The Grannies explore Ottawa, the beautiful Capital of Canada. They visit historic Parliament Hill and marvel at the splendor of the changing of the guard, taste prize-winning barbeque, visit a one-of-its-kind Aboriginal display, and take an evening boat ride along the pristine Ottawa River. Marvel as the Grannies navigate their way out of a cedar maze - or do they?! Watch as the Grannies become "adies" of the prairie and travel in period costume on a very hot summer day in a first-class horse drawn carry-all.
Join the Grannies as they seek hidden treasures in restored Warsaw. They stroll through a park dedicated to Chopin filled with beautiful gardens surrounded by 18th century palaces. In Krakow, the city of the dragon, they experience the cultural seat of Poland - its significant churches, old castles, interesting shops and, of course, good food. Not far from Krakow is the famous salt mine. They go 300 feet below ground and see spectacular carvings and rooms all made out of salt! And finally, walk with the Grannies as they visit Auschwitz and Birkenau, two moving monuments and museums that capture a sad part of world history.
The Grannies decided to do something different - take a cruise - and cruise in a big way, on a "really" big ship, the Crown Princess. They were off to the Caribbean to visit the glamorous islands of- Barbados, Antigua, Tortola, St Lucia, and St Thomas. Meet the local artists and craftsmen from each island as they create beautiful and unique works, all with a backdrop of breathtaking beaches and vistas. They seek out monkeys in Barbados and walk the same paths as pirates. The Grannies discovered more than they expected and made meaningful people connections that confirmed that the Caribbean is still one of the most energizing and inspiring places to visit.
Buenos Aires where the charm of Europe mixes with the soul and beat of Latin America - it sizzles with energy! The president's house in the middle of the city is called Casa Rosada - Pink House - and where on its balcony Evita charmed millions. The Grannies experienced it all - a Gaucho museum, the sultry and seductive Tango, a visit with a noted silversmith who makes authentic Gaucho artifacts, and forays into local markets. Watch as they are serenaded by a "gentleman" singer, and journey with the Grannies on a Busquebus (a fast boat/ferry), to Colonia, Uruguay and take a stroll through its history. Walk with the Grannies on the "Street of Sighs" where former African slaves were quarantined before being sent to Brazil and other parts of South America
Montevideo, Uruguay's capital city is home to one of the oldest opera houses in Latin America. This city and its people proved to be a wonderful surprise. Montevideo is a colonial city making a concerted effort to restore and renovate thousands of structures that date back over 100 years, and are succeeding! The Old Town is lively and the pulsating rhythms of drums and chatter can be heard during the evenings and well into the night. The Grannies meet with the active Afro-Uruguayan community and learn how their art of drum making and culture has shaped the country's soul. In good measure Uruguay has its great food "Chivitos", the Tango and surprisingly exceptional wines. This country and its capital Montevideo are poised to be a new hot-spot destination in South America.
The Grannies visit Toronto, a city renowned for its architecture, museums and colorful ethnic neighborhoods - Chinatown, Cabbage Town and Caribbean Town - to name just a few. It's a city with lots of energy. Watch as they try their hand at "throwing pots" in the well-regarded Gardiner Museum. And judge for yourself, if they master the labor-intensive art, of making Chinese dumplings with a legendary in China Town. With "nimble fingers" they contribute their sewing skills to "Caribana" costume making. Explore an Inuit Art gallery, search for a ghost at sprawling Casa Loma and learn how a 30-foot floating dragon lantern is constructed by artisans.
