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July 08, 2007

WHERE'S WENDY? Contest: And The Winner Is . . .

Grand finale: "Trio of Miniature Housemade Gelato Cones" at John Ash in Santa Rosa, CA., July 5, 2007.

by Wendy Perrin

The results of the WHERE'S WENDY? contest have been tallied, and it should surprise nobody that the  grand prize -- a free three-night stay in a deluxe room at the J.W. Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa -- goes to Tracker1312.  Anyone who's been following our game from the start -- and, if you haven't, you can click here to replay it in its entirety --  knows that Tracker's ability to divine where on earth I am at any moment is superhuman.  Some WHERE'S WENDY? players even wondered if Tracker was hiding in my suitcase. Personally, I was most bowled over when she guessed which cruise-ship cabin I was in!  Tracker, please shoot me your address and I'll mail you your prize certificate.

The title of Runner-up goes to LoriB, who won 3 rounds and showed great sportsmanship throughout. LoriB, you get lunch or dinner with me at the restaurant of your choice. Honorable mention goes to the two players from New Zealand, Kiwiwriter and TheGlobalTraveller, who hung in there till the end, despite sleep and travel schedules that made any thought of winning virtually impossible.

Good job, everybody, and happy travels until our next contest!

July 06, 2007

WHERE'S WENDY? Final Round, Take 2

The dining room at John Ash & Co., where I always dine when I'm in Sonoma County, CA.



by Wendy Perrin

Congrats to LoriB, who aced half of the final round of the WHERE'S WENDY? contest by guessing I was at John Ash, a culinary mainstay of Santa Rosa, CA.  But nobody has managed to guess what I was drinking. In other words, I finally stumped the WHERE'S WENDY? crew  --  about time, huh? -- and I did it by choosing a cocktail that is no longer on the menu!  Pictured at left is the mystery drink, should anyone care to take another stab at it.  At right: Another treat not on the regular menu: peach, plum, and apricot crisp with vanilla gelato. And, below, one of my favorite things on the menu:

The Ahi Tuna Tartare Tower, comprised of wasabi potato salad and guacamole topped with tuna and tobiko caviar, and served with wonton chips. Yum!

July 05, 2007

WHERE'S WENDY? Final Round!

At Safari West near Santa Rosa, California, giraffes come right up to you . . .

. . . and may try to give you kisses.

by Wendy Perrin

Kudos to Kiwiwriter, who won yesterday's WHERE'S WENDY? round by guessing I was at Safari West, a wildlife park in Sonoma County where the kids had a blast:

Continue reading "WHERE'S WENDY? Final Round!" »

July 04, 2007


Here's a close-up of the plane I landed next to yesterday, July 3, 2007.

by Wendy Perrin

Okay, folks, I'm finding this WHERE'S WENDY? contest a little frustrating:  You guys are too clever! Try as I might, I never manage to stump you.  TheGlobalTraveller and Tracker1312 both figured out where I was yesterday: The Sonoma County Airport in Windsor, California. In case you're wondering what airborne vehicle I landed in:

My husband gave me a balloon ride for my birthday. Two balloons went up at once (which helps one's photos enormously).

Look who joined in the fun:

Continue reading "WHERE'S WENDY? Round 14" »

July 03, 2007


by Wendy Perrin

I shot this picture as we were landing here this morning, July 3, 2007.

There are only 3 rounds left to the WHERE'S WENDY? contest, so it's time for me to get really tough. 

Where am I?  Please name the place, city, and state.

July 02, 2007


Doug, 3, and Charlie, 5, all geared up for a local parade, July 1, 2007.

by Wendy Perrin

I'm still in a state of astonishment that Tracker1312 managed to figure out, in fewer than 40 minutes, where I was in the last WHERE'S WENDY? round.  After a week-long business trip spent first on a ship in the Mediterranean and then driving through Spain, I'm now reunited with my husband and kids.

In the boys' wagon were 50 pounds of Tootsie Rolls (each wrapped in American-flag wrapping, naturally), which Tim helped the boys throw to the kids watching yesterday's early-July-4th parade.

Where am I?  A couple more clues:

Continue reading "WHERE'S WENDY? Round 12" »

July 01, 2007


by Wendy Perrin

I spent today among more vineyards and rolling hills.

Lunch was prosciutto and mozzarella on focaccia, with a glass of Chardonnay.

Continue reading "WHERE'S WENDY? Round 11" »

June 29, 2007


by Wendy Perrin

Handwoven scarves, shawls and blankets are sold in this artisan textile studio in which town in Spain?
This artisan textile studio handweaves gorgeous wool scarves, shawls, and blankets.  Buy them here and  you'll pay half what you'd pay if you bought them in boutiques elsewhere in Spain.  Where am I?

