Places I Remember with Lea Lane

Places I Remember with Lea Lane

Award-winning travel writer Lea Lane shares travel memories and travel tips with passionate travelers, travel experts, and savvy locals around the world. She has traveled to over 100 countries. Is the author of nine books, a blogger at, and contributor to dozens of guidebooks. Smart. Fun!


December 5, 2023 39 mins

We're celebrating our 100th episode with a two-part series! We've handpicked favorites from past guests, in this double-sized episode with tales from every corner of the globe.

Guest's travel memories include: an encounter on the pilgrimage along Spain's Camino de Santiago; wildlife sightings in Yellowstone National Park;  a serendipitous mishap in the Norwegian fjords; and the transformational tale of ...

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We'll transport you to the heart of the Philippines with our special guest, David Haldane. As an expat and author of the book, A Tooth in My Popsicle And Other Ebullient Essays on Becoming Filipino, David offers a uniquely insightful perspective on the blend of the Philippines' cultural landscapes --from bustling Manila, with its mix of modern skyscrapers and Spanish colonial architecture, to untouched islands including C...

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November 7, 2023 24 mins

Colombians Carlos Boggio and Ana Maria Matallana guide us to the pleasures of this stunning South American country, set on three coasts -- a fusion of Spanish, African, and indigenous influences  Learn of natural wonders like the Cano Cristales riverbed and the Tayrona National Park. We cover Colombian cities, filled with culture and history, including Bogota,  Cartagena, Barranquilla, Cali and Medellin.

We discuss colorf...

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History, mountains, beaches, cities, arts --  that's just a part of North Carolina's treasures. Wit Tuttle, Executive Director of Visit North Carolina, enlightens us with  captivating stories and insights. We talk of  the vibrant Triangle area, with the cities of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. The journey continues to the thriving city of Charlotte. On to Asheville, with the famed Biltmore house. We discuss Cherokees a...

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With Lori Erickson, author of Every Step is Home, we uncover the sacred essence within natural wonders in the U.S. -- each linked to an element such as air, water, and stone. From the Marching Bears Iowa mounds to the hallowed dirt of El Santuaro in New Mexico, to the spiritual stones at the Pipestone National Monument in Minnesota, Lori leads us on these and other journeys of discovery.

Our talk includes the mesmeriz...

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We chat with  Sandrine Camila, Deputy Director at Visit Monaco, who shares recommendations on must-see attractions along the French Riviera. We talk of markets and museums in Nice, and an encounter with a young Michael Douglas at the Cannes Film Festival.

We ascend to the picturesque villages of Eze and St. Paul de Vence,  which date back to the Middle Ages. You'll almost be able to smell the fragrant concoctions in t...

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Step into the RV on a cross-America adventure, with guest Alexa Rossy, spirited author of Showering with the Alligators. We'll travel from the spiritual vortex of Sedona to the Rubber Duck Derby in Aspen; from the mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs, to a life-size Noah's Ark in Kentucky.

We'll navigate through a beauty pageant at North Carolina's rhododendron festival and the high-energy roller derby sce...

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Beth Kennett and Marty Mundy share their expert insights on Vermont, from the lakes to the mountains. We'll also introduce you to the local cuisine and the best activities -- think sightseeing, biking, hiking, skiing, shopping -- and eating.

We highlight the north, central and southern regions of Vermont, describing things to see and do on a three-day visit to each.

And we end with Beth and Marty's memo...

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Prepare for take-off and fasten your seatbelts for a first-class journey back to the Golden Age of air travel, with Kathy Compare and Stephanie Johnson, who were among the young and beautiful flight attendants For TWA, during the past mid-century.

They rekindle the glamour of mid-20th century as Trans-World Airlines flight attendants. We share personal tales, from unexpected celebrity encounters and passenger ploys fo...
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This episode focuses on voluntourism around the world, and the impact we can collectively make as we travel.

