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Don George Talks About The Land He Loves And The Work He Loves

Don George joins Paul to talk about his most recent trip to the Japanese Island of Shikoku and the tour he led for Geographic ExpeditionsThey discuss, food, hotels and an ancient pilgrimage that attracts thousands to the island. They also discuss the Japanese rituals associated with bathing. And in mid August it is time once again for the 26th annual Book Passage Travel Writers Conference. Don creates a totally unique weekend of workshops with some of the world’s leading authors and editors dedicated to great travel writing. It’s been a called an “adult summer camp”. 



Tipping and begging while traveling …

When traveling, how much should you tip? And is it safe to give to beggars in the streets? There’s a complicated and varying set of rules of when and how to do both that varies from country to country, and even area to area. Wallace Immen joins Paul and Elizabeth to talk about tipping and whether to give to children begging in poor areas.  



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The Common Heritage of Charleston and Barbados

The Barbados have a very historical and unique connection with the city of Charleston South Carolina. With this connection in mind, Paul chats with historian Dr. Karl Watson, Dr. Carrie Hall (CEO of Barbados Tourism Product Authority), and Petra Roche, of Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.



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Anna Hobbs Cruises The Rivers Of France

Anyone who has traveled the waterways of France knows that it can be quite a majestic experience. Travel writer Anna Hobbs joins us to talk about the advantages of an Emerald River Cruise and the unique experience of traveling through France and its rivers.  



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Great Lobster In Maine At Beal’s Lobster Pier

Stu Snyder co-owner of Maine’s famous Beal’s Lobster Pier chats with Paul about what makes lobster such a treat in Maine. They also talk about seasonal differences, best ways to prepare and who has the best lobster roll. Beal’s is on a beautiful part of the Maine coast. Here’s some more about Beals in their own words.

A visit to Beal’s Lobster Pier is always a highlight – no matter the season.

At our working lobster pier in Southwest Harbor, Maine, you and your family will have a blast watching the boats coming in and the lobstermen unloading fresh Maine lobster. Hear the creak of rope on the moorings. Catch the scent of saltwater on the breeze. And enjoy the waterfront view. But make sure you bundle up if you stop by during the autumn and winter months!

Maine has so much to offer – even in the off season. From October’s vibrant foliage, to December’s beautiful, thick blankets of snow, you’re sure to see something that will take your breath away at our working lobster pier in beautiful Southwest Harbor.

Our restaurant is closed from October to May, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy fresh lobster from Maine’s pristine coast. Even when Maine is cold enough to freeze our beards and eyelashes, we’re still hard at work to deliver live lobsters, fresh and frozen lobster meat, and more to your doorstep. Use our Beal’s at Home service any time to order. Imagine a steaming stock pot, the fresh scent of lobster plucked straight from the salty sea, the satisfying crunch as you crack into this delicacy, and the sweet, succulent taste of a dish you thought you could only have in the summertime. So shake off those cold-weather blues and serve up a fresh Maine lobster dinner for your family – you know you want to!

Our Beal’s at Home service also offers a favorite cold weather seafood delight – scallops. When the temperatures drop, the scallop season begins, and we’re happy to offer you these delicious saltwater morsels in addition to your order of fresh Maine lobster – think of them as a side that can only come from Maine’s coast.

 



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Charleston Hyatt Is Two Hotels Together

The Hyatt Place in Charleston, South Carolina is actually two hotels in one. Rachel Frost, director of marketing for Hyatt House joins Paul to talk about this unique new concept that’s the first of its kind in the United States.

 

 



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Charleston Is A City With Character And A Soul

Helen Hill is CEO of Explore Charleston. As a life long Charlestonian, Helen has seen the city grow to become a prime visitor destination.  She joins Paul to talk about her insights, and the tragedy at Mother Emmanuel church in 2015.

Rather than suffer the fate of so many other cities with unrest, the entire community followed the lead of the families involved in the tragedy and not only forgave  but worked actively to help the community. It was a defining act of forgiveness when the call might easily be for vengeance.

 



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Jennifer Dombrowski Talks About Nepal Trekking

Correspondent Jennifer Dombrowski talks with Paul about the realities of trekking in Nepal. Surprisingly you can even have pizza on your trek. Katmandhu is surprising and she finds that everything about the country is different in some ways much different  than she imagined. Check out her travels with husband, Tim Davis at LuxeAdventureTraveler.

 



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Greg Geronemus Of Smartours Talks Cuba And Egypt

Correspondent Greg Geronemus discusses with Paul and Elizabeth how Smartours is still providing affordable travel to Cuba – now, “the world’s most expensive travel destination,” according to Greg. He clarifies for us what the recent Trump Administration updates to Cuba policy mean for Americans traveling there. The company is also once again offering tours to Egypt. Egypt is affordable and the people are welcoming and very hospitable. Greg points out that the Egypt tours are selling out.



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Leon Liberman Talks Spain, Paradors, and Pinchos

Discover the Spain you didn’t know existed.. Spain expert Leon Liberman joins Paul and Elizabeth again to reveal some of the country’s lesser known treasures. Learn why Paradors offer great value as well as insights into Spain’s culture and history, and how to make use of an abundance of resources. Explore Bilbao and learn about “pinchos” culture (the region’s distinctive tapas) and thrill to the joy of riding on Spain’s trains, among the best in Europe. Listening to Leon, you’ll feel as though you’re relaxing in a sidewalk cafe in Barcelona.