I was reading the May issue of AFAR Magazine over breakfast today. This is AFAR’s annual Food Issue and I highly recommend it, especially if you’re a magazine junkie and amateur foodie like me. The inspiration for this week’s ‘AZ the World Turns’ blog is a sentence by the Editor-in-Chief, Julia Cosgrove, “As with most of my travel memories, those from my Turkey trip are entwined with what I ate and drank there, and with the meals shared by friends old and new.”
Photos from the Selcuk Market during a recent Azamara cruise to Kusadasi, Turkey.
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Have you ever seen a movie and immediately felt a sense of wanderlust? Stunning locations and exotic adventures don’t just entertain us, they inspire us to plan our own exciting getaways. Here are some of our favorites:
Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, and one of the most romantic cities on Earth? Count us in! Fans of this classic movie must visit the Spanish Steps when in Rome.
Find upcoming Azamara voyages to Rome here.
Midnight In Paris
In this whimsical film, Owen Wilson’s character is magically transported back to 1920s Paris. It will give you a sense of wanderlust and nostalgia!
From Russia With Love
Despite its title, this classic James Bond film is actually set in Istanbul, Turkey. Fans should definitely make a stop at the Hagia Sophia while visiting. Try this itinerary!
Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight
OK, you caught us – this trilogy means there are more than twelve films on our list! But these movies should be watched as a set. The films, which follow the relationship of an American man and a French woman, were filmed nine years apart in Vienna, Paris and Greece.
To Catch a Thief
This Alfred Hitchcock romantic thriller is often listed as one of the best travel movies of all time! Cary Grant plays a retired thief who must prove his innocence by catching a new cat burglar. It is set in the glamorous French Riviera. Fun fact: This was Grace Kelly’s last film with Alfred Hitchcock.
After watching this film, you’ll definitely be inspired to have your own adventure in the Cote d’Azur. We suggest this Grand Prix voyage.
If this film doesn’t inspire to you travel, it will certainly inspire you to open a bottle of wine! This movie about California’s wine country brings back memories from our voyage there in February! See the photos on Pinterest.
In this comedy, Colin Farrell’s character wants to be anywhere but Bruges, Belgium. We couldn’t disagree more! We can’t wait to visit the quaint town again in August 2015.
Under The Tuscan Sun
In this romance, a writer buys a Tuscan villa to try and change her life. While the movie might not inspire you to make quite so drastic a change, it will certainly inspire you to visit Tuscany! We love this 7 Night itinerary.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
This documentary about one of Japan’s best sushi chefs will certainly make your mouth water! This voyage includes a few ports in Japan, giving you time to taste the best of Japanese cuisine!
A Good Year
Provence, France provides the perfect backdrop for this romantic film starring Russell Crowe. Fall in love with the area on this cruise!
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
This charming movie about a group of British seniors retiring in India will definitely make you want to visit! If you’re not quite ready to retire there, perhaps you should start with this 16 Night cruise.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
This Woody Allen film is about romance, art and adventure – making Barcelona the perfect setting. We have so many upcoming cruises to Barcelona, you’re sure to find one that suits your desires.
Dating back to 1660 young individuals with dreams of improving their cultural education, their social connections (what we call ‘networking’ today), as well as their social standing, have been traveling throughout Europe on what’s known as The Grand Tour. While the itinerary varied, the Grand Tour, almost by definition, always included both Venice and Rome since both were the cradle of our western artistic culture, e.g. the Renaissance.
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I travel because it makes me happy.
But why does travel make me happy?
Travel makes me happy by its power to inform & transform. Travel puts me outside my comfort zone and forces me to get off auto-pilot.
And when does travel make me happy? Travel happiness hits me in three distinct stages, over time.
Here I am, happy at sea
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Captain Carl was in Miami on Thursday, March 27 with the Azamara Quest and sent us this fantastic story! Without further ado, here’s Captain Carl:
Wow, what an incredible day. I was invited by Nigel Marven to do some filming for his latest venture, “Cruise Ship Naturalist”, with some alligators in the Everglades, 45 minutes outside the Port of Miami.
We arrived alongside early, and after guests disembarked, I joined Nigel for the drive to the Everglades Outpost Wildlife Rescue center. When we got there, we met the owner, Bob, who took us through his site and into the Alligator Enclosure. He then gave me some basic safety training on how to catch an alligator. This boiled down to holding on tightly to the tail end, and staying away from the end with the teeth in it!
Induction complete, we waded into a pool with six alligators, and he showed me how you take the alligator by the tail. Gently, then move towards the shore, again, gently, and haul it out onto the beach. His alligator was about six feet long, and incredibly impressive.
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