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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 travel shows and author of 30 best-selling guidebooks, Rick now brings his passion for exploring and understanding our world to public radio. Related travel information and message boards on www.rickst ...
 
Rick Steves' Europe Video — a weekly podcast based on Rick's popular TV series — gives you a colorful look at the sights, people and history behind Europe's most interesting destinations. For more information on the Rick Steves' Europe TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit www.ricksteves.com.
 
In addition to being the host of public television and radio travel programs and the author of over 50 travel books, Rick Steves is an active and charismatic lecturer. In Rick Steves Travel Talks you'll join Rick and his travel experts as they speak on topics ranging from European Travel Skills to Travel as a Political Act.
 
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Blenheim Palace is Rick's pick for the number-one stately home in Britain. As a sightseeing experience and for simple visual grandeur, Blenheim is among Europe's finest. This clip comes from "The Heart of England," a brand new episode of Rick Steves' Europe Season 10. Check your local public television station for this new episode or watch it o ...…
 
Have you heard the one about the Swede, the Norwegian, and the Dane? Find out what Scandinavians tend to think about their Nordic neighbors, and the sometimes not-so-subtle differences that help give each country its distinct identity. Then listen in for the story of the US travel guide from the mid-20th century that helped African Americans fi ...…
 
One out of every five Scots lives in greater Glasgow, and Glaswegians are friendly, unpretentious, and happy to rave about their town. The accent can be a little hard to understand, but you'll develop an ear for it. This clip comes from "Glasgow and Scottish Passions,” a brand new episode of Rick Steves’ Europe Season 10. Check your local publi ...…
 
Americans who've made a new home for themselves in Italy explain what took them to the land of "bella chaos," and how they make it work. Then Irish comedian Maeve Higgins describes her adjustment to American ways after moving to New York from a small town in County Cork. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descri ...…
 
Offering some of Scotland’s best scenery, the Isle of Skye is understandably popular. Narrow, twisty roads wind around Skye in the shadows of craggy, bald mountains, and the coastline is ruffled with peninsulas and “sea lochs,” or saltwater inlets. This clip comes from "Scotland's Islands,” a brand new episode of Rick Steves’ Europe Season 10. ...…
 
Novelist and MIT physics professor Alan Lightman describes how a little time alone with Maine's night sky illuminated his awareness of the universe, and his place in it. Then listeners share stories of inspiring travel experiences, before we welcome the new year with a toast to Champagne — both the bubbly and its French region of origin. For mo ...…
 
Check your local public television station for this new Rick Steves’ Europe episode! Glasgow, once an industrial powerhouse, offers a fun look at Scotland's vibrantly gritty urban side — full of edgy street art, trendy dining, and the striking architecture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Leaving town, we'll tap into Scottish passions as we tour h ...…
 
In Scotland, the Highlands have more than half the land and only 5 percent of the people. Still, it’s these Highlands — so vast, yet so sparsely populated — that give us the classic image of Scotland. This clip comes from "Scotland's Highlands,” a brand new episode of Rick Steves’ Europe Season 10. Check your local public television station for ...…
 
We'll look at what makes the cozy Christmas markets of Germanic Europe so treasured. Then we'll hear about special Christmastime traditions from around Europe, including Spain, Sicily, Ireland, and Scotland's Hebrides Islands. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details ...…
 
Check your local public television station for this new Rick Steves’ Europe episode! We'll begin on the tranquil Isle of Iona, where Christianity first reached the shores of Scotland. Then we'll visit another of the Inner Hebrides, road-tripping across the Isle of Skye, where we'll explore Iron Age forts, peat fields, a venerable distillery, th ...…
 
The ancient Greek city of Syracuse (in present-day Italy) is long gone. But wandering through its scant remains in the city’s archaeological park, you pick up hints of its former power. This clip comes from "Sicilian Delights,” a brand new episode of Rick Steves’ Europe Season 10. Check your local public television station for this new episode ...…
 
Check your local public television station for this new Rick Steves' Europe episode! The Highlands stoke kilted dreams of Scotland...where legends of Bonnie Prince Charlie swirl around lonely castles. We visit the "Weeping Glen" of Glencoe, bustling Inverness, and the battlefield at Culloden. Then we'll make a pilgrimage to the spiritual capita ...…
 
Food writers Jane and Michael Stern discuss wintertime comfort grub served in America's roadside restaurants, then culinary-culture expert Fred Plotkin explores the various kinds of chocolate available across Europe. And listeners share the experiences that made their Christmas vacations in Europe really special — plus a tour guide from Prague ...…
 
You feel Palermo's boisterous spirit in its markets. At the gritty Ballarò Market, you wander among a commotion of stalls — all competing for the buyer's attention. It's an entertaining scene complete with singing salesmen — each with his own unique style. This clip comes from "The Best of Sicily,” a brand new episode of Rick Steves’ Europe Sea ...…
 
Check your local public television station for this new Rick Steves’ Europe episode! Sicily serves up a full-bodied and tasty travel experience. We'll dine on fresh seafood at the fisherman's harbor in Cefalù, ponder ancient Greek greatness in Siracusa, commune with monks — alive and departed — in a Capuchin crypt, sleep in an olive orchard at ...…
 
