Title: Rest In Places: My Father’s Post Life Journey Around The World
Author:Marlayna Glynn Brown
Publish Date: 01/12/2014
Publisher: Self Published
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
~ Book Synopsis ~
Join award-winning memoirist Marlayna Glynn Brown on a tender journey to understand the father she never knew in life by spreading his ashes around the world after his death.
A relatable must-read for anyone who has lost a loved one, this memoir lights the way to afterlife and afterdeath where forgiveness supersedes pain, blame, remorse and regret.
In her effort to understand the generational effects of alcoholism and subsequent dysfunctional adult relationships, Marlayna takes her youngest son and her father’s ashes on a personal journey, embarking on an emotional voyage to both physical and mental states of being. She confronts her own existence as a mother and a daughter, seeking and ultimately finding peace with her disappointment, anger, failed marriage, and complex relationships with her own four children.
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My Ten Favorite Intimate Cities To Fall In Love (Or Have Fun Trying)
Marlayna Glynn Brown
We all know about Paris, but Paris is a big city and can feel a bit intimidating. What if you’re looking for somewhere a little more intimate? Many travelers seek a little amour while enjoying the flavors of a foreign city. If you happen to be looking for love, what better way to see a city than on the arm of a native? Locals know all the best places – public and private – and are usually quite proud to show off their city. If sparks fly, light a fire and really get to know the country!
Summer in Budva is one loud, giant party. Don’t even consider visiting the popular Montenegro Riviera city without bringing your bathing suit and dancing shoes. Spend the day at the beach on one of the hundreds of lounge chairs, rocking out to the pumping house music while your cocktails are hand-delivered. In the evening cruise the main promenade where you’ll find cafe bars, cotton candy, restaurants, shops and discos with go-go girls. With the reputation for having the most millionaires per capita in Europe – 500 in a town of 22,000 – who knows who you might meet?
Although this Amalfi Coast city is quite popular, it doesn’t detract from its ambient romantic charm. Lovely climate, picturesque views, homemade limoncello and amazing seafood make this walkable, hillside city a must-visit. This city is made for romance! If you don’t bring your own lover, feel free to engage the locals, but be warned they will not tell you their real names. As explained to me by a young Italian male, their lifecycle is such: live at home and enjoy life and work hard until marriage. Marriage includes the ‘love years’ where a man dedicates his life to his wife and children. After the children have grown, the man returns to working hard and enjoying life again. The locals are fairly irresistible but don’t say you weren’t warned.
Nicknamed “Paris of the East” due to its lovely lights and architecture, Budapest has grown increasingly popular among European youths. With so many museums, parks, Turkish baths and monuments to experience, you could walk for days without using public transportation. Budapest is quite inexpensive compared to its major European counterparts which means you’ll have more money to spend eating, drinking and mingling with the locals. The Hungarian people are known for their style and beauty – go see for yourself.
Croatia is breathtaking in many aspects, especially the Markarskan Riviera. Aside the crystal-clear Adriatic sea, this town boasts fresh organic food, Croatian wines, and delectable seafood. The active will enjoy parasailing, rafting, kayaking and nude sunbathing. The towering Biokovo mountain range behind Markarska includes the Nature Park – great for hiking, exploring or visiting the tiny church at the top. Cruise along the main promenade in the afternoons and evenings to meet a new friend or two. If you’re feeling adventurous, be sure to board one of the Island Fish Picnic tours for a lovely day spent touring a couple of Croatia’s more than 1200 islands and dining on unbelievably tasty fresh grilled fish. Most of these tours offer unlimited wine. Drink too much and you may end up leading the guests in off-key renditions of “Hey Jude” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” like I did.
