and smoked fish, rollmops washed down with
show you why "essen und trinken" is indeed the German way of
Or, if inland
waters are more to
your taste, float down the Rhine past rugged, cliff-perched castles
ancient Rhinemaidens and their riverborn Niebelungen gold.
Taurus: Ireland. Fixed,
ruled by delicate, beautiful Venus. What
country better describes that than Ireland -- tenacious, combative,
and home of music, dancing, and art that spring from the heart of this
enduring, passionate race.
wonder whether Taurus really rules the throat, just listen to an Irish
singing "Danny Boy" and puzzle no more! Dance,
music, and poetry are the heart of Ireland's oral
tradition, the essence of its cultural arts, and you'll find them all
everpresent at every local pub, where a few pints of Guinness loosen
of imagination and the stepped beat of the ceildh begins.
is the land of hearty eating, not fussy
palettes, so dig into the corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes to fuel
energy for the dance -- and be ready to dance all night, because
Taurus means stamina, and you'll need it! The
graceful turns of the jig and hornpipe are
reflected in the frozen
music of Celtic art, endless spirals and borders with a mystic past
prehistoric stone monuments of the high priests of the earth religions
flourished before St. Patrick trod on this green isle.
green it is
there is no greener place on earth, all year around, moist
with moss and peat that soften the rolling hills from rocky shore to
All around you,
revival -- of tradition, of lore, of enduring beliefs long-suffering
come into their own again.
throat is ever-present, between sips, whether in song, poetry, or just
of gab you get from kissing the Blarney Stone -- there is always a
tell, happy or tragic, funny or sad, which always comes from the heart.
Gemini: England. They
Gemini has two
sides and wants it both ways, and no country satisfies that fantasy
and utterly rustic -- and one is just a few minutes' drive from the
splendor and palaces and
of London start to give way right outside their "beltway"
("ringroad," please), and in a hour's time you can drop back millenia
to the Stone Age at Stonehenge or Avebury, or the compelling
Glatonbury Tor, King Arthur's Isle of Avalon. Bed-and-breakfast
places are not only affordable,
they're really the way
to know the people, cool but cordial, surprisingly approachable. Most
especially for that cornerstone of England, the "proper English
breakfast" -- fried everything and, if you're in the North, don't
the black pudding!
sophistication of Soho, Carnaby St., Hyde Park, may stimulate your
it is the landscape, the constantly changing skies, the private corners
every corner that give this small country its endless bounty, the scope
Empire within the size of the Empire State. Endless, hidden pristine
tiny cloistered gardens, ruined monasteries, sheep-filled moors,
islands, placid rivers, shining cliffs, all neatly partitioned together
compartmented thoughts in a well-schooled mind. Gemini,
indeed. A paradise of instant-access variety for the
small-car adventurer (it's the only way to go, forget Britrail) who can
the left-hand side of the road!
is no country in the world with more to offer in less space, unless you
the inside of your computer and the Internet. And
they speak English!...
U.S.A. (and Canada).
Berlin said it:
Cancerians, that's perfect advice for the natural homebody who wants
America is big --
the biggest for vacation variety of any country in the world -- and yet
(Southern-style, Western-style, New England-style). Homeboys and
Moon over Miami. Blue
Moon of Kentucky. Vidalia onions, Idaho
you go, the appeal is home, but with a twist. Go
to L.A., how do the Hollywood stars live? Go
to Williamsburg, VA -- how did the
Go to the wild
West -- how
did the frontier
the Colorado rapids (and, of course, cooking out), or taking in the
Broadway (don't forget the Stage Deli after), there's a kind of comfort
that make the heart(and the tummy) grow fonder. It's
no wonder that Americans are most known for taking their
home surroundings with them -- who else would travel 5000 miles and
then eat at
McDonald's in Paris?
So why fight
from sea to shining sea, there's a feast for the eyes, the heart, and
in this still-young country to warm any vacationer's heart, especially
your country, you're a Cancer. Be dazzled by the landscape, thrilled by
weather, gorge on golfing, bask on beaches, challenge mountains, float
rivers -- there's a smorgasbord with something for everyone and with a
theme: while on vacation you're still at home, where the heart is.
Riviera, sun-baked beaches
and sun-drenched vineyards, lazy lunches under cafe umbrellas, cooled
apertifs and evening kisses.
My oh my,
Leo and fifth house, for sure!
wines and Mediterranean cruises, Montemarte artists and tucked-away
cafe espresso beneath rows of poplars, all roads lead to Rome, all
Paris, life in the moment, languid love, lingering desire.
tourist visa may not guarantee all that, but it's there
for the taking, if only briefly, to
your toes into a sea of sensuality that these very Leo countries simply
architecture -- the
lure of the Louvre, the opulence of opera, the romance of the Eternal
awaits you, and it's
a Leo's dream.
And the food --
that goes without saying.
Pop a copy of
Guide Michelin into your bag and go from three-star to four-star
-- and if your budget can't afford, chances are that small restaurant
street is crowded with locals for a very good reason.
folks know the good life, so just fearlessly
side is equally as
the breathtaking rose windows of Chartres and Notre Dame to the
of the Vatican.
sensory overload, as only a Leo can truly appreciate, the perfect place
slake your thirst for every indulgence. So
give yourself over to your Leo nature and bathe
yourself in the
-- you work hard,
so play hard,
French and Italian style, you've earned it!
waters, bleached white rocky Aegean
seascapes, a beautiful
culture baked and soaked by the sun, the purity of late summer growth,
virginal, seclusive, and timeless. Images
of white and blue: whitewashed houses and
surrounded by a shocking azure blue, the "wine-dark" sea, even the
doors and window frames are painted an electric blue. And despite its
austerity, the details are a Virgoan carpet of pleasures to pick and
salads brimmed to the gills with sweet tomatoes, olives, onions,
fresh feta cheese, doused with greek olive oil, vinegar, and fresh
dolmades(vine-leaves stuffed with pine nuts and rice, served with tangy
sauce) or maybe dzadziki(yogurt, cucumbers, and garlic) or
The varieties are
endless, each a treat unto itself -- not unlike the islands dotting the
each a world apart, each part of a collection, true Virgo temperament. And
the style's been there for centuries --
this is the land that Virgo's ruler Mercury blessed with the
of Western thought:
There words and
deeds echo through the temples of the Acropolis up to the peaks of
a whisper on the
stage ancient Theater of
Epidaurus resounds like a loudspeaker to the heights of the marble
reflections of the mysteries of the Ancients.
land is not called the Middle Kingdom for
balance, and beauty
things great and small is the watchword for this ancient culture, a
style immediately familiar and rewarding
Why fight when
build a Great Wall, for instance, good fences make good neighbors, and
won't see a more impressive property line anywhere else in the world. Incense-laden
Taoist temples embody the
eternal Way Of Life, the philosophy that you return to the balance of
and go with the flow.
Not a bad idea,
when you've got one of the world's greatest cuisines on your plate and
even polite to burp!
cloisonne adorn the body and the table, so bring some home to remind
you of the
The new communism
allows you play
in the poshest of nitelife in Hong Kong and Shanghai, and the quiet
the Beijing Palace is enough to take your breath away.
don't just take in Western-tailored
prefab tours, get down for a boatride in a Chinese junk or make it to
the more extreme places in the world, like the towering gorges of the
River, once inhabited by robber-barons, or the badlands of the Gobi
home of some of the world's most spectacular dinosaur finds. In
every corner of the land you'll find a
combination of peace and harmony with a thousand faces, good reason for
Chinese to consider it the center of the world and the rest of us as
Beauty in the
the least is what you will find here and ideally, in true Libra
balanced so all can live in harmony. But
remember that none of this applies to their
politics right now, so
pass on that if you want to enjoy your trip!
Scorpio: Spain. Dark-eyed
dancers, mysterious Don Juans, underground dungeons of the Inquisition,
red wines, Gypsy fortunetellers, all mark the brooding,
passionate Scorpionic quality of Spain --
even its opposite
sign, the Bull!
We haven't an
with that creature, though, so we'd rather dig into a tasty paella with
and shellfish fresh from the Bay of Biscay washed down with sangria and
chaser of Spanish brandy, sweeter and smoother than French Cognacs. Try
a simple repast of Seville oranges and
other excellent local fruit.
tete-a-tetes in a Madrid cafe about epitomize the mood, but there's a
side, like Antonio Gauidi's sand-castle architecture, and a glorious
the Alhambra, a treat for the eyes and the spirit.
if you have that Scopio urge to just lay out in
self-indulgence, the Mediterranean beaches are paradise en Espanol. And
don't forget who sent Columbus on his
way -- you can get into exploration mode on replicas of the Nina,
Santa Maria in several different versions and locations!
Scorps will want to take home some
sultry Spanish lace, but guys might rather collect a Toledo blade or
some of the finest edged steel in the world. Steely,
dark-edged and passionate, the Scorpio world
land for sure, breadth and
breathtaking are the
words for this country of a boundless appetite. Outback diamond in the
men, and speaking of diamonds, love those South Australian opals! Or
try pearling from Cape York in Northern
Queensland right around to Shark Bay in Western Australia, a distance
some 1,865 miles...and you thought the States were big...the great
where everyone loves a "barbie" and a session on the beach, whether
sunbathing or surfing! Maybe even
time for cricket or rugby...or go to Sydney for the Olympics in the
Ayers Rock, the
Navel of the World, where dreams were invented or to Boroka Lookout and
history of of the Kooris(meaning our people). Put
your hand in a kangaroo's pocket, challenge
Crocodile Dundee (or
just a crocodile), or float above the coral and among the polychrome
the Great Barrier Reef.
is one of the four most beautiful in the world, and if watching a
belt out the finest last act, the Sydney Opera House is second to none. In
an expansively indulgent mood?
