Gilded Age Travel
The world stood on the brink of an unprecedented and unexpected transformation. A cascade of events, including a World War, a devastating pandemic, and a global economic depression, swiftly erased most of the opulence that defined the Gilded Age. As the turn of the century approached, the Gilded Age seemed poised for a grand culmination. […]
Beyond the Brochure with Jean -Arles, and Avignon
Join me as I explore the art of Arles, the history behind the medieval city of Avignon and the magnificent Pont du Gard during my Viking journey from Avignon to Lyon. This is the second episode of five on Viking.TV as we sailed the beautiful Rhone River Valley.
Beyond the Brochure with Jean-Avignon
Join me as I explore the fruit of Avignon’s olive groves and vineyards during my Viking journey from Avignon to Lyon. This is the first episode of five on Viking.TV as we sailed the beautiful Rhone River Valley.
Beyond the Brochure with Jean
I invite you to enjoy the trailer for the debut of Viking.TV’s new series, “Beyond the Brochure with Jean: Lyon & Provence,” a new original travel series. Join us for five episodes of inspiring programming as I sail France’s Rhône River on Viking‘s 8-day Lyon & Provence itinerary. Follow along as I explore iconic sites […]
Egyptomania 47 BC to 2022
Viking Osiris. Photo: Viking Egyptomania- 47 BC to 2022. Most historians say Egyptomania began when Napoleon visited Egypt in 1798-1801. I disagree. It began when Cleopatra sailed down the Nile with Julius Caesar and every Roman wanted to visit this magical land. In 2022 you can sail down the Nile, tour the temples, including the […]
From Ukraine to Notre Dame to Petra: Our Shared Humanity, Our Shared Obligation
Don’t forget how you felt as you watched Notre Dame burn. Recognize it is something that is happening every day. Update: July 16, 2022 I wrote the original article below in 2019, but today the race to preserve Ukraine’s cultural heritage has made this discussion urgent again. The Smithsonian and Richard Kurin, the Smithsonian […]
Viking TV interviews Jean Newman Glock, Viking’s Ambassador-at-Large
Onwards! Thank you, Viking TV and Anne Diamond, for a fun interview about travel, past, present, and future. Thanks for watching. Here are the Cliff Notes (does that age me?) 1. Embrace the now. Everyone is asking when travel will return to normal. There never was a normal with travel, and there will not be […]
Packing Tips for a 2 week Viking Cruise
Puppy Panic What do I pack for 2 weeks cruising the Danube with Viking? This is the question I am asked most often so here is a very boring packing post. Warm weather packing is easier than colder but I do just carry on for both. 1. It always starts with a panicked pandemic puppy who […]
Dear Tor, A Letter to Tor Hagen, Chairman and CEO Viking Cruises
Viking Star sailing into Greenwich Update May 15, 2022: (Spoiler alert). On May 15, 2022, Viking hired me as their Ambassador-at-Large. A position that will allow me to sail the world with Viking and share the story of the absolute best ocean and river cruise line in the world. (See Footnotes at end of […]
Looking for a Scapegoat?
Everyone is looking for a scapegoat for the plague we have been enduring. We are tired and weary but blaming one segment of the travel industry, the cruise industry, without looking at the facts does not help us develop policies and procedures needed to move on with our lives. I would argue the opposite. The […]