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Author: jiminatl

Joined: 8/19/2010
Posts: 5
GCT Trips Taken: 3
OAT Trips Taken: 0
Traveler Since: 2007

August 19, 2010

 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.

James Stevens




Author: hootie

Joined: 3/7/2010
Posts: 150
GCT Trips Taken: 9
OAT Trips Taken: 0
Countries Visited:

China, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Serbia, Croatia, Romania, Transylvania, Bulgaria, Chech Republic, Slavakia, Bratislava, Egypt, Israel, Cyprus, Crete, Greece, Turkey, Istanbul, Italy, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Estonia, Russia, Tahiti & French Polynesia/Society Islands, Hawaiian Islands, Bermuda, Alaska, Costa Rica, Mexico, United States, Panama Canal, Caribbean (extensively), Canada/Nova Scotia, Canary Islands, Gibralter, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Vatican City, France, Holland, Belgium, Tasmania, Australia, New Zealand, Ukraine, Russia.

Traveler Since: 2001

August 23, 2010

I keep busy by reading the DOZENS of Grand Circle travel guides/brochures that come in my mail almost daily.  I enjoy having something I can hold in my hand and take with me anywhere to read.  I see places I've visited and the memories come flooding back, making me want to go again for the second...third...fourth time.  I see trips I have booked, adding to the anticipation.  Then there is my places to see list, where I dream.  It's all good!

Author: jiminatl

Joined: 8/19/2010
Posts: 5
GCT Trips Taken: 3
OAT Trips Taken: 0
Traveler Since: 2007

October 31, 2010

Listening to Van Gogh is now available from,, Barnes & Noble and Borders, and the website, as well as being availble on Kindle.

Author: shatzi

Joined: 3/10/2010
Posts: 71
GCT Trips Taken: 11
OAT Trips Taken: 0
Traveler Since: 2009

May 10, 2011

I have just finished reading Listening to Van Gogh and enjoyed it immensely.  I do recommend it to any one planning a river cruise or having taken a river cruise. You do not have to be planning retirement to appreciate its look into life and choices.  It is a good read!

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