Tag Archives: Jill Zeller

The Reluctant Traveler: Den Haag Part 1

Another trip to South Africa brought me back through Amsterdam. I discovered some common sense somewhere and decided to have a one night layover, and bunked at the Schiphol Hilton, a remarkable Ikea folly of diamond-shaped windows, lights that functioned … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Traveler Goes off-Message

Do you have a tarot deck? I have three, but this in no way compares to friends of mine who own dozens—collectors, maybe, but definitely users of the fortune-telling cards. I am a pure amateur, but my favorite is the … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Traveler: One of Her Favorite Places

Locals call it “Mendo”. I know that because my sister lives there now—really she lives in Little River but it’s also “Mendo”, because just up the road the town rests on the Northern California coast-line. I can love this place … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Traveler Returns from Westeros: Part 5

The morning that we left Highgarden I woke up with a raging cold, and tried not to cough my way down to Oldtown. I wanted to stay on the bus and sleep when we arrived, but the sight of the … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Traveler Returns from Westeros, Part 4

King’s Landing, Casterly Rock and Highgarden. After the dark spookiness of Harrenhal, King’s Landing, as disreputable and dishonorable as its rulers were, was a welcome sight. It is indeed a beautiful place, seen from our small plane as we swooped … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Traveler Returns from Westeros Part 3

The Eyrie, Riverrun, Harrenhal and Dragonstone We visited so many marvelous places in Westeros, but the Eyrie stands out in my mind as the most awe-inspiring of all the locations. Formidable House Arryn built the complex of castles over centuries—it … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Traveler Returns from Westeros Part 2 (Spoiler alert!)

  The Twins of House Frey are impressive. They rise up from the river flats, two hulking sentinels occupying either shore of the swift Green River. Joined by a bridge and the center Water Tower, if is a challenging fortress … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Traveler Returns from Westeros (Spoiler alert!)

                      This was a fantastic tour, although there were some bumps along the way. My husband and I felt welcomed by the tour-guide and everything—mostly—went through as planned. Most of … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Traveler Thinks about Books

I’ve just re-read Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”. I’ve probably read it ten or more times over the years. Probably seen the movie five times or so. Who wouldn’t as a teenager be obsessed with Julie Christie and Oskar Werner? My … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Traveler at home — Cats and Writers

About cats And writers. We have cats. I think most of us do, anyway. Every writer I know personally has one or more cats—oh there are a few of us who dare to own dogs AND cats. Or dogs only. … Continue reading

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