Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,I lift my lamp beside the golden door
Emma Lazarus, The New Colossus, 1883
And earlier in the poem dedicated for the new Statue of Liberty which would sit on the Hudson Bay, a gift from America’s old allies France…
‘Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand. Glows worldwide welcome.’
Today those same French must wait at least 30 days along with the rest of the European Union, or those in the Shengen free-travel zone.
Before they can re-enter America.
The UK, now out of the European Union, is exempt.
While Ireland is a special case.
Which will allow me (for now) to visit the Florida Keys in a week and a half… https://fla-keys.com.
But what will be when the American Travel fair, IPW, throws open its doors in Las Vegas I’ll just have to wait and see.
And hope that my friends who I meet up with every year in an American city will be there.
Swede Agnetha, who I first met in the Czech Republic www.visitczechrepublic.com and was the first journalist I met in Washington Easy DC and have seen every year since.
There was the coachload in Colorado The New Frontiersmen and https://www.colorado.com.
Of Chinese, German, Jordanian and a very annoying Australian Alpha Male although in the spirit of the New Colossus I’d let him back in
While I always look forward to seeing Dutch Martin, my Blues-loving pal from our Deep South odyssey… The Promised Land, The story of the Blues, The King of Kings.
Who I met in Los Angeles https://www.discoverlosangeles.com and www.visitcalifornia.com last year.
I know Lady Liberty has her arms outstretched for us all and let’s hope the 30-day suspension achieves its aim.
And that this tempest-tost traveller, and those like me, will all be toasting our favourite country with our favourite people…
In Vegas https://www.lvcva.com and Strip… the light fantastic, in June.