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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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. ...

 

A Grecian Holiday at Katikies Hotel, Santorini

A Grecian Holiday at Katikies Hotel, Santorini

June 14, 2015 No Comments Built high on the edge of the clifftops of Santorini, Katikies Hotel captures the magic of this Greek Island with sweeping views of the Aegean Sea, whitewashed villas, and old world charm that make a stay here as unforgettable as the island of Santorini itself. Katikies is discreetly opulent with all the modern conveniences of ...

 

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Destination Rome: 5 Iconic Sights

Destination Rome: 5 Iconic Sights

May 29, 2015 No Comments Colosseum Known as the Flavian Amphitheater, the Roman Colosseum once towered over the center of the Eternal City, rising in a splendor of marble, concrete and limestone. It was here that gladiators fought to the death, wild animals were exhibited in staged hunts, and criminals died, all for the entertainment of the bloodthirsty crowd. Its ...

 

Destination London: 5 Iconic Sights

Destination London: 5 Iconic Sights

May 15, 2015 No Comments   Tower of London The walls of this stone fortress have been witness to 1,000 years of history which includes riots, imprisonment, torture, executions, murder, tournaments, coronations and victory celebrations. It houses the Crown Jewels, has served as a Royal Mint, a Medieval Palace, and a Royal Menagerie that included tigers, kangaroos, alligators, bears, monkeys ...

 

Alaska Off the Beaten Path: 4 Scenic Havens

Alaska Off the Beaten Path: 4 Scenic Havens

May 1, 2015 No Comments   Denali National Park & Preserve Denali National Park & Preserve is easily Alaska’s best-known attraction, and one of the country’s most glorious parks. Denali means “the high one” in the Native American language of Athabascan. This is where North America’s highest mountain peak, Mount McKinley (Denali), soars over 20,000 feet into the cloud-wreathed sky. ...

 

Wild Wonderlands: 5 Scenic Places in the US

Wild Wonderlands: 5 Scenic Places in the US

April 10, 2015 No Comments   Cumberland Island National Seashore – Georgia Gnarled live oaks hanging with Spanish moss, unspoiled beaches, and a diverse population of birds, plants and animals including wild horses live at Cumberland Island National Seashore. At 17 miles long by 3 miles at its widest point, this Atlantic barrier island is found off the coast of ...

 

5 Must-Visit Historic Sites in New England

5 Must-Visit Historic Sites in New England

November 20, 2014 No Comments Freedom Trail – Boston, MA  Freedom Trail is a 2 ½ mile walking tour of 16 historic sites within the Boston National Historical Park. Visitors can walk on self-guided (free) tours or guided (paid) tours and see some of the places in pre-Revolutionary America’s Colonial Boston. Some highlights of the best sites along the trail ...

 

5 Haunted Castles of England

5 Haunted Castles of England

October 1, 2014 No Comments   Bodiam Castle – East Sussex The picturesque ruins of Bodiam Castle are an opulent reminder of its medieval splendor. It was built in 1385 as a defense against invasion from the French, and existed quietly until it was partly demolished during the Civil War.  Rising from the surrounding grassy fields and the tranquil waters ...

 

Perfectly Paris: 5 Must-See Sights

Perfectly Paris: 5 Must-See Sights

September 8, 2014 No Comments Louvre Museum This is the place where Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa regards onlookers with her knowing and mysterious smile. The Louvre is one of the world’s largest and most visited museums. Its extensive holdings include antiquities from Egyptian, Roman, Etruscan and Greek times. The museum was once the site of a twelfth-century fortress built ...

 

The Splendor of Fall: 4 Places to See Fall Foliage

The Splendor of Fall: 4 Places to See Fall Foliage

September 2, 2014 No Comments   New York Autumn arrives in a fanfare of glorious color throughout the state of New York. Manhattan’s Central Park is just one place to admire it. See how the leaves in varying shades of orange, crimson and green reflect on the pond’s tranquil waters like an impressionist painting. Nothing quite competes with the majesty ...

 

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