I’m Judith Ashley, author of The Sacred Women’s Circle series, romantic fiction that honors spiritual practices that nourish the soul and celebrate the journey from relationship to romance.
Traveling to other countries and even other parts of the United States has broadened my view of the world. I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel—not only around the United States but also to Canada, Mexico, Australia and Europe.
Ireland, Scotland, England, Croatia, Slovenia and Italy have all been on my itinerary with stops in The Netherlands and Switzerland.
My first trip outside North America was to Ireland where I met up with another Judith and we had adventure after adventure as we drove around the country. Our first night in a bed and breakfast in Clifton, we walked to a local tavern and had Irish stew and bread. A young couple we met on holiday bought us our first Guinness after rescuing us from two flat tires as we traveled around The Ring of Kerry. We stayed at Ashford Castle and I distinctly remember sipping Irish Coffee and eating the best scones I’d ever had.
Next was Croatia and Slovenia. I will admit I was hesitant to try new food combinations when everything around me was so new but I did—and it was delicious! The food was fresh, vegetables harvested hours before our meals made all the difference in the world.
I was there during the Balkan War. When Zagreb was bombed, we were ordered to leave the country. Our group traveled to Bled, Slovenia to wait until for our return flights. There was a bakery near the hotel where we stayed that had ‘crème cakes’ and just thinking about them makes my mouth water. I’ve never had anything like them anywhere else – even with the same name nothing is ever as delicious as my memory.
What I can tell you is that it was naturally fermented from potatoes grown organically on the land. No Nitrates!!! Which meant no headache for me!!!
Most recently I traveled to England and Scotland. I tried haggis and oatcakes in Scotland and fish and chips in London.
If I were to travel abroad again, where would I go? If I based my decision only on the food, I’d be on a plane to Croatia and Slovenia.
In Croatia I’d find the village in the mountains. With a glass of wine in hand, I’d sit and look out over the surrounding land. A local cheese with homemade bread? I’d return to Bled. I’d be disappointed if the crème cakes I remember weren't there. But, who knows what else I’d fine?
That’s one of the exciting aspects of travel to other countries…the exploring whether of historical sites, local customs, or finding a meal that feeds your soul as well as your body.