Spotlight & Giveaway: Her Greek Doctor’s Proposal by Robin Gianna

Posted June 6th, 2015 by in Blog, Spotlight / 95 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome romance author Robin Gianna to HJ!

Hi Robin and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Her Greek Doctor’s Proposal!

Hi, All! So happy to be back on Harlequin Junkies!

Please summarize the book for the readers here:

Her Greek Doctor's ProposalLaurel Evans has had a lot of challenges and responsibilities in her life, dealing with the deaths of her parents which also meant taking on the care of her three younger sisters. Now that the youngest is in college, she’s able to finally get her career off the ground, and in the process, finally feel some closure over her parents’ deaths, since she’s working at the archaeological dig in Delphi, Greece where they died. Laurel wants to finish their work, and have their names in archaeological journals one last time, by finding the spectacular antiquity they believed might be found there before the dig ends forever in just weeks.

Andros Drakoulias, born and raised near Delphi, went to college and medical school in the U.S. He’d enjoyed life as a bit of a playboy, until he found he’d fathered a child when her mother died. Realizing it was time to become a responsible man, he’s taken his daughter back to his hometown to practice medicine alongside his father. He doesn’t have careless flings any more – until he’s more than tempted when he meets Laurel!

His attraction to her is further complicated because several people working at the dig have become mysteriously ill, and no one is sure why. He wants her to shut down the dig until they figure it out, but Laurel’s being stubborn about it! When more people get sick, she has no choice, but stubbornly insists on digging alone the last days she has, which makes Andros pretty upset! Will Laurel find what she’s looking for? And will the medical mystery be solved?

Please share the opening lines of this book:

Laurel Evans gasped as the pin-sized gleam of gold revealed itself, winking at her through the layers of dirt she’d painstakingly removed. Even mostly still buried in this pit they’d dug on Mount. Parnassus, the glow was unmistakable.

Laurel’s heart danced wildly in her chest as she grabbed her pick and brush, forcing herself to go slow as she gently worked to free the treasure.


Please share a few Fun facts about this book…

  • I was inspired to set this book in Delphi because my family and I had spent two weeks in Greece last summer, and had a fabulous time. The history of the entire country is, of course, amazing, and Delphi was one of the places that seemed truly magical to me.
  • There were other things at Delphi besides the history and town that manages to be charming even though it’s completely geared for tourists. Such as the massive insect on the ticket window of the Delphi Museum. It was bigger than my hand, and looked like a cross between a praying mantis and a grasshopper and…I don’t know what! I’d thought to have it make a (scary!) appearance in this story, but alas, couldn’t find the right place for it πŸ™‚
  • I absolutely loved doing the research for this book! Probably spent a wee bit too much time on it, in fact! πŸ™‚ As I’ve mentioned before, the history is fascinating to me, and I learned a lot about both Greece and archaeology in general. I’m half Greek, and my husband’s heritage is Greek as well, so I already know a lot about the food (since I enjoy cooking and eating it!) but did additional research on how it varies locally, depending on what grows in that area. So delicious…in fact, as I’m writing this, I’m feeling hungry just thinking about it.! Also wishing I could book another trip there right now…*sigh* One of these days!


If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would you use for the audition of the main characters and why?

Hmm..this is hard! I think I’d use the scene in the opening chapter when Andros comes to the dig site to tell Laurel the leaders of the dig are in his clinic and quite ill. The scene shows Laurel’s instant attraction to Andros as well as her worries, and sets up the medical mystery in the story while also (hopefully!) revealing a bit obout the kind of people they are . Also the fun (to me!) of the story being set in such a historic place.

‘”Are you Laurel Evans?” he asked with only a slight accent to his otherwise American-sounding words.

“Yes. Can I help you?”

“I’m Dr. Andros Drakoulias.” He reached out to grasp her hand in a firm handshake. His palm felt wide and warm, slightly rough and not at all sweaty as she knew hers was. She pulled her hand loose and swiped it down the side of her shorts, hoping he hadn’t noticed the sweat or that just the simple touch made her feel a little breathless. “Your colleagues, the two Drs. Wagner, asked me to let you know what was going on.”

