THE OLD WORLD OR­DER

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - WELCOME THE COBBLER, SILVER MUSE -

My nana, Kit, used to call her friends “the girls with the granny faces”. It was such a lovely de­scrip­tor of eighty and nine­tysome­thing women who, de­spite their wrin­kles, still felt very youth­ful in outlook and weren’t go­ing to let an an­nual change in age get the bet­ter of them.

My other grandma, Claire, was sim­i­larly in­clined and would hap­pily pack a bag and set off on a trip when­ever an op­por­tu­nity pre­sented it­self.

Then there was the 75-year-old woman I sat next to re­cently on a flight from the Mid­dle East. She was re­turn­ing, solo, from a four­week trip that took in Africa, Turkey and Morocco. Next on her agenda was an ex­pe­di­tion cruise to Antarc­tica.

This spirit of ad­ven­ture and in­quis­i­tive­ness is a mindset the travel in­dus­try is more than pleased to nur­ture as it of­fers more and more itin­er­ar­ies to suit those very lucky trav­ellers with the time and money to see the world.

So, if you’ve al­ways wanted to go to (in­sert name of dream des­ti­na­tion here), visit your travel agent this week and get them to help make your travel wishes come true.

PIC­TURE: JANA FRAWLEY

Ear­lier this year, I had the rare op­por­tu­nity to sail on a new Sil­versea ship. One morn­ing while tak­ing in the Mediter­ranean sun­shine, I came across this cob­bler on deck mak­ing san­dals and loafers to or­der. Just one of the many lux­u­ri­ous touches had to of­fer.

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