April 21st

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Since we’re all still staying home, let’s pretend we’re off on an International trip.  My books are set in places I’ve visited, and I’m sharing some of my photos this month.

Identify the location of the picture below.  Remember to register your answer by clicking “Leave a comment” at the top of this page and then write your reply (I’ll approve comments at the end of each day and reveal the locale in the following blog). 

Correct answer receives a point.  If you’re not certain, go ahead and guess! I’ll be posting a different photo, along with a hint, every day this month.  Whoever has the most points on April 30th will receive a prize (you’re not winning the lotto, dear people, but I will mail you a small gift which will include a modest Amazon card).  In the event of a tie, a randomly generated number will decide the winner. So, be sure to check back here each day, & let’s see who can . . .

Name That Location:

Hint: This spot serves as a port city, dockyard, and naval base.  Mainly built on an island, it has an odd nickname.  Now home to several well-known museums, it’s history can be traced to Roman times. For a period, it was known as the world’s greatest naval port as well as the world’s most fortified city.  Can you name it? 

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~Yesterday we visited Orvieto, Italy.  Sharon K. Connell, K. Nichols, & Amy Reade recognized the photo.~

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April 20th

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Since everyone’s staying home, let’s pretend we’re off on an International trip.  My books are set in places I’ve visited, and I’m sharing some of my photos this month.

Identify the location of the picture below.  Remember to register your answer by clicking “Leave a comment” at the top of this page and then write your reply (I’ll approve comments at the end of each day and reveal the locale in the following blog). 

Correct answer receives a point.  If you’re not certain, go ahead and guess! I’ll be posting a different photo, along with a hint, every day this month.  Whoever has the most points on April 30th will receive a prize (you’re not winning the lotto, dear people, but I will mail you a small gift which will include a modest Amazon card).  In the event of a tie, a randomly generated number will decide the winner. So, be sure to check back here each day, & let’s see who can . . .

Name That Location:

Hint: In this village (located approximately 60 miles north of Rome) you will find St. Patrick’s well, seen here.  The well was built in the 1500s and it’s unusual construction allowed donkeys to descend to the water and return to the surface without turning around.  The town is dramatically positioned on a hilltop of volcanic rock.  It was a major center in the Etruscan era and some of its underground caves used during that period can be toured. The village’s duomo dates from 1290 and includes its own Pieta.  The town’s location between Rome and Florence makes historians confident that Michelangelo visited the church here and probably drew inspiration from the cathedral for his work at the Vatican. Today, you can ride a funicular from the train station to the village.  Can you name this charming Italian town? 

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~Yesterday’s location was Salzburg, Austria. Congratulations to some of our usual suspects, Lisa Maliga, Sharon K. Connell, Catherine Conn, K. Nichols, & Amy Reade.~

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April 19th

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Since everyone’s staying home, let’s pretend we’re off on an International trip.  My books are set in places I’ve visited, and I’m sharing some of my photos this month.

Identify the location of the picture below.  Remember to register your answer by clicking “Leave a comment” at the top of this page and then write your reply (I’ll approve comments at the end of each day and reveal the locale in the following blog). 

Correct answer receives a point.  If you’re not certain, go ahead and guess! I’ll be posting a different photo, along with a hint, every day this month.  Whoever has the most points on April 30th will receive a prize (you’re not winning the lotto, dear people, but I will mail you a small gift which will include a modest Amazon card).  In the event of a tie, a randomly generated number will decide the winner. So, be sure to check back here each day, & let’s see who can . . .

Name That Location:

Hint: This town was the birthplace of Mozart and is called its country’s “Most Inspiring” city. Named for the surrounding salt mines (its name means salt castle), it’s also known for its Baroque architecture, world famous marionette theater, public gardens, and hilltop fortress (the more unsavory sections of which are believed to be haunted). Can you name the city & country?

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~Yesterday’s location was Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. Lisa Maliga, Amy Reade, Sharon K. Connell, K. Nichols, & Catherine Conn nailed it!~

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April 18th

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Since everyone’s staying home, let’s pretend we’re off on an International trip.  My books are set in places I’ve visited, and I’m sharing some of my photos this month.

Identify the location of the picture below.  Remember to register your answer by clicking “Leave a comment” at the top of this page and then write your reply (I’ll approve comments at the end of each day and reveal the locale in the following blog). 

Correct answer receives a point.  If you’re not certain, go ahead and guess! I’ll be posting a different photo, along with a hint, every day this month.  Whoever has the most points on April 30th will receive a prize (you’re not winning the lotto, dear people, but I will mail you a small gift which will include a modest Amazon card).  In the event of a tie, a randomly generated number will decide the winner. So, be sure to check back here each day, & let’s see who can . . .

