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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Liz Munson Serves The Happiest Breakfast in America

liz_munsonLiz’s Where Y’at Diner (you have to hear it said to say it right) is tucked away in a suburb of New Orleans in southern Louisiana, serving one of the best breakfasts in America, and everything’s served with a side of happiness, love, and kindness. The novel-length menu’s type is small enough to keep reading glasses on hand for people to borrow. The diner features all-day breakfast, some of the best biscuits in the U.S., lunch classics and unique specials, and southern specialties like Pan Pardou and po-boys. “Come on in and feel the love,” encourages Liz.

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Margie Goldsmith Visits Two Blues Festivals That Reveal America

Margie Goldsmith UgandaRegular contributor Margie Goldsmith talks with Paul about music and festivals in New Orleans. New Orleans continues to be one of the best places in America to hear not only contemporary jazz but traditional jazz and other styles. She also talks about the great Blues festival in Chicago. Margie reports on music as well as unique travel experiences regularly at Ontravel. She also plays blues harmonica and shares her love of the instrument with people around the world.


General Packenham And The Battle of New Orleans

ontravel logoIn another of our ongoing Voices From The Past series, John Poimiroo and Paul talk with General Packenham on the eve of the Battle of New Orleans. Then actor  Timothy Pickles joins us to talk about modern day New Orleans.  General Edward Packenham, was the commanding general of the British troops at the Battle of New Orleans. He fought against General Andrew Jackson, who was victorious. Jackson wound up becoming president of the US; Packenham wound up dead on the battlefield.

This January marks the  200th anniversary and it’s a great story … for the Americans. A group of ragtag soldiers from a variety of cultures – including a gang of pirates – banded together to take on the British troops. The way the Brits had been trained to fight (very formally, which meant they were at a loss when their commanding officers went down) was one of the things that worked to the Americans’ advantage. At the end of the battle, very few Americans were killed or wounded, but the British didn’t fare so well. It’s a fascinating story about what a little pluck and ingenuity – and a lot less formality – will do when the going gets tough.  This interview gives us the opportunity to hear about the British strategy before the battle through Voices From The Past. This is a great time to visit this whole area including New Orleans along the Louisana Coast .

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Margie Goldsmith Celebrates Paris And New Orleans In A French Manner

Margie Goldsmith ParisMargie Goldsmith reports in to Paul and Elizabeth about an over the top trip to Paris and the experience of a lifetime in New Orleans, today on traveling. In Paris she attended the Four Seasons Hotel’s University, which offers guests the opportunity to go behind the scenes and see how a hotel works and the services it offers. Her descriptions of the extremes the hotel goes to provide perfect services for their guests are truly remarkable. One guest stores their piano in the hotel until he checks in when it is moved to his room. Another sends shirts in for alterations by hand from a gifted seamstress. Then she shifts gears to New Orleans, America’s city with a strong French influence. She tells what it is like to ride on the Orpheus float in one of the parades. She did her share of bead throwing and tells where the best vantage points are to view the parades. And best of all she got to keep her costume.

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Holidays In The National Parks Are Special Indeed

John Poimiroo - Kolob CanyonsCorrespondent John Poimiroo takes us to the ideal holiday spots in the United States, the National Parks. Paul and John trade memories of great Christmas holidays in Yosemite and talk about other well known and less well-known parks that make ideal Christmas vacation spots. Here’s an outline to help in your vacation planning:


  • Bracebridge Dinner – Yosemite
  • Polar Express – Grand Canyon Ry
  • Aurora Borealis – Denali NP
  • Rock of Ages – Carlsbad Caverns NP
  • Bighorn Canyon NRA – Montana
  • Boxing Day – Agate Fossil Beds NP
  • Christmas Lights – Kiluea Caldera, Hawaii Volcanoes NP

New Years

  • New York City – Manhattan NHS
  • New Orleans – New Orleans Jazz NHP
  • Las Vegas – Lake Mead NRA
  • Mt. Rainier – snowshoeing
  • Virgin Is – Coral Reefs, Mangrove Swamps, Snorkeling Trail