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A highlight from AT#721 - Travel to Oaxaca (Repeat)

The Amateur Traveler Podcast

04:10 min | 3 d ago

A highlight from AT#721 - Travel to Oaxaca (Repeat)

"Go to Oaxaca, Mexico. Welcome the amateur traveler. I'm your host, Chris Christensen. Let's talk about Oaxaca. I'd like to welcome to the show, Susan, met noske from Brooklyn tropically dot com, and that's tropically with an eye at the end, but I'll put a link to that in the show notes. Susan, welcome to the show. Thank you. Thank you so much for having me. And Susan, you are coming on the show to talk about one of my favorite places in Mexico. Of course I haven't been every place. Oaxaca. And why are you talking about Oaxaca? Well, it is also one of my favorite places. It's actually my favorite place because I now live here. After I think my first trip was in 2015 and I just kept coming back and back for months at a time, and then finally, I had been traveling full-time for a while. I'm a travel blogger. And when I was just ready to settle down, this was the place that was at the very top of my list. Excellent. Well, and I understood after reaching out to Susan that she was a longtime listener of the show, which is always fun to hear. Yes, it is a big honor for me to be on the show when there was a time many years ago I wasn't able to really travel and this was my constant source of inspiration. I can not imagine a time not being able to travel except, of course. Right. Excellent. And why should someone go to Oaxaca? So I think that the thing about Oaxaca that's really so special and is not often matched in other places, is that it's so dynamic. There is such a depth and breadth of things to do and learn and taste and understand here. It's so easy to fill a week itinerary full of all these things. And not just one type of thing, but a huge variety of things. So there's incredible culture here. There's history, an amazing food and mezcal scene, beautiful nature, artisan work, so there's really something for everyone and it's just such a dynamic place to learn a little of everything. Excellent. kind of itinerary are you going to recommend for us? Where are we going to start? So I've worked on this a lot. Over the years, because as I say, there's so much to do and I actually hear over and over again that people come here, they plan a long weekend trip, and they pair it with Mexico City or the coast or other places in Mexico. And on their first or second day, they're already planning a return trip. Because they realize immediately that there's just such a huge amount of things to do. It's such a beautiful place such a compelling place. So I've come up with a 7 day itinerary that I think is really a nice balance of all these different aspects of the nature and the culture and the history and the food and artisan work. And I think that's a great way to have your first trip to Oaxaca to have a little bit of a balance of all the things and learn a little of everything and just have this well rounded perspective of Oaxaca. And where are we going day one? Well, so I have this kind of divided by Oaxaca city and then day trips and I think that one way people go wrong is they don't necessarily know that the day trips and the villages and the nature sites and the archeological sites outside the city. The number of things to do outside of the city is equal or more than within the city. So I think that the best way to kind of approach your itinerary is to think of it more or less in a 50 50 way that maybe you're going to be doing day trips about as many days as you will be just strictly inside the city. So first, I'd like to just kind of talk about stuff within the city and then later I can get into the day trips if that works for you.

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A highlight from 695 Belgium Pride; Favorite Gardens; Arctic Trails

