Welcome to the kick-off of our Travelogue event. This summer authors will share their favorite places to see and trips they have experienced. Our first traveler is my friend and paranormal author Heather Fraser Brainerd. She's crazy about Disney World. Check out her Heather's Disney blog with lots of tips and experiences in Disneyland with her family.
Today Heather is giving away the paranormal mystery, Act of Abduction. Be sure to leave a comment to enter the drawing. The deadline to enter is 9 pm EDST Sunday evening.
Surprise! Heather takes us not to Disney World, but to her next favorite place to visit, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. After reading her post about it, I'd love to visit there too. Enjoy.
The Charm of Old San Juan by Heather Fraser Brainerd
|Puerto Rico is one of the beautiful islands in the Caribbean
Map from the worldatlas.com
Caribbean archipelago is a territory of the United States. This makes it super easy
for us Americans to travel there – no need for passports or currency exchange. Even the street signs – though they may be in Spanish – are familiar enough for non-Spanish-speakers to follow.
|Garitas, or small sentry posts, are the national symbol of Puerto Rico
Located in the middle of Old San Juan, our hotel of choice is El Convento
|El Convento Hotel
1960s, the Spanish colonial building was converted into a hotel.
Today, it is a perfect combination of impressive and welcoming. The staff is top-notch, the rooms are both lovely and comfortable, and the courtyard restaurant is fantastic. They were super-accommodating of my son’s special dietary needs, which went a long way toward easing my mind while traveling so far from home.
|View from our hotel room
pastime: flying kites near Castillo San Felipe del Morro. As the wind blows in from
|Leisurely afternoon to watch the kites flying
the ocean, it makes this area ideal for kite flying. Our boys really enjoyed it! On our walk back to El Convento afterwards, we stopped for ice cream, making for a lovely, leisurely afternoon.
Come to think of it, that’s part of what keeps drawing us back to Old San Juan over and over: the leisurely island pace. So different from the hectic race of our everyday lives, we fully appreciate taking it easy when we visit this Caribbean gem.
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Leave a comment below to enter the drawing to win the paranormal mystery, Act of Abduction, the latest in the entertaining Jose Picada, P.I. series.
|Act of Abduction, paranormal mystery
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Heather Fraser Brainerd is a renaissance woman. After earning a degree in Anthropology, she embarked on an incongruous career as a workers’ compensation insurance adjuster.
|Heather on the balcony
of the Cafe Puerto Rico in Old San Juan
She rapidly climbed the claims-handling ladder before surprising her colleagues by leaving the high-powered world of lumbar strains and carpal tunnel syndrome to run a child care center. Thousands of dirty diapers and gallons of strained peas later, she decided that maybe the insurance industry wasn’t quite as bad as she remembered. It was. Fortunately, a few brief years into that second stint, she was swept off her feet by the most wonderful man in the world. Now a stay-home mom to three amazing boys, she is able, at long last, to focus on her writing. In addition to her fictional explorations, she writes a foodie column for the Rochester magazine Citizen. Heather lives in New York with her family and their crazy pug/terrier.
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