Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Thank Heaven for Readers

Okay...I don't think it's any secret how much I love romance readers and especially *my* readers. Right? Well, I've got another reason for my directed adoration. :) Just got an email from a reader who suggested a Vancouver actor's blog for research and gave me contact info on him. THANK YOU, my dear Welsh friend! I don't know if anything will come of it, but just reading the blog is going to be useful for me. And I have emailed the actor and am hoping he will have a smidge of time to share with me. :)

Also, wanted to let you all know that yesterday's "stalking" picture taking exercise went extremely well and I have some very good visuals to go with the info I've gleaned and will continue to glean from other sources. Not only that, but the store clerk selling me a new printer for my daughter (yes, shopping at regular stores and all is part of the research, right...got to get a feel for real life, not the tourist thing...) said he might be able to get a friend who does some work in the film industry to email me. I gave him my card...well a bookmark, but for an author that amounts to about the same thing. I'm getting set to email the girlfriend of a waiter who toured the inside of the studio lots. I might have to do a class on "skinning fish". ::very big grin::

Want some random observations? Seems like every apartment building and a good number of houses in Vancouver have terraces for outdoor living and there are tons and tons of convertible cars here. WAY more than you would see in Portland on any given day. Byciclists rarely wear helmets, but an older gentleman walking down the road has one on. Hmm... Don't see as many skateboarders downtown, but there are just as many people walking around with cell phones attached to their ears. While the traffic is pretty nice, parking is atrocious. Diversity is the word that comes to mind most though...of everything, people, architecture, business types, restaurants and even transportation types. It's wonderful and just a little wild. Love it!

Talk to you all later!

Oh, wait...today's question...Where is the most interesting place you have ever been? Can be anything, doesn't have to be a city, but an event or an attraction or a bank building for that matter if it fascinated you.

31 comments:

Brandy said...

New Orleans, before Katrina. Also, the George Ohr museum in Biloxi, Mississippi. Um, attending a booksigning.....I'm a natural observer. My hubby says it's like I take pictures and study them in my mind. My favorite special places to be? When my hubby received a promotion while in the Military, the cermony was so cool. TMI, sorry! *g*

catslady said...

The Citadelle in Haiti - such a contrast of the typical tourist spots - we got there on horseback up a huge, steep mountainside - it was like being taken back in time. Here's a blurb if anyone is interested. http://www.worldheritagesite.org/sites/nationalhistorypark.html

Jennifer Y. said...

I have never really been anywhere interesting...I went to Washington D.C. once and got to tour the White House.

I was also in Florida right before a hurricane hit many years ago. We left as the storms rolled in and it hit the next day. I live inland and had never seen water so high. There was no beach because the water had come all the way up to the decks and steps. It was fascinating to watch because I had never realized the damage that pre-hurricane storms and weather could do.

Oh, and when I was little I went to a greased pig chase...my brother won.

And the RWA Literacy signing in Atlanta was fascinating...had never seen so many authors in one place...I was awestruck!

Jennifer L hart said...

Barbados,
Unfortunately I was eleven and really too young to appreciate it, but I do remember it was beautiful.

I guess it's true what they say about the whole six degrees of separation, I know someone who knows someone....

Glad to hear you are making progress!

Estella said...

The Road to Hana on the Island of Maui. It is so narrow you have to stop before crossing a bridge to make sure no traffic is coming.

robynl said...

The Butchart Gardens in Victoria, B.C., Canada with my Mom, 2 sisters and sister-in-law. We took Mom on a trip after finding out she had 1 1/2 2 yrs. to live(cancer).
Beautiful flowers and plants and water fountains.

Minna said...

Vancouver, of course.

Veronica said...

The most interesting place I have been is to the cave at Ruby Falls in TN. My brother took us there when we went to visit him. The cavern is beautiful. I only go on guided cavern tours otherwise I would never be heard from again. We didn't make it up to see Look out Mountain where you can see seven states from but maybe next time. I love places like that they are so beautiful.

Dannyfiredragon said...

Hi Lucy,

the place that fascinated me most was Scotland or to be more precise Edinburgh. When I visited Scotland for the first time, I had a feeling like I am coming home. I know that sounds strange but I had the feeling that I already knew this place.

The event that fascinazed me most was this years RT convention.

Stacy~ said...

When I was 22, I took a trip to visit some relatives in Finland - Helsinki, Tampere, Turku, which is like visiting the southern triangle of the country. It was my first (okay, only) trip overseas, and I went by myself. I can't sleep on a plane, so it was a good thing I was sitting next to a lady who was the same way, plus she'd been to Helsinki many times for business and gave me a lot of great info.

My relatives, whom I'd never met, where WONDERFUL, taking me everywhere, feeding me, buying me things, wanting to know about the U.S. I felt like a princess. Finns are interestingly contrary in that prolonged direct eye contact with a stranger is considered extremely rude (that's what I was told) yet undressing in front of people obviously is not LOL.

I absolutely loved it because I was learning more about my culture, meeting relatives, and visiting "my" country. I hope to go back again someday.

Maureen said...

There is a state park here in Pennsylvania called Ricketts Glen. There are trails that bring you past a series of waterfalls, the highest being 94 feet. I was just looking at my digital pictures the other day and had forgotten how beautiful the park was.

Kris said...

