Thursday, December 5, 2013

A Drama Queen's Dream Destination

Today, in celebration of the release of new novels by both Lexa Cain and Julie Flanders, participants in the Dream Destination Blog Hop are departing for the far corners of the earth in search of their ideal getaway.

Can't wait to see what everyone came up with! 

Now, you would think in winter I might find a nice warm place to visit for a dream vacation, but the truth is I'm very curious about a certain country that has earned its creator an award for design: 

"Look at me -- I design coastlines. I got an award for Norway…I've been doing fjords all my life…for a fleeting moment they become fashionable and I get an award."   -- Slartibartfast, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. 

 Yep, I choose Norway.


Award-worthy fjord




And, really, can you blame me? What a beautiful country. It's a land of dramatic contrasts.



Preikestolen



Unearthly phenomena.

Northern Lights over Norway






Rich history.


Prow of a Viking ship - Museum of Cultural History, Oslo



And fascinating folk legends and mythology. 




Really, it's the perfect destination for someone who thrives on dramatic landscapes. Don't be surprised if I someday send a postcard.





And congrats to Lexa and Julie on the release of their novels!







Where would you be off to on a dream vacation? 


Creative Commons photo credits:
Gerranger, Norway by Marcuss Hansson
Preikestolen by Leo-seta
Northern Lights by Gaute Brwik
Viking ship by jmg944
Postcard by Lewis Minor
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73 comments:

  1. What gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing them. :)

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  2. Oh, I'd love to visit the Scandinavian countries!! Can you imagine what it must be like to see the Northern Lights in person? I'd love to find out someday.

    Thanks again for participating in our Hop! And I hope your latest dentist visit didn't give you too much trouble. Take care!

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  3. I've always wanted to visit Norway, and Iceland, for the same dramatic scenery, LG. Congrats to Lexa and Julie and I wish them both many sales!

    I couldn't sit on the edge of that outcropping though, but oh, the Northern Lights!

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  4. Madeline - Stunning scenery, isn't it?

    Julie - I've never seen the Northern Lights. It would be magical.

    D.G. - Those fjords are just gorgeous. I'd love to sail those in a Viking ship. ;)

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  5. Ooo...Norway. I never would have thunk it, but it's a beautiful place. Seems like most parts of the world have beauty to them. Good choice, though. I'd go during the summer. :)

    M.L. Swift, Writer

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  6. I wouldn't mind not visiting but living in Norway... you know how much I have hots for blond Gods :) Give me any Scandinavian and Dezzy is a happy spy :) And plus their liberal political views and culture suit me perfectly

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    1. Heh, your avatar isn't the only one that gets to dress up for the holidays. :D

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    2. I will probably pimp myself for the holidays this weekend :)

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  7. Norway! Good choice. Siv would be happy to take you on a tour.

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  8. I never thought about going to Norway... until now. Love those pics!

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  9. M. L. - I'm a sucker for dramatic mountain scenery, even though I live in Colorado.

    Dezzy - The northern countries consistently score at the top of all those "life satisfaction and happiness" surveys. I think they're on to something. :)

    Alex - Yeah, the mythology of the place is very romantic. All that Norse history. Would love to tour the place and learn more.

    Robin - Gorgeous, right? And, come on, award winning fjords. Gotta see those for myself some day. :)

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    1. It's easier for them because those Northern countries have never really been attacked by foreign enemies or invaders (Except by each other) and thus their historical and cultural development has never been stopped or obstructed like in southern countries such is mine. They've never been destructed, ruined, burnt or bombed to the ground and thus they had the time to dedicate themselves to developing democracy, liberalism, living standards....

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    2. I think Germany may have invaded, but you're right they've had a long peaceful track record for the most part. Maybe the cold helps keep people sane. :)

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    3. Their banking system didn't collapse when Europe's did so it's still a good place to go. Sweden however has changed a lot. Lots of problems with heroin and violence. I never thought that would happen.

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    4. Yeah, they do seem to have their act together. Hmmm, I may just join Dezzy and move there. I hope they take old immigrants. :P

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  10. I'm a sucker for Scandanavian countries. I've always wanted to go to Iceland, but so far that hasn't happened.

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  11. Those are awesome pics! Norway's a place I wouldn't normally think of, but I now see why you chose it. The views are spectacular - definitely award-worthy. I love the troll killer and the whole viking thing. So much great history, romantic and scary at the same time. Thanks so much for joining the hop and sharing a bit of Norway with us. :-)

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  12. I don't know if Norway would be my first choice, but it would be way above some place like France. Way.
    Hmm... I'm not actually sure what would be my first choice. Does it have to be an actual place?

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  13. I think it is pretty likely that Norway is the best place to live on Earth at this moment.

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  14. Kate - Iceland has always been on my radar too, with all that volcanic activity right in the heart of all that cold. Talk about dramatic landscapes.

