GoNomad’s Max Hartshorne joins Paul and Elizabeth to reveal the delights of Cape Ann, Massachusetts. Max takes us to the artists' colony of Rockport, where a red fishing shack may be one of the art world’s most painted objects, and Essex, where Max says he had the best fried clams ever at Woodman’s of Essex, where the dish is said to have been invented. And Max shares the poignant history of Gloucester, the famous port where men went out to sea – too often, never to return – and their wives stayed home to watch, wait, and sometimes mourn. Tune in to learn about the joys of visiting what Max calls “New England’s other Cape” – not as famous, perhaps, as Cape Cod – but just as beautiful and just as rich with culture, history, and great seafood.
Vintage Partners’ Walter Crutchfield joins Paul and Elizabeth to introduce ARRIVE Phoenix, a new hotel created from two mid-50s office buildings in the city’s central part. A great example of adaptive reuse, the hotel capitalizes on its past to offer vintage touches such as vinyl record players and a 50’s-style cocktail lounge. Throughout, Walter says, there’s a spirit of fun and creativity. At check-in, you can choose a popsicle from 40 different flavors. Also check out VisitPhoenix.
With the cruise industry largely on hold for a while due to COVID-19, many older ships that were still in service are now heading for the scrap heap. But for many, cruise ships have souls, says Peter Knego of midshipcentury.com, chatting on this show with Paul and Elizabeth. One ship captain, says Peter, told him, “A little bit of people’s souls rub off on the ships.” Tune in for a fascinating look at this lesser-known aspect of the cruise industry – and also learn about some older ships that are getting new leases on life with smaller lines.
Larry Habegger, with Travelers’ Tales, joins Paul and Elizabeth to share information about some of the publishing company’s new releases, such as 100 Years of Exile: A Romanv’s Search for Her Father’s Russia. Tanya Romanov, says Larry, weaves the story of how her family fled Russia in 1920, during the Bolshevik Revolution, and eventually ended up in San Francisco. See how this and other exciting volumes can thrill you with travel’s wonders, even from your own living room.
LuxeAdventureTraveler’s Jennifer Dombrowski joins Paul and Elizabeth to report on the continuing exploits of Coco, her and husband Tim’s 11-month-old Samoyed puppy. Coco is discovering Bordeaux; she’s especially partial to the city’s parks and green spaces, reports Jennifer, who says the French adore dogs. Bordeaux’s Cap Sciences currently has an exhibition, “Chiens et Chats,” (dogs and cats), running through February 21, 2021. Tune in to this delightful show about seeing the world through your dog’s eyes. And follow Coco on Facebook and Instagram @CocoTravelingSamoyed.
Everything-Everwhere’s Gary Arndt joins Paul and Elizabeth to reveal the strange, true tale of The Lykov Family, who fled to Siberia in 1936 to escape the Soviet Union’s religious oppression. In 1978, a group of geologists found the family still in hiding there, not realizing the Soviet Union was no more. Learn more about this and other interesting phenomena – such as Who Invented Calculus? And what we all need to know about Fallacious Reasoning on this fun and informative podcast.
ThePointsGuy.com’s Gene Sloan joins Paul and Elizabeth to report on Sea Dream Yacht Club’s plans to start sailing in the Caribbean again in November – sooner than many thought cruising would return to the region. The CDC’s “no-sail” order remains in place for the United States, but these small, yacht-like ships will homeport in Barbados. The line plans to have in place the kinds of strict protocols and pre-boarding testing that have proven successful for MSC Cruises out of Italy. Tune in to learn about these developments in cruising.
TheTravelCamel’s Shane Dallas joins Paul and Elizabeth to further explore East Africa. Learn what it’s like to see the gorillas in Rwanda – Shane recounts his “close encounter” and offers tips for getting most out of your visit. Glimpse Tanzania, famous for its natural beauty, says Shane, who shares his first view of Ngorongoro Crater as the mist lifted. Hear how traveling in Africa can change your perspective on the world.
TheTravelCamel’s Shane Dallas joins Paul and Elizabeth to reveal the unexpected pleasures of East Africa. Come with us to Ethiopia, which prides itself as the only African nation never to have been colonized, and learn about the country’s ancient monasteries, its elaborate coffee ceremonies, and its regional specialty, shiro. And visit Somaliland, home to the vibrant, 20,000-year-old cave paintings of Laas Geel. Shane’s insights and understanding of the region make him the perfect guide.
It’s a fantasy many of us entertain: Get a small apartment in Paris, visit the local patisserie every day, live like a local. But what’s the experience reality like? Scott Dominic Carpenter joins Paul and Elizabeth to discuss his new book, French Like Moi: A Midwesterner in Paris, published by Travelers' Tales. Scott, who teaches French literature at Carleton College in Minnesota, bought an apartment in Paris in 2005 and lives to tell the tale. Tune in to get a preview of his delightful book.
LuxeAdventureTraveler’s Jennifer Dombrowski joins Paul and Elizabeth to report on the road trip she and her husband, Tim, took from Bordeaux to Burgundy to collect the newest member of their family, a 2-month-old Samoyed puppy named Coco. On the way, they stopped at the Chateau de Savigny-Les Beaune to not only sample wine but see the owners’ amazing collection of military planes, motorcycles, and racing cars, including Fiat Abarth prototypes. Tune in, and meet Coco, who has her own Facebook and Instagram accounts; you can follow her @cocotravelingsamoyed.
