Blast From the Past
We took a family trip to Croatia about five years ago. My husband [John McEnroe] had to do a tennis event in the country, and we stayed on the coast of the Adriatic for five days. Even my mom came. We were taken by boat out to the islands—there’s nothing better than being on someone else’s boat. I had been to Yugoslavia in the ’80s and coming back to see Dubrovnik now was really interesting. So much had changed. I would recommend Croatia to anyone.
My Husband, the Tourist
Last spring some friends of mine invited my husband and me to go to Egypt with them. We were there for 10 days and traveled all over the country. We went to the Valley of the Kings, the Red Sea, the ancient city of Luxor, and, of course, the pyramids. He took more pictures in Egypt than he has in his entire life. The most incredible sight we visited was the Great Temple of Abu Simbel on Lake Nasser. In the late ’60s the entire temple was relocated from the valley to an artificial hill. When we went you could still see the lines from where they had cut into the stone. It was really incredible.
VIP in Italy
A few years ago, I took my youngest daughter to stay with some of my friends in Tuscany for a few days. She was 17 years old and the only kid in the group, but it was the first time she really came out of her shell. I remember visiting Florence for a day, and it was kind of weird because we were with celebrities. We got private tours of all the attractions. It was funny to have Michelangelo’s David all to ourselves, especially because in Italy everything is always crowded. It was a beautiful trip with really close friends at a stunning Italian villa.
Outsider Looking In
Right before Christmas of 2019 I toured the north and south of India with a friend. We had a once-in-a-lifetime chance to visit Padmanabhaswamy Temple, the wealthiest temple in the world. Outsiders don’t usually get to see it, but we had a friend who lives nearby who really wanted to take us there. It is a very holy place for people, so we walked through and were as respectful as possible. It was an honor to visit and such a contrast to the first temple we went to, in Delhi, which was big and open, and where everyone was welcome to take their shoes off and join the singing circle. It was joyous and like a big celebration.