    Lexa - Ha! I've watched that Troll Hunter movie. It's pretty funny. Like Blair Witch Project meets King Kong. :P

    Andrew - Yeah, this was kind of a hard blog hop. I mean, Wales and England will always be my top destination for any vacation, but there's something about those fjords that is just breathtaking. And I do love the Viking history. And, no, I don't think fantasy destinations count for a blog hop like this. :P

    Laoch - I wouldn't doubt it for a second. The only thing that would bother me is the short sunlight hours in winter. Ah, but I guess the saunas make up for it. :)

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    1. I was touring the blog hop posts and just noticed your santa hat. Hahaha! Sneaky. Well played. ;)

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    2. I'm donning a little holiday cheer for a couple of weeks. Didn't even drain the spiked eggnog before I did it. :P

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  15. Norway is gorgeous! I wouldn't mind going there!

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  16. Norway is a fabulous choice! Especially since you could see the Northern lights from there. I don't have a bucket list, but if I did, seeing the Northern lights would definitely be on it.

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  17. Nice choice L.G. It looks so beautiful and peaceful. I'm sure you'll have a grand time of it and I hope you post pics when you return. My dream holiday would be Singapore. For the people and for the fantastic food!

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  18. I just did a whole lot of sighing. I love, love, love the height.

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  19. This is such a fun blogfest idea. Love your pictures. I think for obvious reasons I would want to visit Finland. ;)

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  20. Wow, Norway does take one's breath away!!!! Those pix are incredible! I'm headed to the white beaches of the Dominican Republic soon. Can't wait, as it's been quite a while since I've traveled anywhere significant-went to China in 2010. That was amazing.

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  21. Sherry - Under appreciated, too, I think.

    Susan - Yeah, I gotta see the Northern Lights in all their glory one of these days. So magical.

    Anne - This destination is still in the dream stage, but one day…

    Magaly - Ack! The heights would make me nervous, especially on that outcropping. They refuse to put a railing on it and take away from the natural beauty. I can appreciate that, but it would still make me nervous. :)

    Donna - Hmmm, let's see, a certain handsome Jori comes from Finland, if I recall.

    Catherine - Ooh, I do want to see Beijing and the Great Wall some day. That would be an amazing trip.

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  22. Gorgeous! You have just added Norway to my list of places to visit!

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  23. Nice! Looks like an interesting place to visit, I'll add it to my list!

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  24. Loni - Should have been a travel agent. :D

    Jeff - My list of dream destinations is getting to be pretty long after today too. :)

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  25. Gorgeous photos Luanne! As beautiful as Norway is, the people are known to be just as warm and friendly.

    Greetings from The White Squirrel!

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    1. Greetings!! And I do hope you got a few things out of your system while visiting with the Great White Squirrel. He is so wise. :P

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  26. Ok, first of all, fantastic use of the Slartibartfast quote. That made me laugh :)

    Second, I had no idea how beautiful Norway was. You've convinced me; I want to go there now, too. I hope you DO get to go and send that postcard soon.

    I have such a long list of travel destinations that I can't choose just one, but India, Nepal, New Zealand, Patagonia, and one of the St islands in the Caribbean (I confess I don't care which) are close to the top.

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    1. Gotta give the guy credit for creating such a beautiful coastline. And, yeah, I can't say Norway was on my radar until I heard about Slatibartfast's award. It really did make me curious to know more about that beautiful country. And it comes with Vikings! :D

      Ooh, and I would go to New Zealand too. Middle Earth!

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  27. Norway is such a great choice. For the Vikings if for nothing else. ;)

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  28. Norway is a brilliant place. I've never been there but I'd love to go some day.

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  29. Kim - That ship was buried whole! I would love to go to Oslo and see it in person. Plus all the armor and weapons they've dug up. Wow.

    Lynda - My parents have been to Oslo before, and Sweden too (my grandfather came from Sweden). They said it was beautiful. Must see. :)

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  30. Norway definitely has the dramatic landscapes! And I can't believe I didn't think of it. My husband's Norwegian cousins were just here last summer and visited us. They invited us to visit them in Oslo, but I'm not sure when we'll make it there.
    Great choice!

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  31. Excellent!..A pretty post. I am amazed about Norway, I'll visit one day over there.

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  32. You're just saying that 'cause of Mr. Fimmel. : p

    But yeah, what a place. Not only can one appreciate all of Slartibartfast's work, but Spaceweather.com is always showing excellent Northern Lights photos from there.

    Good choice!

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  33. We cruised in Norway as part of our trip around the world. It is even more lovely in person than the photos. We saw Pulpit rock from the sea, I wish I had time to be at the top.

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  34. Wow, why did I never consider Norway before. You've opened my eyes to somewhere I now need to visit. You should write for their tourist board. :)

    http://shahwharton.com

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  35. Tyrean - Knowing someone in a foreign country is the best way to travel. They'll show you all the best places where the locals hang out. I hope you get to go some day!

    Sakib - Rugged landscape, but I'm very drawn to those dramatic settings. :)

    Steve - True, I'm also very drawn to Mr. Fimmel. Hmmm, you caught me out. Ha! Actually, I read they film much of The Vikings show in Ireland. Maybe I really want to go to Ireland. Or maybe I'll just do a Viking cruise some day. Start in Norway and then invade Dublin. :D

    Rhonda - Oh, lucky you. I think it would be incredible to sail into one of those fjords and see the mountains all around. Beautiful.

