Napoleon Bonaparte said:  “A throne is only a bench covered in velvet.”

I’m glad to know I share something in common with him.  Benches intrigue me, too.

Rustic,

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rugged,

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falling apart,

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glamorous,

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whimsical,

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at the feet of great architecture,

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those carved from bent wood,

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or slabs of stone,

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covered in seasonal fruits and vegetables

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–all communicate with me.

Come.  Sit.  Breathe in nature.

Be inspired.

Travel Words issued a challenge this month.  And it called out to me as clearly as one of my travel benches.

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So I’m accepting the challenge and offering up my collection of benches in the autumn atmosphere, be it Martha’s Vineyard, Paris, Avignon, Essoyes, Orvieto, or some other interesting spot during the fall.

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Find a bench this November and settle in for some quiet reflection and communing with nature.

Renee Johnson is the author of Acquisition, and The Haunting of William Gray.  She is currently working on a Young Adult novel, while editing a suspense novel which has international flair–an homage to her love of travel and foreign food.  She lives on a farm in North Carolina with her husband, Tony Johnson, and one very spoiled German shepherd named Gretel.   

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