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Places — Hong Kong Reveals A Rich Cultural Heritage On Walking Tour

Hong Kong’s immigrant past and a rich cultural heritage shine on a day-long walking tour of the city’s Sham Shui Po neighborhood. Tour Supervisor Daisy Fu and guide Francis Lau of Eco Travel Limited share fascinating stories of Hong Kong’s history and development. A dim sum lunch, a snack at a Bean Curd factory, and visits to Taoist temples bring the city’s story to life. Join Paul and Elizabeth on this enlightening journey. Paul and Elizabeth spent some time in Hong Kong prior to boarding Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 for a segment of its World Cruise.

 

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Places — Hong Kong’s Shangri-La Hotel Brings The Best Of East And West

Join Paul and Elizabeth as they chat with Philip Dewar the general manager of the Kowloon Shangri-La in the lobby over tea. Dewar explains why Hong Kong hotels remain some of the best in the world and why they excel in service. The lobby of the Shangri-La is dominated by a huge mural of the mythical Shangri-La from James Hilton’s novel Lost Horizon. Paul and Elizabeth stayed at the Kowloon Shangri-La prior to Boarding Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 for a segment of its 2018 World Cruise.

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Rivercruises– Dining On The Rivers Of Europe With Janice Wald Henderson

Paul chats with correspondent Janice Wald Henderson about the dining experience aboard river cruises like the cruise Paul and Elizabeth just finished on AMA Waterways AmaLea. Both he and Janice found the cuisine on different cruises to be exceptions. Not fussy, creative and reflecting the countries the ships sailed through. They also talked about cruises aboard Uniworld ships where both the decor and the cruisine are kicked up a notch. Elizabeth and Paul sailed on the inaugural of the Catherine a couple fo years ago and found the food exceptional. Janice remembers the food being really innovative on her cruise.

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Places — Jennifer Dombrowski Visits Muscat And Oman

Correspondent Jennifer Dombrowski visits Oman and Muscat and discovers a beautiful country that welcomes visitors with comfort and tremendous scenic wonders. She also discovers an underwater world of wonder that she describes as scuba diving in an aquarium. The reefs are unspoiled and the fish are spectacular. 

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Voices — Mary Carter Tells The Story Of A Slave From Colonial Williamsburg

In this podcast edition of Traveling, Paul and Elizabeth chat with Mary Carter who brings history to life at Colonial Williamsburg. At the Peyton Randolph House, Aggy of Turkey Island, an enslaved woman, tells visitors of Colonial Williamsburg about the complicated story of her life.

Her story illustrates the importance of visiting places like Williamsburg where the lessons and events of history come to life.
 
Aggy, as portrayed by Mary Carter, a historic area interpreter since 2008, became the sexual partner of her owner Ryland Randolph, who was a friend and cousin of Thomas Jefferson and a member of a politically prominent Williamsburg family. They had two children and lived outside Williamsburg on a James River plantation, where Jefferson visited.
 
Randolph never married, and Aggy was not his mistress. She was the only woman in his life. But she also never had a choice whether or not to be with him.
 
When Ryland died in 1785, his will gave Aggy and their children their freedom, arranged for her transport to England, and left them a trust fund. His brother, Richard, contested the will and kept her in bondage.
 
Aggy desperately wanted her children to be free. She sued the Randolphs for unlawful imprisonment. She won in a decision rendered by the courts on Aug. 7, 1790. The story of their relationship is complex, touching on race, power, and the universal desire for freedom. It is a very personal piece of history that resonates today.

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River Cruises– Tulip Time In The Netherlands, Day Five

Paul and Elizabeth sail on AMAWaterways newest ship, the AmaLea, through the Netherlands and Belgium during the height of the spring tulip bloom in April. The tulips are blooming and Holland is at her best.

It’s a chance to experience a river cruise and visit some of the most interesting towns and cities, including Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Middleburg, Ghent, Bruges, and even a stop at Kinderdijk. The ship’s godmother is travel industry veteran Filomena Andre.

