The Local: Explaining Minneapolis

by Chris on May 31, 2011

A Minneapolis local wonders what other travel writers will think of her hometown, after the 2011 SATW Editors Council meeting.
Minneapolis local

Travel writers can be a judge-y breed. And that’s not always a bad thing. You have to be critical when you’re giving your readers the information they need to make important vacation decisions. So you take out your microscope, you examine what makes a destination tick, and you compare and contrast it to other places where […]


What to do in Leipzig? Lots. With an outstanding new Bach museum, a Porsche plant, and (best for us) a strong connection to Faust, there’s more to this former East German city than you’d imagine.
Leipzig, Germany

I didn’t expect too much from Leipzig when we arrived for the second portion of the SATW convention. After all, Dresden had been such a delight – and we had very little time to see it all. And while Leipzig has some cool historic buildings, such as the Altes Rathaus (town hall) above, they are […]


Dresden: Baroque Downed Palaces

by Chris on October 22, 2010

Things to do in Dresden, including baroque palaces and the famous Green Vault.
Dresden, Germany

      Visiting Dresden proved to the biggest surprise of our week-long trip to the cities that had been a part of the former East Germany.            I knew that Dresden had been considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe before World War II – which is allegedly one of the reasons why the Allies […]


A big thanks to all my readers, who helped me win a Lowell Thomas travel writing award as one of the best travel blogs.

I’m trying to play things cool today. But inside I’m jumping up and down like a kid. I won, I won, I won! (a silver Lowell Thomas award for best travel blog) The Lowell Thomas travel writing awards, sponsored by the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation, are the main writing awards in the travel […]


San Miguel de Allende

by Chris on December 13, 2009

Planning a trip to San Miguel de Allende in Mexico? Check out this trip report from my 2009 visit first.
La Parroquia, San Miguel de Allende

                            With everything that’s been on my plate, it’s taken forever to write up the final notes from my October trip to Colonial Mexico. For our last stop on our four-day tour through central Mexico highlands, we spent two days in San […]


Mexico trip reports

by Chris on November 1, 2009

Trip reports from Guadalajara and Guanajuato, Mexico
Guanajuato, Mexico

I’ve put together two trip reports so far from my week in Mexico: Guadalajara and Guanajuato. San Miguel de Allende is still to come (and may have to wait until I get back from the Caribbean). I really loved this region of Mexico, Guanajuato in particular. I would love to go back and study Spanish […]


Mexico: Pilgrimage Towns

by Chris on October 22, 2009

A visit to the Mexican pilgrimage towns of San Juan de los Lagos and Atotonilco
Faithful in Catedral , San Juan de los Lagos church, Mexico

My recent trip to Mexico encompassed several towns that are known for their religious fervor, including San Juan de los Lagos and Atotonilco. San Juan de los Lagos, about two hours outside Guadalajara, is famous for its Virgin – one of three in Mexico that rank just behind the Virgin of Guadalupe. (The other two are […]


A Mexican temazcal: Mud, sweat & tears

by Chris on October 21, 2009

A first-hand report from a temazcalli ceremony outside Guadalajara in Mexico
Our sweat lodge leader, Rosalio - aka Charles Manson

The following is a guest post, written by fellow SATW member Amy Weirick. The day that I went to Tequila, she visited a traditional Huichol temazcal, or sweat lodge, located outside Guadalajara. I asked her to write something about the experience – especially after our group discovered that two people (now three) had died in a similar […]


Dolores: Hidalgo y Helado

by Chris on October 17, 2009

A visit to Dolores y Hidalgo, the seat of the Mexican Revolution where El Grito (cry of Dolores) took place on September 16. The city is also known for its ice cream (helado)
Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico

Shrimp ice cream and the Mexican War of Independence. They go together like….say what? It only makes sense once you’ve been to Dolores, Mexico, a town of about 55,000 halfway between the colonial cities of Guanajuato and the expat haven, San Miguel de Allende Poor Dolores is nowhere near as gorgeous as either of these […]


Romeria! Festival for the Lady of Zapopan

by Chris on October 15, 2009

Report on Romeria, the 2009 religious festival of Our Lady of Zapopan in Mexico
Romeria, Zapopan, Mexico

“Viva la Lady del Zapopan! Viva la Maria!” Imagine nearly a million people packed into a square, waving white handkerchiefs, singing and dancing as they cheer the return of a foot-high Virgin Mary icon  to their home cathedral, and you’ll understand the joy behind Romeria, the biggest festival day in the Guadalajara region. Pronounced row-MA-ree-a, the holiday – held […]