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Mariana van Zeller and Michael Voltaggio

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.

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Mariana van Zeller and Michael Voltaggio

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

Related: Breaking Borders Sneak Peek Pictures

 

 

Zak Bagans

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

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.

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Travel Channel films with Nina Agdal in Islamorada, FL

Travel Channel films with Nina Agdal in Islamorada, FL

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

#TCBeachWeek

Photo by iStockphoto.com/Lelepado

Beach Week is back and it’s bigger than ever! Here are 3 ways you can get into the action.

1) Visit TravelChannel.com: From Sunday, Feb. 15, through Saturday, Feb. 18, TravelChannel.com is celebrating the best in beaches. Check out our Best Beach Award winners (and vote for your favorite!), go behind the scenes of SI: The Making of Swimsuit 2015, watch exclusive Marianela’s Best Beaches video and more.

2) Tune-In Starting on Sunday, Feb. 15 at 8|7c: This year we’re celebrating on-air with a 4-day programming event hosted by Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Nina Agdal, stacked with all-new premieres and sunny, beach-paradise-themed programming to help melt away those winter blues and inspire your next getaway.

3) Share Your Best Beach Photos! That’s right, when you find yourself needing a mental break from all of this winter weather, start combing through your Facebook and Instagram feeds and dig up your best beach photos. Share them with us on Instagram with hashtag #TCBEACHWEEK for a chance to be featured!

All submissions are subject to our Terms of Use.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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!

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Ghost Adventures crew at John Bell

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

Photo Courtesy of The Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll

It’s beginning to look a lot like, well, Christmas for one, but also that time of year when visions of Downton Abbey‘s new season premiere dance through eager viewers’ heads. Now, fans of the holidays and the show can combine their passions in Lake Placid, NY, at the Holiday Gala Inspired by Downton Abbey on Dec. 13, which culminates with a viewing of the Season 5 premiere — 3 weeks before its PBS broadcast Jan 4.
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Hello, NYC! The crowd at the Museum of the Moving Image — located in Astoria, NY– is pumped to audition to become the next Travel Channel Star! The casting call will be held today, November 10, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. We’ll do our best to record as many hopefuls as possible, but come early to secure a spot or risk braving a line.

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