Wondering how the pandemic is affecting people around the globe? Has it made you rethink priorities? Are you seeking a new adventure? A new life? Sometimes we have to get lost for awhile to live found and free. Here we talk about essential journeys that lead us home to the people we were created to be. My guests, masters of reinvention and growth, will share their travel go-to places and give insider tips on where and how to take timeouts in their backyards. They’ll inspire and empower you to take the next step to planning YOUR new adventure, to living YOUR best life. I’m Cindy McCain, travel writer and blogger at Southern Girl Gone Global where I share my journey as an empty nest survivor and former expat. After living 3 years in Morocco and the Caribbean, I’m back in Nashville teaching university English, telling travel tales from 27 countries, and coaching others as they write theirs. I’m so excited to introduce you to some of the colorful cohorts I’ve met from around the world whose heads and hearts push me to press on in growth, live by core values, never settle. Hear how they followed their bliss using Joseph Campbell's stages of the hero's journey and how their lives have changed since. Music Credits Season 1: Carole Edwards, "Come and Run Away with Me," Chris Haugen, "Casablanca Caravan," Dan Lebowitz, "Mysteries" Photo Credits: Cindy McCain and Guests
Season 2: Talking Angela Correll's Writing Journey and Retreats
Welcome to Part 2 of my conversation with Angela Correll, author of the May Hollow Trilogy. This episode is for readers, writers, creatives of all kinds. She’ll share her writing journey, process, and a new project. She’ll also talk about opportunities she can provide for solo writing retreats and creative community.
Be sure to hear her story in Part 1 and read the blogpost on how she wanted a simpler life and found it in Stanford, KY with her husband, Jess. There they live on a sustainable farm and have revitalized the downtown area of the village dating back to the 1700s that inspired her books. She takes us on a tour through the first historic guest cottage they saved and renovated, restaurant and event spaces, and her soap factory where it all began as a way to save her goats. You’ll see Whitley Cottage, Esther’s Wellhouse, and farm-to-table Bluebird Restaurant where I spent a one-of-a-kind weekend.
Angela continues to design spaces so readers can experience small town living in the two worlds of her novels–one in Kentucky and soon Tuscany, Italy where she and Jess are remodeling rental properties.
Special Edition Part 1: Talking 3 Magical Places in 2022 for Getting Back to What's Important with Angela Correll
Welcome to a special edition of Travel People: Living Authentic Lives, Finding Kindred Spirits, Fulfilling Dreams. Today Best-selling author Angela Correll, takes us to 3 little villages with big hearts. Her story inspires us to see problems as possibilities, to create something that satisfies the soul and benefits others, to embrace who and what matters most, to remember our roots and spread our wings.
I talked with Angela in Stanford, Kentucky where she lives on a farm with her husband, Jess. The novels of her May Hollow trilogy – Grounded, Guarded, and Granted– are based largely on life in the small town. She and Jess are the creators of the Wilderness Road Hospitality Group. You’ll hear how they went from milking goats to saving and renovating historic homes. How they built two restaurants, an Inn, and are building another. Angela will tell you about living in a close community in Ky and their latest project in a village in Italy. See more here: https://southerngirlgoneglobal.com/2022/01/03/best-retreats-2022-wilderness-road-experience-with-author-angela-correll/
If you missed last year’s holiday edition, follow the link to a another small village, this one Greek in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Every Jan 6 this close community hosts the largest (and probably most unusual) Epiphany celebration in the Northern Hemisphere.
Kentucky Soaps and Such
Wilderness Road Accommodations and More
Liborio Conti -- Mandolin music https://no-copyright-music.com
S2 Summer Bonus Addition: Talking Screenings, Stars, and Connections at Cannes Film Festival with Toni Thompson
00:01 Series Intro
00:32 Meet Toni Thompson, traveler to 70 countries including volunteering in five. She served in the Peace Corps in Ecuador, lived 4 years in Venezuela. As an occupational therapist, she teaches cultural competency. July 5-17 she attended the 2021 (74th) Cannes Film Festival in France and shares stories from the Red Carpet, film screenings, parties, and a Master Class with Matt Damon. Find out how to get there or enjoy your local film festivals.
