Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Moon River Travels UK? Quirky name asking a simple question, but an interesting answer. If you’ve ever seen Audrey Hepburn in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ then you should recognise the lyrics of ‘Moon River’, if not the meaning.

“Moon river, wider than a mile, I’m crossing you in style some day, Oh dream maker, you heart breaker, Wherever you’re going, I’m going your way

Two drifters off to see the world, There’s such a lot of world to see, We’re after the same rainbow’s end, waiting round the bend, My Huckleberry Friend, Moon River and me

Moon river wider than a mile, I’m crossing you in style some day, Oh dream maker, you heart breaker, Wherever you’re going, I’m going your way

Two drifters off to see the world, There’s such a lot of world to see, We’re after that same rainbow’s end, waiting round the bend, My Huckleberry Friend, Moon River and me”

Audrey’s character, Holly Golightly, can appear as a rather vapid, unconventional and outright gullible young woman, she keeps company with some questionable ‘gentlemen’, some of whom reside in jail – in the case of Sally Tomato – whom she does favours for in return for cash. She owns little in the way of possessions, lives on coffee and the memories of a good time. But is she really that shallow? And what does that have to do with this blog?

Well, Holly’s apartment listing (where all the buzzers are located to announce a guest’s arrival) displays: Holly Golightly, travelling.

She’s passing through. Of no fixed address. Feels no compunction to be tethered to mainstream society or its values. Admittedly she eventually becomes attached to ‘Cat’ the, ugh, cat, and Fred the dashing hero of the movie. But that’s just it, she chooses to attach herself, she’s not blindly encouraged into the decision without knowing the truth of herself, or him for that matter.

Holly Golightly is her own woman, she lives her life by her own rules with no desire to hurt or be hurt by others. She is free. Free from all that we as modern citizens of a global community are encouraged to encase ourselves in, and that mostly boil down to fears and anxieties over events and actions we have no control over. Yet she remains a positive, encouraging, adventurous influence, and just a hint of remaining child-like. Were it that more of us remember what its like to view the world through the eyes of a child.

To sum her up; all care and no responsibility, which is what I try to do as a traveller.

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