By Judy Newell
Mexico Travel News
Indulge at Food Festivals
Add a little bit of flavor to your Mexico travels this fall and winter as several cities are playing host to unique and delicious food festivals. A superstar in the foodie world, Mexico has long been honing its culinary skills, both in its big cities and along its coasts.
Holbox Gastronomic Event (October 22-24)
Hosted on the small fishing island of Holbox off the coast of Cancún, the Holbox Gastronomic Event is titled “Eat, Love and Contemplate.” It is a great opportunity for visitors to experience the impressive restaurants of the island town. During the festival, many local and internationally recognized chefs will prepare one-of-a-kind fare. Island residents will also participate in the three days of festivities and local dance troupes and musicians will perform.
San Felipe Shrimp Festival (November 6-8)
Organized by the Mexicali-San Felipe Conventions and Tourism Committee, the San Felipe Shrimp Festival celebrates the Sea of Cortez’s jumbo blue shrimp. The fishing town of San Felipe is known for its innovative take on local seafood and the festival will share a wide variety of local recipes and provide live music and entertainment. Admission is free. www.sanfelipeshrimpfestival.com
Noche de Rábanos (December 23)
Translated as “Night of the Radishes,” this festival in Oaxaca is a long-standing colonial tradition that commemorates the missionaries who taught the local natives how to grow radishes. The annual event will be held at the town’s main square. The radish is celebrated with intricate carved renderings made exclusively out of the vegetable and displayed throughout the streets. When eating radishes at the festival, it is customary to pair them with buñuelos, a local dessert. After eating the sweet treat, attendees traditionally break their plates, forecasting an upcoming year of good luck. www.visitmexico.com/en/oaxaca
Europe’s Top Tourist Attraction
The Eiffel Tower, the Coliseum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and other iconic attractions have to move over. Dublin-based Guinness Storehouse was recently named the Number One attraction in Europe during a World Travel Awards ceremony in Sardinia.
The seven-story attraction is practically overflowing with the beloved Irish dry stout as well as history of the beer, which dates back to the mid-18th century. Since opening nearly a decade ago, the Storehouse has hosted approximately 13 million visitors, with the Irish Times reporting that 92 percent of all visitors are foreigners. Founded by Arthur Guinness in 1759, Guinness has become one of the world’s most popular and recognizable beers. Today, travelers can order the stout in more than 100 countries.
Past winners of the award include the Acropolis (2014), the Eiffel Tower (2013), and the London Eye (2012).
Fourteen-night River Cruise—Save up to US$2,000
A wealth of historical treasures and amazing sights await you on the “Magnificent Europe” itinerary. This quintessential river cruise between Amsterdam and Budapest will let you experience the culture and traditions of five fascinating countries—the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary.
Reserve your cruise soon and save up to US$2,000 per stateroom on select 2016 dates, 14-night cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest or reverse on the Rhine, Main, and Danube rivers.
2016 embarkation dates: May 1, 23; June 20; August 15. Rates starting from: US$6,399, US$5,399 per person aboard the AmaPrima, AmaSonata, or AmaSerena.
CroisiEurope Celebrates its 40th Anniversary
To honor its 40 years of success, 42 days of cruising are offered on a first-time cruise itinerary on May 5–June 15, 2016, from US$13,928 per person.
Experience passionate Andalusia and Portugal; Bordeaux and the famous Loire châteaux, eternal Paris, and the Normandy coast; the romantic Rhine River; and the Blue Danube to the Black Sea. Fascinating cultures, excellent cuisine and great surprises await you on this cruise of a lifetime.
“All-included” cruise with all meals and drinks, shore excursions, and transfers between the cruises.
Words of the Wise and Well-Traveled
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain
Deal of the Week
Free Air to Russia
Special limited time offer. Book by October 31, 2015, and enjoy complimentary economy airfare on the June 6 and June 18 departures of Uniworld’s 13-day “Imperial Waterways of Russia” cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg in 2016. Space is limited, from US$5,499 per person.
Explore Moscow, home to Red Square, the Kremlin, the iconic, onion-domed St. Basil’s Cathedral, the famed metro system, and the Kremlin and Armory Museum. Cruise along the Golden Ring to some of Russia’s most beautiful cities, including Uglich and Yaroslavl, known for their white-stone churches, including Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood in Uglich.
Experience an intimate look at life in a Russian province. Visit St. Cyril of the White Lake Monastery and Lake Onega. Tour UNESCO-designated Kizhi Island’s open-air architecture museum and watch history come to life in Mandrogi’s “Village Day” walking tour with shashlik picnic lunch.
Spend three glorious days in enchanting St. Petersburg, where Catherine’s Palace and the Hermitage Museum showcase Russia’s vast royal heritage. Enjoy a St. Petersburg city tour, canal cruise, and evening performance of the Russian ballet.
Judy Newell heads the travel company Perfect Journeys that specializes in crafting personalized cruise and land itineraries for couples, singles, families, and small groups. She designs trips that are carefully tailored to suit clients’ interests, abilities and budgets. Please contact Judy for reservations or further information on any of the Travel News topics; cell phone 415 111 8765; Vonage 949 300 3682; email email@example.com. View the latest travel specials on the website www.perfectjourneys.net where you can book your hotels, tours, and cruises online.
Sources: Travel Age West, Travel Pulse, AmaWaterways, CroisiEurope, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises