Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Travel Bug by Josie Riviera



OK, I’ll admit it. I love to travel. Fortunately, through the use of frequent flyer miles, I’ve traveled to some of the most beautiful cities in Europe. 
One of my favorite cities is Venice, Italy. The city is exactly how you’ve envisioned in the many gorgeous films and photos. There are no streets, only canals. 

The summer after my daughter graduated from high school, we traveled to Venice. (Yes, that's her below!)

 We stayed at an exquisite bed and breakfast, Locanda Orseolo. This B & B  is situated on one of the canals, and the gondolas and singing gondoliers go right by the window!

 

Sure, my daughter and I got lost several times navigating the narrow, winding alleyways, but that was OK, because we’d stop and enjoy a gelato or pizza or pasta or....you get the idea!

Yes, Venice was hot in August, and crowded, but we’d return in a heartbeat. I read recently that 50,000 tourists visit this amazing city every day.
If you have the good fortune to visit, don’t miss The Rialto Bridge, the Grand Canal, and St. Mark’s Basilica. (Note—these attractions will be hard to miss!)

Do you love to travel? What is your favorite place to visit? Leave a comment and one lucky winner will receive a free ebook copy of one of my sweet romances. The winner can select their choice of either I Love You More, A Snowy White Christmas, or Seeking Catherine. Winner will be announced May 12th.

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And coming soon: Oh Danny Boy, set in Ireland, where I'll be headed in July to see my daughter graduate from University. Stay tuned!

Author Josie Riviera lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband of 40 years. They share their empty nest with an adorable Shih Tzu who constantly needs grooming and an old house forever needing renovations.

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23 comments:

  1. I love to travel too! At present, I've done most of my traveling stateside and absolutely fell in love with the little town of McCall, Idaho during a trip there this past summer. It's so charming! And it helps that I could do a lot of family history research there as my one line of my mom's side founded the town (hence the name McCall).

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    1. Oh, my word, Jess! I used to live just a few hours from McCall and two of my cousins have cabins there! If you ever head that way again, let me know! It's hard to get to in the winter, but the ice festival is something to see!

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    2. Wow, so interesting, Jess! I've never visited Idaho.

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  2. Fun post, Josie! Now I need to add Venice to my "visit someday" list!

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  3. I was very fond of Florence, but I love art tours, so all the works of Michelangelo were fabulous to see in person

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  5. I love to travel! I love seeing and learning about new places. One of my favorite places is the San Juan Islands up by Washington State. I also love Cusco, Peru. =)

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  7. Britney, I've never traveled to Washington State or Peru. Sounds like I should add them to my list, though.

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    1. Washington State is very diverse. I lived in Spokane when I was in high school.

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    2. Never been there, but would love to visit.

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  8. Traveling is fun. I've been to Venice a couple of times. It is definitely easy to get lost.

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  9. I loved Paris, with all it's narrow streets, old world charm, eiffel tower, the sidewalk cafes...the trains that traveled at lightning speed....the country side with the quaint cottages...I loved France. closer to home in the US I love The Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island...where you can that trip back to somewhere in time!!!!!!

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    1. Virginia, Your vivid descriptions of Paris makes me want to visit. And The Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island sounds beautiful.

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  10. One of your pictures shows a parked gondola and it reminds me of my stay in Venice. We stayed in the hotel directly across from the Hard Rock Café. Had a simple dinner there and it cost us about $60! But I really loved Venice and my entire tour of Italy. I was on an Insight Tour that started in London and ended in Rome. Best time I've ever had.

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    1. Denise, I know exactly where the Hard Rock Cafe in Venice is. Our B & B wasn't far from there.

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  11. About 4yrs ago, I took my then 12yr old son to Alaska. Neither of us had been on a cruise or to Alaska. We took a 7-day cruise up the inside passage, then took a 7-day land trip further North. We zip-lined in the 4th largest rainforest in the world, panned for gold, went on a 4hr yacht tour of sea life, went to a few glaciers/icebergs, took a prop plane up to where they shoot "Ice Road Truckers", took an all day tour of the National Park where Mt. Denali is located, and saw the Northern Lights!!!! We did many other things, too many to mention. I'm still BROKE from that one! Lol. It was sooooo worth it and I'd do it all over. I want to go to Australia some day

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    1. Jennifer, your trip with your son sounds incredible. Wow--what wonderful memories for you both. I'd love to travel to Australia, also.

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  12. Thanks to everyone for all your wonderful comments! Virginia--you're the winner! I'll email you directly for details.

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