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Through My Eyes: Part 1

Through My Eyes documents the visit of an American college student as she discovers Palestine through the eyes of new Palestinian friend. Jim Quattrocki, Jim Parks and Kevin Jacobson did most of the work on this production. I helped out with second camera, logistics and initial concept.
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Through My Eyes: Part 2

Through My Eyes: Part 2

Through My Eyes documents the visit of an American college student as she disco…moreThrough My Eyes documents the visit of an American college student as she discovers Palestine through the eyes of new Palestinian friend. In part 2 Haong Ly meets Louna's relatives and friends. Jim Quattrocki, Jim Parks and Kevin Jacobson did most of the work on this production. I helped out with second camera, logistics and initial concept. www.frakesproductions.com less

Through My Eyes: Part 3

Through My Eyes: Part 3

Through My Eyes documents the visit of an American college student as she disco…moreThrough My Eyes documents the visit of an American college student as she discovers Palestine through the eyes of new Palestinian friend. Haong and Louna go shopping in downtown Ramallah. Jim Quattrocki, Jim Parks and Kevin Jacobson did most of the work on this production. I helped out with second camera, logistics and initial concept. www.frakesproductions.com less

Through My Eyes: Part 4

Through My Eyes: Part 4

Through My Eyes documents the visit of an American college student as she disco…moreThrough My Eyes documents the visit of an American college student as she discovers Palestine through the eyes of new Palestinian friend. Louna takes Haong to watch a girls basketball game. Jim Quattrocki, Jim Parks and Kevin Jacobson did most of the work on this production. I helped out with second camera, logistics and initial concept. www.frakesproductions.com less

Through My Eyes: Part 5

Through My Eyes: Part 5

Through My Eyes documents the visit of an American college student as she disco…moreThrough My Eyes documents the visit of an American college student as she discovers Palestine through the eyes of new Palestinian friend. Louna takes Haong to church, and Haong has a little accident. Jim Quattrocki, Jim Parks and Kevin Jacobson did most of the work on this production. I helped out with second camera, logistics and initial concept. www.frakesproductions.com less

Through My Eyes: Part 6

Through My Eyes: Part 6

Through My Eyes documents the visit of an American college student as she disco…moreThrough My Eyes documents the visit of an American college student as she discovers Palestine through the eyes of new Palestinian friend. Louna despite not having permission accompanies Haong go to Jerusalem. less

From the Mount of Olives to Jerusalem

From the Mount of Olives to Jerusalem

Recently, some friends and I took a walk from Augusta Victoria Hospital on the …moreRecently, some friends and I took a walk from Augusta Victoria Hospital on the Mount of Olives, down through the Kidron Valley and into the Old City of Jerusalem. These are some of the images in no particular order. The music is Ludwig Van Beethoven. www.frakesproductions.com less

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Luxury Wine Tour of Piedmont promo

Luxury Wine Tour of Piedmont promo

The area in Piedmont called Langhe Roero has given the world the gift of truffl…moreThe area in Piedmont called Langhe Roero has given the world the gift of truffles, the Nebbiolo grape, from which Barolo and Barbaresco come from and a dazzling cuisine that is both aristocratic and simple. Let iexplore guide you on this luxury wine tour among castles and vineyards. There you’ll meet the makers of these great wines and the chefs working their dazzling cuisine in some of the most charming medieval towns in Italy. Your trip starts at the Villa Tiboldi, luxuriously renovated Villa and Farmhouse surrounded by Nebbiolo and Arneis vineyards with views that go on forever. Alba has a beautiful Cathedral from the XIth Century and a rich historic center. However Alba’s heart beats to the tune of the truffle. Renato Agnello, truffle hunter of of 60 years leads a search for truffles in the woods with his dog Diana. Tartufi Morra is a truffle emporium Established in 1930. It has the ultimate selection of everything truffle. The restaurant Piazza Duomo owned by the Ceretto winemaking family is a shocking pink space with frescoes by Francesco Clemente.The avant-garde cuisine of Chef Enrico Crippa has earned the restaurant a one Michelin star. The healthy pastry shop created by chef Luca Mentersino uses no sugar, milk or flour. So go ahead and splurge. Neive is at the heart of Barbaresco. Katja and Ivan Rivetti are the third generation of Rivetti making this wine here. Tops labels are Bricco Barbaresco and Bricco de Neveis. The Stupino brothers winery is housed in a sprawling 18th century castle. In the 70’s the Stupino’s cloned an old variety of Arneis vine producing a remarkable sparkling Pinot Noir besides their well known Barbaresco. The restaurant La Ciau del Tornavento is owned by chef Maurilio Garola. The Chef has consistently received one Michelin star for his groundbreaking dishes. The fortified Castle of Grinzane was erected in the XIth Century. Today it houses a very large Enoteca representing the best of Piedmont wines and grappas. Barolo is a charming medieval town surrounded by wineries The Marchesi Falletti created the first Barolo in this village.The first bottle, "Cannubbio 1861” is on permanent display.Today the original 19-century chestnut barrels have been reconditioned to age the Barolo Cannubi or Barolo Riserva. Locanda nel Borgo Antico is set in an hamlet outside Barolo. In this elegant restaurant Chef Massimo Camia prepares the classic dishes which have earned the restaurant a Michelin star. The Ceretto brothers have created a 300 acres network of small estates producing some outstanding labels. Top wines are Bricco Rocche, Brunate and Prapo’. They have also sponsored major art projects the Sol Lewitt Chapel among the vineyards and in their winery their futuristic wine-tasting glass cube. You will stay in the Hotel Villa Beccaris an 18th century palazzo surrounded by vineyards near the historic town of Monforte DAlba. 3 sisters from the Burlotto family run the Castle which their grandfather bought from the first King of Italy. The family restored the original frescos and furniture. Here you’ll attend cooking lesson in classic Piedmontese dishes. Their winery has some of the oldest vintages going back to the 1850’s. Top wines are Verduno Basadone, Barbaresco Rabaja’ . A truly royal lunch is served in the castle courtyard. Pietro Ratti runs the business founded by his father in the 60’s. Today this state of the arts winery produces an outstanding Barolo Marcenasco. After this magical tour with iexplore.com, Langhe Roero will stay with you forever. For more information on this privately guided, dream luxury wine tour call us at 1-800 iexplore or visit iexplore.com Copyright Christina Tours, LLC less

