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A weekly one-hour conversation with guest experts and callers about travel, cultures, people, and the things we find around the world that give life its extra sparkle. Rick Steves is America's leading authority on travel to Europe and beyond. Host and writer of over a hundred public television trave…

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    659 Lyon; Building a Beloved Community; Influential Iceland

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 4, 2021 52:00


    A pair of French tour guides tell us why Lyon is one of their favorite places in France. Then the president of the social-justice nonprofit Sojourners describes how the example set by Martin Luther King, Jr., inspires his work within religious communities in America. And a journalist from Iceland points out his country's surprising degree of influence on the world stage. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    546a Greek Godmother; Lidia's American Dream; Promised Land

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2021 52:00


    A Greece-based tour guide describes the elevated role of godparents in her adopted country, where godparents become a lifelong part of the child's family. Then TV chef Lidia Bastianich shares the story of her family's flight from Yugoslavia, and the successful family business they were able to start in America. And former NBC Middle East correspondent Martin Fletcher explains how his latest novel, set in Israel during its early years as a modern state, evokes the extraordinary drama of Israeli life in that era. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    658 Humble American Bragging; Why I Love Madrid; Deep Time Journey

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2021 52:00


    British travel writer Richard Grant discusses the sporting sense of humor he's observed (and appreciated) behind the distinctly American talent for over-the-top bragging. Then tour guides from Madrid let us in on their favorite places to take visitors in the Spanish capital. And we ponder our place in the planet's history with author Robert Macfarlane, who shares insights gained from a decade of investigating, from a perspective of geologic time, humanity's relationship with our landscape. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    657 Perillo Family Italy; Soul of South Korea; Visiting Europe Now

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2021 52:00


    Tour operator Steve Perillo describes his family's connection to a scenic town near Naples, and why he's so eager to return. Then travel writer Chaney Kwak explains why Seoul is an ideal introduction to traveling in Asia, and recommends a relaxing island counterpoint to the bustling Korean capital. And Rick and his frequent collaborator Cameron Hewitt fill us in on what they encountered on their first European trips since the pandemic began. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    656 On Travel Writing; Antarctic Madhouse; Enchantress of Florence

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2021 52:00


    Join Rick on a dip into the deeper end of travel literature as he talks with travel essayist Pico Iyer about writing from the heart, then with author Julian Sanction, who recounts the gripping story of a polar expedition stuck in Antarctic ice over 100 years ago. And Salman Rushdie takes us back 500 years to describe some of the key figures of Renaissance Italy and Moghul India. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    581a Recoleta Cemetery; Spooky Atlas Obscura; Near the Exit

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2021 52:00


    Just in time for Halloween and Day of the Dead, meet some of the famous residents of Buenos Aires' Recoleta Cemetery, then take an armchair expedition to some of the spookiest places in the Atlas Obscura catalog. And hear what an Episcopal deacon has learned about how people around the world deal with death. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    655 SF East Bay; A Week in London; Climate Crucible

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2021 52:00


    Roman Mars, host of the podcast "99 Percent Invisible," describes some of his favorite examples of clever design from his home turf in Oakland and Berkeley. Then two tour guides from London team up with Rick to recommend an ideal sightseeing week in the British capital. And poet and essayist Lisa Wells shares the insights — and optimism — she gained from interviewing a geographically and ideologically wide range of people battling climate change by improving their own communities. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    654 Best of Bulgaria; Traveling with Disabilities; Chasing the Sun

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2021 52:00


    Two tour guides from Sofia explain why Bulgaria is one of Europe's most underrated travel destinations (hint: it has a long, fascinating history — and bargain prices). Author Francine Falk-Allen shares know-how and insights for traveling with a physical disability. And author Richard Cohen describes the varied ways human cultures have long celebrated — and feared — our life-giving nearby star. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    538a Why I Love Berlin; Italian Coffee Bars

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2021 52:00


    Three tour guides from Berlin suggest sights to see and experiences to enjoy in Germany's vibrant, changing capital. And to celebrate Oktoberfest season, a tour guide from Munich explains why beer gardens are so important to Bavarian culture. Then two guides from Italy walk us through the typical Italian's daily visit to a coffee bar, and share tips on how to order your espresso like a true Italian. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    653 Ærø Island Denmark; Emilia-Romagna; Italian View of Sicily