The ship’s final stop is Amsterdam, where Paul and Elizabeth visit the Van Gogh Museum. Recently redone, the museum puts the great artist’s work into historical context. As they think about the ending of this week-long cruise, Paul and Elizabeth also share more about what life aboard ship is like and what each of them thinks was the best part of this remarkable river cruise.

 

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River Cruises– Tulip Time In The Netherlands, Day Four

A week of river cruises aboard AMAWaterways newest ship, the AmaLea, Paul and Elizabeth continue their journeythrough the Netherlands and Belgium during the height of the spring tulip bloom in April. The tulips are blooming and Holland is at her best.

It’s a chance to experience a river cruise  and visit some of the most interesting towns and cities, including Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Middleburg, Ghent, Bruges, and even a stop at Kinderdijk. The ship’s godmother is travel industry veteran Filomena Andre.

Today, the ship stops in Rotterdam, where Paul and Elizabeth take the excursion to The Hague. Here, they visit the Mauritshuis, a former mansion that today houses some stellar paintings from the Dutch Golden Age, including works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Rubens. They also stop at the city’s legendary cafe Dudok, where they indulge in the best apple cake yet, served with cinnamon ice cream and a bowl of whipped cream.

 

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River Cruises– Tulip Time In The Netherlands, Day Three

Paul and Elizabeth sail on AMAWaterways newest ship, the AmaLea. River Cruises through the Netherlands and Belgium during the height of the spring tulip bloom in Apri are at their best. It’s a chance to experience a river cruise and visit some of the most interesting towns and cities, including Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Middleburg, Ghent, Bruges, and even a stop at Kinderdijk.

The ship’s godmother is travel industry veteran Filomena Andre. Today the ship stops in Middleburg, where Paul and Elizabeth hire a taxi to take them to nearby Veere, home of Elizabeth’s ancestors.

In the 1600s, four Vandeveer brothers left from Veere to sail to what was then New Amsterdam and settled in what is now Flatbush. Three centuries later, the descendant of one of those brothers gave birth to Elizabeth’s mother, Marian Vandeveer Harryman. A visit to the town’s museum and a stop for apple cake and tea round out the day.

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River Cruises — Tulip Time In The Netherlands, Day Two

Day Two of Paul and Elizabeth’s River Cruise adventure aboard AMAWaterways newest ship, the AmaLea, headsthrough the Netherlands and Belgium during the height of the spring tulip bloom in April. The tulips are blooming and Holland is at her best.

It’s a chance to experience what river cruises have to offer and visit some of the most interesting towns and cities, including Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Middleburg, Ghent, Bruges, and even a stop at Kinderdijk.

The ship’s godmother is travel industry veteran Filomena Andre. A highlight of any trip to the Netherlands this time of year is a visit to Keukenhof, the spectacular gardens outside Amsterdam. Each spring, the gardens open for just eight weeks. During that time, visitors can see the most amazing displays of tulips and other flowers.

Paul and Elizabeth took the bus there from Haarlem. You can also take a bus to Keukenhof from Amsterdam or from Schiphol Airport. It’s easy and affordable; they show you how to do it and share what it’s like to be in these amazing gardens in spring.

 

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River Cruises — Tulip Time In The Netherlands

Paul and Elizabeth sail on AMAWaterways newest ship, the AmaLea, through the Netherlands and Belgium during the height of the spring tulip bloom in April. The tulips are blooming and Holland is at her best. It’s a chance to experience a river cruise and visit some of the most interesting towns and cities, including Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Middleburg, Ghent, Bruges, and even a stop at Kinderdijk.

The ship’s godmother is travel industry veteran Filomena Andre. Before boarding the vessel in Amsterdam, Paul and Elizabeth spend two nights in nearby Haarlem, home to the Netherlands’ oldest museum, the Teylers, as well as the Frans Hals Museum, and the inspirational Corrie Ten Boom House. And they share what it was like to be in the Netherlands on King’s Day.