Name That Location:

Hint: Considered a mecca for all literature lovers, this is the birthplace and childhood home of the world’s best-known author.  The photo is of the rear of the house, and this author of plays and sonnets is believed to have been born here in 1564.  P.T. Barnum proposed to purchase the building and ship it to American after it fell into disrepair in the 1800s.  In response, a trust was formed, and with the help of Charles Dickens, the property was purchased and preserved.  When I visited over 20 years ago, crowds jammed the streets and businesses of the surrounding town, living up to its reputation as a mecca.  At that time, it seemed far more congested than London!  Can you name the author who lived here & the location?

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~Yesterday’s location was Chateau Chambord in the Loire Valley of France. Catherine Conn, Sharon K. Connell, Lisa Maliga, & K. Nichols could name that location!~

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April 17th

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I can’t believe the month is more than half over! I’ve been having a ball with our little game and I hope you’ve enjoyed it as well. It’s a tight race between several of our regular players! So don’t be afraid to take a guess if you aren’t certain of the location. Be sure to read the hints, too, as there’s lots of information there. Good luck!

Since everyone’s staying home, let’s pretend we’re off on an International trip.  My books are set in places I’ve visited, and I’m sharing some of my photos this month.

Identify the location of the picture below.  Remember to register your answer by clicking “Leave a comment” at the top of this page and then write your reply (I’ll approve comments at the end of each day and reveal the locale in the following blog). 

Correct answer receives a point.  If you’re not certain, go ahead and guess! I’ll be posting a different photo, along with a hint, every day this month.  Whoever has the most points on April 30th will receive a prize (you’re not winning the lotto, dear people, but I will mail you a small gift which will include a modest Amazon card).  In the event of a tie, a randomly generated number will decide the winner. So, be sure to check back here each day, & let’s see who can . . .

Name That Location:

Hint: Completed in 1547, this hunting lodge took 28 years to build and is well-known for its double helix staircase.  Many scholars now believe Leonardo Da Vinci designed the famous central stairs and perhaps the general layout of the chateau.  It is the largest chateau in a valley known for its many castles.  My feet really hurt after touring the grounds and building! This is a photo of its northwest façade.  Can you name the chateau (double hint: there’s also a liqueur with the same name), the valley, and the country?

A castle on top of a building

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~Yesterday’s photo was taken at the southern end of Lake Como in Italy.  Congratulations to Catherine Mesick, Catherine Conn, Sharon K. Connell, Amy Reade, & K. Nichols who all recognized the location.~

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April 16th

Ready to play?

Since everyone’s staying home, let’s pretend we’re off on an International trip.  My books are set in places I’ve visited, and I’m sharing some of my photos this month.

Identify the location of the picture below.  Remember to register your answer by clicking “Leave a comment” at the top of this page and then write your reply (I’ll approve comments at the end of each day and reveal the locale in the following blog). 

Correct answer receives a point.  If you’re not certain, go ahead and guess! I’ll be posting a different photo, along with a hint, every day this month.  Whoever has the most points on April 30th will receive a prize (you’re not winning the lotto, dear people, but I will mail you a small gift which will include a modest Amazon card).  In the event of a tie, a randomly generated number will decide the winner. So, be sure to check back here each day, & let’s see who can . . .

Name That Location:

Hint: One of the deepest lakes in Europe, it’s been a destination for the wealthy and powerful since Roman times.  A glacial, Y-shaped lake, it has its own micro-climate with moderate temperatures.  Richard Branson & George Clooney are known to have lakeside villas here, although I didn’t spot them on this hazy day.  It’s considered one of the most beautiful lakes in its country. Name the Lake & country.

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~Yesterday’s photo was taken at Grasmere in the Lake District of England. Our winners were Lisa Maliga, K. Nichols, Sharon K. Connell, & Amy Reade.~

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April 15th

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Since everyone’s staying home, let’s pretend we’re off on an International trip.  My books are set in places I’ve visited, and I’m sharing some of my photos this month.

Identify the location of the picture below.  Remember to register your answer by clicking “Leave a comment” at the top of this page and then write your reply (I’ll approve comments at the end of each day and reveal the locale in the following blog). 

Correct answer receives a point.  If you’re not certain, go ahead and guess! I’ll be posting a different photo, along with a hint, every day this month.  Whoever has the most points on April 30th will receive a prize (you’re not winning the lotto, dear people, but I will mail you a small gift which will include a modest Amazon card).  In the event of a tie, a randomly generated number will decide the winner. So, be sure to check back here each day, & let’s see who can . . .

