Isabelle Esteves

Channel Manager for Travel, Helium

I am the Channel Manager for Travel at Helium. I also manage, Ancestry and Genealogy, Fashion Accessories, Boston, Massachusetts Other and Philadelphia Local Guides, Dining Restaurants and Wedding Traditions and Themes. If I can help you in any way just let me know.

Travel is my passion, I have been writing travel articles for the last 12 years. I began my writing career at Igougo.com. I have been one of their featured writers, was the first ever guest blogger on their travel blog and was nominated to the IgoUgo Hall of Fame in their first class. I was named Guide of the Year in 2006 and won awards other years.

I am very interested in genealogy and have been working on my own family tree as well as doing research for others for over 25 years. I have written many articles designed to help both new and experienced family historians to go to the next level.

I am recently retired as an office manager at a Catholic church in Connecticut. I was a parish secretary for 18 years, have taught CCD, am a Eucharistic Minister, a Parish Council and School Board member and was on the RCIA team for more than 10 years. I have extensive knowledge of bookkeeping and non-profit accounting. I have had a varied career and am getting ready to enjoy my retirement and having more time to travel and write.

I am now a Granny Nanny for my 10th grandchild.

I have been writing for as long as I can remember and I love having such a great outlet.

I am a graduate of Middlesex Community College with an Associate Degree in Science. The mother of 3, grandmother of 10 and great grandmother of 2. I have a very full life and am enjoying it immensely.

Swede's role in making Rockford what it is today
December 9, 2013
One of our favorite museums in Rockford was the Erhlander Home Museum. John Erhlander was one of many Swedes who immigrated to this area in the mid-19th century. This is not a huge mansion; it is a large family home. It was built in historic Haight Village and his neighbors were among the most influential people in Rockford including the mayor.
Four great reasons to visit LeClaire, Iowa
November 14, 2013
The city of LeClaire, Iowa is named for Antoine LeClaire. He was important in developing the area where he maintained a sandstone quarry. The city is located just a few miles from the Quad-cities on a bend in the Mississippi, River and is known for its yearly Tug Fest which is a tug of war across the river with the town of Port Byron, Illinois.
Top 3 Historic Destinations in Rockford, Illinois
October 26, 2013
While the history of Rockford, Illinois may seem short when compared with cities farther east, it has considerable history to share with visitors.
Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse Rock Island Illinois
October 13, 2013
Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse is an entire evening of entertainment. What could be more fun than seeing a live production, not having to find a restaurant before or after and even being serenaded by your multi-talented wait staff? That is what you get with your ticket at the Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse.
A little Piece of Switzerland in Rockford Illinois
October 3, 2013
Tinker Swiss Cottage in Rockford, Ill. is designed to look as if it were in Switzerland. As a matter of fact, it is one of the few houses of Swiss style still in existence in the United States. Robert Tinker became enamored with the design style on a trip to Switzerland and decided to create one in of all places, Rockford. In his own words "I only wanted to build a home that would give Rockford a name."
Rolling on the River in the Quad Cities
September 27, 2013
If you have ever dreamed of taking a cruise on the Mississippi River, the Celebration Belle offers the opportunity to take several different types of cruises. With themed cruises, narrated lunch and sightseeing cruises, dinner and dance cruises, 100 mile day cruises and fall overnight cruises, there is bound to be one to suit your fancy.
A Favorite Childrens Destination in the Quad Cities
September 27, 2013
I started to smile as soon as I entered this museum and I never stopped. What a wonderful place for children. The bright colors are so welcoming and as we left we saw some smaller children literally having to be dragged out the door, they didnít want to leave. If you are bemoaning the fact that your kids don't use their imagination or are glued to the TV or a video game, bring them to the Family Museum in Bettendorf, Iowa and watch them blossom.
Spacious Room in Rockford Illinois
September 20, 2013
Rockford, Ill has a wide selection of hotel choices. There are quite a few of them clustered in an area on the eastern outskirts of the city. One of the most popular is the Hilton Garden Inn. We spent three nights here in August 2013 and absolutely loved it. The lobby is very attractive but it is the friendliness of the desk staff that really makes this hotel a standout. They could not have been nicer and allowed us to check in early and always greeted us when we passed by the desk. We felt very welcome at this hotel.
Marriott Hotel in Rockford Illinois
September 20, 2013
The Marriott Courtyard in Rockford, Ill is location right off of East State Road which is one of the main arteries in the city of Rockford. It is hard to find another street that has as much to offer when it comes to amenities. The hotel is easy to find, less easy to actually get to. It is on an access road that is accessed from Bell School Road right past the Burger King. It is easy once you figure this out.
Rockford Illinois Rocks
September 11, 2013
Who knew what an amazing place Rockford, Ill. is to visit? Certainly not this writer and what a wonderful surprise it turned out to be. There is history, culture, shopping and so much more. No matter what your pleasure you will find something of interest in Rockford. These are just a few of the things that were enjoyed on a recent trip to Rockford.
John Deere is Big in Moline
September 11, 2013
One of the premier destinations in Moline, Illinois is the John Deere Pavilion. John Deere has been a major employer for more than 100 years. While the number of employees has declined over the years, the influence on the economy of the city has not. The iconic green and yellow equipment has been part of many families across the country for generations.
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