The following CNN travel news video comes from Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” TV show. This segment is from Tony’s trip to the Gaza Strip. Anthony meets a family of farmers there and eats a traditional Palestinian meal called “maqluba.” This video was added to the CNN website on September 9, 2013.
This particular husband and wife cook together, which is apparently not common in the Gaza Strip or in Palestinian culture.
Maqluba is a chicken dish. It also has fried eggplant, tomatoes, potatoes, and caramelized onions. This mix is first sauteed and then simmered in a broth that includes nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, and rice. Maqluba can also be made with lamb instead of chicken.
The following CNN travel news video comes from Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” TV show. This segment is from Tony’s trip to the West Bank. He meets the Speed Sisters, who have made history as the first all-female car racing team from Palestine. This video was added to the CNN website on September 9, 2013.
In this segment, one of the Speed Sisters racing girls takes Anthony for a ride on the streets of the West Bank. She says she feels most alive when she is driving.
She also said they used to make fun of the girls racing. But they aren’t laughing anymore after seeing their racing skills.
The following CNN entertainment and travel news video is about plans that are in the works to make a world-record-setting wooden roller coaster. Six Flags Great America, which is in the Chicago area, plans to build the Goliath. They apparently want to make the most extreme roller coaster in the world. This video was added to the CNN website on August 29, 2013. The clip aired on the Erin Burnett Out Front TV show.
The Goliath is scheduled to debut in the spring of 2014.
The world record that Goliath is aiming to set is as the fastest wooden roller coaster in the world. Its top speed is to be 72 miles per hour.
Another planned world record for Goliath is to make it the tallest drop for a wooden roller coaster. The main hill will drop 180 feet.
The 3rd world record for Goliath will be the steepest drop for a wooden coaster, at 85 degrees.
Surprisingly, there are only 174 active wooden roller coasters in the world. I was surprised to hear this. But I guess it makes sense because most of the new ones are steel coasters, and the old wooden ones are out of commission due to age.
The following CNN travel news video is a preview of Season 2 of “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.” This is a show were Anthony goes to various places you would not necessarily think of taking a trip. In Season 1, he visited places like Morocco, Libya, Colombia, and Myanmar. This preview clip was added to the CNN website on August 29, 2013.
Season 2 is set to premiere on September 15, 2013. The show is broadcast at 9 p.m. Eastern time.
This preview wasn’t exactly clear about what is coming up. But it did flash a list of different places. They included Jerusalem, New Mexico, Copenhagen, Spain, Detroit, Tokyo, Sicily, and South Africa. As usual, expect Bourdain to eat a lot of local cuisine during his travels.
The following Today show video is about a complaint letter to LIAT Airlines, which operates in the Caribbean. Arthur Hicks’s funny letter has gone viral on MSN. This video aired on the July 2, 2013 episode.
Hicks thanked LIAT for letting him visit 6 magnificent airports instead of the usual boring trip of going from Point A to Point B. He described it as an “in-depth and thorough tour of the Caribbean.” Also, Hicks said no one really wants to ride the same airplane for their whole trip. He also told LIAT to keep the bag because he doesn’t like it, anyway.
You can click the link below to read the actual viral letter.
The following Today show travel video comes out of Brussels, Belgium. It is about a restaurant with quite a gimmick. This place uses a crane to suspend diners in the air. The customers then eat while enjoying a bird’s eye view of the city. This video aired on the July 1, 2013 episode of Today.
Today reporter Michelle Kosinski tried out the restaurant for this story. She is seen being strapped in and compares it to a roller coaster ride. While it’s definitely not a roller coaster, the dining area is suspended by a cable. So in fact, it does sway some in the wind.
The chefs go along and sound like they are top-notch professionals. They both have two Michelin stars, which is a huge honor in the culinary world.
Kosinksi says the same type of midair restaurant is being run in 47 different countries.
I don’t get this idea at all. Surely, there are people who get motion sickness. And eating expensive gourmet food while getting motion sickness doesn’t sound like a good combination.
The following Today show video is about a trip-turned-bad for Donna Cooper. She was traveling to Death Valley, and it was about 128 degrees outside. Then, her GPS went haywire, giving the wrong directions. This video aired on the June 27, 2013 episode of Today.
GPS devices are loaded with mapping software. Different devices often have different software products. And the reality is people do sometimes get wrong directions when using these devices.
Donna had driven to Death Valley with a friend and her daughter. The problem came when they decided to get back home. Nell, their GPS system, was not giving accurate directions and appeared to be “lost.”
Eventually, Cooper’s group had to break into a shelter to get out of the extreme heat. They then got lucky because a helicopter rescue team found them after 3 days.
Michelin says some 63 percent of users have reported getting bad directions from a GPS.
The following CNN travel news video is about some of the dirtiest and cleanest beaches in America. These lists were compiled by the Natural Resources Defense Council. The video for this story was added to the CNN website on June 26, 2013. It aired on the Erin Burnett Out Front TV show.
This NRDC list is based upon water quality at these beaches. It is not based upon the actual beach. So if you aren’t going to go swimming, then I suppose this list doesn’t really apply to you. But if you do plan on swimming, then it’s something to consider when you are planning a coastal vacation in the United States. This list is for the dirtiest beaches from over 3000 beaches spread across 30 states.
Of the 30 states, the dirtiest were as follow, with 30 being the worst:
26. South Carolina
On the other hand, here were the cleanest states in terms of water quality at beaches:
2. New Hampshire
3. North Carolina
Here were some of the cleanest 5-star beaches:
Gulf Shores Public Beach
Gulf State Park Pavilion
Bolsa Chica Beach
San Clemente State Beach
Ocean City At Beach 6
Bay City State Recreation Area
The following NBC Today show travel video features Lisa Gill, an editor for Conde Nast Traveler. She lists 6 of the top amusement/water parks in the United States. This video aired on the June 25, 2013 episode of Today.
Lisa Gill says amusement parks are expecting to have revenues of about $13.4 billion this summer.
1. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom – Vallejo, California
You can see the Superman Ultimate Flight roller coaster in the video.
2. Noah’s Ark Water Park – Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Lisa Gill talked about the Black Anaconda, a large rafting ride. Noah’s Ark is the biggest park, and the Black Anaconda is the longest water coaster in America.
3. Dollywood – Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
The Wild Eagle is a winged roller coaster that can be seen in the clip below.
4. Cedar Point – Sandusky, Ohio
The Gatekeeper is now the longest winged roller coaster.
5. Holiday World And Splashing Safari – Santa Claus, Indiana
The Mammoth is the featured rafting water ride at this park.
Note: The video said there were 6. But this segment actually only listed 5 parks.
The following CNN travel news video is about the adventures of Graham Hughes. He has completed a trip around the world, including visits to 201 countries without a single plane ride. This video was added to the CNN website on June 13, 2013.
It took Hughes 4 years to complete this 201-country trip. Hughes claims that no one has ever done this before. I’m not sure how he qualifies this since it’s basically proving a negative. And someone may have done it but had no media exposure.
Hughes said the worst place he slept was a Congolese prison with some sort of foam on the floor. In Cape Verde, they thought he was a human smuggler. In Congo, they thought he was a spy or journalist.
Ironically, Hughes said that one of his reasons for going on the trip was to show people that they shouldn’t be scared to visit places. Yet, his experience in the Congo proves quite the opposite – there are some places you might just not want to visit. The guy did nothing wrong and was placed in a holding cell for 6 days.
With only 17 countries to go, Hughes’s sister was diagnosed with terminal cancer. But she told him not to stop. So he decided to continue on and complete his world trip.