Video Traveling

I love setting my Bodies of Art books in European places I’ve visited. I love going back and looking at the pictures I took, restudying the maps to remind myself of the route we chose. Reading notes I made when I ran across something interesting or heard a lovely accent or terrific turn of phrase. All that “reviewing time” not only helps me write the books, but helps me relive the whole experience.ClassicRhineMap

Still, no matter how well written my notes, or how sharply focused the photos, there are things I’m always going to forget until something comes along to jog my memory. One way I do this is to watch YouTube videos of the area I’m writing about. Often the videos show things I saw from a different perspective, too, which broadens my own understanding of the area and culture.

Rhine 1But other times I watch YouTube videos that come up when I put in my search terms, and the videos really have nothing to add to what I’m trying to write about. That doesn’t mean it’s a waste of time, however. I’ve found I can do some pretty great daydreaming while watching travel videos purely for pleasure, especially ones that use classical music as a backdrop. One of my favorites is this video on traveling down the Rhine. Besides the afore mentioned classical music, the video is shot from a helicopter moving from where the Rhine starts in the Alps, and down through the cities and countries that sit along its banks.

Passau_RhineI found this video while I was researching for Abstract Aliases. Don’t worry, no spoilers–there’s nothing in this video that appears in Laurel’s & Jack’s newest adventures. But it is one of the most soothing videos out there, one that makes me dream up new ideas, and note places I want to see. So, I thought I’d take a moment to share it today. If you have some time to spare, you might enjoy the video, too.


About ritterames

Ritter Ames is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Bodies of Art Mysteries and the Organized Mysteries series. When she’s not writing or brainstorming new mysteries, Ritter is usually trying to get her favorite blond Labrador retriever to stay out of the pond, or keep her grouchy black cat from trying to give the dog away on Freecycle. The first two books in her Bodies of Art series were released in early-2016 by Henery Press, and the third was released October 11, 2016. She's currently working on the first book in a new series.
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5 Responses to Video Traveling

  1. mariagswan says:

    I lived in Worms for 2 years…small world.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. galehr says:

    What a great idea (about the videos!) I can travel and not hafta pack. :>)

    Liked by 1 person

  3. dewi says:

    wow, beatiful
    thank you


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