1:26 How she got an invitation to the industry event
Gasparilla International Film Fest--Tampa
Sunscreen Film Festival--St. Petersburg, Florida (where she reviewed entries as a programmer)
3:40 How Covid changed the Festival
Dave DeBorde, Nashville, hosted The Cannes Pajama Party
Chilean Cinema https://cinemachile.cl/en/espanol-que-paso-en-cannes-2021-conoce-todo-sobre-la-presencia-chilena/
(Cindy was cast by Alberto Fuguet in the Chilean film based on Nashville, Musica Campesina, which screened at the 2011 Nashville Film Festival, Vanderbilt University, and in 2014 on Cinemax. https://www.nashvillescene.com/arts_culture/alberto-fuguets-i-musica-campesina-i-the-best-nashville-shot-movie-youve-never-seen-airs/article_cf943712-db2f-55f2-be09-105beacb3dd7.html)
5:51 Red Carpet events, guidelines, surprises
7:20 Getting into the film screenings--She went to 19.
10:06 Toni's favorite moment (with Matt Damon)
Stillwater is "loosely based" on the story of Amanda Knox, an American college student accused of murdering her roommate in Italy
14:15 The Power of Film for Cultural Connections
Red Sea Film Festival
Cindy was so excited to see a Moroccan film there--Cassablanca Beats--the story of a former rapper who takes a job at a cultural center inspiring students to fulfill passions and find freedom in hip hop culture.
Highlights from France 24 News
17:46 Toni's travels
18:24 Classes on Cultural Competency/ Humility
21:00 InterNations and the Gifts of Diversity
*See S2 Episode 1 for more on Oman
24:36 Cannes and the French Riviera
More on Nice, Monaco, surrounding area
26:53 Festival Packages
30:07 How to Get Started in Film Festivals--Volunteer locally.
Nashville Film Fest
Film Festival Travel
S2 E4 Pt2 Talking Switzerland, Ireland, NOLA, Cali with Elaine & Scott Harris
Elaine and Scott Harris--Journalists, Sommeliers, and TV Hosts--discuss Switzerland, Ireland, New Orleans, Central Coast of California, and advice on a happy life.
*YouTube version w/ photos &videos by Scott and Elaine Harris, Canva: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5etq3B6gBIE
S2 E4 Pt1 Talking Food, Drink from Vegas to Switzerland with Journalists Elaine & Scott Harris
Meet Elaine and Scott Harris, Journalists, Sommeliers, and Hosts of Cuisineist Confidential based in Las Vegas, Nevada. They’ll soon be adding to their vast portfolio of publications and projects (https://muckrack.com/elaine-harris) a new event space--Vino Las Vegas-- and a new series for TheVegasFix.com. They share another side of Vegas from celebrity chefs pivoting during pandemic closures to life off the strip including state parks for the family nearby. They share favorite destinations and events known for great wine, food, and spirits...Switzerland, New Orleans, Central Coast of California, and beyond. In Part 1 they’ll tell us the wine they keep on to survive a long, hot summer.
We met at Captiva Island’s South Seas Island Resort: compass-issue-8/#22 Elaine shared why. she traded in teaching for full-time travel writing and how she found her life partner. In Part 2 they share advice for those wanting to break into travel media, more favorite destinations, festivals and events, and advice for a happy life.
