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A shout out to #QuébecCity as the top destination in #Canada and the eighth best in North America on the recent Travel & Leisure World’s Best Awards! Québec City has moved up a rung since last year, surpassing #Vancouver as the most popular Canadian destination. This achievement means Québec City keeps its prized spot in the Hall of Fame - a select group of destinations that have ranked highly for ten or more consecutive years. This broad-ranging survey of the magazine’s readers was carried out from December 2012 to April 2013. The cities were evaluated according to six criteria: sights, arts and culture, restaurants and food, locals, shopping, and value. And, kudos for the Auberge Saint-Antoine (our CW hotel in Quebec City) which was again voted one of the top 3 hotels surveyed in its category!
For information on our #CW Quebec City & the Charlevoix tour, go to http://www.cwadventure.com/trips/north-america/canada/guided-walking/quebec-city-charlevoix. 
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#The Gathering is a tourism campaign inviting the almost 70 million people who claim Irish ancestry to return to the Emerald Isle. Special events are planned throughout #Ireland including everything from music festivals to special sporting events and house and garden tours. It seems every village and town is highlighting something to commemorate this special year, such as #Galway's "Tribal Shuck Off”. This competition is part of the town's annual Seafood Festival held in late September. Started as a way to celebrate the 14 tribes (or families) that helped make Galway a prosperous town, entrants can be non-residents and have to be able to shuck 15 oysters in 2 minutes.
For more information on joining #CW on a #GuidedWalking trip in Ireland, visit our website.
 
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The southeastern tip of #Croatia is one of Western Europe’s best-kept secrets: a lush region of coves, forested islands, and its crowning jewel, the walled city of #Dubrovnik. More than one thousand unspoiled islands make up this archipelago along the #DalmatianCoast, and the region offers an astounding array of natural and historic wonders from the grandeur that was #Rome in #Diocletian’s palace in #Split, to the rich #Renaissance architecture of #Hvar. On our +CW #guidedwalking trip, you experience the area as it should be explored, by boat and on foot, immersing yourself in a unique culture that draws on #Greek, #Roman, and #Venetian influences. For one of our valued guest’s report on her CW trip to Croatia, visit http://lhpmag.com/republic-of-croatia-2
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There is a good reason that the famous Puebos Blancos of southern #Spain are painted white —the white paint helps reflect the hot #Andalusian sun, keeping the home’s interior cool. There are over 1,500 of these towns scattered throughout Spain but there is only one that stands out for bucking this tradition and that is Júzcar in the province of #Málaga. To celebrate the premiere of the Smurfs movie in 2011 over 1,100 gallons of blue paint were used to transform the town into one that would make the Smurfs proud. Sony pictures offered to re-paint the town following the movie’s release but local residents voted to keep it as is and since then over 80,000 visitors have come to see this Pueblo Azul. If your preference is for the more traditional white-washed villages of southern Spain, consider #CW’s Spain: #Granada to #Seville #guidedwalking trip, where you visit many of these traditional white-washed villages, including two of the most stunning towns, #Ronda and #Grazalema.
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The #NYTimes list of The 46 Places to Go in 2013 is out! The always exciting #Rio tops the list and all areas of the world are represented, from #Nicaragua in #LatinAmerica to #Ghana and the Republic of Congo in Africa to our nation’s capital of #Washington, DC. Besides #Rio, many other #CW destinations are also represented, including #Bhutan, #Istanbul, #Montenegro, #Croatia, #Charlevoix in #Quebec and #Ireland, to name a few. So, check out the list and start making plans for your next vacation!
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Explorandes #Peru recently earned the designation of World’s Leading Green #TourOperator! This honor has been bestowed on them by the #WorldTourismAwards and recognizes their 38 years of experience in pioneering #responsibletravel in the #AndesMountains. In addition, #Explorandes operates an ISO-certified Environmental Management System and has been certified by the #RainforestAlliance as following #sustainability criteria put forth by the #GlobalSustainability Tourism Council. We are thrilled to work with Explorandes on our #CW guided #walkingtour Peru: MachuPicchu & The Sacred Valley.
