Author Archive for Jocelyn Murray

avatarJocelyn Murray is a travel writer and historical fiction novelist. She holds two university master's degrees in both English and Education, along with a bachelor's degree in Economics and European Studies. She also has a teaching credential and taught at the elementary school level.
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Telluride, Colorado

Telluride, Colorado

January 16, 2017 No Comments John Muir once said, “The mountains are calling and I must go.” He was right. Who can resist the call of the great outdoors? Nature pulls at the soul, floods the senses, and rejoices the heart. Telluride, Colorado is such a place. The steep forested mountains of the Rocky Mountain high country do something to ...

 

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Skamania Lodge – A Wooded Sanctuary in Washington State

Skamania Lodge – A Wooded Sanctuary in Washington State

December 19, 2016 No Comments Nestled in a glade near the Columbia River Gorge in the beautiful state of Washington, Skamania Lodge makes for a lovely escape to the Pacific Northwest. While the Lodge itself is charming and handsomely appointed with luxurious guestrooms, spa, indoor pool, delicious dining and more, the lush wooded grounds are what captivated me most.   ...

 

The Passion of Pompeii

The Passion of Pompeii

November 30, 2016 No Comments Seldom have ancient ruins stirred one as do those of Pompeii. The catastrophic eruption that buried this seaside resort town in AD 79 preserved it with remarkable detail. So much so in fact, that it is this town which has provided much evidence of life in ancient Rome for historians to study. The region of Campania by ...

 

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Multnomah Falls, Oregon

Multnomah Falls, Oregon

October 5, 2016 No Comments Legend has it that a beautiful Multnomah princess gave her life to save her people by jumping off the high cliff overlooking the water of the Big River, now known as the Columbia River Gorge.   It was done in order to appease the Great Spirit’s anger by offering an innocent maiden in sacrifice. The ...

 

Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa

Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa

August 23, 2016 No Comments One of the best things about the Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa is its location. It sits atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The surf pounds the rocky shore below, while sea gulls wheel or hang upon the wind, seeming not to move at all. Their shrill cries carry on the ocean breeze which ...

 

Romancing Romania’s Sarmizegetusa Regia

Romancing Romania’s Sarmizegetusa Regia

May 19, 2016 No Comments   Sarmizegetusa was the capital of Dacia (present-day Romania) before its conquest by the Roman Empire in the early second century AD.  Built right into the mountains of the Carpathians, the main fortress was the citadel of King Decebalus of Dacia, and the site where the final siege took place before the Romans captured the ...

 

Ghost Town at Knott’s Berry Farm

Ghost Town at Knott’s Berry Farm

April 5, 2016 No Comments My favorite attraction at Knott’s Berry Farm in Southern California has always been Ghost Town. Perhaps it’s my fondness for history and all things historical that draws me there, but whatever the reason, it is definitely a fun place to visit.  With a little imagination, it’s easy to believe that you have stepped back in ...

 

Maui’s Grand Wailea Resort

Maui’s Grand Wailea Resort

September 15, 2015 No Comments The most striking aspect of Maui’s Grand Wailea Resort is its pools. They call it the Wailea Canyon Activity Pool, though that may be a gross understatement. The pool is actually nine pools on six tiers, all of which are interconnected by water slides and rivers including whitewater rapids, a rope swing, a sand beach, ...

 

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Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

August 9, 2015 No Comments It has been said that to contemplate the majesty of nature is to contemplate God. After all, one glimpses the artist within his creation. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are no exception. The mixed-conifer forests of the Sierra Nevada include a diverse array of ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense-cedar, white fir and groves of ...

 

Best Santorini Beaches & Bay

Best Santorini Beaches & Bay

July 15, 2015 No Comments KAMARI BEACH Let’s face it. White sandy beaches have always had their appeal. But there is something primitively passionate about the black sand of volcanic beaches. The volcanic history of Santorini has produced gorgeous beaches. Unlike the tame and tranquil allure of white powdery sand, Kamari Beach possesses a harsh beauty reminiscent of prehistoric times. ...

 

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