Breaking Borders: Mother of All Conflicts Pictures

Go behind the scenes of "Mother of All Conflicts" as journalist Mariana van Zeller and chef Michael Voltaggio travel to Israel and Palestine to take a closer look at how conflict has shaped the region. 

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Walking Along the Malecon

Walking Along the Malecon

Journalist Mariana van Zeller, chef Michael Voltaggio and local guide/fixer Rolando Almirante walk through Old Havana, Cuba, along the Malecon, an oceanfront walkway. 960 1280

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Cuba's Vintage Cars

Cuba's Vintage Cars

One of Cuba's many vintage cars. Mariana, Michael and Rolando ride inside on the way to Santy Restaurant. Related: Why We Love the Cubans 960 1280

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A Drink with Ernest Hemingway at Floridita

A Drink with Ernest Hemingway at Floridita

Michael "speaks" with Ernest Hemingway at the Floridita, a bar frequented by the famous American author. 960 1280

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Roasted Pig at Paraiso Farm Restaurant

Roasted Pig at Paraiso Farm Restaurant

A beautiful roasted pig is carved for serving at the Paraiso Farm Restaurant in Vinales. 960 1280

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Lunch is Served!

Lunch is Served!

Mariana and Michael can hardly hold back their excitement over the roasted pig. 960 1280

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Toast to Cuba!

Toast to Cuba!

Mariana and Michael take a moment at the Paraiso Farm to toast their arrival in Cuba. 960 1280

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Pass the Cuban!

Pass the Cuban!

Michael enjoys a Cuban cigar alongside Daniel Luis Alvarez, Mariana and a local tobacco farmer in Vinales.  960 1280

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Cuba's Famous Cigars

Cuba's Famous Cigars

Resting cigars at Chef Justo Restaurant in Old Havana. 960 1280

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Horseback to the Tobacco Farm

Horseback to the Tobacco Farm

Mariana, Michael and a local guide ride horseback to a tobacco farm in Vinales.  960 1280

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Prepared Dishes at Chef Justo Restaurant

Prepared Dishes at Chef Justo Restaurant

Prepared dishes at Chef Justo Restaurant in Old Havana. 960 1280

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Sushi at Santy Restaurant

Sushi at Santy Restaurant

Mariana and Michael continue their food tour of Cuba at Santy Restaurant, which serves gorgeous and delicious sushi. 960 1280

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Sushi at Santy Restaurant

Sushi at Santy Restaurant

More fresh fish on the table at Santy Restaurant. 960 1280

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Produce at a Local State Market

Produce at a Local State Market

Mariana and Michael grab fresh produce from a local state market. Michael will use these ingredients to prepare the final meal for his and Mariana’s guests. 960 1280

  

Chef Voltaggio at Work

Chef Voltaggio at Work

Chef Michael Voltaggio at work, cutting away at a taro root. 960 1280

  

What's for Dinner?

What's for Dinner?

Taro with chips and guacamole, one of the many dishes that Michael has prepared for the final meal. Other dishes include a pork shoulder smoked with cigar leaves, Michael’s take on a Cuban sandwich, fried snapper and paella made out of pasta with a coconut shrimp stock. 960 1280

  

The Final Dinner

The Final Dinner

Mariana and Michael toast with their guests — a chef, a tour guide from Vinales and an ex-Cuban diplomat. 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

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Meat Preparation

Meat Preparation

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

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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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