Travel with Rick Steves

07:21 min | 3 d ago

A highlight from 695 Belgium Pride; Favorite Gardens; Arctic Trails

"When planning a trip to Europe, it can be easy to overlook Belgium. It's so small that, you know, when you drive through Belgium, you close your eyes, you probably out of it. But it's got so much to offer for being such a small country. Just ahead, we'll hear what makes one native son proud to be Belgian. What do you like to see when you travel? A New York activist for public spaces shares some of her favorite gardens to visit around the world. There are roses climbing over ruins are a tangled branches everywhere. There is a stream coming from this mountain range that has the clearest water I have ever seen. And while you can't garden much in the Alaskan Arctic, we'll hear what life is like on the tundra of northwest Alaska. You can see it's a harsh country, but real rich with seals and salmon and Caribou and Musk oxen. Let's explore the world's amazing variety in the hour ahead. It's traveled with Rick Steves. Not many people get to grow up in Assad hut with Caribou herds as your neighbors. Coming up on today's travel with Rick Steves, Seth kantner tells us what it's like, living in the Alaskan Arctic, upriver from katsu, and on the other end of the spectrum, author Katie Marin shares why a romantic garden designed by a princess in central Italy is one of her favorite places to visit in the world. Let's start the hour with our old friend fairly menge. He was raised in Belgium and no matter where he's lived in Europe and in the U.S., Faraday will always be proud to be a Belgian. You know, when you're dreaming about traveling through Europe, Belgium often falls through the cracks. It's a little country about 10 million people the size of Maryland. It happens to be about the most brightly lit place in Europe. There's actually a term for it, NASA astronauts when they look down from outer space, they see a bright, welded spot in Europe. They call it the Belgian window. There's lots to see in Belgium besides just bright lights from outer space and I'm joined by ferdinando mengi, who was born and raised in Belgium, and for the last decade or so, he's been a tour guide. Faraday thanks for joining us. Hey, Rick. Ferdinando, when you think about Belgium, I mean, you're up against London and Paris and the Rhine river in the Swiss Alps. Why should somebody stop in Belgium? Well, Belgium is just a unique place. I mean, look at the size of a dis so small that, you know, when you drive through Belgium, you close your eyes, you probably out of it. But it's got so much to offer for being such a small country. And the cuisine is one of the top 5 in the world. Don't forget that. We have some great chefs, some great cuisines, so some mix between German and French cuisine. Don't forget we got one of the best beers to be got the best chocolate in the world. So it's the place for foodies. If we're foolish for sure. A lot of people I've heard say you eat as well as the French and as hard as the Germans. Absolutely. It's a mix between those two cultures and we are in the midst of it. No, did the Belgians and Dutch used to be tied together politically? Yes, before. Because the unification for Belgium was 1830. 1830 before that it belonged to Holland for a quite like 18 or 20. So what was the rationale for the division? What is the fundamental difference between Belgian and Dutch people? They were protestants that's one. So that was an issue. It was an issue. And the Dutch. 90% of the Belgians would be Catholic families. Protestant. Because I mean, you think about the Belgians and the Dutch dividing, but Belgium itself is about 50% French speaking walloons and half Dutch Germanic speaking. It's actually 60 40. 40% of balloons to the French speaking people. Now I read a quote from one of your prime ministers and he said, Belgium is a country united only by a king, the love of beer, and a soccer team. So you have this division problem. We do have, but we deal with it. You know, we civilians get along and sometimes those politicians, they bicker about things. The language barrier, the money divided into two. But it must be tough. It's not easy to do something like that. To run a country where there's two languages number one, two different mentality. Is it mostly French or mostly Flemish? Well, it's both. That's not a problem. So we have three problems. We have to lose. We have the Flemish and we have Brussels. Which is like the dominant city. It's so fascinating because they headquarters of NATO is there. The headquarters of the EU, it's all there. No, I think one thing that the Flemish and the French people of Belgium have in common is a love of beer. Now, last time I was in Belgium, I couldn't believe it half the Americans I met were there on a beer pilgrimage. Going to different beautiful pubs and drinking the beer. What do you have like a 120 different varieties of beer? Or even more than that. I think we have now. I think 606 150 different kinds of beers. I think I'm proud to say that we have one of the best beers in the world. I've been studying beers in Europe for like 30 years now and I'll tell you. I really say that the finest beer. Oh, it is. Is in your home country? Yeah, it is. What is it about Belgian beer? I don't know. Well, this goes way back like a thousand years when the monks were, there was a lot of monasteries in Belgium and those are the ones who came up with the idea. What I was contaminated and beer was something that was better to drink for the local people, and they developed this into an art. So if you care about your kids, you'd feed them beer. Yes, I was, I grew up. I'm 60 years old. When I grew up as a kid, my dad gave me beer. I was one or two years old, not in because they wanted. Well, they had the idea, drink a glass of beer. You went to a doctor. 13 signs in the brewery. It said, drink, strafe hendrik. It's good for your health. It's good. There's a stout that said it's made from horse blood, mature of that too, but in the old days maybe it was the case. We got all these different kinds of generally. They're higher alcohol and yeast year than what you find in China. It's pretty healthy. Trapped. That's a monk beer, the trappist monks, and they've got great beer. You can buy it here in the states. Tell me about the lumbar. One big that's a brussel beer. It's really brewed in Brussels. It's also a cherry beer. They have different flavors, different fruit flavors. Oh yeah, yeah. But the one I like from one biggest to cherry one. I'm more of a light light. I drink beer, but in small quantities, but I like that kind of sherry flavored beer, which is one of them. Now what about the very strong ones? They got sort of devilishly. That's almost 9% of alcohol. Bottle of beer. And let me tell you, that's a strong beer. If you're doing 5 of those, I guarantee you. Other beers like Judas, Satan. Lucifer. I mean, they really go for that hellish beer. All that stuff. And there's this tradition of quack. Well, the quack, that's interesting. The quack is named after the glass that pour it in. It's like one of those laboratory glasses. They have a beaker. A beaker, exactly. And when you drink it, the beer quacks. It makes it sound. It makes a sound of goes in there because it's narrow neck. That's why they call the quack. I'm Rick Steves. We're talking about Belgium with Ferdinand domingue, who was born and raised in Belgium. When you think of Belgian cuisine, you think of Frick. French fries. Of course they don't call them French fries. Just fries. Or plums that would be Flemish, right? Yeah. There's actually museum in Bruges all about fries. Yeah. You can go in there and on the end of the tour, you can get little fries to eat. Chefs are evangelical about their fries. I mean, they just love these fries. I've been in the kitchen

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A highlight from AT#826 - Travel to Puerto Rico

