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"It's often called one of the most beautiful cities in North, America for twenty one years Kenton was the president and CEO the Tourism Authority that promotes Vancouver British Columbia to the rest of the world. During his tenure, the city successfully bid to host the Winter Olympics. City's growing into a top shelf destination that attracts to end residents from around the World Vancouver is prized for its natural beauty and recreational opportunities. recanting joins US now on travel with Rick Steves to share some of the lessons. He learned as an international tourism promoter. Rick thanks for being here. It's nice to be here. Every time I meet a tourism director for a godforsaken depressing city I won't say which ones I think. What a shame and then what I meet a tourism director for a place like. Vancouver I think you got a good Gig well has a nice city to be the tourist and promoter for well. It's terrific to be able to invite the world to come and visit your hometown, and when it's a beautiful place like Vancouver in Canada. It's all the nicer, but it brings with it the complexities because it's you want people to come want them to enjoy things. You want them to extend their length of stay. You want them to feel the things that you feel on your. Want them to meet the locals, but you know that what they wanted to come and see is. That's the mountains and there's the ocean I could touch both of them right now in the next half hour. It's a pretty special place, but you were running the show for twenty years there and Essentially you're hired to ring money out of people who come to town for the economy not to help people have. Experiences I mean. How do you balance that? Did you ever get in trouble because you have some ideals? I was constantly in trouble because. I have to remind the hotel community that people don't leave home to go stay in hotel room. They leave to go and have an experience and too many in the tourism businesses. It's about a cash registering, and that is but one element and we pushed. We had it in our mission statement. That tourism is about the financial. Ecological? Social and cultural benefits that come took community by having visitors from around the world. Spend time with them, so it's four pronged. Only one of them relates to the dollar. If we don't travel, we don't have empathy for the rest of the world here in the United States were four percent of the planet, and they're actually people in our country. That think we're exceptional and you can't think that when you travel. You just can't think that if you travel smartly and tourism can help with. With that empathy or it can actually hurt with that empathy and I'm glad that there are people in tourism that can speak up for the the real transformational value travel, sadly when I go to a tourism convention, and I meet somebody from a developing country like say Egypt. They're all about sending people to a resort and a golf course and you know something where you jet in, and you have this utopia, and conceivably you would never even meet a real person. You'd meet only this. Fancy version right and when you do get the real people and the real food and the real occasions it's uplifting spiritually, uplifting environmentally uplifting and it. It works so I like your tact in that there are challenges around global warming and around the footprint of travelers, but there are solutions that can be brought, so there are offsets that can be used off her convention. Organizers offsets for their delegates that were coming for. For the air air flight damage. You know you talked earlier about conference actually. Lou, Damore, who had more that was him. Yeah, he heads up the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism Yeah and every time, I talk about tourism as a powerful force for peace I attributed to a more, but there is also an Indian cabinet minister. That I heard once at a conference for the Pacific Asia Travel Association when we're in. A New Delhi and he addressed the group, and he said something else that I will never forget, he said. Tourism sits on the right hand of peace. I love that. Yeah, wonderful it powers it is. We've got so much in common, and there's so much fear, and the fear really is strongest with people who don't get out and when you get out, you realize. Hey, we're all in this together.
