Posted by: travelrat | June 8, 2017

Travel Theme: Precious


Let’s try a word association test with the word ‘precious’ We cast aside the vision of Gollum, in Lord of the Rings, cackling avariciously over his ‘precious’; apart from that, most people would say ‘stones’ or ‘metal’. In such cases, ‘precious’ usually means ‘expensive’, too. At a diamond centre in Antwerp, I was given a diamond to photograph; I forget how much it was worth, but, I remember thinking if I lost it, I’d better not plan on changing my car for some time!

But, the toddler who picked up a few pretty stones from the beach holds them just as precious, and what is a diamond but, as Henry Kissinger once said ‘ … a chunk of coal that did well under pressure’?

Third place in our word association test would probably go to ‘moments’ … and precious moments could cost you nothing … for instance, the delighted shouts of your grandchildren as they run out to greet you. Or even the stormy night, when my mates and I huddled cosily in a tent, sharing cigars, a delicious corned beef hash and cocoa laced with Navy rum.

The more tangible precious moments, you can photograph, or video and share. Tell you what; let’s have a slide show!

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