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2021 52:00


    Find out what makes the small Danish island of Ærø a perfectly charming and cozy getaway, which region Italophile Fred Plotkin considers Italy's greatest source of culinary and cultural achievements, and why the large island of Sicily is such a favorite with visitors, whether from elsewhere in Italy or abroad. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    652 Gastro Obscura; Disney World Update; Memory Lane

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2021 52:00


    A writer with Atlas Obscura describes some of the world's most unusual foods — and extraordinary places to eat them. Then the author of Frommer's guide to Orlando shares tips for visiting Disney World, which has introduced big changes to its reservations system just in time for its 50th anniversary. And listeners share some of the travel memories that have helped keep their spirits up amid pandemic-delayed travel plans. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    651 Inner Hebrides; Soul of the Family Tree; Ancient Ireland

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2021 52:00


    Scottish tour guides share their best advice for a spirit-boosting trip to the enchanting isles of Scotland's Inner Hebrides. Then author Lori Erickson invites us to gain a deeper understanding of our own family histories as she describes what she discovered about her Norwegian ancestors — and the realization that her day-to-day life remains influenced by a certain Viking energy. And tour guides from Ireland let us in on their favorite places to connect with the culture of the ancient Celts. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    495a National Parks Dinner Party; The Great Southwest; Crazy Utah Bike Ride

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2021 52:00


    Author Terry Tempest Williams describes the various "personalities" of a dozen US national parks, and examines each one's contributions to the American character. Then historian Flannery Burke tells us how Arizona and New Mexico came to embody what we now think of as the Great Southwest. And travel writer Christopher Solomon enjoys getting dusty on a mountain-bike tour across southern Utah. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    650 Silver Linings; Basque Cities; English Villages

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2021 52:00


    Travel writer Don George shares the reflections that have helped him get through the pandemic with a positive outlook. Then tour guides from the border-straddling Basque Country of Spain and France lend insights on their home turf, plus advice for enjoying it. And a pair of British guides describe a few of their favorite historic villages in the west of England, where the traditions of its scenic countryside are alive and well. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    649 Bowen Island, BC; Arctic Wisdom; Warsaw

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2021 52:00


    Listen in as a University of British Columbia professor describes the woodsy charm of Bowen Island, just offshore from Vancouver, and a nature photographer shares what he's learned from decades of working amid the often-surprising light of the Alaskan Arctic. Then hear how Poland's capital city has shaken off its difficult 20th-century history to become a vibrant 21st-century metropolis that's well worth exploring. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    580a Villages of Tuscany; Megafauna

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2021 52:00


    American-born tour guides who've settled in Tuscany explain why it's an ideal region for experiencing the essence of Italy. And the curator of mammalogy at the American Museum of Natural History tells us what scientists are learning about the fantastic beasts that used to roam the Earth — as they investigate why they went extinct. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    648 Becoming a Digital Nomad; Window Seat; Spirit of the Grand Canyon

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 14, 2021 52:00


    Get tips on becoming a "digital nomad" from an American who relocated to the Republic of Georgia. Then consider ideas for taking a deeper look at the US as a geologist shares advice on making the most of the view from your next domestic flight, and an Arizona novelist describes how the overwhelming beauty of the Grand Canyon inspires her writing. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    647 Algarve Coast; Fijian Customs; What Pandemic Showed Me

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2021 52:00


    Find out what makes the coastline of southern Portugal's Algarve region an ideal destination for family vacations. And learn about some of Fiji's most interesting customs as a guidebook author describes how the indigenous population of this South Pacific island nation has maintained its cultural identity. Plus listeners share tales of how the pandemic has impacted their lives and travels. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    646 Daughter of Peru; Married to Bhutan; Barcelona Guide

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2021 52:00


    Journalist and author Marie Arana describes her cross-cultural experience of growing up in both Peru and the US, and another author, Linda Leaming — one of very few Americans to ever live in the Himalayan nation of Bhutan — shares her experiences of teaching in and marrying into Bhutanese culture. Plus Spanish tour guide Jorge Román joins Rick to discuss what made Barcelona a booming tourism destination before the pandemic, and offers suggestions for visiting the city's less touristy attractions. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    645 Romantic Rhine; Indian Ocean Journeys; Where I'm Going

