Travel Broadcasting with Andy Mossack
BBC radio travel reviews 'Where in the World is Andy Mossack?
A fun and quirky series of live travel guides as The Travel Guru on The Late Show for BBC radio. I'm in a secret destination somewhere in the world giving out mysterious clues as to where I am and listeners are invited to ring in with their suggestions. When I finally reveal my location I get to talk a little about where I am and why I'm here. Great fun. Where in the world will I be next?
Tune in and find out!
Val Gardena, Italy.
Nestled in the south Tyrol, Val Gardena is the valley home to three villages surrounded by the pale UNESCO protected Dolomites. A curious mix of German and Italian cultures abounds. These unique mountains offer summer hiking and biking trails, free range livestock and in winter, world class skiing.
This legendary city at the crossroads of blues and rock and roll was the climax to my Only in America road trip through Kentucky and Tennessee. Newport's mob history, Covington's Underground Railroad for slaves escaping to freedom, Muhammad Ali's Louisville, Lexington's Bourbon and Horses and of course over to Nashville and Memphis.
The Grand Tour of Switzerland road trip launch is the perfect opportunity to visit a famous town by Lake Geneva. Andy Mossack visits the home of Charlie Chaplin, remixes some famous Queen tracks and enjoys the sights and sounds of Montreaux,
Once a famous resort as the crossroads of Europe, Andermatt is enjoying a renaissance under the investment of Egyptian developer Samih Sawiris. Andy relives a famous Goldfinger movie scene and visits the source of the Rhine and the Rhone.
A Tauck Cruise along the Danube.
Taking an all inclusive cruise east along the Danube River I encounter all kinds of wonderful things along the way. Tales from war-torn towns in former communist countries, brutal dictators, majestic palaces and stunning scenery not to mention the odd impaling vampire.
The Mull of Kintrye, links golf and a wee dram of course describe Scotland's rugged west coast. Andy Mossack takes a road trip along the Kintyre Way from Campbeltown up past Oban to the Isle of Eriska.
Le Marche, Italy
A region not many people outside Italy have heard of but this beautiful area deserves to be visited. Blue flag beaches and the stunning Sibillini mountains offer dramatic contrasts for tourists. Listen to Tim and Maddy Jones a brave UK couple who left their successful careers to open their luxury boutique Hotel Leone in the hilltop village of Montelparo.
Le Touquet, France
The stylish and chic town of Le Touquet in northern France never disappoints with its glorious beach and art deco buildings. A long time haunt of the aristocrats Le Touquet today has great golf, a huge beach and enough diversity to cater for all tastes.
Quinta do Lago and The Algarve
By the banks of the stunning Ria Formosa, the serene estate of Quinta do Lago hosts championship golf courses, restaurants and stunning hotels and defines the spirit of Algarvian hospitality.
This magnificent city is home to some of the best wines in the world, but these days it has a new look to it after a huge clean up has restored it to its former glory. Mind you Hotel Le St James' Harley Davidson room was not too shabby either!
Park City Utah
Skiing has never been so good. Three world class ski resorts and a bundle of snow fun for Andy Mossack this week.
Taiwan Lantern Festival
The annual Taiwan Lantern Festival kicks off in a blaze of glory. Find out what else Andy has been up to.
The Seychelles. Perhaps the original Garden of Eden?
Yes, white sand and turquoise ocean of course but these days The Seychelles Islands are not just for the millionaires and the well heeled types. With Seychelles Secrets they are affordable for everyone.
Istanbul where history meets fine food.
Apart from the antiquities and culture, Istanbul's majestic size across two continents provides more then enough to stimulate any visitor. Andy tucks into Hilton hospitality too judging dishes from its executive chefs.
Montreal. The underground city and Nuit Blanche
In the shadow of Mount Royal Montreal is French but not as we know it. This island city is quirky, alternative and one of the best festival cities in the world.
Palermo. it's Italy but not as we know it.