The Amateur Traveler Podcast

05:06 min | Last week

A highlight from AT#826 - Travel to Puerto Rico

"Amateur traveler episode 826. Today, the amateur traveler talks about beaches and bioluminescence and Boracay, history and hurricanes, rainforest, and rum. As we go to the island of Puerto Rico, this is Chris Christensen from amateur traveler, let's talk about Puerto Rico. I'd like to welcome the show Jessica from dining traveler dot com who's come to talk to us about Puerto Rico, Jessica, welcome to the show. Thank you for having me, Chris. I wanted to do a show on Puerto RICO and everybody kept asking me when the show was going to come out because many of the people who follow me on social media know that I was just in Puerto Rico because I thought it would be really good to go down for a hurricane, which wasn't my original plans. But I didn't get out of San Juan. there was no way I was going to do a show without someone who knew this country better than me. What's your connection with Puerto Rico? So I grew up in Puerto Rico and a town called guayama, which is in the southern coast of the island, literally a few get on the highway from San Juan straight south. You end up in my hometown. And I moved to the mainland for high school, but I've always had that link to Puerto Rico with my family, Friends. So I traveled there often during my college years, I moved to Puerto Rico for a bit. And it's just my happy place. After all these years, it's just a place. I love to go back to and my home. Excellent. And why should someone go to Puerto Rico? So one of the things that I love about Puerto Rico. And I think that's something that even Puerto Ricans have in our DNA is so mixed. There's so much versatility there for the size. It's a 110 miles long and 35 miles wide. And in that you have all these micro climates you have the rainforest and in June gay, you have a dry forest in guanica. You have this range of mountains that goes east to west that are just emerald green. It's just such a mix like the West Coast is like surfers, east coast, white sand beaches, and nice fancy resorts. So there's just a little bit for everybody. And that reflects also on the people of Puerto Rico. There's just all these little subcultures that exist on such a tiny island, which it makes it so fascinating. And beyond the beaches, we as people think initially, oh, I'm going to go to Puerto Rico so I can go to the beach and have a beach holiday, but beyond the beaches you have these mountains and you have rivers and waterfalls and lakes and for somebody who loves nature and loves the outdoors Puerto Rico is such an amazing destination. Well, I would add as somebody who loves history, you've got a fair amount of it more than as a colonial city more than I think everything in a city but one in the Americas, north and south both quite a lot of history there as well for a history buff like me. Excellent kind of itinerary you're going to recommend where are we going to start? Even though there's two other airports, most people fly into San Juan. And San Juan, I love because it's such a dynamic city. You were just there so you probably know as well, great restaurants. But I'm not in love with the beaches and actually one of my favorite beaches, ocean park has been really affected by climate change that an issue. So a lot of it is eroding. So I love renting a car. I always recommend to people rent a car when you get to Puerto Rico. It's not crazier than driving in D.C. or New York City or anything like that. Even though there's a lot of traffic. How easy are the driving in New York City? Yeah, there's typical rush hour traffic, but aside from that, just rent a car and go and explore the island. I use Google Maps when I'm there. It's never led me astray. And there's some great beaches along the coast. You have probably like 300 beaches to choose from. If you're there just for the beaches, try to do those on a weekday just because on weekends, that's what Puerto Ricans like to do is the whole family goes to the beach. So if you're looking for more like some quiet time on the beach, definitely recommend the weekdays and what I love is that every coast kind of has a feel to it, right? So the northern coast is the Atlantic. So the waters are a bit rougher. However, you have these little, they call them fossils. Like these little ponds that are created from The Rock formation, so it almost turns into these swimming pools. So there are several of them like mar chiquita in town called manati. There's super interesting because you have this almost like a swimming pool and then you have the rocks and then you have this other beach where people are just surfing. You have these crazy waves and then you have this very tranquil piece and little kids can swim in. The West Coast is surfing, rincon, but then you go to the southwest, took our Rojo, which is like the most southern point of Puerto Rico. And those beaches pretty much look like swimming pools. Super calm, barely any waves. That's I have a 6 year old's last time we were in Puerto Rico this summer.

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A highlight from 584a My Town; Lidia's Flavors of Italy; Wine Educator

Travel with Rick Steves

06:47 min | Last week

A highlight from 584a My Town; Lidia's Flavors of Italy; Wine Educator

"To really enjoy Italy, get acquainted with its different local regions. Italy is smaller than California and yet it is so diverse. You know, in its topography and geography and dialects in songs, but most of all, in its food. In just a bit, chef Lydia bastianich shares her favorite seasonal specialties from her Italian homeland, the kind of food that can connect us with our past. These are the flavors of their roots of the realities and what it does, it gives them strength. Why an expert Nigel mural shares tips for choosing which wine will make an ideal pairing with every meal you prepare. And there are some ways it needs more time to breathe some Wednesday night less, some wines that can simply open up in your glass, little by little, but some that benefit tremendously from being decanted for maybe a half hour or even longer. And listeners tell us what makes their hometown special. It's all just ahead on today's travel with Rick Steves. Stay with us. You know my favorite country to explore in Europe is Italy. I think one reason is because each region of Italy has its own character, even its own foods. What's on your plate can even tell you about a town's histories since they specialize in what's fresh and in season locally. Chef Lydia bastiani shares some of her favorite comfort foods from the regions of Italy in just a bit on today's travel with Rick Steves. And later in the hour a wine expert helps us know what to look for in making a great pairing with what's on the menu for tonight. First, let's get excited about a few places that are closer to home. In fact, what is it about where you live that makes it feel special? What would you recommend to visitor do to feel like part of your community? And what are some of the lesser known gems that people might overlook about your city? Our phone number is 877-333-7425, and you can email us at radio at Rick Steves dot com. Sanders calling in from Toronto, Sandra, thanks for your call from Ontario. Yes, hi, how are you, Rick? I'm doing great. Thanks for calling. Great. It's fun to do. I was just in your beautiful city a little while ago. I gave a talk at the library and it was wonderful. I have your book and I knew you were in town that day, but I couldn't make it. I'm so sad I messed it. Well, you made this, so it's nice to have you calling in and what do you want us to know about beautiful Toronto? Well, Toronto's a big city. So there's lots to do in a big city, but lesser known things that I think people might want to know about. Such as. For creases to stay, you know, you can get the large hotels and it's going to be very expensive because Toronto is a very expensive city. But there's a great place called the Rex hotel, which I think people, it's affordable. It's simple, but the great thing about it is that it has a jazz bar at the bottom of the hotel. The jazz bar. Okay, so anybody would be comfortable dropping in there then, huh? Oh, anyone can go to see the jazz, but if you want to essentially located place, that's probably affordable and a fun place to stay. Well, what's so good about being centrally located? Something that's smart, it's better known, but you can take a small walk around the corner and you'll be up through Chinatown and from there you can go to the art gallery of Ontario, which is a really world class art gallery that has Turing exhibits and lots of Canadian art. If somebody from the United States wants to go up there and just feel like they're connecting with the locals, what do you do to connect with friends and people? Well, Toronto is really great for being multicultural. So there's lots of great places to eat. You could go along like where that hotel is located. It's clean street. You can look up some of the well-known streets and you'll find restaurants, cafes, and bars, and you will find a lot of the locals in those places. And what else is something that you'd want to have on your eating list when you come to Ontario to be sure you have enjoyed the local cuisine? I think most people might know the Canadian foods like poutine or anything that has maple syrup flavored, but we have so many people from different parts of the world that you can try food from all over and it can actually be a nice blend of two cultures too. So you'll see like maybe something that's Middle East but mixed with Canadian. Because if you want cosmopolitan, you probably don't go to saskatoon. Well, you can maybe do surprise. People settle all over the country. That's good. But Toronto, I think is a place where people from all over. Oh, absolutely. When you come here, you will see people from all over. That's amazing. All right, Sandra, thanks for your call. Thanks, Eric. And from the same city, we have Adrian calling from Toronto Ontario, Adrian, thanks for your call. How are you? I'm good. How are you doing? I'm great. Thank you. Were you listening when Sandra was talking? Yeah, it was. So it's great to hear someone else from Toronto. Yeah, so she talked about the Rex hotel and wandering around and staying right downtown. What is your tip for enjoying Toronto? Well, my favorite thing to do in this city would probably be going to the evergreen brickwork. So it was an old brook factory. It was kind of deserted for a while, but they really redone it recently. So there is farmers markets there. There's art galleries. There's restaurants, and there's really amazing trails, which I love to do on the weekend. I have a hard time envisioning this. It's an old brick factory, and now it's filled with nature trails and art exhibits. It's like very unique. It's kind of in a bit remote from downtown. Maybe like a ten minute drive, but definitely doable. Is it kind of a derelict old factory that all sorts of creative people moved into? Yeah, absolutely. That's exactly what it's like. Oh, I love that stuff. So what you would go there and it's like a park and you see crafts, I would imagine there's a weekend farmers market or something? Yeah, yeah, there is. And there's a bunch of trails as well. So there's even ones where you can go up kind of to like the top of a cliff and you have really great views of all of downtown Toronto. Is there a place for kids to stack bricks? You know what? I don't know about that. They do have a lot of activities for the family as well. It's a really big. That's kind of what I mean. There must be some family activities. What would you do with kids? Yeah, yeah. I know they have some community gardens and things like that. That would be really great place to spend some time. Okay, so the evergreen brickworks. That's sort of a surprising angle of Toronto. It seems like. Yeah, yeah, it's pretty different from any other spot in the city. And then if you were going to take me out to dinner, I guess we wouldn't necessarily go to Canadian food. I mean, we wouldn't have pancakes with maple syrup. But probably not. What would we do? Well, so multicultural, it's hard to pick one place. I think one place that I just went actually last weekend is pretty popular. It's called bar ravel. It's Spanish tapas food. And it's so busy. It's such a hotspot for torontonians that you can't even get a seed. You're honestly just standing in the bar, kind of maybe like you would do in Spain.

