WatchBoom.com's Travel Destinations for the Month of October 2016
Coincidentally, the Brits booted the Acadians out of Canada about the same time they kicked the Black Caribs off the Caribbean island of St. Vincent. Today, both the Acadians (now Cajuns) and the Black Caribs (now the Garifuna) are known for their exceptionally peppy music.
A newly installed work of art, a 34’ long and 27’ high Texas African American History Memorial sculpture by Ed Dwight, now dominates the Capitol Grounds in Austin, TX. The bronze sculpture features 100 images of Slaves and Great Africans in Texas history and it’s a worthy reason to get yourself to Austin.
The ragtag Mexican peasant brigades must have had the angels rooting for them at Puebla on May 5 (Cinco de Mayo), 1862, when they whupped the pride of the French army. Legend has it the cherubs also helped build the city. Watchboom contributor and co-founder Bob Schulman tells us the local folks call their city by its nickname, Angelopolis.
It took just 15 minutes of battle in 1759 to end the empire of New France, but it’s taken the 257 ensuing years to create the marvelous concoction that replaced it – the wonderful walled, multi-cultural city of Vieux Quebec. Travel Authority Rich Grant ‘parlez’ a trip north into an intercontinental experience.
When Yvette Cardozo was a kid, flying into the Florida Keys usually meant Marathon, half way up the chain. Jet flights didn’t start arriving at what is now called Key West International Airport until 1968. Oh heck, the Key West airport is still cute, quaint and devoid of jetways. Over the arrival doors hangs a huge replica of the giant concrete buoy that marks the southernmost point in the U.S. Cardozo starts at the bottom of the Keys and works her way north.
Children’s lore is filled with stories of the big bad wolf. But in wolf country, namely the Northern Lights Wolf Centre in Canada, Yvette Cardozo goes mano-a-mano with a wolf and learns that wolves are people too, sort of.
There are a handful of places around the world that you’ve just gotta like... spots brimming over with a certain kind of charm or beauty that tells you this is REALLY someplace special. Barcelona, Spain, is one. So is Lake Louise up in Canada. Ditto for San Miguel de Allende down in Mexico. Over in central Europe, Prague – part of a country once named Bohemia (although it was better known for its stuffy, straight-laced kings rather than zonked-out hippies) – is certainly one, too.
Coloradans know that the weather changes hourly and usually for the better. Anne Z. Cooke her posse get this close to Aspen to find sheer bliss measured in inches of snow.
Author of the Month
KUDOS TO RICH GRANT
Denver-based travel writer Rich Grant was awarded Runner-Up in the Pluma de Plata Award from the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board for the best article on Puerto Vallarta to hail from the North America Travel Journalists Association Convention. The prize was a week in Puerto Vallarta that Grant says he’ll take this year while, of course, writing another story on the destination tucked into the inner Bay of Banderas.
Peurto Vallarta was made famous in “The Night of the Iguana” starring Richard Burton and Ava Gardner released in 1964. Burton brought Liz Taylor, fresh off her divorce from Eddie Fisher to the set of the John Huston film in Miamaloya, immediately south of PV. Gossip columnists put the spotlight on the wildly popular couple and Peurto Vallarta was suddenly popular by association. From 1977 to 1986, the entertainment industry gave Peurto Vallarta yet another boost when it was featured as a regular port of call for the hit TV series “The Love Boat.”
Grant was communications director for the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau for 35 years. Since his retirement in 2014, he has reported on his travels around the world in WatchBoom.com and other travel magazines and newspapers including the Huffington Post and he co-authored “100 Things to Do in Denver Before You Die” with journalist Irene Rawlings in 2016.