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.
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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.
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We know that a majority of the country is bundled up, trying to stay warm and dreaming about their next trip to the beach or some island paradise. Since we can’t physically take you far and away, join Travel Channel tonight through Wednesday for an on-screen tour of some of the hottest and sexiest beaches in the world during our annual Beach Week!
Travel Channel’s Beach Week officially kicks off tonight, at 7|6c and 8|7c, with the all-new 101 Sand n’ Surf Hotspots. From Matira Beach in Bora Bora to Rehoboth Beach in Delaware, we’re counting down to the No. 1 beach in the world! READ MORE
Dreaming of warm sunshine, wide stretches of sand and a frozen drink in your hand? Yeah, we are, too. This weekend, take an (imaginary) journey to some of the best beaches in the 2 states that everyone in the Northeast wishes they were in right now: Florida and California.
Tomorrow night at 11|10c, tune in to Marianela’s Best Beaches, where Argentine model and Travel Channel beach expert Marianela Pereyra gives her unique perspective on some of America’s most beautiful stretches of coastline.
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Take our Metropolis quiz to find out which of the world’s greatest cities is your spirit animal. Still need convincing? Check out a side-by-side look at NYC and San Francisco, plus what to do and what not to do while you’re there.
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New York City
Feed off the energy of the city that never sleeps, whether you’re getting lost at the MoMA, taking in a Broadway play, strolling through Central Park or mingling among the brightest young things in Brooklyn. If you’re a classic, high-energy New Yorker at heart, their world is your oyster.
Friday night in Knoxville, TN, at the Peter Kern Library (aka “the Speakeasy”) inside the Oliver Hotel, Jack Maxwell, host of the new hit show Booze Traveler, rubbed shoulders with local TV news personalities, print media and travel bloggers to raise a cocktail in honor of Friends of the Smokies. The organization will officially kick off its 2015 Evergreen Ball on Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville. Our very own Jack will be the celebrity bartender!
Tonight at 8|7c, follow Travel Channel hosts Don Wildman, Samantha Brown, Anthony Melchiorri and Bert Kreischer to the Hawaiian Islands for The Trip 2015. Watch as they snorkel through the “Cathedrals” of Lanai, rappel alongside a waterfall in Maui, take a helicopter tour of Manawaiopuna Falls (made famous by Jurassic Park) and much more! Then, enter for your chance to win this $100,000 trip of a lifetime. What are you waiting for?
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It’s new and improved! TravelChannel.com relaunched Thursday with a cleaner design and better user experience. The Travel Channel Digital Team has been working long hours over the past year to find ways to improve the website and enhance specific features. Here’s a quick list of some of the changes Travel Channel users will notice when clicking around the new site:
Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Jay Wasley and Billy Tolley return tonight on Travel Channel for an unprecedented investigation at Bell Witch Cave. Ghost Adventures was the very first paranormal TV show to film on the Bell property.
If you’re into haunted travel, then this is an episode for you. Situated in the backwoods of Adams, TN, is Bell Witch Cave and cabin, the former home of John Bell, who was mysteriously murdered by what many believe is an evil spirit that stills resides on the property today. Zak and his team are off to investigate what lies beneath the grounds in the Bell Witch Cave and see if they can communicate with this dark entity to find the truth behind John Bell’s murder.
In anticipation of tonight’s premiere, I asked Zak and Aaron a few questions about the Bell Witch Cave. Here’s what they had to say.
How excited were you to finally get into Bell Witch Cave and cabin?
Zak: We have been trying to get the Bell Witch Cave for years. They always shot us down and said they’d never let any paranormal TV show film there. When we FINALLY got permission to investigate there, it was an absolute HONOR to be chosen. READ MORE
Ghost Adventures Crew at Loftus Hall
We’ve come to that frightful date on the calendar once again — Oct. 31. Happy Halloween, everyone! If you aren’t venturing out for a night on the town to trick-or-treat or checking out a haunted attraction, you’ll want to turn to Travel Channel tonight at 9|8c for an epic 2-hour Ghost Adventures special: Ireland’s Celtic Demons!
Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin investigate some of the most haunted locations in Ireland: Hellfire Club, Leap Castle and Loftus Hall, where it’s said that the devil himself once spent the night. There are parts of Loftus Hall that the owner himself won’t visit!
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It’s been a little over 8 years since my first production meeting with Andrew Zimmern, a chef who was unknown to me at the time — as I was brand new to the TV and foodie worlds. He has hundreds of hours and thousands of miles recorded on national television, and to this day, I still ask myself, “How does he do it?” How does anyone travel so much, eat so exceptionally well, and then be expected to return to normal life? As we prepare for another season of Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern, which kicks off tonight at 9|8c on Travel Channel, I decided to get the answer to that question, along with others about what we can expect on Bizarre Foods, what Andrew is most excited about this season, his future travel plans and projects in 2015, and more!
As you go into another season of Bizarre Foods, what are you most excited for the viewers to see?
I think what’s most exciting for me is that we are finally able to slow down a little this season and dive deeper into the cultural elements of the show that are more interesting to me than skimming along the surface of the places we visit. TV needs to be relevant to stay current, and today’s viewers demand that. I think this season, we are finally delivering on that in spades. READ MORE