From The City To The Megalopolis
"It's amazing to think that. In the nineteenth century about three percent of humanity lived in cities and today. That number is fifty percent, and it's growing rapidly. We live in the age of the Megalopolis. We're going to talk about that now with Dr, Salvatori satis Dr set. This is an emeritus professor of the history of classical art and archaeology at the school normality superiore in Pisa in Italy. He's an archaeologist and art historian. He's the chairman of the Louvre Museum. Scientific Council his the author of several books on art. Art History and he's known as the conscience of Italy for his role in spot, leading the neglect of it all national cultural heritage. His book is if Venice dies, and it's a look, not only at in the struggles, Venison the twenty first century, but at the increasing urbanisation of civilization general doctor says thanks for joining us. Thank you for inviting me. Can you talk about if finished is? How much of it is about Venice? And how much of it is it about the changing urban landscape across the planet? Well my intention in writing. This book was to focus on Venice. In order to make people meditate about what's going on on on a global scale about what I would call the shape the form of the city Savannah's. Sample account that example, contrasting some of the most disturbing. Of Urbanization in our current world end, it is quite dramatic. What's going on in your book? You explain there are fifteen megalopolis. That have over twenty million people is the advent of these massive cities twenty million people cities people have to live somewhere is is that a good thing or a bad thing? Why does it concern you well? I'm concerned about the quality of life. Those people because although this organization may look something that happens naturally, it is also prompted by economic forces. It is a concentration of workforce. which is not necessarily living in good conditions in order to create profit for a very low number of people, so it's the usual formula ninety nine percent, the best one percent, the megalopolis is a consequence of a complication of the world, the general commodification of the world that includes to an increasing extent human beings. This is just a very efficient thing for the elites to have a concentration of workforce where people who will be able to work cheaper and produce more by being right there at the center of production. Is that what? What you're saying, produce more and also by more become consumers, because workers are simultaneously consumer, so there is a a bishop's or two, if you so wish seal between being workers and consumers and I, think that there are two your which are combined, and normally one is made. Opera is the big over-centralisation to the other one is the verticalisation of AF- architecture. May Boca Use a? It's an example Chung Ching in China which had the six hundred thousand people in the nineteen thirty s and now thirty four million people living in it. I talked to contrast this with a different. Format Orbis or shape of the city. A form of the city in which that is some sort of harmony of balance between the body of the citizen and the body of the city where the citizen doesn't feel The one thing I'm saying is that it is good that we presser diversity in urban form and preserving diversity means among other things saving and saving the other historical see also because there is in even more. More disturbing feature of urban farming cities taking shape in in our time, and that is the fact that wide ancient cities. Historical CDs had a boundary around the city in the case of Venice Lagoon, case of other cities, the walls around the city now the boundaries around the boundaries of the city are being gradually substituted by boundaries within the city which has boundaries between the gentrified areas. For. The Hey and the have nots. You can see that in Paris very well. This can impact is. Also in Rome or in Milan dimension, Italian cities, the gated communities are increasingly frequent all around the world, but the gated communities are for those who are wealthy or relatively wealthy, while the other people are condemned to live in favelas. Zeal or in in be don't be like this aim French. I'm just thinking of Paris. I was just in Paris with a group. And I was explaining how they protect the center of Paris where everything is the months heart, scale you know six or eight story tall monster building, so you can see the domes, and you can see the spires, and you can see the Eiffel Tower and then right when you get to the periphery. Periphery this big boulevard that circles the city outside of that. It's just no-holds-barred, and it's like keeping the Cadillac Bay outside of that periphery. It's forced of skyscrapers within that you've got the elegance of the classic people friendly city that is in a sense, a gated community, because it's unaffordable for lot of people, and they end up outside a town in the rougher downtrodden neighborhoods. This is what's going on. Your description is absolutely perfect I think. But this involves a separation with inside, which is socially potentially very dangerous for the future. which is not precisely what I would call democracy.
West Coast Road Trip
"Hey, I'm Rick Steves. The certainties of the global pandemic sure can do a number on our travel plans, but we're the kind of people who trust that better times are ahead whenever that may be. Part of what we have to look forward to are. The people and places will meet in our future travels today. Let's remember why we travel in the first place and explore some of our options in the hour ahead for a great American road trip will also indulge in some of the taste treats. You can find across the south. What's the best way to take in the sunny coast of California organs, rocky beaches and Washington's rain coast, author and illustrator Chandler O'Leary argues it's by car. Chandler illustrated that beauty, spanning the road trip up the entire west coast of the USA in her guidebook, the best coast, a road trip, atmos-, her book takes, both the coastal end the internal routes from the bottom of California all the way to the Washington Canadian border, and she describes it all through detailed. Detailed and colorful imagery and words chambers here today to take us along arguably the