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Stephanie Abrams’ Concept of “Castle Hopping” is Theme of Travel TV on April 8th
April 8th, 2018

Travel Expert Stephanie Abrams at Blarney Castle

Today’s “Travel TV WITH Stephanie Abrams” will broadcast coast to coast and in Hawaii on TV syndicaed  by Biz TV. You can see it archived at our YouTube channel as well! And, I just learned that my shows are also available on

Amazon Fire Stick and Roku! Today’s show, Episode 8, is called “Castle Hopping!”

When you wake up in the morning in Ireland, have a hearty full-Irish breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausages, baked beans, grilled mushroom, roasted tomatoes, roasted potatoes, Irish soda bread and maybe enjoy munching your way through the cold buffet table covered with fresh Irish creamery yogurt, fruit, cereals, freshly baked breads and pastries first, and you stop at a few castles, one mid-morning, like Blarney Castle (ab0ve) in Co. Cork , one midday, like Bunratty Castle in Co. Clare. . .

and then stop in the afternoon  at Limerick’s King John Castle before your sightseeing day comes to an end. . .

. . . you just might get the feeling, as I did,  of getting hit with snow after leaving a sauna if you check into a chic and trendy contemporary hotel like ‘the g’ hotel in Galway!

Hotels like ‘the g’ in Galway Town, pictured above, are among some of the trendy and marvelously contemporary hotels in Ireland that I love. In that group of my favorites are The Beacon, in Sandyford, Co. Dublin, The Morgan in Temple Bar in Dublin Town, currently closed for massive renovation but re-opening in June this year,  ‘the twelve’ in Barna (Bearn in Irish), Co. Galway, and the Trident in Kinsale which is more serene in its sea foam atmosphere sitting as close to the Atlantic as you can get in Kinsale, Co. Cork.

But when I”ve been visiting castles, like King John’s Castle in Limerick whose foundation was built by the Normans, and Bunratty Castle built in 1425, it is jarring at the end of a day to walk into the 21st century without a transitional period! To me, it’s like have won-ton soup followed by Nachos Supreme. The experience jars the body and spirit. . .at least I found out  that that is my reaction!

So I devised a plan that works for me! When I’m doing things like going to arts festivals, going to the races, visiting museums of art, experiencing live performances of music, dance, and plays, wonderful contemporary hotels fit in magically. But when I’m Castle Hopping, visiting historic castles by day, I love to stay in the genre by staying at castle and manor house historic hotels and mansions reflective of comfort,  style, and romantic gilded age focus on the concept of living richly.

The first time the term “Castle Hopping” came into  being was about a dozen years ago during the eight year period that I was a sponsor of the NYTimes  Travel Show at the Javitts Center in NYC. I was planning one of the two travel seminars that I gave at each show and decided to explore the idea of talking about stepping in the era of castles and staying in that period by day and night visiting museum castle during the day and staying at castle hotels at night. While I coined this term, and gave ‘Castle Hopping’ seminars yearly during that period  that were highly publicized by the NYTimes related to the NYTimes Travel Show, I’ve noticed that others involved in creating information about travel have done what one calls in the military “Midnight Requisitioning” an have hijacked the term for description of their own tours and guides to travel. Regrettably, no one has credited me with inventing the term and I”m actually quite flattered that they latched on to it . . .with my gracious approval. . . as it’s a concept worth promoting. But when you see “Castle Hopping” used somewhere, think of me!

And especially think of me as you enjoy Season 1 Episode 8 of Travel TV WITH Stephanie Abrams tonight at 5pmET (count backwards across America coast to coast in your time zone including in Hawaii!) titled “Castle Hopping!” Check your local listings and, if you’re in a market we are not reaching on TV, know that you can watch it live at BizTV if you join BizClub (they’ll give you 30 days free to try it out!) Also, we post all shows, commercial-free, at YouTube and you can subscribe FREE to our YouTube channel.