Douglas Ward, author of the Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Ships guide and Berlitz River Cruising in Europe and the USA, recently returned from a seven-day cruise around Italy aboard MSC Cruises’ MSC Grandiosa. He joins Paul and Elizabeth to reveal what cruising is like during COVID-19. MSC has instituted strict protocols – including testing all passengers and crew in the terminal before boarding, mandating face masks and social distancing aboard, and daily temperature checks for everyone – that have resulted in Grandiosa’s sailing COVID-free. But what was it like? Did it feel like being on a hospital ship? How were the dining and entertainment experiences? Was it enjoyable? Learn the answers by tuning in to this fun and information-filled podcast.
Palm Springs, California, has one of the world’s greatest collections of mid-century modern architecture, and each year the city typically celebrates that heritage with Modernism Week in February, as well as a Fall Preview in advance of that. Architect and author Alan Hess joins Paul and Elizabeth to reveal what’s exciting about this year’s Fall Preview, which is virtual. Starting October 15, you can get the Fall Preview Online Experience at ModernismWeek.com. Learn more about Palm Springs at VisitGreaterPalmSprings.com.
Susan Van Allen’s book 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go is out in its 10th anniversary edition. Susan joins Paul and Elizabeth to celebrate Italy’s artistic and culinary wonders and to share some wonderful things to do in the country in autumn. Fall means grape and olive harvests – learn how you can participate. Now’s a great time to plan your next trip to Italy.
TheTravelCamel’s Shane Dallas joins Paul and Elizabeth to extol the wonders of North Africa. Visit Egypt, one of the cradles of Western civilization – a country that embodies the word “awe,” says Shane, and Tunisia, where the original Star Wars was filmed. Take your time when visiting these places and get to know the gracious people who live there.
GoNomad’s Max Hartshorne joins Paul and Elizabeth to report on the website’s recent story about what it’s like to fly during the pandemic: Learn about what his reporter found on a recent trip. Plus, tips for getting through security speedily – always a good thing. And – go for a Doo Wop Experience in New Jersey!
Should French Fries be called Belgian Fries? What was weird about the U.S. election of 1824? And surprising things about the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Learn more by tuning in as Everything-Everwhere’s Gary Arndt joins Paul and Elizabeth to explore these and other strange tales that make exploring our world so fascinating.
The Wyoming Office of Tourism’s Diane Shober joins Paul and Elizabeth to discuss the state’s breathtaking beauty, cowboy culture, and wide open spaces. Fans of the Longmire books and TV series will love hearing about the area around Sheridan, and you might be surprised to learn that Wyoming had universal women’s suffrage 50 years before the U.S. ratified the 19th amendment.
Stomp grapes virtually during California Wine Month in September, and enjoy a host of activities and events from your home. The Wine Institute’s Nancy Light joins Paul and Elizabeth to reveal some of the myriad virtual events available at DiscoverCaliforniaWines.com. Tune in to learn about virtual wine road trips and more in the Golden State.
Tech and theme park guru James DeRuvo joins Paul and Elizabeth to report on how some of the major theme parks that have opened are doing with regard to COVID-19. In Orlando, Florida, Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World have both reopened, with strict health and safety protocols. At Disney World, for example, in addition to buying your ticket in advance online, you must also make a reservation for the day you visit. You’ll get a temperature check, you must practice social distancing, and anyone age 2 and older must wear a mask, except when eating or drinking. Tune in to learn more about what it’s like to visit a theme park during the age of coronavirus.
GoNomad’s Max Hartshorne joins Paul and Elizabeth to explore Newport, Rhode Island. The famous seaside community is again welcoming visitors, and everyone follows the proper protocols – wearing masks and socially distancing. Max reports on an enlightening Servant’s Life Tour, which offers a behind-the-scenes look at how the town’s iconic mansions functioned. He and his granddaughter Sofie also helicoptered over the area, went on a Cliff Walk, and went rail-exploring on an abandoned railtrack. Sofie approved.
TheTravelCamel’s Shane Dallas joins Paul and Elizabeth to reveal the advantages of visiting less popular, less-touristed destinations. Off-the-beaten-path places typically offer more authentic local experiences and are more affordable. Also, just because a place is unfamiliar, don’t assume that it’s dangerous, says Shane, who advises people to explore the road less traveled.
Douglas Ward, author of the Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Ships guide and Berlitz River Cruising in Europe and the USA, joins Paul and Elizabeth to discuss cruising’s future in the wake of COVID-19. Some river cruises have been operating successfully in Europe with no instances of the pandemic, says Douglas, who is based in England and brings a global perspective to the subject. Learn about what your cruise experience might be like once the big ships start sailing again. Check out cruisevoice.com and cruiseberlitz.com
ThePointsGuy.com’s Gene Sloan joins Paul and Elizabeth to report on the successful sailing of MSC Cruises’ MSC Grandiosa around Italy. In the terminal, the line tested every passenger for COVID-19. Each passenger had to receive a negative test before being allowed to board. The line also instituted other health and safety protocols, such as mask-wearing and social distancing, and the cruise was COVID-free. This is a milestone for the cruise industry, says Gene, and might set the standard for the future.
TheTravelCamel’s Shane Dallas joins Paul and Elizabeth to share his favorite destinations in the Middle East. He predicts that the region will be extremely popular as COVID-19 is defeated. Tune in to learn more about the region where hospitality was perfected.