Spectacular views over Geneva from the cathedral belltower

As I’ve written in earlier posts about Geneva, this Swiss city has an enviable position along the beautiful Lake Geneva. If you catch a clear, sunny day (not always a given in Geneva), head to the St Pierre Cathedral and climb up the bell tower’s narrow steps for gorgeous views over the city, the mountains beyond,…

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19th century meets the 21st century: The Austen Project

I’ve been reading Sense & Sensibility, not the original, but the first volume of ‘The Austen Project‘. The AustenProject teams up contemporary authors with 19th century classics written by one of my favorite authors of all time – Jane Austen. The first novel in the series is written by British bestselling author Joanna Trollope, and…

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Wander the medieval streets of Vico del Gargano, Italy

I’ve already posted on a fabulous holiday to the Gargano peninsula in southern Italy – in the region of Puglia. We stayed in picturesque Vieste,  took a boat trip to the stunning Tremiti Islands, and explored all the beautiful swimming coves on the peninsula. While there, we also visited some of the other pretty towns…

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Very Inspiring Book Blogs Award

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award is flying like an angel around the blogosphere, touching down on many of the dedicated and inspiring people out there dedicated to books and writing and sharing the word on literature. I’m very proud to be nominated for this award. A big thanks to Claire, over at the wonderful Word by Word,…

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Medieval lakeside charm in Nyon, Switzerland

This summer, on a trip to Geneva, Switzerland with my family (see my earlier post about things to do in Geneva), the disastrous weather forecasts were (luckily!) proven wrong, the sun broke out from the grey clouds, and we decided to hop on a Lake Geneva boat to visit the medieval, lakeside town of Nyon.…

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Skyscraper tourism: Top of the Rock, New York

I’ve already let slip about my love of skyscrapers, and I’ve posted about skyscraper tourism for Taipei 101 in Taiwan and the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. So now it’s time to return to the original city of skyscrapers – New York City. Although the Empire State Building is more famous (and I’ll write about…

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Two countries separated by a common language

…or so says the famous line attributed to George Bernard Shaw (except, of course, it seems it may never have been written by the great playwright.) Nevertheless, it’s still a killer line, and one that often springs to mind when I create a non-American fictional character and need to be careful about dialogue. I thought…

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Enjoy Riga, Latvia from a bird’s eye perspective

Riga is truly a beautiful Baltic capital city. It has impressive architecture, a charming old town, stunning examples of art deco, and can easily be visited in a  weekend or serve as a base for longer trips to explore the surrounding seacoast and the countryside. Riga’s old town is quite compact, with winding, medieval streets. There…

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