- Where do you dream of spending your wedding anniversary?
Angie: We’re coming close to our 25th anniversary. I used to think a warm-weather cruise would be wonderful. But we’ve discovered we’re not so much cruise people. We love immersing in the place, people, and time. I think a mixture of a lighthouse and castle tour in Scotland where we explore and stay in them. He loves lighthouses and I love castles. We both enjoy exploring, light hiking, and hearing the stories of the places and people.
- Where is the most romantic place you and your spouse have ever been?
Angie: I think Hubby’s answer will be different than mine. He has wonderful memories of Puerto Rico. I do, too. But romance to me has a lot of closeness and humor. Not just cuddling and kissing. Some of the most romantic places we’ve been have included a lot of laughter or imaginative exploration such as all the ghost/history tours we’ve done in New Orleans, Scotland, Seattle, and believe it or not…the Queen Mary. We overnighted there with our children. But we bought them pizza and a movie while we went to a very nice dinner in the restaurant. Great memory and time together eating a fancy meal on the elegant old ship. Then we stayed overnight in a suite where we had our own room in a suite that matched the royal suite with extra bedrooms. That was truly a memorable experience even with all of our kids. Sometimes people think romance is only possible away from the kids. But sharing a family can bring a couple incredibly close.
- Do you and your spouse have a favorite romantic restaurant?
Angie: We have some favorite places to go locally. One is Pangea here in Missoula. But going out to eat in a variety of cities and trying the local fare is actually very romantic to us. The opportunity to try something new, share our reactions, and then talk about that later as a memory keeps a warmth between us. Sharing memories, smiles, laughter, and even remembering the #1 worst restaurant we ever ate at has an astonishing way of bonding us as a couple. The worst was in Scotland. The food tasted rancid and spoiled. But we had the best, and I mean BEST, experience there in the glassed-in pub that hung over an ice rink for curling. There was a tournament happening with the locals. We cheered, joined in the festivities, and applauded for the prizes as they were awarded. The food was awful. We laugh about that now. But the fun we had cheering for an event we hadn’t expected and knew next to nothing about is one of our favorite memories to talk about. If I could tell young couples anything, I’d say, “Look for the unexpected, the humorous. You’ll build unbreakable bonds with your spouse because those memories will continue to bond you over the years.”
- Do you and your spouse have a favorite romantic vacation destination?
Angie: I’d hate to name one vacation destination because we’ve learned that the adventure of all the different places created different opportunities. We bring back recipes that continue the memories. Our family celebrates very fancy teas because of our spectacular time in Victoria and Butchart Gardens (Canada). We often eat ceviche because we had it for the first time at a run-down hut on a Mexican beach with our girls. Then we love pulled pork because of a luau in Hawaii. Romantic vacations for us include exploring the place, eating the foods, and finding moments to remember long, long after. The vacation may have a romantic appeal. But it’s really the memories that create long-term romance between us.
On that note, when Calista and Albert experience the Queen of the Rockies city, Helena, Montana at Christmastime, they have the beauty of the world around them. Snow falling on pine-covered mountains surround the lovely small city sparkling in the valley. They share trolley rides, beautiful resort buildings, and Victorian-styled houses. They see one another in and around their community. They don’t fall in love because they’re pretty people. They fall in love because they have experiences together, they see one another’s character, and work together to save a little girl in the most elegant, wealthiest city in the world in 1889.
If I could travel back in time, I think a visit to the Queen of the Rockies, Helena MT, as she led the territory into becoming a fledgling state would be a very romantic adventure. I have a feeling Hubby wouldn’t mind coming along, too.
But I’m pretty excited to go to Canada as my graduation trip this fall. I just graduated with my genealogical studies with specialties in English Records, Lecturing, Methodology, and Scotland. I feel a romantic trip coming on 😊 Now starting in September, I’ll be hosting a new podcast called Genealogy Publishing Coach. So stay tuned!
About Angela: Angela Breidenbach is a professional genealogist, media personality, bestselling author, and screenwriter. She’s the president of the Christian Authors Network. Angie lives in Montana with her hubby and Muse, a trained fe-lion, who shakes hands, rolls over, and jumps through a hoop. Surprisingly, Angie can also. Don’t miss her new show, Genealogy Publishing Coach with a grand opening along with a 6-book series, Queen of the Rockies, set during Montana’s birth as a state! Learn more & connect:
About the book – Queen of the Rockies (Book 1 of 6):
Will her courage cost everything?
1889 (Helena, MT): As the gold rush era ends in the most elegant and modern city in the world, the people of Helena MT must create a new source of income via tourism or become another gold mine ghost town. Calista Blythe enters the first Miss Snowflake Pageant celebrating Helena, Montana at Christmastime to expose the plight of street urchins. But hiding an orphan could unravel Calista’s reputation, and her budding romance with pageant organizer, Albert Shanahan, if her secret is revealed. Will love or societal pressure prevail? Courage is choosing to do the right thing regardless of the cost…Romantic, comedic adventure set in picturesque Helena, Montana written by a bestselling author who is also a professional genealogist (releases Sept 1st).
New 6-book series coming in August 2021: Queen of the Rockies
Book 1 — September 2021, Queen of the Rockies.
Book 2 — October 2021, Song of the Rockies
Book 3 — November 2021, Heart of the Rockies
Book 4 — December 2021, Flower of the Rockies
Book 5 — January 2022, Bride of the Rockies
Book 6 — February 2022, Flame of the Rockies