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The Empress Sets Sail From Mumbai

Cruise Radio News Briefs

00:24 sec | 1 year ago

The Empress Sets Sail From Mumbai

"The former royal caribbean ship empress of the eases now sailing again at a new home the indian line cordelia cruises bought the vessel from royal. Last year shortening. Her name to simply empress and was refurbished last week. The vessel set sail on her first voyage from mumbai on a tonight cruise to nowhere. The ship is currently sailing at full capacity with fully vaccinated residents of

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Exploring the Inner Hebrides

Travel with Rick Steves

02:24 min | 1 year ago

Exploring the Inner Hebrides

"In some ways. The traditions of scotland survive most vividly in its islands off the west coast. These are the hebrides we've invited to of our favorite scottish guides into the studio to share stories and tips on their favorite islands. Liz listener is from fife. Cullen mirrors is from glasgow. And they're both here with us now to share a little better understanding of scotland's inner hebrides. Thanks for joining us. Thank you he cullen when you Think about the hebrides. We hear that word a lot hebrides. These are the islands off of the west scotland. But there's inner and outer hebrides. What's the story there. So and our hebrides. They're basically the ones that are closer to mainland scotland to hebrides further out. So probably most people going to visit islands of scotland and are of to access lists when you're thinking of the inner hebrides which ones are your favorites in which one's the most popular with tourists. Well open which is on the west coast of scotland is known as the charing cross of the islands as the saying the air unto the lord belongs and all the it contains except the kyle's in the western isles for these are all mic planes mcleans caledonian mcleans of the fatty company. So people will come to open. And that's the jumping off point to go to the islands. So open is the charing cross. Charing cross would be the big train station in london. Somewhere you depart go to different places so open would be the jumping off point. It's the big port on the mainland. From where the ferries go absolutely so. Kyle's what is kyle's kyle's of the stretches of water so the leyland's eye for the straight and on the missiles ago everything the lord's except for the aisles and the waters and that could make prince how the the the metrolink and forwards to the islands they caught passengers. The coty fleet the cardi tourists. So this is the ferry system caledonian mcbrayer because every time i think of an island scene. There's a dramatic ferry coming across. It is just beautiful thing. And you have the jumping off point in the real terminal Open and so people coming from moscow will die sleek connect with the on out so an answer to your question. Probably the most popular are the ones closest mull. Iona we can come back to 'cause i owned is really accessible as d. Are right for a particular reason

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Wonder of the Seas to Debut in US and Europe, Not China

Cruise Radio News Briefs

00:30 sec | 1 year ago

Wonder of the Seas to Debut in US and Europe, Not China

"Royal caribbean has announced that. Its upcoming mega ship. Wonder of the seas will no longer be debuting. In shanghai china the oasis class vessel will now make her first. Voyages in the caribbean starting in march wonder will operate seven seven night. Eastern and western caribbean sailings from port everglades. All featuring a stop at perfect day in may the ship will then head to europe to operate. Seven-night western mediterranean cruises. Wonder of the seas is royals fifth oasis class vessel and is currently the largest cruise ship in the world

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Are The Changes Princess Cruises Made Any Good?