    Shah - Do you hear that Norwegian tourist board?! Hire me already. I need a job. :D

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  36. Many congrats to Lexa and Julie on their book releases!

    Wow, those pictures are gorgeous! My hubby has very distant relatives in Norway. Maybe it's time for a visit? I'd still want my dream vacation someplace warm…with a nice beach =)

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  37. Norway! what a beautiful place! And the inspriation for Disney's Frozen I hear. :I'll have to add that to my places to see list.
    Nutschell
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  38. I remember visiting the fjords in Alaska when I was a teenager…so beautiful, and the one's in Norway I'm sure are quite gorgeous too. History and God's beauty - who could ask for anything more?!

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  39. Ooh yes, a fantastical choice. I imagine it would feel like being in a fantasy world.

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  40. I want to see the whole Scandinavian region one day. :-)

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  41. Elsie - I know you're a beach girl, Elsie. No cold mountains for you. ;)

    Nutschell - Oh, I'll have to watch Frozen when it hits Netflix. I hear good things about it. :)

    MJ - Alaska would be a bucket list destination for me too. I would love to see the ice calving into the ocean. I do go for the drama. :P

    Nicki - The land of Odin and Thor!!

    Misha - Me too. I very nearly put down Amsterdam, too, as it is a city I really want to see some day. And, of course, South Africa is no slouch either. Love to see the Cape some day.

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  42. Mmmmmm, that first photo is incredibly dreamy. Great pick.

    Happy weekend, LG.

    xoRobyn

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  43. No argument. Norway's a beautiful choice.

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  44. Robyn - Not as dreamy as men with great…personalities, as you put it. :PP

    LD - I just watched a travel show on it, and I'm even more eager to see it now. :)

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  45. I think Slartibartfast deserved those awards, the coastline is fabulous. All that and vikings, too. I hope you get to go! If you do, can I come?

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  46. Hi Luanna .. what a great idea - and the photos you've put up show us a little of Norway. So much history in that region .. enjoy that dream and dreaming brings things to life .. cheers Hilary

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  47. Rhissanna - I hope I get to go some day too. I should organize a field trip or something for bloggers.

    Hilary - Dreaming is the first step. :)

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  48. I really enjoyed your pictures of Norway. I do go to Spain frequently, which I love. But my other dream destination where I would really love to go is Ireland. Ireland has always fascinated me. It's so mysterious and magical.

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  49. Excellent choice! Norway a.k.a Slartibartfast's award-winning super-country is simply gorgeous, just like the rest of Scandinavia.

    Great post!

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  50. Elizabeth - Oh, I'm so with you on going to Ireland. I really regretted not making the time to see it when I went to the England and Wales last year. Next time!

    Maynard - Very beautiful. Though I admit I would probably only be brave enough to venture there in the height of summer. :)

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  51. more amazing pics! this is turning into one of my favorite blog-hops! norway is a great choice! and that cliff.................

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  52. Oh yes, definitely stunning! Wouldn't I and my camera like to visit there? Yes, yes we would! And someday I would definitely like to see the Northern Lights.

    The Warrior Muse

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  53. Norway's looking pretty good right now.

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  54. Those photos are simply gorgeous.
    Norway has a refreshing sense of beauty....
    Writer In Transit

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  55. What beautiful pictures! now I want to go!

    Also, I just wanted to share, I am hosting a massive book giveaway (14 authors, 15 books)

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  56. The Northern Lights are breath taking - what a great choice!

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  57. Never considered Norway -- but holy cow, those photos are spectacular. Awesome setting for an epic fantasy...

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  58. Jeremy - That cliff would get my heart going. Just a week bit shy around heights!

    Shannon - A photographer's dream I should think. Even my smartphone could get some good pics of that place. :)

    royme2 - It's so green in the summer. Lush and beautiful. :)

    Michelle - I am drawn to the dramatic. Really want to sail down one of those fjords some day.

    Hilary - Best of luck on your book giveaway. :)

    Kestril - Yeah, seeing the Northern Lights is a bucket list event for me. I just don't live far enough north right now to get a good glimpse. One of these days…

    Milo - Ooh, now you're giving me ideas. Mayhap my next story will have fjords and spectacular light displays in it. And a visit from Thor. That's always welcome. :P

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  59. From what I've seen in many photos, Norway is gorgeous, and I'd love to go there one day! I must say, I'm a sucker for the south of France. :)

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    1. MM - Oh, the south of France would be on my list too. Basically I just want to see all of Europe. :)

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  60. Gorgeousness- what a great pick! I think I've seen that Troll movie, it seems really familiar.
    I've always wanted to go to Ireland.

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  61. OMG, this has been on my list, at the top, of places to visit for the longest time. I don't know why we have never done it, it's not like it's all that far from us. It is beautiful and to see the aurora is a dream I've had for ever.
    See you there!
    Di
    xoxo

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