best coast Chandler, thanks for being here. Thanks for having me Rick the best coast you're going to get a little bit of a calls from the east coast might be fighting words a little bit. I actually grew up in Massachusetts so might be in a little bit of trouble there. I am a west coast guide to so we'll call the west coast the best coast like. Like your book does what's unique about a west coast road trip? I mean what's the culture? That's just kind of rewarding and a stall. You can gratifying fund about the West Coast for me I. Think it's a mix of natural beauty and Americana. They're still a lot of great old roadside relics that are they're old neon signs, old fund fiberglass statues like Muffler men, but also it's watching the scenery change. It's watching the climate change from southern California all the. The way up to the raincoats. Yeah, and I love that about it and I like the way you set up the book because it's kind of a lighthearted guidebook for the two routes up the whole length of the west coast and the interior, but you also talk about how with the arrival of the interstate five that was sort of the end of an age and You know you can get there and twenty four hours, but why? Why would you? The more you know, slow down and smell the roses part. You got a little bit of sort of stalled motor courts and drive in restaurants thing yeah, and what's great, especially in California is a lot of that stuff is still there and its well preserved. I mean the climate helps right. Yeah, and so I don't know that it's really stepping back into time, but there's a little flavor of that. These were sort of. Weren't they kind of gimmicks just to get their themselves ler I'm sure. With the teepees or you go to the base with the big LUMBERJACK, nobody to get someone to stop and spend a few bucks right? And then we've got the advent of neon signs in the nineteen twenties. Yeah and so much of those are still around I. Mean Los Angeles was the first place that they arrived in the US from France so they were really on the vanguard of this new technology. A lot of them are still there survived. Yeah, that's great now you're also an artist and love it when a writer is also an artist and you can illustrate the book as you go. Yeah, it was that process like because he must have spent a Lotta time on the road to write this. I did yes. I carry sketchbooks everywhere that I. Go, and so these are kind of my preliminary. Preliminary drawings that I work with, but I think it goes hand in hand with this taking the slow road, because you can't work quickly with a pen and pencil as you do with a camera. Oh, that's a good point, so it just forces you to slow down and really look out the car. Sit on the driftwood and the waves crashing. Yeah, and then of course when I look back at previous trips wherever I've been when I've been drawing I really remember those trips in a way that I. don't want I'm letting the camera. Do the scene for me, so we've got that poetic dimension. Dimension to the book, and you've also got a practical dimension. You know you travel tips and packing tips and what you should know about wildlife park permits, and so on Let's just the whole triplets. They were going to do the trip and you know in another interview we'll go up the interior, but right now. I want to go up the coastal route just in general. You've got the California coast. The Oregon coast in Washington coast set it up. What should I be expecting different? What's the highlights of each of those thirds of the trip while the book goes from south to? To north and I do that. Because the highway system in America is set up that way from south north, also it kind of lets you do the fun. Southern California Sunny Bits I kind of a nice introduction to it so I think it is kind of southern California northern. California Oregon, Washington and so start out in San Diego right away, and you're in the sun. You're with the palm trees, and you get to kind of watch as you head north, you get to watch that landscape
"Hi, I'm Rick Steves one of the few things certain about this corona virus pandemic is that this crisis will pass sooner or later it'll pass, and we'll be back to normal. And when that day comes, all of us will eagerly turn our pent up. Travel Dreams into smooth and bursting with fun reality. Let's continue to share. Our travel dreams together on travel with Rick Steves. Today on travel with Rick Steves are virtual travels. Bring us a millennials. Take on enjoying yourself in the Netherlands. Also stroll the sights on a guided walk around Edinburgh. Get a taste of that passionate atmosphere and end Lucia and go searching for Venus in the hour ahead. The. Netherlands seem to specialize in festivals. Fun Ways for the millennial generation to celebrate life to learn how we travelers of all ages can get it on the fun. We're joined in our studio by tour guide sisters, Yoda and Ruby Van Angles Dwarf who both happened to be millennials, Yoda and Ruby thanks for being here. For having us. You're actually twins. Ruby and Yoda and It's one of you older. Yes, maybe one minute older them a one minute older so Yoda. How do you to differ in your temperaments? Well I'm always told that Ruby, Nice. One Which is true? I am a little bit more direct assistance. Dutch people are think I'm a little bit more. Outspoken where we very patients and lovingly, and yeah, so you complement each other we do I think. Together the Dutch are famous for being direct. Yes, we are yeah. This is so fun to think about generational differences, and so on in America and what we call a baby boomer and you got in America people in their twenties and thirties or generate millennials do the Dutch look at generations in certain ways like that? Also? Yes, exactly the same we have baby. boomers are parents are a baby, boomers, and yeah, we're millennials, so millennials people in their twenties and thirties, gen-x people in their forties, baby boomers people in their fifties and sixties, baby boomers, being the most interesting and fun, loving and entertaining. Okay so tell me about the characteristics of millennials. In the Netherlands. Well, it's probably very similar. we are we millennials. Because we got handed everything to us right. We always learned where you're growing up. Everything is possible everything you wanted to do and instead of creating