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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10 Top Zoos on the East Coast USA

10 Top Zoos on the East Coast USA

January 17, 2012 No Comments Zoos are a great place for families to visit any time of year and offer an unforgettable learning experience about our world’s amazing wildlife. Listed alphabetically, the following 10 zoos are among the best on the East Coast of the USA. Visit one of these for a memorable encounter that will inspire future generations with ...

 

Alcatraz Island – San Francisco Bay, California

Alcatraz Island – San Francisco Bay, California

January 14, 2012 2 Comments From a distance, Alcatraz Island appears like an idyllic outcrop rising from a tranquil San Francisco Bay in Northern California. It looks lush with its green vegetation, flowers, and variety of bird species that find refuge on this remote landmass. Even the twinkling lights that illuminate it at night seem to beckon with romance. Who ...

 

The California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

The California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

January 11, 2012 No Comments   The California Academy of Sciences is one of the best family museums in San Francisco, a prominent research institution, and the world’s greenest museum with its commitment to sustainability and a domed roof that is alive with lush plant and floral species native to California. It is comprised of a natural history museum, an ...

 

Historic Masterpiece: The Fairmont San Francisco

Historic Masterpiece: The Fairmont San Francisco

January 9, 2012 No Comments Since its opening in 1907, the Fairmont in San Francisco has treated guests to an extraordinary experience from check-in to check-out. It sits atop Nob Hill and is close to all the wonderful sites that make San Francisco the wonderful cosmopolitan city that it is.  Everything about this hotel speaks of old world elegance and ...

 

Celebrating Winter at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco

Celebrating Winter at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco

December 2, 2011 No Comments Ever wonder about all those birds in the Twelve Days of Christmas song? What about snow and how it’s made? Or reindeer and their important place in our environment’s ecosystem? Or the wonderful holiday smells from all those spices used in baking, cooking and alluring home fragrances? Now you can have these and other intriguing ...

 

Best Family Ski Resorts in the Western USA

Best Family Ski Resorts in the Western USA

November 28, 2011 No Comments Powder snow, crisp mountain air, lush evergreens blanketed white… ski season has arrived, bringing an exciting array of winter sports that are great fun for the whole family. Listed alphabetically, the following ski resort towns and villages are among the very best for families in the western USA and feature a host of recreational activities ...

 

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The Emperor’s Guards: China’s Terracotta Army

The Emperor’s Guards: China’s Terracotta Army

October 29, 2011 No Comments   In 1974 farmers in China unearthed a stunning necropolis built for Qin Shihuangdi, China’s first emperor after its unification dating back to the early 200s BC. This mausoleum was guarded by an army of life-size warriors meant to defend the emperor in the afterlife.   Thousands of terracotta figures of various ranks were found, ...

 

Splendid Spooky Spiders at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Splendid Spooky Spiders at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

October 20, 2011 No Comments Just in time for Halloween, spinning webs that must be seen, they gather there just like a coven, knitting silk intricately woven… The splendid spooky spiders are back at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County! For a limited time (now through November 6), this special exhibit features a walk-through pavilion where spiders spin ...

 

5 Top Family Museums in Washington D.C.

5 Top Family Museums in Washington D.C.

October 14, 2011 No Comments As the capital of the USA, Washington D.C. is a vibrant destination known for its memorials, to its monuments and museums as well as a prominent center for the performing arts and music. The museums are especially intriguing, and a wonderful place for families to learn about history, art, culture and science. Listed alphabetically, the ...

 

Top 10 Amusement Parks in Europe

Top 10 Amusement Parks in Europe

October 1, 2011 No Comments Rich in culture and history, Europe has drawn visitors to its countless attractions from monuments to museums for generations. Its amusement parks are no less impressive, providing wonderful diversions for all ages with exciting rides, games, shows, lovely gardens and more. Visit these amazing parks (listed alphabetically) to break from the routine, while creating cherished ...

 

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