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Cara Elliott/Andrea Penrose
historical romance author
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Tuscany and Jane Austen. Fluttery sigh—double fluttery sigh. I've never been to Asia, but have heard Cambodia is fascinating. Angkor Wat should be amazing! Hvae a wonderful journey.
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LynS, Sounds like the perfect "world" tour, with both your vacation wishes granted in spades!(Love the seafood dinner under the the sea!)
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Sounds like a true dream trip, Lynn. Thanks for sharing.
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No, seafood is very non-caloric. Plus you'll be hiking the Highlands. You'll be fine! And what a fab tripQ
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Oh, I love the Outer Banks Islands, Constance. A wonderful sense of peace and solitude!
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Glad you enjoyed them, Faith!
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Sounds like a true Dream Trip—friends, history, research, spectacular beauty. Doesn't get any better than that!
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A lake in Maine and go-to visits to Great Britain—I'm not sure it gets any better than that! I've always wanted to cross the Pond by ocean liner (assuming it's nice, quiet seas!) and the military tattoo in Edinburgh must have been fantastic. Ummm, do you have an extra room in that cottage in Cotswold? I'm quiet as a country mouse!
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Jenny, What a wonderful array of things to have visited! All well worth the wait—especially Easter Island. I remember being enthralled by Heyerdahl's books too. So glad you had so many dream trips rolled into one!
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Michelle, they all sound REALLY great. There is much to be said for exploring the world close to us, which always has wonderful places and hidden charms that we tend to overlook. And given the stresses of long travels these days, they also offer the pleasure of east journeys! I think you should pack a bag and take a little drive!
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You'll enjoy it very much. He has a number of other wonderful travels books, including The Great Grain Race, an account of working on a square-rigging sailing ship in the late 1930's taking cargo from England to Australia and back.
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It's a deal! I'll bring my pick-ax, both for mining and for tap-tap-tapping a cellphone if it rings too often!
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Great Wish List, Karin. I have to agree on the armchair travels to places that are fascinating, but likely not all that comfortable in the flesh. (Though Siberia could be glorious in the short sliver of summer, if one brings plenty of insect repellent.) Ian Frazier's travelogue's are great fun. Have you ever read Eric Newby's The Big Red Train Ride, which is about the trans-Siberian Express? A delightful travel book, as are all his travel adventures.
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Well, Dee, your dream vacation hits a lot of my Wish List (love the opals! I'll take a few too!) But your current summer plans are not too shabby! May I stow away in your suitcase? (I'll bring the leis and the suntan lotion!)
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Sonya, it's so true that the vintage women's clothing boggles the mind in terms of relaxing and having fun. Can't imagine how they walked in some of those corsets and bustles, let alone sat down and exhaled. Thank God for t-shorts and yoga pants! Am so envious of a month's vacation anywhere! I don't think I've ever been able to go away that long. Ever. Though I do dream of renting a cottage somewhere on a scenic island like Nova Scotia or Prince Edward Island for the summer as a writing retreat. Ah, well, a girl can dream! Hard to think of summer and Xmas holidays! Santa and the beach??? Just doesn't compute in my brain.
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Cara/Andrea here, Here we are in August, those last few weeks of summer lassitude before Labor Day signals that we all must slough off our flip-flops and shorts and buckle back down to work. (Never mind what the calendar says about the Autumn equinox, here in America, the first Monday in September means the beach party is over.) Now, in Europe, August has long been the traditional month to go away on vacation—France and Italy basically shut down as everyone takes the opportunity to venture far and wide for a break from the familiar. It’s been coming increasingly the same... Continue reading
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This is such fun, Nicola! And yes, echoing Mary Jo's laughter at Kathy Lynn's comment!
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Arrgh. I'm a big fan of foxes, I think because I read a wonderful book when I was a child about Cinnabar, the One O'clock Fox. I really enjoy seeing them around where I am. But any inbalance in the ecosystem isn't a good thing.
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Diane, I find crows hugely entertaining! They seem to have a sense of humor, if that makes any sense—they seem to enjoy clowning around. Groundhogs—well, they are not the nicest critters. I've heard they have a nasty disposition on top of eating gardens. So I much prefer the crows!
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Sue, I think any version of Audubon's Birds can convey the magic of his artistry. He just had an amazing gift for depicting their essence. Seeing the originals, which are wonderfully large, is breathtaking, but not necessary to appreciate the work. I really like hawks (for a while was fascinated with falconry) and wish we had bald eagles around where I live. Not yet, though they've been reappearing higher up in Connecticut. But ospreys have made a great comeback. Lots of nests now along the L.I. Sound.
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What a wonderful story, Michele! And I envy you your bald eagles. I got such a thrill seeing one soar overhead when I was in Nova Scotia.
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Lillian, is quite amazing how accurate he was. And yes, learning about birds from his art is so much more fun than from photos!
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Nicola, I am in awe of the detail and passion that radiates from Audubon's work. My mother, an accomplished artist, became fascinated by birds in later life, and did a lot of watercolor paintings of them. The details of feathers and subtle coloring really is amazing. I have a really beautiful large edition of Birds in America put out by Abrams Press. And I've been lucky enough to see the original edition on display at Yale many times. It's just awesome in every sense of the word.
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Sonya, I love that Audubon (like many of us historical authors) cared so passionately about getting the details right! I find his art exquisite—and inspiring. His love for Nature radiates through the art. Your birds sound so exotic and fascinating to me—and the kangaroos too! Visiting Australia is high on my To Do List, because I'd love to experience your beautiful country and wildlife.
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Cara/Andrea here, It’s been a gorgeous summer here in the New England (yes, a few hot, muggy days, but on the whole, it’s been the sort of weather that beckons us to put aside all the mundane things that keep us at our desks and take a break to enjoy the pleasures of Nature.) My favorite time for a walk is early evening, and my favorite place is a nearby golf course that juts into Long Island Sound. The everchanging nuances of the sunlight on the water is lovely, and the subtle rhythms of the landscape—the breeze ruffling through the... Continue reading
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