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

Crossing The Line

Le Bal NYC Sept. 12 Crossing The Line at Le Bal NYC This extravaganza is in its third year in NYC. Produced by FIAF/French Institute Alliance Francaise, a noted teaching facility in NYC, this was a cross-cultural assembly of things French, where music and dance met the culinary flavors of France. Today’s Le Bal NYC took place in the East Meadow of Central Park from 2-5pm. It was a partnership between FIAF and Omnivore, an organization that represents some of the premier chefs of FRANCE and the specialty food products they’re presenting to the U.S. along with their U.S. counterparts. Cheese, chocolate, an assortment of breads and the ever popular Evian Water brand were evident througout. But not before each dance and music segment as performed by a large swath of the general public who participated eagerly under the direction of Jess Burkle, an able danseur to the choregraphy of David Wampach, Olivier Dubois and Germaine Acogny. The entire production was under the direction of Lili Chopra, FIAF’s Artististic Director. This was a fun day and entirely free-of-charge. It offered a chance for all to sample exotic music from Senegal, a former French colony with La Marche Joyeuse Sengalese, followed by the love music of Umberto Tozzi’s Ti Amo, for couples only and the day’s most popular and final arrangement. There were many happy faces at this joyous celebration....

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NYC's concierges have a Field Day!

In an article in the August 24 issue of The New Yorker New York City’s top concierges get a chance to mince words. Yah! This occurred one Thursday evening this month at the Time Warner Center where the best of the best got a chance to air out their experiences with all manner of guests they’ve helped over the past year. Some popular films come to mind. “Love of Money” released in ’93, for one, had Michael J. Fox play the salute to his non-relenting pestering guest, a Mr. Salvatore who asks for a solution to “dem things on the (his ) pillow,” And he got it right. Mr.Salvatore voted for mints instead. Many of the concierges wear the Gold Key lapel pin whenever on duty. It proves they knows the ropes. Some of the other co-horts on board that evening included Harald Mootz, of the St. Regis, Len Feiner, formerly of the Crowne Plaza, Russell McFadden of the Sherry Netherlands, Ken Abisror of the Mandarin Oriental who we’re told wears a Fan Pin instead of a Clef D’or, Maria Trejo-McDonald and John Morales both from the Ritz-Carlton. The event was sponsored by The Shops at Columbus Circle where a number of booths featuring anything a respectable concierge would want. And they were all there. Saphora with their make-up kis, Aveda with skin-care products, and New York sandwiches from...

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Be a Part of Adventures in Russia and India

Join Professor Barry Goldsmith, Let’s Travel’s Architectural History/Humor Guru as he leads two fun tours in the coming months. Barry is both an architect and an architectural historian who has hosted travel and culture series in both the USA and UK. He is also a humorist with an Emmy for his writing on The Joan Rivers Show. In addition, he has led press trips on six continents for national, regional and city tourist boards, the experts on tourism in their locales. Besides teaching at New York University, Barry has lectured at major museums and universities around the world and now is also a contributing editor to Travel World News. Barry takes his groups “behind-the-scenes” for “off-the-beaten-track” adventures. He believes that travel, especially for leisure, should be fun and fascinating. Barry’s next trips are to St. Petersburg, Russia, September 1-9, 2009 and to India (Karnataka, Mumbai, Delhi, Agra and more) December, 5-22, 2009. There is a $50 discount on both trips for Let’s Travel! “groupies”. You can view the itineraries on our Discounts page. If you are interested in going on a trip with Barry, email us at...

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GAY TRAVEL

Today’s show was a milestone for us, the first on GAY TRAVEL. This market is expanding by leaps and bounds, both in the US and overseas. In 2008, for example, it generated over 65 billion in revenue for US marketers. Guests included John Tanzella, Executive Director for the IGLTA ( International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association ) which has members in 63 countries, and offices in 15. It works with all the majors in travel and tourism including national and international media. Its purpose is to assist the gay and lesbian traveler through marketing, education, networking and special events throughout the year. Link: www.IGLTA.org The IGLTA’s counterpart in Canada is Travel Gay Canada. Its CEO, Darryl Schuurman, is responsible for improving economic opportunities for gay-friendly organizations in the tour and travel business through market research, market development and the promotion of Canada as a gay-friendly destination. The parent is The Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Darryl is also the Manager of Market Development for VIA, the national railway system of Canada. On the Canadian side also was Greg Larocque, President, Gay & Lesbian International Sports Association, NA, which is promoting the 2010 Winter Olympics in British Columbia as well as PRIDE HOUSE, new venture. It will be located in the Pan Pac Hotel in Whistler Village, BC. This is planned as a welcoming venue for the GLBT...

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Survive and Thrive Entrepreneur’s Boot Camp (https://surviveandthrivetoday.com)

October 26-28, 2018
Malibu, California

Survive and Thrive Today is a community that supports entrepreneurs through action, shared resources, information, connections and opportunities to assist them as they strive for success. Different from other conferences, the Survive and Thrive Entrepreneur’s Boot Camp encourages entrepreneurs to replace their sports jackets and dress shoes with t-shirts and sneakers for a weekend of work, connections and adventure with influential and successful business leaders, accredited investors, and future leaders. It’s an intimate (only 300 people) 3-day immersive event where entrepreneurs can get the knowledge they seek, the resources they lack and the partnerships they need, to create a winning formula to elevate their game for peak success.

The Blue Dahlia at Chelsea Market in NYC

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