Friday, August 31, 2007

I'm leaving on a jet plane....

Hello everyone,

I shall in the future finish my thoughts regarding Deathly Hallows and the Harry Potter series as a whole, but I do not have the time right now to do the subject justice. I would rather not post than to post something that is not worthwhile reading.

Those who have read my essays on the series in the past know that I go into elaborate detail and quote from the source to ease understanding.

I don't have the time, because I'm leaving in about 48 hours to go on a long fact-finding trip.

Yes, I am traveling to France to research my novel set in the time of Charlemagne.

I am so excited over this and have been feverishly consulting multiple travel guide books, websites, maps, et cetera to plan my itinerary.

I will be taking copious pictures and am hoping to upload some of those to this blog while on my journey.

Recently I tried uploading a picture for the first time to this blog and it didn't work. I wondered what I did wrong and then the next day saw another blogger who routinely posts pictures complaining about Blogger's uploading glitch. Hopefully the next time I try, it will work.

If not, I plan on putting many pictures on my future website.

Here are some of the places I will be visiting and not necessarily in this order:

Paris -
Musée Carnavalet
Musée national du Moyen-Age
Musée de l'Armée
Institut du Monde Arabe
St. Gervais-St. Protais
La Conciergie
Petit Palais
Louvre
La Crypt Archaeologique
and seeing what is left of the ancient city fortifications


Chantilly
Guédelon
Montauban
Toulouse
Cordes-sur-Ciel
Saint Antonin-Noble-Val
Bruniquel
Forêt de Gresigne
Carcassonne
Narbonne
Foix
Pamiers
Les Baux-des-Provence
Marseilles
Arles

I'm also planning on going on a hunt for sites associated with an obscure saint from history.

Saint Nauphary, also known as Saint Namphasius or Namphaise.

According to legend at one time he had been a soldier in Charlemagne's army, then left to live the life of a hermit. After doing some searching I found his legend online that mentions a few towns in rural Quercy that I shall visit. As I read the automated English translation of that page, I came across the improbable sentence:

"A convent of chocolate éclairs will succeed to him which will have a tragic destiny: the nuns fall into paganism and sacrifice children to the gods of the abysses."

It is the convent of chocolate éclairs that I find most intriguing. I'll look, but am not certain that I shall find the mythical convent of tasty baked goods, but I can't pass up the opportunity.

If any of you reading this post are from France or have visited these sites and wish to give me travel tips, please post them.

My plan is that after this trip that I shall embroider detail to my manuscript and then work to make it as tight as possible and start querying widely. Then I shall start writing Volume 2.

Until next time,

Linda
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