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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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. ...

 

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 ...

 

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