WatchBoom.com's Travel Destinations for the Month of June 2016
There are few sounds more romantic than a train whistle as it pulls out of the station starting off on a journey. Unless, of course, you’re riding the Rail Runner Express. This unusual 96-mile- long railroad runs between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM. The trains are sleek looking silver diesel engines with comfortable double-decker cars and a bright red roadrunner (New Mexico’s state bird) painted on the side.
You probably always wanted to know who Antipatros Sidonios was (a hint: he was also known as the Antipator of Sidon). And how the New7Wonders of the World got picked in 2007. And how the seventh Wonder of the Ancient World made it on the list (there were originally only six Wonders). Frequent WatchBoom contributor Bob Schulman gives us the straight skinny on all this.
Fredericksburg, Texas is a great way to show the young ‘uns what life used to be like (including the wonderful, simple pleasures) while also taking in modern life with lots of comfort. And, it’s all with German flair, to boot. Travel savvy Courtney Drake-McDonough reports on the family trip to the way, way back machine in the Lone Star state.
“Homestays” are fast gaining traction with hotel-weary vacationers. Locals are now hosting guests (for a modest price) in some 5,000 homes around the world. Like a romantic villa on the Greek island of Mykonos; a 16th century artist’s cottage in Avignon, France; a lakeside retreat in Halifax, Canada; and a treehouse in the hills of Costa Rica.
It started as an executive retreat for Washington Mutual, which had somehow managed to score 18 untouched acres in the middle of a housing development within sight of Seattle Tacoma International Airport. It seemed logical, then, to be close to transport for WaMu folks coming in for meetings. Travel authority Yvette Cardozo experiences the once-private spa.
Ending a 55-year embargo on ferry service between the U.S. and Cuba, ferry passengers should be zipping across the 230-mile run from Miami to Havana a little later on this year. U.S. approval for the new service has already been granted, and Cuba is expected to give the go-ahead shortly.
Folks come FROM Asia for the Asian food here just south of Vancouver, BC in Canada. Yvette Cardozo & Bill Hirsch, along with a couple of local friends, made the ultimate sacrifice and hit a dozen cafes, stalls and mall food court stands. In two days! They report on places only the locals know but adventurous travelers should visit. Places where Asians fill every seat, which, frankly, is how you tell the food is really good.
When you sail on a ship like the 208-passenger Star Breeze, a vessel nimble enough to squeeze into most tiny coves or narrow gorge, you’ll want to bone up on history in advance. Anne Z. Cooke reports on the ship’s ports-of-call, anecdotal and otherwise. If nothing else, you’ll have time to decide which shore excursions – if any – fit your idea of the perfect magical mystery tour.