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I was going through my photos the other night and realized something very bad. I have not written about a lot of my jaunts over the past couple of years.

I may mention them on the Facebook page or share an occasional pic here or there, but wow have I neglected to write about so many of the places we’ve been.

Why? Who knows. I get lazy, distracted, forgetful. There’s a lot of reasons for it.

In some cases I need time to process where we’ve been and what we’ve seen before I can express how I felt when we were there. Like Istanbul. That place stole my heart. In fact, it was looking back at pics from that trip that started all this.

I wanted to make sure my feelings were real. Have you ever met someone and been smitten with them at first glance, but as you get to know them better the feelings fade?

I’ve had trips like that. I thought it was so wonderful, but then when I look back….eh. It wasn’t as much fun as I thought. I just needed a vacation.

Then there are the places that surprise me. I didn’t want to go to Istanbul. I only went because my husband was craving going somewhere more exotic and different than we’d ever been. In fact, I was freaking out about going.

Then we got there and I really tripped out. Thanks in part to jetlag and a cold I was battling.

But then I fell in love with that country and its people and its history and culture.

Or did I? Would the enchantment fade when I returned stateside?

Nope. Even though we were only there eight days, I feel homesick when I see images from there. Which thanks to the most recent season of the Amazing Race, which spent a leg in Istanbul, and movies like Taken 2 and Skyfall, which were set partly in Istanbul, I’ve thought back very fondly to those eight magical days and am longing to plan a return trip.

That’s what’s come of a lot of my trips. I need time to savor, digest, and figure out how I want to present my experiences there.

So, over the next few months, I will do my best to add photo albums to the Facebook page of some of the places we’ve been, and I hope to finally write about the following:

  • Quebec City and the ghosts we learned about on the ghost tour we took there
  • The Fortress of Louisburg
  • The Angel on the Field of Abraham
  • The harem of the Topkapi Palace and possible ghosts inside
  • Ephesus and the reaction I had there
  • Mary’s house (as in Mary, the alleged mother of Jesus Christ)
  • Rippavilla Plantation
  • Travellers Rest Plantation
  • Hopkinsville and how it hops with paranormal connections
  • The Maiden’s Tower
  • The Beylerbeyi Palace
  • San Francisco and all the haunts we saw there (including Alcatraz)
  • Jaunts we’ve taken to see places that authors of all manor were connected with (like Prince Edward Island, the Pera Palace, and even New Orleans).

Those are the ones that pop to mind first. There might be more as I continue to go through photos. And there might be  more than one post per place.

Mostly I just want to use this post as a reference for myself that I have unfinished business and destinations I really do want to write about. Here’s some photos from some of the above referenced places that I intend to write about for the remainder of 2012 and into 2013.

Rippavilla Plantation
Rippavilla Plantation
This is sort of the back and side of the house, depending on how you want to look at it. (It’s got quite the unique shape, so this is one of the sides. It’s a very long house.)
The Maiden’s Tower
The big tower of the Rumeli Fortress
The Wishing Wall at Mary’s House
Quebec City
Alcatraz Island



Courtney Mroch
Courtney Mroch, otherwise known as HJ's Ambassador of Dark and Paranormal Tourism, is an author, traveler, and ghost enthusiast. When she's not writing, jaunting, or planning her next trip, it's a safe bet you'll find her in one of three places: on a tennis court somewhere, on a yoga mat somewhere, or watching a horror movie somewhere. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

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