Great Destinations Radio Show: Ann Arbor

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Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Keri Jones visits the American college town of Ann Arbor, a 60-minute drive from Detroit.

This prestigious University City is filled with vintage retailers, book shops and antique stores. Visitors can dine on an incredible selection of international food in the city’s restaurants. People also travel for miles to visit the city’s Zingerman Deli, to sample to sandwich that Barack Obama described as ‘killer’.

During his visit, Keri plays a special instrument to an audience of 120,000 people and he joins a local tour guide to go hunting for the signs of fairies which you’ll spot all over the town.

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