Breaking Borders: Cuba Pictures

Mariana van Zeller and Michael Voltaggio travel to Cuba to talk to locals about the state of the nation, what has changed, and the future expectations and hopes. While there, they experience the culture, people and food of Cuba.

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Mount of Olives

Mount of Olives

Journalist Mariana van Zeller and chef Michael Voltaggio look out to the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, which holds religious prominence in the Jewish community. It's believed that, at the base of the mountain, where Jews are buried, God will redeem the deceased when the Messiah returns. 960 1280

  

Welcome to Palestine

Welcome to Palestine

A welcome sign greets locals, tourists and pilgrims who are visiting the West Bank from Jerusalem. 960 1280

  

Falafel for Lunch

Falafel for Lunch

Mariana takes a bite out of a falafel sandwich, a lunch staple in Israel that is served by countless street vendors and restaurants throughout the city. Related: Taste of Jerusalem 960 1280

  

Grocery Shopping in Jerusalem

Grocery Shopping in Jerusalem

Michael and local fixer Sameer visit a local vegetable stand in Jerusalem. Michael took the day to shop for ingredients to prepare for the big dinner later that evening, when Israelis and Palestinians would dine together and talk about the age-old problems that face their 2 populations. Related Video: Michael Voltaggio Reflects on Jerusalem 960 1280

  

Israel’s Peace Now

Israel’s Peace Now

Mariana receives an overview of the latest happenings in Israel from Yariv Oppenheimer of Peace Now, an organization whose main goal is to promote peace in the country. 960 1280

  

Israel's Hummus

Israel's Hummus

Michael and Mariana enjoy a popular local dish, hummus. Later that day, they trek over to the Palestinian territory to sample hummus once more and see if there is any real difference. Related Video: Jerusalem's Hummus Conflict 960 1280

  

Jaffa Gate

Jaffa Gate

Built in 1538, the Jaffa Gate is the main entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem. 960 1280

  

Jewish Cemetery

Jewish Cemetery

Michael and Mariana visit the Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives, which was established 3,000 years ago and is home to more than 70,000 tombs. 960 1280

  

Overlooking the Mount of Olives

Overlooking the Mount of Olives

Michael gets a closer look at the Mount of Olives. 960 1280

  

The Wall

The Wall

Sameer explains the conflict to Michael and Mariana as they stand outside the wall separating Israel from Palestinian territory. 960 1280

  

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Mount of Olives

Mount of Olives

Journalist Mariana van Zeller and chef Michael Voltaggio look out to the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, which holds religious prominence in the Jewish community. It's believed that, at the base of the mountain, where Jews are buried, God will redeem the deceased when the Messiah returns. 960 1280

  

Welcome to Palestine

Welcome to Palestine

A welcome sign greets locals, tourists and pilgrims who are visiting the West Bank from Jerusalem. 960 1280

  

Falafel for Lunch

Falafel for Lunch

Mariana takes a bite out of a falafel sandwich, a lunch staple in Israel that is served by countless street vendors and restaurants throughout the city. Related: Taste of Jerusalem 960 1280

  

Grocery Shopping in Jerusalem

Grocery Shopping in Jerusalem

Michael and local fixer Sameer visit a local vegetable stand in Jerusalem. Michael took the day to shop for ingredients to prepare for the big dinner later that evening, when Israelis and Palestinians would dine together and talk about the age-old problems that face their 2 populations. Related Video: Michael Voltaggio Reflects on Jerusalem 960 1280

  

Israel’s Peace Now

Israel’s Peace Now

Mariana receives an overview of the latest happenings in Israel from Yariv Oppenheimer of Peace Now, an organization whose main goal is to promote peace in the country. 960 1280

  

Israel's Hummus

Israel's Hummus

Michael and Mariana enjoy a popular local dish, hummus. Later that day, they trek over to the Palestinian territory to sample hummus once more and see if there is any real difference. Related Video: Jerusalem's Hummus Conflict 960 1280

  

Jaffa Gate

Jaffa Gate

Built in 1538, the Jaffa Gate is the main entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem. 960 1280

  

Jewish Cemetery

Jewish Cemetery

Michael and Mariana visit the Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives, which was established 3,000 years ago and is home to more than 70,000 tombs. 960 1280

  

Overlooking the Mount of Olives

Overlooking the Mount of Olives

Michael gets a closer look at the Mount of Olives. 960 1280

  

The Wall

The Wall

Sameer explains the conflict to Michael and Mariana as they stand outside the wall separating Israel from Palestinian territory. 960 1280

  

Caves of Ireland

Caves of Ireland

Beautiful cave on the coast of Northern Ireland. 960 1280

Michael Voltaggio  

Breakfast in Belfast

Breakfast in Belfast

The Ulster fry — "breakfast of champions" in Belfast! I was the only one to finish it! 960 1280

Michael Voltaggio  

Ireland's Rocky Surface

Ireland's Rocky Surface

The Giant's Causeway on the coast in Northern Ireland. Interlocking rocks and columns of an old volcanic eruption. 960 1280

Michael Voltaggio  

When in Ireland, Drink Guinness

When in Ireland, Drink Guinness

A great pint of Guinness at the Europa Hotel in Belfast, Northern Ireland. This is one of the most bombed hotels in the world. This gentleman has been here as a bartender through it all! 960 1280

Michael Voltaggio  

Traditional Meal in Sri Lanka

Traditional Meal in Sri Lanka

Curry I made in Sri Lanka. 960 1280

Michael Voltaggio  

Sri Lankan Hoppers

Sri Lankan Hoppers

So hooked on these hoppers, a traditional Sri Lankan dish we had every morning for breakfast. 960 1280

Michael Voltaggio  

Meal Preparation

Meal Preparation

Washing before enjoying a meal at a Muslim wedding in Kashmir. 960 1280

Michael Voltaggio  

Lamb Kabobs

Lamb Kabobs

I made these Kashmiri lamb kabobs. It was an inspired meal. 960 1280

Michael Voltaggio  

Fresh Produce Along the River

Fresh Produce Along the River

These are the veggies from my morning produce shopping at the river markets in Kashmir. 960 1280

Michael Voltaggio  

Kashmir Kitchen

Kashmir Kitchen

Wazwan chef's kitchen in Kashmir. Old school. 960 1280

Michael Voltaggio  

Meat Preparation

Meat Preparation

Wazwan chefs prepping the meat for the wedding meal. 960 1280

Michael Voltaggio  

Abandoned Kitchen in Cyprus

Abandoned Kitchen in Cyprus

The kitchen of the abandoned Nicosia International Airport in Cyprus. This place was built to cook some serious food. 960 1280

Michael Voltaggio  

Mediterranean Sea Cuisine

Mediterranean Sea Cuisine

Delicious meze of whitefish served to us for lunch on the Mediterranean Sea in Tripoli, Libya. 960 1280

Michael Voltaggio  

Mediterranean Lobster

Mediterranean Lobster

Local lobster from the Mediterranean Sea for lunch in Byblos, Lebanon. 960 1280

Michael Voltaggio  

Byblos Greeter

Byblos Greeter

This guy was welcoming guests in front of a restaurant in Byblos, one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. 960 1280

Michael Voltaggio  

Meat Pies in Bosnia

Meat Pies in Bosnia

Savory meat pies in Bosnia date back to the cuisines of the Ottoman Empire. 960 1280

Michael Voltaggio  

Traditional Bosnian Dish

Traditional Bosnian Dish

Janjetina is a Bosnian dish of lamb that's slowly roasted over charcoal. We pulled over on the side of the road to sample these beauties. 960 1280

Michael Voltaggio  

Bosnia's Underground

Bosnia's Underground

This underground tunnel was used by Bosnians to sneak food and supplies into Sarajevo during the war. Imagine carrying up to 100 pounds while hunched over and walking the length of a football field. 960 1280

Michael Voltaggio  

Visiting the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx of Giza

Visiting the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx of Giza

Mariana van Zeller and Michael Voltaggio visit the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx of Giza in style. 960 1280

  

History Lesson in Cairo

History Lesson in Cairo

Local fixer Ahmed Seddik speaks to Mariana and Michael about the history of the pyramids. Experts estimate that they were constructed anywhere between 2550 and 2490 BC. 960 1280

  

Great Sphinx of Giza

Great Sphinx of Giza

Beauty shot of the Great Sphinx of Giza. For centuries, archaeologists have studied the iconic structure, but no one is certain when it was built (estimates put it at more than 4,000 years ago) or for what or whom it stands. 960 1280

  

Shopping for Plates in Giza

Shopping for Plates in Giza

Michael and Mariana shop for plates that will be used for their dinner amid a backdrop of the beautiful Giza pyramids. Dinner guests will include people with opposing views on the Muslim Brotherhood, Middle East democracy and the future of Egypt. 960 1280

  

The Nile River

The Nile River

Viewed from the rooftop of the Kempinski Hotel, the Nile River curves its way through downtown Cairo. 960 1280

  

Fresh Breads of Cairo's Central

Fresh Breads of Cairo's Central

Michael, Mariana and Ahmed taste freshly baked bread in Cairo’s central bazaar, Souk El Tawfikia. Bread like this is traditionally served stuffed with honey, cheese and compressed dates. 960 1280

  

Sailing on The Nile River

Sailing on The Nile River

Sailboats come into port on the Nile River. 960 1280

  

Cairo's Spice Market

Cairo's Spice Market

A view of the bustling bazaar from inside the spice market. 960 1280

  

A Walk Through Khan El-Khalili Market

A Walk Through Khan El-Khalili Market

Mariana, Michael and Ahmed walk through Cairo's busy Khan El-Khalili market, located off Tahrir Square, to Felfela Restaurant. 960 1280

  

Egyptian Lamps

Egyptian Lamps

Beautiful handcrafted lamps for sale in Cairo's market. 960 1280

  

Lunch at Felfela Restaurant

Lunch at Felfela Restaurant

Ahmed, Mariana and Michael prepare to dig in to their lunch at Felfela Restaurant. They sample a little bit of everything, including meatballs (similar to Italian meatballs), steamed peppers, falafel and more.  960 1280

  

More Peace for Egypt

More Peace for Egypt

Political graffiti on a wall in Cairo depicts a "gas tank" filled with more peace than war. Related Video: If These Walls Could Talk 960 1280

  

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