Lunch with Journeywoman!

Some days are a little more special than others and yesterday was one of those!

Some people you meet are a little more special than others and the woman I met yesterday was indeed one of those!

Evelyn-bio-picEvelyn Hannon, aka Journeywoman, and I spent a couple of hours  yesterday chatting over a light lunch we picked up in Whole Foods at Hazelton Lanes in Toronto. Seriously … just the two of us … lucky me!

Through a conversation we were having online about promoting The Promise of Provence on her site, the next thing we knew we were arranging to meet. I am so delighted we did. As smart, funny and down-to-earth as Evelyn appears in her writing online, she is even more so in person.  This is a woman experiencing life to the max and sharing her energy and enthusiasm with all of us. Lucky us!

In a word: INSPIRING.

I loved the fact we share the same philosophy that age should not be a deterrent to anything you wish to do in life. We looked at each other and laughed as we agreed that getting older is simply an opportunity to have time to follow more of your dreams. Just do it!

No wonder Time Magazine included Evelyn in a list of “this century’s most innovative thinkers”. As a woman way ahead of her time, she recognized the power of the internet and began blogging about travel for women in 1997, expanding her reach from the magazine she began in 1994. She now has over 70,000 subscribers to her newsletter and over 30,000 avid followers on Twitter.


Click right here to read how her personal journey began.

As a serial traveler, I’ve followed Evelyn’s website for several years and always found interesting, helpful and/or entertaining travel information there. Although the website is geared to women traveling on their own, the information is valuable for anyone planning a trip or, truly, for people interested in learning more about this wonderful world of ours.  The number and variety of articles on this site will keep you engaged for a very long time.

Just ignore the fact I’m in my track suit as I dashed over right after tennis!

I’m pleased and proud to have The Promise of Provence occupying a little space of its own on for the month of November. We’re also going to talk about the WomensTravelNetwork ‘Promenade in Provence’. I will be on the tour … will you?

If you haven’t yet discovered Evelyn’s site, I am suggesting that you get yourself over there as quickly as you can. Here you go … CLICK!  You will be writing me to say thanks. I know it!

Published by patriciasands

Patricia Sands lives in Toronto, Canada when she isn't somewhere else, particularly the south of France. With a happily blended family of seven adult children and, at last count, six grandchildren, life is full and time is short. Beginning with her first Kodak Brownie camera at the age of six, she has told stories all of her life through photography. Much to her surprise a few years ago, she began to write and has now published three novels, including two that are part of a six-book series set in the south of France. Love France? Love her work! Check out her website She is particularly drawn to the rewarding friendships of women and the challenges many embrace once their families are grown. "It's never too late to begin something new," she enthuses. "As the saying goes, just do it!"

11 thoughts on “Lunch with Journeywoman!

  1. Patricia, not only did I have the fun of wonderful conversation with you over lunch, I also received an autographed copy of your book, The Promise of Provence (which I’m saving for my holiday – can’t wait to read it). If that wasn’t enough I just read this blog post all about me and the Journeywoman website. It was so kind of you to take the time
    to write it. What a lovely gift for me. Thank you for everything. You are
    my treat of the week.

  2. Another great post. Evelyn sounds like a major player in the social media realm. I’ll check out her sites. Very cool that she has your book there too.

  3. Patricia, what a great post! You always have wonderful articles and resources on your blog. Way to go! So nice to learn about Evelyn and JourneyWoman. Off to check out the site!

  4. Patricia – I feel all warm and cozy inside when I make it home to your blog. You are always achieving one goal after another and are an inspiration for all women to just get out there and do it. Thank you for your positive attitude that all things are possible if you’re willing to put one foot in front of the other. Somehow I’m convinced the body will follow the feet. Now, I’m headed over to JourneyWoman to check her site and congratulations for appearing on her site for the month of Nov.

  5. Evelyn sounds amazing. I love hanging out with people like her. I subsrcibed to her newsletter. What fun that you got to meet her. (you look fab in a track suit BTW)

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