people who are very secure. What they WANNA do were all very insecure, and we're very well like I'm going to do and like every ten years. We changed jobs and There's a lot of enterpreneurs so a lot of people who want to create their own little thing, but we're all sort of this known at were unhappy with everything because we can have everything we're unhappy. Little bit spoiled came easily old. Yes, and impatient. You want it now. Yes, and if you don't get it now, you'll go somewhere else. Yeah, we're own press. And we invented the burn out. Is! Still Alive and kicking. This is travel with Rick Steves. We're talking with Yoda angles store and her twin. WHO's one minute older? Ruby angles. Talking about millennials and when we think about having fun as tourists, we can learn a lot by having fun as millennials millennials love. It seems like in the Netherlands parties in vegetables. Yoda. What's what's an example of festival that a millennial looks forward to every year and Amsterdam? We Love, King's Day. That is one of our favorites. Once It's not we do not have as many festivals in Amsterdam anymore more dough, so I'm stem because such a busy city day try to take people away from Amsterdam, so if you want to experience the holidays like King, stay or Liberation Day It's better to go to one of the less bigger cities. Also. Just what what? What is it? You'd like to go to for one of these big. Go to Harlem, because the most I am from Harlem, so we always love Liberation Day that is in Harlem. It's known to have the biggest festival only ration- days that its fifth of May we got free from the Nazis and every year. We celebrate our freedom. It's just really fun with a lot of artists in music. Video of me. I remember the festival Yeah Amsterdam is getting so congested so touristy. I was there for a King's Day once and there's so many boats you could walk across the canal just from boat to boat. who was just solid votes in the canals, but people were certainly having a great time Ruby. Festival that you look forward to. What would it be every year? ooh I always look forward to the food festivals. There are many food festival also around to Amsterdam. And we have a shoeless that SURF SC fall in the neighborhood of Amsterdam where people go to, they have to take off their shoes and walk bare feet it. It's of course when festival Shula Festival. They have a lot of food everywhere. Fit of electro music seems okay. Let's me to one of these food festivals. Then okay. So, what kind of food would you be enjoying? You would be enjoying some Sushi macos, but also local foods like French fries. The real food festivals hundred stance. You can try a little bit of everything
Enjoy Your Seat; Lisbon Neighborhoods; Buenos Aires Bio
"Rick Steves with borders temporarily closing countless travel. Dreams are now on hold. But I know that we'll get through this crisis and when we do it'll be more important than ever to venture out into our world so for now. Let's enjoy these virtual adventures through the Radio. And when we're able again let's promise to keep on traveling if you like to explore historic cities with funkier festive neighborhoods. We've got to for you to choose from in the hour ahead. Tour guides from Portugal will help us navigate the street life and the tangle of cobbled lanes and lookouts and their capital as we get acquainted with the neighborhoods of Lisbon and an architecture critic finds a lot to like faded charisma of Buenos Aires. But I writer Wendy. Simmons returns to travel with Rick. Steves to help us look forward to our next long airplane flight in coach as a photographer and contributor to Huffington Post. Wendy's traveled a lot so far she's been to eighty five countries. She doesn't read the overseas flights at all in fact she joins us now with her tips on enjoying your next flight. Wendy thanks for being here. Sorry my so you write that long haul. Flights can be more fun than short ones. That's pretty good trick house. Oh I travel all the time as you said and I've come to really not lake. Short flights feel long only. They're not so I can't get anything done and instead you know. I look at long haul flights as uninterrupted me. Time just ten twelve hours of time where? I don't have any guilt that I should be doing something else and instead I can use the time to do all the things I wanna do that. I never seem to have time for one on the so that takes a little bit of intention and thinking ahead. I do the same thing when I'm planning a trip to Europe and I know my departures a week out. I've actually got a little list of things I'm going to do during the flight because I will get hours of me time. What are some of your meantime activities that make that flight actually blessing? Well it can be fun stuff and it can also be stuff that I just have to get taken care of that. I never have time to do so. For example it's a great time. I listened to a lot of music. I love music and I am always frustrated. That can't find the song I feel like listening to her playlist and that type of thing so it's a great time to clean out my tunes library and get rid of music. I don't like or create playlists. It's a great time to go through my email inbox and just finally cleared out. You don't have to be online to do that. Those things take a long time in our lives are so busy and never get render so tedious and who wants to do that on weekends. You know for me. A related thing would be Hall the piles of photos. I've got packed into my iphone. You can just go through in down. It's actually it's the perfect time to do all the stuff you don't WanNa waste time doing during the weekend or at night. Also you can just do something that you would normally invest time in other ways. Absolutely you know I'll to things like if I've always wanted to read about the history of someplace or I've been wanting to learn a few key phrases in the language of whatever country I'm going to you know that's the perfect time to catch up on movies or season of television shows all season of whatever or watch a movie that you wouldn't have exactly those are the exactly the kind of thing so it's really about mindset or a movie that your partner wouldn't WanNa see with you exactly are the ones you'd be so embarrassed ask anyone to watch with you. If you're anywhere else I love to walk up and down the aisle and just