As a retired writer and an active Grand Circle Travel customer, I realized during a pleasant trip to Provence that few novels are written about the real life side of retirement, the many decisions required and the difficulty of dealing with change.
I wrote Listening to Van Gogh to explore the human side of retirement, where the characters are retirees discussing their mutual concerns.
Here’s a brief look at Listening to van Gogh:
They came to France to travel through Burgundy and Provence to the Cote d’Azur on a private, luxurious river boat. It was to be a voyage of discovery for the retirees, a cruise through the heartland of the French countryside, with visits to the river villages and towns that inspired the great artists of the19th century. The travelers were to discover the delights of Provencal cooking, visit the vineyards of the wine industry, explore the hills of Lyon, tour an ancient Papal Palace, and walk the very streets of Arles, where Vincent van Gogh painted so many of his masterpieces.
Along the way, the travelers also reveal their shared emotions about the transition from an active working life to that of a retiree, and their common concerns and unique solutions, all delivered in an informal, entertaining, and ultimately uplifting manner.