Today’s show visits: Ireland’s Clontarf Castle, Fitzpatrick Castle, Powerscourt House & Gardens,Kilronan Castle, Bunratty Castle,  Birr Castle, and we’ll visit Ashford Castle by way of learning about the making of the film, “The Quiet Man,” and taking a cruise on Lough Corrib to see Ashford from the back which can’t be seen well unless you’re on the lake! Come enjoy the journey with me. . .Slan! (go look that up! It may be your first lesson in Irish!).

Dutchess New York Focus of Episode 7 of Travel TV WITH Stephanie Abrams
March 29th, 2018

Sunday at 5pm ET, Travel TV WITH Stephanie Abrams will broadcast nationally  coast to coast and in Hawaii “Delightfully, Distinctly Dutchess,” Episode 7 of this series of travel shows! I hope you check local listings for time and stations. If there is no station in your market, please accept my suggestion that you join BizClub at where you’ll have an opportunity to see all the shows broadcast by the network. There’s a 30-day free trial period so you can ease into getting to know the network and see my shows. Note that we post after show after it broadcasts at my YOUTUBE Travel TV WITH Stephanie Abrams channel.Have a look and catch up on any past shows that you’ve missed since we went on the air last month in February!

Six New Episodes of Travel TV WITH Stephanie Abrams Archived & Indexed For Your Viewing Pleasure!
March 27th, 2018

The first six episodes of Travel TV WITH Stephanie Abrams are archived for  your viewing pleasure.  Click HERE to enjoy the shows now that have already broadcast to about 40 million households in America,  including Hawaii!

Here is the index of the most current to the oldest episodes of this fast-paced, savvy, informative programming providing insights in to great places to visit and tips for traveling richly! If you missed any on  BizTV this is your chance to see the shows now!

Episode     Title                                                                                                       Comments

6     Stephanie’s email Bag: Airplanes & Trains             Stephanie answers questions with info and tips on traveling efficiently

5     Celebrating Saint Patrick in Northern Ireland       Stephanie takes viewers to the Saint Patrick Centre in Co. Down.

4    Amtrak Adventures                                                       Stephanie explores travel from New York City’s Penn Station northward.

3    Stephanie’s email Bag & a Little Bit of Ireland        Stephanie answers viewers’ important travel questions.

2    Captivating Kerry                                                          From Limerick to the Dingle Peninsula and Killarney!

1    Magnificent Malta                                                         You are in for a treat! Malta is the place to learn to travel richly!

Celebrating Saint Patrick in Northern Ireland on “Travel TV WITH Stephanie Abrams!”
March 17th, 2018

Watch for Travel TV WITH Stephanie Abrams Episode #5, “Celebrating Saint Patrick in Northern Ireland,” broadcasting on BizTV Network affiliate TV stations coast-to-coast and in Hawaii this Sunday, March 18th in the 5pm ET zone time slot (count backwards for your time zone). After the show broadcasts, it will be archived at Stephanie’s YouTube channel where, currently, you will find the first 4 episodes archived, commercial-free. The St. Patrick Weekend show includes visits with: Dr. Tim Campbell, Director of the Saint Patrick Centre in Co. Down; Alan Simpson at BBC Radio Ulster; Patsy O’Kane, owner of Beech Hill Country House where US Marines and US Navy personnel were based in WWII; Neville McConachie, Supervisor of Visitors’ Experience at Giant’s Causeway, Co. Antrim, and Deborah Galloway, Director, Causeway Hotel at Giant’s Causeway.

Samantha Leslie, left, on her 40th birthday, with Stephanie Abrams at Castle Leslie for Sammy’s “white tie” gala event. Sammy’s tiara was a gift from

King George IV  to  Mrs. Fitzherbert. Upon her death, the tiara passed to her daughter, her granddaughter and then to her ‘Lady in Waiting,’ Lady Jane Leslie. Upon her death, the tiara ended up at Castle Leslie in a curio case and Sammy wore to her 40th birthday party gala soiree. All ladies were requested to wear tiaras. While Stephanie received many compliments on her beautiful tiara, it was bought at Target and retailed as a Disney princess accessory. Sh-h-h-h. Let’s not tell! It  really was gorgeous!