Essential Cruise Tips

02:02 min | 1 year ago

Are The Changes Princess Cruises Made Any Good?

"Princess cruises has made so many changes to the way they do things but are they all for the good and more importantly will they satisfy people like me and perhaps you who've cruised on princess and actually like the way they were doing things so have they actually make things better or perhaps a little bit worse so i decided to put the five things that they've changed to the test by booking myself on a series of princess cruises to put those to the tests. I'm here one of those right now. I'm on regal princess and join me as you see how some of those changes actually have changed the way that i think about princess cruises by the way if you knew my name is gary benbridge. My goal is to make it easy and fun to discover plant and enjoy unforgettable cruise vacations. The first change is one that a lot of diehard princess fans are probably disappointed about which is the focus on only bigger ships in their fleet really so during the pandemic got rid of four ships. The much loved pacific princess star. Princess see princess and sun princess and then i'll focusing on bigger ships like the Insist that a mom. Which is three thousand five hundred fifty passengers. Will the new ships like the sky. Princess in china process discovery process which is three thousand six hundred sixty passengers. So that's a little bit on the sad side. The focus on bigger ships however for me. Personally i'm actually quite happy about that trend because it means that these ships. They're all pretty much familiar footprint. They are very similar because it's world class ship and they have the things that i realized then stripped out any of the big popular facilities and venues. That certainly are like as they've gone through this whole change so they still have the magnificent glitzy kind of gold ancient which is the real heart of the ship. And it's real throbbing center probably more so than many other cruise lines. you've got the international cafe. You've got bars you've got shops. You've got the photography center. Quick access into the casino and it really is a great throbbing kind of heart of the ship and during cruises. I've found that a really exciting place to

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Do Viking Cruises Lives Up To All The Hype?

Tips for Travellers Podcast

02:08 min | 1 year ago

Do Viking Cruises Lives Up To All The Hype?

"Can viking ocean cruises ever be as good as their fans would lead you to believe. Before i came on viking. I was constantly told by people who love viking ocean that it is wonderful. it's magnificent. It's unique it's different. It's the best it. Does this better that better. So i bought it my very first ocean crews here on viking venus with a little bit of trepidation and some pretty high standards what i can tell you as you see during the course of this. It didn't entirely go to plan. I was blindsided by things. I was surprised by somethings and some things. Were basically pretty much. As i expected but the thing that really stood out no one had really warning about so. Stick with me to find out what those things were if you knew here. I'm gary benbridge. Welcome aboard welcome aboard viking venus. I'm here to make it fun and easy to discover plan and enjoy unforgettable cruise vacations and is viking cruises unforgettable or not one of the things that are arrested with both before i came on cruise and during the cruise is exactly who or what is. Viking oceans like increases is an independent line it was created and is so chaired by its founder. A man called torsten haagen so viking ocean of course came from rivers they started in european rivers and then expanded to rivers around the world and then are also gains expedition. cruising delivered. Experience on viking is pretty luxury but it's not ultra luxury so probably quite comfortably competes with an fits with lines like say. Oh she anya. As amara perhaps even winstar which is pretty luxurious small ships higher level of service good quality fixtures and fittings however. It was very clear that viking has a significant difference to those lines so people who might like those lines like viking. But they'll find something very different because the experience viking is quite different though to those particular lions because at its heart has a very different philosophy. And that's because it came from riveted started with rivers not with ocean and the whole way that they approach and do cruising is pretty

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A Look Around Good Vibrations - The Antique Vibrator Museum

The Atlas Obscura Podcast

02:13 min | 1 year ago

A Look Around Good Vibrations - The Antique Vibrator Museum

"The good vibrations antique vibrator museum is about the size of a living room. And in glass cases around the walls arranged in chronological order are about one hundred vibrators dating all the way back from the late. Eighteen hundreds up to the early nineteen seventies and some of them are these beautiful lustrous jewel toned pieces of plastic others not so much they were super steam punk looking in the early twentieth century in and before they were definitely little machines. This is our tour guide carol. Queen carroll is the museum's curator has a phd in sexology and has worked at good vibrations for decades for a first stop on the tour. Carol wanted to introduce us to one of the oldest vibrators in the museum's collection. It's called the v. d. vibrio tori massager. And whether it was supposed to make you think of venereal disease. I don't actually know that's lost in the midst of time at least as far as my information. Sources are concerned the v. is old school. No batteries no electricity. It's got a hand crank. It kind of looks like an egg beater. If i'm honest and the museum has an old photo of a doctor holding a similar vibrator using one hand to operate the crank and the other depress the applicator end of it against a standing woman's back. Yes her back. In the late eighteen hundreds most people would have come into contact with vibrators in the context of a doctor's office in the vibrators early days it was seen as this kind of cure all for all kinds of medical problems and it was used at first in the doctor's office and then later in the home there is an nineteen teens book that was published by the hamilton dietsch company. Yes the same company that makes the blender that we make our margaritas on friday night which made vibrators and was one of the major vibrator manufacturers. There were many but they're one of the major ones in the nineteen so hamilton beach made a vibe and they published a book called health and how to get it

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Terry Tempest Williams on Her New Book "The Hour of Land"

Travel with Rick Steves

01:55 min | 1 year ago

Terry Tempest Williams on Her New Book "The Hour of Land"

"Terry tempest williams invites us to celebrate the land and the people. You'll meet at a variety of national parks across the united states in her book. The hour of land. She describes the park. She's visited as breathing spaces each with a unique personality that deserve our patronage our respect and our protection by the way our conversation was recorded before the global pandemic. Terry it's good to have you with us. Thank you read your book. The our land takes us not to the obvious parks but it takes us to some of the less famous parks. You chose about a dozen parks to introduce to us why these parks why not win at the grand and famous ones. Would you believe me if i told you that i saw this as a dinner party. You know my mother was a great hostess and she always said you know. Pick your dinner parties very carefully because who knows what will come out of them so you know here. We have fifty nine national parks in our country. How to choose a dozen. So i really did envision it as dinner party i knew who the heads of the table would be my mother park which would be grand teton national park. The other end of the table. I knew it would be canyon. Lands national park where we live closely to. I could count on them then. I thought all right who's gonna be on the other end of the table holding the space that are reliable and for me. It was a canadian national park in maine and teddy roosevelt national park. In north dakota. I had been to the many times and they were trustworthy. Then i thought okay. Who are the dream guests that i would want that. I don't know. But i know other people who do and we can bring them to the table and i thought of big bend national park. I thought of gates of the arctic national park and effigy mounds. And i thought those were my dream guests

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Things Seasoned Cruisers Do: Always Carry a Passport

CruiseTipsTV Unplugged - Cruise Tips and More

01:31 min | 1 year ago

Things Seasoned Cruisers Do: Always Carry a Passport

"Covered this in our last few Episodes were. We talked a little bit about the mistakes that new cruisers make. But this really bears repeating. Because it's a huge thing right now. And i think that this is a takeaway that cruisers who may be new to our podcast or maybe new to cruising they need to hear this but cruisers in the know almost always travel with about sport. And you know of course you can manage a closed loop cruise with birth certificate photo. Id but it's so much easier and so much less risky to invest in a passport and rather than just saying. Trust me on this one. Let me explain if few things you number one if you get stuck in a foreign country for any reason let's say you test positive for covert on a ship and they send you home through another destination and you don't have a passport. You may have a very difficult time getting home. Another thing in the united states. Did you all know that in the coming years you're going to have to have a real d in order to fly so a lot of people are getting real ideas right now in place of their driver's license but another solution to just to have a passport. And if you have a passport you don't need a real. Id because you can fly with a bass board. So i recommend doing it for grownups for anyone who's looking to travel save a little extra money you know. Eat a few less dinners out. Do what you need to do. It's not that terribly overpriced to get a passport. It does take a long time at the moment so get on it do it early. And just just make the investment

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How to Choose the Right Cabin on Your Cruise

Essential Cruise Tips

01:55 min | 1 year ago

How to Choose the Right Cabin on Your Cruise

"So the first thing that smart cruises do once they've decided what itinerary they want and what ship they want is think about the cabinet and choosing the cabin. Why is that really important. A lot of people say cabins are not important as just some way to get changed and sleep however. Let me tell you if you get a cabin. That doesn't suit you it will ruin your crews. I have thousands of people. Contact me around this issue. So what do smart cruises. What did i do for this particular cruise. Well first of all. I never ever take a guaranteed fat guaranteed. Fair is where you choose which kevin great you want about caen. Ocean view sweet. Whatever it is and you let the cruise line choose the kevin full you. I will always take the choose. Your own kevin option. Now it's not always necessarily more expensive. So that's the first thing. I do get control of choosing a cabin secondly i would always choose a cabin where i'm surrounded on all sides by the cabin above me below me either side of me and i did opposite me. I'll make sure there's a cabinet then kind of provides a buffer of from any noisy venues that may disrupt you can potentially protect you from high traffic areas or whatever that is really really important. The third thing i then do is make sure that i'm having a with no interconnecting door to the next room. Unless of course i need one because i'm traveling with someone that against really important because noise and disruptions can seep through and become pretty disruptive particularly people next to you have different scheduled to you. The first thing i do. Is i choose a cabin in the center of the ship so middle of the ship and that's really important because first of all it means that you equidistance for more of the key venues and activities so the restaurants might be at the back of the ship or you might find the frontal ships theater so you kind of middle wise. Also it's really important because it's where you're going to have the least amount of movement so that's also good worried about being seasick.

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Tulum, Mexico - New Home for the Digital Nomad?

We Travel There with Lee Huffman

02:05 min | 1 year ago

Tulum, Mexico - New Home for the Digital Nomad?

"Won't places. I always loved the travel mexico. Amazing food amazing. People like so many fun things to do and so today. We're talking about a city. That from what i've heard it's primarily like a playground for the rich and famous. It's called to mexico. I've i've always wanted to learn about it and so it's awesome to be able to have you on the show. No i'm really excited about two may be the other side it to learn that you haven't heard as much about okay right on. So what's your connection to the city so during the whole time. I figured out that. I wanted to go and and move in and try somewhere different worker motley so we looked at places that we were able to really dive deeper into experience the culture but also. I'm a big nature guy and we want to be able to go to the beaches and go to snow taes and get out to the forest and stuff and and to really fit the bill for all of that. It has really everything you would want when you go to place vacation but also if you're looking to go longer term consistently have things to do day in day out and so like when you're working remotely obviously you know. I have a lot of friends. That are like kinda digital nomads. And everything else like that was the there are strong internet connection for you throughout your time while you're there or was it like setup for you'd be able to do that remote work i mean it's incredible out there to be completely honest. It's it's built for people that really want to go out there and actually start building a life out there. There's condos constantly popping up but for the most part restaurants on the beach cafes on the beach and then we had an airbnb that we were able to really improve the internet at and they're really focused on that stuff. You look at airbnb. You look at hotels. A lot of them will will actually include what their internet speed is to make. Sure that you're able to work remotely from there. It's definitely big priority for them. That's also even like when i travel. I'm always like working whether it's on the podcast on my blog or whatever so I love having that high speed internet. No it's crazy. Honestly like i had a lot of friends that would go down to beach clubs for the day and they sit there pay thirty bucks for a beach chair with food and drinks and they work from there the entire day. And it's a really cheap way to be able to get the internet. You need if you're going for a week and you just wanna be able to experience the culture and experience the environment while you're out there as well

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The Historical Importance of Singapore Ports

The Big Cruise Podcast

02:23 min | 1 year ago

The Historical Importance of Singapore Ports

"In modern times. Singapore wasyl is a global poll handing everything from kogo to passengers. What singapore all of his historical importance to the languages. If so when did it become so or was a focused mostly on trade slash kaga. That is a great question and it's not an easy question I mean this is relatively simple straightforward answer But it's one that requires a little bit of context as well. So singapore Was is as alex says very important port and nowadays will up until pre covert you know we kind of saw as a portrait world cruise ships would pull into There was obviously local crazy. There's been local cruising resuming in singapore with with dream cruises not something but You know historically the line. Voyages in the end the passenger ships that used to operate in this part of the world weren't just passenger ships. They were cargo carriers as well. So the the linas. This isn't an arab with thinking about the era prior to the nineteen fifties before jets before containerization of congo. The ocean liners used to be the primary mode of Of of large-scale cargo transportation. Along with things called tramp steamers which you'll see us to carry basically just goes and then i had combination line as well which was small compliments passages and large complement of cargo but the majority of the cargo travelled by ships that also traveling with passengers and in many cases the males as well because that Postal service was the the the subsidies where the backbone of the shipping lines in the early in the early days all the way up until the age of the jet so for singapore It it was an important port for multiple reasons kogo and and Mayo notwithstanding also for passengers because the singapore obviously with at that time was part of the british empire And so britain had connections into into singapore and for example would operate into singapore And also into other major asian ports from their hub in In the gulf of suez and then later when the suez canal was cut through they they obviously do the direct voyages that would go through from the mediterranean under originate in great britain.

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What to do in New Hampshire

The Amateur Traveler Podcast

01:54 min | 1 year ago

What to do in New Hampshire

"What kind of itinerary are you going to recommend for someone who is coming to new hampshire. Let's say for the first time. So i have a couple actually. Why have one more for the nature lovers and people who like hayek hike or at least see mountains and that brings you all the way up to the top of new hampshire which borders canada. And ideally you see some moose on that type a trip and i can go over that and then there are some other smaller trips that either. Bring you out to portsmouth and the sea. Coast the ride along. The coast is really nice. Brings into main rail fast. But that's still good and there's a few different towns in between that kind of those must sees. Okay we'll shall we start with the first one then with the outside outdoors absolutely. So if you start in southern new hampshire or anywhere else in new hampshire in you head north you can visit flim gorge. It's new hampshire state park. They have tours. they have walking trails. It's much more walking. Friendly than some of the other trails that have boulders boardwalks and railings and all that fun stuff you can either go and visit a small bit of it for free or you can actually go in and get admission and visit more of it now where you say when we start there. We're probably starting somewhere further south. You've already taken us. Almost two thirds of the way up to state to flynn gorge just people on the map to me. That's where all the beauty starts is once you get up in the white mountains in southern new hampshire. It ain't no slacker either. Yeah we'll get into some of the nice stuff in southern new hampshire by having lived around. This area ended massachusetts. I definitely prefer the air up. North is just fresher clean. And you have all these beautiful lakes to kayak and you have mountain views

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Oasis of the Seas Returns to New Jersey After Test Cruise

Cruise Radio News Briefs

00:20 sec | 1 year ago

Oasis of the Seas Returns to New Jersey After Test Cruise

"Royal caribbean's oasis of the seas returned from its six thousand tests cruise over the weekend. The sailing spent six days. Hailing to the bahamas with a representative from the cdc on board if all goes well and all the boxes are checked. The ship will start sailing from the new york city area in new jersey. Down to the bahamas. On september fifth

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When Is the Best Time to Visit Bangalore?

We Travel There with Lee Huffman

01:31 min | 1 year ago

When Is the Best Time to Visit Bangalore?

"If people are planning their trip to bangalore. What time of year should they plan on visiting is. What's the weather like throughout the year and are are there certain festivals that maybe somebody wants to plan the trip around. A bangalore is a isn't all the time destination. You know that is no specific. Dying usually You know the bangalore's weather is very very pleasant because we are about a thousand meters abbassi level so that gives banglore You know an advantage in terms of weather art temperature remains between you know when i talk about fahrenheit it remains between six eighty eighty five throughout the year which is a very pleasant whether it's never cold over here and it's never too hot either. The only thing about bangla. Rather is the rain. It rains almost six to eight months a year but that rain is not very harmful. You know usually rains overnight. And it doesn't disrupt workflow but that rain brings lot of greenery lot of Drawn queasy to to the weather has a lot of trees A lot of gardens and also everything blows them when when when rain comes at banglar. Bangla becomes very very beautiful so people. Are you know who don't like rain. And all they don't need to worry about it. Because as i said you know most of the time it rains almost the entire night. And you're back to normal during the daytime so and the weather is very pleasant to the so you know. There's nothing like you know. You should not doing this time while that bang. It's all around the you can come anytime and and you can enjoy.

