Provence & The City of Marseilles

2013 is the year for Marseilles, designated by the European Union as the Capital City of Culture. It’s known for its renowned sea-food cuisine, its old port, and its new face. Come discover with us this ancient city with its international harbor, storied architecture and clouded history. Celebrations are year-long with three Episodes over 12 months designed to entertain you with Art, Theater, Music & Dance. “Marseilles Provence welcomes the world,” and “Marseilles Provence under the open skies,” and “Marseilles Provence, a Thousand Faces” are the productions scheduled this year. New museums, old world churches and cathedrals, and folkloric themes await you.

Marseilles is open for discovery, an easy hub by major air carriers, and by TGV fast train, and by car.

Of course, the region of Provence itself is well noted for its classic beauty, world heritage sites with farmers markets everywhere, and long on customs and traditions. The Rhone River is its main artery leading out to the Mediterranean Sea. Rich, verdant, this is a land of fine wines where Pastis, Anise and Absinthe are openly served along with its noble cuisine and where the Impressionist school first held court in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Find Cezanne, Picasso and Matisse, the father of Modern Art in some of the best museums in France here. It’s also where film was first made into a global art form. Perfume, fashion, and every color in the rainbow are also found here.
Parks are grand in Provence. So are their popular dishes.
Bouillabaisse, Daube, Escabeche, Fougasse, Ratatouille, Tarte Tropezienne are all home based here. So too are their Herbs de Provence and their Soupes au Pistou. These go well with their Cassis and Bandol labels by the bottle or glass anytime of day or night.Try some when you’re there or learn about them on our show this Friday, the 24th through June 15.

Provence will give you a romantic sidebar on European history,
from the ancient Romans and Greeks, through the Middle Ages and the wars of the royals, of the Church, and with a footprint into the emerging era of democracy. Provence is history come alive and celebrated. It’s where Europe found itself in the age of Arts and Letters. There’s a lot more. Try www.franceguide.com in the U.S. for this.

About The Author

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

Michael has been an active player in Media Relations and Marketing for the past 30 years with stints at The New York Times, Forbes, WOR Radio, TV Channel 11, Attenzione Magazine, et.al., and with participation in the Caribbean Tourism Org.,/ CTO, the Pacific Travel Assn./ PATA, the Foreign Press Assn./ FPA, and the International Society of Travel Writers/ ISTR. Libra/ America, his latest signature, provides travel opportunities to VIP travelers and groups world-wide. Let’s Travel! Radio is an extension of his experiences.

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Hornblower blows ‘em away!

Thurs., July 4 aboard the Hornblower Esprit, celebrating Macy’s 4th, the nation’s 233rd Independence Day anniversary. What a night!

Hornblower Yachts owns up to having the largest number of luxury vessels in eight U.S. cities, including New York. The company has seven here ranging from the largest, the Infinity, at over 200’, accommodating up to 700, to the smallest, the Esprit, at 90’ , accommodating 80-100. Cruises are set lunch/ brunch and dinner, for a coterie of special events and private parties, corporate meetings, and weddings, of course! They serve both sit-down and buffet menus.. They also do After 5 cocktail cruises, and a host of charitable events. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, Ca. It’s now in its 40th year.

On the night we were on, the 4th, we were seated on the Sky Deck of the Esprit, a restored beauty. There were only seven tables on this top deck facing out and with a nicely appointed bar in front of us manned by Nicholas, a really talented barkeep, and with some soft jazz by DJ Mike, which later turned to Pop, Latin, Disc and Rock for or dancing pleasure. Gabriel was our Maitre’d and Oscar was our chef for the evening. Boy can this guy cook! Dinner started off with a plate of Blinis with Caviar, followed by a nice medley of Little Neck clams and oysters on the ½ shell, with a sampling of jumbo shrimp in the best salsa I’ve ever tasted ( I asked for a second. My apologies ). This was followed by a full serving of Agnolotti served Italian style over freshly baked cherry tomatoes and a very fresh salad of lettuce, celery, cucumber and more cherry tomatoes. The entrée: Lobster and Filet Mignon with a crab filling topped with a wild mushroom sauce. A bottle of Chandon white was offered to each guest complimentary. Ha! You can’t beat that! As for dessert, a chilled freshly baked apple strudel and chocolate dipped strawberries was the finale, with good coffee and an assortment of blended teas for the asking. And, yes, the bar was open for the entire 3 ½ hours we were on board. By the way, the company provides translaters for Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Korean, French, German and Italian guests.

The yachts ail from Pier 15/ 75 South St. adjoining the South St. Seaport and Pier 40 on the West Side/ W. Houston St. and the Hudson River, from March thru-November with 10 daily departures, 7 days-a-week.

In New York they operate the Statue Cruises affiliate to both Ellis Island and Liberty Island State Park from the Battery Park Terminal on the Manhattan side, along with a Liberty Water Taxi service. They also serve the Metro New York area with a round-the-clock ferry service, the city’s first commuter ferry operation to points in Manhattan, Bklyn and Queens. In brief, the company is the world’s leading provider of high-speed ferry services. For more on Hornblower try: info@365ticketsUSA.com or 1-844TKTS, or phone 646-780.9693 or simply: www.Hornblower.com

 

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