Here’s a Sneak Preview of First Episode of “Travel TV WITH Stephanie Abrams!
January 27th, 2018

You’re in for a treat! Have look!

Show airs from Boston to Los Angeles and from Oregon to Miami. . . check out a previous blog for a station near you on Sundays when it’s 5pm ET across the nation and all the way to Honolulu, Maui, Lanai and Molokai, from NYC to all over America syndicated by BizTV ! Have a SNEAK PEEK!

SUNDAYS AT 5pm ET, 4pmCT, 3pm MT, 2pm PT and Noon in Hawaii!

Check local listings for a station near you or scroll down to earlier blogs with lists of stations!

For those who do not have a TV station near you, we will post a link here for  future weekly shows!

I can’t wait to take you traveling with me!

TV Stations Broadcasting “Travel TV WITH Stephanie Abrams” Starting Feb. 4th Every Sunday at 5pm ET From East Coast to Hawaii!!
January 20th, 2018

This is so exciting! Here is the list of our TV affiliate stations from Boston to Miami to Los Angeles to Hawaii! Check to see what station you can pick up when you’re home and when you are traveling!

Every Sunday at 5pm ET, 4pm CT, 3pm MT, 2pm PT and at this time of year at Noon in Hawaii! Have a look at our list of tv station affiliates and plan to tune in!

major and marvelous markets we will be reaching nationwide!” Stephanie notes.

The stations on which “Travel TV WITH Stephanie Abrams” will debut include:

Call Letters DMA State
WBCF – TV 10.3 Florence AL
WBXM – TV 41.1 Montgomery AL
WBXA – TV 24.1 Birmingham AL
SWCOTV 31.1 Cortez CO
WBXJ – TV 43.1 Jacksonville FL
WPMF – 17 Miami FL
WSPF – TV 35.4 Tampa FL
WSWF TV 10 Orlando FL
WANN – 32.1 Atlanta GA
WBPI TV 49 Augusta GA
KITM – TV 2 Honolulu HI
WBXF – TV 28.1 Des Moines IA
KBAX -TV 27 Twin Falls ID
WBXC – TV 46.2 Champaign IL
KGPT – TV 26.9 Wichita KS
KBXS – TV 14.1 Shreveport LA
WFXZ – TV 24.1 Boston MA
K16CG – TV 16.5 Godahl MN
K23FO – TV 16.5 Jackson MN
K27FI – TV 16.5 Frost MN
TV 41.1 Granite Falls MN
TV 51.5 Alexandria MN
WOBV – TV 5 Starkville MS
W24EC – 24.2 Nags Head NC
WUBX – TV 31.2 Raleigh/Durham NC
KHMP – TV 2.2 Las Vegas NV
KRMF – TV 7.3 Reno NV
WMBQ – TV 13.1 debut date TBA New York NY
WCSN – TV 32.6 Columbus OH
SLTV – TV 28 Eugene OR
WLLC – 42.1 Nashville TN
KVQT 21.1 Houston TX
KAZD 55.6 Dallas TX
WYAT 40.1 Martinsville VA
Channel Master National US

We Miss You Already in MA, Kim Noltemy! Wishing You Great Success as President & CEO of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra!
January 20th, 2018

Wishing Kim Noltemy every success and much happiness as the President & CEO of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. They are so lucky to have you! Hoping to see you at Tanglewood!

Remember the Film Grumpy Old Men and the Ice Fishing Scene? Have a Look at This!
January 20th, 2018

