Travelscope Podcast

Cartagena, Colombia

Posted on March 15, 2015

Julie I recently visited Cartagena, Colombia and were impressed with its offerings and how easy it was to have a good time.  The bad old days of drug cartel wars felt eons away as we wandered the streets of the old walled city and enjoyed the music pouring from its many bars and restaurants. When it came to finding a place to stay we sampled a few of the options. The Evoca Historic Boutique Hotels is a collection of 11 independent small hotels in Cartagena’s historical center and on nearby Caribbean islets. Evoca Hotels feature something for every interest and budget: including properties that are luxurious, glamorous, historic and modern, with experiences that cater to leisure, romance and business visitors. To learn more, to book and for last-minute discounts and promotional rates, go to EvocaHotels.com. I speak with Evoca Group Marketing Director, Karl Sandrock about the boutique hotel concept on my latest podcast.


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Cartagena, Colombia

History Meets Hip at the Refinery Hotel

Posted on February 10, 2015

  In the heart of Manhattan The Refinery Hotel is one of the city’s newest properties.  It combines the elegance of its turn-of-the-century historic site with hip and cool 21st Century style and amenities.  Manya duHoffman is the hotel’s director of sales and marketing and is Joseph’s guest on his latest pod cast.  For more information on the hotel go to www.RefineryHotelNewYork.com.  The Refinery Hotel is one of the House of Kooser’s 28 boutique-style hotels worldwide.  For information on their properties including the Magic Castle Hotel Hollywood, the Hotel Zetta in San Francisco and several hotels in New York go to HouseofKooser.com.

 


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History Meets Hip at the Refinery Hotel

Unexpected Ireland!

Posted on January 19, 2015

Ireland is a country of song, poetry and breath-taking beauty. It’s a county of steaming hot teas, hearty soups and delicious fresh foods. And, of course, great drink. It’s a country where even though you’ve never been there before, you’ll immediately feel at home.  On Joseph’s latest podcast, he explores some of the little-known and unexpected attractions of Ireland with Allison Metcalf, executive vice-president for Canada and the United States for Tourism Ireland. For more information on Ireland go to Ireland.com or call 1-800-SHAMROCK. Join Joseph on his The West is the Best Irish adventure on Joseph Rosendo’s Travelscope on your favorite PBS or public television station. Follow this link to watch a promo and purchase a DVD of the show.


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Unexpected Ireland!

Happy New Year from the Big Apple

Posted on December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!  In celebration of the departing 2014 and the incoming 2015—our greatest year yet, I’m digging into the vault and pulling out a vintage radio show segment from my days on KIEV 870AM in Los Angeles featuring New York City on New Year’s Eve 1990.  Join me as I join the revelers—locals and out-of-towners—in the streets of The City and in Times Square on my latest pod cast. To make plans to be in the Big Apple next New Year’s Eve or anytime, contact NYCGO.com.  Be sure to join me at the New York Times Travel Show at theJavits Convention Center on January 24 and 25, 2015.  I’ll be turning the show attendees on to the wonderful world of traveling to the South Pacific.  Happy Traveling!


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Christmas Smoke

Posted on December 22, 2014

imageIt’s almost Christmas and as much as I love my life in Topanga, California, at this time of year my thoughts invariably drift to my boyhood home in Miami, Florida. While Christmas was not big deal in my parents’ home, Christmas and, in particular Noche Buena (literally “Good Night” and aka Christmas Eve in Latin cultures) was a big opportunity for celebrating for my grandparents. There was always a huge Christmas tree, gifts, cousins, food, drinks and lots of hugs and kisses from lots of very happy adults. As I was growing up during the 1950s my grandparents lived on Ninth Street in downtown Miami. I just took a look at the site on Google Earth and where their and my aunt’s houses were is now pretty much a huge parking lot under the shadow of the Miami Heat’s American Airlines Arena. So, it goes. My grandmother or Abuelita ran a three-story rooming house for Jai alai players and other single men and next door my aunt or Tia did pretty much the same thing. My uncle was an ex-boxer and limo driver and my grandfather or Abuelito made Cuban cigars — using genuine, not yet forbidden by the ridiculous U.S. boycott of Cuba, Cuban tobacco — which leads me into my Christmas story. It’s called Christmas Smoke and it’s my tribute to my grandfather, my family, old Miami, and, of course, Christmas. You can hear it right here. I hope you enjoy it. Julie and I wish you and yours a Very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year. God bless us, every one!


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Christmas Smoke

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