My dad got back from his European travels a few weeks ago but we hadn’t had a chance to get together so I invited him to meet me for coffee on Saturday. We live about 45 minutes apart so we met halfway in Port Moody -the most irritating place to get to for both of us! Still, it was a nice cafe and I had a good cup of coffee. He told me all sorts of stories and anecdotes and it sounds like such a fantastic time.
He started in Istanbul, went down the west coast of Turkey, took a ferry over to Greece and did some stuff there, and then flew to Spain for a week and a half. We saw some of his pictures last night when the family got together for Fathers Day. Istanbul (which will always be Constantinople for me) looks just like I imagined. Seeing those photos has made me want to reread ‘Sailing to Sarantium’ by Guy Gavriel Kay. Have you read any of his books? He is one of my all time favourite authors.
As a Fathers Day gift Leslie (my brother’s long-term girlfriend) and I bought tickets for the three of us to go see Elton John when he comes to Vancouver in September. Taking my dad to Elton John was on my bucket list and the last time he came to town I did just that. Leslie took her dad too, although our seats weren’t together. Elton John is the most amazing performer – he sounds in concert exactly like he does on his albums. His talent owes nothing to recording studio magic. It was Leslie’s idea to take Dad, and it turns out my brother bought four tickets instead of three so he is coming too. That makes me smile on the inside since it shows just how much my brother has evolved. There was a time he wouldn’t have been caught dead listening to Elton John! For me though, the old classics bring up memories of the camping trips that Dad and I took every summer.