Ice Fishing Tournament in Western Massachusetts

I thought about Wabash Minnesota today when I saw a group  of ice fishermen on a lake in Berkshire County in Western Massachusetts. What’s the connection? The ice fishing scenes in the film, “Grumpy Old Men,” were filmed in Wabash which is located along US-6 located outside of Wabash along  the Great River Road that runs along the Mississippi River  through the state. Known as the Land of Lakes (like the butter brand), winter and ice fishing go hand-in-hand in Minnesota but they clearly don’t have the market cornered on ice fishing! Given the extremely cold (and snowy) winter of 2018-2019, the ice on this Massachusetts lake must be as thick as it was a couple of years ago when it reached 36″! During any average winter, lakes in the Western Massachusetts region freeze to 18″ think and you’ll find fisherman complete with their trucks, tents and ice fishing equipment and lots of libations and campfires they create  to keep them warm while they fish . I hope they all take all of their empty beer cans and any debris they create home with them! In the late spring, locals find out how many fisherman and other winter sport users of lakes didn’t tidy up after themselves as they find the occasion empty can float ashore. Once a Girls Scout, always a Girl Scout so I share with you something ingrained into my very being from my years in childhood and adulthood in Girl Scouting:

“Always leave a place better than the way you found it!”

Well, at least as nice as it was when you arrived if you can’t really improve on it!

CNN Just Announced that Farm Workers from Samoa Need Not Apply for Visas to Come to US
January 18th, 2018

Yet another slap in the face to the people of American Samoa! The White House, according to a CNN alert just minutes ago, has advised people from Belize, Haiti and Samoa not to apply for work permit visas to come to the US to act as farm hands during harvest seasons. Forget about the economic catastrophe this poses for, especially, small farmers who rely on  labor that they are just not going to find in their locales, and just focus on whom the President has targeted.

Note to Washington: Are you talking about “American Samoa?”

If so, this is a US territory that has been treated so shabbily since we took over this island destination immortalized. The people of American Samoa can receive US Passports but are not considered US Citizens, although they follow US law and are regulated by US government rules in every way. They are considered “US Nationals.” They serve in the US Army but they have no vote. We annexed Samoa when the US won the Spanish-American War and took over this Spanish possession. (BTW: My grandfather fought with Teddy Roosevelt’s troops in Puerto Rico in the Spanish-American War).

The underlying reasons, as I have learned them, for not granting citizenship to the people of American Samoa has to do with the elitist mentality of the ruling class in the US at the time who saw the Samoan’s as uncivilized because of the vast cultural differences of the island peoples of the Pacific and European culture that prevailed in the US. So Samoan’s have US Passports and I don’t understand why they would also need visas to come to the US for any purpose. Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and Guam, a not too distant neighbor of Samoa, are all US citizens if born in those territories but American Samoans are treated like illegitimate children in a royal family! It really is tragic!

To lump any other destination, whether its Belize or Haiti or any other non-US land mass, into the same category with Samoans who serve in our military, obey US rules and laws, are part of the US territory system, carry US Passports but as US Nationals and not as US Citizens, is just unconscionable and defies explanation other than accepting that the underlying rationale for this decision is the same as the reason not granting citizenship to those born in American Samoa (can you believe that the name “America” is actually part of the legal name of the territory!) It’s a statement meant to testify that the people of American Samoa are racially inferior to other peoples based on their cultural history which, like other Polynesian destinations such as Tahiti and Hawaii, is rich with art, music, dance,  craft skills, creativity and  its own unique history.  The Puritan influenced legislators of the time essentially saw those of  this region as savages and somehow the US government’s mentality has its own form of stunted growth and continues to see those from American Samoa as unworthy of even the same status  given to those American US Citizens born and living in Guam, Puerto Rico and the USVI!

Perhaps the next thing we’ll hear is that some US state’s citizens will not be welcome in another state without a visa! This story amounts to just that!

Every day is a new and embarrassing horror story. If I folded this scenario into my next novel, “SECRET,” critics would say it’s just too farfetched! How can you lump people who carry US passports and are “US Nationals” into the same category with the population of foreign countries? And for goodness sake, why would you want to?

