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Rani is Managing Producer of Travelchannel.com. She was the girl in high school who knew exactly what she wanted to do – magazine layout design, photography and travel! An avid traveler - having been to Africa, Singapore and Italy - Rani was fortunate to land a gig with Travel Channel over 11 years ago. Wife and mother of 2, she’s passionate about photography, creative writing, food and travel! Follow her foodie adventures in her personal blog - Good Food.

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Tonight on Baggage Battles: Grand Theft Auto, the auction specialists are in Tampa, FL, for a one-of-kind car auction. Every year, over 7 million vehicles in the U.S. are abandoned, repossessed or seized and sold at auction. The Tampa Machinery Auction is the largest auto auction in the southeastern corner of the country, and it attracts buyers from all over the nation. Billy, Sally, Laurence and Mark go head-to-head over a classic Corvette beauty. Once the bidding is complete, the real tests begin: Does the car even run? Will the buyer make a profit? Watch tonight at 9|8c to find out.

Rediscover Tampa

A trip to Tampa without enjoying the sights and sounds isn’t a trip at all. See what else the auction specialists got into in the Tampa Travel Guide!

And speaking of classic cars, learn all about the Detroit Auto Show and the newest Corvette!

The Martins, Billy and Mark all arrive in Phoenix tonight at their new time 9|8c, for what’s sure to be a bidding war for the books. A freight warehouse, Sierra Auction, is filled with furniture, musical instruments, records, jewelry and tons of guns, all stored within massive moving crates that were never claimed. Catch of glimpse of what’s to come on tonight’s episode with our Crate Expectations Pictures.

Planning a trip to Phoenix? Get a complete list of the restaurants, activities and accommodations that the auction specialists enjoyed on their trip. For even more on Phoenix and the surrounding area, see our A to Z list of Phoenix vacation ideas, photos and videos.

Laurence and Sally Martin from Baggage Battles

What do Harry Houdini’s brother and Dracula have in common? Items related to these 2 figures could possibly make a trip to Dublin a major success for auction specialists Mark Meyer, Billy Leroy, or Laurence and Sally Martin.

Dublin has been and continues to be Ireland’s transportation hub for almost 1,000 years. The Garda, the local police, are in charge of managing all lost property that’s found and turned in to them by citizens. If no one claims the items for 1 year and a day, then the items are put up for auction.

Mark, Billy, and Laurence and Sally Martin keep their fingers crossed, hoping to strike it rich with items like old leather briefcases (potentially holding historic documents), as well as a jockey-training simulator and even an old sealed box with the words “Attic” on the front. And we all know what items are stored in the attic: old, and sometimes priceless, items.

Don’t miss tonight’s all-new episode at 8|7c.

Go behind the scenes with our Knightwalkers slideshow and watch a sneak peek of the bidding war in the Dublin Auction Preview.

Tomorrow, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. ET, our sister network Cooking Channel will broadcast this special — one-night-only — benefit concert and fundraiser for those who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. The concert will be broadcast live from Madison Square Garden in New York City, and will air on Cooking Channel and CookingChanneltv.com.

Each penny raised on 12.12.12. will go directly to the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which is working directly with nonprofit groups assisting those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Don’t miss live performances by Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Eddie Vedder, Roger Waters, Kanye West, The Who and Paul McCartney.

Tune in to Cooking Channel on Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. ET to watch the concert live or go to CookingChanneltv.com to watch it live right from their blog.

 

Baggage Battles specialists Sally, Mark and Laurence

The auction specialists head to Greensboro, NC, a city nicknamed “The Gate City”  because it’s a major hub for import and export. Go behind the scenes to get a sneak peek of tonight’s episode. Laurence and Sally come across some lucky ladies, and Mark’s knowledge of NASCAR comes in handy.

When the specialists weren’t previewing their auction items or bidding against one another, they took time to enjoy the Southern charm of Greensboro: Its food and music, especially. See all the places they visited during their off-hours in the Greensboro Travel Guide.

Auction specialists in Atlanta

Tonight on an all-new Baggage Battles, the auction specialists travel to Atlanta, GA, for the FR8 auction. Every year in Atlanta over half a billion trucks carry more than 400 million tons of freight through this major southern city. Billy, Mark, Sally and Laurence all compete for the cargo from a prized Rolls Royce. Who makes the winning bid? And will Billy’s $270 personal effects win pay off? Don’t miss tonight’s episode at 8|7c.

Until then, go behind the scenes and watch a sneak peek from tonight’s episode.

billy leroy on Baggage Battles

Tonight on the season premiere of Baggage Battles, at 8|7c, Billy Leroy, Mark Meyer, and Laurence and Sally Martin do a double-header in Brooklyn and Boston. First up: Brooklyn. The auction specialists attend the US Customs & Border Protection auction where they attempt to strike it rich with an international cargo. Will they find rags or riches?

Then, at 8:30|7:30c, the specialists head up north to Boston for an estate sale that holds quite a bit of historical value.

Go behind the scenes with a sneak peek of this season’s auctions lineup and catch a glimpse of tonight’s episodes in Brooklyn and Boston.

Last but not least, we have a special treat for you. Ever wonder how Billy Leroy spends his time? Here’s your chance. Check out A Day With Billy Leroy.

Watch Baggage Battles on Wednesdays at 8|7c.

 

A Word From Anthony Bourdain:
“Our best to our friends the Randazzo family of Randazzo’s, Sunny Balzano at Sunny’s, Yuri Saian at Primorski and Roll-N-Roaster. They welcomed our crew with open arms when we filmed the Brooklyn episode of No Reservations — and all were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. We wish them each a speedy recovery so they can reopen for business soon.”

Tonight is the night. At 9|8c, No Reservations takes its final bow in Brooklyn, NY, a place that Anthony Bourdain thought he knew, just across the river from the city in which he’s lived nearly all of his life. READ MORE

“Contrary to how it may look, I am NOT cruising Ipanema Beach for guys while my wife works out at the gym.” – Tony Bourdain

 

Nearing the end of his final tour around the world with No Reservations,  last night Anthony Bourdain visited Rio de Janeiro to accompany his wife to her jiu jitsu battle. Tony isn’t a newbie to the ridiculously beautiful white-sand beaches of Rio and the city’s delicious cuisine. But when your wife travels such a great distance to battle it out, you gotta go!

Tony made time to explore ports of Rio that he hadn’t seen before, such as a beach that’s secluded from the crowds and a bodega in the Rio neighborhood of Santa Teresa.

And let’s not forget about the food! Tony checked out Barraca do Uruguay, located on Ipanema Beach — this was the same vendor that Tony had visited 10 years ago! Get a complete list of all the restaurants and eateries that Tony checked out in Rio in our Travel Guide.

Get Tony’s thoughts and favorite picks in his Rio Journal and watch his Rio Bourdainisms, a collection of Tony’s one-liners from this episode.

Did you miss this episode? No worries. Watch our episode recap.

The Final Tour of No Reservations will come to an end on Monday, Nov. 5, at 9|8c, in Brooklyn, NY.

(left to right: Ludo Lefebvre, Tony Bourdain, Monsieur Picard)

What do you get when Tony Bourdain and Ludo Lefebvre, of Ludo Truckin Los Angeles, descend upon Burgundy, France? One heck of a good time, naturally.“ If this was a film,” says Tony Bourdain while behind the wheel of a classic Citroen DS, “I would tell you the story of a road trip.”  In tonight’s episode Tony does just that, and more! READ MORE

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