Elaine and Scott 's Contact here:
Cuisineist.com IGTV Host Cuisineist Confidential
@TheCuisineist Cuisineist Instagram Facebook
*YouTube with photos/videos courtesy of Scott, Elaine, South Seas Island Resort, and Canva : https://youtu.be/OAQL9oJkRj4
Online travel writing class: https://southerngirlgoneglobal.com/travel-writing-course/
Bon Appetit’s Vegas Uncork’d https://www.venetian.com/entertainment/vegas-uncorkd.html
Chef Justin Picard of Allegretto Vineyard Resort, Paso Robles, California, https://www.allegrettovineyardresort.com
Thunderbird Hotel Vegas https://www.thunderbirdhotellasvegas.com/
Montreux Jaxx Festival Lake Geneva https://www.montreuxjazzfestival.com/
The Vegas Fix Network
Watch series here: https://www.tvfpremierpass.com/
Camping with mountain sheep: Valley of Fire State Park http://parks.nv.gov/parks/valley-of-fire
Mt. Charleston https://www.gomtcharleston.com/
Red Rock Canyon --wild horses https://www.redrockcanyonlv.org/
Resorts World https://www.rwlasvegas.com/
Area 15--art installations https://area15.com/
Michael J. Fox fundraisers https://www.michaeljfox.org/
Where to eat in Vegas:
Sparrow and Wolf
Al Solito https://www.alsolito.com/
Boston Fish House https://bostonsfishhouseandbar.com/
Honey Salt https://www.honeysalt.com/
Court of Masters https://www.mastersommeliers.org/-
Dawn’s Dream Rose
S3 E3 Talking Amalfi Coast & Capri with Italian Tour Guide Rosa Candela
If I could return to only one European area and stay awhile, it would be Italy's Amalfi Coast. I met Rosa Candela on my birthday last March (2021) at her online Airbnb experience: https://www.airbnb.it/experiences/1508893
My friend, Sally, who gave me this gift, joined us from Virginia. Rosa shared her family recipe and technique for making limoncello--truly the hit of the summer with my family. In late May she joined me for this episode from her Salerno terrace overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. Here she takes us on the Path of the Gods and beyond, tells us must-eats and must-sees on the coast and Capri, and invites us to join her for real on one of her walking tours.
YouTube version with photos and video here: https://youtu.be/-Fsp-J7tHxU
On Facebook and Instagram : A TASTE OF AMALFI COAST
Season 2 Theme Song: "Jazz In Paris" - Media Right Productions https://youtu.be/mNLJMTRvyj8
Photos: Rosa Candela and Canva
:20 Episode Intro Italian lessons online at https://www.italianforfun.co/
3:57 Meet Rosa Candela on her terrace in Salerno on the Amalfi Coast
4:31 How we met—Limoncello Airbnb Online Experience
6:05 Covid conditions in Italy
9:51 Rosa’s dream land and dream job: “We call the time spent here Dolce Vita.”
10:22 Why she prefers walking tours
11:00 Path of the Gods
11:48 Other hikes—Mill’s Valley
14:00 Why I’m dying to go back to Positano—2 movies filmed in Positano and the https://sirenuse.it/en/
14:48 Rosa’s favorite restaurants in Positano and Amalfi
Praiano — Kasai On TripAdvisor here: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g194867-d8115579-Reviews-Kasai-Praiano_Amalfi_Coast_Province_of_Salerno_Campania.html
On her food tours—Fore Porta https://www.agriturismoamalfi.com/
Stella Maris https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g187780-d1111680-Reviews-Stella_Maris-Amalfi_Amalfi_Coast_Province_of_Salerno_Campania.html
19:45 Courses of a typical Italian meal
23:30 Lemons in Paradise
24:44 Family ties in Italy
27:10 Rosa’s travels—Brussels, Berlin to Copenhagen, Croatia, Sicily, and Sardinia by bike
30:20 Best time to travel to Amalfi Coast and transportation options
34:03 Sorrento and Capri
Famous Visitors inspired by Capri https://www.capri.net/en/e/famous-visitors
38:53 Rosa’s personal journey—“I decided to follow my passion.”
41:38 Rosa’s advice to a younger person”Nobody can know what is best for you except you…Follow your passion.