Daniela Caputo's Destinations: My heartfelt homage to Anthony Bourdain

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He said it BEST:

“Travel isn’t always pretty.

It isn’t always comfortable.

Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart.

But that’s okay.

The journey changes you; it should change you.

It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body.

You take something with you.

Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”

~ Anthony Bourdain

Excuse my indulgence... I debated whether I should write an article about him. Then, I decided to go ahead and do it. However, it will mostly be a collection of the quote / snippets that he shared and in fact has inspired my own life’s journey (did you know it was going to be his 62 birthday a few days ago? So young).

I secretly idolized this travel monger and, trust me, there aren’t many people that strike me like he did. No, I never met him, however, I felt in some bizarre cosmic way I knew him. I cannot explain it, but I did - I somehow saw him through his TV persona. I LOVED his manner from the first day I saw his cooking show on PBS. True, he came across as arrogant and snotty. However, I quickly saw through that, and I realized this was a RAW human being... no holds barred… what can I say: I just LOVED LOVED that rawness in him and fell in "like/love" instantly… been following his career since.

His inspirational quotes:

"If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go." – Anthony Bourdain

"As you move through this life and in this world,  you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life — and travel — leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks — on your body or on your heart — are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt."  — Anthony Bourdain

"Your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride." – Anthony Bourdain

To me he came across as the person with whom even if "we" were lost in the middle of nowhere, we’d figure it out. Yes, he had this reputation of the repentant bad boy. However, one can tell he had a huge heart. Where I REALLY "connected" with him was when the chef became the insatiable traveler. OMG OMG did I ever relate to those shows. For me, it was the PERFECT example of all that is possible.

I wonder: how much heartbreak makes one give it all up?

Maybe it’s an accumulation? Maybe it’s the tiredness?

Or maybe it’s as simple as a thought: "F**k it."

I know that mental health is complex subject. And by NO MEANS am I remotely close to understanding it. But I also know that when we are in a "state of love," the last thing we want is to be separated from that love (no?!?). Whether it's chemistry, depressive episodes, impulsiveness or anything else, it haunts me that Tony is no longer here. “Au revoir mon ami.”

I share with you the link for the Canadian Mental Health.

Montreal Event Planner has become the go-to authority in the event planning business, not only because of its reputable success, but also because of the expertise and professionalism of owner Daniela Caputo, who combs the globe on a regular basis to find the best destinations for her clients (and our readers!).