We are back with our travel series, “24-Hours On, In and Around Series”. This week, Narelle spent 24-hours on Kassis and gives you her quick visit guide to this extraordinary planet.
Time: 1 day and night
Best Time To Go: April – August
Our Reporter: Narelle
Kassis is the major planet in the galaxy and is home to many fine Kassian warriors. The second the sun comes out, you’ll relish your time exploring the crystalline city of Kassis. The non-stop spectacle of crystals, evergreens and purple water will make it a struggle to continue onto the next planet on your Kassian Galaxy tour.
The palace is the starting point for many first time visitors to Kassis particularly since the Ladies have settled. There have been significant changes in Kassian culture since the prophesized warriors arrived. The common areas of the palace are now open to locals and tourists and a very popular place to visit, with many hoping to capture a glimpse of the Ladies of Kassis.
Rumor has that on on occasion you can see the three Ladies climbing over the balcony so they can mingle amongst the crowds. If you hear roaring, don’t panic, that will just be their husbands discovering that it’s hard to keep a good woman down.
The palace or House of Kassis, is home to the Royal family, and consists of four main buildings. It is built on a hill overlooking the city below and the entrance gates to the House of Kassis is a photographers dream. Huge and elaborate, these gates are carved with the history of Kassis. Remember to look up as there are quite a few surprises on the ceilings of the buildings and overhangs.
The South House or Common House is made up of conference rooms, dining rooms, a medical wing, additional guest rooms for dignitaries, and rooms for entertaining guests.
The North House is the Lead House and it belongs to Torak, the eldest son of the Leader of Kassis, and his wife, River. The East House belongs to Manota and is known as the Second House of Kassis. Manota and Jo reside here. The West House belongs to Jazin and Star and is known as the Third House of Kassis.
In the center between the houses is a large garden area with fountains and paths leading to each of the three private Houses and the Common House. If you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the three Ladies as they practice their high wire work on the beams and wire in the garden whilst Ajaska and his grandchildren look on.
Guided tours of the palace run daily and bookings are recommended.
If you like bling with your history, then make sure you head north along the Avenue Australis to the Statue of Ajaska, Leader of Kassis. This twenty foot high statue is made entirely of crystal and shoots out thousands of sparkles, almost as if it is alive.
Space travel is vital to the economic and cultural health of Kassis and its space port is high up on the must see places in Kassis. Pride of place in the space port is the Galaxy Quest which brought the Earthers to Kassis. The Galaxy Quest is now a museum and you can walk where the Prophesized Warriors first walked. There is even a side tour through the vents for those of an Earth size. This side tour books out very quickly so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment. It is restricted to height and width so check that you are small enough to go on the tour.
Be sure to allow plenty of time to be early for a good seat for the twice daily Prophesized Warriors show on the shuttle bay. This is quite the spectacle with actors re-enacting the great battle cry scene when Lady River claimed Torak and saved the alliance between the Kassians and Tearnats.
The Seeker, which brought the circus to Kassis, is also in the port although it is under refurbishment at the time this guide went to press.
Afternoons and evenings is the perfect time to walk along the boardwalk which borders the rippling purple River on one side and thriving markets, shops and restaurants on the other. This bustling area of Kassis is a must visit. The restauants offer a wide variety of fresh dishes from around the galaxy including Earth. At the markets you will find organic fruit, breads, jams, clothing, and shoes.
A must have is the fruity ice drink name Star’s Surprise in honor of Lady Star. It packs quite a punch so steady as she goes when you try Star’s Surprise lol.
If you are staying longer than 24-hours, add these locations to your itinerary:
Author Spotlight – Deborah Cooke
Deborah is one of my favorite authors. I love her Dragonfire series. If you haven’t read any of them, you don’t know what you are missing! I was having a major fangirl moment when I first met her at RTC in Ottawa this past spring. She is an incredibly talented authors. My sister first introduced me to her books and I couldn’t get enough of them.
Bestselling and award-winning author Deborah Cooke has published over fifty novels and novellas, including historical romances, fantasy romances, fantasy novels with romantic elements, paranormal romances, contemporary romances, urban fantasy romances, time travel romances and paranormal young adult novels.
She writes as herself, Deborah Cooke, as Claire Delacroix, and has written as Claire Cross. She is nationally bestselling, #1 Kindle Bestselling, KOBO Bestselling, as well as a USA Today and New York Times’ Bestselling Author. Her Claire Delacroix medieval romance, The Beauty, was her first book to land on the New York Times List of Bestselling Books.
Deborah was the writer-in-residence at the Toronto Public Library in 2009, the first time TPL hosted a residency focused on the romance genre, and she was honored to receive the Romance Writers of America PRO Mentor of the Year Award in 2012. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and of Novelists Inc. Deborah thinks a lot about publishing and writing, and also knits too much.
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I recently started doing author videos for each of my stories as I thought it might be good to share with everyone why I write the stories and to give a little behind the scenes look of how they came about. Nothing long and drawn out, but a little insight into how the worlds came to be. Your feedback shows that it was the right decision!
Mind you, it took 17 tries before I recorded one without stumbling too badly. I was making faces and doing the blah, blah, blah thing. When I am braver and have done a few more videos, I’ll have to post all the bloopers I made! (Some of them are really good! LOL)
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