The Grannies ventured into San Juan, Puerto Rico, a U.S. protectorate. The locals call themselves Boriquens, a Taino Indian word meaning "strong men" and take pride in their Spanish, Native and African heritage. The island is beautiful everywhere - from the mountains of El Yunque to both of the oceans that lap warmly along its shores. The Grannies visit a coffee plantation, learn about the tradition of Paso Fino horses, and climb to see the world-famous Arecibo Radio Telescope - the largest in the world. While in Ponce and its near neighborhoods, the Grannies visit archeological digs that contain some of the most well maintained petraglyps. Meet an artist who makes colorful masks from coconut husks, a poet who also paints miniature doors, a multi- generational family of jewelers, and kick back in colorful "casitas" on the beach at Villa Hau. The music of this island - "Salsa"- is contagious and Grannies moved with its beat throughout their visit.
301: India – The Golden Triangle
301: India – The Golden Triangle
The Grannies venture into this fascinating subcontinent to visit one of the world’s most interesting countries - India. They explore part of what is called the Golden Triangle, beginning in the city of New Delhi and then on to Agra, home of the iconic Taj Mahal, and Jaipur, a cultural hub and glistening outpost of Indian arts, architecture and culture.
302: Peru - Its Coastal Cultural Heritage
Watch the Grannies as they move about Peru's Atlantic coast and explore cosmopolitan Lima - its culture and history. Experience the Afro- Peruvian community in El Carmen and visit with well-known musical, visual and performance artists. Regina reconnects with an old friend who creates marionettes that tell stories of old. Join them as they experience world cuisine - fused from Chinese, African, and Incan traditions.
303: Western Cape, South Africa and Botswana
They begin their adventure in glorious Cape Town with excursions to the Cape of Good Hope and the wine lands. The Grannies board "The Pride of Africa" on Rovos Rail - accommodated in restored vintage cars - for a two-day trip to Pretoria that includes a stop at the famous Kimberly Gold Mines. While in Botswana, the ladies visit the set of the popular television series "The Ladies #1 Detective Agency" and meet with the Oodi Weavers. They are accompanied by the cosmetic icon Marilyn Miglin, who is on her first trip to South Africa seeking flowers for a new perfume.
304: Varanasi - India's Spiritual Capital and Bangalore- A Commercial Star
The Grannies make a pilgrimage on bicycle rickshaws to the "Ganga Ma" or Mother Ganges, a place of life and death revered in the Hindu religion. They observe both day and evening celebrations and rituals and even participate. They visit a factory famous for Varanasi silk and of course shop! A quick flight to Southern India and to the city of Bangalore known a major tech metropolis brought new experiences. The Grannies explore glamorous shopping centers and look for bargains at quaint neighborhood crafts fairs. They try their hand at Indian cooking and select elegant saris and have them fitted by master Sari makers. The ladies are welcomed by distinguished citizens who invite them to a traditional Indian wedding bachelorette party and dine at a country club that looks straight out of an Ivory Merchant film.
305: Peru - Cusco and Machu Picchu
Travel with the Grannies to Cusco a world heritage site, and the former capital of the Inca civilization. At 11,900 feet high this ancient city was not only considered sacred by the Incas but was a jewel of the Spanish colonial world. The city is considered the arts and crafts capital of Peru. Machu Picchu at 9,600 feet was a marvel, and the trek to see this ancient city was a challenge when the Grannies climbed it. The city is located in the Andes in an area called the "cloud forest". Surrounded by steep mountains entire neighborhoods were created. One of the new Seven Wonders of the World - the exploration of this hidden city in the Andes Mountains was an unforgettable and magical experience.
306: Exotic - Zanzibar, Tanzania
The Grannies travel to this truly exotic island that is known for its spice trade, trade winds, historic Arab architecture and romantic resorts. Stone Town, the capital, is a captivating rustic city filled with veiled women, thriving markets and aromatic neighborhoods. The ladies experience an exotic dance performance on the beach, ruins and a meal fit for kings. A highlight of the trip was a stay at the world-famous Baraza Resort - individual cabanas, private beaches and buildings shaped like a sultan’s palace. Accompanied by Marilyn Miglin, their special travel partner, they explore the mangrove swamps, hidden plantations and all the while looking for herbs and spices for her fragrances.