Hi, AJ. I’m totally delighted to be visiting you today. I’m still on a high from the recent release last week of my novel–Topaz Eyes – an ancestral mystery, published by Crooked Cat Publishing. My main characters, Teun Zeger and Keira Drummond in Topaz Eyes, spend a little time in the
What has Keira found in
And what might she view with her hunky Californian, Teun, the guy she’s
paired up with to find the missing jewellery that once belonged to a Mughal
emperor? The tourist spots are endless, the architecture fantastic. There are
so many museums, art galleries and famous public buildings it is so difficult for
Keira to choose which to visit- then
again, there are so many sinister things happening as well in Topaz
Eyes that they’re not really there as tourists! Vienna
The hugeAlternatively you might prefer to laze away your afternoon at the park called the Prater. On a sunny, warm day you can loll about the wonderful park areas, picnic on the grass, enjoy the world passing by…or you could be up on the giant Ferris wheel getting a bird’s eye view of the city. My trip was during October and not so warm, but the view from the top of the Ferris wheel was stunning. No ordinary Ferris wheel, the Prater wheel has cars, holding quite a few people—as in a cable car.
has such wonderful collections it’s far too difficult to decide exactly what to
spend time on. I could have spent my whole week’s holiday in that one museum.
Go early in the day would be my advice because you just might need to rest your
legs now and again. Kunsthistorische Museum
Or what about trotting around the old city in a horse drawn carriage? That was fantastic fun, though not exactly for the limited pocket!
If you’re more of a modern art lover you cannot go to
without visiting the Gustav Klimt collection. The Kiss, by Klimt, is quite amazing
to view—its golden hues and deep colours have a vitality that I found
astounding considering the painting is now more than a century old, painted in
There are so many art galleries in
that the decision
to visit boiled down to what my husband and I could reasonably fit into our
short holiday. Visiting the Schonbrunn and Vienna
was a must since the belongings of the Habsburg rulers are at the heart of
Viennese culture. Belvedere Palaces
I would love to have seen the famous stallions of
a Lipizzaner show being described as a feat of unparalleled horsemanship, and a
stupendous ballet. Vienna-
The New Year’s Day Concert broadcast from
and seen on
millions of TVs worldwide was no stranger to us. I really fancied a night in
that fantastic building of glittering chandeliers, full of splendidly dressed
patrons. It wasn’t to be-although we did a tour of the building one morning. Vienna
Time and money were major consideration on my short visit, the horses didn’t win either, but a night at the opera did. What we went to was just absolutely splendid. A Mozart Opera performed by the Statsopera, in the Musikverein was breathtaking. Our holiday fund didn’t run to seats close to the stage- not quite. We were way up in ‘the gods’, in seats at the very font, though if you are the least bit inclined to suffer from vertigo-don’t go! The view was incredible - opera glasses definitely recommended - although the overhead translation of the libretto is an extra bonus!
That’s only a tiny bit of what we saw in
AJ, thanks for letting me share a little of
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Blurb:A peculiar invitation to
Who among the progeny of Geertje – hitherto unfamiliar third cousins brought together for the quest – can Keira rely on? Distrust and suspicion among them is rife.
Which one is greedy, and determined enough, to hire thugs to tail her… and worse… as she travels to
and ? Can Keira even trust Teun Zeger - a
Californian she is becoming very drawn to – as they pair up to unearth the
As they follow a trail of clues, will they uncover the full collection before the hired gun kills them? Details remain furtive and undisclosed until danger and death forces their exposure. And who harbours the ultimate mystery item that is even more precious than the Mughal jewels?
Greed, suspicion and murder are balanced by growing family loyalty, trust, and love.
would have been so
much nicer with company, special company. Vienna
Every single building needed time to savour. One fabulous piece of architecture led to the next… and the next. Speed-walking the last part of the Hofburg didn’t do it justice. Keira muttered a vow to explore it more thoroughly the following day as her neck craned to the top of a particularly ornate rooftop on the corner building, before she emerged out into the boulevard. Finding the pedestrian crossing at the Ringstrasse was in her favour, she scooted over the road.
After she crossed, she looked back to enjoy the view.
“What the hell?” Her mouth gaped… her eyes, too.
At the far side of the wide stretch of road someone ducked down to tie his shoelace, the whiteness of the hair grabbing Keira’s attention before a steady stream of traffic flowed in front of her as the traffic lights changed.
Anger built, the little frisson of initial fear became a heat of annoyance. Why was the bastard still following her? She’d no jewels to protect any more, so what the hell did he think he’d get from her? She squinted in the strong sunlight, cars and vans creating a stroboscopic effect. When the traffic ceased to flow, the lights red again, she faced an empty space.
An ex-primary teacher, Nancy Jardine, lives in the fabulous castle country of Aberdeenshire –
A lover of history, it sneaks into most of her writing along with many of the fantastic world locations she has been fortunate to visit. Her published work to date has been two non fiction history related projects; two contemporary ancestral mysteries; one light-hearted contemporary romance mystery and a historical novel, The Beltane Choice, also published by Crooked Cat Publishing.
Nancy Jardine can be found at:
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