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is a city rich with history making for enjoyable days exploring by the side of a knowledgable host. Although it’s definitely worthwhile to see the common tourist sites in one of Europe’s largest cities – bridges, cathedrals, and the biggest ancient castle in the world – be sure to veer from the trodden path. Outside of the mulled wine and absinthe bars in the tourist zones you can gift yourself with visits to working man’s pubs for lunch, dinner or beer. Hear some music playing? Stop in to see what’s going on where you’ll likely find cheap beer, Czech patrons who bring their dogs along, and friendly people. I was lucky enough to be taken to an unmarked secret ‘tea room’ on the fifth floor of a walkup. I’d tell you where it is, but then I’d have to – you know.
Santorini is on my list only because there isn’t much to do on this island other than be in love. I accompanied a recently-divorced friend to Santorini and we had to laugh when we found ourselves together in a double bed in one of Santorini’s many romantic bungalows. Although we filled our days riding quads, exploring the red, white and brown beaches, and taking a cruise to the lava island, we both vowed we would never return to this romantic island without bringing a lover along.
One word: Oktoberfest. Another word: Beer. A final couple of words: Beer is the ultimate language translator. Get thee to Oktoberfest, otherwise known as Sausagefest.
This ancient city boasts miles of a coastline so lovely you won’t want to do anything but sit at one of the bars situated on the rocks above the Adriatic sea, drink a refreshment and enjoy the view, the sun and the air. Of course you will do other things such as stroll along the Stradun at night, dine on grilled or stuffed squid, drink local Croatian wine or lick Extra Black ice cream. Feel like dancing? Hit up Culture Club Revelin – a wild club in one of Dubrovnik’s old forts where you’ll meet people from many different countries, hear top DJs and watch dancers on stilts, in cages and on bars perform amazing acts.
Playa Grande Beach, Dominican Republic
This lovely white-sand beach is truly one of the most beautiful areas I’ve ever visited. Located an hour south of the athletic paradise of Cabarete, it’s well worth leaving behind the surfers, windsurfers and kiteboarders to find this piece of paradise. Away from the noise of the motorcycles, the sales pitches of the jewelry vendors, and the tourists that populate other parts of the Dominican Republic waits this quiet stretch of beach with a powerful surf. Rent a surfboard or a boogie board or just bodysurf. When you’re hungry any one of the restaurant employees will be happy to set up a table and chairs for you to dine on fresh seafood and drink fresh coconut juice straight from the shell. If your idea of paradise is blue water, hot sun, white sand and great service – this beach is for you.
This quaint, cobble-stoned city surprised and enticed me with her unexpected charm. The streets are filled with both tourists and native Mayan people dressed in the clothing indicative of their village. The air is often filled with the sounds of cannons, firecrackers, music and laughter because there is seemingly always some kind of celebration going on. To escape the raucousness, drop into one of the many wonderful restaurants or bars. This city is one of the easiest places to meet other people regardless of whether you’re eating, drinking or just resting. The center of the city contains a lovely park filled with benches. I guarantee you cannot sit there alone for five minutes without making a new friend.
About the Author
Marlayna Glynn Brown is a best selling American memoirist, award winning photographer, screenwriter and yogi. Immediately upon publication Marlayna’s first book became and still remains one of the most highly rated author memoirs on Amazon, and placed as a finalist in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Marlayna’s extensive travels, BA in Literature and MS in Human Services have honed her remarkable gifts in observing and recording the ways of humanity. Her works include:
Overlay: A Tale of One Girl’s Life in 1970s Las Vegas
City of Angeles
Big As All Hell And Half Of Texas
The Trilogy: Memoirs of Marlayna Glynn Brown
One Day The Invitations Will Stop Arriving: A Travel Memoir
Lovers, Liars and Lotharios: Lessons Learned and Self Esteem Earned
Rest In Places: My Father’s Post-Life Journey Around The World
The Nomadic Memoirist: Memoir Writing Tips For Authors
The Nomadic Memoirist: Award-Winning and Best-Selling Promotion and Marketing Tips for Authors
Find Marlayna on Facebook, Twitter, and visit her at www.marlaynaglynnbrown.com.