My Favorite Quotes About Wales

“I grew up in a small, strictly-Catholic fishing village on the coast of Wales. The people there have a different attitude to life than those in Hollywood – people stick together more.” Catherine Zeta-Jones
“I would like to go back to Wales. I’m obsessed with my childhood and at least three times a week dream I am back there.” Anthony Hopkins
“In Wales, singing and storytelling are party skills, not professions.” Rhys Ifa
“In Wales, it’s eight different weathers in a day.”  Piper Perabo
“When I moved to Wales more than twenty years ago and began to research ‘Here Be Dragons,’ I was fascinated from the first by the Welsh medieval laws, by the discovery that women enjoyed a greater status in Wales than elsewhere in Europe.”  Sharon Kay Penman
“I was planning to stay in the Army all my life, but I ended up being posted to a training camp in Wales and was so bored there, I wrote a novel.”  Antony Beevor

Africa Quotes

“Africa changes you forever, like nowhere on earth. Once you have been there, you will never be the same. But how do you begin to describe its magic to someone who has never felt it? How can you explain the fascination of this vast, dusty continent, whose oldest roads are elephant paths? Could it be because Africa is the place of all our beginnings, the cradle of mankind, where our species first stood upright on the savannahs of long ago?” – Brian Jackman – Travel Journalist

“The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa – for he has so much to look forward to” – Richard Mullin – Tour Operator

“You know you are truly alive when you’re living among lions.”
― Karen Blixen, Out of Africa


Vacation Photo Contest (Twitter & Facebook)

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  • Reservation must be for $500 or more to qualify.
  • Each day a new winner will be chosen.
  • Tag your travel photos with #vacationsabroad
  • Each day 1 photo will be selected to receive a $100 Discount Coupon towards the booking of their vacation property through our website:
  • Time Frame
    • Each day a new winner will be chosen.
  • Each winner’s photo will posted in various social media announcing that they are the days winner.  Their photo will not be used in any commercial manner other than sharing the photo.
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Tybee Island Wine Festival


We stayed on the beach in this property and woke up each morning to watch the sun rise over the ocean.  Early morning you could catch the yoga classes on the beach and beautiful sunrises.   It was great to relax and soak up the sun.

Quotes About Venice Italy

The building I most admire is the Doges Palace in Venice, both by day and by night. Looking at it from the lagoon, it resembles a floating kilim carpet. I love all the bridges which connect houses, people, gardens and palaces. I also love moats to isolate yourself. A ha-ha for secrecy, as in every English country garden. – Anouska Hempel

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Quotes about Sorrento Italy


“Nonna told us about growing up in the pretty town of Sorrento: diving off the rocks and swimming in an emerald Mediterranean Sea, watching the fishermen bring in their fresh catch at the Marina Grande, playing in the narrow streets around the Piazza Tasso when the square filled up with people dancing and drinking during festivals throughout the year. And, of course, the lemon groves which she had always hinted at but had never wanted to discuss until now.”  – Cathy Bramley, The Lemon Tree Café

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B&B in Sorrento - Casa Mazzola
B&B in Sorrento – Casa Mazzola

You are invited to presentations about France & Italy

Come and join me as I discuss the sights and attractions I have experienced during my visits to Southern France & Italy. I will be speaking at various libraries in the North Atlanta metro area – Linda Jenkins

June 2018

Italy – Lake Como and Tuscany

June 7, 2018 6PM
Ocee Brance Library
5090 Abbotts Bridge Rd.
Johns Creek, GA 30005-4601

July 2018

France – Languedoc Historic Region

July 5, 2018 6PM
Ocee Branch Library
5090 Abbotts Bridge Rd.
Johns Creek, GA 30005-4601

France & Italy

July 21, 2018 10 AM
Spruill Brance Library
9560 Spruill Rd
Johns Creek, GA 30022

August 2018

Italy – Lake Como and Tuscany

August 13, 2018 7PM
Sharon Forks Library
2820 Old Atlanta Road
Cumming, GA 30041

France – Languedoc Historic Region

August 14, 2018 7PM
Post Road Library
5010 Post Road
Cumming, GA 30040

France – Languedoc Historic Region

August 20, 2018 7PM
Hampton Park Library
5345 Settingdown Road
Cumming, GA 30041

Italy – Lake Como and Tuscany

August 22, 2018 7PM
Cumming Library
585 Dahlonega Street
Cumming, GA 30040

Weekend Getaway to Tybee Island


What we’ll do:
Attend the Tybee Island Wine Festival and relax on the beach.

  • Drive to Tybee Island on Friday April 27, 2018
  • Return on Sunday April 29, 2018
  • Cost $455
    I will pickup those that want to go on this trip (since we all live in Johns Creek) and drive us to Tybee Island, Georgia.
  • We will depart from Johns Creek / Atlanta on Friday and then return on Sunday afternoon. The drive will take 4-5 hours and transportation will be provided. The place where we are staying has rooms and suite that will sleep 4 or 6 people.
  • Bring your own towels and flip flops for the beach. Bring additional cash because we will attend the wine festival.
  • Total per person for the trip is $455.
    • A 50% deposit is due by March 15th to secure your reservation. And to ensure we will have a room for the festival.
      Balance is due April 15th.
  • What is included:
    • Transportation to Tybee Island Georgia from Atlanta/Johns Creek Georgia and return home. (Auto, Driver and Gasoline)
      2 Nights Accommodations at the “Georgianne Inn”
  • What is not included:
    •  The Grand Wine Tasting occurs on Saturday April 28, 2018 3-6pm and the tickets for that are an additional $65.
    • Meals and Drinks
  • Where we will be staying – Georgianne Inn – 1 block from the beach.
  • Contact me to let me know you are going.  Rooms are selling out.
  • 770-687-6889 /

My Favorite Quotes About Spain

Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba also known as the Great Mosque of Córdoba
Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba also known as the Great Mosque of Córdoba
“There is no night life in Spain. They stay up late but they get up late. That is not night life. That is delaying the day.” – Ernest Hemingway
“I would sooner be a foreigner in Spain than in most countries. How easy it is to make friends in Spain!” – George Orwell
“It’s like a dream to come to Spain and stay for a couple of years and get somebody to teach me Spanish music.” – Lenny Kravitz
“Spain is a fascinating mix of people, languages, culture and food, but if there is one thing all Spaniards share, it’s a love of food and drink. ” Jose Andres
“In the last 1,000 years, the Arabs have translated as many books as Spain translates in just one year. ”  –Larry Elder

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Finca la Sierra in Competa Andalucia
Finca la Sierra in Competa Andalucia

F is for Failure

“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” ― Suzy Kassem
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill
“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell
“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” – Bill Gates
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” – J. K. Rowling
“I have failed over and over and that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan