Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Thoughts from a travel junkie

I confess. I love to travel. I love visiting new places, meeting interesting people from different cultures, and discovering new foods. And living overseas has given me a lot of opportunities to travel, from Brazil to Botswana, to Great Britain.

Recently, on our way back to the states for furlough, the airline allowed us an extended--no extra charge layover--in Europe which allowed us to travel with our kids and visit some longtime friends. We had a blast eating raw herring in Holland, visiting the Eiffel Tower and Louvre in Paris, hiking through a part of the French alps, and visiting Henry VIII's Hampton Court outside London. (I've pasted some of my favorite photos below.)

While traveling and reading never fail to spark my imagination, there is something else I have learned from traveling. As I spend this year's holiday season back in the States, I'm reminded of the great blessings of both freedom and opportunity I have. It's an important reminder, and something I want to teach my children, and for myself, to never take for granted.

If you're a regular visitor to our blog, you'll know that we are celebrating our one year anniversary with lots of giveaways this month. I'm joining in the celebration by giving away a copy of Blood Ransom, my latest suspense novel that is set in Africa. Leave a comment below with a way for me to contact you. I'll draw a name on November 17th!

Lastly, I want to thank those on our ICFW blog team who have stepped up to make this blog a fantastic place to visit and learn about international fiction as they share their hearts and passion for writing and reading around the world.

Be blessed today!


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Hampton Court

Eiffel Tower


  1. Your pics are beautiful, Lisa! Glad you got to see those wonderful sights! Have a fabulous holiday season back home!

  2. I am loving all your pictures! excited for you to be celebrating your one year anniversary! :) God Bless you and your family!


  3. Thank you Lisa for spending your time in the Service of the Lord - spreading His word to those that do not yet know Him. Your 'choice of freedom to chose' shows others what can be done - if He wills it. ENJOY your time with family during Thanksgiving/Christmas.
    I'd love to read your book too!

  4. What beautiful pictures! Looks like yall had a blast! Can't wait to see you guys and the kiddos again. Take care :)


  5. Your photos are beautiful! Thanks for sharing. I'm a lurker on this blog and don't usually post ;) But I would love to read your book.


  6. a wonderful posting...thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures, too. and 'happy anniversary.'

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  7. Thanks to all of you for stopping by and sharing!

  8. What a great experience for your kids! May your holiday time in the US be refreshing and include precious times with family.

  9. Lisa I'm a travel junkie too, although mine usually is more of the armchair variety unfortunately. Loved seeing your pictures, would love to hear more about your life in Mozambique sometime.

    Regards, Megan

  10. Hi Lisa, I'm a travel junkie too. Thanks for the wonderful photos- the one of Holland brought back many happy memories of my visit to a Dutch friend about 8 years ago.

    Happy travelling!

    Ruth Ann

  11. Thanks for that, Lisa.

    Having spent most of our lives in Africa and now living in the First World, I am so grateful that my children have traveled a bit and experienced how 'the other half' live.
    Enjoy your time at 'home'.
    (I would love to be in the book draw!)


  12. Thanks so much to all of you who stopped by and left a comment! Anne is the winner of Blood Ransom. Congrats Anne! I'll contact you later today.