Archive for the 'Family Travel' Category

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 […]

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. […]

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 – […]

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 […]

Family Travel–Bronze Winner: The Journey Home

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

By Tracy Barnett Family ties and a mysterious force call writer back to rural Veracruz 04/22/2007 SUNDAY Travel 01L Veracruz has been calling to me for a number of years, ever since that moonlit night a decade ago when I disembarked from a humanitarian aid caravan en route to Chiapas to soak my sweaty self […]

Family Travel–Gold Winner: Every Day Parisian Theatrics

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

By Anna Brones Theater and film are almost as essential to the romantic Parisian image as Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower. Acting has always played a revered role in French culture, and from grandiose theater productions to cinema classics, the rest of the world has had the chance to taste the artistic delicacies that […]

Family Travel Category—Bronze Winner: Driving Lessons

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

by Janet Riehl A girlhood in rural Illinois wasn’t bad preparation for life in upcountry African nations. “Up country” meant the northern regions innermost from newly built capitol cities. My training as a future African driver began on my family’s farm at four years old⎯old enough to sit on my father’s lap⎯his left leg, to […]

Family Travel Category—Silver Winner: Thank God for the War

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

by Lone Mørch Schneider “A Queen cannot come from such humble beginnings,” Frieda objected, standing in the remaining rubble of her Transylvanian childhood home. We were in Zendersch, an isolated parish tucked into the rolling hills of the mountainous heart of Romania. Her highness was my mother-in-law. She’d proclaimed herself the Queen of Petaluma, a […]

Family Travel Category—Gold Winner: Finding my Rock

Sunday, March 11th, 2007

by Jennifer Baljko Lost in a dense forest with prickly bushes attacking my calves, I started thinking in expletives. I was on a hair-brained outing with my father, the kind that usually began with his trademark self-satisfied grin, and, a few hours later, ended with me swearing I would never follow him again. This time, […]

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