In this feel-good travel memoir two veteran travelers explore the wonders of grand European cities discovering colorful characters, amazing architecture, fascinating art, and mouthwatering cuisine.
Join Al and Sunny Lockwood as they ride the choppy green waters of Venice’s Grand Canal. Stroll with them through romantic Florence letting its Renaissance art refresh your heart.
In Rome, visit St. Mark’s Basilica, glittering with gold and candlelight. And the Sistine Chapel still vibrant with Michelangelo’s unique paintings. In the
Colosseum imagine gladiators battling to the death-roar of the crowd.
Enter the most visited monument in Spain: Barcelona’s jaw-dropping Sagrada Familia and feel your soul expand in its stark and startling beauty.
Roam shaded side streets filled with unusual shops and sweet-smelling bakeries.
Ramble across magical bridges and through hidden squares.
Relish evening meals that last until the stars come out.
Let gelato set your taste buds dancing while accordion music starts your toes a tapping.
Come along with these two spirited explorers as they make surprising discoveries in both famous and little-known neighborhoods, and share their delight in seeing the world anew.
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Al and Sunny Lockwood met after he’d retired from engineering and she’d retired from daily newspaper reporting. They spent much of their time exploring California, Al with his camera and Sunny with her notebook and pen. But a serious car wreck changed their lives.
In 2012, while they waited at a red light, a driver paying more attention to her phone than her driving, slammed into them at 60 miles per hour. The collision totaled both cars and filled the Lockwood’s summer with doctor appointments, pharmacy visits, and endless wrangling with insurance companies.
The wreck also woke them up to the reality that life is fragile and there’s no guarantee you’ll have it for long. “We decided to stop putting off our travel dreams for some day in the future,” Sunny says. “We’ve made ‘someday’ today.”
Their first dream cruise was through the Panama Canal. They loved the trip so much, they wrote a book about it: Cruising Panama’s Canal, savoring 5,000 nautical miles and 500,000 decadent calories.
The book was a finalist in the 2014 National Indie Excellence Awards.
Then Al and Sunny visited Amsterdam and cruised the Mediterranean, stopping at Venice, Athens, Istanbul, and various Greek islands.
Their travel memoir Cruising the Mediterranean won Best Non-Fiction Book from the 2016 Seven Sisters Book Awards, and also won the Gold medal in the 2016 Wishing Shelf Awards (Adult Non-Fiction Books category). It was a finalist (Nonfiction Narrative category) in the 2017 Best Book Awards.
“We write to encourage people to make their travel dreams come true,” Sunny says. “We want our readers to know that travel enhances health and enriches life. So step out of your everyday routine for a week or two and take a chance on adventure and fun.”