I've been locked in mortal combat with the holidays, and the holidays are winning, so I'm invoking the Wenchly prerogative of buffing up an older post to enjoy again.
Starting on Monday, Christmas Day, we'll start our annual “Christmastide” celebration of the holidays. That is, the traditional Twelve Days of Christmas which run from Christmas Day to January 5th, the eve of Epiphany.
So every day of Christmastide, a Wench will post a short little blog just for fun, as a gift to our readers. This post was originally an entry in our Christmastide series, and it's fun to revisit: a virtual voyage on the luxury yacht Wenchly Winds, which would be a romantic sailing ship like this one, the Colombian training barque Gloria, and isn't she beautiful?
We Wenches like day dreaming about getting together for a magical vacation, and sailing ships and islands figure strongly in in our fantasies! There will be cabins enough for all the Wenches, and any of you who would like to join us in a fantasy cruise in good company.
I'd like to stop in Malta, the island at the heart of the Mediterranean, the island once considered the middle of the world. I first became really aware of the island when I read Dorothy Dunnett’s The Disorderly Knights in her marvelous Lymond Chronicles series. Much of the story takes place there, and the knights of the title are the Knights of Malta, an order of fighting monks created to protect pilgrims during the period of the Crusades.
Malta is a fascinating crossroads of the Mediterranean, with layers and layers of history and an unusual language descended from the ancient Phoenician traders. The island intrigued me so that I made it the home of the hero of my last Guardian novel, A Distant Magic. Nikolai is a combination of Maltese, African, and maybe Russian. (His mother wasn’t really sure.) He made a fine dark hero and wizard.
Where would you choose to travel on a fantasy cruise to anywhere you'd like to go? Our Aussie Wench, Anne Gracie, has suggested the Whitsunday Islands, a group off Queensland, and totally tropical gorgeous.
So many beautiful, unique islands! Wench Nicola recently blogged about visiting Madeira, a lovely island off Africa.
For those who like the mysterious north. I recently wrote a blog of our North Atlantic cruise called Islands of Ice and Fire. I loved this beautiful little garden in the Faroes, complete with a turf roofed cottage and a view of the sea.
So if you'd like to escape from the holiday busyness, where would you like to go on our Wenchly dream cruise? It's a magical ship, capable of gliding from one hemisphere to another, so there is no need to be practical!
Dreaming something leads to achieving those dreams in real life. I'd love to hear where you'd like to go!
Mary Jo, who grew up dreaming of travel to exotic place–and lo! has done quite a bit of that!