Oh, dear, I’m showing my 70s credentials there, aren’t I? Anyone a Fleetwood Mac fan?
With the release of my latest historical romance SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE’S BED (1st October, HarperCollins Australia), I’m doing a blog tour based on the number seven. Makes sense and at least there are lots of titles I can steal with the number seven in them. Good thing it wasn’t 61 nights in that rogue’s bed! Or 323.543!
You can read the blurb and an excerpt from SEVEN NIGHTS on my website here:
I love to travel and travel has inspired many of my stories. For example, Castle Craven in SEVEN NIGHTS was inspired by impressive ruin Dunstanburgh Castle in Northumberland. Well worth a visit if you ever find yourself up in that wild and windy corner of the British Isles.
Today I thought I’d list my seven favourite travel destinations. I’ve done no travel in Asia or South America or Africa (so many places still to see) so you’ll notice I’m concentrating on Europe, North America and Australia.
7. The Rockies, U.S.A.: in 2010 I was lucky enough to be a speaker at the first RomCon in Denver. I’d always wanted to see the Rockies and in spite of a nasty bout of altitude sickness, they didn’t disappoint at all.
6. Penshurst Place, England: this beautiful stately home in the lush Kent countryside was where the poet and courtier Sir Philip Sidney grew up, and it’s still privately owned by a Sidney descendant. I went there on a magical spring day and that visit is still one of my most treasured travel memories.
5. Venice, Italy: Venice is especially magical at night once the tour groups have gone and you can wander the quiet streets, imagining you’re back in the 16th century and Titian wants to take you on as a model (you wish!). Amazing what a difference it makes to be in a city with no cars.
4. South-West corner of Western Australia: beautiful, stark landscape with perfect white beaches and forests of huge trees and vineyards. One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.
3. Cordoba, Spain: it’s quite a while since I was in Cordoba but I remember it as a magical city of white walls shining in bright sunshine and fruiting orange trees lining the streets. The Moorish architecture there is glorious.
2. Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, Australia: these beautiful gardens, a mixture of European and native plantings, hug a cove on the harbor leading around to the Opera House. I used to live not far from them so in a way they became my backyard.
1. Isle of Mull, Scotland: actually I could have picked pretty much all of Scotland as my favourite. Hard to choose one special location from a country that steals my heart every time I visit. Mull is off the west coast and it’s wild and mysterious and features some of the most beautiful scenery I’ve ever seen.
So there you have it, my seven wonders. Have you been to any of these? What are your seven favourite destinations? If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you choose?