look at the way. People are spending their time and see how they're really getting into all that trash on the screen. I mean I've watched some of the most embarrassing movies ever on airplanes humiliated if anyone knew but it's the perfect time and I think you know people go onto airplanes dreading it and if you just you know if you make a few simple changes and you bring a neck pillow and you dress in layers and you take your shoes off and you have a glass of wine and you sort of look at the airplane is your you know your personal private space albeit. It's not comfortable but it's not permanent. I know people that would they would travel less in order to go first class and makes no sense that ultimately. I don't know how much more I think you'd pay five or six hundred dollars more one hundred dollars hour or something at least just sit in first class and just makes no sense to me because what you can do is you can creatively work to make your coach seat. Feel a little more elegant. And there's ways that I always say I would rather sit in coach with my noise reduction headphones than to sit business without them because the rumble of the airplane is. It's just exhausting to me and I can have my own little cone of silence and when I put my headphones on nobody talks to me and I do have that meantime I remember this interview that the CEO of Spirit Airlines did one time after a poll came out ranking them dead last in customer service and seat size and space and all these other statistics and he basically said listen. We get you from place to place really cheap. You can spend the money where you're going and I thought you know what a brilliant response and that's how I look at it. The airplane isn't part of the vacation. It's to get me to the big Russian affordably. Say money to it up and uncomfortable for thirteen hours so I have an extra thousand dollars when I get wherever it is that I'm
How Berlin Remembers; Turkish Delights; Travel to Bhutan
"Berlin has become the high tech and cultural powerhouse of today's dynamic German economy but there are still plenty of Berliners who can tell you about the difficulties. They faced back in the twentieth century as a divided city and stories of life under the Nazis during World War Two. We're joined now by German tour guides older Timur and Fabien Muga. Look at some of the most impressive monuments and memorials. You can visit to remember the lessons from Berlin past gentlemen. Thanks for joining us. Thanks for having to live in Berlin as a tourist. You just come and go to live there. You're surrounded by all of this history and all of these memorials when you walk down the streets. Does it become just background and you just see through it or are you constantly aware of this happened there? This happened there and so on holger is part of everyday life. Yes but it's not like you kind of oversee it because it is there it is right in your face. I've seen most of the memorials like many countless times. As a berliner as tour guide here but they still are some of them are really haunting especially when it comes to divided city to the wall or to the time of the National Socialist period and in the case of Germany. With your complicated history. The memorials are almost there to not go away to be in your face. I mean there's even something called stumble stones right Fabio yes. There are a memorial stones to victims of the Holocaust who had deported from particular houses. And if you have a friend or relative was deported from that house you can donate some money to this foundation and they will put stumbling stone into the pavement Princeton pavement. Like you need to trip on this to never forget the horrible thing that happened right there when you think about Germany. A lot of our fixated on World War Two in the whole fastest thing but of course there's many layers of the city that was the leading city of of the PRUSSIAN empire and so on Fabio. And when you think about memorials of the horns period and Prussia what is there in Germany to look at our Berlin. I think the most visible that everybody know will know. Is The victory column. That's in the center of the main park often. The victory column was built as a symbol of victory over the French. This is where history and Berlin connect. It was originally standing on the spot where it is today. The Nazis moved at there to make it stand in a more triumphant spot in the very center of the city. It was originally built near the rice stuck building and was not looking quite some one mental there today. Six major streets of lead straight towards the listen to that part of a big access isn't it? I mean Hoeger. The whole city is built on this axis which lined by memorials. The East and west access really is this fascinating thing. You look up. And you see Golden Angel Hair and you think. Wow that's wonderful. Then you close in you. See while this is all candidates made cannons French cannons French cannons. Like as a AS A TO Z. Boy To as spoils of war multiple. Yeah so it is weird thing. If you you would think that's nice to call between can look at it that it has a little jab at the French. It's a big Jab at Big Jab at the French or the Germans the French and of course I in the next century. We've got the whole Hitler situation and a lot of memorials relating to the nightmare of Berlin being the capital of Nazism. What are some of the memorials that you'll see when you go to Berlin that way what I found very haunting as the memorial to the burning of the books right near onto the Lyndon right near the State Opera House? And it's basically a memorial that you wouldn't really see because it's underground and you would just maybe pastas Query Newton. We have no idea what it is but quite often you see consumerist groups looking at nothing really and then you look there and it basically is a hole in the ground. It's a glass plate in the ground and he looked down and there is an empty library like five by five five meters containing empty shelves for twenty thousand books. Symbolizing was happening in the tenth of May Nineteen thirty three. When the Nazis took all the books and literature that they hated that it didn't understand they didn't like and were putting them in a big pile and burning him openly for people to see and that's now empty. Shelves are very haunting memorial to that.