Name That Location:

Hint: This beautiful area is known for its association with William Wordsworth (who settled near this site in 1799) and Beatrix Potter who lived at nearby Hill Top Farm. She is credited with preserving much of the property comprising the national park which bears the same name as this region.  Luminaries such as Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Sir Walter Scott, & John Constable favored the area. We had a lovely experience taking tea in this very spot, now known as Faeryland Tea & Coffee Garden due to the ancient history and magical ambience of the place. Name the region & country.

A tree next to a body of water

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~Yesterday’s photo was of the Forum in Rome.  Lisa Maliga, K. Nichols, & Sharon K. Connell recognized the location.~

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April 14th

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Since everyone’s staying home, let’s pretend we’re off on an International trip.  My books are set in places I’ve visited, and I’m sharing some of my photos this month.

Identify the location of the picture below.  Remember to register your answer by clicking “Leave a comment” at the top of this page and then write your reply (I’ll approve comments at the end of each day and reveal the locale in the following blog). 

Correct answer receives a point.  If you’re not certain, go ahead and guess! I’ll be posting a different photo, along with a hint, every day this month.  Whoever has the most points on April 30th will receive a prize (you’re not winning the lotto, dear people, but I will mail you a small gift which will include a modest Amazon card).  In the event of a tie, a randomly generated number will decide the winner. So, be sure to check back here each day, & let’s see who can . . .

Name That Location:

Hint: This ancient site was the city center of an ancient empire.  The seat of commercial, religious, & political activities, the location contained early royal residences, temples, shrines, and eventually the senate.  A famous Los Angeles sporting venue constructed in the 1960s bears the same name.

A castle on top of a dirt field

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~Yesterday’s photo was of Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria.  K. Nichols, Sharon K. Connell, Catherine Conn, & Lisa Maliga recognized the location. ~

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April 13th

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Since everyone’s staying home, let’s pretend we’re off on an International trip.  My books are set in places I’ve visited, and I’m sharing some of my photos this month.

Identify the location of the picture below.  Remember to register your answer by clicking “Leave a comment” at the top of this page and then write your reply (I’ll approve comments at the end of each day and reveal the locale in the following blog). 

Correct answer receives a point.  If you’re not certain, go ahead and guess! I’ll be posting a different photo, along with a hint, every day this month.  Whoever has the most points on April 30th will receive a prize (you’re not winning the lotto, dear people, but I will mail you a small gift which will include a modest Amazon card).  In the event of a tie, a randomly generated number will decide the winner. So, be sure to check back here each day, & let’s see who can . . .

Name That Location:

Hint: Probably not the view you’re used to seeing of this castle, this schloss is located in southern Germany.  The king who had the castle built died of mysterious circumstances in the late 1800s.  While designed to look much older, the structure was constructed during the late mid-1800s and never fully completed.  It survived both World Wars due to its isolated location, and an order from the Nazis to have it destroyed before taken by the Allies was never carried out.  Influenced greatly by the operas of Richard Wagner, the place is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.  It also served as an inspiration for Walt Disney when he designed the castles for his amusement parks.

A castle with a clock tower

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~Yesterday’s photo was taken in Chartres Cathedral. K. Nichols, Sharon K. Connell, Catherine Conn, & Amy Reade recognized the location. ~

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April 12th

Ready to play?

Since everyone’s staying home, let’s pretend we’re off on an International trip.  My books are set in places I’ve visited, and I’m sharing some of my photos this month.

Identify the location of the picture below.  Remember to register your answer by clicking “Leave a comment” at the top of this page and then write your reply (I’ll approve comments at the end of each day and reveal the locale in the following blog). 

Correct answer receives a point.  If you’re not certain, go ahead and guess! I’ll be posting a different photo, along with a hint, every day this month.  Whoever has the most points on April 30th will receive a prize (you’re not winning the lotto, dear people, but I will mail you a small gift which will include a modest Amazon card).  In the event of a tie, a randomly generated number will decide the winner. So, be sure to check back here each day, & let’s see who can . . .

Name That Location & Happy Easter!

Hint: This gothic church stands on the site of at least 5 earlier cathedrals.  It became a bishopric in the 4th Century and is still a destination for pilgrims today.  Its most famous features are the mysterious blue stained glass windows, which no one has been able to replicate in modern times.  The cathedral is also known for its special acoustics and labyrinth.  The architecture itself is believed by some to employ the concept of sacred geometry.

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~Yesterday’s photo was taken of Zermatt, Switzerland. K. Nichols & Sharon K. Connell recognized the location. ~

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