‘Fare thee well!’ #travel #song #ballad #poetry #London #India

Here is a charming 18th century English folk ballad, to beat away the blues of January.
The first published version of this song appeared in Roxburghe Ballads, 1710.

‘…stay a while with me

For if I had a friend all on this earth

You’ve been a friend to me.

And fare thee well my own true love

And farewell for a while.

I’m going away but I’ll be back

If I go ten thousand miles.’

And on this cheery note, I must bid a 21st century friendly farewell as I depart London, England for Goa, India for 3 weeks of intrepid adventures and exciting discoveries. 

Sunny climes and warm skies beckon beyond and over the horizon – actually, geographically speaking, lying north of the Equator, just beneath the Tropic of Cancer.

New friends to meet, old friends to greet: ‘But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep…’ (poet, Robert Frost).

There are many ways to part and many paths to wander…

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Plain sailing

How about this wonderfully picturesque, cartoon-style map! The great, wide piece of water in middle is the The English Channel (the French call it La Manche) separating two independent and staunchly proud countries, Great Britain (we have Great in the title) and France.
It’s across this dividing line of water that King William of Normandy sailed in 1066, claimed victory over King Harold and planted his castle in HASTINGS and his mark forever.

The distance is around 25 miles and on extremely clear days, standing on the cliffs, you can see the outline of our dear cousins on The Northern tip of France.  

How times have changed, now we are all friends, we even have a connecting ‘Eurostar’ tunnel, for those who don’t fancy a sailing trip. We have our spats and quarrels occasionally, but this is natural). We are happy to break bread and share wine with each other, (provided we agree on whose wine and whose bread)… ‘Ah c’est la vie!’