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Comment by Patricia Borns on January 31, 2011 at 4:16pm

JOURNALIST SEEKS TROPICAL HOTELS FOR POSSIBLE FRONT PAGE

Needed ASAP -- For a possible major metro front page feature, journalist seeks hotels in warm climes that have seen a recent uptick in guests from New England escaping the cold. Will need to interview guests and file story by Feb. 4th. Contact patriciaborns@comcast.net.

 

Comment by Doug Bardwell on January 26, 2011 at 9:39am
Will do - thanks Julie.
Comment by Julie on January 25, 2011 at 12:12pm
Hi Doug, I echo Debbie's tips for photo opps on St Lucia. Antigua has beautiful beaches. Sites to see (and great photo opps) on Antigua would Shirley Heights lookout and Devil's Bridge, a natural arch bridge. Have a great trip!
Comment by Debbra Dunning Brouillette on January 25, 2011 at 2:20am

Doug,

You'll be back a few weeks before I leave. I'm taking the Feb. 19-26 cruise. Will be anxious to hear your review of the ports and ship, etc. Happy sailing!

Comment by Doug Bardwell on January 25, 2011 at 1:44am
Sounds like a plan. Thanks for the suggestions. Maybe I'll see you in Barbados as we debark.
Comment by Debbra Dunning Brouillette on January 25, 2011 at 1:06am

Doug,

Sounds like you are doing a Royal Clippers cruise next week. I can tell by the itinerary... I will be doing the same cruise mid-February. I've been to St. Lucia and St. Kitts; the others will be new to me so I'm excited to add four islands to my list. St. Lucia is the place for spice shopping. Lots of photo opps on both. The Botanical Gardens, Waterfall, and of course, the Pitons are musts to photograph on St. Lucia. Tour the Brimstone Hill Fort on St. Kitts, the Batik Factory and Romney Manor. My favorite island, Nevis, is a short ferry ride across the 2-mile channel, so I may go there instead to check out the newly opened Four Seasons and have a lobster salad at Sunshine's. I would love to hear all about your cruise upon your return, so perhaps you can help ME with tips and must-dos for my mid-February trip! Feel free to email me privately at debbra@wordjourneys.net.

Comment by Doug Bardwell on January 24, 2011 at 11:12pm
Heading to the Windward Islands next week. Arriving and departing from Barbados, we will also spend a day each on St. Lucia, St. Kitts, Martinique, Dominica, Antigua, and Iles des Saintes. Looking for "not to be missed" activities or adventures, as well as "off the beaten track" places for spice shopping, drinks and photography. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
Comment by Hal Peat on January 22, 2011 at 7:09pm
@Lynne - if you're still reading this, a belated thank you to you also for that time we were on a press trip together in the USVI and you gave me such helpful insights on compiling a travel book during my early days in travel writing.  I've used your books as a reference guide since and that day and your kindness are remembered with gratitude.
Comment by Lynne Sullivan on January 20, 2011 at 7:18pm
David and Hal, thanks for the interesting chat on Cuba and tourism. I understand both points of view and both totally make sense. It will be interesting to watch the impact on Cuba when US citizens have "full freedom" to vacation there.
Comment by David Paul Appell on January 20, 2011 at 1:55pm
Well, my point is partly that all that is not going to happen for another bit of a while. Barring a Tunisia- or Romania-style revolution, it's clear that true free enterprise is not going to be fully unleashed in Cuba as long as the Castros are around, and that is compounded by the fact that as long as the Miami mafia lobby keeps its the larger embargo going, it will just be a matter of a larger trickle of US travelers, but still a relative trickle.  And the infrastructure issue on the island itself will in the near and possibly medium term still not be equipped to handle a much bigger influx anyway.
 
 
 

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