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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Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

September 1, 2017 No Comments   Upon passing through the main entrance to the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, one is greeted by tall palms flanking the drive like sentinels at attention. I couldn’t help whispering aloud, Ah… the avenue of palm trees, for I was reminded of the Avenue of Sphinxes leading to a grand temple in the desert ...

 

Coco Plum Beach

Coco Plum Beach

August 12, 2017 No Comments Not to be confused with the beach by the same name in Florida, Coco Plum Beach was my favorite beach on the island of Great Exuma, and easily the most beautiful beach I have ever visited as an adult, the other being one I went to as a child in the Caribbean. Several things make ...

 

Alderbrook Resort & Spa

Alderbrook Resort & Spa

August 1, 2017 No Comments   The first thing that came to mind when I visited Alderbrook Resort & Spa was a dearly loved poem by Robert Frost: “The Road Not Taken.”  Two roads diverged in a yellow wood… begins the famous poem. Only this particular wood is green and lies along the Hood Canal, and it led us to ...

 

The Wonder of Cats: Wild Felid Advocacy Center of Washington

The Wonder of Cats: Wild Felid Advocacy Center of Washington

July 31, 2017 No Comments Cats are amazing creatures: Intelligent, beautiful, strong and graceful. They have been celebrated in poetry and fiction, depicted in paintings and sculptures, and immortalized in myths and legends. The ancient Egyptians even had a cat goddess called Bastet who was the patron of Lower Egypt. The beauty and power of cats have inspired a sense ...

 

The Prado

The Prado

June 8, 2017 No Comments When I was a university student living in Europe as part of a study abroad program, my favorite places to visit were museums. They offered me a kind of solace. They were where I would go to get away from everything: the heavy course load I was carrying, the harried traffic of the city, the ...

 

Los Angeles Spotlight: La Brea Tar Pits & Museum

Los Angeles Spotlight: La Brea Tar Pits & Museum

June 5, 2017 No Comments Picture, if you will, Los Angeles as it is today: a sprawling, populous city of about 4 million people. A world center of international business, media and trade. A city of economic and cultural extremes, from the glittering alternate worlds of celebrities, to the dense concrete jungles on the fringes of society, and to everything ...

 

Island Boy Adventures: Great Exuma, Bahamas

Island Boy Adventures: Great Exuma, Bahamas

May 23, 2017 No Comments The best way to explore the many cays in the Exumas is by boat, and Island Boy Adventures made the experience wonderful.   We chartered a private half-day tour so that we could visit the cays at our leisure. This was led by Jeffrey and  Quentin who were very friendly and knowledgeable. They made us ...

 

Grand Isle Resort & Spa: Great Exuma, Bahamas

Grand Isle Resort & Spa: Great Exuma, Bahamas

May 8, 2017 No Comments Nestled on a gently sloping hill overlooking the powdery-sand beach of Emerald Bay on Great Exuma, Grand Isle Resort & Spa captures all the magic of the Exumas in the Bahamas. This resort is truly in a class of its own. It offers the best, most family-friendly accommodations on the island. These aren’t your standard ...

 

Great Exuma: Paradise Found

Great Exuma: Paradise Found

May 2, 2017 No Comments I had few expectations before visiting the Exumas in the Bahamas. I was more concerned about safe flights and staying healthy. Even the prospect of rain did not trouble me. I actually love the rain, especially on a tropical island. Anything from a gentle shower, heady with the fragrance of rich vegetation and the salty ...

 

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Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle

February 22, 2017 No Comments Hearst Castle was once a vacation home belonging to newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst. It sits high atop a hill in San Simeon, California, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  Its location is certainly beautiful, and was aptly named “La Cuesta Encantada,” The Enchanted Hill, for the views are simply enchanting. It was first opened to the ...

 

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