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Where Did We Vacation? (a GSRG blog hop summary)

Our Genre Specific Review Group

Vacation Blog Hop

astroBefore heading out on our group vacation, Astro offered Tips for Going on Vacation with our dogs

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The dogs were taken care of. So now where to?

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cn_image_0.size.palm-island-st-vincent-and-the-grenadines-palm-island-st-vincent-and-the-grenadines-102134-1The Consulting Writer listed ways we can all blend in as pirates, if the need arises. Plus, we got a hint that Captain Benedict’s hidden treasure might be located on Saint Vincent’s Island.

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From there, we set off on our journey…

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cornwall

First stop was Kingsand, a small village by the sea in Cornwall, UK. Michelle Abbott gave us a tour of the Tintagel Castle, the alleged birthplace of King Arthur and dared us to enter Bodmin Jail, which is supposed to be haunted. As a reward for our courage, it was time for a bite of Cornwall’s famous Cornish Pasty.
pastry

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Our bellies filled, we could proceed to our next stop!

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castillo-mexico cityMexico City was a great place to visit. Just ask George Thomas Clark, who showed us around the museums and restaurants, downtown area, the arts district in Polanco, as well as helping us with tips on traveling to the area and hotel options.

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And then for something completely different…

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ireland Alaska NiagraroswellLeaving Mexico and Mexico City, we tagged along with Marilyn Peake to witness the beautiful greenery and ruins of Ireland, the chilling yet awe-inspiring glaciers and wildlife of Alaska, the majestic waters of Niagra Falls and the mysterious legends and myths surrounding Roswell, New Mexico. Aliens!

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But our journey was not at an end!

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roanokeWe headed over with Jo Grafford to the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site to tour the ever chilling, Roanoke Island, and explore the mystery surrounding the disappearance of an entire colony.

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Okay, I was a little spook, but perhaps I was the only one? The rest of the group seemed to be having a blast on this trip. 😉

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new mexicoUnnerved by our last stop, Sherrian Felix took hold of the trip and sent us off to New Mexico to visit El Rancho De Las Golondrinas (The Ranch of the Swallows) and relax at the Isleta Casino Spa

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Ahhh… our nerves calmed, we could continue!

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flagstaffDomino Finn led us on to Flagstaff, Arizona, one of the many stops along Route 66, where we find nearly every type of terrain meeting in almost one place: desert, forest, plains and the open road.

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Who doesn’t love a road trip? Ah, but my heart belongs to the sea.

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antarcticaAfter experiencing the great weather in our previous stop, it was time to grab a warm jacket in order to brave the cold of Antarctica with Stephanie Ward.

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And we thought Alaska was cold!

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catacombsWe thought we’d following Melinda Brasher to Znojmo in the Czech Republic, but ended up being chilled to the bone when she led us down to the catacombs. 

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Was this place actually haunted?

Were the stories true of the people hiding from an invading army and rigging the doors to shut and chairs to move.

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YellowStoneOur beargroup, pale from the experience, headed back to the US, more specifically Cody, Wyoming where Kelly shared the beauty of the scenery and wildlife in Yellowstone National Park.

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Yiks…how close did we come to that bear?

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newzealand

With only a few days left, we flew over to New Zealand and witnessed the beautiful landscapes. Oh, there were other things to do as Tim Stead shows us: hiking, bungy jumping, white water rafting, and what?? Black water rafting! Sounded like fun. Afterwards, we grabbed a pint (of whatever we wanted) and kicked back to watch a game of cricket.

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Isn’t New Zealand also home to some very large bugs?

Uh, nevermind.

After all of these trips flying back and forth across this great planet of ours, it was time for a bit of a break.

A commercial break 😉  

Vacations are supposed to be stress free and spirit lifting, right? 

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roperfabJayne Blue offered us eight tips on looking and feeling great while on vacation. Number eight had always been a pet peeve of mine and one that I wouldn’t do unless there was a lull in my vacation (i.e. kids are taking a nap and I can’t go anywhere), which there wasn’t on this trip!

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We finally felt refreshed!

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travelAfter nearly a week of traveling, Alexis Donkin showed us an important idea when on a vacation: writing experiences in a travel journal.

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With journal and pen in hand, we were ready for our last stop on our Genre Specific Review Group Vacation blog tour.

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tuscany

Our final stop landed us in Italy. We got lost with Cheryl Colwell as she drove us through Tuscany, by a castle, passing through Massa Maritima, Eventually we found our destination in San Galgano where the Sword in the Stone was displayed and happened to also be inspiration for her published novel.

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I’m a sucker for castles and ruins, architecture really. But the sword in the stone? How awesome was that?

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Well after all of that traveling this week, I’m exhausted. But it still was a lot of fun! I hope you enjoyed the trip as well.

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3 comments on “Where Did We Vacation? (a GSRG blog hop summary)

  1. Sally Ember, Ed.D.
    July 12, 2014

    Fun photo essay, Elizabeth! Best to you! GSRG participant, here.

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  2. Domino Finn
    July 12, 2014

    Thanks Elizabeth! It was fun!

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  3. Susan Day
    July 12, 2014

    What a great tour. Astro and I certainly learnt a lot and he’s putting together his travel diary as we speak! A big thanks to Elizabeth for her great support too. We can’t wait for the next one.

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