We've traveled around the
and seen a bit of the world – together and separately - and there are many spots that we each will never forget. Here's a tour of just a few of those treasured places. U.S.
|Portomarin, Galicia Region of Spain|
THE CAMINO, SPAIN
Over 1,000 years ago, pilgrims began walking the Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James) across
. It's mentioned in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales! In the Middle Ages, criminals were sometimes allowed to walk the route as penance for their crimes. Those who successfully completed the journey received a certificate issued by the Cathedral in Spain . This document served as a get-out-of-Purgatory-free card to sinners who returned home with this evidence of their feat. Villages also sometimes sent emissaries to the Santiago Cathedral to pray for rain or for relief from plague. The Camino is a popular pilgrimage to this day. Santiago
Sandy N: Along with my daughter-in-law and her mom, I walked for three weeks and covered the segment of the Camino Francés route from León to Santiago de Compostelo. I was 59 years old at the time, so I'm pretty proud of that accomplishment. Staying in hostels, eating local food, drinking local wine, meeting a variety of people from a variety of nations - my walk on the Camino was an experience I'll treasure always.
Sandra A: And I got to live vicariously through
as she called and sent emails to let me know how her aching feet felt during her amazing feat! Sandy
|Estes Park Aerial Tramway|
Known as the gateway to
Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park is located in north central . The first people to visit the area, Native Americans, hunted in this valley during the summers; John Estes and his family founded a cattle ranch here beginning in 1859. Surrounded by nationally protected lands and by mountain peaks ranging in elevation from 8,500 to over 14,000 feet, the valley's beauty has drawn visitors since the late 1800s. This picture shows the tramway that takes visitors to the top of Colorado , overlooking the town. Prospect Mountain
was my honeymoon destination back in the dark ages. Now my daughter lives in Estes Park , so I often get to take a side trip to this beautiful treasure. I'd live there if I could! Colorado
Sandy N: Sandra and I took this gondola ride together in 2005. I love the entire state of
The mountains are breathtakingly beautiful, the ski slopes are awesome, and the people are friendly every place I've been. Colorado! is located among some of the most gorgeous scenery I've seen anywhere. Estes Park
PALACE OF VERSAILLES, NEAR PARIS, FRANCE
Back in the mid-1600s Louis XIV moved his government to
and expanded it into one of the largest palaces in the world. The opulent palace later became the home of Marie Antoinette, and to this day it remains a treasure to the French people. The palace, furnishings, and gardens are among the most beautiful in the world. Versailles
Sandra A: Having visited
, I can unequivocally state that it is a treasure to behold. The gardens are breathtaking, and I wouldn't mind being the queen who lived in the rooms that were gilded with gold. Versailles
Sandy N: Although I have been to France, I have never been to Paris. A visit to Versailles is near the top on my list of places to see.
|Mount Rainier National Park|
At 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier is the fifth highest peak and tallest volcano in the contiguous
. The United States Paradise area of the park (at 5,420 feet) receives an average of 680 inches of snowfall every year. That's nearly 57 feet! We've both experienced The Mountain (as Washingtonians call it), and two of our characters from I.O.U. SEX walk its hiking trails.
Sandy N: I live in the Pacific Northwest, and
Mount Rainier is a vista I never tire of enjoying. During our rainy winters, it sometimes hides for weeks at a time, but when The Mountain is out, the majestic peak dominates the landscape.
Sandra A: On one of my visits to
Washington State, Sandy and I drove to Paradise on . I can certainly see how it earned its name! Mount Rainier
We hope you've enjoyed visiting a few of our treasured places. As a thank you, we're giving away a free download of I.O.U. SEX from Smashwords. (Even if you don't own a Kindle, the book can be downloaded to your computer, iPad, Nook, etc.) Just post a comment below, giving the name of your treasured travel spot and include your email address (for notification in case you win). We'll put your name in the pot for the drawing on July 26.
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