Historic library on Martinique was part of the World Fair in Paris.  Photo:  Tonya Fitzpatrick

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

St. Augustine

Learning about the places that shaped and inspired writers and musicians can add deeper understanding to a work of literature or a song.  Because of the significance these works have in our lives, traveling to explore the life of a famous writer or see the creative communities that produced music that defined a generation can touch and enrich travelers in profound ways.

Explore the historical and cultural impact on literature and music as you travel the globe.  Literature and music go hand in hand, the beautiful verses when played with tunes bring out the most enjoyable renditions.


The late Dr. Maya Angelou

Travels with Maya Angelou, Ellis Marsalis, Sandra Izsadore and Michele Wood

In one of her last interviews, the late Dr. Maya Angelou spent time with us to share her early life, lessons learned along her adult journey and golden nuggets of wisdom. Artist Michele Wood is a Coretta Scott King award-winning illustrator who joins us to explore American history through Gospel … Read more   Read more

North America Literature & Music The Arts
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North American Int’l Auto Show & Lansing treasures

Photo:  Tonya Fitzpatrick For over a century Detroit, Michigan has hosted an auto show.  The show’s start in 1907 had a regional focus and continued that way for several decades.  Then, in the 1980s a London cabby asked a board member why Detroit’s show didn’t include international auto manufacturers.  That started … Read more   Read more

United States Events & Festivals Literature & Music
Crowd enjoying some music at French Quarter Festival. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

New Orleans’ French Quarter Festival 2012 – Hour 2

World Footprints broadcast center at the Hard Rock Cafe in New Orleans.  From left to right:  Mark Romig, Kelly Schulz, Tonya Fitzpatrick, Ian Fitzpatrick, Ed Cole.  (c) World Footprints Media In the second hour of our French Quarter Festival 2012 broadcast we will keep the good times rolling, Mark Romig, … Read more   Read more

New Orleans Volunteer Travel Events & Festivals Literature & Music
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New Orleans’ French Quarter Festival 2010 – Hour 2

World Footprints Radio continues with its special broadcast from New Orleans during French Quarter Festival 2010. Stevie McKee will talk about the 7th Ward and Faubourg Treme, an historic neighborhood recently made famous by HBO. Then we’ll be rockin’ with the “Mick Jagger of the Marsh” and Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. … Read more   Read more

New Orleans Events & Festivals Literature & Music
Ireland Ashford Castle. Photo by Tonya Fitzpatrick

Touring Ireland and introducing Irish Tenor Michael Londra

Adare Manor, Ireland. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick World Footprints will travel parts of Ireland with tour guide Will Collins who will take us on a well-rounded journey through the Emerald Isle.  Will shares some of Ireland’s culinary and sporting traditions as well as the country’s interesting festivals, including a match-makers weekend, … Read more   Read more

Ireland Literature & Music
Rio De Janeiro - New Orleans' Jackson Square. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

Traveling with singers Gloria Loring, Rene Marie and Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr.

Enjoy travel melodies with three extraordinary musicians as we hear about their personal and cultural journeys.  Also learn what Rio de Janeiro is doing to prepare for the Summer Olympics. First, singer/actress/author Gloria Loring joins World Footprints to talk about her music collaboration with son, R&B artist Robin Thicke, travel … Read more   Read more

United States Literature & Music
Team World Footprints during a LIVE broadcast during French Quarter Festival in New Orleans.

New Orleans’ French Quarter Festival 2011 – Hour 1

Photo: (c) World Footprints MediaThe FQF crowd at Jackson Square in New Orleans.  Photo:  Tonya Fitzpatrick World Footprints returns to New Orleans for our signature broadcast from Jackson Square for French Quarter Festival! During this broadcast we’ll introduce you to All-Star musicians, Trumpeter Connie Jones and Clarinet player Tim Laughlin. … Read more   Read more

New Orleans Events & Festivals Literature & Music
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James Carville and Mary Matalin on New Orleans; living along Paris’s rue des Martyrs

The best way to experience a city is through the eyes of a local.   We’ll travel to New Orleans and walk along Paris’s rue des Martyrs with the people who know them best. Democratic consultant James Carville says that New Orleans is defined by its culture and way of life … Read more   Read more

New Orleans Insights Off the Beaten Path Literature & Music
Atkins Art Museum in Kansas City.

Kansas City – More than just a Sleepy Mid-Western City

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

Kansas City, founded in 1838 (the Missouri side), is a city that has a full and rich history for being in the mellow Mid-West region of the United States.   Read more

United States Family Travel History Literature & Music
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Chatting with actress/singer Gloria Loring and Cruising the Amazon

Actress/singer Gloria Loring.Fans of the daytime drama "Days of Our Lives" (DOOL) will enjoy another one of our conversations with actress, singer and author Gloria Loring who played Liz Chandler for seven years on the soap opera.  Gloria spends some time today talking about her spiritual autobiography "Coincidence is God's … Read more   Read more

Central and South America Cruising Insights Literature & Music Sustainability
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A conversation with Maya Angelou and revisiting Detroit

In what would become one of her final interviews, World Footprints enjoyed a intimate chat with “Global Renaissance Woman” Dr. Maya Angelou.  Dr. Angelou shared some wisdom, insights and stories from her incredible life’s journey, including the transitional relationship with her mother Vivian Baxter.  Her mother shared messages of courage, hope, forgiveness … Read more   Read more

United States Insights Literature & Music
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Oscar nominee director Bob Bilheimer tackles social issues, Lithuanian musician and good Packing

World Footprints is pleased to introduce our partner, Pack for a Purpose.  Did you know that just by setting aside a small space in your suitcase—5 lbs worth of space—that you could supply crucial education materials or simple medical supplies to children around the world?  Our friend, Rebecca Rothney founded “Pack … Read more   Read more

The World Literature & Music Social Responsibility
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BOOK CLUB: The Long Ride & Children’s book club

World Footprints brings back the story of "The Long Ride" and our first children's book club review. In an effort to raise awareness about the plight of the rainforest author Lucian Spataro Jr. set off on a cross-country journey by horseback.  He shares his journey in his photo journal book "The … Read more   Read more

United States Literature & Music Social Responsibility
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Grammy-nominee Rene Marie sings Eartha Kit and Cheetah Conservation

Rene MarieWorld Footprints will walk in the footprints of two socially-conscious guests–a Grammy-nominated singer whose musical talents led her to change her life and live her passion, and we'll welcome back a good friend whose efforts are savings one of the most graceful and beautiful big cats on our planet.Rene Marie … Read more   Read more

United States Insights Literature & Music
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Sochi beyond the Paralympics

The country of Russia celebrated a very successful Olympic and Paralympic Games and we thoroughly enjoyed our time in Sochi.  For us, the Paralympic Games were transformative.  We saw many examples of courage, strength, humanity and the belief that all things are possible, especially in the face of great adversity. We met … Read more   Read more

Russia Accessible Sports Literature & Music