It's always nice when my husband drives because I get to sit back and daydream. I've always liked roadtrips. I have a wanderlust spirit that comes from growing up in a military family that moved all the time. I'm fascinated by RV's and love to go camping so I always check out the RV's driving by. Being on the road also lets me daydream about my other love.
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Gypsy caravans or vardos! When I was a little girl ( well, I'm still little) we lived in a small town in the Philippines for a few years. It's the town where my parents are from and where some of my fondest and most magical memories happened. My 'lola' (grandmother) had a house that sat on top of her shop on a busy main street. I remember watching festive church parades and happy groups of market shoppers passing by on any given day. One day a caravan of covered wagons strolled by with sellers hawking colorful wares hanging and overflowing from noisy carts. I was mesmerized! It was everything I loved. A portable home a movable shop, being on the road and billowy, colorful clothing! Over the years I became fascinated with gypsys and vardos which remind me of those caravans I first saw. I truly dream of having one sitting in my backyard one day that I can use as my workshop and hideaway.
If you happen to live in the south of France you can order your own vardo from artist Jeanne Bayol who restores and decorates these magical jewel boxes. Her book Les Roulottes is filled with images of vardos she's restored. The book is very hard to find. I've just located one in Canada and it's a bit pricey too. Still it's definitely on my wish list.