Planes, trains, and automobiles had nothing on Jim and Donna Walker of San Bernardino for their recent European vacation. They also traveled by foot, bus, boat and ship as they brought their copy of Highland Community News along with them to every stop.

Their journey took them to 12 ports and 15 cities in Spain, Gibraltar, France, Italy, Montenegro, and Greece.

The Walkers were overjoyed that they made personal connections while on their trip. In Barcelona, they had a sweet reunion with an East Coast friend of nearly 50 years who had moved to Barcelona five years ago.

In addition, they drove from Gibraltar into Spain to spend the day with a family friends of four who pioneered a church plant. (Ask them about the landing strip that separates Gibraltar from Spain!) Personal touches can be so rewarding.

Other highlights included visiting La Sagrada Familia (a large Catholic church scheduled to be completed in 2026) in Barcelona, leaning at the Tower of Pisa, touring the Colosseum Underground, witnessing the amazing ruins at Pompeii, enjoying the subtle colors along the coastlines of Amalfi, Santa Margherita and Portofino, and wandering the streets and shops of Mykonos. An occasional light blue, Chinese red, or pale green-trimmed house or shop stood out as if rebelling against the expected blue and white buildings.

A recent article they read extolled the health and psychological benefits of cruising. The Walkers would truly concur. As Princess cruises promise, they did, indeed, “Come Back New.”

Note: If you look very closely, you might notice that they are holding their June 21 edition of the Highland Community News, in which Jim’s Bluegrass group, A Rose Among Thorns, is pictured in an article.

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