“Our Place or Yours?”
By: Phyllis and Dick Mulligan
Home exchanging with our kids, Matt, Leslie, and Rick, was one of our best moves over the years. Meeting new people, seeing the sights, sharing experiences and tasting the food [and spirits] I. E. enjoying the world! The memories are still with us, we often correspond with our exchangers and enjoy watching our families grow. Through home exchanging, we saved money on hotels/meals, had more room (a house), our own car and much more flexibility. All we needed was a map, our imagination and a foreign phrase booklet.
The idea started after the war in the 1950’s by teachers, people with unlimited curiosity, but limited budgets. They wanted to see the world and its landmarks to share with their students so they set up a home available registry. How can you/your family explore possibilities? We’ll discuss that later, but first let’s sample just a few highlights we especially enjoyed.
-Paris: Our favorite, the Louvre, the area around Sacre Coeur church and the Place du Tertre and so much more.
-Rome: The Coliseum, the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and the Pantheon.
-Vienna: A performance at the Opera House and Freud’s home tour.
-Prague: Walking tour of Wenceslas Square and the story of the Velvet Revolution.
-Amsterdam: Visiting Anne Frank’s house and lunch on “The Dam”
-St. Petersburg: The Hermitage Museum, just being in Russia and talking with the people.
-Germany: A Rhine cruise and the terrible story of Dachau, Munich – a Holocaust prison camp.
-Barcelona: The Sagrada Familia Basilica by Gaudi.
Mark Twain once said, “World travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness,” and it surely opens your eyes to travel adventures.
How can you/your family open your own window on the world? To learn more about home exchanging go to: [we used Home Link]
Websites: www.homelink.org/usa, 1-800-638-3841, 1-954-566-2687