World traveler happy to return to Marietta
by Nelson Price
November 03, 2013 12:00 AM | 996 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
My wife and I have been blessed in the last year to have traveled overseas four times visiting England, Norway, Italy, Greece, Turkey and Israel. We have mingled with such ethnic groups as the Sami, Bedouins, Kurds and numerous smaller groups.

The scintillating Tuscan towns of Italy such as Assisi, Siena, Orvieto and Umbria each offered unimaginable charm and excellent food. They have even advanced culinary art beyond that of their masterful ancestors.

Siena boasts the Palio, a horse race like no other. The cobblestone city center is covered with dirt and the horses sponsored by various clubs race around the business center.

Being in Rome at the time of the installation of the new pope allowed us to see pageantry at its best. The throng of people in Saint Peter’s exuded joy and elation. Searching for and finding the grounds near the Coliseum where gladiators practiced their deadly art was an eerie experience.

The fjords of Norway and the hidden villages along their shores, the stunning waterfalls and the bustling seaports are an abiding invitation to return. Twenty-four hours of daylight for three days in the Arctic circle are an experience like no other.

Istanbul, home of the Blue Mosque and San Sophia, is like no other city. The bazaar with 5,000 shops is a shopper’s paradise. Here, Europe and Asia merge providing a distinct culture.

The history of Athens crowned with the Acropolis ignites one’s imagination. Refugees from the Middle East have come at a time the economy of the country is failing. Athens is a clearing center for persons seeking entrance into Europe from war-torn regions.

Our 42nd visit to Israel proved to be our best. The diverse culture of the country is beyond comprehension. Each vies for its place in the culture. The heritage of three world religions is obvious everywhere. I know the country so well I know there is much more to be absorbed than the months we have spent there will provide. From the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea and all along the Jordan River that connects the two diverse bodies of water, fertile fields proliferate.

England, jolly old England, is at once ever the same and never the same. They really do talk that way.

However, among all of these interesting places, one stands alone. It has preserved enough of its history to subtly remind persons of a storied past. While cherishing its past it offers a very contemporary atmosphere. It is at times bustling and at other times quiet and quaint. It is well kept and clean. Its shaded park provides an oasis amid bustling traffic.

The town offers a variety of community activities, some seasonal and others at designated times. Each weekend there is a gathering of locals when friends mingle.

Several of the main streets leading to the city center are lined with distinct period homes and lovely lawns. Being tree lined gives them a down home atmosphere.

This city that I want to go back to time and time again is Marietta, Ga.

The people are friendly and warm hearted. It is a place I just can’t get enough of.

It is surrounded by other delightful Cobb cities. We are blessed.

The Rev. Dr. Nelson Price is pastor emeritus of Roswell Street Baptist Church.
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