Category Archives: Our Escapes

Sometimes we just have to get away from the whirlwind we call life. These are our escapes…

My Outlander love is not crazy like those Star Wars Geeks or Trekkies – Absolutely Not!

It may seem a bit fanatic to some, especially to those who have not read or watched the Outlander series. We even surprise ourselves at the numerous times we would drop everything – leaving our family and, at times, our careers – just to experience Outlander. As I write this blog today, I think about those other freakishly, and I mean freakishly, crazy fans, like Trekkies or Star Wars geeks, who endlessly live their lives day in and day out with Star Trek or Star Wars on their minds, and I mean all the time!  Continue reading My Outlander love is not crazy like those Star Wars Geeks or Trekkies – Absolutely Not!

The Timeless Beauty of the Royal Coaches: Remembrance of Outlander Season 2 in Paris

We are getting closer to the highly anticipated Season 3 of Outlander. Can you believe it is only 29 days away! It is clear – we are not counting the exact time we have left, as we each smile in this revelation. To pass the time we have found ourselves re-watching our favorite episodes to divert our attention away from the daily countdown until the premiere. As we spend time watching treasured scenes, we are constantly reminded of the detail and artistry that could be seen within each set. It was remarkable to see each episode vibrantly come to life throughout their time in Scotland and the opulent lifestyle that was synonymous with upper class living in 18th century Paris. There is no question that the lavish portrayal of Paris intrigued us the most. These episodes were a visual feast that included rich colors, elaborate set designs, and striking textiles that told a story of prosperity and wealth that was representative of French nobility and upper class living during this time period.

Reminiscing about our favorite episodes in Paris, reminded us of Jae’s recent visit to London where she was able to explore one specific area of splendor that was shared between all nations. We are always in search to learn more about the historical reflections present in the show and within the books. It was natural for us to find a way to momentarily escape to the past, linking pieces of the show to true elements of history – such as the coaches that were designed to transport members of upper society. From Versailles to the wealthy middle class within the city, coaches were a vital means of transportation. Come, travel with us to the Royal Mews in London to discover a historical collection of coaches that will bring additional appreciation for those displayed during the filming of Outlander, while also bringing to light their importance in higher societal life.

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A Fan’s Experience Finding Fraser’s Ridge and Meeting Cesar Domboy, Outlander’s Fergus Fraser

Fraser’s Ridge, a location any faithful Outlander book fan would easily recognize. With its lush mountains and thick wilderness, it’s a place Jamie and Claire will call their home while in America. Closing our eyes, we imagine what it may have been like actually living in such a  secluded setting where they lived off the land. So much was developed there: relationships, family, community, and a life. Besides Scotland, it is one of our favorite spots – it is special.

In the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, lies a small historic town called Blowing Rock and another named Boone. Nestled between these two towns, a very unique experience is created by a remarkable company, Novel Adventures, allowing participants to travel similar paths as our favorite Outlandish characters. On July 5 – 8, the “Gathering on the Ridge” event took place at The Mast Farm Inn where about 50 people met to enjoy four days of “Fraser” living. The highlight of the occasion was the attendance of Cesar Domboy, Outlander‘s Fergus Fraser.  One of our very own, Mela, was fortunate to take part in the culminating function, dinner with Cesar. In this blog, Sass3 shares her experience of that magical evening.


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A. Malcolm Printer and Bookseller: The Print Shop at SDCC 2017

One of the most anticipated scenes in Outlander, Season 3 is Claire’s return to the 18th century and finding Jamie. Fans were quite pleased, and a wee bit excited, when it was announced that the Starz booth at San Diego Comic-Con would be a recreation of the set of The Print Shop, where said reunion takes place.

Here, we give our readers a quick glance at A. Malcolm Printer and Bookseller’s shop.


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San Diego Comic Con 2017: Our Outlander Highlights

San Diego Comic-Con 2017 is a huge event any participant would describe as colossal! With about  150,000 visitors, it can intimidate any attendee – whether new to SDCC or a veteran. Undeniably, it is one of the largest affairs the city hosts where fans queue up for hours, and often times overnight, to be first in the panel discussion halls. Stamina is a must in order get through one day of Comic-Con. Making its presence known this year was Outlander, especially with its huge fan following. It drew people from across the country, and even the world, to see their favorite characters. Today, Sass3 highlights Outlander and briefly shares their favorite moments.