It might be just off the Italian coast but Sicily is a very different prospect. It is cheaper than the mainland and a melting pot of previous occupiers. Palermo's crumbling old town is filled with atmosphere and history and is rated 5th best city in the world for street food.
Narbonne. Markets and Vine Pruning.
Set on the Canal du Midi, Narbonne is host to Les Halles the famous indoor market. But nearby at Gerard Bertrand's Les Hospitalet vineyard there is much pruning and truffle hunting happening.
Porto, north Portugal and the Vidago Palace Hotel
The Douro River feeds some of the finest vines in the world but its not just this water that is centre of this week's Where in the World. The natural spring waters of the Vidago Palace Hotel provide the backdrop this week, a place of health treatments and luxury dating back to when Portugal had a monarchy!
Marrakech. Riad life in The Medina.
The iconic red city of Marrakech, the sights, sounds and smells of the souk, bartering for the best prices and walking along historic streets. But these days you can also live the luxury life in a Riad and Andy Mossack samples Riad Star, the former home of jazz singer and war heroine Josephine Baker.
Languedoc. Southern France's wine country comes of age.
A region with just about everything; untamed sandy beaches, historic cities, great food, plenty of sunshine and the biggest vineyards in the world! Languedoc-Rousillon may not have the glitz and glamour of its Riviera neighbour but it more than makes up for it in value.
Switzerland. Summer fun on the slopes.
The Jungfrau and Gstaad, two iconic destinations in a country that is truly unique. More chocolate is eaten per person than anywhere else in the world and of course the trains are always on time!
The Philippines. SE Asia's undiscovered country.
A country of over 7,000 islands might be overshadowed by its more popular SE Asian neighbours, yet this proud country is bursting with landscapes, contrasts and history and offers perhaps a much more affordable alternative.
Stirling and Edinburgh. The celebrations of Bannockburn Live.
Almost 700 years ago to the day Robert de Bruce defeated the English to win independence for the Scots at Bannockburn. Andy visits Stirling to join in the celebrations and drops into Edinburgh too.
Bavaria. The home of bratwurst, beer and brilliant history.
Munich, Nurenburg and Bertchesgarden are the spectacular highlights of Bavaria, Germany's medieval and mountain region. Andy Mossack explores the beer cellars and half timbered medieval past of a region of Germany so often associated with just the Nationalist Socialist Party history.
Tunisia. Hannibal never had it so good!
The ancient great city of Carthage is just one of the stunning sights lying in wait in Tunisia, a country reborn out of the Arab Spring. 800 miles of coastline, exotic spices and markets, and legendary hospitality.
Athens. An ancient city being reborn.
Athens is changing. One of the world's oldest cities is finally enjoying the significant investment it needs to make it the quality tourist destination it deserves.
Cycling in Portugal. Giant waves and cod in 100 different ways!
A cycling holiday is where you get to see the real countryside and Portugal's Centro region has everything from national parks to a rugged Atlantic coastline that hosts the world's largest waves.
Jaffa. The gateway to Jerusalem
One of the world's oldest cities, Jaffa's timeless alleyways are now home to artist galleries and artisan jewelers. But there is still opportunities to experience traditional Arabic culture too.
Ethiopia: An African country where time literally goes backwards.
A country of 80 different communities and languages, Ethiopia is becoming Africa's powerhouse with the best airline and of course the very best coffee in the world.
Madesimo. Skiing heaven without breaking the bank.
Andy Mossack takes to the Italian slopes in Lombardy as an homage to the winter Olympics! Skiing, snowmobiles and plenty of pasta in the delightful resort of Madesimo.
The Legendary Langham Hotel, London
A stellar line up of former guests are the supporting cast to a building with a fascinating past. First hotel building to have lifts, telephones, hot and cold running water and individual toilets.
Atlanta, Georgia: Southern hospitality turns into retail therapy.
Shopping has never been so good! Outlets and malls galore at the home of Coca-Cola and Gone with the Wind.