“Going on?” She realized it was a rather stupid echo of his words, but there was something about the serious expression she now saw in his eyes that sent her pulse into an alarmed acceleration. “Why? Is something wrong?”

“They came to the clinic early this morning feeling feverish and ill. I’ve done some tests, and both have pneumonia.”

“Pneumonia?” Laurel stared him in shock. Pneumonia? How was that possible? “Melanie and Tom both had colds the past couple of days, but that seemed to be all it was.”

“Unfortunately not. I have them on IV fluids and antibiotics, and I plan to keep them today and overnight at the clinic to see how they do.”

Did this guy really know what he was talking about? Handsome didn’t necessarily translate to smart. She studied him. Maybe it was wrong of her, but she couldn’t help but wonder if the local town doctor had the knowledge and equipment to properly diagnose the problem. Should she take them to the closest large town instead, to be sure? “What makes you think it’s pneumonia?”

A small smile touched his beautifully shaped lips. “Hippocrates could diagnose pneumonia by listening to a patient’s chest, Ms. Evans. Ancient Greeks were at the forefront of medicine, after all. But believe it or not, even in our small-town clinic we have X-ray equipment and pulse oximetry to measure a patient’s oxygen saturation.”

Somehow, her face flushed hotter than it already was beneath the scorching noon sun. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to be insulting.” Maybe inserting a little light humor into the awkward moment she’d created was in order. “But I must say, despite the Greeks putting the Omphalos stone at Delphi to show it was the center of the world, many believe Egyptian physicians adopted an ethical code of medical care centuries before Hippocrates.”

His smile broadened; he was seemingly amused instead of offended, thank heavens. “Don’t say that out loud, Ms. Evans, or you may find yourself in a no-win argument with angry locals.”

“Is there any other kind of argument with Greeks?”

“Probably not.” The amusement in his eyes became a dangerously appealing twinkle. “I lived in the United States for fifteen years. I know Americans think everyone outside the US and Western Europe are somewhat backward and simple. If you like, I could go up to the temple and consult Apollo. Or perhaps pray to Ascelopios for guidance?”


What do you want people to take away from reading this book?

I’d like readers to think about things they might do in their lives that they’re convinced they should do, or what they want to do, when in reality they’re doing it only because someone else feels that way, putting pressure on them to feel the same way. We all have to do things others want and need us to do, but ultimately being true to ourselves is important. And I hope it encourages readers to travel to Greece someday, if they can! πŸ™‚


What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2015?

I’m currently working on a book set in San Diego that has Reunion and Baby-on-the-Doorstep tropes. The hero and heroine had broken their engagement, because they realized they had different visions of their future. Both are physicians – the hero comes from a traditional, happy home with his mother in charge of the house and kids, and wants something similar, but the heroine doesn’t want children at all, and trained for years to be a doctor – working part-time has never been on her agenda! Then a terrible car accident leaves his pregnant sister, who is also the heroine’s good friend, in critical condition in the hospital. The hero and the heroine are thrown together, having to care for the sister’s newborn infant, which has them both thinking about things a bit differently than before. Some fun scenes, I hope!

I have a release coming in November titled ‘Her Christmas Baby Bump’ which is part of a four-book continuity – Midwives On-Call at Christmas. It’s the first book I’ve written as part of a series with other authors, which was an interesting experience!

Thanks for blogging at HJ!


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Excerpt from Her Greek Doctor’s Proposal:

Stars began to wink in the darkening sky as they strolled down the brick promenade that went for a good quarter mile along the lapping gulf waters.

“I’ve been in Greece two months, and I’m still amazed at all the little restaurants that line the water in every town,” she said, gazing at the lanterns and lights beneath huge umbrellas connected together, one after another. “So pretty. With comfy seats too, if you want, instead of a table. I wish there were more places like this in the States.”

