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Around the world in a lifetime

Couple shares experiences, explores new horizons at Fox Run

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March 9th, 2016
Bernard and Florence Lucas in Antarctica
Bernard and Florence Lucas in Antarctica

Global adventurers Bernard and Florence Lucas have visited 95 of the destinations on the Travellers’ Century Club directory of countries and territories, which includes such far-flung places as Belarus, Fiji, Myanmar, and Yemen. 

The Lucases started taking one big trip a year in 1979, while Bernard was still working as an executive at General Motors. After he retired, they began travelling more frequently and made several trips to the Caribbean and Europe, among many other regions. 

Bernard says his favorite city is Hong Kong, and he has fond memories of Paris and Rome.

“The European places are steeped with history,” he says. 

Sharing their travels

About 12 years ago, Bernard and Florence moved from Royal Oak, Mich., to Fox Run in Novi. 

For several years, Bernard served as chairman of the community’s Travelogue Club, through which residents can share photos and videos of their travels with one another. Naturally, having visited so many interesting cities and countries, the Lucases put on a number of the travel presentations. 

While Bernard no longer leads the Travelogue Club, he still does some of the presentations. In February, he and Florence were planning to share photos from two of the most exotic (and most different) places they have been—Tahiti and Antarctica.

In Tahiti, the Lucases visited four different islands, including the picturesque Bora Bora, and did plenty of swimming, snorkeling, and sightseeing. Bernard says his favorite memory from that trip was seeing traditional South Pacific wedding ceremonies being performed on the beach.

In a vastly different but equally as interesting part of the world is Antarctica, which Bernard and Florence visited in February when the weather was relatively mild. They made that trip with Elderhostel. They traveled on a ship with a Russian crew and made stops on several islands as well as mainland Antarctica. 

“Usually you fly into Ushuaia, which is the southernmost city in the world,” Bernard says. “Then you get on a ship and go across the Drake Passage, which is the roughest body of water in the world.”

Bernard says it takes a day and a half each way to cross the Drake Passage. Their tour made two stops a day for five days in Antarctica. Bernard says they saw a variety of different types of penguins.

Exploring new horizons

Now both in their 90s, Bernard and Florence travel less frequently, but sharing their adventurous memories with their neighbors at Fox Run is a great way to relive them. 

Additionally, they enjoy a number of leisure activities closer to home, thanks to the many clubs at Fox Run. Bernard is a member of the recycling committee, has volunteered to work in the light and sound booth in the performance auditorium, and enjoys working on projects in the fully equipped hobby shop. 

He says they also appreciate the safety, security, and convenience that Fox Run offers to residents.

“It’s a great place, and it’s one of the reasons we have lived as long as we have,” he says. “I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. There’s no stress, and it’s everything you need and then some.”