Archive for the 'Family Travel' Category

Family Travel Bronze Winner: Cocô-da-Bahia

Monday, March 12th, 2012

by Eleanor Stanford
An American family with three young kids moves to Salvador, Brazil in search of adventure
I stepped out of the Luis Carlos Magalhães airport, sleepless and disoriented, into what I imagined as my new life, and flopped down on the pile of suitcases to nurse the baby. My husband rifled through [...]

Family Travel Silver Winner: Out of Smyrna

Monday, March 12th, 2012

by Gloria Kirchheimer
The author’s ancestral homeland in present-day Turkey turns out to be startlingly familiar and shockingly alien at the same time.
Was Homer blind?  I hope not.  Did he really live in Smyrna in the eighth or ninth century?  If he lived in the city now called Izmir, then his view, assuming he [...]

Family Travel Gold Winner: Paris, With Parents

Monday, March 12th, 2012

by Colette O’Connor
My parents’ marriage, on public display in Paris, possibly is saved in the bed department of Bazaar Hotel de Ville.
In the bed department of Bazaar Hôtel de Ville, Mademoiselle in charge of duvets pulls a particularly puffy one from the display of every weight—summer, autumn, Arctic—and offers a feel to [...]

Family Travel Gold Winner: The Good Memory Page

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

by Christina Ammon
Sometimes a simple walk down the block feels like the journey of a lifetime

Nine months have now passed since my grandmother moved into Milder Manor Nursing Home. One morning last September she was getting dressed, took a fall, and in that instant was transformed from a commanding, bridge-playing, globe-trotting golden girl into [...]

Family Travel Silver Winner: Cleared for Takeoff in St. Petersburg

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

by Nancy Middleton
We arrived at the St. Petersburg airport a couple of hours before takeoff.  In plenty of timeor at least we thought.  My mother and I dragged our suitcases to the end of an ominously long line just inside the terminal and waited with the rest of our tour group. The bus that had [...]

Family Travel Bronze Winner: Lost and Found

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

by Shelley Seale
Lurching along the dirt road, I gazed out the window at rural Orissa in northeastern India as the car bounced over potholes, sending plumes of red dust billowing behind it. The small villages we passed were as familiar to me as if I had been there only last week. The shacks that lined [...]

Family Travel—Gold: Cripple Creek

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Michelle McAlister
I have a photograph taken 30 years ago engrained in my head: My twin sister and I are posing behind one of those propped-up cardboard scenes where tourists are encouraged to snuggle up to the painted display and center their own, smiling faces in the holes. A proclamation of ‘Cheeeeeese!’ usually follows. In [...]

Family Travel—Silver: Paris When It Sizzles

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Bill Zarchy
“Pinch me,” says Susan as we cross the Seine from the Left Bank to face the sun-drenched Gothic towers of Notre Dame. “I can’t believe we’re back here.”
We peel off jackets and join the throngs of tourists and worshippers outside the Cathedral. Despite the lyrics of the Cole Porter song - “I love [...]

Family Travel—Bronze: Leaning Back

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Erin Byrne
I shivered inside the car. Fuzzy static on the radio buzzed in my ears. A whirling, weightless fog of snowflakes obscured my vision. I felt desolate and lonely as I waited for the floating flakes to slow. After the flurry cleared I saw my landmark, Pikes Peak, and my inner compass adjusted. [...]

Family Travel—Silver Winner: Sarajevo Souvenir

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

By Ayun Halliday
Twenty years of global travel have made me pretty choosy about souvenirs, but Milo, at six, is too green to resist the siren song of the colorful wares festooning the tourist trails. Not that his acquisition lust is confined to the kitsch cranked out for foreign visitors. It started in a Budapest subway [...]

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