“I went to med school in New Jersey,” he said. “I admit I never got used to the beach restaurants there. Always wanting you to move on your way right after you’re done. In Greece, you’re expected to eat and relax for the night.”

“Somehow, when you said you lived in the US, I was picturing LA or Montana.”

Her eyes were filled with a teasing look, and he found himself drifting closer until his shoulder brushed hers. “LA or Montana? First, I’d say those two places don’t have much in common, and second, I’d ask why.”

“I’m not sure.” She tiled her head at him, seeming to size him up, and he grew even more curious about what she was thinking. “Maybe because you seem sophisticated and at the same time rugged. Like a Greek cowboy.”

Sophisticated but rugged sounded pretty good. As if she might find him attractive, and he certainly found her very attractive. “I’m more of a Greek goat boy than a cowboy, since it was my job to look after ours when I was a kid.”

“Goat boy?” She laughed. “Sorry. Doesn’t work at all for you.”

“You might change your mind if I show up smelling like one of Cassie’s goats sometime. She and Petros like to pretend they’re horses and bring them into the ‘stable.’ Which is her name for our living room.”

“Oh, my gosh, that’s adorable.”

“Not when your house smells like a barn.”

Her laugh, the sparkle in her eyes, were sheer temptation. The kind of temptation that left Andros wondering if he could possibly resist. If he could keep his hands and lips to himself when all he wanted at that moment was to pull her close and kiss that smiling mouth.

He drew in a deep breath, glad they’d arrived at one of his favorite restaurants, interrupting his dangerous thoughts. “Would you like to sit at a table, or have mezedes on these seats looking out over the water?”


“You’ve been in Greece two months and don’t know what mezedes are?” He teased her with mock astonishment. “Appetizer-sized plates for dinner, instead of one entree. Eating various meze over a whole evening, preferably with ouzo to drink, is a Greek tradition.”

“Ouzo? You’re kidding. That stuff is awful!” He had to grin at the cute way she scrunched up her face. “Mel and Tom had us all try it at dinner in Delphi one night and I could barely swallow it.”

“Don’t worry, ouzo is optional.”

“Good, because the meze sounds wonderful. I like trying different things. And I want to enjoy seeing the water while I still can.”

A reminder that she wouldn’t be here for long. But when it came right down to it, what did it matter? He wasn’t capable of futures or happy-ever-afters with a woman anyway. And they were far enough away that he didn’t have to worry about the gossip Kastorini townsfolk used to love to share about him, back in the careless days of his youth. Which had extended into too many careless days with women in his adulthood, too.

They sat side by side in the cushioned wicker seat, and it took effort to concentrate on the menu instead of how close she was, how good she smelled, how pretty she looked. “So, no ouzo,” he said. “What do you like to drink?”

“White wine, but don’t let me stop you from drinking ouzo.”

No way he’d be drinking ouzo. If he kissed her, he wasn’t about to taste like the licorice liquor she hated. Then reminded himself that kissing wouldn’t be a good idea. “Have you ever tried retsina?”

“No. That’s a Greek wine, isn’t it?”

“Another thing that can be an acquired taste. Some people think it tastes like turpentine, or pinesap, but by there third glass, you’d like it.”

“Third glass? Are you trying to get me drunk to take advantage of me?” He hadn’t seen this mischievousness in her eyes before, and his heart beat a little faster as he thought of ways they could take advantage of one another and how much fun that would be. “How about I stick with Sauvignon Blanc?”

“I’m a gentleman, remember?” A gentleman who wanted to kiss her, wanted to know whether this attraction, this awareness, went both ways. Except he shouldn’t want to know, because if she felt any of what he was feeling he’d find it even harder to keep their relationship strictly friendly and uncomplicated. “We’ll get both, since you like to try new things.”

“Far be it from me to not try a drink that tastes like pinesap.”

Even as he grinned he wondered how her mouth would taste no matter what she’d been drinking, and yanked his gaze from her lips, handing her the menu. “What sounds good?”

She handed it back. “You’ve heard the phrase, ‘it’s all Greek to me’? Unfortunately, studying ancient languages doesn’t help me read one word of that.”

“Sorry. How a bout I order a few of my favorites, then we’ll go from there? Grilled octopus, keftedes, which are fried meatballs I personally could eat a dozen of, peppers stuffed with feta, and olives from the valleys by Kastorini to start.”

“Sounds wonderful, except maybe the octopus. Can’t wrap my brain around eating those little suction cups.”

She gave an exaggerated shudder that was almost as cute as her ouzo expression. “Maybe you haven’t had them cooked properly. And I’m beginning to learn you’re a little overdramatic at times, perhaps.”

“Perhaps.” Her lips curved. “I love that the olives are from that sea of trees. It’s incredible how many there are.”

“Over a million. And many are over a hundred years old.”

“A hundred? That’s a nanosecond in Greece.”

“Says the archaeologist, not the arborist.”

They smiled at one another until the waiters showed up to take their order, then brought the wine. Andros let himself enjoy looking at her over his glass. Wished he could see her with that long, thick, silky hair of hers out of its restraint and spilling down her back. He nearly reached to grasp the ponytail in his palm, wanting to stroke the length of its softness with his hand, but stopped himself.

“Tell me about being mom to your sisters. How many do you have?” he asked, as much to keep from thinking about touching her as genuinely wanting to know more about her. Then instantly regretted the question, surprised to see the beautiful eyes that had been relaxed and smiling become instantly shadowed.

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Book Info:

Archaeologist Laurel Evans put her career on hold to care for her younger sisters. Now, close to achieving her goals, she won’t let anything distract her. Laurel has come to Delphi to dig up ancient treasures, but she finds a modern-day Greek god instead–local doctor Andros Drakoulias!

A devoted single dad, Andros is determined to give his little girl stability. He knows his fling with Laurel can’t last, so why is it so hard to imagine a future without her by his side?
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Meet the Author:

Robin GiannaAfter completing a degree in journalism, then working in advertising and mothering her kids, Robin Gianna had what she calls her awakening. She decided she wanted to write the romance novels she’d loved since her teens, and now enjoys pushing her characters toward their own happily-ever-afters. When she’s not writing, Robin’s life is filled with a happily messy kitchen, a needy garden, a wonderful husband, three great kids, a drooling bulldog and one grouchy Siamese cat.
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95 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Her Greek Doctor’s Proposal by Robin Gianna”

  1. Sylve T.

    my favorite vacation was a trip to Orlando, Florida i took recently after graduation Nursing school! i love amusement parks and had a great time!!

    • robingianna

      First, congratulations on your graduation! That’s wonderful. I confess I’ve never been to Orlando, but have a number of friends who adore it. My kids berate us sometimes for not taking them, but I remind them they’ve had other great trips! Maybe one of these days… πŸ™‚

      • Sylve T.

        Thank you! I’t was an amazing trip, the parks were a bit pricey but it was worth it lol

  2. Vicki Clevinger

    I hoping my go to vacation will be my favorite. In September I’ll be going to Memphis, Nashville and Branson, MO to celebrate my parents 60th wedding anniversary.

    • robingianna

      Sounds great! Memphis, Nashville and Branson are more places I haven’t spent time, but have heard are super-fun! Hope you have an awesome time – and congrats to your parents on their big anniversary! πŸ™‚

    • robingianna

      Rome is an amazing place, Crhstal – you’ll get there one of these days, I’m sure! Fingers crossed that it’s soon! πŸ™‚

  3. sallycootie

    Our favorite vacation trips were to DL – with our children and then our grandchildren. Now we enjoy our stay-cations in the back yard enjoying the pond (and the quiet!) with some trips to visit the great-grandchildren now.