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 24, 2021 52:00


    A pair of seasoned tour guides discuss the romantic allure of Germany's Rhine Valley, and author David Mould recounts his journeys in the Indian Ocean region while sharing what he's loved most from his time in India, Bangladesh, and Madagascar. Plus, with some restrictions on international travel winding down, listeners tell us where they're most eager to venture next. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    556a Flamenco Fan; Four Seasons in Lesotho; Faux Pas

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 17, 2021 52:00


    A flamenco enthusiast from Sweden explains her lifelong passion for the fiery dance traditions of southern Spain. Then writer Will McGrath tells us what he learned from his neighbors while living in southern Africa's small mountainous nation of Lesotho. And Rick checks in with listeners to hear how the mistakes they've made as travelers became openings to connect with local culture. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    644 Underappreciated Paris Museums; Many Lives of the Louvre; Cote D'Azur

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 10, 2021 52:00


    Get ideas for visiting some of Paris' unique, under-appreciated small museums, as well as tips for tackling its massive grande dame, the Louvre — and an author's insights into the former palace's remarkable history. And French tour guides tell us what they love best about the cities along the Mediterranean's sparkling Cote d'Azur. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    643 Pandemic Road Trip; Corona Wanderlust; American Surprises

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 3, 2021 52:00


    Esteemed travel writer Paul Theroux recounts his cross-country adventure driving from Cape Cod to southern California amid a pandemic, and Don George of National Geographic Traveler describes how he's dealt with wanderlust while staying close to home. Then Laurence Brown of YouTube series Lost in the Pond shares a few of the surprises he's found since moving to America from England. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    569a Best National Park Experiences; Northland; San Francisco Day Trips

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2021 52:00


    Writer Porter Fox tells us what he discovered when he followed the US-Canada border from Maine to Washington State. Then writer and photographer Becky Lomax shares her favorite National Park experiences. And guidebook author Kimberley Lovato recommends day trip options for enjoying beaches, redwood groves, and wineries within easy reach of San Francisco. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    642 Turkish Market; Tour Industry; Inclusivity

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 19, 2021 52:00


    After learning why a midday stop at the public market is always a good idea in Turkey, get an insider's look at how the tour industry is rebuilding itself as Rick and the head of Perillo Tours compare notes on what the road to normalcy looks like for their companies. And New York Times travel writer Tariro Mzezewa examines what "inclusivity" really means for African-American travelers. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    641 Finding Europe in America; Cruise Ship Nightmare; Iceland Backcountry

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 12, 2021 52:00


    Get ideas and tips from TV host Samantha Brown for finding little corners of Europe in the New World, then hear an author's dramatic firsthand account of a near catastrophe on a cruise ship caught powerless in a freak winter storm off the coast of Norway. And a tour guide takes us to the wild, windy, and wonder-inspiring backcountry of Iceland. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    640 Invisible City; Under the Wave at Waimea

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 5, 2021 52:00


    There's an invisible layer to the city where you live. It's meant to make your life easier, but is easy to overlook. Roman Mars of the podcast "99% Invisible" helps us examine how our urban environments are designed. And author Paul Theroux tells us how he explores getting older and the surfing culture near his home on Oahu's North Shore in his latest novel, "Under the Wave at Waimea."  For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    554a Why I Love Rome; Garden Lust; Mountain Switzerland

    Play Episode Listen Later May 29, 2021 52:00


    There's something about the city of Rome that lets you know you get to be part of its incredible history. On the next Travel with Rick Steves, we'll hear how the locals love their city, even with all its flaws. The author of "Garden Lust" tells us about his favorite contemporary botanical gardens around the world. And we get advice for hiking and touring in the Swiss Alps. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    639 Mid-American Feast; All the Way to the Tigers; Feedback

    Play Episode Listen Later May 22, 2021 52:00


    Enjoy a picnic of comfort foods from the American Midwest, as Matthew Gavin Frank describes a few of his favorites. Author Mary Morris tells us what she discovered on a challenging winter trip to central India, when she decided to travel "All the Way to the Tigers." And listeners share recommendations and feedback with Rick from what they've heard on recent episodes of the show. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    638 Sailing in Oslo; Underland; Beyond Amsterdam

    Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2021 52:00


    There's a largely unknown world to explore, right beneath your feet. Author Robert Macfarlane tells us what he finds intriguing about the "Underland." Plus, hop aboard for a sail to Oslo. And Dutch tour guides help us plan a trip to the Netherlands, where they recommend Haarlem, cycling to the sea, and other attractions beyond the usual sights in Amsterdam. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    286b Mother's Day: Sweet Home Croatia; An American Mother in Paris

    Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2021 52:00


    On our Mother's Day edition, we hear what it was like to relocate a Midwestern family to the Croatian village their great-grandparents came from. An American who married a Frenchman tells us what it’s like raising a child in Paris. We go on a sentimental family trip to San Francisco, and hear how mamma is center stage in Sicily. Plus Rick pays tribute to his late mother, who influenced him to become a traveler. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    637 Versailles; Reporting from West Africa; Orthodox Easter Traditions

    Play Episode Listen Later May 1, 2021 52:00


    New York Times correspondent Dionne Searcey tells us about her work as the paper's West Africa bureau chief, where her team's reporting on the women kidnapped by Boko Haram won them a Pulitzer. Learn how the palace of Versailles, just outside Paris, was built to impress. And still does so for visitors today. And hear about the elaborate traditions of Bulgaria and Greece, as they celebrate the Orthodox church's date for Easter this weekend. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    636 Athens Neighborhoods; Digital Nomads; Venice Lagoon

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 24, 2021 52:00


    An American "digital nomad" tells us how he's figured out how to work from home, overseas in the Republic of Georgia. Guides from Athens tell us how their city became a cleaner, more attractive metropolis for exploring ancient and modern Greece after they spiffed up for the 2004 Olympics. And we wade into the issues behind the flooding that often threatens Venice. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    635 The Habsburgs; Lost in the Pond; Arabic Friends

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 17, 2021 52:00


    Laurence Brown explores a few of the memos that must have gotten "lost in the pond" between the US and Britain. Zora O'Neill tells us how studying the Arabic language might not prepare you for talking to everyday people in today's Arab world. And hear how the most important royal family in Europe earned their titles the old fashioned way — by marrying into them. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    482a Sevilla April Fair; Walking England; City Squares

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 10, 2021 52:00


    A tour guide from Sevilla explains how the annual April Fair will animate her city again when the pandemic is finished. Guides from England share their favorite places to enjoy your own piece of the English countryside, on any of the hundreds of walking trails in Britain. And we explore how public squares can make all the difference in how a great city defines itself. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    634 Holy Land Easter; Mudlarking; Higher Tides

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 3, 2021 52:00


    See what low tide in London can reveal, from a "mudlarker" who searches the River Thames for buried objects. She finds things people threw away that can connect us with life in the Victorian era and as far back as Roman times. Plus, hear what high tides threaten to bring to coastal communities around the world, and celebrate Easter at sites mentioned in the Bible. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    633 Granada; Mount Ararat; Colombia's Rio Magdalena

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 27, 2021 52:00


    Guides from Spain highlight the historical treasures you can find in Granada today, including the impressive Islamic art of its Alhambra palace. Rick Antonson tells us how he climbed to the top of Mount Ararat in Turkey and about its significance to nearby Armenians. And anthropologist Wade Davis explains how the flow of the Rio Magdalena helps define today's nation of Colombia. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    318a Springtime in Basque Country; Irish Song

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 20, 2021 52:00


    You'll find one of the oldest cultures in Europe along the Atlantic coast of Spain and France. We'll explore Basque Country with two guides who have deep family roots in the region. We'll also visit the island of Innishmore in Ireland's Aran Islands. And we'll extend our St. Patrick's Day observance by hearing how nearly every town in Ireland comes with its own special song. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    632 Galway; A Week in Ireland; Brittany

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 13, 2021 52:00


    We'll help you start your travel plans for when the pandemic is behind us with an all-Celtic hour. Tour guides from Ireland offer insider advice for visiting Galway and the west of Ireland, and for planning a week's itinerary to the Emerald Isle. We'll also pop over to the Celtic corner of France to hear what makes Brittany a special destination to visit. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    631 The Ravenmaster; Future Travel; Tour Business in 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 6, 2021 52:00


    A Yeoman Warder at the Tower of London explains why a British legend about ravens is being put to the test. A New York Times reporter tells us how people are hoping to travel safely again. The head of Perillo Tours describes how his company dealt with the loss of business over the past year. And Rick reveals how he got the notion to become a travel writer more than 40 years ago on the moors of England. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    630 Portugal's Art and Architecture; Breakfast With Polygamists; Jack London's Yukon

