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Photo Friday: River Ships on the Danube

October 12, 2012
Photo Friday: Two river ships, the River Adagio from Grand Circle Travel and the River Countess from Uniworld, docked near each other on the lower Danube River.
River ships on the Lower Danube

This is the latest in a series of travel photos inspired by #FriFotos on Twitter. The theme of this week’s Photo Friday is TWO (in honor of the hashtag’s second anniversary). At the beginning of this month, I spent 12 days on the River Adagio, a river ship operated by Grand Circle Travel that plies the Lower […]

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October 2012 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: Vermont Fall Foliage Picture

October 1, 2012
Free desktop wallpaper for October 2012: A colorful scene of fall foliage in the Vermont countryside.
October 2012 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: Vermont Fall Foliage Picture

This is the October 2012 offering for our desktop calendar series – always free and available for iPad and iPhone too! Get your October 2012 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper! Chris and I had stayed overnight in Stowe on our way back from a fall foliage trip through northern Vermont and parts of Québec, Cananda, including the Eastern Townships, Quebec […]

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Photo Friday: Window on the Nile, from Four Seasons Cairo

September 14, 2012
Photo Friday: For this week’s WINDOW theme, we take a look outside the Four Seasons Cairo in Garden City, not far from the American embassy.
View of the Nile from the Four Seasons Cairo

This is the latest in a series of travel photos inspired by #FriFotos on Twitter. The theme of this week’s Photo Friday is WINDOWS. This shot of the Nile was taken from my room at the Four Seasons at Nile Plaza. The luxury hotel is in an area of the city known as Garden City […]

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Photo Friday: Iowa’s Bridges of Madison County

September 7, 2012
This week’s Photo Friday theme is bridges, so we take you to Madison County, Iowa, which has the titular covered bridges of the popular book and movie.
Roseman Covered Bridge, Madison County, Iowa

This is the latest in a series of travel photos inspired by #FriFotos on Twitter. The theme of this week’s Photo Friday is BRIDGES. My in-laws live in Atlantic, Iowa, a town of 7,500 an hour east of Omaha. I’ve visited several times, first for my husband’s high school reunion and last year to celebrate my mother and father-in-law’s […]

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Yukon, Ho! The Appeal of the North

September 5, 2012
There’s something about The Yukon that will always have a romantic draw. Some photos from my trip to Whitehorse earlier this year.
Jack London statue, Whitehorse, Yukon

As with almost everything else in my travel life, The Yukon came to me first between the pages of a book. The Call of the Wild, to be exact, although I later preferred White Fang. Both books involve dogs, in immensely savage situations; not necessarily the most pleasant intro to the Far North. Jack London’s […]

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September 2012 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: Napa Hot Air Balloon Rides

September 1, 2012
Free desktop wallpaper for September 2012: A birds-eye view of Napa Valley from a hot air balloon.
September 2012 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: Napa Hot Air Balloon Rides

This is the August 2012 offering for our desktop calendar series – always free and available for iPad and iPhone too! Get your August 2012 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper! This photo of the Napa Valley was taken from 2,000 feet, during an early morning hot air balloon ride.  September is the start of harvest season in California wine country […]

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Eye at the Sky: LAN Airlines’ new 787 Dreamliner

August 31, 2012
A tour of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, courtesy of LAN Airlines, has now taken possession of its first plane.
LAN Dreamliner at Boeing

For aviation and travel geeks alike, one of the biggest travel stories over the past year has been the roll out of Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner aircraft. The plane has been celebrated for its environmental advancements and innovative design. Boeing says that the 787 uses up to 20% less CO2 than similar aircraft, and has […]

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Bedding Down: The Singular, in Puerto Natales, Chile

August 30, 2012
A look at The Singular, a luxury expedition-style lodge in Puerto Natales, Patagonia.
The Singular from the water

The craft beer brewed at the end of the world comes to the table in an official-looking bottle, emblazoned with the logo of The Singular hotel, where its Chilean creator, 27-year-old Dario Matus, works. Matus serves as the sommelier at the hotel outside Puerto Natales in Chilean Patagonia, making sure that the boutique property’s wine list […]

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Maui Wowie: Paia & the island’s North Shore

August 29, 2012
A night in Paia, a surfer town on Maui North Shore, along with dinner at the well-known Mama’s Fish House.
Surfboard fence on Maui

After exploring Upcountry Maui for a magazine assignment, I spent one night in the surf town of Paia, in the center of Maui’s North Shore. As you can see by these photos, the North Shore on this island is much like it is on Oahu – a surfing paradise. This shot was taken from the […]

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The Latest: Fall 2012 Freelance & Travel Updates

August 28, 2012
Time flies when you’re building a business: What I did on my summer non-vacation – and what’s on the horizon for fall.

It’s been a busy summer here at CATW’s Seattle headquarters. I spent most of July and August working on long-term projects for different clients, including a travel app prototype that had me channeling my inner Playboy and “writing” – or more accurately, compiling – restaurant “reviews” for those “masters” of the air quote, Zagat’s (now […]

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