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People — Margie Goldsmith Talks Music And Food In New Orleans

Paul chats with Margie Goldsmith about her insider tips about visiting New Orleans and the special events and festivals that often are peopled more by locals than visitors. She shares some of her recent experiences about music and food and touring the city on a bicycle. 

 

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Places — Traveling In Nevada Is Filled With Scenery And Interesting People

Bethany Drysdale, Travel Nevada

Elizabeth and Paul chat with Bethany Drysdale of Travel Nevada about life beyond Las Vegas. The great expanses of land and the amazing small towns with great stories and history are part of the state beyond Las Vegas and Reno.  

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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 — Kevin Lee Talks Loyalty Accounts and Privacy

Kevin Lee of Sift Science joins Paul to talk about the online risks of getting our loyalty program accounts hacked. He explains that while the first line of defense is always strong, unique passwords, technology like biometric identification through fingerprints and facial recognition provide even greater security.

Sift Science is working with companies both large and small to increase security and yet improve customer experiences in travel. 

 

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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 –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.