    • robingianna

      Sounds like you have a lot of special memories from those trips. And it also sounds like your backyard and pond are pretty perfect to enjoy now, too! Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

    • robingianna

      Me too!! The UK is high on my bucket list, for sure! The town I live in has a huge Irish Festival every year, and there are quite a few kilted men who attend, so I get to enjoy a little of that, at least πŸ˜‰

  4. Mary Preston

    I’d love to travel more. Great Britain beckons, but I’d like to take it all in at a leisurely pace.

    • robingianna

      In my experience traveling a little of Europe on two trips, I agree totally. Trying to see too many places in one trip can result in not enjoying any of them as much. When I eventually get to Great Britain, I’m with you – I’d like to go for at least ten days if not more and not venture outside the UK. Thanks for your comment!

  5. Katina Fragakis

    The greatest vacation of my life will always be my trip to Greece with my late father. It was his first trip back home in 50 years, even though he was very close to his family. We toured Athens, and he showed me the building on top of which he was stationed during the civil war. We took a day cruise to a few islands. Then we headed to his home town for several days. I loved it so much I almost stayed. When we traveled to Delphi by bus, I sat in the town square of Larissa while he went in a taverna to get us Cokes. I watched several buses leave for Delphi before he returned. He had reconnected with some boyhood friends!
    Though my father had been away so long, he remained fluent in Greek. My favorite memory was walking with him one night when suddenly he began speaking to me in Greek (which I had not learned). My only response was to say,”obviously, sir, you cannot be speaking to me.” We both broke out with laughter! That was 1981, but it was also yesterday.

    • robingianna

      Oh, Katina, your post brought tears to my eyes! Sounds absolutely unforgettable, and I’m so glad your dad reconnecting with his past, and that the two of you got to share those memories.

    • robingianna

      I LOVED Italy, Elizabeth, and would love to go back and experience more of it, too. Here’s hoping we both get there again! πŸ™‚

  6. debby236

    I would love to visit Australia and New Zealand. My favorite place so far has been Delphi.

    • robingianna

      Ah, you loved Delphi, too! It’s magical, isn’t it? I’d love to get to Australia and New Zealand as well – but that is one long trip! Maybe one of these days…

  7. Jen

    I would love to go to Hawaii! Or Greece, Italy, England, Ireland, Scotland, France….. So many places… I have been to Disney World which I loved, and I enjoyed going to Los Vegas and sightseeing (no gambling for me).

    • robingianna

      Your bucket list sounds about as long as mine! πŸ™‚ I haven’t been to Las Vegas (unless the airport counts!) or Disney World – may have to add them to my list! Thanks for stopping by

    • robingianna

      I’ll bet it was, Janine! I went to Hawaii about 20 years ago, and it was truly paradise. I would LOVE to go back! Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  8. Debbi Wellenstein

    After my high school graduation, my family took a great vacation to California.

    • robingianna

      California is so big and varied, isn’t it Debbi? We go to San Diego almost annually to visit my husband’s uncle and hang out on the beach (which is why I have several books set there!). A few years ago, we decided to go to Yosemite and San Francisco before heading down to San Diego. Yosemite was incredible, and getting to see San Francisco was really fun. I’m sure your whole family had a great time on your trip!

  9. isisthe12th

    My husband took me to Aruba for a late honeymoon, I loved it. Beautiful beaches, beautiful people and great food.

    • robingianna

      Ooh, Aruba! I’ve seen photos, but haven’t been. Sounds wonderful! Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

    • robingianna

      I know Brazil is huge and diverse, but hate to admit I don’t know a whole lot about it! South America hasn’t been as high on my bucket list as other places, but maybe I need to rethink that πŸ™‚ Thanks for your comment!

    • robingianna

      I’m sure Australia is amazing! Lucky you to have traveled a lot – here’s hoping a trip to Australia is in your near future! πŸ™‚

    • robingianna

      I’m trying to talk my husband into going – he’s never been, and isn’t sure it’s on his list, but I know he’d love it! I hope both you and I get to go someday soon! πŸ™‚

  10. Meredith Miller

    We took the boys to Disney several years ago and they were just at the right age to ride the rides, but young enough for the place to still be magical.

