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November 8, 2016

Second in a series Twenty-four hours of planes, trains and automobiles en route to West Africa. 06 NOV — OGO By far, the highlight of my weekend in New York City was my reunion with my friend, Ogo, of Senegal. We met five years ago when he graciously included me in his group going to [….../ ➝

April 8, 2014

[portfolio_slideshow id=19531] All images by©IBIT/G. Gross. All rights reserved. The Mother Continent is quietly becoming a destination of interest for the world’s cruise lines. Travelers can find both ocean and river cruises with wide ranges in style, accommodation and price. I’ve .../ ➝

February 11, 2014

In the same year that a remake of the celebrated “Roots” TV mini-series is in the works, the International Roots Festival is set to return to the Gambia. It was three years ago this month that I took the most unforgettable trip of my life, one that took me through Senegal into the Gambia.../ ➝

November 6, 2013

All images by ©IBIT/G. Gross unless otherwise identified. All rights reserved. Plans are underway to create a new version of the “Roots” TV mini-series. It’s a good excuse to visit West Africa and see for yourself where the whole story began. Are you ready for Roots 2.0? Numer.../ ➝

October 30, 2013

A few travel tidbits to keep you pleasantly occupied on Hump Day. GOING TO GHANA You already know that February is Black History Month, and you already know that Henderson Travel Service of Maryland is offering two Black History travel packages next year to Senegal and the Gambia. in February and an.../ ➝

October 27, 2013

The good, the bad and the bizarre in the world of travel 747 — END OF AN ERA? After more than 40 years, her familiar humpback silhouette is still instantly recognized around the world and she’s still the largest airliner built in the United States. But there are signs that the famed Boei.../ ➝

October 14, 2013

Don’t just be about Black history next year. Be where it all began. February is Black History Month. How do you deal with that? You could attend a museum exhibit here, a lecture there, maybe check out a documentary or two on public television or YouTube. But if you’re feeling maybe it.../ ➝

June 16, 2013

The good, the bad and the bizarre in the world of travel BOEING v. AIRBUS: IT’S ON Up next, a heavyweight fight over a pair of new lightweight jets. When Airbus successfully debuted its new A350 wide-bodied airliner last week, it effectively threw down a multibillion-dollar challenge to Boeing.../ ➝

April 16, 2013

Plans for the biennial festival honoring those caught up in the trans-Atlantic slave trade and honoring their descendants in the African Diaspora have unraveled. Why? Who knows? It seems there will be no International Roots Festival this year in the Gambia. Held every two years to commemorate the tr.../ ➝

March 8, 2013

An Africa travel expert is offering to take you to the Gambia for eleven unforgettable days, May 1-11. Two years ago, a group of us, black American travel professionals, photographers and expats, journeyed to the Gambia for the International Roots Festival. Among them was Gaynelle Henderson-Bailey o.../ ➝