Foster's or XXX, or for the more
delicate palatte, a host of fine vintage wines not only from Australia,
mountains, deserts, plains, rain forests, reefs, oceans all in hot and
running varieties, not to mention cultures ranging from ancient
mysteries to modern disco mystique -- but he, you're a Sagittarius, so
want to try it all!
Capricorn: India. If
you like old
and cultures that stand the test of time, this subcontinents has it
has had it continuously for thousands of years. Ancient
temples adorn the landscape, arising from steaming plains
and clinging to Himalayan mountainsides. The
temple incense you inhale today was burned
before Buddha was born --
the ancient shrine walls are black with it -- and the sparkling marble
Taj Mahal was relatively born yesterday in this enduring land. Despite
its Saturn rulership, there's a
lusher side, tiger-stalked rainforests dripping from the monsoon, and
wave-licked, reefbound shores where sharks and pearls abound. But
sit down to the table, and it's all at
the tip of your tongue --
as long as
you're ready for the riot of spices, flavors, and textures that mark
one of the
world's greatest cuisines. From a light kurma to a searing vindaloo,
papadums and crunchy pakora, on a bed of basmati rice, washed down (and
need it!) by woody, bracing India pale ale. Still up for sweets? Firni
and jalobi, spiced with a whiff of
saffron, seal the meal.
And all the
while, in the background, a feast for the ears -- the dizzying spirals
music, driven by the boiling, staccatto rhythms of the tabla, beneath
drifting, sinuous songs of the romance of legendary lovers Rama and
Aquarius: Russia. Used
to be the
Union was the down side of Aquarius -- everything
Now it's Russia
the more creative side comes out, with dozens of separate cultures all
up into an incredible, newborn stewpot. A
place where you can do crazy, Uranus-type things,
like rent your own
MIG-29 jet fighter and fly it yourself (with help, of course, from a
Russian Air Force pilot).
yourself with borscht and pirogi, toss down some Stolichnaya, and take
in some incredible balalaika music in a
Or, if you want
to see a
bit of everything, Aquarius-style, a dizzying array of museums are all
walking distance of most hotels in Moscow and St. Petersburg -- even
has its own, where they will assure you they were always very gentle
neglected during Iron Curtain days have been refurbished to their
golden splendor, and if you want the ultimate in egalitarian,
hands-across-the-ocean experience, you can even eat at a McDonald's
with a view
of the Kremlin!
In the interests
fairness, the countryside has as much to offer, including river
your own personal Volga Boatman, and Baltic cruises from Kaliningrad
seaports are excellent summer fare (in the winter, try the Caspian Sea). If
there is any key to this country, it is
that in true Aquarian style, it covers all the bases, these days with
market finesse! Gorilka (flammable vodka, Ukraine),
pertsem, approach with caution!
Catherine The Great, St.
then, together, served on a plate...
communicate with your
nature is, where else, on an island surrounded by gentle, lapping
to caress you ankles as you merge with the ocean. Most
island nations are ruled by Pisces, so you've really got
your pick , but the most convenient to America are the Caribbean islands
you like a
Libre, mix it with a little Fernandes rum from Barbados which, by the
one of the most spiritually haunted places in the ocean.
if you're an animal lover, try Allen's
Key in the Bahamas, the only place you can find native iguanas only a
miles from our shores.
But most of all,
find a place uncrowded and out of the way (like, NOT jam-packed Key
where you'll get the privacy to commune with your inner self. If
everybody's talking about it, don't
If you can get a
a popular place, take it and then charter a boat for the nearest "who
there?" spot you can
better, just charter your own
boat, set your
sails, and cruise for a week
or two -- the
bear you up and talk to you of friendly creatures below as they rock
you like a
child in a cradle.
you're in for some yo-heave-ho, in which case an affordable barefoot
a tall ship is just the thing, running the rigging like a pirate of old
then settling down for a tot of grog and a gourmet meal (yes, the
good) when the sails are stowed and you've come to anchor.
solitude or rolicking adventure is not
your speed, a quiet
time of golfing and exquisite ocean views are calling you from Bermuda,
secret ocean caves are the answer to your 12th house dreams, quiet
beckoning below a serene landscape blessed with the green of English
From Dell Horoscope Magazine, June 1999