Catherine Sweeney

Member Since:
Aug 2014

I'm a vibrant woman of the baby boomer generation with a passion for travel, near and far. A weekend getaway, a last-minute trip to Europe, a cross-country road trip or a local jaunt -- they’re all on my radar. And it’s all made extra special when I’m traveling with my husband and co-blogger, Mr. TWS. On my blog, Traveling with Sweeney, I aim to entertain, inform, and inspire as I share compelling photos and stories highlighting the best of destinations, food, wine, history, culture and the arts. I am founder and editor of Boomer Women Travelers, a collaborative website where travel enthusiasts of the baby boomer generation share their stories and tips from their travels around the world. I am also creating two new websites, Visit San Francisco Peninsula and Film Buff Travelers, which are currently in development. 

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Published Articles (54)

Meet the Cruisers: The Nice People You Meet on a River Cruise

I’ve been reflecting on what I’ve enjoyed most on our river cruises which includes the fellow passengers we’ve met. Meet a few of them!

Castle Cruising from Rüdesheim to Koblenz

Cruising along a stretch of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley with picturesque castles perched on hillsides above riverside villages amid terraced vineyards.

A Sniff of Cologne: Top Things to Do in Cologne, Germany

Highlights of Cologne, Germany during our Viking River Cruises Rhine Getaway cruise

Wine on the Rhine: A Taste of Alsace

A day trip through Alsace wine country for wine tasting and visiting charming medieval towns

Reflections on River Cruising

To cruise of not to cruise? Our Viking River cruise on the Danube provides reasons to say “Yes!”

History and Festivities in Nuremberg, Germany

Our Viking River cruise began in Nuremberg, Germany where we took in the city’s major historical sites and its famous Christmas Market.

Embracing the Natural in Puglia: A Day in the Park

On a tour organized by Regional Nature Park of Coastal Dunes in the Puglia region of Italy, we enjoyed some of the park’s highlights and learned about its mission and […]

Good Cheer and High Spirits in Vienna

On a Viking River cruise, a “Heurigen Evening” provides a high-spirited authentic experience in Vienna’s 19th district where numerous vineyards and wine taverns (Heurigen) are located.

Shame-less Matera, Italy: A Cultural Rebirth

Once called “the shame of Italy”, Matera continues its rebirth attracting worldwide attention as European Capital of Culture 2019.

Celebrating the Holidays on the Danube

Getting into the holiday spirit on a Danube River cruise through Germany, Austria, and Hungary with Viking River Cruises.

Beautiful Ostuni: A Feast for the Eyes

Highlights from walks around beautiful Ostuni in the Puglia region of Italy.

Puglia: A Region for all Seasons

Located in Italy’s “heel of the boot” Puglia is a region for all seasons with outdoor activities, museums, food, wine, and cultural surprises.

More Scottsdale Hikes: Paradise and Brown’s Ranch Road Trails

I’ve got two more trails to add to our list of favorite Scottsdale, Arizona hikes. Paradise Trail and Brown’s Ranch Road Trail.

Scottsdale is for Art Lovers: Top Museums and Venues

Top museums and venues in Scottsdale, Arizona for western, contemporary, and public art

Spirit Matters at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West

Western Spirit is a first-class museum celebrating the art, culture and history of the American West in its galleries with compelling art and visuals, interactive displays, and more.

A Taste of the Rhône Valley in Arizona

Learning about and sampling fine Arizona-produced wines at LDV Winery in Scottsdale

Heard Museum: A Cultural Highlight in Phoenix

The Heard Museum showcases diverse collections of American Indian art and artifacts and currently has 40,000 objects in its 12 galleries.

Art and Old Money: Five Top Milwaukee Museums

Art museums and other cultural venues are among the many highlights of Milwaukee that may surprise first-time visitors to this Wisconsin city.

Nature and Architecture in Harmony at Taliesin West

Frank Lloyd Wright coined the term “organic architecture” to characterize the harmony between design and nature. That philosophy is evident in Taliesin West’s design where the buildings, grounds, and decorative […]

4 Places for Family Fun in Scottsdale

Great family-friendly places in the Scottsdale area for nature, hiking, and fun

Flavors of Milwaukee’s Brady Street Neighborhood

Getting a taste of eateries in Milwaukee’s Brady Street neighborhood on a walking lunch tour with Milwaukee Food and City Tours

4 Places for Family Fun in Scottsdale

Great family-friendly places in the Scottsdale area for hiking, nature, and fun

Sanctuary Camelback Resort and Spa: First Impressions

A glimpse of luxury accommodations and dining at Sanctuary Camelback Resort and Spa

Easy Hiking and Biking in Scottsdale

Two recommendations for easy hiking and biking trails in Scottsdale

Our Top 5 Scottsdale Hikes … So Far

With so many Scottsdale trails yet to explore, these are our favorites in the Sonoran Preserve so far.

Springtime in Venice: Our Favorite Things

Visiting Venice in the spring — Food, music, getting lost, and more. Why I loved this magical city.