Jerusalem and the Sea of Galilee in Israel about 6 years ago. It was sooo cool and amazing to see in person.

Jenn said...

The one place that stands out in my mind is Zion National Park in Utah. It is a beautiful place to just walk around and enjoy being outside. I was just amazed by all the different rock formations and the waterfalls.

Cherie said...

I would have to say New Orleans. I was thrilled to go there the first year my husband and I married. Such an interesting history and awesome architecture. I have been there a couple more times since that first visit and I am still fascinated by it. Not even Katrina will stop me fom wanting to visit.

Cherie Japp

Dena said...

Wow you all have been to great places.I have stayed on the west coast and gone as far as North Dakota to visit family.No where exciting or adventurous except when I was a 11 and went to Disneyland. When we travelled to visit relatives the best part was the beautiful scenery. The best memory when we went to Montana 10 years ago was our family reunion.

Kelley said...

I'm so boring! I can't think of any exciting place I have been :(

Cryna said...

It is hard to pinpoint just one interesting or beautiful place, but the first thing that comes to mind is the Buchart Gardens in Victoria, B.C. for the beautiful flowers and Heritage Park in Calgary, Alberta for all the displays, background, houses of the settling of the area.

Amy S. said...

Myrtle Beach, I loved the ocean.

Vivi Anna said...

Bermuda...there was this amazing place behind one of the big hotels, where the high cliffed rocks jut out into the ocean...

I found a piece of my soul there, a piece I hadn't realized was missing...

Melissa said...

I am a total planner -- part of the fun of vacation is planning for months at a time. But, back in 1996 I went to London all by myself very spur of the moment (I decided on Thurs. and left on Tues.). One of the most spontaneous things I've ever done. Awesome trip!

March of 2005 I went to Ireland with my cousin. We had a blast. I fell in love with the country and as dannyfiredragon stated I felt almost instantly at home like I'd been there before, while at the same time everything was new and interesting. I loved everything I saw and did, but probably one of my favorite memories is of the day we spent on Inishmor one of the Aran Islands.

Melissa said...

P.S.: All you ebook fans -- "Ready" and "Willing" are now also available at fictionwise.com in addition to "And Able" that was already out.Ü

Meljprincess said...

Kings Road in London and The Vatican in Rome

Jen in WA said...

My family lived in Germany when I was in 1st- 3rd grade (Dad was in the Army). We did a lot of traveling around Western Europe. One of my favorite trips was to Denmark and the visit to Lego Land. It was awesome to see! Now about 20 years later I'd like to eventually go back and see if it is as cool as I remember it to be.

Lucy Monroe said...

First...my travel feet are itching after reading all these great posts!

Second...interesting and exciting are in the eye of the beholder. I've always wanted to see the White House, but though I've been to DC twice, I wasn't able to get in either one. I still want to go...and one of my favorite, interesting places to go...the Tillamook County Fair in Oregon. Small county fair with Pig 'N Ford races that I love watching! Another favorite place of interest for me is the shopping mall...any shopping mall. I love to watch people. I'm always wondering about them and making up stories in my head. Ahh...imagination can make a sandlot interesting, yes?

Third, THANK YOU Melissa! I didn't realize they were out in eBook yet and I'm thrilled!!! Smooches to you for letting me know.

Rachael said...

I wish I've traveled somewhere really interesting. I've been to Orlando Florida and Niagra Falls in NY. I had fun in Niagra Falls so I guess I would classify that as interesting. :)

Carol said...

I went part way up Mount Hood when I visited my daughter in Oregon! Of course, there was a nice path! lol It was near a lodge where we stopped for lunch.

Lynette said...

It has to be the tiny church my husband I found embedded in the woods miles from anywhere. We were staying at Mayrhofen in Austria one spring time, for our first wedding anniversary.

We had spent most of the morning climbing up this gorgeous mountain to get to the restaurant perched on top of it.

Then afterwards when we descended the otherside of the mountain, we found this tiny little church in amongst the trees. The door was open and there was no one inside. We sat in silence for a while and signed the visitors' book.

I have never since seen one as small or hidden away as much as that one. It intrigued me.

Michelle B said...

This is a tough question (aren't they all for me? LOL!)

I think I'd have to say The United Nations in Geneva Switzerland. We couldn't go inside or anything because there was a meeting going on the day we were there, but it was neat just to see the flags, the entrance, and walk around the grounds.

They also had a really interesting exhibit on the grass in front of the main gate: a huge wooden chair with a broken leg and a Peace flag attached. It was called Broken Chair: Living With Dignity After Landmines.

DebbieE said...

Oh Lucy, please forgive me for being absent the last little while and I just came to visit and saw Vancouver and I must admit, I'm a loyal Canadian and it is beautiful in Canada!

My DH an I went on a trip to Italy and I was fascinated by the gypsies there. How they pick pocket and you don't even know it. Thank goodness it didn't happen to us but I'm sure we wouldn't have even known it. Beautiful country Italy is.

Loretta said...

The most beautiful place I went to with my DH and children was the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Had live here most of my life and went when my daughter was in Jr. High. The wonder of that place is hard to discribe. Another place we went to was in West Virgina. Beautiful country there.

ChristyJan said...

Alaska ~ my husband and I went on a cruise there for our 25th Anniversary.

And, two years ago I won a trip to Vancouver ~ love it! We got to take several tours and sightseeing trips.