Samantha Brown

SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE
The Florida Keys and Key West

 

Samantha takes a local food tour in Key West starting off with authentic Cuban food at El Siboney, then heads to the historic Speakeasy Inn & Rum Bar for a rum runner, the house specialty. From there, Samantha visits the Truman Little White House, the summer home of President Harry S. Truman while in office. Continuing on, Samantha takes a literary tour past the home of Tennessee Williams, strolls down Duval St. and finds herself seaside listening to the easygoing music of Howard Livingston at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park. Arriving in Marathon, Samantha learns about the amazing rescue work done at the Turtle Hospital and assists in the release a rehabilitated turtle back into the wild. Samantha then meets a Lionfish huntress, Rachel Bowman, who makes a living by catching this invasive species and supplying them to local restaurants. At Sparky’s, Samantha joins Rachel for Lionfish tacos prepared with the very Lionfish Rachel just caught.

 

 

 

SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE
Budapest, Hungary

 

Samantha takes in the stunning views overlooking the entire city atop Fisherman’s Bastion on the Buda side of the Danube. At the opulent New York Cafe, Samantha experiences the local coffee culture and samples some tasty treats. Off to the Szechenyi Thermal Bath, Samantha takes the time to soak and swim in these popular relaxing mineral pools. At the Hungarian Parliament, Samantha enjoys the grand beauty of this historic building. Meeting up again with her friend she visits the Michelin-rated Stand restaurant and tries their elegant spin on traditional Hungarian Goulash. Budapest is all about classical music particularly at the Franz Liszt Music Academy, where she chats with world-class violinist Joshua Bell about his music and Budapest’s influence upon him. Following the theme of music, Samantha enjoys skyline views atop the Aria Hotel Budapest, a hotel dedicated to music and musicians. The Dohany Street Synagogue is the world’s second oldest synagogue and is Samantha’s next stop, where she takes in its history with Chief Rabbi Robert Frolich. Closing out her night, Samantha rejoins Joshua Bell and fellow violinist Barnabas Kelemen at a local spot as they enjoy a live performance of gypsy violinists.

 

 

 

SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE
Central North Island, New Zealand

SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE: Central North Island, New Zealand

 

Natural beauty abounds in New Zealand’s north island. She explores Lake Taupo by kayak and stops off for a soak in the hot springs. At Te Puia, Samantha experiences Pohutu, the largest geyser in the Southern Hemisphere. She also meets Katz, who heads the woodworking school of the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, and talks the struggle to keep the culture alive. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley is filled with vast thermal activity and an active volcano. Traveling by helicopter, Samantha gets a firsthand view of White Island, an active volcano. All this and more make the New Zealand’s North Island a place to love.

 

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SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE
Lafayette and Cajun County, Louisiana

SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE: Lafayette and Cajun County, Louisiana

 

Samantha is instantly engulfed in Cajun and Zydeco music at the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival. The journey continues with a visit to Tabasco to learn the 5-year process of bottling the hot sauce, followed by a kayak tour through the local swamps.

 

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SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE
Naples and Paradise Coast of Florida

SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE: Naples and Paradise Coast of Florida

 

Samantha’s Paradise Coast adventure includes a kayak tour in the salt-waters of Everglades National Park, a visit to the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, and then an introduction to Clyde Butcher, the Ansel Adams-esque photographer of the Everglades.

 

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SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE
Seoul, South Korea

SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE: Seoul, South Korea

 

Samantha begins her journey on a tour in Yeonnam-Dong, a re-purposed green space filled with a resurgence of diverse restaurants and coffee shops; visits the Korean Stone Art Museum and strolls through the Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival.

 

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SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE
Greater Palm Springs, CA

SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE: Greater Palm Springs, CA

 

What Art Deco is to Miami is what Mid-Century Modern is to Palm Springs. Samantha finds this out first-hand by taking a tour of several iconic homes built in this style, then visits Gypsyland, a local furniture shop that specializes in period furniture. Golf is hugely popular in Palm Springs, but FootGolf? Samantha learns all about this new international sport and gets a chance to put her foot into it. At The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Samantha volunteers to help assemble some of the unique enrichment meals with an Animal Care Curator. From there, Samantha gets a tutorial in stunt driving, and takes it to the course, doing a reverse J-turn, and “drifting” in watery conditions. Slowing down the pace, Samantha visits Shields Date Garden, talks to a “Palmero” about intricacies of pollenating date trees and finishes off with a world famous date shake. Finally, Samantha ventures out to the historic Joshua Tree National Park, where she meets with a charismatic Park Ranger and gets a chance to soak in the beauty of this treasured Park.

 

 

 

 

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