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Enter the contest below by July 15 for a chance to win a fabulous honeymoon to Costa Rica with CW! The lucky winner will experience our wonderful 7-day Pacuare River & Nicoya Peninsula Select experience! http://www.bridalguide.com/sweepstakes/honeymoonquiz 
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Happy Birthday, #Vermont! Admitted to the Union on March 4, 1791 means today is our home state's 222nd birthday! We may have the smallest state capital (#Montpelier) in the nation but we have plenty to offer any visitor to the Green Mountain State. On the #CW   #guidedwalking  trip, you enjoy everything from walking the ridge of our highest peak (#MountMansfield) to spending the afternoon with a third generation dairy farmer (who has also appeared in Hollywood films!). For more information and to see the full daily itinerary, visit: www.cwadventure.com.
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Follow in the footsteps of Impressionist painters and walk along the -Day beaches of World War II on #CW’s #France: #Normandy & #Brittany guided #walkingtour. And, if you join one of our tours in 2013, be sure to give yourself a little free time to pay a visit to the Normandy Impressionist Festival, which will offer a series of exhibitions at the tour’s meeting point, the historic town of #Rouen. For more information, visit: http://www.normandie-impressionniste.eu/
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“Long-distance #walking is good for you and good for the earth… But most of all, walking is a joyful celebration of life and the diverse, beautiful, and curious world in which we live.” This quote is taken from the introduction of a new book authored by #UVM professor Robert Manning and his wife, Martha. Together the Mannings have walked long-distance paths on six continents, from the Long Trail in our home state of #Vermont to Spain’s renown #CaminodeSantiago and the perhaps less well known #LycianWay in #Turkey. Robert and Martha have touched on exactly the philosophy that #CW espouses—walking “encourages intimate contact with places and people”.  Available from Oregon State University Press, this work is not only inspiring with its beautiful imagery but also practical with its descriptions of 30 of the world’s great long-distance walks along helpful maps, personal anecdotes, and useful tips for traveling and packing. Both simple and profound, I encourage you to get a copy of this book, curl up under your favorite blanket on a snowy day and enjoy!
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You don’t have to be on a boat to see all the diversity that the #Galapagos Islands have to offer! On the #CW Ecuador: Galapagos Land-Based guided #walkingtour you visit three islands over seven days, including the islands of #SanCristobal, #Santa Cruz, and #Isabela. A stay in the #GalapagosSafariCamp is a highlight where stunning ocean views abound at every turn at this unique hotel situated in the interior highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Other highlights include a walk around the rim of the #SierraNegra Volcano on Isabela Island and visits to secluded beaches and coves of Santa Cruz with a local fisherman (something the cruise ships can’t do!). Whether your preference is enjoying fresh grilled lobster tails or watching sea lions resting after a long day of playful swimming (or both!), visiting the unique and awe-inspiring Galapagos Islands is a must for everyone’s #bucketlist or a great #Christmas gift to your family or yourself! #travel #getaways #travelideas
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#IslaVictoria (Victoria Island) is a mere sliver of land (half the size of Manhattan) on the shimmering shores of #LakeNahuelHuapi in the Lake District of #Argentina . The island has a small elementary school even though there are only a handful of families that reside on the island year round. In 2011, #CW  made a #holiday   donation to support construction projects that would help modernize the school, which our guests visit on the Argentina: Mendoza & Patagonia #guidedwalking tour. CW funds aided in the renovation of the kitchen and bathroom and helped complete much needed painting and turf maintenance on the playground and soccer field. Finally, a power stabilization system was installed to prevent damage to appliances from the generator that provides all the electricity at this remote but vibrant school. The photo is a greenhouse project that the students are working on—the smiles on their faces are thanks enough!
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