An expert on Antoni Gaudí reveals what the Modernista architect had envisioned for Barcelona's magnificent Sagrada Família church, and shares updates on the work to complete what Gaudí started 135 years ago. And travel writer Seth Kugel makes the case for letting serendipity play a role in your trip’s itinerary. For more information on Travel w ...…
 
Of Europe's many great festivals, one of the wildest is Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest lasts for two weeks, from late September into the first few days of October. Filling a huge fairground, under a dramatic statue representing Bavaria, locals set up about 16 huge tents that can each seat several thousand beer drinkers. This clip c ...…
 
Check your local public television station for this new Rick Steves’ Europe episode! This tour of Sicilian highlights starts in Palermo, where we'll sing with the merchants in the markets, join locals in their passeggiata, drop in on a contessa, and marvel at the Romanesque cathedral of Monreale. Then we'll sip wine on the slopes of Mount Etna, ...…
 
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 corres ...…
 
Communities throughout Scotland host a Highland Games, where kilted athletes from the surrounding countryside gather to show off their speed, strength, and grace. A Highland Games is an all-day celebration of local sport and culture, like a track meet and a county fair rolled into one. This clip comes from "European Festivals I,” a brand new ep ...…
 
Check your local public television station for this new Rick Steves’ Europe episode! In this second of two episodes on Europe's greatest festivals, we'll dance with Spaniards at Sevilla's April Fair, celebrate Bastille Day in Paris, run with the bulls at Pamplona, and hoist a frothy stein at Munich's Oktoberfest. And we'll celebrate a tradition ...…
 
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Peter Balakian describes the new positive spirit he encountered during his recent travels in Armenia, whose citizens have earned good reason to feel upbeat about their future. And composer Paul Kildea explains how Frederic Chopin's sublime 24 Preludes — written on a clunky mini-piano in an abandoned monastery in the ...…
 
The island of Delos was one of the most important places in the ancient Greek world, with temples honoring the birthplace of the twin gods Apollo and Artemis. Delos was important in three different ancient eras for three different purposes: as a religious site, as the treasury of the Athenian League, and as a commercial port. This clip comes fr ...…
 
Check your local public television station for this new Rick Steves’ Europe episode! In this first of two episodes on Europe's greatest festivals, we'll cheer with the masses at Siena's crazy Palio horse race, toss a caber at a Scottish Highland Games, don a mask for Carnevale in Venice, and celebrate Easter in Greece. Dropping in on some of th ...…
 
Find out what made Bulgaria one of Europe's most interesting places to eat. Food writer David McAninch reveals what makes the culinary traditions of Gascony tastier than in the rest of France. Plus, discover what Italians expect in a good olive oil. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archiv ...…
 
The French Riviera is ideal for the well-organized independent cruiser. Towns are about 20 minutes apart by train, allowing cruisers to fit in visits to Nice, Monaco, and Villefranche all within one day in port. This clip comes from “Travel Skills: Cruising,” a brand new episode of Rick Steves’ Europe Season 10. Check your local public televisi ...…
 
Check your local public television station for this new Rick Steves’ Europe episode! We'll island-hop through the Aegean, sampling three classic Greek getaways — Santorini, Mykonos, and Rhodes — and basking in their dramatic beauty. We'll tour ancient ruins, trace the vestiges of the Crusaders, sample rustic cuisine, savor classic Greek-island ...…
 
Get insider advice for enjoying the less-visited corners of the Balkan Peninsula, from Bosnia's atmospheric mosques to Montenegro's scenic coast. And as we mark the centennial of the "Great War," hear about the most compelling places in Europe to learn about American soldiers' contributions to World War I. Plus, listen in as tour guides share t ...…
 
The historic Monastery of Santa Maria in Batalha, Portugal, was built to celebrate a pivotal battle in 1385, when Portugal beat the mightier Spaniards. This monastery and its church, the symbol of Portugal’s national pride, were built by Portugal’s King John I. This clip comes from “Portugal's Heartland,” a brand new episode of Rick Steves’ Eur ...…
 
Check your local public television station for this new Rick Steves’ Europe episode! Setting sail on the Mediterranean, we'll explore the ins and outs and pros and cons of cruising. We'll learn how to get the most out of a cruise and exercise our independence to make smart use of limited time on shore by planning well, avoiding lines, and eatin ...…
 
A New York Times travel writer recommends four great cities for solo travelers, and the best time of year to visit them. Then the author of "Achtung Baby" tells us of her family's relocation to Berlin, and what she learned about Germans' hands-off approach to child rearing. And listeners share their travel plans and experiences for trips to Tur ...…
 
In the 15th and 16th centuries, Portugal became a leader in exploration and trade. Lisbon's Maritime Museum and Monument to the Discoveries celebrate Portugal's mastery of the sea. This clip comes from “Lisbon,” a brand new episode of Rick Steves’ Europe Season 10. Check your local public television station for this new episode or watch it on h ...…
 
