First, a little about 'Red Lips and Wine(and Travel, Food & Fun)".
It was long winter filled with too much cold and snow in the northeast and losses of different kinds and work, work, work. Now, it's Spring and time to shake off heartaches caused by callousness and embrace something new-- lots and lots of new--most of all-- a new attitude. Red lipstick to remind myself of life's many passions and delving into celebrations with food, wine, family and friends.
This is to throw off the sad rags of winter and embrace the glad rags of all the coming seasons!
Germany is the first leg of my tri-country romp. Its great to be here again with my brother, Jeff (real name Ewan) and to be able to roll around Europe as we always do and to 'live' again.
On a mountain top in Loreley, Jeff and I walked into an open air bar and met two new friends- Simon and Kath, from the Isle of Wight who also love Germany.
Simon and Kath have been together 40 years. She is a cancer survivor and he does hand crafted wood burn art. They have come through thick and thin and to celebrate that, Simon has chronicled their lives and her survival in tattoos all over his body--he showed them to me--a story told in vibrant colors and intricate artistry--splendid.
Other people's lives can really just floor you sometimes huh? I can take a tattoo or leave it --to each his/ her own I always say. But to see the story of love that is documented on this very personal canvas is one of the greatest expressions of love I have ever seen. They are both raucously funny, lovely and sweet.
Check out his work on Facebook at ' Burnt Fingers with Simon Levrier'.
After a perfect spring evening spent in their wonderful company, drinking cool crisp glasses of wine and beer, high above the Rhine River in a place called Loreley, I got the sense (and the appreciation) that no matter how low you can sometimes fall in spirit and in position, something like this can bring you so very high and remind you that life is really, truly, wonderfully, beautifully magnificent.
If you are reading this in the company of a glass of wine (or soda, coffee, tea or water), toast yourself and life.