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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 [….../ ➝

October 29, 2014

Air travel to Africa isn’t expensive. It’s just being taxed and surcharged to death. I know a lot of people who would love to visit Africa, but they won’t. Not because of ebola, but because of the high cost of travel there, starting with the four-figure airfares. But that’s o.../ ➝

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 .../ ➝

April 3, 2014

Six major African airlines acquire new-generation long-range wide-bodied jets. It may be just a matter of time before they’re carrying US travelers to the Mother Continent. Together, Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A350 represent the newest generation of jumbo jets — slightl.../ ➝

February 27, 2014

Second of two parts Nature and Black heritage are perhaps the two best-known reasons for visiting Africa, but there are many more reasons to go. In the first segment of this series, we looked at Africa in terms of safety and whether a traveler could feel reasonably secure visiting the Mother Contine.../ ➝

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.../ ➝

January 10, 2014

The Grand Hotel Evropa in Prague is the setting for a picturesque bit of art nouveau architecture — and one of the most heartwarming stories that was almost never told. Travel turns history from the dull stuff of textbooks into a living, breathing thing that’s right in your face. You can.../ ➝

November 11, 2013

First of two parts The many and varied cuisines of the Mother Continent make food as good a reason as any to visit Africa. If you don’t have your passport yet, start your journey at your local African restaurant. Slowly but surely, the word is getting out about African cuisine. New York City h.../ ➝

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.../ ➝