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Monday Quotes – February 17, 2014

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I love this quote from Walt Disney for this week’s Monday Quotes.  I took this picture in October while driving through the mountains outside of Chatanooga, Tennessee.  It was a dreary day, but I thought this image was haunting and beautiful and seemed to have a dreamy quality that fit well with today’s quote.  I hope this is the start of a wonderful week for everyone and I wish you all the courage to pursue your dreams!

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Monday Quotes – February 10, 2014

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Happy Monday!  Audrey Hepburn is one of my favorite actresses.  Even with all the ups and downs in her life she still believed that anything was possible.

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Bucket List – Paris, France

paris, eiffel tower, city, bucket list, lynne st. jamesToday’s stop on my travel bucket list is Paris, France. I have idolized it since I was young and watched movies like Gigi, An American in Paris, and then of course there was Sabrina!  I’ve dreamed of walking up the Champs Elysees, lourve, paris, museum, mona lisa, bucket list, lynne st. jameswatching the traffic circle the Arc de Triompe, seeing the Eiffel Tower and of course spending hours or days wandering through the Lourve.

arc de triomphe, paris, arc, bucket list, travel, lynne st. jamesBut what would Paris be without the parks, palaces and food?  I had a friend who spend one entire day only drinking champagne and eating cheese and chocolate from one place to another – how much fun would that be?  Of course we won’t talk about the calories involved.

Besides where to spend time in Paris the decision would be when to go.  Paris in spring time sounds the most romantic to me, but I’ve heard summer is the best time to go.

versailles, paris, palace, chateau, bucket list, lynne st. jamesBeyond Paris there are other sights in France I would like to see, like the Palace in Versailles and wine country.  So I’d have to save a few days of my trip to explore other parts of France.  By rail or car nothing is very far in Europe, which is definitely a benefit.

Have you been to Paris?  Is it on your bucket list?  Next week, we’re taking an “Alaskan Cruise.”

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Bucket List – Tuscany, Italy

The new year has brought a bunch of new “series” for my blog.  I’m happy to introduce you to Friday’s Bucket List and for the first “trip”  we’re going to Tuscany!

Tuscany has been a long time dream of mine, and I hope to make it there in the next year or two.  The wineries, the gorgeous scenery, the food, and the people.

Seeing movies like Love Actually, Letters to Juliet and Eat, Pray, Love only served to fuel the fire and cemented Tuscany firmly on the bucket list.

food, wine, tuscany, olive oil, bucket list, lynne st. jamesTaste Trail in the Val di Merse  — Gently rolling hills, olive groves, and vineyards!  What could be better?  This area is located in the southwestern part of the province of Siena between Tuscany and the Maremma coast.  It’s enclosed in the valleys of three rivers, the Merse, the Cecina and the Elsa.  Tell me you don’t want to hop on a plane right now too?

vineyards, olive oil, tuscany, italy, bucket list, lynne st. jamesWine Trail of the Pisa Hills — Through the Tuscan countryside filled with small downs and trails through farmlands, hills and valleys.  Just imagine riding a bike through this beautiful area.  Near the sea shore and more small towns with great wine and food.  There is definitely a pattern here right? Just about any time of year would bring a varied and beautiful landscape to enjoy.

olive oil, tuscany, tuscan, italy, florence, bucket list, lynne st. jamesOlive Oil Trail of Monti Pisani — This visit would take you through the Pisa Hills which divide the plains where the cities of Pisa and Lucca are located.  The trail itself would take you through the Pisa side including the towns of Buti, Calci San Guiliano Terme, Vecchiano and Vicopisano.  Besides olives, also grown in this area are chestnuts, mushrooms and honey is raised.

I’ve enjoyed my research for this little trip through Tuscany, and now my mouth is watering for more.  Next week we’re off to Paris…ooh la la!

I hope you’ll share some of your bucket list vacations – which of course will most likely add to my list!  But for now I must say Ciao!

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First of many…Monday’s Quotes

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Since it’s the start of a New Year I thought I’d begin a new series, Monday’s Quotes.  Each Monday I’ll add a new quote along with a photograph.  I hope you’ll share some of your favorite quotes and I’ll post them here.

Today’s quote is one of my favorite and similar to the Serenity Prayer.  It reminds us that we should only focus on the things we can change and make a different with, and not worry about the rest.  It’s not always an easy idea to hold on to but I think one definitely worth trying for.

Go ahead and share this post or the image if you’d like, but please don’t remove the copyright information.

I hope this year brings you lots of peace, love and happiness.

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Happy New Year!

happy new year, New Year, New Year's Eve, 2014, happiness, joy, resolutions, wishes, goals, love, thanks2013 has been an incredible year, lots of ups and downs and ins and outs, but overall it definitely finished on the plus side of things!

I want to thank my readers for all the support that you’ve given me and my books.  All of the wonderful reviews and messages, they mean the world to me.

To my friends, you all have been great, supportive, encouraging and even slave drivers at times–cracking that whip when it needed to be done.

My family is the best, my children – Jackie, Andy and Sarah – I don’t know how I’d get through life without you.  You make me laugh and cry and fill my days with joy.  I’m so proud of the three of you and my two son-in-laws, John and Ian.  We have a truly wonderful family.

Special thanks go out to Shira and Tom.  Without the two of you I’d never have gotten through the low points of this year. I love you both so very much.

I wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. May it be filled with all the joy and love you can imagine.  I’m looking forward to all the new adventures coming our way and I can’t wait to share them all with you.   Goodbye 2013 and Welcome 2014 – it’s going to be a blast! ♥ ♥ ♥

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Merry Christmas

christmas tree, topper, elf hat, merry christmas, happy holidays, seasons greatings, sparkles, lights, merry, christmas, joy, happiness, love, lynne st. jamesIt’s finally here–Christmas!  All the preparations, shopping, cleaning, and traveling are hopefully done, and y’all have some time to relax before the presents are opened and food is eaten…and naps are taken. Oh yeah, lots of naps!

christmas, 2013, christmas tree, sparkling, lights, season, merry christmas, lynne st. jamesAs I look back on this year there were lots of highs and lows, for a while the lows were winning, but towards the end of the year the highs took over and I have so much to be thankful for.  Gazing at my twinkling tree and looking at the presents stacked underneath sent from my children it is easy to get a little teary eyed about not being with them.  I miss seeing the joy on their faces on Christmas morning.  But all children grow up and mine are leading wonderful happy lives – how could I ask for more?

I know this is a hard time of year for so many, so I’m wishing for you all to have a  day filled with happiness and love – whether with family or friends, remember none of us are really alone!  Merry Christmas! ♥ ♥ ♥

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