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Travel Tales with Fergal

Stories about travels, adventurers and expats

Travel Tales with Fergal is a weekly interview series where Irishman Fergal O'Keeffe chats to a special guest about their travels, adventures and experiences living abroad. We talk about travel, culture, people, food, po
2/15/2022

The Centre of Portugal Destination Special

Season 3, Ep. 15
I have a Center of Portugal Destination Special for final episode of Season 3 of Travel Tales with Fergal.I visited the centre of Portugal in September and what really shone through for me was the natural friendliness of the inhabitants of this stunning mountainous region between Lisbon and Porto.The landscape of the centre of Portugal continuously changes from the endless Atlantic surf beaches on the coast all the way up to the Serra da Estrela mountain range. The area contains over 40 mountain villages all with their own unique personalities, 4 natural parks and 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites. For more information check https://www.centerofportugal.com.You will hear interviews on the podcast from local people from this stunning region and Paul McLaughlan from the Irish Examiner.Useful InformationAccommodationCasas da Lapahttps://www.casasdalapa.ptRestaurantsCasa de S. Lourenço - Burel Panorama Hotelhttps://www.casadesaolourenco.ptTransportationhttps://www.madomistours.ptIf you haven’t already I'd ask you to give me a follow on whichever platform you listen to your podcasts and you will be the first to get a new episode every Tuesday. Fergal O’Keeffe is the host of Ireland’s No.1 Travel Podcast Travel Tales with Fergal which is now listened to in 90 countries. The podcast aims to share soul-liftingtravelmemoirs about daydream worthy destinations.This is the last episode of Season 3 so please keep an eye on Instagram for updates on Season 4. To find out who is on every Tuesday please follow me onWebsite www.https://www.traveltaleswithfergal.ieInstagram @traveltaleswithfergalFacebook @traveltaleswithfergalTwitter @FergalTravelYouTube @traveltaleswithfergal
1/25/2022

Damian Browne's Everest Climb

Season 3, Ep. 12
I spent 20 wonderful days on the Annapurna Circuit through trekking from village to village through mist-covered valleys, remote villages and sacred monasteries in the Nepalese Himalayas in 2000. That experience has given me a deep appreciation of Nepal, the Sherpas and the climbers who attempt the greatest mountain of them all - Everest.Since then, I have always been fascinated with stories of Everest’s often deadly history. So I was riveted last May when following the literal ups and downs of my podcast guest today as he attempted to climb Everest during the peak of the pandemic.Damian Browne hails from Galway and is a former professional rugby player who has played for Leinster, Northampton, Brive and Oyonnax. Damian’s passion for travel and adventure has led him to visit more than 50 countries on 6 continents.Damien is an adventurer in the truest sense of the word using the world’s most extreme environments to test his physical and mental capabilities. Damien has covered more ground than many of the great explorers of the early 20th century including spending 63-days rowing solo across the Atlantic. An epic trip he previously spoke to me about on my very first podcast in 2020Since he first climbed Elbrus (the highest mountain in Europe) in Russia in 2018 he has been obsessed with successfully climbing Everest. His original trip was called off in 2020 when the pandemic took hold and he only found out he could go to Nepal in April last year a few days after his Australian partner gave birth to their first child in Brisbane.Epic is a word often used when talking about adventures but this attempt on Everest was truly epic. Damian’s tale is all about that famous mountain, what it is like working with Sherpas, being at basecamp, the Khumbu Icefall and much more.If you haven’t already I'd ask you to give me a follow on whichever platform you listen to your podcasts and you will be the first to get a new episode every Tuesday.Fergal O’Keeffe is the host of Ireland’s No.1 Travel Podcast Travel Tales with Fergal which is now listened to in 90 countries. The podcast aims to share soul-liftingtravelmemoirs about daydream worthy destinations.Follow Damian and Fergus' attempt to row the Atlantic this summer https://www.facebook.com/projectempower2022/To find out who is on every Tuesday please follow me onWebsite www.https://www.traveltaleswithfergal.ieInstagram @traveltaleswithfergalFacebook @traveltaleswithfergalTwitter @FergalTravelYouTube @traveltaleswithfergal
1/18/2022

Remembering Anthony Bourdain

Season 3, Ep. 11
I have a very special episode today celebrating the life of the world renowned travel and food writer and broadcaster Anthony Bourdain with interviews with Patrick Radden Keefe from the New Yorker who wrote the definitive profile of him, Laurie Woolever who was his assistant for many years and who has just released a brilliant an oral biography on Tony and Paddy Daly who was his producer for many shows in Ireland.Anthony Bourdain, author ofKitchen Confidentialand the host-writer of the seminal food and travel seriesParts Unknown, introduced us to entire cultures, places and foods. He opened up new countries and places to us through his celebration of food and travel and inspired us to go out and explore.I rediscovered the brilliance of Anthony Bourdain during the first lockdown when I re watched his show Parts Unknown on Netflix to get my armchair travel fix when the world was closed. My favourite thing to do when travelling is to sit outside a café, sample some local cuisine and watch the world go by. Bourdain would often do just that on his shows and he could brilliantly convey the emotions attached to that experience. Bourdain brought the streets and markets alive and you could practically smell the food.If you haven’t already I'd ask you to give me a follow on whichever platform you listen to your podcasts and you will be the first to get a new episode every Tuesday.Fergal O’Keeffe is the host of Ireland’s No.1 Travel Podcast Travel Tales with Fergal which is now listened to in 90 countries. The podcast aims to share soul-liftingtravelmemoirs about daydream worthy destinations.To find out who is on every Tuesday please follow me onWebsite www.https://www.traveltaleswithfergal.ieInstagram @traveltaleswithfergalFacebook @traveltaleswithfergalTwitter @FergalTravelYouTube @traveltaleswithfergalLaurie Woolever's new book Stories on Bourdain is here https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/bourdain-9781526645159Patrick Radden Keeffe book Empire of Pain is here https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/612861/empire-of-pain-by-patrick-radden-keefe/The Samaritans https://www.samaritans.org/ireland/samaritans-ireland/