Check your local public television station for this new Rick Steves’ Europe episode! Portugal has an oversized history, fascinating culture, and boatloads of sardines. Saving the capital city of Lisbon for another episode, we'll dance on the beach at Nazaré, marvel at a medieval abbey in Batalha, visit a royal library and revel with university ...…
 
Author Jim Hinckley joins us to recommend Old West ghost towns that you can still visit. Then Irish singer Cathie Ryan describes how Ireland remembers its heroes through the lyrics of traditional songs. And journalist Carl Hoffman shares his deeply researched take on the mysterious disappearance of banking scion Michael Rockefeller in the jungl ...…
 
The University of Cambridge is one of England's greatest universities. There's no main campus – instead, the university's many colleges are scattered throughout the charming town center. Many colleges welcome the public to browse around. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more information about this destination and other destinations in Europe.…
 
Check your local public television station for this new Rick Steves’ Europe episode! Lisbon, built with the riches of Portugal's New World discoveries, has a rustic charm. We'll remember great navigators, eat lots of cod, enjoy pastries hot out of the oven, stroll the city's back lanes and its reinvigorated waterfront, marvel at an exquisite ch ...…
 
An Athenian theater director discusses drama's role as a building block of civil society since ancient times, and recommends some Greek destinations that are especially fascinating for the theatrically inclined. Then an English lit expert from Cambridge explains how the works of Shakespeare have been embraced in East Africa. And a radio DJ tell ...…
 
In 1601, Irish patriots, chafing under English rule, conspired with the Spanish fleet to drive the English out. In a dramatic battle around the port of Kinsale, the Irish and Spanish were routed, and Ireland would be denied its independence for three centuries. At http://www.ricksteves.com, you'll find money-saving travel tips, small-group tour ...…
 
Check your local public television station for this new Rick Steves’ Europe episode! The heartland of England has sights that put the "Great" in Britain — its venerable universities, its royal heritage, and reminders of its industrial might. At Oxford and Cambridge, we'll see where kings and prime ministers studied. At Blenheim Palace — Winston ...…
 
A transcontinental pilot discusses the marvels of jet travel, then Australian actor Marta Dusseldorp describes her favorite Down Under destinations, and shares insights she's gained from starring in a TV series about the postwar 1950s. Plus, tour guides from Berlin explain the German love of a good sausage, at any time of year…and any time of d ...…
 
French rural living celebrates simple pleasures. A great way to experience that is to rent a house in the country. At http://www.ricksteves.com, you'll find money-saving travel tips, small-group tours, guidebooks, TV shows, radio programs, podcasts, and more on this destination.
 
The author of "Living Abroad in Japan" offers tips for making yourself feel at home in Japan, no matter how long your visit. Then Rick talks to tour guides from England about scenic filming locations you can visit in Britain. For more information on Travel with Rick Steves - including episode descriptions, program archives and related details - ...…
 
The evocative coast of Cornwall, England, is dotted with 19th-century Industrial Age ruins. The iconic smokestacks today are the dramatic remnants of Cornwall's now-dead tin-mining industry, which just couldn't compete with cheap tin from abroad. At http://www.ricksteves.com, you'll find money-saving travel tips, small-group tours, guidebooks, ...…
 
Filmmaker and documentary photographer Phil Borges explains what's behind his remarkable photos of people in different traditional societies of central Asia. Then portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz lets us in on how she documents the worlds of her famous subjects, and shares stories of the road trips that've brought her closer to great Ameri ...…
 
Rick Steves' Europe guidebook co-author (and foodie) Cameron Hewitt explains how food is a window into the culture, history, and landscape of a place...and it's delicious, too. Equal parts inspirational and informative, this travel talk explains how food and culture are interrelated, and how age-old European food concepts have become newly tren ...…
 
Waterford is the main city of southeast Ireland, and claims to be the oldest city in the entire country. The Vikings landed here in 850 and established the town as base for piracy. At http://www.ricksteves.com, you'll find money-saving travel tips, small-group tours, guidebooks, TV shows, radio programs, podcasts, and more on this destination.…
 
Author and artist Elizabeth Murray tells how her life was changed by working in painter Claude Monet's gardens outside Paris. Then Irish tour guides take us to the scenic highlights of the popular Ring of Kerry peninsula. And nature writer Gary Ferguson reveals how cultivating a relationship with the natural world helps us better understand lif ...…
 
The Valley of the Fallen, near Madrid, is an immense and powerful underground monument to the victims of Spain's devastating Civil War. Picasso's famous mural "Guernica" (housed in Madrid's Centro Reina Sofia) depicts the horrific 1937 bombing in the northern Spanish town of Guernica. At http://www.ricksteves.com, you'll find money-saving trave ...…
 
Three tour guides from Berlin suggest sights to see and experiences to enjoy in Germany's vibrant, changing capital. And as Bavarians prepare to host this year's Oktoberfest, a tour guide from Munich joins us to explain why beer gardens are so important to their culture. Then two guides from Italy walk us through the typical Italian's daily vis ...…
 
Planning a European trip by rail can feel daunting. In this travel talk, Rick Steves' Europe rail expert Gretchen Strauch explains all you need to know about Europe's railways. Visit http://www.ricksteves.com for more European travel information.
 
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