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      HC Traveler — Helene Clarkson

      Meet Patricia Gentry

      Meet Patricia Gentry

      Name: Patricia H. Gentry
      Occupation:  Haha! Living in retirement for the past 19 years and growing. It begs the question...
      Age72, it's a wonderful age!  
      Location: Kentucky, in the wonderful city of Lexington and the beautiful town of Lake Conroe, Texas. We try and enjoy approximately 6 months in each state. After living in wonderful places like New Orleans, Asheville, London, Washington State, New Jersey & Hong Kong, we feel pretty lucky narrowing it down to two.

      1. Do you have a favourite travel destination and why?

      Florence, Italy. We discovered Florence as a couple on a driving vacation for our 25th anniversary. We stayed at an inn that was a home of Napoleon called Villa CoraWe revisited Florence this past November while on a cruise celebrating our 50th!  My husband and I want to return and enjoy some more of this artistic and romantic city.


      2. What are your favourite heleneclarkson pieces and why?

      Evening Fave
      Tulita "Maxi" Reversible Skirt 
      Lille Reversible Poncho 

      The Tulita "maxi" skirt, paired with my Lille Poncho is so comfortable and perfect for any occasion. It's such a wonderful outfit to mix and match and add a touch of elegance. Travel made easy!

       My Day Fave
      Mirabel Reversible Jacket
      Sousa Top
      Aro Reversible Cigarette Pants 

      I love this pant outfit for travel or everyday activities such as shopping and dining with friends and family. I've packed this outfit on many excursions including our two week cruise in Europe this past November. P.S. Adding the Nadi Wrap for extra warmth makes this a perfectly comfortable outfit for flying. 


      3. Favourite travel accessory?
      A carry-on bag for flights plus a travel purse. I am not fond of backpacks or totes while sightseeing. A travel cross-body purse that holds an umbrella and a few necessary items is more to my liking leaving my hands free.


      4. How often do you travel in a year?
      It all depends. We plan one annual two week vacation, hopefully to a foreign country or a cruise.

      We also take several 3-5 day stateside trips. We love Bed and Breakfasts or unique inns. We fly or drive for those. I am a fan of Karen Brown travel ideas, whether on a European driving vacation or in the US.  

      We research travel books or book online ourselves. We have moved many times in the US and lived twice in other countries. Travel has always been our passion and experiencing different cultures, there's nothing better!


      5. Travel Advice?
      Do not travel in fear, but be cautious.  I think to embrace the differences of people and cultures is a key to unlocking a great enjoyable adventure of life.


      These lovely photos of Patricia Gentry were shot by her son Rob Gentry at Richard Mitchell's Classic Car Museum, Old Iron Works in Montgomery, Texas.  

      From the editors at heleneclarkson

      Meet Helene Clarkson

      Meet Helene Clarkson

      Name: Helene Clarkson
      Designer and CEO of heleneclarkson
      Location: Toronto
      Guilty Pleasure: 
      Mini Oreos. LOVE THEM!

      1. What is your favourite HC travel outfit?
      Now, this is a little tricky as I do have quite a few faves! On the actual travel day, I always wear my Aro Cigarette Pants because they are super comfy and because they are pull-ons they have no zippers and there’s no need for a belt which makes getting through security a breeze. I will wear one of my Sousa Tops which has just enough coverage at the back end and works well under my Cali Reversible Jacket, which is my go to jacket for travel because it is so easy to dress up or down. Finally, I always have my Nadi Wrap to keep my neck stylish and warm!

      2. Favourite Travel Destination and Why?
      Many years ago, as a family trip, my parents took my brother and me on a safari to Kenya. I have traveled to many countries since then and have had many wonderful adventures, but to me that was the greatest trip EVER! We were so lucky to be literally in the wild with these incredible animals all around us. You could hear the lions at night so close by and during the day, the elephants would be at our breakfast table. We were also very blessed to meet quite a few of the Masai people who were so inspiring and so elegant. It was a most magical trip.

      3. Favourite Travel Accessory? 
      My sleeping pills. Brilliant!

      4. Which Female Traveler or Adventurer Do You Most Admire? Karen Blixen. Perhaps because of how affected I was by Kenya, her memoir Out of Africa was and is one of my favourite books of all time. Beautifully evocative and devastating. She was a brilliant writer and an amazingly resilient woman who managed to bash on through shockingly difficult times. The ultimate adventurer.

      5. What Country/City is on your bucket list?
      I would love to visit the country Bhutan. Who wouldn’t want to go to a country where Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross National Product. How refreshing!

      6. What is the most fulfilling part of your career?
      I love hearing from my customers. I have the most wonderful and supportive customer base. I thoroughly enjoy hearing how my clothes make a difference to busy women, whether traveling across town or across the ocean!

      From the editors of heleneclarkson