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“San Francisco Bay’s Rosie the Riveter WWII Memorial” – by Lee Foster

“San Francisco Bay’s Rosie the Riveter WWII Memorial” – by Lee Foster
Lee Foster published a “Rosie the Riveter” article on Answers.com as part of his San Francisco Travel Expert role. See the article at http://ustravel.answers.com/san-francisco/san-francisco-bays-rosie-the-riveter-wwii-memorial  

“Greater East Bay: East Brother Light Station” – by Carole Terwilliger Meyers

“Greater East Bay: East Brother Light Station” – by Carole Terwilliger Meyers
Carole Terwilliger Meyers updated her Weekend Adventures in San Francisco & Northern California guidebook’s 9th edition, online, with fresh information generated at our March BATW meeting. Read it here: http://weekendadventuresupdate.blogspot.com/2014/03/greater-east-bay-richmond-east-brother.html Carole...

“Independent Publishing, Spring Training, Cannoli and More” – by Maria Lenhart

“Independent Publishing, Spring Training, Cannoli and More” – by Maria Lenhart
Downtown Phoenix Skyline, photo ©Visit Phoenix “Independent Publishing, Spring Training, Cannoli and More” By Maria Lenhart BATW members were treated to a triple-header of fun, food and plenty of insightful information at Bucca di Beppo restaurant in downtown San Francisco during the organization’s...

Alcatraz with Hornblower Redux

Alcatraz with Hornblower Redux
Jim Gebbie with former Alcatraz inmate William Baker ©Carole Terwilliger Meyers January’s BATW meeting took us out on San Francisco Bay with Hornblower Cruises, aboard their new hybrid ferry boat, and then to Alcatraz Island, home of the infamous prison. Many members explored “the Rock”...

“Cathedral of Christ the Light” – by Al Auger

“Cathedral of Christ the Light” – by Al Auger
Al Auger, travel editor for Siliconeer magazine, published a story on Oakland’s Christ the Light Cathedral in this month’s issue, spurred by our recent BATW meeting in Oakland. Read Al’s Architecture feature here.

“Rockin’ the Rock with Hornblower Cruises” – by Judy Jacobs

“Rockin’ the Rock with Hornblower Cruises” – by Judy Jacobs
“Rockin’ the Rock with Hornblower Cruises” By Judy Jacobs On Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, BATW members made their way to Pier 33 to board the Hornblower Hybrid for the BATW monthly meeting and trip to Alcatraz Island. After a wonderful buffet of fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, bagels and pastries, Suzie...

“Hornblower Shows Off Hybrid Ferry to Bay Area Travel Writers” – by Ed Walsh

“Hornblower Shows Off Hybrid Ferry to Bay Area Travel Writers” – by Ed Walsh
“Hornblower Shows Off Hybrid Ferry to Bay Area Travel Writers” By Ed Walsh Hornblower Cruises and Events showed off one of its hybrid ferries during a meeting of the Bay Area Travel Writers (BATW) Saturday. The BATW meeting was held aboard one Hornblower’s Alcatraz Cruises’ ferries bound for...

“Tourism Tops Expectations” – by Lakshman Ratnapala

“Tourism Tops Expectations” – by Lakshman Ratnapala
Tourism Tops Expectations:  Arrivals up by 52 million in 2013  by Lakshman Ratnapala International tourism has exceeded expectations, last year, 2013, growing by 5%, to reach a record 1,087 million arrivals despite global economic challenges. Data just released by the World Tourism Organization show...

“Christmas Comes to Mars Bar” – by Georgia I. Hesse

“Christmas Comes to Mars Bar” – by Georgia I. Hesse
“Christmas Comes to Mars Bar”  By Georgia I. Hesse ’Twas three weeks before Christmas And down at Mars Bar The writers were rioting; That’s how they are. A little doggerel goes a long way. To sum up: At half-past noon on Dec. 7, a day that will live in infamy for more serious reasons, BATW members...

“How El Rancho Saved the Day (or Night)” – by Jules Older

“How El Rancho Saved the Day (or Night)” – by Jules Older
Here, in Jules’ own inimitable style, is the story: El Rancho Inn, photo © Jules Older Our plane to New Zealand sprang a leak. Literally. At 11 p.m. Could have been worse. Better here at SFO than halfway across the Pacific. But still. We trudged into the lonnnng line awaiting hotel reservations and...

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