Wes Dening with Mount Everest in the background.
“This is Nepal in front of us. The border closes at 5:30. We made it with 8 minutes to spare.”
Those are the words you’ll hear from Bruce Kirkby as he and his family rush across the Tibet/Nepal border in Travel Channel’s Big Crazy Family Adventure. But truth be told, they weren’t alone. Off-camera, racing alongside the family like a pack of wild broncos, was our production team in tow. As Bruce uttered those words in his one-of-a-kind Kirkby accent, our crew (with pelican cases in 1 arm, personal bags in the other, and passports wedged in our mouths) scurried by his side. Just like Bruce; his wife, Christine; and their 2 sons, Bodi and Taj, we, too, had made it into Nepal with only 8 minutes to spare.
As we crossed the border, we were greeted by warm, healthy smiles and friendly pats on the back. We could feel it in their welcoming hug — an instant kinship with our Nepalese production team, with passports still wedged between our teeth. We would be living and working with this group of locals for the next 7 days. READ MORE
The new Travel Channel series Time Traveling with Brian Unger premieres tonight with 2 back-to-back episodes. The show takes locals on unique tours of their home cities with host Brian Unger, where they learn the secret facts behind some of history’s most famous stories. By using state-of-the-art CGI, the host is able to take his guests and viewers on a trip back in time to see how the locations of these stories used to look and how they’ve changed into the landmarks of today.
In the premiere episodes, Brian visits Tombstone, AZ, to get the real story behind the legendary shootout at the OK Corral. Then, he heads out to San Francisco to investigate the power struggle behind the construction and design of one of the greatest engineering marvels of the 20th century, the Golden Gate Bridge.
Watch the series premiere tonight at 10|9c.
Chef, food writer, teacher and producer/host Andrew Zimmern is back with all-new episodes of Bizarre Foods! In tonight’s season opener, Andrew travels to Almaty, Kazakhstan. Located in central Asia, Kazakhstan is the ninth-largest country in the world (by land area) and is bordered by Russia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and China. Andrew gets a real taste of Kazakhstan living, including a tour of Almaty’s “Green Bazaar,” a few home-cooked meals and a visit to one of the most popular shashlik restaurants (serving kebabs) in the city.
Go behind the scenes with Andrew to get his take on the trip.
Watch a sneak peek from tonight’s episode.
Tonight marks one of the first episodes of Breaking Borders that really touches on a subject that’s very close to home in America: immigration. Regardless of what your opinion is, the episode — “Dying for the American Dream” — will present you with both sides of the conversation. Hosts Mariana van Zeller and Michael Voltaggio interview Mexican families affected by the border laws, as well as Minutemen, who unofficially serve as self-appointed US border guards. After watching, let us know where you stand on some of the US immigration laws people are talking about.
Watch tonight at 9|8c, only on Travel Channel.
Dying for the American Dream
Courtesy of Hilton Worldwide | Megan dreams of lounging poolside like these bathing beauties, but is that in the cards for her as the series finale nears?
By now, Mad Men fans are painfully aware that the end is near — or, rather, that the AMC series’ final episodes will start to air Sunday. Never has life “up in the air” looked more glamorous — Don, in a pressed suit, was accustomed to complimentary cocktails, cigarette smoke and sexy seatmates aboard his frequent TWA flights.
In 7 seasons, the homes, the bars and the hotel rooms all oozed a midcentury style that we’ve resurrected in our own homes and hotel rooms. And when they traveled, boy, was it beautiful. Don and Betty’s Roman holiday, Megan and Don’s honeymoon in Honolulu, even Don’s sojourn to Palm Springs with some mysterious strangers — it’s hard to tell where we’ll end up in the second half of Season 7.
Whether you plan to settle in for Sunday’s premiere at home with a martini (or 3), or you would rather toast the end of an era as Don would have, with an Old Fashioned at a hotel bar (maybe the Waldorf Astoria in New York, where episodes of the show have been shot), there’s still time to Travel Like Mad Men to some of the show’s iconic filming locations.
Mariana van Zeller and Michael Voltaggio
Have you seen the latest buzz surrounding our new series Breaking Borders? The fans, celebrities and chefs are talking on Twitter, and we’re loving what they’re saying!
