Monday, December 20, 2010
One of the first adventure travel companies to embrace the power of digital technology and the excitement surrounding the iPad as an emerging lifestyle medium, The Wayfarers has introduced a vivid and informative app for iPad users in conjunction with Yudu, a leading international digital publishing company.
Now available free for downloading at the iTunes Store, The Wayfarers iPad app has launched with its first edition: an electronic version of the 2011 Brochure, brought to life with striking photos, video and seamless linking to the website for more information. The inaugural edition includes video previews of upcoming Walks with guest hosts Ellen Barone and Pamela Petro.
“Travel and the versatility of iPads go hand in hand, so we’ve created an app to fit," notes
Michael West, co-founder of The Wayfarers.
"Like our Walks, which change and improve based on our guest input, we look forward to tailoring future editions for our app based on what our guests and potential new guests tell us they would like to see."
Find The Wayfarers iPad app in the iTunes Store - under iPad Travel Apps. If you have iTunes installed on your computer - the direct link is here.
Monday, December 6, 2010
By Wendy Houle, The Wayfarers Travel Desk
Alsace is an area that really took me by surprise when I was there. It has an interesting mix of two cultures, German and French. Located at the foot of the Vosges mountains, the countryside consists of gently rolling hills covered in grape vines and dotted with some of the cutest small villages you have ever seen. The storybook-like villages are wonderfully ornate (and old!) and the woodframed buildings all have red and white geraniums cascading from their windowboxes. The wine that I tasted was delicious and crisp (more German than French) and the food had a definite German flair as well. I was last there during the fall, just in time for the "Choucroute Festival" (Sauerkraut) and ate more sausage and sauerkraut than I had ever had in my life, even with my German grandmother.
Alsace is also a cultural area and contains many very interesting museums. One of my favorites was the vintage car museum in Mulhouse. As a guest of the French tourist board, I was driven to dinner one night in an old Bugatti racing car, an experience of which my husband is very jealous. Also in Mulhouse is the national train museum, the largest in Europe, and well worth a look as the collection of engines and railcars is extremely interesting for its historical value. Colmar, where our walk ends, is one of the prettiest French towns I have ever visited. Called "Little Venice" it has a series of canals running through the center of the town. Colmar has a host of interesting sites and museums to visit and is the hometown of Frederic Bartholdi, the designer of our own Statue of Liberty. Be prepared to hear more than a little about Bartholdi during a visit there.
All in all, the Alsace region showed me a whole new and different side of French culture, one I had never experienced before. The walking is not awfully difficult and the cultural history of the area is very compelling.
The Wayfarers 2011 Alsace Walks depart on June 5 and September 4. Christopher Hague and Michael West, The Wayfarers Founders, host the June 5 Walk.
Contact Wendy Houle for expert advice on making the most of your travel plans - before and after your Wayfarers Walk. A seasoned traveler with a particular knowledge and love of all things French, Wendy delights coming up with creative ideas that her travel clients would not have known about otherwise. She'll surely have some good recommendations for foodies - as an accomplished amateur gourmet cook, Wendy loves nothing better than seeking out the best of each country's cuisine and bringing back new recipes to try at home.
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