The Crystal Serenity, cruise ship heaven
A broadcasting first for me doing a live show aboard the Crystal Serenity in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean using a satellite phone! I was on board checking out the results of the Serenity's $multi-million extreme makeover on our way to Casablanca in Morocco.
Lisbon: 7 Hills and New York trams
Just before jumping on a cruise from the Port of Lisbon, Andy takes in the sights and sounds of Lisbon, the most westerly capital in Europe.
The Cayman Islands: Iguanas, Stingrays and Pirate's Week.
The Jolly Roger is flying over this three island country as the annual Pirate's Week festival gets under way. Andy dons an eye patch and joins in, and uncovers the true charm of Cayman hospitality.
Malta: Knights of old, island gold.
This small island nation is packed with history seeping from every monumental bastion.Her previous owners leaving behind their Baroque buildings and an exotic blend of Arabic and Italian cultures. Not forgetting the British too.
Jerusalem: Nothing can compares with Israel's capital.
Walking the dusty narrow streets of Jerusalem's Old City is a passport back in time. The home of the three big religions, it is a place of history, worship and adventure.
Kissimmee: Florida's theme parks region has a wilder side!
Andy Mossack uncovers Kissimmee's wilder side, that's wildlife, swamps, gators, zip-lining and more. Lunch with an astronaut, and and the new Atlantis attraction at Kennedy Space centre adds up to a packed Florida where in the world.
Emilia-Romagna: Food and Fast Cars are a great combination!
One of my favourite regions of Italy, this is the home of Ferrari and Maserati, world class food and some underrated golfing opportunities. Add in to all of this the 100 miles of beaches and you have a region that just about covers every aspect of a perfect holiday.
Texas: The star ain't so lonesome these days.
A state that's bigger than France comes to The Late Show this week. Houston, Austin and San Antonio show Andy why folks here are so proud about Texas. There's even time for a tune from the Whiskey Sisters!
Cortina D'Ampezzo: The Dolomites have never looked so Regal.
UNESCO world heritage, WW1 trenches and some of the finest mountain landscapes in the world. A summer hiking break in Cortina might take your breath away!
Frankfurt Rhine-Main: Vineyards and castles hand in hand.
Take a trip down the banks of the middle Rhine to discover some of the best Riesling vineyards and one of the most popular firework festivals in Europe the "Rhine in Flames"
Brussels and Wallonia. The best beer and a battle to boot!
After sampling some of Brussels finest, Andy travels south to Waterloo, scene of the one of the most famous battles in world history and hangs out with Napoleon.
The Algarve: Desert Islands and an Epic Hotel opening.
Portugal's sunshine coast plays host to where in the world this week, which features Ilhas Desertas, Faro and the recent opening of the Epic Sana Algarve Hotel, a real success story for Portugal after so much economic strife.
Luxembourg: Good things come in small packages
The only Grand Duchy left in the world, Luxembourg's thousand square miles are packed with history, culture, forests and great food. Andy Mossack can only wonder at the German portions!
Dubrovnik: Pearl of the Adriatic.
Croatia's gem of a destination and the home of Game of Thrones takes centre stage as one of the Adriatic's best resorts.
Bruges: A perfect medieval snapshot.
So despite a few technical hitches, the Bruges 'Where in the World' was a popular destination! Perhaps my talk about chocolates, lace and crispy fries gave it all away?
Emilia-Romagna. Itlay's best foodie region has a lot more to offer.
Bologna, Ravenna, Modena, Parma and the medieval majesty of Ferrara are often overlooked when visitors come to Italy. perhaps they should think again? Andy Mossack takes us on a tour of a region renowned for food thanks to the Po river.
Florence. 16th century Renaissance and lots of love.
One of the most romantic cities in the world, Florence overflows with style and history. from the 600 year old Duomo to Ferragamo's shoe museum, Andy takes us on a whirlwind tour.
West Coast USA by private plane!
Andy leads the rock star life on Mauiva Air's Western Wonder private plane adventure around America's legendary west coast states. San Francisco, Carmel, the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and more.
Hong Kong. Drinking dragons and very deep water.
