WatchBoom.com's Travel Destinations of the Month
Just in time for Easter... a special report from Jerusalem by veteran WatchBoom contributor Bob Schulman. Among visits to a number of iconic spots around the Holy City, Bob takes us for a stroll down the Via Dolorosa – “the Way of Sorrows” – in the footsteps of Jesus on his agonized walk along the 14 stations of the cross he was forced to carry.
The crusader kingdom in the Holy Land once stretched for 360 miles from Lebanon south through modern-day Israel and western Jordan down to the Gulf of Aqaba. Having lost battle after battle, the caped invaders’ last stronghold – at Akko – fell in 1291.
How would you like to zip around Spain on super-high-speed trains, stopping at three of the country’s most colorful cities? What’s particularly cool about this week-long tour is that you can “custom tailor” it – meaning you can schedule it to start just about any day this year. What’s more, you can add more days to your trip, hook on more cities to see and change your itinerary any other way you’d like. (Well, almost.)
Located in the southwestern corner of Colorado, Durango’s springtime comes earlier than most mountain towns in Colorado’s Rockies. As the skiers and riders take their last turns at Purgatory, the Easter Beagle Express (The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad’s annual nickname) operates family-themed special ride to Cascade Canyon. Durango-area PR maven Anne Klein has 15 playful recommendations beginning with Easter Weekend.
It was the marching. Always marching. Together. To EVERYthing. But I truly wanted to taste what it’s like to be a Royal Canadian Mounted Police cadet.
ABOUT OUR CONTRIBUTORS
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WatchBoom.com Contributing Writers
- Bob Schulman
- Robert W. Bone
- Rich Grant
- Bob Jenkins
- Ted Alan Stedman
- Linda DuVal
- Jimm Budd
- Patricia Alisau
- Nancy Clark
- Dawna Robertson
- Courtney Drake-McDonough
- Laura Ann Klein
- Maxine Albert
- Curtis Ellis
- Danielle Yuthas
- Gretchen Healey
- Christine Loomis
- Anne Z. Cooke
- Steve Haggerty
- Lisa TE Sonne
- Janna Graber
- Mark Chesnut
- Michelle da Silva Richmond
COOKE TAKES 1st in Catalonia competition
In December, 2014, the Catalonia’s G! Awards committee awarded Anne Z. Cooke First Prize for a pair of stories about cultural and adventure travel in Catalonia, or as the committee put it, “for the best tourism communication in print.” The stories, entitled “Hello Dali, and much more” and “Brava Costa Brava,” were distributed by Tribune News Service (then the McClatchy Tribune News Service) and subsequently printed in Sunday travel sections at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and 47 other publications in the U.S., including the Miami Herald and Chicago Tribune; and in 400 associated websites.
Watchboom.com Featured Writer: Patricia Alisau
So smitten with Mexico that she turned a one-week vacation into a 20-year sojourn, Patricia Alisau has traveled just about every inch of the country on assignment for U.S. publications. She’s traveled four continents into 40 different countries engaging her in exotic locales and attitudes, which she thoroughly enjoys. Her stories and photos have been published by The New York Times, Newsweek, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and global news agencies such as the Associated Press, United Press International and Reuters. She’s earned writing credits in Mexico’s Vogue and National Geographic plus Mexicana and Aeromexico in-flight magazines. Her byline has appeared in W, Successful Meetings, TravelAge West, Travel Weekly, Hotel & Motel Management and Fodor’s. German, French and British magazines also have featured her work. Now residing in San Antonio, Texas which she calls “Mexico north of the border,” she believes she lives in the best of both worlds with her frequent jaunts to Mexico to savor her favorite spicy salsas and chimichurri sauces.
Alisau is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and the Texas Writers League.
WatchBoom Writers Take Home Honors
A tip of the hat to two WatchBoom contributors who scored just-announced honors in this year’s North American Travel Journalist Association’s travel writing contest. Walking away with a Bronze award in the Cultural, Educational and Self-Improvement Travel category was Lisa TE Sonne for her story – in WatchBoom – called “Tasty Tangines in Morocco.” Sonne also won a Bronze for her piece, “Underwater Treasure off Cancun,” in the contest’s Destination Travel (International Newspaper) category. The article appeared in the prestigious Pique Newsmagazine.
Another of her stories in Pique, “Piranha Fishing in High Season,” rated Sonne as a finalist in the NATJA’s Sports and Recreation category.
Veteran WatchBoom contributor Rich Grant copped the honors in two categories, one in the Destination Travel (International Newspaper) category scoring a Silver award for his story, “Yosemite and the 150th Anniversary of National Parks.” His piece was featured in Global Village, the travel section of a daily print newspaper in Mexico City called The News.
Also featured in Global Village was Grant’s story, “Little Big Horn Redux,” which ranked him as a Finalist in the contest’s Historical or Hobby Travel category.