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

11/01/2017 DISCOVER INDONESIA

DISCOVER INDONESIA, LTR’s November showcase provides an insight into this extraordinary country in SE Asia. With 0ver 17,000 islands, it is the largest archipelago in the world and is the world’s 4th largest in terms of population with over 250 million residents while the island of JAVA is the world’s most populated with 940 persons per square kilometer’. ( Jakarta, the capital city holds the world’s largest shopping mall on 5500 hectares of land.). It has hundreds of ethnic groups, multiple languages and multiple cultures. Indonesia has a tropical landscape worth discovering. Abdul Kadir Jailani Consul General of INDONESIA...

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DISCOVER INDONESIA

DISCOVER INDONESIA, LTR’s November showcase zeros in on one of the world’s most enchanting destinations and one of the largest. With over 17,000 islands, of which 8000 are inhabited, it enjoys the largest archipelago in the world extending 3300 miles and holds the fourth largest population in the world with over 250 million people  (World Bank, 2016 ). Jakarta, the capital city is a bustling metropolis  and with the world’s longest shopping mall spread across 5500 hectares ) while the island of Java, the country’s largest, is the most populated with 940 pp per sq.km. It has white sandy beaches, forests throughout, and a marine life second to none in S.E. Asia. 20% of the world’s coral reefs are here with over 600 species, in fact. There are also more than 3000 species of fish. Bunaken National Park on the island of Sulawesi holds 70% of all the fish species in the Indo-Western Pacific Ocean alone. The adjoining island of Raj Ampat has 8 UNESCO World Heritage sites. Indonesia is in fact a virtual rainforest covering 57% of the land mass (225 million acres ).It has hundreds of volcanic islands of which 150 are active including Krakatoa and Tambora, both noted for their devastating eruptions in the 19th century while its resort islands are internationally ascribed as the world’s most famous. Bali, for one, has been dubbed the “Best Island” by...

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10/09/2017 Discover Hungary

DISCOVER HUNGARY offers an in-site into one of the most battled countries in Europe. Invaded by the Magyars in 895 AD, consolidated under King Stephen I in 1000, pillaged by the Mongols in 1241, divided by the Turks in 1526, it fell under the Austro-Hungarian empire in the 19th century only to declare its Independence in 1989 after five centuries of strife, war, and conquest. Today it boasts a thriving economy and is a bastion of creativity in the arts and sciences. Athena Bochanis Pres. & CEO, PALINKERIE Fine Hungarian Imports Athena is an Academic, and award winning Importer...

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DISCOVER HUNGARY

LTR!’s October showcase, DISCOVER HUNGARY references one of Europe’s oldest yet most battled countries in Europe. Conquered by the Magyars under Arpad in 895 AD, a tribal people from the Ural Mountains in Asia, then united by King Stephen I in 1000, who, like Emperor Constantine in the West, ordained Catholicism as the official religion of its people. It was invaded by the Mongols in 1241, fortified by King Bela, then divided again by the Turks in three parts 1526 under Hapsburg rule, the country fell to the Austro-Hungarian empire in the 19th century only to be partitioned by the Nazi regime in 1941-43. It survived the Cold War and the Communist dictatorship that followed, finally achieving independence in 1989 with Budapest as its nation’s capital encompassing 23 districts.It became a member of NATO in 1999 and joined the European Union in 2004. HUNGARY is the second smallest country in Europe, less than 60,000 square miles, and the second smallest monarchy in Europe after Liechenstein. Its population is under 10,000,000. The government is now a Parliamentary Republic. In 2012 the country produced a constitution patterned after the principals of democracy, freedom of expression, and law & order. Viktor Orban is Prime Minister and the president is Jan Adar. The country boasts the 57th largest economy in the world. It publishes over 40 newspaper and magazines. In 2018 there will...

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BOSTON REVISITED

BOSTON REVISITED. LTR!‘s August showcase pegs The City of Boston as a unique destination for Tour & Travel. It’s where the country first started! Our 5-day journey enabled Susi Raphael, our Executive Producer and I to re-discover the city’s famous outposts. Our itinerary took us by subway, the MBTA, the country’s first public transit line from 1897, aka Green Line, to Fenway Park, the country’s oldest original ballpark and the home of the legendary Boston Red Socks, to the Boston Public Library, the country’s first publicly sponsored library opened for public general use, to the Isabelle Stuart Gardner Museum, Boston’s only Venetian Palazzo and the site of so many world-class exhibitions, then to The Boston Commons, the first public park in the nation, to the Old North Church in the North End where the signal that triggered the War of Independence was first given, and to Harvard Yard, across the Charles River in the City Of Cambridge, the nation’s oldest center for higher learning ( enclosed within an incredible number of gates, 87) , then back to the City of Boston,for a more leisurely pace, to find some respite over dinner and some ice-cold beer on this, one of the hottest days of the year here.We opted for the oldest continuously-owned family restaurant, Durgin Park, with its popular Yankee style of home-cooking where I capped off  a nicely brazed Boston cut of sirloin...

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