Airfare Watchdog founder and travel journalist George Hobica talks with Paul and seeing the World War I battlefields and cemeteries in France and the commemorations of the 100th Anniversary of the end of the Great War. They also talk about the friendliness shown by French people to Americans. They remember the sacrifices made a century ago.
Pedro Alonso gives Paul a tour of his new hotel the VP Plaza Espana in Madrid. Over lunch they talk about how to create a true luxury hotel.
Miguel Sanz, the Tourism Director for Madrid talks to Paul about the things visitors must do in the Madrid of today. And what they often overlook.
Jennifer Dombrowski, chats with Paul and Elizabeth about the 2018 harvest in Bordeaux and also fall travel in France.
Douglas Ward, the world's leading expert on cruising and the author of the latest edition the Berlitz: Guide to River Cruising in Europe joins Paul and Elizabeth to talk about the positives of a river cruise vacation. The discuss why its so popular and which lines appeal to different markets and why. Find out which line served Paul the finest food he has ever had afloat.
Paul chats with a chef who has a restaurant in a museum in Bergen. It isn't your usual cafe. A discovery on the Koningsdam cruise.
Holland America Line has installed a complete gelato kitchen on the Koningsdam. It's as good as Italy and the pistachio is the best.
The Gutsy Traveler, Marybeth Bond, returns from the 2018 Calgary Stampede and chats with Paul about the reasons Canada throws a great party. It's not just about the West and cowboys but about the First Nations people and the contributions all have made to the western culture in Alberta.
Nancy Friedman joins Paul to talk about decades of travel experience and the fundamentals that anyone can use to get great service while traveling. Nancy is a recognized expert on customer service and she shares with Paul her insights and tips to make travel as smooth as possible. They even talk about getting good service on the phone.
Marybeth Bond, aka The Gutsy Traveler, chats with Paul about an English company that organizes walking tours for individuals and small groups. She walked with them on a tour of small towns in the South of France, and staying in small inn each night. She discovered a culture and space of life that could only have been found by walking the countryside.
Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Edge, scheduled to enter service in December, promises to be as innovative in its entertainment as in its design. Becky Thompson-Foley, Associate Vice President, Entertainment, for Celebrity, joins Paul and Elizabeth to preview what’s in store for passengers. The Theatre will be the most technologically advanced performance space at sea, says Thompson-Foley, noting that the main stage will be three-quarters round, with additional stages, two rotating spiral staircases, and 10 panoramic projection screens. “The audience will be immersed in the production,” she says. Productions will run the gamut from a Shakespeare-inspired romp to the multimedia Kaleidoscope. Tune in to this podcast for a fun preview of some of the most exciting entertainment on the high seas.
Joanne Hudsonjoins Paul and Elizabeth to chat aboutSanta Fe, New Mexicoduring the27th Annual Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference. She talks about the emerging art scene of contemporary Native American Art. Rooted in History but fresh and very contemporary artists are forging new ground. There is also one of the largest concentrations of fine art galleries anywhere along a fabled mile in Santa Fe.
Paul and Elizabeth chat with Steve Perillo, CEO of Perillo Tours, both a pioneer and a leader in escorted tours to Italy. Steve represents the third generation of the family business. And he shares how his family worked to make Italy a popular destination for American tourists after WW II. Today they are leaders in touring Italy.
Joanne Hudson joins Paul and Elizabeth to chat aboutSanta Fe, New Mexicoduring the27th Annual Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference. She talks about the emerging art scene of contemporary Native American Art. Rooted in History but fresh and very contemporary artists are forging new ground. There is also one of the largest concentrations of fine art galleries anywhere along a fabled mile in Santa Fe.
Chef Pierre-Marie LePrince Director of Culinary Experience, Princess Cruiseschats with Paul about the new dining experiences for the Princess fleet and some of his thoughts about what passengers want. They discuss trends and new ideas for dining at sea.
Paul talks with Marco Rosa about the remarkable history of Pandaw Cruises and the company's relationship with Myanmar and Southeast Asia. They also talk about the new cruises in India which open up a new and very comfortable way to see the country from it's rivers.
Alberto Laurin established a small bike store In Valencia Spain and today Do You Bike has grown to four outlets and they host a series of guided bike tours in the City as well as rentals.
Nancy Light of the Wine Institute joins Paul again this year to talk about the events that wineries in California will hold to celebrate Wine Month in September.
Shane Dallas joins Paul and Elizabeth to discuss the real attractions of the Czech Republic. They also talk about TBEX, and how the international conference has grown to reflect today's changing digital media landscape.
Family Travel and Tech Lord James DeRuvo spent the summer taking his family to several "cons" including the grand daddy of them all, San Diego Comic-Con. He joins us to talk about those 4 heady days of pop culture, why he's taking his teenager to PowerMorphicon, and how a con is not only a great way to celebrate pop culture, but a fun family vacation as well.
PowerMorphicon is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the longest running kids TV series ... the Power Rangers. Based on the Super Sentai hero series from Japan, this martial arts kids show has grown into a toy, movie and even comic-con powerhouse. And the 2018 POWER MORPHICON CONVENTION is the largest Power Rangers fan fest in the world. And if you're in the Orange County area and are a Ranger fan, you can still get tickets on the day you arrive!
In addition to meeting their favorite actors from Power Rangers, fans and convention attendees will be able to purchase some convention exclusive merchandise. These special convention-only items are available for pre-order with your paid convention membership (attending or non-attending), or at the expo during the show. Items include the exclusive Lord Drakkon figurine (throne sold separately) and the black and gold Megazord Funko Pop! figurine. A convention-exclusive Power Morphicon Convention T-shirt is available for purchase, as well as metal Morphin’ Coins and specialized merchandise for Membership Tier.
Day 0 – Thursday August 16th– Special Signing Event with Austin St. John (Hours to be announced)
Day 1 – Friday August 17th– Badge pickup begins 12pm – Floor hours 4pm-10pm
(Open to pre-registered full-show pass holders only)
Day 2 – Saturday August 18th– Floor hours 10am-6pm
(Doors open at 9am for Gold and Platinum Memberships)
Day 3 – Sunday August 19th– Floor hours 10am-5pm
(Doors open at 9am for Gold and Platinum Memberships)
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Listen to James' special report here!
Max Hartshorne, Editor of GoNomad, talks with Paul about a recent trip to Vorarlberg, Austria. You can read about Max's adventure here. It's an area that meets every expectation about what Austria should be.