Dr. Vanessa Bezy,
Founder & Director of the Wildlife Conservation Association, is a National Geographic Explorer, marine biologist and sea turtle expert who lives in Costa Rica. She shares the remarkable efforts of the Prevented Ocean Plastic program that is reducing the creation of new plastic.


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We find monumental beauty and hidden treasures traversing Montana's rugged terrain and vibrant activities with our guest, former Montanan Greg Correll. We discuss Montana's past, including the Louisiana Purchase and the displacement of Native Americans. Saunter through the streets of Helena, Montana's capital, and experience life in the cowboy town of Billings. And bask in the grandeur of Montana's plains and mo...

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We journey through Boston, Las Vegas, Orlando, Chicago, and San Francisco with Kayleigh McAllister, Senior Regional Director at Go City. She shares insider knowledge to get the most out of these iconic destinations.

From the historic cobblestone streets of Boston to the glitz and excitement of Las Vegas, Kayleigh gives us must-see spots and hidden gems.  We learn about the best seafood restaurants, delectable cannolis, and...

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Want to uncover the best of London's rich culture, history, and culinary delights? Join us and our special guest, Peter Anderson, Managing Director of Luxury Travel and Lifestyle Concierge Membership Knightsbridge Circle, as we embark on a journey through vibrant London. From the historic East End to the bustling West End, we'll reveal top attractions, neighborhoods, and experiences that make this city unique.


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Ann Williams' experiences as a journalist specializing in archaeology has taken her around the world. We talk of what it's like on a dig, Lea shares various places around the world where she's experiences sites, and we focus on Ann's fascinating first-hand tales of discoveries and surprises  from Panama, Turkey, China and Egypt.

We also mention a few links for those who are interested in volunteering o...

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Are you lucky enough to travel in luxury? Or do you aspire to? In any case, it’s fun to hear about the world’s most upscale travel from someone who experiences it all the time. Cleo Anderson knows about luxury travel and she shares info on all aspects. She is Founder of The Anderson Media Group a luxury lifestyle PR agency She is host of Wanderluxe, on LUXE TV.

We start by talking of luxury swag bags for the Oscars, inclu...

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Jane Mathews, a tour guide for Overseas Adventure Travel, highlights the wonders of her home country, Australia. The in-depth discussion starts with excellent suggestions for travel Down Under, and about the Aboriginal culture. She goes on to share her expertise about, among many other things: Sydney, Melbourne, the Blue Mountains, Ayers Rock (Uluru), the island of Tasmania, and of course, the Great Barrier Reef.

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As a travel agent, Gary Loupassakis  has inspired his clients to travel the globe. And in his new book, Go Dat Way and Go Dere: Around the World in 50 Years, he details some of his many experiences and stories.

After offering some travel tips, Gary tells of his favorite flight, on the supersonic Concorde. 

He and Lea talk of culture, traditions  and tourist attractions in countries including Australia, Switzerland, South Af...

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Israel offers energy -- from its ancient wonders to the adventures and celebrations of its vibrant present. Dana Anesi, who has lived and studied in Israel, shares both the dynamic pleasures and the historical treasures.

Beyond the cities of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv,  we talk of northern Israel, including the city of Haifa, and the beauty and adventures of the Galilee.  We then go south to the sands of both the desert and t...

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One of the world's greatest travel experiences is to visit the mountain gorillas of Central Africa.  Lea just returned from this once-in-a-lifetime quest, including other animal safaris, and talks with Africa travel expert Chris Johnston about the how-tos, what-to -expects, and special memories of this aspirational adventure.
Chris Johnston of Steppes Travel in England, wrote this great bio: "I  first visite...

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Five authors discuss special aspects of Florida with Lea, (who lives in the state). Discussions range from history to natural history. Florida was under many flags and offers special and unusual flora and fauna. This interesting episode is a must, for those who travel --or plan to travel, to Florida.
A History Lovers Guide to Florida is written by historian James Clark.

Award-winning journalist
Craig Pittman...

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