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Quirky Guided Tours To Two Home Towns

  • Apr 8, 2011
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I won't beat about the bush; I come to LUNCH for relevant reviews by real people, period. So when I knew I wanted to invite a relevant review, Lunch popped into my mind as a key place to extend the invite to review an iPhone App, should the subject pique your interest.

I am a longtime member of International Women's Writing Guild - IWWG - and that is how come GPSMyCity approached me to see if I had an interest in creating  self-guided walking tours of a city or cities that I know and love.

Well, I had one of those experiences where the concept started to percolate and I found myself doing circle loops (join the dots!) on my daily bicycling jaunts, of the places I would love to highlight in my home town.

Long story short, I proposed a title/theme tour I was game to produce, got approved and dove in. The final product, after a few fine-tuning tweaks, went through the approval process into iTunes and is now for sale ($2.99);

Santa Cruz California: "Rad Statues, Chocolate & Chai"

"The City of Santa Cruz, perched on the Pacific Rim, has, at its essence, a distinct whimsy, as well as a real edge, that defines the cultural milieu. The weaving of Santa Cruz statues, monuments, and select ‘watering holes’, brings to the fore quintessential Santa Cruz; a playful and steady challenge to the status quo, along with home-brewed brilliance publicly celebrated."

That was fun, and I was not done.

With Santa Cruz under my belt, I wanted to do my other home-from-home City; Nottingham, England. Again, my title/theme tour emerged organically, weaving together what delights me in my frequent sojourns to that English Midlands City;

Nottingham, England: "Robin Hood, Ale & Alley Cats"
"Nottingham; renowned of course for the ever-embellishing tales of Robin Hood, his Merry Men, Maid Marian (who is variously portrayed as bloom-of-youth sex bomb to rotund bossy matron), and the mean ol' Sheriff of Nottingham.  Take a look now at how the Medieval City fares into the 21st century. Perhaps the notorious vagaries of the past served to inform a more just Civic Rule in this Midlands City, which has emerged as a 'Transition Town'  forerunner, attracting major development funding from European Union for state of the art transit system to get you from here to there on your Guided Tour."

And that's it!

I have couple promo codes.; If you are a LUNCH reviewer, Facebook or Twitterer who would like to take a virtual Tour of either Santa Cruz or Nottingham....; ping me :)
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April 08, 2011
This sounds like a fun idea. It'd be really interesting to see what kind of tours they would take you on. Where do you think is the best place to get Chai in Santa Cruz? I'd love to know, since I live down the 17 in Cupertino ;p Thanks for being so generous and inviting Lunchers to join in!
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