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Putting Post-Covid Cruising to the Ultimate Test

Tips for Travellers Podcast

02:24 min | 1 year ago

Putting Post-Covid Cruising to the Ultimate Test

"Can cruising we return post shutdown postcode. It'd be fun. Be enjoyable and be relaxing. And that's what i'm about to put to the test. Because i'm here on board my very first cruise after fifteen months of shutdown on biking venus. And i'm going to find out can cruising post shutdown. Be fun be enjoyable and be relaxing if you knew here. I'm gary beverage and my goal is to help make it fun and easy to discover plan at have unforgettable cruise vacations so what exactly makes for a enjoyable and relaxing vacation. I had a list. But i went out and asked people on the channel and hundreds and hundreds of people replied and everyone came up with the same seven things that i did. Somebody use those seven things to test out about cruising post covet. Now many of the videos. That i've watched and reports that i've read on postcode cruising has tended to focus very much on the restrictions the rules. But that's not what's important. What's important for me is what does it feel like to be backup cruising. Does it feel the same does feel different and is magnificent. The number one item which everybody said universally was key to a cruise being relaxing and enjoyable was being disconnected sets being disconnected from work being disconnected from your phone being disconnected from chores. Walk the dog. Cook your own food. So of course that's absolutely true of postcode. Cruising this is my first cruise in fifteen months since the shutdown and i was able to disconnect as simple nearly as i did before. So that's definitely a tick however it's not entirely possible to disconnect because there's concert reminders of the world that we live in so let's take a look at some of the things that were happening on the cruise. Now i would say though that although they did remind you of the world we're living in. They did actually and other ways make me feel reassured which did help me disconnect so what was in place well first of all come the cruise. It was vaccinated guests only so suddenly that reminded you that restriction in place. Unlike before when you could rive at any time you wanted. There was very strict invocation times in half hour slots you had to show proof of your vaccination status yet temperature checks and ultimately you had to have a pc tests done before you could actually happily sale.

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What is the Atvidaberg Sun Cannon?

The Atlas Obscura Podcast

02:25 min | 1 year ago

What is the Atvidaberg Sun Cannon?

"Some cannons have been around since the sixteen hundreds some of them were used on ships. The position of the sun triggered them to fire at almost exactly twelve. Pm so everyone on board would know what time it was in the seventeen hundreds. You might also have heard a son cannon in fancy park in england or france or even on a large estate where they were used to signal lunchtime in fact when son cannons were in style throughout the seventeen eighteen hundreds most of them were owned by european nobility and that how a son canon ended up in a small town in rural sweden the sun cannon in all to the body has its own tower. It's up on top of a hill and it looks like a fifteen foot tall version of a rook. That chess piece. that looks like a little castle. it's round made out of brick and there's a long narrow slot carved into the south facing side. It's been here since eighteen fifty three and it was built by the local barron and his family. The all those fats. These days it's cared for by a team of volunteers who call themselves the sun cannon club there a delightful gang of retired people who've taken responsibility for preserving the town's history but the whole organization is totally unpretentious and they're a little loosey-goosey when it comes to the foggy lor surrounding basan cannon but at least three different people including my grandmother told me this story back in the mid eighteen hundreds the barron and his wife took a trip to paris. Supposedly the baroness who was born. A commoner was terrified of boats so instead of making the relatively short trip across the baltic to mainland europe. They'd spent somewhere between two and three years. Travelling to france in a horse and carriage by finland latvia with wayne lia poland. You get the idea. I was able to verify almost none of the story. But i'm told somewhere between one and two kids were born on the way from sweden to france and when the family finally made it there and saw the sun cannon in a garden they thought would be kind of fun to have one of those to fire off parties back at home.

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Hawaii Governor Tells Potential Tourists Not to Visit

The Daily Mash-Up

01:20 min | 1 year ago

Hawaii Governor Tells Potential Tourists Not to Visit

"The Hawaii governor's telling tourists to stay home because the coronavirus is surging across the islands Now, David Egg Gigi G. Yeah, He's telling tourists to stay away from the islands, he said a news conference Monday. He's telling people to reduce travel to a central business activities, he says. It's risky to travel, not a good time to come to the islands. He said that you're not going to have a typical holiday. When that you expect because there's restrictions on limited capacity access to rental cars, everything. And They said that the surge was was due to people who would go out, I guess. Go and travel home, but they have, like, what is it? They have 62% of their population have been inoculated. Well, I don't think that you can say inoculated. Think we need to be careful with language. 62% have a had at least one dose of the actually 70% have had at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine in Hawaii. 62% have been have had the full course I'm not going to say inoculated because Innoculate Suggest that there is and then impossibility of transmission or greatly reduced to the point where it's incredibly improbable, and we know that that's not accurate, and I like to follow science. So 62% have had their full have had the full dosage. So what's the problem?

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First Cruise Ship Departs From California in Over a Year

Sean Hannity

00:32 sec | 1 year ago

First Cruise Ship Departs From California in Over a Year

"Ship headed for the Mexican Riviera set sail from the port of Long Beach over the weekend, the first cruise ship to depart from California in nearly a year and a half. Carnival Corp says the carnival Panorama is on a seven day voyage and will stop at the Mexican imports of couples are Lucas and Mazatlan. Before returning Long Beach hard hit by the pandemic. The cruise industry has battled the U. S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over health requirements for resuming sailing in U. S waters. The company says its operation protocols for Covid exceed CDC recommendations.

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Disney Wish to Debut Interactive Experience

Cruise Radio News Briefs

00:30 sec | 1 year ago

Disney Wish to Debut Interactive Experience

"Disney announced on thursday that disney wish. We'll have a new interactive experience called disney uncharted adventure combining technology with imagination. The game will take players around the ship to complete a number of quests using their smartphones at the end of the crews. there will be a life finale. In one of the ships entertainment venues were players will come together to battle a disney villain. Families will be able to play on up to six devices. Together or guests can participate individually. Disney wishes said to debut next june from central florida

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