Celebrating Unity at the 15th Annual Native Trails Festival

A thought-provoking performance of Native American dance and culture during the annual Native Trails Festival in Scottsdale

Good Cheer and High Spirits in Vienna

Enjoying gemütlichkeit — the feeling of well-being and comfort that comes with good company and good food — in Vienna, Austria, on a Viking Danube River cruise.

Palazzo Te: Inside the Pleasure Palace of Mantua

Highlights of Palazzo Te in Mantua A palace in Mantua, Italy that was built for love — In a city full of prestigious art and architecture, deep culture, and Renaissance […]

An Italian Dream at Villa La Collina

Near the border of Tuscany on a wooded hilltop, a tree-lined lane in the hills above Tredozio leads to the courtyard and grand entrance of Villa La Collina. My husband […]

Small Bites of Venice with Walks of Italy

Escorted by our knowledgeable local Walks of Italy guide sampled authentic Venetian cuisine and culture in small, tasty bites.

Exploring Veneto: 5 Great Side Trips from Asolo

We not only enjoyed the culture and lifestyle of the captivating town of Asolo just beyond our doorstop, we had easy access to other wonders of the Veneto region of […]

I Left My Heart in Asolo

Highlights of a four-night stay in the beautiful and romantic town of Asolo in the Veneto region of Italy. Where to eat, sleep, and see the sights.

A Taste of Traditional Food and Wine in Mantua

Enjoying regional food and wine is always a key element in our travels. While staying at Palazzo Castiglioni in Mantua, we indulged in a variety of local specialties.

Highlights of Mantua: 2016 Italian Capital of Culture

The historic city center of Mantua along with nearby town of Sabbioneta was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. Mantua also has the distinction of being designated as […]

A Bike Tour of Parco Giardino Sigurta in Valeggio sul Mincio

A bike tour of an award-winning park and gardens about 28 miles north of Mantua in the village of Valeggio sul Mincio, Italy.

The Musical Essence of Mantua

Music is an essential part of Mantua, Italy’s culture, and the Mantova Chamber Orchestra is an important part of Mantua’s music.

Bella Italia: The Gardens of Lake Maggiore

Springtime in Italy — what a feast for the senses with blossoms in every shade of the spectrum and fragrances abounding.

Magical Maggiore: Our Stay on the Lake

There was definitely something special about Lake Maggiore from the moment we arrived at our villa rental in Lesa until we left four days later.

After Hours in St. Mark’s Basilica

After our recent trip to Venice, we can give you our recommendation to visit St. Mark’s Basilica with Walks of Italyto avoid the crowds and make the most of the […]

First Flight: Traveling with a Five-Year-Old

An early morning wake-up call couldn’t dim our enthusiasm for taking my five-year-old great-nephew Elijah (we call him Eli) on his first plane trip. I’m not sure who was the […]

A Glimpse of Modern Portugal in Medieval Guimaraes

A walking tour of the medieval city of Guimaraes, Portugal on a Viking River Cruises land excursion.

7 Tuscan Luxury Villas Ideal for Friends and Families

Tuscany is a prime vacation destination especially appealing to those wishing to celebrate special occasions, bring friends together, and spend quality time with their families. Very popular accommodations in the […]

Tasting Montana from Butte to Missoula

After kicking off our southwestern Montana culinary road trip in Bozeman, we headed northwest to continue discovering more of the area’s traditional and innovative cuisine and spirits.

Exploring the Douro with Viking River Cruises

Viking River Cruises’ “Portugal’s River of Gold” itinerary includes a wealth of compelling shore excursion opportunities. There’s a treasure in every port.

Prelude to a Cruise: Lisbon Highlights

Falling in love with Lisbon during a two-day stay, the beginning of our Viking River Cruises’ “Portugal’s River of Gold” itinerary.

Cruising Portugal’s River of Gold: Our Favorite Things

“Portugal’s River of Gold”, Viking River Cruises’ itinerary from Porto to Spain captures the essence of the Douro region’s culture, history, and gastronomy.

Paradise Found: High Spirits and Good Eats in Montana

From Bozeman to Missoula — Getting a taste of the culinary, craft brew, and distilled spirits scene in Montana

Maritime Quebec: A Feast for the Senses

Exploring the culinary, cultural, and natural riches of the maritime regions of Quebec

Arles and Avignon: UNESCO Treasures of Provence, France

Visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Arles and Avignon

3 Great Sierra Nevada Getawaya

South Lake Tahoe, El Dorado County, and Carson Valley shine as getaways from the San Francisco Bay Area — any time of year!

Discovering Provence at Christmas

Christmas traditions celebrated in the Provence region of France

Discovering Nova Scotia Food and Wine

Discovering the treasure chest of epicurean bounty of Nova Scotia during a five-day road trip

On Location at the Napa Valley Film Festival

Sipping luscious wines while viewing innovative independent movies in enticing venues on a gorgeous fall weekend in the Napa Valley