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Travel Writer Yvonne Horn
Specialties Yvonne Horn Meet Yvonne Horn

vonne looks at travel writing through a wide lens. Through the years, her interests have expanded and evolved into very loose categories—for use of a better word, “specialties”—that include food and wine (see www.wineryweddingguide.com) , gardens (see www.thetravelinggardener.com), mild adventure, people profiles, Northern California, unusual cruises, walking treks, cities and places of the world. To read the entirety of any of the samples below, or to inquire about reprint rights and rates, please contact her by e-mail at yhorn@sonic.net. Unless otherwise noted, all of the photos below were shot by Yvonne.


Cities and Places of the World

IRAN - It was the end of a long flight, so my eyes rested on the screen to see how much farther we had to go. As the little drawing of our plane inched toward Tehran, something appeared in a corner of the route map: "Mecca 1926 km," with an arrow indicating direction.

While I was surprised to see it on my screen, the directional underscored what I already knew: I was on my way to a country where, to the majority of those living there, knowing the direction to Mecca is of great importance.

So in my carry-on was a little something to slip on as we neared Tehran, a brown, coatlike affair (jjilaabah) that would cover me neck to knees, shoulders to wrists, along with a scarf to insure that not a bit of hair would show. .......

"My Polka-dot Jilaabah Not a Hit in Tehran"
San Francisco Chronicle

Bronze SATW Writing Awards

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Without the patient GPS lady at my side – “Please make a U-turn at the earliest opportunity” – I’d probably still be wandering Cornwall’s tangled ribbon of world-class, narrow lanes looking for what is purported to be Cornwall’s best pasties.

During my ten-day tour of Cornwall, I’d had plentiful opportunities to try a pasty (say “pass-tee”), the county’s national dish. Shops selling them are even more ubiquitous than McDonald's elsewhere in the world. But I was searching for an authentic pasty, one identical to those Cornish tin miners carried with them to tide them over while working in the depths of the earth, warming them up at lunch time on an improvised oven – a shovel set over a candle.

"Finding Cornwall's Best, Authentic, Traditional Pasty" Silver SATW 2013 Writing Awards www.BucketTripper.com

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BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA -Peter Buckland and I are wandering the five-acre garden whose care he has inherited. Giant rhododendrons stretch around gnarled fruit trees; roses roam willy-nilly over gates, garden sheds and fences. Azalea, mock orange, weigela, daphne, beds of hosta, alstremeria, iris and daylily fight to hold their ground against encroaching mosses grown so dense that they've turned into trampolines. Colors and textures tumble and creep around a network of meandering paths. And all around, pushing in on the garden's tenuous margins, is some of the most dense rainforest this remote and rugged western edge of British Columbia's Vancouver Island has to offer......

"Gardening in the Wilderness"
San Francisco Chronicle
Silver SATW Western Chapter Writing Awards

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  Gardens, Gardening in the Wilderness



Yellowstone Mild AdventureMild Adventure
YELOWSTONEWhen the heat of Yellowstone National Park's geysers meets winter's cold - voilá! An ice-encased wonderland appears, filled with frost flowers, frozen waterfalls, and icy geyser cones. Through the mist and steam, trees encased in rime ice look like otherworldly giants until the sun dresses them in spangles.

The summer visitors are gone. In winter, Yellowstone belongs to the animals: herds of elk, lone coyote, pine martin, and the winter-white weasel known as the ermine. Bison move like frost-covered plows, pushing aside the snow in search of grass, the long hair and ice hanging from their undersides tinkling like wine chimes.

"Yellowstone in Winter"
AAA Home & Away/Hoosier

Western Boots, People Profiles


People Profiles
Those stopping by Apple Cobbler on Sebastopol’s Main Street should not expect to have new heels put on their loafers. Inside the unpretentious shop, Michael Anthony Carnacchi creates custom-made, Western-style boots for those with the wherewithal to pamper their elite feet

.A Michael Anthony, as he calls his label, is more suitable for those punching the pedals on a private jet than those accustomed to kicking cow pies. “Unfortunately,” he said, “most cowboys can’t afford my boots.” ......

“Sebastopol Cobbler’s Boots Are Made for Gawking”
San Francisco Chronicle


Sonoma County

Sonoma County
......In Sonoma County, however, Mother Nature was not content with but one perfect thumbprint, she used her entire hand.

Sonoma County boasts a series of idyllic valleys. Some are edged with craggy mountains, others by softly rolling hills. Rivers and streams meander through, creating pathways for the Pacific Ocean’s maritime breezes and morning fogs to follow on their way to keeping summer mornings cool. Settlers arriving from Europe immediately recognized that here was a perfect place for the growing of grapes and the making of wines. So it has been for over 150 years......

Sonoma: The Simple Beauty of Wine Country
AAA World

Unusual Cruises

ADRIATIC - The winged lion of Venice, sculpted in stone, stood high above us just beneath the tip-top bronze bell of St. Mark's Torre dell'Orologio, looking down on the populace as if it owned the world.

My grown daughter, Joanne, and I had come to venice to board Windstar Cruises' Wind Star - an appropriate starting place, as our week-long voyage would trace a long stretch of Adriatic coastline systematically conquered by the Venetian Republic during its reign of supremacy. From the beginning of the 13th century until Napoleon Bonaparte came marching in, Venice marked its path with the republic's signature logo, St. Mark's winged lion ......


"In the Wake of the Winged Lion" 
International Travel News


Walking Treks, Roaming with the Romans

Walking Treks
ENGLAND - There is something ever so satisfying in walking the entirety of a designated trail.  Hadrian's Wall Path - at No. 13, England's newest long-distance National Trail - rates high in that sort of trekking satisfaction as it winds its way across northern England, east to west, sea to sea.    

Diversity of landscape adds to the sense of odyssey experienced by those walking the path's 84-mile distance - wild and beautiful in some portions, serenely pastoral in others; a bustling city, Newcastle upon Tyne, at its start; a lonely shore with the cries of gulls and the gentle lap of the tide marking its end at Solway Firth.  Added to that is the opportunity to tread an amazing chunk of history...... 

"Roaming with the Romans"
British Heritage
Lowell Thomas Best Foreign Travel Award

Wine and Wineries

ARGENTINA - Few of the world's vineyards claim a more breathtaking backdrop - the jagged, snow-tipped, towering peaks of the Andes' Cordon del Plata range. Here, a two-hour drive south of Mendoza in west-central Argentina, global wine consultant and oenologist Michael Rolland took one look at 850 hectares of barren, high-desert land and instinctively sensed its wine-producing potential ......

"Clos de los Siete's French Connetion" Quarterly Review of Wines



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