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Places — Nancy Light Talks Touring California Wineries And Sustainability

Nancy Light

Nancy Light of the California Wine Institute chats with Paul and sustainable practices in California wineries and reports that wineries are gearing up for visitors this year to show off sustainable practices and trends in organic wine making with Down To Earth Month and other events.

 

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Cruises — New Celebrity Edge Will Have Innovative Dining Options

Brian Abel

Paul chats with Brian Abel of Celebrity Cruises about the new and extremely innovative dining concepts being rolled out for the new Celebrity Edge due out later this year. Not only is the food cutting edge and very innovative but the presentations elevate dining aboard to new heights.

Here are just a few highlights of our talk taken from a column written for WESTWAYSDine in a garden on your next cruise? You can, when the Celebrity edge sets sail later this year. That garden setting is the Rooftop Garden Grill, tucked into a corner of the Rooftop Garden, a horticultural oasis on the top deck. The menu will feature barbecue specialities. 

Another unique feature on the Edge is the Magic Carpet, a moving platform on the side of the ship. When it rises to deck five can become an alfresco experience for the seafood bar, Raw on 5. When it rises to Deck 16 it will provide outdoor dining for ‘Dinner on the Edge’ featuring dishes created by the chefs from local market shopping in different ports. On board you will be able to choose from among 29 places to wine and dine on board including four main dining rooms.

Our main dining rooms, Cosmopolitan, Cyprus, Normandie and Tuscan speak to the history of Celebrity,” says Brian Abel, VP, hotel operations. “For Normandie, we took the original Normandie’s wooden panels that were on the Celebrity Summit and installed them here. Cyprus is a tribute to our Greek heritage and Tuscan is inspired by Italian design. You enter Cosmopolitan through an entrance of fine wines, in large glass displays.” 

As it has always done, Celebrity is cearly rocking the culinary scene at sea with the new Edge.

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Cruises — Josh Leibowitz of Cunard Talks WWII Crossing On Queen Mary 2

Josh Leibowitz

On this episode of Traveling, Josh Leibowitz joins to talk about Cunard teaming up again for another transatlantic voyage with The Greatest Generations Foundation. It remains a once in a lifetime transatlantic cruise from Southampton to New York, and pays tribute to the heroes of World War II. Cruising aboard the Queen Mary 2, this trip will relive the days of the original Queen Mary being a troop transport and honor our nation’s veterans with a unique enrichment program. 

 

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People — Gene Seroka Works In One Of The World’s Great Ports

The Port of Los Angeles is huge. It is literally the gateway to and from Asia for much of the goods imported into America. In one month the port may process more than 700,000 container units. Thousands of trucks and dozens of two-mile long trains move containers into and out of the port every day. It’s economic impact is felt in every state in the U.S.

The Port of Los Angeles is also embarking on  a new waterfront for visitors which will provide an upclose look at the ships and port not seen elsewhere. 

Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles joins Paul to tell the story behind huge container ships carrying more than 20,000 containers, the need to build bigger cranes to handle bigger ships and the amazing speed and efficiency of the workings of the harbor which few ever see.

 

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Places — Leon Liberman Talks Spain, Paradors, Pintxos And Architecture

Leon Liberman, our correspondent about all things Spain, updates us on things not to miss this year. As always, Leon offers valuable tips on how to get beneath the surface of Spain, whether staying in a Parador, sampling pintxos (Basque tapas), or tasting artisanal chocolate.

Some of Leon’s latest Spanish finds … Architect Antoni Gaudi’s first completed building recently opened to the public in Barcelona, and  Malaga surprises with great museums.

Click here for more information on Spain.

 

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Places — JetSetSarah Talk Caribbean After The Hurricanes

Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon is an award-winning travel journalist, TV host and self-described “Carivangelist,” who ventures to the beach and beyond to share the diverse culture, lifestyle and people of the world’s favorite warm-weather destination. Based in Miami, the former travel editor of Caribbean Journal and executive editor of Caribbean Travel + Life magazine is also jetsetter-in-chief at JetSetSarah.com, where her two passions – the Caribbean and shopping – meet (her not-so-hidden talent is the ability to sniff out a “shopportunity,” no matter where in the world she may be).
 
Sarah joins with Paul and Elizabeth to bring us up to date on the Caribbean and why it remains such a popular vacation destination.  Sarah shares secrets  about great places to visit and things the locals do to enjoy the islands.
 
 Follow her adventures on twitter and Instagram at @JetSetSarah, and at Facebook.com/JetSetSarah.

 

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Places — Bürgenstock – The Legendary Resort of Switzerland Reinvents Itself

Bürgenstock, on a promontory overlooking Switzerland’s Lake Lucerne, has a renowned hospitality history. The first hotel opened here in 1873, and in the 1950s, Audrey Hepburn married Mel Ferrer in the Bürgenstock Chapel. The resort closed for several years, but has recently reopened as the Burgenstock Hotels and Resort, Lake Lucerne.
 
The resort’s general manager, Robert Herr joins Paul and Elizabeth to share news about what the resort is like today: with three hotels, three swimming pools, and restaurants serving everything from rosti potatoes and raclette to haute cuisine. And on nearby hikes, you just might encounter cows with bells.
 
Learn about Bürgenstock, old and new in this delightful podcast.
 

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Places –Shane Dallas Takes Us To Ostrava In The Czech Republic

Shane Dallas, The Travel Camel, joins Paul and Elizabeth to share his impressions of Ostrava in The Czech Republic, site of this summer’s TBEX Europe 2018, a travel bloggers conference to be held July 26–28.

On a pre-conference visit, Shane discovered Ostrava’s many charms, from delicious food to a fascinating mining museum.  Learn how the Czech Republic’s third largest city, in a former industrial region, is gradually awakening to tourism.

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Places — Embracing Authentic Ireland With MP Brendan Griffin

Perhaps no other country on earth welcomes visitors with as much warmth as Ireland. Brendan Griffin, TD, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport for the Republic of Ireland, joins Paul and Elizabeth for a chat about ways that visitors can meet the Irish people, learn about its rich culture, and experience its scenic beauty.
 
Drive the Wild Atlantic Way, learn to milk a cow or shear a sheep, and explore pre-historic sites. Also, what impact will Brexit have on Ireland? Hear what Minister Griffin predicts.
 

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Places — The Port of Los Angeles and Battleship Iowa

The Battleship Iowa is a remarkable historical treasure. Paul is joined by Jonathan T. Williams, president and CEO and Craig L Post, public program manager of the Pacific Battleship Center in the Admiral’s Quarters to talk about how and why a dedicated group of volunteers worked tirelessly to bring the ship and its history to the Port of Los Angeles.

Today the ship’s volunteers hold tours, historical events and even group sleep overs to bring the ship’s history and in a broader sense, naval history and heroism to life.