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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Seeing Kauai with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

Seeing Kauai with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

May 4, 2014 No Comments One of the best ways to tour Kauai is by helicopter, where you can get an unobstructed bird’s-eye view of the island’s many treasures: from the rugged landscapes with chiseled cliffs and deep valleys, to its open fields and pastures, to its rivers, ponds, waterfalls, beaches, and the unparalleled Na Pali coastline. I must admit ...

 

10 Top Family Campsites in the USA

10 Top Family Campsites in the USA

May 1, 2014 No Comments   There’s nothing quite like the great outdoors. Nature’s splendor is unrivaled with its rugged mountains, vast grasslands, winding rivers, coastal beaches and placid lakes. These are the places one seeks to get away from it all and reconnect with loved ones. Below are some top picks where you can do just that.    BANDELIER ...

 

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa

April 16, 2014 No Comments   The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa captures the allure of the island of Kauai in a seaside sanctuary for the whole family. Upon first entering the resort, one is greeted with flower and Kukui nut leis, as well as the island breezes washing right through the resort and hotel lobby which opens to views of ...

 

5 Top All-Inclusive Caribbean Family Resorts

5 Top All-Inclusive Caribbean Family Resorts

April 2, 2014 No Comments The Caribbean… gorgeous water, fragrant breezes, tropical islands with palm trees and sandy shores, and fascinating history from pirates and European settlers to the indigenous tribes long before them… there is nothing quite like the Caribbean with its tantalizing appeal and rich diversity. Many have dreamed of taking a tropical vacation to its warm waters ...

 

Orange County Zoo & Irvine Regional Park

Orange County Zoo & Irvine Regional Park

March 19, 2014 No Comments   Nestled within the verdant woodland of Irvine Regional Park, the Orange County Zoo is home to over 30 kinds of animals, most of which are native to the Southwestern United States.       This is a small 8-acre zoo that is perfect for families with young children, and includes animals like black bears, deer, ...

 

Corfe Castle – Dorset, England

Corfe Castle – Dorset, England

March 18, 2014 No Comments The ruins of Corfe Castle are magnificent

 

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BLOOMING BUTTERFLIES – Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

BLOOMING BUTTERFLIES – Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

March 11, 2014 No Comments   Butterflies are in bloom.   That’s right, Spring brings more than flowers and budding leaves. It brings butterflies!     From April 13 – September 1, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County will open their annual seasonal Butterfly Conservatory exhibit with over 30 butterfly species from North America flying free among a lush variety ...

 

10 Best Spring Break Family Getaways

10 Best Spring Break Family Getaways

March 3, 2014 No Comments   With Spring Break just around the corner, it’s never too early to start planning your family’s Spring Break vacation. From fun in the sun, to spectacular snowy adventures, we’ve compiled a list to suit your family’s fancy. The venues below offer world class accommodations with dining, activities and recreation right on site, so you ...

 

Egypt: Luxor & Karnak

Egypt: Luxor & Karnak

February 28, 2014 No Comments It has been said that Egypt was ancient to the ancients. This is not surprising, for when the Greeks and Romans visited Egypt, they discovered a civilization whose imposing stone relics dwarfed their own mighty structures. Things like the Great Pyramid of Giza, the towering obelisks, the enigmatic Sphinx, and the many mysterious hieroglyphics carved ...

 

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Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park

Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park

February 23, 2014 No Comments   The island of Kauai rises from the ocean like the clawed foot of a beast. The sharp ridges, deep valleys and steep slopes of its North Shore sink like talons into the surrounding sapphire sea.   It has a harsh, almost feral beauty.      Chiseled cliffs are softened by what appears as emerald-green moss ...

 

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