Children at play in the town square, where the textile shop is located.
This is the main square of the town where the shop is located.

A few more clues:

Continue reading "WHERE'S WENDY? Round 10" »

June 29, 2007

WHERE'S WENDY? Round 9 Wrap-Up

by Wendy Perrin

If you guessed Wendy was hiding out in San Millan de Cogolla, you guessed correctly.
Tracker1312 managed to guess where I was yesterday: San Millan de la Cogolla, Spain.

The Monasterio de Yuso in San Millan is an important pilgrimage site with many claims to fame, but the one I find most interesting is this:

The Monasterio de Yuso in San Millan is an important pilgrimage site. One of the main attractions is this Latin text with a Spanish inscription - the first words ever written in that language.

See the handwriting next to the printed Latin text?  Those are the first words ever written in the Spanish language.  They were scribbled by a monk up on the hill at the Monasterio de Suso -- the one that looked familiar to LoriB:

Continue reading "WHERE'S WENDY? Round 9 Wrap-Up" »

June 29, 2007


by Wendy Perrin

At the entrance to the Spanish town of Laguardia hangs this sign:

This sign hangs at the entrance to the town of Laguardia in Spain's La Rioja wine country. It reads, "Peace to those who arrive. Health to those who live here. Happiness to those who leave."

When you last heard from me I was in the charming village of Laguardia, but of course I've moved on from there.  Can you guess where I am?  Here are your clues:

Wendy Perrin expects you to deduce her location in Spain from this stretch of highway.

This truck is driving on a road that leads to . . .

Continue reading "WHERE'S WENDY? Round 9" »

June 28, 2007


Blogger Wendy Perrin takes a break at the Hotel Marques de Riscal, attached to one of Spain's oldest wineries.
The terrace of the vinoteca at the Hotel Marques de Riscal, designed by Frank Gehry.

by Wendy Perrin

Okay, you found me: Yesterday I stopped by the stylish new hotel attached to the Marques de Riscal winery. It's in Elciego (which means "The Blind Man") in the heart of Spain's La Rioja wine region, and it also happens to be on Conde Nast Traveler's 2007 Hot List.

Since the Frank Gehry-designed hotel lies in the heart of Spain's La Rioja wine region, a glass of vino tinto is in order.
Marques de Riscal is one of Spain's oldest and most venerated wineries.

Afterward I stumbled upon fiesta preparations in a nearby hilltop village:

Continue reading "WHERE'S WENDY? Round 8" »

June 28, 2007


by Wendy Perrin

On her way north from Zaragoza, travel blogger Wendy Perrin stops for a glass of wine. Can you name the town and the vinoteca?

Yesterday, on my way north from Zaragoza, I stopped here for a glass of wine with a view. 

Where am I?  Name the town and the vinoteca.

On her way north from Zaragoza, travel blogger Wendy Perrin stops for a glass of wine. Can you name the town and the vinoteca?

June 27, 2007


by Wendy Perrin

Wendy Perrin tips you off as to her exact location by showing both ends of the street she's on.
Here I'm in the middle of a street looking in one direction.

Wendy Perrin tips you off as to her exact location by showing both ends of the street she's on.
And here I am on the same street, looking in the opposite direction.

One more clue:

Continue reading "WHERE'S WENDY? Round 6" »

June 26, 2007

WHERE'S WENDY? Guess Which Cabin!

Wendy Perrin challenges you to guess which cabin she's in on the Silversea Cruises' Silver Whisper.
On some nights when it's in Valencia for the America's Cup, Silversea Cruises' Silver Whisper docks right next to Port America's Cup.

A helicopter hovers over Port America's Cup
Port America's Cup as seen from the ship as it pulled out to sea for another afternoon of race watching today.

by Wendy Perrin

The WHERE'S WENDY? gang has deduced I'm onboard the Silver Whisper.  But nobody's pinpointed the correct cabin number yet.  A few clues:

Continue reading "WHERE'S WENDY? Guess Which Cabin!" »

June 25, 2007

WHERE'S WENDY? Extra Credit Question

Blogger Wendy Perrin posts from the port of Algiers and keeps readers guessing as to her exact location on the ship.
The port of Algiers, Algeria, at 5:00 p.m. today.

by Wendy Perrin

Tracker, do you work for the C.I.A.?  How on earth do you find me so quickly?   I'm not sure how I'm going to stump you, so let's try this:  What's my next stop?   Even harder, where am I at this moment?   Here's one more clue:

Continue reading "WHERE'S WENDY? Extra Credit Question" »