Author: Michael Zufolo, Producer/Co-Host of Let's Travel! Radio

06/01/2018 Discover JAPAN

JAPAN measures less than 150,000 sq.mi with a population of 125 million but is loaded with historic sites. volcanoes, deep rivers, dense forests, fabled cities and great parks, over 30 national, over 150 quasi parks. It is truly The Land of the Rising Sun. Pat Kinney Pres. , J.A.P.A.N. / Japan America Public Affairs Network/ e-mail:patkinney@worldnet.att.net Pat is a multi-facited journalist, TV reporter,producer, director, teacher, tour guide, etc., on all things Japanese.She’s also on the faculty of the New School’s Culinary Arts Dept. in New York where she instructs on Japanese Culture and Cuisine. Her ” West Meets East”...

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DISCOVER JAPAN

DISCOVER JAPAN=” Land of the Rising Sun.” A spectacular setting in the Asia-Pacific region set on four major islands: Hokkaido, in the northern region where heavy snows, and snow monkeys are found along with great skiing and winter sports of every strip; Honshu, the main island where historic sites cover the landscape and where the major cities of the country lie including the nation’s capital, Tokyo; Shikoku, the smallest island, where ancient monasteries and shrines are located along with a remote setting, numerous hiking trails, inlets and centuries old wood-framed houses; Kyushu, in the southern part of region where you’ll come across remote villages and settlements, a photographer’s choice. All together JAPAN is made up of 68952 islands, between the North Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Japan, and is one of the longest archipelagos in the world, in fact. It is made up of deep rivers, dense forests, volcanic peaks, and mountainous terrain, with major cities in between. JAPAN is also known for its parks both big and small. Over 30 national parks and over 50 quasi parks in total. And three of the world’s most popular theme parks are in JAPAN, according to CLSA. Disney theme parks factor in here. While JAPAN’s land mass is small, less than 150,000 square miles holding a population of over 125 million residents, it’s been a popular draw for tourism. In...

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The Netherlands

The Netherlands & Leeuwarden-Friesland, EU’s City of Culture, 2018 The Netherlands, made up of 12 provinces, together with three islands in the Caribbean, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, Saba, is an interesting dynamic. In size it measures barely 16,000 square miles and is part of Continental Europe, bordered by Germany to the east and Belgium to the south and the North Sea to the west. The government is defined as a constitutional monarchy anchored by a democratic parliament, with King Willenm-Alexander as its head.The population is less than 20 million but claims a number of world class museums in particular in the city of Amsterdam, the country’s capital, a product of their Golden Age.  There’s the Rijksmuseum with over 8,000 works of art; the Van Gogh Museum, with 200 paintings of the artist, along with 400 of his drawings, and 700 letters; the Ann Frank House Museum: the Rembrant House, and the Resistance Museum. The city has a bounty of canals and offers barge tours,bike tours, market tours daily and beer! It’s the world capital of Heineken Beer and the Heineken Experience. At kiosks you can get the I Amsterdam City Card which allows you to visit a bevy of attractions, free-of- charge, shopping discounts and free public transport. Look around you. You’ll see Cycling everywhere. It’s a national sport here, for leisure, work and exercise. Enjoy a stroll through The Vondelpark, the city’s largest...

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03/01/2018 Discover MALTA & Valletta, EU’s City of Culture, 2018

Our March showcase corners MALTA, the historic center of the Mediterranean basin and Valletta, its capital is the 2018 City of Culture. It is the southernmost capital in Europe and the second southernmost capital of the European Union after Nicosia. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site with incredible structures that predate the pyramids of Egypt by over 1,000 years. The country’s population is less than 500,000 but has a prestigious claim to world history, geography, and the arts. Christopher Hyland Hon. Consul of the Republic of MALTA and a Knight of Malta. Christopher has enjoyed a varied...

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02/01/2018 KLEZMER Music & Dance

KLEZMER, music is a unique blend of musical influences from different parts of Europe, South Eastern, North Central, in particular, and originating in modern day Israel, Russia, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, even Spain. According to the KLEZMATICS, a Grammy award winning “Jewish Roots band” the music is spirited, engaging and robust. And you can dance to it! Traditional instruments include the piano, flute, brass, clarinet, cello, violin, guitar, and drum. KLEZMER music/ and dance currently have a world-wide revival. The lady on the left is Gaby Sappington, Exec.Dir., WORLD MUSIC FOUNDATION Next to her is Susi and...

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The Blue Dahlia at Chelsea Market in NYC

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