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People – Orlando Ashford Keynotes SATW Portland 2017

Orlando Ashford, President of the Holland America Line, was the keynote speaker at this year’s National Conference for the Society of American Travel Writers. He speaks of the transformative power of travel to open minds, build connections, and be inspired by our shared humanity. 



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Autos – Jeff Bracken and the LA Auto Show

Jeff Bracken, Group Vice President and General Manager of Lexus joins Paul and Elizabeth at AutoMobility, the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Jeff reveals the secret behind the morpho butterfly’s brilliant blue wings, which Lexus engineers have captured on one of their top-of-the-line sports cars. How did Lexus do it? We’ll find out.

Plus, Jeff also talks about the sport utility vehicles that Lexus is introducing, including one with a 7,000-pound towing capacity.

 



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Film – Naples 44 Brings Norman Lewis’ Classic Book To Life

The late Norman Lewis is widely regarded as one of the great travel writers and his book Naples ’44: A World War II Diary of Occupied Italy, one of the great works of travel writing.
Naples 44 is now a film, and Director Francesco Patierno joins Paul and Elizabeth along with producers Francesca Barra and Davide Azzolini to discuss how the film came to be and how faithful it is to the spirit and legacy of Norman Lewis’ great book.  
Details on Naples 44 can be found at IMDB. There are brief moments when our guests are speaking in Italian but how this film came to be made is fascinating. 


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Gardens — Portland Japanese Garden

Lisa Christy with the Portland Japanese Garden shares garden lore with Paul and Elizabeth in the new library and visitor center at the garden. Widely considered one of the finest Japanese gardens in the United States it’s creation was the result of Portland community action years ago. 

 



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Places – Portland’s Lan Su Chinese Garden Ranks Among The Best

Paul joins Scott Steele and tours the Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland, Oregon. The garden was created in a downtown city block by craftsmen both from the local area and China. Today it’s recognized as one of the best outside China. 



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Places — Jennifer Dombrowski Journeys Into A Volcano In Iceland

Jennifer Dombrowski reports on her 6th visit to Iceland, a land she is admittedly fascinated with. She joins Paul and Elizabeth from her home in Bordeaux, France to share some of the insights she got from this trip which included a visit deep inside a volcano. 

 

 



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Places – Shane Dallas Talks Luxury Stays in the Castles of Ireland

Shane Dallas joins Paul and Elizabeth to talk about something many don’t think of when discussing Ireland … having a luxury vacation in one of its historic castles.

 



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Insight: Roger Dow Talks Travel Industry Jobs

Wanna make a living in travel? Roger Dow, president and CEO of US Travel Association joins Paul and Elizabeth to discuss the latest data on travel jobs. Turns out that travel is a huge economic engine driving not on the economy but jobs and job creation in the U.S.



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Holland America Line’s Executive Chef Rudi Sudaimin Talks Food

Award winning Holland America Line executive chef Rudi Sudaimin joins us to talk about the great food you get when going on a Holland America cruise. 

 



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April Orcutt, Eight Feet Above the Sea

2016 TravMedia Travel Journalist of the Year April Orcutt is also a travel reporter for the LA Times. She joins Paul and Elizabeth to talk about her recent trip to the Maldives Islands, and why it’s called the Carribbean of South West Asia.

 



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