Follow Robert Service to the Yukon for a Winter Weekend

The ballads of Robert Service hold a special place in my library. I have always been captivated by the history of the Klondike Gold Rush. These are stories of lawless temporary towns filled with gruff…

6 Reasons to Love Chincoteague, Virginia

This entry is part 12 of 12 in the series Misty of Chincoteague & Pony Penning Week 2016

There are some places you just fall in love with…and then keep going back. For me, one of those places is Chincoteague, Virginia. Here are my top 6 reasons for loving this little seaside town:…

Author Footsteps: Blyton and the Castles, Smugglers and Caves of the Dorset Coast

This entry is part 11 of 15 in the series Literary London & Enid Blyton's Dorset

Enid Blyton spent a lot of time in Dorset. Elements of the Dorset coast can be recognized in her books, but Blyton’s imagination romanticized the landscape.

Author Footsteps: Following Enid Blyton to Corfe Castle

This entry is part 9 of 15 in the series Literary London & Enid Blyton's Dorset

My favorite childhood book series is Enid Blyton’s Famous Five mysteries. Ever since I learned that Enid Blyton’s inspiration for Kirrin Castle is actually Corfe Castle in Dorset, England, and in homage to the books, you can visit the real life Ginger Pop Shop in Corfe, I determined that one day I would go there.

Author Footsteps: Bill Bryson was Right about Dorset

I wanted to spend my time exploring Corfe Castle, strolling along the path atop the white chalk cliffs, and finding out if Swanage was still just as Bryson had described.

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