Luxury Wine Tour of Piedmont

Luxury Wine Tour of Piedmont

The area in Piedmont called Langhe Roero has given the world the gift of truffl…moreThe area in Piedmont called Langhe Roero has given the world the gift of truffles, the Nebbiolo grape, from which Barolo and Barbaresco come from and a dazzling cuisine that is both aristocratic and simple. On this luxury wine tour among castles and vineyards you’ll meet the makers of these great wines and the chefs working their luscious cuisine in some of the most charming medieval towns in Italy. Your trip starts at the Villa Tiboldi, luxuriously renovated Villa and Farmhouse surrounded by Nebbiolo and Arneis vineyards with views that go on forever. The estate produces its own excellent Arneis Malvira. Alba has a beautiful Cathedral from the XIth Century and a rich historic center. However Alba’s heart beats to the tune of the truffle. Renato Agnello, truffle hunter of of 60 years leads a walk through the woods with his dog Diana, looking for truffles. Tartufi Morra is a truffle emporium Established in 1930 working with all the truffle hunters in the area. It has the ultimate selection of everything truffles from chocolate to oils The restaurant Piazza Duomo owned by the Ceretto winemaking family is a shocking pink space with frescoes by Francesco Clemente .The avantguarde cuisine of Chef Enrico Crippa has earned the restaurant a one Michelin star. This is a café and pastry shop created by chef Luca Mentersino uses no sugar, milk or flour. Everything is made with substitute. So go ahead and splurge. Katja and Ivan Rivetti are the third generation of Rivetti making barbaresco here. Tops wines are Bricco Barbaresco and Bricco de Neveis. Housed in a sprawling and movie-set-like 18th century castle owned by the Stupino brothers, the winery focuses on specialty wines. In the 70’s the Stupino’s cloned an old variety of Arneis vine producing a remarkable sparkling Pinot Noir. Among their wide range of wines they produce a top Barbaresco Riserva Santo Stefano. The restaurant La Ciau del Tornavento in Treiso sits on top of sprawling vineyards is owned by chef Maurilio Garola. It. The Chef has consistently received one Michelin star for his ground breaking dishes such as “ Plin de Seirass”, ravioli stuffed with ricotta and served in an actual nest made out of hay. The fortified Castle erected in the XIth Century on top of a hill once belonged to Count Camillo Benso of Cavour, one of the architects of the Unification of Italy. The castle has a very large Enoteca representing the best of Piedmont wines and grappas. Barolo is a charming medieval town surrounded by wineries. Therefore opening a corkscrew museum was a no brainer for Paolo Annoni who was once a pharmacist but abandoned his old profession to pursue his obsession. Over the years he has travelled the world and auction houses searching for the most unusual corkscrews, collecting 1,300 rare ones . Barolo was first created by the Marchesi Falletti in the middle of the 19th century around the village of Barolo. A bottle of the first Barolo, "Cannubbio 1859” is on permanent display, while vintages from 1938 on are available to collectors. The Enoteca has the most complete collection of Barolo in the world with 35.000 bottles of Barolo and the yearly addition of 400 bottles. Giant 19 century chestnut barrels have been reconditioned to age outstanding Barolo like the Barolo Cannubi or various Barolo Riserva. Locanda nel Borgo Antico is set in an hamlet outside Barolo. In this elegant restaurant Chef Camia prepares his signature traditional classic dishes which have earned him a Michelin star. In little more than thirty years, the Ceretto brothers created a 300 acres network of small independent estates producing some outstanding labels. They have sponsored major art projects like the Clemente frescos for their restaurant, the Sol Lewitt Chapel among the vineyards and for their winery in the town of Castiglione Falletto they have created their futuristic wine-tasting glass cube. Top wines are Bricco Rocche, Brunate and Prapo’. You will stay in the Hotel Villa Beccaris an 18th century palazzo surrounded by vineyards near the historic town of Monforte DAlba. 3 Burlotto sisters run the Castle which their grandfather bought from the first King of Italy. The family restored and maintains the original frescos and furniture. Here cooking lesson in classic Piedmontese dishes are conducted. The winery has some of the oldest vintages in the region dating back from 1850. Top wines are Verduno Basadone, Barbaresco Rabaja’ and the Dolcetto D’Alba Campot. A truly royal lunch is served in the castle courtyard. Pietro Ratti runs the business founded by his father in the 60’s. Today this state of the arts winery produces an outstanding Barolo Marcenasco. In the medieval town of La Morra on top of a hillside sits an old castle, now the restaurant Belvedere with spectacular views of the Barolo hills all the way to the alps. The Bovio family that owns it produces an outstanding Barolo. Copyright Christina Tours, LLC less

Hanazono Niseko has commenced a New Era

Hanazono Niseko has commenced a New Era

Start your day at Hanazono and experience some of the best resort facilities Ja…moreStart your day at Hanazono and experience some of the best resort facilities Japan has to offer. The New 308 Day Center has proven to be an outstanding success and continues to attract the crowds everyday. Hanazonos North East aspect delivers an abundance of dry powder and provides access to the massive off piste / back country areas.The Hanazono basin provides Niseko's best equipped learning area, world class terrain park / half pipe and plenty of activities at its Adventure Park for the thrill seekers. less

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Independence Day, Santiago, Chile

Independence Day, Santiago, Chile

Thursday, September 18, 2003 Feeling at home back in Santiago, I threw the cam…moreThursday, September 18, 2003 Feeling at home back in Santiago, I threw the camera and tripod into my backpack and headed for the Metro light rail system. Santiago’s Metro is world class. The stations are clean, large and well lit. The trains run on a tight schedule. Television monitors on the platform tell you when the next train is due. It was independence day, and the streets were quiet. Most shops had closed for the holiday. I returned to the Plaza de Armas to record independence day celebrations. The plaza was mostly cordoned off by police. It is a Chilean Independence Day tradition for the President, the military elite, and other high government officials to attend church at the Metropolitan Cathedral on the plaza square. The appearance of the president comes with much fanfare. Two regiments of Chilean soldiers marched and paraded around the square. One of the regiments dressed in grey ceremonial uniforms with black boots. Their shiny grey helmets eerily resembled those worn by the Wermacht soldiers of Germany in World War II. While the band played patriotic music, I perched myself on a monument and had a perfect view of the plaza. Sure enough, President Ricardo Lagos arrived in an open-air limo. Lagos stood in the back seat of the convertible wearing a grey suit with a broad, red, white and blue ribbon, waving to the crowd. As the motorcade turned the corner it passed just a few feet from my camera. www.frakesproductions.com less

Hidden Lake Forest Preserve

Hidden Lake Forest Preserve

A cold December morning at Hidden Lake Forest Preserve, DuPage, County, Illinois

Caesarea Maritima

Caesarea Maritima

The ruins of ancient Caesarea are located on the Mediterranean coast, half way …moreThe ruins of ancient Caesarea are located on the Mediterranean coast, half way between Tel Aviv and Haifa, Israel. Herod the Great built Caesarea Maritima to honor his patron, Caesar Augustus about 25–13 BC. I visited in July, 2007 while recording footage for an upcoming documentary on the life of Apostle Peter. The book of Acts records that in Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of the Italian Cohort. Peter met Cornelius and converted him to Christianity. Caesarea harbor is one of the most significant engineering feats of the ancient world, Herod’s engineers filled barges with sand, floated them into position and then sank them in a circle, thus forming the harbor. Once Roman ships had a safe place to dock, Caesarea became a major seaport. Eventually, time and the sea washed the sand footings away. www.frakesproductions.com less