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 27, 2021 52:00


    Travel writer Dave Seminara tells us how curiosity led him to meet with healers in the jungles of Nicaragua and Belize. Plus, Richard Grant tells us how a Yukon winter in Dawson City inspired Jack London to become a writer; tour guides from Lisbon point out the art that colors the streets of Portugal; and we get a close-up appreciation of Leonardo's Mona Lisa. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    534a Crete; Alaska's Tip of the Iceberg; Darwin Comes to Town

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 20, 2021 52:00


    A Dutch biologist explains how urban evolution is happening faster than we used to think all over the world. Plus, travel writer Mark Adams describes his 3,000-mile voyage along the coasts of Alaska to follow what the Harriman Expedition saw in 1899. And we'll hear how the Greek island of Crete offers a natural experience unlike any other. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    629 Loving French Cheese; More Cities of China; Carnival in Venice & Rhineland

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 13, 2021 52:00


    While this year's Mardi Gras parties were called off because of the pandemic, we'll bring you a virtual celebration of Carnival — a social safety valve for letting off steam since the Middle Ages in Venice and Cologne. We'll also explore more of China's booming megacities with the head of the Young China Group and enjoy the local artisan cheeses you can find all over France. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    628 Amtrakistan; Astronaut's View; Renaissance Florence

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 6, 2021 52:00


    Find out what taking high-definition photos of Earth through the windows of the International Space Station revealed to astronaut Chris Hadfield. Hear why writer Eric Weiner prefers spending four days on Amtrak over a cross-country flight. And get inspired to view the Renaissance treasures of Florence. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    627 Guanajuato & Querétaro; Patricia Schultz Places to See; Where I Really Want to Go

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 30, 2021 52:00


    With a global pandemic playing havoc with travel plans, we can take refuge in our fondest travel memories and look at places to go next. We'll explore what the picturesque cities of central Mexico have to offer. And the author of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die recommends some of her favorite destinations. Plus, listeners share where they hope to visit once it's safe to travel overseas again. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    626 Unraveling America; Spanish Civil War Sites; Photogenic Scotland

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 23, 2021 52:00


    A Canadian observer of America's malaise offers what he calls an "intervention" to his friends in the USA. Plus, we'll explore Spain's civil war with a pair of Spanish tour guides whose families still feel the after-effects of the Franco era decades later. And we make time to find beauty in the Gothic stained-glass marvel of Saint-Chappelle in Paris and the photogenic landscapes of Scotland. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    550a Expats in Italy; Maeve in America

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 16, 2021 52:00


    American ex-pats tell us why they chose to make a new home for themselves in Italy — and how they make it work. And Irish comedian Maeve Higgins explains what it's been like moving to New York from a small town in County Cork and getting accustomed to American ways. She also tells us about the stories of fellow immigrants that she has gotten to know. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    625 Snowdonia; Outposts; Natural Slovenia

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2021 52:00


    British travel writer Dan Richards explores the historic outposts and refuges you can visit that are scattered among some of the most dramatic scenery on earth. Plus, local guides tell us about the outdoor possibilities in their home turf, from Wales' highest views at Snowdonia National Park to the surprises you'll find in the elaborate underground caves of Slovenia.  For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    549a Searching for Stars; Stoked My Spirit; Champagne

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2020 52:00


    Has it ever happened to you? On the next Travel with Rick Steves, M-I-T professor Alan Lightman tells us how a little time alone with the night sky in Maine, illuminated his awareness of the universe, and his place in it. Also, listeners share travel experiences that really "stoked their spirit." And we get ready to welcome in the new year with a toast to Champagne, and the region in France where the bubbly comes from. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    548a German Christmas Markets; Christmas Memories Madrid, Sicily, Ireland, Hebrides

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2020 52:00


    Brighten your socially distanced holidays by looking at the extra observances our friends in Europe normally celebrate this time of year. Listen in as Rick's friends from Germany, Spain, Sicily, Ireland, and Scotland tell us how they have traditionally enjoyed the holidays where they live. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


    623 Christmas in Holland, Santa Fe, Venice; Wassailing; Holiday Travels

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2020 52:00


    Take a virtual vacation to spice up this year's stay-at-home holidays: We'll hear about the festive customs people in Holland, Venice, Santa Fe, and England have for celebrating the Christmas season, and listeners tell us where they'd like to travel again in December. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - visit www.ricksteves.com.


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