Blooming Travel 

I took the banner photo at Keukenhof Gardens outside of Amsterdam, considered the most beautiful spring garden in the world. If you need an excuse to get up and go out, traveling  to a flowering garden near or far is a terrific one: mild weather, few crowds, and nature in glorious bloom. 
Silly Spring

The origins of spring break can be traced to Greek and Roman celebrations for the season of fertility and new beginnings. Festivities revolved around honoring Dionysus and Bacchus, the gods of wine. That festive tradition remains, as over half of university students travel for spring break, mostly to tropical destinations, including Miami, San Juan and Cancun.

But spring break can be more just a week of parties and games. For example, United Way offers Alternative Spring Break allowing students to aid neighborhoods throughout the United States.
I recently received this message from the editors at the prestigious Kirkus Reviews: 

“I have exciting news: your book - Places I Remember - has been selected by our editors as one of Kirkus Reviews' Best Indie Books of 2022! Congratulations! Only 100 books make this list and Kirkus reviews thousands of books through our Indie program every year.”

From the STARRED and FEATURED Kirkus Review:
“A beautifully balanced memoir that packs a wealth of personal experience…sharply observant yet intimate…cleverly conceived and satisfying voyage of escapism...captures the atmosphere of each location with swift and evocative precision.” 

For you or another travel lover, please consider my award-winning, illustrated travel memoir, Places I Remember: Tales, Truths Delights from 100 Countries. 

For a great deal, the audio version, narrated by me—is FREE if you join Audible. So go to my Amazon page or order from a bookstore, and let me know what you think!

And for gifting. I will send a you custom autographed book plate. Just contact me and I’ll send it right away.

And for another wonderful gift, check out my website for gorgeous illustrations by artist Greg Correll, taken from the book, suitable for framing, 
Travel Tip

In temperate zones in the southern hemisphere, such as Australia and New Zealand, spring begins on September 1 and ends November 30. So if you live in the northern hemisphere and want to revisit the spring season twice in one year, travel down under! 
Around the World in 80 Episodes

So far we’ve recorded 80 episodes of our award-winning travel podcast, Places I Remember with Lea Lane. Listeners have currently downloaded us in 143 countries and over 4,000 cities. Join us for new episodes every other Tuesday, and follow the podcast on Apple, Spotify or wherever you listen. Or on my Places I Remember website.

Keukenhof Gardens
Check out Episode 56 about Keukenhof and Amsterdam; Episode 68, great gardens of the world; and Episode 63, about world parks.

Here's a list of all 80 episodes!

Enjoy the world at its flowering finest!

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Contact Us
Award-winning writer Lea Lane has authored eight books, including her illustrated award-winning memoir Places I Remember: Tales, Truths, Delights from 100 Countries (in print and audio). She contributes to guidebooks, magazines and websites, has written for The New York Times, The Miami Herald, and others.  

Lea currently blogs at

Her award- winning travel podcast,
Places I Remember with Lea Lane, is shared bi-weekly, as Lea talks with passionate travelers around the world. 
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