WatchBoom.com's Travel Destinations for the Month of May 2017
Mexican peasant brigades whupped the pride of an invading French army at the city of Puebla 155 years ago on May 5. The victory is celebrated on that date each year at fiestas, parades and street dances in Mexico as well as in Latino communities across the U.S.
It's a short climb to the top of Mt. Nebo, where you can look down on a valley of the River Jordan in eastern Israel – and get the thrill of seeing what Moses saw when he got his first look at The Promised Land. Later on, drive by Jericho on the Palestinian side of the valley and put yourself in the sandals of the ancient Canaanites. It's not hard to conjure up terrifying thoughts of Joshua's army circling the city to the scary blaring of rams' horns.
“Cajun country” runs through 22 parishes (much like counties) stretching across the southern part of Louisiana from New Orleans to the Texas border. Over a million people live in the region including some 250,000 Cajuns, mostly descendants of early French settlers. Many came to Louisiana in the mid-1700s after they were evicted from their homes in eastern Canada when the British seized the area, then called Acadia (now known as the Maritimes).
“We will greet the tulips and windmills of Holland with panache and Panache,” says writer-photographer Lisa Sonne. “That’s the name of our 12 passenger barge – complete with a crew of six, spa, sun deck, salon, twelve bikes, and the promise that every dinner will be a ‘gastronomic adventure.’ Our floating boutique hotel, the Panache, sounds well-named by European Waterways, since panache means ‘verve, spirit, and style’!”
After another weary winter of more world turmoil and vicious national politics, travel writer Carole Jacobs is ready for a kinder, gentler world. Something about being in the middle of the country far from the East Coast/West Coast bling and buzz promised to soothe the soul.
If you’ve had it with winter, head south with the birdies to Key West. With springtime temps hovering in the high 70s and the emerald waters a bathtub-balmy 80 as well, Key West is the perfect place to chill out, dry out. Travel writer Carole Jacobs shares the perfect weekend timetable. You could even come home with a Baywatch tan.
In the hush of Nebraska’s pre-dawn chill, Carole Jacobs follows her guide leads in a monk-like procession down a series of footpaths worn into the corn-stubble field. “Shhhhh!” the guide admonishes the group. ”No talking—even a whisper could scare off the cranes!”