The most vertical city in the world, with over 8,000 skyscrapers, Hong Kong has got it all. Culture, diversity, street food and retail therapy. it also just might have the best hotel in the world.
They say Melbourne is one of the most liveable cities in the world, its charming lane ways, cultural diversity and cafe culture the cornerstones of its appeal. How does Melbourne stack up to the Mossack scrutiny in the last part of Andy's Australian adventure?
The Iconic Drive Sydney to Brisbane
With echoes of California's legendary Pacific drive I take the Sydney to Brisbane Pacific Highway. Does it live up to the billing? With enchanting bays like Nelson and Byron and over 780 national parks, this is 600 miles of coastal wonder.
The Blue Mountains. Three lovely sisters side by side.
Just a couple of hours from Sydney, the Blue Mountains rise majestic above the rainforest. Join Andy as he explores this stunning resort and drops in on Home and Away's Summer Bay set.
Sydney. An Australian adventure begins.
Mention Sydney and thoughts of the opera house and the bridge instantly spring to mind. But is there more to Sydney than the obvious? Join Andy Mossack at the beginning of an Australian series to uncover more of this exciting young continent.
Kufstein. An undiscovered Tirol treasure.
Away from the crowded ski resorts of Ischgl and St. Anton, there are lesser known snow destinations where you can have just as much fun.Where in the world goes to Kufstein in the Austrian Tirol to find out more.
Istanbul. A magical city sitting astride Asia and Europe
Istanbul really does have all the ingredients of a great city break. Thousands of years of history, stunning views, outstanding cuisine and magical sense of the exotic and mysterious all rolled into one.
Cyprus. Aphrodite's hospitable Island of love.
An independent island republic since 1960, Cyprus has had close ties with Britain for years. But there's no escaping its rich history and traditions and let's not forget all those wonderful mezes! A beautiful and hosptable island that's beginning to rise out of its economic troubles.
Valencia. The city of the Holy grail and burning puppets!
Valencia is perhaps hidden under the shadow of Madrid and Barcelona, but make no mistake Valencia has a wealth of attractions, from the stunning City of Arts and Sciences and the magic of the historic old town, to some of the best food in Spain.
Nord - Pas De Calais, France's best kept secret.
With glorious beaches, gastronomic wonders, great golf and no crowds, the Nord-Pas de Calais really is a French hidden gem. Listen to Andy Mossack revealing just why this spectacular but highly underrated region is not to be missed.
Coach breaks in the Scottish Islands
Forget long airport security checks, checking maps and finding places to eat. A coach trip can include everything you need for a relaxing holiday so all you need to concentrate on is the views from the window. Andy tries out a coach trip to the Scottish Islands leaving from Glasgow.
Nashville. Music Town USA.
Andy Mossack visits the home of country music, this is the city where Elvis recorded over 250 hits in RCA Studio B, where the Americana Country Music Awards take place and the home of the Grand Old Opry, the world's longest running radio show.
Costa Brava, Spain's Golfing and Gourmet Paradise
The Savage Coast is a Catalan masterpiece of gastronomy and golfing prowess. Join Andy as he travels around Girona's plentiful pastures enjoying Dali and more than a few challenging golf courses.
Arizona, The Canyon State Centenary 16th August 2012
Phoenix, Tuscon, Monument Valley, Scottsdale and Sedona, some of the most iconic names from a state steeped in western and cowboy history.Join Andy this week as he uncovers more of Arizona proving it's not just all about The Grand Canyon.
All Aboard the Regent Seven Seas Voyager
Andy scores a first for Where in the World, broadcasting from the bridge of the Regent Seven Seas Voyager luxury cruise liner on the Baltic Sea. Sitting alongside Captain John Macneil Andy gives out clues about the Voyager's Baltic cruise which visits no less than eight countries on its 10 day voyage.
Ischgl's Jakobsweg Festival
It's where the beautiful people go to in the winter ski season, but in summer this famous Austrian resort may be a lot quieter but it's just as beautiful. Join Andy Mossack as he samples the foodie delights of Jakobsweg week.
