In just a few days, I’ll be leaving for my summer travels, which will take me and my family (although not always all at the same time!) to Canada, France, Turkey, the Greek Islands and Germany. Believe it or not, this is actually work, although work of a sort no one in their right mind should complain about. For the two weeks in Turkey and Greece, I’ll be one of the “talking heads” on a tour run by Far Horizons Archaeological and Cultural Trips, an outfit I’ve worked with before. We’ll sail around the Mediterranean on a traditional Turkish gület; instead of bright and inquiring Haverford students, I’ll be lecturing to bright and inquiring accomplished adults. Judging from past experience, many of them will be retired, and catching up on the liberal arts they’ve been missing since college. On past expeditions I’ve travelled with an architect, several medical doctors, a futurist and a retired professional gambler (think “21″ without the iron knuckles).
But it occurred to me that Fords might enjoy a trip with a medievalist too, and that the wonder of the blog would let me take them not only to Greece and Turkey but to all the other places, some familiar, some not, some just downright odd, that I’ll be visiting this summer.
So, next week… my hometown. And Shakespeare.