  11. robingianna

    I’ve talked to a lot of people who took really special family trips to Disney, Meredith. Glad yours was magical and memorable! πŸ™‚

    • robingianna

      A friend of mine’s daughter lives in Branson, so she goes to visit quite a bit and says it’s great. Thanks for stopping in to comment! πŸ™‚

    • robingianna

      Well, darn. But I’ll bet one’s in your future – may it be as wonderful and magical as you dream it to be! xoxo

  12. robingianna

    Sounds like you’re a beach gal! But who isn’t, right? πŸ™‚ I haven’t been to New Orleans (and not to either of your other favorites for years!) Not enough time and money, alas! Thanks for stopping by!

    • robingianna

      In Wisconsin? Or is that somewhere else? Glad you had a wonderful time with your parents! Always good memories πŸ™‚

        • robingianna

          Well, I was close…except for it being on an entirely different continent! πŸ˜‰ Obviously, I’d never heard of Guernsey Island – just Guernsey cows, of which there are a lot in Wisconsin and Ohio and other places in the US. I just looked it up – very interesting! Thanks so much for educating me, Jen! xoxo

  13. Colleen C.

    Best vacations ever were when we visited my grandparents… I miss that…. One day, I hope to visit Ireland.

    • robingianna

      Trips to visit family are special, Colleen – and memories that stay with you forever. Glad you experienced that, because not everyone gets to. As for Ireland? Definitely on my bucket list, too!

    • robingianna

      Someone else mentioned Aruba…hmm….may have to push that up on my list of places to go! Thanks for stopping by, Jodi!

    • robingianna

      I got to go a few years ago when my daughter was studying in Florence, and my son and I went to Italy to travel a bit with her when she was finished. Rome is AMAZING and I’d love to go back! Hope you get there one day!

  14. Lori P

    I loved traveling to Scotland with my family. It was absolutely beautiful and steeped in history.

    • robingianna

      Sounds wonderful, Lori! I have a feeling the UK is going to be my next big trouble – though I also have a feeling it won’t be soon enough! πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by!

      • robingianna

        HA! That was supposed to say ‘next big trip’ – was that autocorrect, or something subliminal on my part? πŸ˜‰

    • robingianna

      You’re the first to mention France, Leanna, which surprises me a little! I haven’t been there and am dying to go. My February release was set in France, and I did a lot of research for it – which made me want to go even more! Here’s hoping you get to go there and to Italy soon!

  15. Ellen C.

    One of my favorite vacations was a cruise to Bermuda. We are thinking of England/Ireland in the future. Dream vacations would be Italy and Hawaii. To be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever really had a bad vacation. It is just so nice to get away and relax.

    • robingianna

      I agree, Ellen. Even when a vacation doesn’t turn out exactly as we plan, it usually still turns out to be a good experience! Bermuda is another place on my bucket list – and since that’s one of your favorites, I must move it higher on the list! Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  16. ndluebke

    I’ve always wanted to visit Hawaii instead of a stopover there on the way to Bangkok, Thailand about 40 years ago. However, there is no money for traveling now. May get to visit Las Vegas to visit my son tho.

    • robingianna

      Here’s hoping Hawaii is in your future someday! And a trip to Las Vegas to visit your son? I’m sure that would be awesome – hope it happens for you! πŸ™‚

    • robingianna

      The Smokey Mountains and Appalachian Mountains are definitely beautiful – just drove through them a few days ago moving my daughter back from college in Georgia. Thanks for stopping in and commenting!

    • robingianna

      A month-long tour! Jealous!! I can only imagine how awesome that was for you. Think Australia will be as green? πŸ™‚ Hoping you get to go downunder soon!

