WatchBoom.com's Travel Destinations of the Month
A long time ago a businessman from the Philippines made a fortune in what was then the tiny Mexican port of Mazatlan. To thank the city for his success he built a block-long plaza where folks could take leisurely strolls, catch up on the latest gossip and rock with Bach in the evening. The plaza (shown above during Mexico's “Day of the Dead” celebration) is still the city's cultural center, enjoyed by Mazatlecos and tourists alike.
Try to imagine five million people flooding a shrine in Mexico City. That's the number of pilgrims who typically show up each year at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe to celebrate her feast day. Find out what this has to do with an ancient statue of the Virgin Mary found in the 1300s near the Guadalupe River in Spain.
Munich’s Ludwig II cared nothing for the affairs of state. He was however gay in an unfortunate age when none dared emerge from that condemned closet. Travel authority Robert W. Bone recounts the visionary King’s eccentricities on a visit to Germany.
The human towers in Catalonia are more stupefying than Cirque du Soleil’s acrobatic feats. Put this down for your next trip and you’re guaranteed a thrilling vacation with great photo ops. You’ll also be assured of being the person with the most entertaining stories at cocktail parties…for the rest of your life. Former Elle columnist and travel journalist Maxine Albert takes Spain by storm.
If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, but prefer SPF 30 over snow shovels, there’s still some room on the beach on the Baja. Luxury villas with two to 10 bedrooms and complete concierge services are found at www.bajavacations.com.
Between camel rides and muezzin calls, our eclectic correspondent Lisa TE Sonne realizes that in Morocco, tagines – both the dishes to eat and the cooking pots – are great for menus and metaphors. She includes a recipe that may deliciously warm up a cold Winter night.
It's about an hour's ride ride from the dock at Gulfport to the white beaches of Ship Island. Find out how a Union fort bristling with giant guns on this stringbean-shaped speck – one of a chain of islands separating the Gulf of Mexico from the Mississippi Sound – played a key role in the defeat of Confederate armies in the Civil War.
WatchBoom.com Contributing Writers
- Bob Schulman
- Robert W. Bone ~ Cruise Editor
- Rich Grant
- Bob Jenkins
- Ted Alan Stedman
- Linda DuVal
- Jimm Budd
- Patricia Alisau
- Nancy Clark
- Courtney Drake-McDonough
- Laura Ann Klein
- Maxine Albert
- Curtis Ellis
- Danielle Yuthas
- Gretchen Healey
- Christine Loomis
- Anne Z. Cooke
- Steve Haggerty
- Lisa TE Sonne
ABOUT OUR CONTRIBUTORS
Each month, WatchBoom.com brings you travel notes by the worlds’ best known writers in the industry. What makes WatchBoom.com different than the next travel magazine is that our journalists can tell a compelling story and their material is authentic.
Maxine Albert is a travel and lifestyle journalist residing in New York City. A specialist in authoring experiential luxury features, she is a former columnist for Elle magazine, has written for Glamour magazine, has appeared on CNN, and on WABC Radio. Currently she pens the “'Absolute Luxury” column for JaxFax Travel Marketing Magazine and is the International Travel Correspondent for the New York Resident Magazine.
Albert has traveled the globe and written about the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Maharajahs’ palaces in India, the Serengeti migration in Tanzania, the Aeolian and Greek Islands, the best spas in China and Thailand and the best of Paris, among others.
Albert is a believer in the mantra made famous by Mae West (a native New Yorker herself): “ You only live once, but if you do it right – once is enough.”
She can be reached at email@example.com.