Monday, February 13 -- "Adventure through the Northwest Passage and Greenland Coast"
Shannon McConnell will take us on a journey through Canada’s Northwest Passage and Western Greenland. Between the 15th and 20th centuries, scores of European explorers set out in search of an ocean passage from Greenland to Alaska. For many, the wooden vessels they sailed were no match for the shifting sea ice, gale force winds, and pounding ocean swells that awaited them in the High Arctic. Come see, first hand, what an adventure of this scope awaits for you as a 21st century adventure traveler.
Shannon grew up travelling the world with her parents. By the time she was 25, she had travelled to over 35 countries on 6 continents including the USSR, most Eastern Block Countries, and Antarctica. Recently she has added East Africa, Thailand, Greenland, Morocco, and the previously off limits Baltic Countries of Finland, Sweden, and Estonia to her travel destinations.
Shannon works at JPL during the day as a Public Engagement and Education Specialist and continues her travels around the world bringing space communications programs to different audiences. She is always looking for the next great adventure on Earth or some nearby planet.
Monday, February 27 -- Don George, "Lonely Planet Travel Anthology"
Acclaimed travel writer and editor Don George presents "The Lonely Planet Travel Anthology," a new collection of 34 never-before-published tales that celebrate the life-changing riches and rigors of travel. Contributors include Ann Patchett, TC Boyle, Pico Iyer, Francine Prose, and Alexander McCall Smith. This book is guaranteed to whet your wanderlust!
Monday, March 6 -- "Florence: Skull Worship, Slavery, and the Breaking of Michelangelo's Nose"
Patty Civalleri, author of the upcoming book, Florence: A Traveler's Guide to Its Gems and Giants," will take you on a tour of her favorite historical, architectural and artistic spots in Florence. Refreshments will be served, as well!
Monday, March 20 -- "A Grief Journey: How Solo Travel Can Help Heal Grief and Loss"
Kai Lawson (aka Pasadena Travel Girl) will discuss how she used travel as a tool for healing by sharing her adventurous stories and photos from more than 17 countries she's visited.
Monday, March 27 -- Behind-the-scenes: Downton Abbey's Highclere Castle
A behind-the-scenes tour of Downton Abbey's Highclere Castle, followed by a dip into this 8th Century building's fascinating history, is illustrated with gorgeous color photos/video and combined with author Diz White's amusing anecdotes gathered during the roller-coaster adventure of writing her books Cotswolds Memoir and More Cotswolds Memoirs.
Monday, April 3 -- Remote Tribes on Siberut Island, Flores Island and Komodo Island
After 5 days of travel, adventurer Pierre Odier reached the remote village on Siberut Island where the Mentawai tribe lives, deep in the forest. Of approximately 6,000 Mentawai people still living in Indonesia, only about 2,000 still follow their traditional way of life. This authentic traditional way of life is precisely what Pierre was seeking to find, and after living among them for 10 days can now share with a global audience part of a culture that managed to flee the encroaching foreigner civilization and remain true to their old traditional way of life.
Monday, May 15 -- "San Miguel de Allende"
Alejandro Alia will bring a fully updated view of San Miguel Allende, Mexico’s famed colonial resort, ranked as one of the world’s favourite tourist destinations. He will also review San Miguel’s ascendance as an important wine producing region, home of many lovely wineries and vineyards.
Alejandro Alia is an experienced traveler/journalist, and founder of Finisterre, a new showcase focused on unique tourist destinations.
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