Ed Walsh

Global Travel Examiner

Ed Walsh is a San Francisco-based multi-media travel writer. His travels have taken him from New Zealand to Iceland and just about everywhere in between.
Five reasons to love the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Illinois
September 2, 2013
Rockford, Illinois, is just an hour outside Chicago, and is a must-visit city in the Midwest. One of the reasons that makes Rockford so special is the Anderson Japanese Gardens. Rockford resident John Anderson laid the foundation for the gardens with a visit to Japan in 1966. The idea was solidified more than ten years later after Mr. Anderson visited the Portland Japanese Gardens. The bucolic 14 acres that make up the Anderson Japanese Gardens have been more then 30 years in the making that made it the perfection that the gardens are today.
Midway Village - Five reasons why Rockford was lauded as Travel Media Showcase host city
August 23, 2013
Rockford, Illinois was lauded Thursday night at the conclusion of the Travel Media Showcase annual confab that brings travel writers together with destination representatives.
Rockford, Illinois shines for the 2013 Travel Media Showcase (Video)
August 21, 2013
The second night of the 2013 Travel Media Showcase in Rockford, Illinois, ended in a bang, or make that hundreds of bangs, Wednesday night. The gathering of travel media journalists with representatives of travel destinations around the world began with a riverside reception and dinner Tuesday night followed by a series of meetings and area tours on Wednesday. A dinner and spectacular fireworks show concluded the day on Wednesday at the Anderson Japanese Gardens.
Public art is showcased on city streets of Sioux Falls, South Dakota
May 11, 2013
Some of the best art is the Midwest is not only free, but it is on the streets in Sioux Falls, SD. Over 50 pieces of art are scattered through downtown Sioux Falls including its renowned Sculpture walk in downtown Sioux Falls.
Is it safe to travel to Mazatlan? US State Department advice
April 23, 2013
After recent stories on Mazatlan, I got a couple of emails asking if it is safe to travel there. In a word, yes, Mazatlan is a safe city but take the same precautions you would take in any American city. Stay with the crowd. Don't walk by yourself late at night in deserted areas. Leave your expensive jewelry, extra cash and passport locked up in your hotel safe.
Deer Island: An adventurous excursion in Mazatlan
March 23, 2013
Deer Island, just off Mazatlanís main beach, is a great inexpensive excursion. For about $40, including lunch and unlimited drinks, tour companies offer getaways that afford visitors up close views of dolphins and sea lions along the way. Once you get to the island, you have your choice of kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, or if all that is too slow, you can take a ride on a high speed banana boat.
Arts helps lure tourists from Mazatlan's beaches to a renewed downtown
March 23, 2013
Mazatlan, Mexico is reinventing itself. The seaside city on Mexico's west coast once had the reputation as party central, a magnet for spring breakers who packed the nightclubs in the city's famed Golden Zone until the wee hours. But no more.
Barcelo Puerto Vallarta on Mismaloya Beach does all-inclusive right
October 11, 2012
Barcelo Puerto Vallarta is a 316-unit resort is a five-star all-inclusive resort hotel on Mismaloya Beach. If you have seen the 1960's classic movie that first put PV on the map, Night of the Iguana, Mismaloya Beach was the main setting for the film. In fact, you can still see the ruins of the old set from the Barcelo.
Sioux Falls lauded at conclusion of travel trade show
August 23, 2012
The travel media trade show, Travel Media Showcase, concluded its three-day confab Thursday evening with applause for host city Sioux Falls, and high praise for the location of next year's gathering in Rockford, Illinois.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota shines for travel media confab
August 22, 2012
Sioux Falls, South Dakota shined Wednesday evening, August 22, for the annual Travel Media Showcase, a conference that brings travel journalists together representatives of various destinations around the country and internationally.
Costa Brava: Spain's undiscovered sea-side paradise
August 17, 2012
Famed author Truman Capote came to the Costa Brava region of Southern Spain to write his 1966 masterpiece In Cold Blood. After one visit, you will have no doubts about where the author got his inspiration.
The Smithsonian of the Southwest, the Oklahoma History Center enthralls
August 9, 2012
The Oklahoma History Center is sometimes compared with the Smithsonian and justifiably so. As an affiliate of the Smithsonian, the center's exhibits are on par with the Smithsonian but with a focus on the State of Oklahoma.
Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum's touching tribute
August 4, 2012
Oklahoma City pays tribute to the victims, rescuers, and survivors of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building with the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum. The memorial stands on the former site of the building on NW 5th Street between North Robinson Avenue an North Harvey Avenue.
Five things not to miss in Oklahoma City
July 30, 2012
Oklahoma City is rich in history, culture and is a must-stop for anyone interested in seeing what America is all about. But If you only have a short time to spend in the city, here's five things you shouldn't miss:
San Sebastian: A must-see day trip when visiting Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
July 23, 2012
I had just broken the law in San Sebastian, Mexico, and the first person I saw was a police officer. I felt a tinge of panic as our eyes met. I envisioned being hauled away to a jail and being forced to sign away my mortgage to make bail money.
Barceló Maya Beach Resort on Mexico's Riviera Maya does all-inclusive right
December 28, 2011
If you are not a fan of all-inclusive resorts, Barceló's Maya Beach Resort on Mexico's famed Riviera Maya, may change your mind. Everything about the resort is top-notch, from the service to the stunning beaches.
Mayan Xtreme, a great adventure near Cancun
December 28, 2011
Okay, I will admit it now. I was absolutely terrified. I was about to zip-line over the jungle near Cancun, repel down the side of a tower, and swim in an underground river cave. It was part of the "Mayan Xtreme" excursion that allows everyday people to be Indiana Jones for a day.
Irvine's Pretend City Children's Museum celebrates the big two
August 8, 2011
Irvine's Pretend City Children's Museum delights children of all ages, celebrates its second birthday this month. Irvine, California, is home to one of the world's best children's museums. It's called Pretend City. The museum was 12 years in the making. It will officially celebrate its second birthday on August 30, 2011, with a deal you can't refuse: free. More information here. The celebration starts at 12:30 p.m. and admission is free all day.
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