St Augustine wrote, “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” In the 18th century rich young men would travel as a sort of finishing school. The trip they took soon followed a common path from France and then to Italy. This trip came to be called The Grand Tour. While in those days travel was a luxury only for the rich, these days, travel is something everyone should do, and when you travel inspiration should be your goal. alys-beach-2 For Thanksgiving this year, my family is headed to Alys Beach. Alys Beach is in the enviable spot on the gulf coast of Florida between Seaside and Rosemary Beach. Alys Beach is a beautiful courtyard and new urban community inspired by Bermudan architecture. The white stucco walls and even white concrete roofs are wonderful buffers to the Florida heat. The details and the rhythm of the architecture is inspiring and I look forward to sharing the beauty with you on my next post. Until then, happy Thanksgiving. -B

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” Mark Twain