@EmilyOsment: Make sure you watch my dear friend @MVoltaggio on his new show #BreakingBorders tnite (Sundays) @ 9pm on the Travel Channel ! It’s UNREAL. #Jerusalem
@SamShankman: @travelchannel bets on more substantial content w new food + politics series w hosts @marianavz @mvoltaggio http://bit.ly/1OyXgTt
@chefjoseandres: so proud of my boy @MVoltaggio his new show will show human resilience around the world! tonite! watch it! #breakingborders @travelchannel
Breaking Borders premiered March 15. The show takes journalist Mariana van Zeller and acclaimed chef Michael Voltaggio into some of the most beautiful but extreme conflict zones to get the story behind the story. Together, they have a unique and challenging goal: to gather people from all sides of the conflict together to break bread and explore the issues that divide them. While at each location, Mariana and Michael take in the culture, people and cuisine.
Mariana van Zeller and Michael Voltaggio
Travel Channel’s groundbreaking series Breaking Borders premieres tonight with the “Mother of All Conflicts“ episode in Jerusalem, which focuses on the age-old tug-of-war between Israel and Palestine. Award-winning journalist Mariana van Zeller and acclaimed chef Michael Voltaggio are our hosts, our eyes and our ears as they explore Jerusalem, Northern Ireland, Egypt, Cuba, the US-Mexico border, Cyprus and countless other locations. The goal is not to try to solve the conflicts and achieve world peace, but just to get a conversation started, at the dinner table, around the questions “What if”” and “What would it take for these 2 sides to come together and have peace?” At the end of each episode, Mariana and Michael host a dinner, prepared by Michael, where 2 opposing sides of a conflict come together to break bread.
Watch the series premiere tonight at 9|8c.
Watch a Sneak Peek of Breaking Borders
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“Welcome to the jungle, we’ve got fun and games …”
Like the Guns N’ Roses song says, we really do! Starting tonight at 10|9c, join new Travel Channel hosts Stephan Jablonski and Rusty Johnson as they leave New York to pursue their dream of building a world-class, eco-friendly resort in the middle of the Peruvian Amazon on the all-new series Hotel Amazon.
“We’ve put together programs to make the property sustainable with a goal of being completely green. We’re creating and helping strengthen the locals’ economy and we’re always keeping in mind their cultural values,” said both Rusty and Stephan.
Everything was on the right track — well, until they actually made it to Peru, where alarming conditions, including harsh weather, dangerous jungle creatures and a severe lack of essential supplies, began to make their dream feel more like a nightmare.
During tonight’s episode, as they attempt to create an unforgettable jungle experience for hotel guests, tempers begin to flare when Stephan realizes that construction is way behind schedule because the crew is operating on “jungle time.” When faced with the realities of the Amazon and a ticking clock, these 2 friends are pushed very close to their breaking points.
Will Stephan and Rusty be able to pull themselves — and the crew — together in time? Find out tonight on the season premiere, “Jungle Time”.
When the inspiration behind The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and The Silence of the Lambs, Ed Gein, died in 1984, he left a parting gift — the cauldron in which he mutilated and skinned his victims. As of this week, our very own “king of the dark world” and host of Ghost Adventures, Zak Bagans, is the owner of the cauldron.
Perhaps congratulations are in order, Zak, for your winning bid of $2,800, but we’re too scared to congratulate too much.
According to TMZ, Zak thought the cauldron would make “a nice conversation piece.” Indeed it will, Zak.
Watch Ghost Adventures, Saturdays at 9|8c, only on Travel Channel.
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Mariana van Zeller and Michael Voltaggio in Jerusalem’s Old City, at the hand of Christ.
We’re 1 month away from the premiere of our new series Breaking Borders an episode in Jerusalem (“Mother of All Conflicts“). Travel Channel executive producer Brian Leonard traveled to Jerusalem with the Breaking Borders crew and its co-hosts, journalist Mariana van Zeller and chef Michael Voltaggio. It was Brian’s first time in Jerusalem, so we thought it would be the perfect time to have him give us his insights on everything Israel: the people, the food, the historical significance and more.
Related: Brian Leonard Talks “Breaking Borders” on BlogTalkRadio
What were your expectations?
I could not wait to land in Israel and get to Jerusalem, even though most of what you see on the news seems like “unrest,” i.e., clashes between soldiers and the Palestinian youth, tear gas, riot helmets and flak vests. My family definitely had some concerns about safety, but that, for me, was easily overshadowed by what I was about to experience. For the record, I never felt threatened or unsafe, even when we were in the middle of some Jewish tourists being “escorted” through the Old Market in Hebron in the West Bank. There was some pushing and shoving and yelling, but it was fairly under control.