Are the People of Norway In Sync with the Platform of Conservatives in the US? What Would Norwegians Have to Give Up to Live in the US?
January 17th, 2018

I’ve been to Stockholm, Sweden. I was there for two days for an international meeting of the Amadeus  Advisory Board on which I represented not only my company but also represented the United States. Amadeus is a GDS, a Global Distribution Service: in English. .  .an airline reservations system that  was developed initially for  European travel agents to make bookings by computer for their clients. The system was developed and owned by Lufthansa German Airlines, Iberia Airlines of Spain, and Air France. The largest Amadeus user in each country served by Amadeus was represented as a delegate on this advisory board. I was Executive Vice President and second in command of a $1.5 billion travel company and we had the largest installation of Amadeus computers in America. Amadeus absorbed SystemOne, a system developed by Texas Instruments and owned by Eastern Airlines and later by Continental which wound up as a partner with the Amadeus’ founding airlines and that’s how I wound up on the SystemOne-Amadeus Unison Advisory Board and then on the Amadeus board even though I didn’t have one clue how to make a computerized airline reservation! But the purpose of the board was to discuss other issues and matters of interest to travel agents globally. At the Stockholm meeting, those present were referred to as, “The Delegate from Thailand/Germany/France/Italy/US. . . etc.” It was a very impressive group of the biggest travel agencies in each country. And that is the limits, at the moment of my Scandinavian experiences. (What a wonderful city Stockholm is! You have to go there just to feel the crisp sea breeze and smell the salty  freshness of the air!).

So knowing that I’ve never been there, let’s talk about Norway!  Through my travels, people I’ve m et who are from Norway and a bit of research, I can tell you that about  100,000 of the five million people who now live in Norway come from places like Morocco, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India and other nations where the population is not Caucasian. Are they the Norwegians that are sought after by the White House?

Generally, when people move to a new country and seek to become citizens there, it is because they expect at least what was positive in their homeland PLUS the benefits offered by the new country. Let’s compare what Norwegian citizens and those from the EU and EAA who have lived and worked in Norway for at least a year, can count on from the Norwegian government:

1)      Abortion-on-Demand up to 12 weeks into the pregnancy. For the next  12 week period, abortion requires a permit which is granted for reasons of the mother’s mental or physical health or “social” reasons which may include the inability to support, maintain and care for a (another) child.

2)      A complete and comprehensive social services program which includes government paid-for public health services for ALL and a wide array of funded programs  that support  maternity AND paternity leave for  parents.

Logic would dictate that if Norwegians accepted the offer to immigrate to the US and become citizens, they would be the loudest voices supporting the Democratic Platform for social services support and growth and not be the conservative-minded backers of Republican Party issues.

One of the things one learns  especially from travel is that language people speak, the style of their houses and clothing, the color of their skin are not the tools ones needs to use to determine their ideology, their level of intelligence or their creativity quotient.  Clearly, the word “Norway,” for some, conjures up an image of bland white bread with a level of intelligence and education that would be of value to the US.  I think that an infusion of what I know to be strong-willed, feisty people with a strong social conscience and the ability to truly think logically and without the imposition of religious beliefs infused into social issue decisions such as would happen with a wave of Norwegians headed into the US would result in strong voices joining in to support the Democratic Party. Norway’s governmental programs, interest in ecology, conservation of earth’s resources, having simple things like clean air and clean water and food that is not genetically altered as well as internalized systems that focus on government services that protect and care for all of its citizens while doing its best to focus on the human investment in controlling global warming have educated Norway’s population to CARE: about each other and about the planet!  With Norway’s second largest city in the Arctic Circle, Bodo, where 47,000 Norwegians live, do you think those Republicans and Conservative who think Climate Change/Global Warming is a HOAX, ask the Norwegians who live there!

The reality is, most regrettably, that the US is dreadfully out of step with the rest of the world! Far too many have to give up far too much to bring their talent and their families to reside here!  It is ironic that our Executive Branch is unaware of what it means to be a Norwegian in terms of mind-set and features and benefits of living in their homeland. We’d have to make a much stronger case for what we could do for  Norwegians to get them to consider why they should consider such a move. Surely, just adding more white faces to our ethnic grid cannot be a supportable reason to pave the way for Scandinavian immigration and an analysis of what a wave of migration from that region would do for or TO the Republican Party would probably be a reason for withdrawing the invitation.  One has to applaud the people of Norway for caring about one another and recognizing the value of uplifting one another wherever and however possible without imposing the ideology of individuals and institutions on its population.

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