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Happy Thanksgiving Travelers

21 Nov

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Conlin Incentive Group. Safe travels!

Thanksgiving 2012

This City Became World Famous in 1978

30 Oct

What city did JR Ewing make famous in 1978? Guess correctly in the comments and I’ll send you a prize.

CLUE: Pictured below is  the Reunion Tower, the Hyatt Regency and the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge (background).

CLUE: The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge was designed by  Santiago Calatrava. Construction began in 2007 and was completed in 2012.

CLUE: Although the observation deck is closed for renovation, locals and tourists alike enjoy the spectacular city views from a top of Reunion Tower at Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck. Happy Hour begins at 5:30 Mon – Thurs.

CLUE: Reunion Tower’s white globe was replaced in 2012 with thousands of multi-colored LED lights, each one hand placed around the top of the tower.

REVEAL: Dallas, Texas Congratulations to our winners! I should have another photo challenge the week of Nov. 12th.

Dallas, Texas

Dallas, Texas

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Name This Beach

24 Oct

Love beaches? Name the famous beach below for a prize. The first clue will come tomorrow.

Update: Well, no clues necessary because I got a winner. The photo is of Waikiki Beach in Oahu, Hawaii.

Where is your favorite beach? 

Waikiki Beach - Hawaii

Waikiki Beach

Jackson Pollock Painting

9 Oct

New York City is home to many museums. What museum displays this Jackson Pollock painting? (The first person who guesses correctly in the comments wins a prize.)

CLUE: This NYC museum has roots in Paris, France. It was in 1866 when a small group of Americans decided to bring art and art education to the American people in the form of a national institution.

CLUE: Today, the Museum’s two-million-square-foot building houses over two million objects, tens of thousands of which are on view at any given time.

CLUE: In 1910, this NYC museum was the first public institution in the world to acquire a work of art by one, Henri Matisse.

CLUE: During the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2011, this museum welcomed 5.68 million visitors from around the world to the main building on Fifth Avenue and The Cloisters museum and gardens.

REVEAL: The Metropolitan Museum of Art 

This Jackson Pollock painting hangs in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Love or Hate This Signature Hors d’oeuvre?

2 Oct

Snails, cooked in garlic butter, is synonymous with which European country?  Be the first one to guess the country and I’ll send you a surprise. Are you a fan favorite of this dish?

CLUE: The citizens of this country consume more cheese than any other in the world.

REVEAL: This was an easy one! The answer is France. Congratulations to Marti, who won last week simply by guessing in the comments. The dish pictured below is escargot and I am a fan. How about you?

Escargot, shown here, originated in France

Escargot, shown here, originated in France

A Rocky Tidal Island and Commune

25 Sep

What is the name of this historical landmark that attracts over 3 million tourists a year?  I’ll have more clues for you starting on Thursday. Good luck!

CLUE: Before the construction of the first monastic establishment in the 8th century, this island was called “monte tombe”. According to legend, the Archangel Michael appeared to St. Aubert, bishop of Avranches, in 708 and instructed him to build a church on the rocky islet. Aubert repeatedly ignored the angel’s instruction, until Michael burned a hole in the bishop’s skull with his finger.

CLUE:  Attempting to reach this landmark by any other route than the causeway is dangerous. It is not unheard of for tourists to drown after being cut off by the tide, and the deep mud and quicksand surrounding the island can be treacherous.

REVEAL: Mont Saint Michel, an island just off the coast of the region of Lower Normandy in northern France.

Mont Saint Michel – France

A Standout in Mexico

18 Sep

After a week off from Travel Tuesday photos, below is a pic showcasing one of my favorite cities in Mexico.  Guess the city and I’ll send you a gift.  It’s located in the far eastern part of the state of Guanajuato in central Mexico.  I’ll have more clues for you later this week.

Update: We got a winner! The photo below was taken in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.  You might not know that San Miguel has been a beacon for foreign art students, especially former U.S. soldiers studying on the G.I. Bill after the Second World War.

The main attraction of the town is its well-preserved historic center, filled with buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries.

This and the nearby Sanctuary of Atotonilco have been declared World Heritage Sites.

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico