How many of you have heard of The Fifth Dimension? I bet Roger knows of them! They were one of my favourite groups back in the day. They were an American singing group, formed in late 1965, who sang pop, R&B, soul, jazz, light opera, and Broadway. I recall when they came to the Queen Elizabeth Theater in 1967 or 1968. My boyfriend took me to see them and we had great seats in the orchestra section! After a great medley of their songs, they came up the aisles of the orchestra section singing and I could almost touch them as they passed. What a thrill that was!
So, how is it I thought of them this week? Well, I remember their song "Up Up and Away" and thought of how I will be "up up and away" in about 2 1/2 weeks and flying to my favourite country in the whole world (at least so far|). I'm heading to Wales to tour the western and northern areas with friends Jane from Newport and Liz from Swansea. I have been in the south and eastern sections before, but this time I plan on seeing the town where my paternal grandmother was born and raised - Llandudno, a beautiful seaside resort town now!
After about 10 days of that I'll be heading over to Liverpool to see my good friend Diane (Trubes here on ABCW) to see more of that wonderful city where my paternal grandfather was born and raised. I was there in 2012 and met Di and her lovely hubby Ian, but I didn't have long there as I was heading over to the Isle of Man. This time I plan on doing the "Hop On Hop Off" tour to see as much as possible in one day and then meet them for dinner!
Then I'm heading off on the train to the east coast of England for a week to visit my good friend Jill, who lives in a little village just outside of Whitby in North Yorkshire. We're going to see Whitby (of course), Robin Hood's Bay, Scarborough, and other scenic spots in the area plus spend a night in York - just the two of us.
From North Yorkshire, I'll hop on the train again to head back to southern Wales to stay with my friend Jane for another week. She's planning on coming over here to see me in late summer, early fall. Oh we are going to have such a great time!
Can you tell I'm excited? I haven't been away for 4 years or even had a little holiday anywhere for that long! I'm going on my own so I can do my own thing and be an independent lady. Who knows who I might meet? I find that when you travel alone, you tend to meet more people than if you're with someone.
You can rest assured I'll have LOTS of photos to share when I get back! In the meantime, here's the song "Up Up and Away" by the Fifth Dimension. Turn up your sound and take yourself back to the late 60s.