This week, Eye on Travel broadcasts from Barbados and the Port Ferdinand Resort. We’ll have updates on the latest travel news and also a report by Tracey Minkin, Senior Editor of Coastal Living, on the current state of the Caribbean post-hurricanes. We’ll talk about the history of Barbados, ranging from George Washington to the Concorde, from sugar to rum, with historian Dr. Karl Watson. We’ll discuss Barbados’ explosion in street food with journalist David Ellis, and there’s Sir Paul Altman on the surprising story of one of the oldest synagogues in the world. And even Alison Hinds, the queen of “Soca” music, stops by to perform. There’s all this and more as Eye on Travel broadcasts from the Port Ferdinand Resort in Barbados.
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Tracey Minkin, Senior Editor of Travel + Features Coastal Living, shares what she loves about Barbados the most: the island gives her a nostalgic feeling of old-days resorts but also has an abundance of exciting activities to do. She also explains why Barbados has been blessed meteorologically and then gives her tips on how to start conversations with the locals.
Dr. Karl Watson, Eminent Historian and Retired Professor of History and Archaeology, tells Peter the fascinating history of Barbados and its surprising impact on the U.S. In the 17th century, Barbados helped to colonize North and South Carolina. A century later, the island prevented George Washington from getting smallpox during the American Revolution. Dr. Watson also explains the enormous role that African slaves and Sephardi Jews have played in the island’s history.
Sir Paul Altman, Managing Director at Altman Real Estate and Benefactor of the Nidhe Israel Synagogue, discusses Barbados’ development over time, its connections with Britain and the role sugar and rum have had in shaping the island’s history. He also talks about the Jewish community in Barbados and explains what brought them to the island.
David Ellis, Journalist and Station Manager of Starcom Network, talks about the Barbadian mentality and hospitality. Barbadians are known for their warmth. He then comments on the recent explosion of street food in Barbados and shares his favorite places to visit on the island (And spoiler: if you like nature, you will love these places too).
Alison Hinds, Singer and “Queen of Soca” music, gives Peter a chance to actually hear Soca music by performing her song about female empowerment. She also recommends her favorite local restaurants.
Michael Hinds (no relation to Alison), Restaurateur and Chef of East Point Grill, talks about how Barbadian cuisine has been shaped by different cultures prevailing on the island including Indigenous, African, British and Dutch.
Sir Charles William, the World’s Oldest Polo Player, Guinness Book of World Records Holder and Developer, comments on how Barbados has changed throughout his lifetime. He then shares how the island used to be a punishment destination for British protestants.
Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises, shares which demands passengers tend to have regardless of their nationalities. He also reveals the new markets that MSC Cruises is looking at closer (the U.S. is among them).
By Alisa Sokolova for PeterGreenberg.com