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[Weekly WOW #100] The Best WOW of Them All:

And the winner is…

It has been 100 weeks since I began sharing some of the WOW experiences of the Six Legs and husband and photographer, Simon. Since then, I have written little else on this blog. Now, the time has come to move on. So this will be the last Weekly WOW.

When I came up with the idea, nearly two years ago, to write at least one focused piece each week, the goal was to force me to write something weekly. Fortunately, I managed to fulfill this commitment without missing a single week. The downside was that I wrote myself into a rut.

In order to fit the format of spotlighting a single building, food, libation or incident, I couldn’t stray too far from the subject that WOWed me. Also being the anal editor I am, writing the Weekly WOW post took me far longer than expected when the idea was first hatched.

During the last 100 weeks, you have been with us as we discovered Israeli wine and beer;

Amphoras at the Kadma Winery
Amphoras at the Kadma Winery
A selection of Israeli Beer
A selection of Israeli Beer

tasted some of the best calamari ever in Madrid;

Calamari Sandwich
Calamari Sandwich

attempted to climb a rock face in Panama;

Just Hanging in my Climbing Harness
Just Hanging in my Climbing Harness

discovered antique music boxes in St. Augustine;

A Music Box at the Lightner Museum (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)
A Music Box at the Lightner Museum (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

researched marijuana in Denver;

A Jar of Cannabis Buds at the Cannabis Management Company Store in Longmont
A Jar of Cannabis Buds at the Cannabis Management Company Store in Longmont

Rambled down the Shambles in York, England;

The Shambles (Photo Credit: https://commons.wikimedia.org)
The Shambles (Photo Credit: https://commons.wikimedia.org)

and went to Hell – Michigan;

We were Assured that Hell Does Freeze Over
We were Assured that Hell Does Freeze Over

 and that is – just for starters.

There were many memorable travel experiences posted in this weekly feature. Now it’s time for me to write more “big picture” pieces of cities, towns, and historic sites, focused hotel and restaurant commentaries, reviews of our favorite road reads, and also share useful travel tips.

I am still committed to posting weekly, and am planning a monthly feature beginning in September that I hope you will enjoy. Of course, I’m going to make you wait a few weeks to see what it will be.

I hope you have enjoyed the Weekly WOW, and have been informed, entertained and inspired to follow in our footsteps and paw prints.

And now, as promised, here is the best WOW of them all. (Drumroll) Life. Yes, its what has made all this amazing travel possible. It is the gift we are all given at birth, and it will ultimately end one day. But between beginning and end, there is a wealth of opportunities for me to explore what all this life has to offer: the endless possibilities to learn, grow and experience on many levels. There are many ways to accomplish these things, and the possibilities vary from person to person. For me, it’s travel, and the opportunity to share with family, friends and total strangers what my experiences have shown me about the world and myself.

Please stay tuned. Because as long as I am physically and mentally able, travel will be my passion and purpose. I hope you will join Simon, Otto and me as we continue our adventures in travel.

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    Christina Jeffery

    Jul 24, 2016

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    I've enjoyed reading your many WOWs - such an interesting variety of places you've visited! Hope you manage to keep up the once a week posting. It's quite a challenge producing a weekly offering (as I know with my village column for our local newspaper). Looking forward to your future writings on the world as seen from a different perspective. Happy travelling to Six Legs and Simon - long may it continue! Christina.

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      Penny

      Nov 06, 2016

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      Thank you, Christina. I always enjoy reading your comments, and appreciate the time you take to read the blog. So nice to know someone understands the pressures of the weekly commitment. I feel my writing has improved as a result of it, which makes it all worth the times I've had to sweat the clock to get the job done.

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    Dawn Engler

    Jul 15, 2016

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    Congrats on 100 straight Penny. WOW is right. Can't wait to see what you're cooking up for us.

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      Penny

      Nov 06, 2016

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      Thank you, Dawn. It's been a pleasure and a challenge for sure. I had what seemed like a great idea for September, but time, traveling and writing forced me to put it on the back burner. We'll be in Panama for two months beginning the end of December, so I'll see if I can get something started then. One thing I can say for sure is that it will be a monthly, not a weekly, feature. :-)

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    Elizabeth Fowler

    Jul 15, 2016

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    Love that summary of why you're changing direction and your last a Wow on life . Thanks & well done for the 100 wows you've written - I can't claim to have read every one of them but they're there to dip in to at any time. Will look forward to your new pieces and your monthly special article. Still a big challenge. Happy writing and I'll do happy reading. Elizabeth

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      Penny

      Nov 06, 2016

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      Thank you. I've loved writing this weekly piece, but I'm glad you understand my decision. The WOWs will stay available for you and who ever else would like to read them.

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