    • robingianna

      I’ve always wanted to go to British Columbia – I’d forgotten it’s high on my bucket list! I’ll bet Vancouver Island is absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

  17. glam009

    IΒ΄ve always wanted to go to Scotland or Ireland!! I would love to go to those places!!!

    • robingianna

      I’m with you on both of those, Angela! Thanks so much for stopping by to comment! πŸ™‚

    • robingianna

      Interesting, diverse list you have – obviously, you’re interested in a lot of different things and places. I am too – traveling can be such an educational experience, besides being fun. Good luck getting to every one of them! πŸ™‚

  18. Irma

    I’ve always wanted (maybe I will someday…) on Bora Bora. But I’d love to wisit Scotland, too.

    • robingianna

      Someone else listed Bora Bora – it does sounds unbelievably wonderful! In fact, I just might have to do some research on it right now…maybe a book set there, if I can’t get there myself? πŸ™‚ Here’s hoping you get to both on your list!

  19. Harjit

    I’ve always had Disneyland on my bucket list! Now that I have two little ones, I can’t wait to take the, one day. Twitter fan@plumerea

  20. kermitsgirl

    My husband and I got married on a Disney cruise in the Bahamas and we go back every year for our anniversary. It’s amazing how relaxing the week leading up to the cruise is, just knowing that it is coming. We have some of the best times on the road trips to and from Florida.

    • robingianna

      A road trip then relaxing cruise? That sounds like a wonderful anniversary tradition! I’ve heard the Disney cruises are great (except for the time a friend and her family were on one that hit bad weather, and her hubby was sick the whole time!) I just may have to think about coming up with an anniversary tradition, now that the kids are nearly grown. Hmmm…fun to ponder! πŸ™‚

    • robingianna

      I’m picturing Edinburgh Castle right now….want to see! πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by

  21. Amy Rickman

    I want to go to Maine and eat lobster and travel thru the New England area in the fall.

    • robingianna

      Oooh….sounds wonderful! We’ve pondered going on a group bicycle tour through parts of New England – most of the organized groups don’t go a lot of miles per day, maybe 25, or I wouldn’t be considering it! πŸ™‚ Stopping at B&Bs and enjoying the landscape and outdoors at a leisurely pace with interesting people – that sounds really nice to me, and something I’ve never done before. I haven’t been to Maine, but want to! And lobster? Yes, please!

  22. Emily Stemp

    Hi Robin. i have many bucket list of place i want to go back too or visit for the first time. I loved P.E.I Prince Edward Island. Quebec is amazing. but i never be out of Canada. so want to go to Hawaii, Jamica, England. Rome. want to go to Vancouver B.C.

  23. robingianna

    A woman after my own heart πŸ™‚ Big bucket lists might never be completely fulfilled, but they’re fun to think about, aren’t they? I’ve never been to P.E.I or Quebec and would love to go to both, so good for you! Canada’s a big place, but maybe Vancouver can be high on your list? As for the rest – they’re all on my list, as well, to either visit for the first time or revisit, as you said. Here’s to both of us, and our future travels! xoxo

  24. Emily B.

    I would love to be able to take a vacation to Paris or Hawaii, those are two places I have always wanted to go to.

  25. BookLady

    My favorite vacation locations are San Francisco and Hawaii. I would love to go to Italy and Greece someday.

    • robingianna

      All special in their own ways, aren’t they? Thinking of those places, and others folks have mentioned, are really making me want to book a trip somewhere right now! Alas, this summer isn’t going to bring much travel for me but I’m going to at least dream about a next one – thanks for visiting this blog!

  26. Tanya Guthrie

    Sadly I hit 31 last month and still haven’t had a proper vacation. Someday I’m going to take my man to Ireland. It’s on both of our must see places!

    • robingianna

      I was just like you when I was in my late 20s, early 30s – I’d changed jobs a few years in a row, which doesn’t work well for vacationing! When I finally had one, I thought “Wow! I like this travel stuff!” πŸ™‚ I’m sure you and your man will get to Ireland, and I hope it’s soon! xoxo

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