Friday, April 15, 2011

Top 10's with Jennifer Archer

Today I'm here with Jennifer Archer, author of the upcoming Through Her Eyes to do a top 10 list! Basically I choose a topic, and she shares her list!

If you haven't already happened upon Through Her Eyes you should read it! See my review here, but it is simply fantastic! Mystery, romance and a bit ghost. Amazing!

I digress though. Take it away Jennifer!

Name 10 places you would like to visit before you die.

  1. Ireland. I love rain, and Ireland just looks so incredibly, beautifully lush and green. The countryside, the villages, the ocean mist – it all looks so mystical. And I’ve always wanted to drink a ‘pint’ in a real Irish pub!
  2. Oregon. Again, I love rain and green! Oregon has both in spades. I want to hike along the coastline and through the forests. And I want to see that spot off of Cannon Beach where the pirate ship appears out in the ocean, gliding slowly from behind Haystack Rock in one of my favorite old movies The Goonies. Even though I’ve never been to the state, strangely, I’ve always sensed that I could live in Portland or a small college town in Oregon and feel more at home than I’ve ever felt anywhere else.
  3. France. My ancestors on my father’s side came to America from France. They were French Huguenots, members of the Protestant Reformed Church of France who, during 17th Century religious persecutions, were driven from the country.  My maiden name, “Browder,” is French. While visiting France, I hope I run into Johnny Depp, who makes his home there! I’d even share my French pastry with him. J  
  4. Vermont. When I was in elementary school, I became intrigued with Vermont after reading about the making of maple syrup – “tapping” the maple trees, hanging buckets over the metal spout to collect the sap, emptying the buckets into a tank on a horse-drawn sleigh. I’ve always lived in the Southwest, and that process – and Vermont with its colorful autumn trees – seemed so foreign and romantic to me. I desperately wanted to go there some day. I still do!
  5. Maine. The ocean. Colorful sailboats bobbing on the water. Fishing villages. Salty sea air. Lobster. Need I say more?
  6. Tahiti. I’ve been to Hawaii several times, and have never visited anyplace with scenery more gorgeous than the island of Kauai. However, photographs and videos of Tahiti make me think it might be the one place with any chance of meeting, or possibly even surpassing, Kauai’s beauty.
  7. Vietnam. The country has such a huge part in America’s history – and mine. Two of my cousins fought in the Vietnam War. One died there. I was very young, but I still remember watching horrible images of the war playing out on my family’s television screen every night on the news.
  8. Australia. You already know I love the ocean. Although I don’t dive, I’m sure snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef is also spectacular. And there’s just something about Australian guys! I have a major crush on most every Aussie actor I can think of. I’m pretty sure it has something to do with the accent!
  9. Anywhere in South America. My oldest son studied in Argentina for 6 months while in college. I didn’t get a chance to visit while he was there, and I regret that. His stories and photographs of South America instilled a desire in me to go there.
  10. My childhood homes. Okay, I’m cheating here – this is more than one place! I moved more than 20 times before the age of 11, and I’d like to go back to each town where I resided and explore. I want to visit the schools I attended, the places I played, and the routes I walked. We lived several places more than once, and I currently live near two of the communities, so making a trip down memory lane wouldn’t be all that difficult. Some of the communities I would visit include: Emporia, KS; Winslow, AZ; Riverbank, CA; San Bernardino, CA; Raton, N.M., and Pampa, TX. The town of Pampa is only about an hour’s drive from my current city, and my sister still lives there, but I never seem to have much time to explore my old “haunts” when I visit. I also drive through Raton, New Mexico often on my way to our cabin in Colorado, but never stop unless it’s to get gasoline or something quick to eat.


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