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Novel Adventures: Redefining the Face of Travel

Travel is a means for many of us to expand our perspective and our understanding of the world that surrounds us. These long-lasting benefits can also be found in reading. It can allow us to form new outlooks on life, inspire the acquisition of knowledge, introduce ourselves to new places of discovery, and even have the power of transforming our lives for the better. Each of these values are typically most inspired when reading novels that allow us to transport ourselves, often without knowing, into the character’s journey, voice, and soul. It is then not uncommon for increased personal investment to occur, as we willingly search for opportunities to escape into the fictional world that our favorite authors present to us. Many series have this power – such as Harry Potter, Twilight, Gone with the Wind, Poldark, Lord of the Rings, and in our case, Outlander.

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San Diego International Comic-Con: Let Our Adventures Begin!

Today marks the official day before San Diego Comic-Con! We were fortunate to have attended Emerald City Comicon earlier this year where we successfully attended panels and met the admirable Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe. We are ecstatic that the Outlander cast will be coming to our city to mark the return of the series. We are proud to be badge holders and are seasoned enough to know the importance of developing strategies to successfully navigate between events being held throughout our glorious city of San Diego. Are we excited? Yes, just a little! 

We can already anticipate waiting in the endless lines and making our way through a sea of crowds that encompass every aspect of this event – from anime to comics, movies to television, and beyond. Watching the highly anticipated panels and getting within proximity of actors and artists we admire will be our ultimate goal. We have each agreed to make the preparations necessary, as all invested fans do, to make our experience the best it can be given the wealth of fandoms that will be attending. We have talked about how to prepare for this convention, which we have undoubtedly taken to heart. In this blog we will explore the 5 things we look forward to experiencing as our adventures B-E-G-I-N!

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San Diego Comic-Con 2017: 5 Helpful Tips for our Outlander Fan-mily!

San Diego Comic-Con 2017 is just around the corner and being prepared for such an event will make the experience extremely enjoyable. In today’s blog, we share our top 5 tips to help you navigate your way through this epic event. This information is especially perfect for the new or novice Comic-Con attendee with some ‘need-to-know-tips’ from three San Diego locals and previous SDCC participants, Sass3.

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Clan Tours: Walking The Paths Of Our Favorite Outlander Characters

The Outlander series has changed the manner in which we view historical fiction. Initially written for practice, Diana Gabaldon did not limit herself on the contents she wrote about. The portrayal of the world of Outlander includes elements such as war, adventure, spirituality, morality, family, bonds of friendship, and even components of fantasy. However, through it all, the story was built on the foundation of true history. Diana Gabaldon’s gift for research enables her to accurately reflect historical timelines of the 18th century while also portraying real-life figures and important points of world heritage within the light of fiction. Her gift of vivid and descriptive storytelling is unmistakable and unlike any other author. This often invites Outlander enthusiasts, like ourselves, to search for the footsteps of history upon which the series was based and, perhaps, follow the fictional path of our beloved characters in the process.

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Remembrance of Outlander Season 1: The Enchantment of Tea Leaf Readings

Sass3 has formed a strong attachment to everything that Outlander embodies: historical fiction, spirituality, honor, morality, love, and even components of superstition. If you are an avid fan like we are, we are sure you can easily recall your favorite episodes that have created a stronger bond to this series. There are certainly scenes that we will always cherish, leading us to re-watch our favorite moments of each season. However, we also love to look back on the episodes that foreshadowed Claire’s future. In particular, the moment when Claire Randall had her tea leaves read by the charming housekeeper, Mrs. Graham. It was clear during their conversation that hints to her future were being foretold, and Claire would soon embark on a timeless journey that would capture each of our hearts.

The manner in which Mrs. Graham used this fortune-telling method of interpreting patterns in tea leaves was mysterious. Although, in reality it’s use has been well documented throughout history and across many different cultures. The bigger question we asked ourselves is this: Can a level of truth be drawn from this form of fortune-telling? Only those who had this experience will know. Fortunate for us, one of our own was able to partake in this rare form of reading to gain insight into her future by the intuitive interpretation of the leaves found in her tea cup. This was an incredible opportunity that we can not wait to share. Here is Jae’s story. Continue reading Remembrance of Outlander Season 1: The Enchantment of Tea Leaf Readings