Las Vegas without losing your shirt
There is much more to do in Vegas than just gamble your money away. Andy Mossack goes boating on Lake Mead and dines in style in Sin City.
Italy's Romagna region
Ravenna, Faenza, Milano Marittima, San Marino, perhaps the jewels of italy's famed Romagna region but what about the famous Pellegrino Artusi, the father of Italian cuisine? Andy Mossack goes in search of food and lots of it!
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee
OK, not strictly a where in the world item, but nevertheless a landmark event in UK history. London is all set for some pageantry and partying to celebrate our Queen's majestic 60 years of reign.
Amongst the pine forests of the Cote d'Opale and art noveau architecture, Le Touquet is known as 'Paris by the sea'. Still chic and fashionable this was one of Europe's most popular destinations for the well to do and the town's casino was the original setting for Ian Fleming's Casino Royale.
The art deco capital of the world, Miami is a wonderful melting pot of latino culture with exotic foods, great nightlife and of course year round sunshine. Challenging perceptions perhaps, Miami has been reborn and Andy Mossack checks it out and goes in search of the perfect Mojito.
Florida's Gulf Coast 17th April 2012
Dolphin, Pelican, azure seas and crystal white sand personifies Florida's western Gulf coast. Andy Mossack lays back and soaks up the tropical atmosphere, and also has a brush with alligators whilst kayaking in The Everglades.
New Orleans 10th April 2012
The French Quarter, jazz, Creole food, pirates and Mardis Gras, New Orleans comes alive this week and Andy Mossack discovers the Big Easy.
Chicago 22nd March 2012
The windy city, the blues and the mob. Quite a pedigree for a city many people use just to get somewhere else! Andy Mossack explores the city by the lake and uncoveres more than a few surprises!
Romania and the Ice Hotel 1st March 2012
Bears, castles and the Ice Hotel combine to make Romania an adventurous destination. Still slowly unshacking itself from its communist past, Romania is a very affordable and fascinating country and, courtesy of Untravelled Paths who has exclusive access to the Ice Hotel, Andy Mossack tries it out.
Panama 21st February 2012
With the opening of the Panama Canal, Panama was put firmly on the map. But the canal is just the tip of the palm tree, Panama has a rich culture and a fascinating history. Andy reports on the land inbetween the continents. Oh and it's carnival time too!
Iceland 16th February 2012
The land of volcanoes, geysers, Icelandic horses and the northern lights can be an enchanting and captivating destination. Does Andy find the northern lights?
Palm Springs 2nd February 2012
The fabled haunt of the Rat Pack and a bevy of 50's movie stars, Palm Springs is a desert hideaway that defines cool. Trendy bars, boutique hotels set in authentic mid century architecture and stunning desert scenery provide the back drop for Andy Mossack's latest 'where in the world' adventure.
Jersey 19th January 2012
Jersey may well be part of Great Britain but it's an island just off the Normandy coast with it's own government, legal system and currency. it also has spectacular beaches, sensational food and over 260 days of sunshine a year.
Athens 30th December 2011
As the new year approaches and the euro crisis reaches meltdown, what is Athens like for tourists today. Can you enjoy a great break without breaking the bank? (sorry). Andy checks out one of the oldest capital cities in the world and looks at the Acropolis from his balcony at the St. George Lycabettus Hotel.
Slovenia 15th December 2011
Maribor's 400 year old vine and Jason slaying the dragon in Ljubljana just two of the many highlights of Slovenia, the small former Yugoslavian country celebrating 20 years of independence.
Bulgaria 17th November 2011
A country where a nod means no and a shake means yes, there's an abundance of quality wines and rich history. Not to mention 264 miles of black sea coastline.
Find out what makes Bulgaria tick.
Macau 3rd November 2011
Where east truly meets west. Find out just what makes Macau such a special destination, and why there is so much more to do than just visit the casinos. Andy Mossack discovers Macau's Portuguese roots.
