Statues around London

I love to travel and this year I shall be turning 50. My plan is to check off travel destinations on my bucket list. As luck would have it, someone suggested I submit samples of my travel writing and a video travel blog to enter My Destinations Biggest Baddest Bucket List contest. The prize is a six month all expense trip around the world! That’s not all. When I return there is $50,000 waiting for me. The icing on the cake is that they want me to write about it.

This would sure be a welcome relief, seeing as how I’m up to my eyeballs in student loans now that I’ll be graduating in May with an MFA in creative and professional writing.

If you would like to be a part of helping someone to realize their dreams, go to my destination video and share it through the social media links in the green box next to my Hampshire, England video and vote as many ways as possible. It will improve your karma.

Last year at this time I was walking around the streets of London, breathing in every site and every sound, committing them in my memory and to my iPhone. I took 8000 photographs between my high-powered digital camera and phone. It’s time that I catalog them, or at least share them with you.

Photo by Anne Marie Cannon

The Angel of Peace Descending on the Chariot of War

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Eros In Piccadilly Circus

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The Butter Cross

Tudor Winchester

Looking up at the Buttercross

It is also known as the High or City Cross. Hampshire born musician Frank Turner sings about it in Wessex Boy. If you are lucky enough to find yourself in Winchester, England, you will undoubtedly stumble upon this gem.

The octagonal shaped steps of the early 14th century structure were once used by countrymen to sell produce from.

To find out more about Winchester England check out my travel video about it. And Please share it to cast your vote for me: foVote for me

England For all you Austen Fans

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“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife” Jane Austen/Pride and Prejudice

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Chawton Cottage, Hampshire, England

Imagine being offered the opportunity to create your own dream excursion to Jane Austen’s England? What would you choose to see? Her home at Chawton, the cob at Lyme Regis and the pump room in Bath of course—but what other family estates, seaside villages and country escapes would be on your list? This was the question that author Syrie James and I were presented after we were approached by Ingenious Travel to create the ultimate dream Jane Austen tour—and boy did we have fun brain storming on this topic. We hope that you will be as excited by our choices as we are to be part of this fabulous eight day tour to Jane Austen’s Seascapes and Landscapes.

Here is our itinerary:

7 Sept (Saturday): Fly USA to London.

8 Sept (Sunday): Arrival at London Airport, welcome by the accompanying Jane Austen specialist guide, transfer by private coach to London…

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Frank Turner is the bee’s knees, sigh.

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Hampshire Footpath

South Downs Way National Trail

I paused in April on a footpath in Hampshire, England. It was during a hike from Warnford to Meonstoke on the leg of the South Downs Way National Trail system that connects the two towns. I had traced my English ancestors back to sixteenth century Meonstoke and decided to make the main character of a novel I am writing come from there as well. I figured one day I would travel there and this way I could kill two birds with one stone by researching for both my family history and the novel when I did. By the time I booked my trip, there were no rooms available at Meonstoke’s sixteenth century Buck’s Head Inn. I needed to see Meonstoke so my only other alternative was to stay in nearby Warnford and hike there.

The day was a mixture of foreboding skies and bursts of brilliant sunshine. That moment, which I captured in one of the pictures I’ve attached, was thus far the best moment in my life. It was in that instant that everything clicked, in that instant I knew there was an infinite universe and I was connected through the gentle country breeze that caressed the skin on my face, I was connected to the freshly fallen spring rain and the green foliage coming to life around me. It was as if everything that had happened in my life up to that point, happened for the purpose of that moment. I had the distinct feeling that I belonged there and that I had been there before although I had not.

I go back there in my mind frequently. It was six hours in an English forest, all by myself, never have I felt so connected. Please click on the links to vote for my travel blog!

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