Mike Keenan interviews Robert Arends of the San Diego Tourism Authority who talks about their weather, when to visit, new attractions, access, the proximity to Mexico and their sumptuous Cali-Baja cuisine.
Multiple trips to Vancouver feature Yaletown, Stanley Park, Granville Island, English Bay, the Vancouver Art Gallery, Bard on the Beach, the Orpheum Theatre, great restaurants, the WHL Vancouver Giants and several wonderful hotels.
Getting out of Israel may be harder than getting in! We examine Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Masada, the Dead Sea, the Negev Desert, the Ramon Crater, Kasur-al-Yahud where Jesus was baptized, Kibbutz Sde Boqer where David Ben-Gurion, Israel's founding father, retired and was buried, Rehovot and Jaffa, taking in some opera along the way.
We cruise (waltz) down the Danube River through Germany, Austria, Hungary and Slovakia with stops along the way at Passau, Melk, Salzburg, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest.
We examine two Royal Caribbean cruises to Alaska, the Outside Passage from Seattle (after 3 wonderful days in the city) and the Outside Passage from Vancouver - along with stops along the way in such places as Skagway, Ketchikan, Juneau, Hoonah, the Taku Glacier Lodge, Denali National Park and Victoria, BC.
Flying aboard Air New Zealand from Vancouver, we board Holland America's MS Noordam in Sydney, Australia for a cruise around New Zealand's two islands with stops along the way in Dunedin Wellington, Napier, Rotorua, and Auckland.
Our journey focused on the beauty and history of Belgian and Dutch waterways and towns and cities along the way. We admire the stunning carpets of tulips at Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse near Amsterdam. We visit the lush, green countryside of Kinderdijk, home to the country's greatest concentration of windmills and we experienced Amsterdam's distinctive architecture, museums and nightlife. The journey was also an opportunity to enjoy the great medieval cities of Antwerp and Ghent.
Mike Keenan describes how and why he podcasts travel items, the podcasts basically an extension of his travel writing website - www.whattravelwriterssay.com. Mike's travel photos are located at www.pinterest.com/mustang6648/