Milan, italy 27th October 2011
Milan, the powerhouse city of fashion and business and home to Leonardo's Last Supper. Can Milan really crack it as a weekend break or is it all far too expensive?
Andy Mossack investigates just what Milan has to offer for a visit.
Orlando, Florida 30th September 2011
There are thousands of bargains to be had at the Premium Outlets in Orlando as Andy Mossack finds out in the latest edition of Where in the World. Orlando is visited by over 50 million people a year, and plenty of them find their way to the outlets for some unbelievable discounts.
San Francisco, Callfornia 22nd September 2011
The gold rush of 1849, the summer of love in '67, the Golden Gate Bridge and Chinatown, San Francisco is an iconic destination and for many the gateway to the classic drive down Pacific Coast Highway to LA. Listen to Andy Mossack revealing the magic of Northern California.
The Lot Valley, France 7th September 2011
Despite a very unreliable phone line Andy Mossack manages to describe one of France's most beautiful undiscovered corners. The Lot Valley is a hidden jewel just waiting to be discovered. You'll get a lot more for your Euro too!
The Faroe Islands 31st August 2011
18 islands inbetween Iceland and Norway are the location for this week's travel report. Andy Mossack learns all about trolls and tunnels in a great adventure amongst the fjords in the Faroes.
Copenhagen, Denmark 25th August 2011
Wonderful wonderful Copenhagen reveals much more than just the Little Mermaid. Home of NOMA the best restaurant in the world and the design capital of the world.Andy Mossack seeks out and reveals all.
Daios Cove, Crete 14th July 2011i
If there really is such a thing as heaven on earth then Andy Mossack has surely found it at Daios Cove in Crete. Crete's latest five star resort goes under the Mossack microscope and he even tries out his own infinity pool.
Murcia, Spain. Polaris World 7th July 2011
Polaris World has transformed this agricultural landscape into a luxury resort destination and a golfing mecca with six Nicklaus designed courses. Listen to Andy Mossack turn up the heat on the Costa Calida.
Italy. Parma and the annual Pink Night in Rimini 1st July 2011
Emilia Romagna is the Italian region that gives us Verdi, Parmigiano Reggiano, Parma Ham and the Pink Night festival along its 100 kilometer coast. Find out what Andy Mossack discovers in this great part of Italy.
St. Kitts and Nevis and the 15th Annual Music Festival 23rd June 2011
A great Where in the World episode from St Kitts and Nevis, two Caribbean islands that are a treasure trove of local culture and echoing with the sounds of the annual music festival. Andy Mossack also has a surprise guest, Ali Campbell legendary voice of UB40 who was headlining the event.
Slovakia. The hidden treasure of Eastern Europe. 16th June 2011.
Andy Mossack takes a journey around Slovakia's wonderful countryside and ends up in Kosice, the medieval town looking forward to being the Capital of Culture in 2013.
Another ash cloud? What it all means for travellers 26th May 2011
Is the aviation industry finally coming to terms with volcanic ash? Andy Mossack gives his opinion about ash clouds and some quirky family breaks over the half term holidays.
Antwerp and the opening of the MAS Museum 16th May 2011
The first new museum in Antwerp for over 100 years, the MAS is a stunning piece of architecture in Antwerp's gentrificated dock area. Andy Mossack lifts the lid on Antwerp's other secrets.
The Royal Wedding at 51 Buckingham Gate 28th April 2011
Listen to Andy Mossack talking from 51 Buckingham Gate an exclusive hotel almost next door to Buckingham Palace on the night before Kate and Will's royal wedding. All the atmosphere and action live.
Tampere, Finland 14th April 2011
Snow Tango and saunas are the order of the day in Finland's second city. What has Tampere got that Helsinki hasn't? The mysteries are unveiled in this week's Where in the World is Andy.
Weird festivals of the world, 7th April 2011
Baby jumping and tomato throwing are just two of the strange world festivals that Andy Mossack reveals during an entertaining interview. Don't miss the testicle festival too!
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