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

ALBANIA, More To Love

ILLYRIA,once a prosperous province of the Roman Empire is ripe for discovery. It is bordered by the Adriatic and Ionian seas on the west and southwest,and by Yugoslavia and Greece in the northeast and southeast.The land is majestic with rugged terrain, and a fierce, independent people who share a dual culture, one Moslem, one Christian. More than two-thirds are of Moslem belief; less than one-third are of the Christian faith by virtue of conquering tribes of the last thousand years. Note, once the land of the Byzantine kings until the Ottoman conquests of the 15th century in 1468, which lasted until the early years of the 20th century with the First Balkan War, and after the expulsion of Turkey in 1912, at which point ALBANIA declared its independence.It became a battleground during the First World War, in despite its status of neutrality. Apparently, it was not honored. But from 1925 to 1939, ALBANIA became the fiefdom of Ahmed Zogu, a local tribal leader who forced his way into a position of power, and who proclaimed ALBANIA as a monarchy until Italy’s invasion in 1939 which forced his exile. During the Second World War ALBANIA, once again posted a position of neutrality but was invaded by the Nazi regime making it a puppet state for the Axis until 1944 when Enver Hoxha, another tribal leader took control of ALBANIA under the...

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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/ 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=” 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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