Friday, July 22, 2016

Summer Treats Blog Hop - Favorite Summer Vacations

Welcome to The Wild Rose Press authors Summer Treats Blog Hop! This blog hop is all about summer living and fun in the sun. Each author on the hop will treat you with their favorite summer ideas and memories.

For me, summer means vacation time. Long, lazy days, and time away from work and obligations. Time to read and relax and hang out with friends and family. Heaven! I live in Canada where summers can be very short, or at least feel like they are, and that makes them all the more precious. I'd like to share with you some of my fondest summer vacation memories.

Okay, so strictly speaking, our trip to Maui in March 2013 didn't happen in summer, but it was summer to me when we got there, so I'm counting it. I'd always wanted to go to Hawaii and my first visit there didn't disappoint. I loved it! It had been a very long, cold winter, so a respite in the sun was very welcome.

I loved the beaches, 

and all the beautiful flowers,

and the fabulous scenery.

Later that year we drove to Ontario to visit our daughter and other relatives. My husband's brother has a wonderful place on a lake, and I'm happy to say we'll be visiting him there again later this summer.

In June 2014 we took another big trip and visited France and Spain for the first time. We spent three days in Barcelona (loved it!) before travelling to southern France to take a river cruise up the Rhone River. I loved Provence. The weather was wonderful, the people kind and the scenery beautiful. I was especially taken with the Roman ruins we saw there.

A mini Colosseum in Arles, France

We came at just the right time to see the lavender fields in bloom.

Our trip ended with three days in Paris. How can you go to Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower?

Last year our oldest daughter moved to British Columbia, so that gave us an excuse to sample the wines of the Okanagan Valley. And the mountains were pretty nice, too!

The majestic Canadian Rockies.

The Okanagan Valley is renowned for its wineries. We had fun going on a wine tour and sampling the offerings at each location. Good thing someone else was driving!

So there's a little taste of some of my summer vacations. Where's your favorite place to go in the summer? What's your favorite summer vacation memory?

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Hop on over to some of the other Wild Rose Press authors' blogs for more fun posts and prizes!

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Tricia Schneider | Visit blog
Anna Durands Spunk & Hunks | Visit blog
Judy Ann Davis Summer Treats and Reads Blog Hop | Visit blog
Spicy Summer Treats with Mia Downing | Visit blog
Linda Nightingale. . . Wordsmith | Visit blog
Jana Richards - Journeys with Jana | Visit blog
Summer Memories of books well read @ Peggy Jaeger. com | Visit blog
Summer on Cape Cod ~ Kathryn Knight books | Visit blog
Summer Fun at the Beach, with Katie OSullivan | Visit blog
I Believe Ill Go Canoeing - C. B. Clark | Visit blog
Summertime Love is Sweeter with. . . Frozen Mango? @ Kimberly Keyes blog |Visit blog
Wild Rose Summer Treats Blog Hop @ Brendas Blog | Visit blog
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Midsummer Magic on the Isle of Skye! | Visit blog
My Guilty Summer Treats from Lori Sizemore | Visit blog
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Hywela Lyns post for the WRP Summer Treats and Reads Blog Hop | Visit blog
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Summer Survival Tips @ Nitty Gritty Romance | Visit blog
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Nell Castle - Summer of the Sweat Lodge | Visit blog
Myth, Magic & Wonder Susan Edwards, Breathing Life into the Past | Visit blog
Romance with Spice, Sydney St. Claire | Visit blog
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Anni Fife. Exciting new author of Steamy Romance with Irresistible Heroes | Visit blog
Summer Vacation, Victorian-Style, AND a Giveaway | Visit blog
Wildfires, Monsoons, and Mojitos - Author Susabelle Kelmer shares how she keeps cool in a climate that is on fire! | Visit blog
Casi McLeans recipe for Hot Reads and Cool Treats | Visit blog
Cool Summer Reads: Jeannie Halls Romantic Suspense Blog - Where Hearts Tremble From More Than Attraction | Visit blog
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How to Rediscover the Magic of Bicycling | Visit blog
Charlottes Tips on How to Stay Cool in HOT New York City | Visit blog
Caryn McGill | Visit blog
Hywela Lyns Inrerplanetary Summer | Visit blog


  1. What great vacation ideas, Jana! I'd like to go to all those places! Great post with great pics! 😃

  2. Great post! I love France...and beaches...and really want to go to BC :)