Looking for Rome; The End of Ice; Earth Day
"It took a decade for Americans to take Rachel Carson seriously. In her book silent Spring She described the dangerous carcinogenic pesticides to the Environment. End To our health. It's bird the. Us government to create the Environmental Protection Agency and banning DT use in North America and much of the world got underway. Today we're experiencing a new form of silent. Spring with the spread of the novel Corona Virus as well as the accelerating effects of climate change on the planet. Maybe these are all signs that Mother Nature is upset with us up mountain climbing journalists Djamil. Cautions us that we're running out of time to get serious about our impact on the natural world? He'll tell us why in just a bit. Let's start today's travel. With Rick. Steves with fresh look at one of the world's most celebrated cities Rome. Francesca Caruso specializes in uncovering the layers of Roman history for visitors. She's with us to point out. What's behind the sites? We see so. We can view Roma's our city to treasure as well. Francesca Buongiorno. Kayak Francesca every day. You take groups around Rome like an evangelist of art appreciation. I've been following you for twenty years this way and it just your fresh now as you were when I first met you as far as your teaching mission. What is your mission as a teacher of travelers in Rome mission to make Rome accessible because I understand that it can be overwhelming. And what do you do with two thousand years of history? What do you do if two thousand years of art? So it's really giving some ideas on how to navigate it how to make sense of. What does it mean? What does it mean to us today? Wonderful classroom well. It's not a bad office to have. Now what are the big challenges? I mean it's it's hot. It's crowded people don't know their history What are the challenges of this? I mean it's becoming more and more crowded yes. The summer's getting very hot. But I think we have to stand that these things don't explain themselves that it's not true that if you stare at a painting or you look at broken columnists going to tell you what it means so we need a little bit of help. We need a few ideas. How do I look at things with the ancient ruins? Look like when they were intact for example so was a few ideas. We can do that. So when you're doing your work. Are there moments when you feel like yes? I've I've really connected and this person has been opened up to the wonder of what I've loved for years. It's a moment the SA- crossing the threshold at some moment. When you see that look in their eyes that they're right there and sometimes I invite them to remember to think of themselves at home packing their suitcases before coming to Rome and ask him think of where you are now the real thing and the real place think about this and as he that they look around themselves they do these moments. I mean now. Travelers can enter the coliseum through. What do you call it? The gladiator entrance on the stern entrance. And you're on the arena on the floor and you can hear the crowds and you can see the wild animals and BSE. Imagine nation is absolutely ignited finding moments though as a teacher. I mean anybody could just walk through some Gaetan look at the Coliseum on the inside it must be nice for you to able to have an entry that makes sense for the story that you're trying to tell. The story is the part I. I don't think you know after twenty years of talking about these things. I think that it's not so much the stones in themselves as was the stones have to say I mean the idea that the stones carry cultures carry stories that but we can think about and we can understand the past but we can also understand ourselves and having a conversation with those stories for you in other words the art can actually be more than just enjoying something fascinating or beautiful it can have meaning can have important the cost the coliseum. I mean the colosseum is bricks. Stones was the colosseum as a place of violence as a place of politics. It's a place where there is ethical moral issue that comes up with his. It mean that these people went to watch death all day long so it becomes a an occasion to reflect on the use of violence and propaganda. That so interesting because a lot of people go. Oh those Romans I mean arena. That's the word is sand right to soak up the blood. Absolute that's why it's called an arena because Covered with sand. So all the bloodshed on the opening celebration of the Coliseum. How many animals were slaughtered? Has Nine thousand or something like that? I always recommend working with perception to also think okay violence. But what if they'd been ancient Roman sitting in the audience and I saw my first lion never having seen a photograph line on knowing what a line looks like a lion pounces out of the floor for the first time. Two thousand years ago without zoos and circuses documentaries would that meant so we can put ourselves in the shoes of people of the past. It creates a different understanding history and culture. We don't need to be quite so judgmental and we also have to remember. What are the top selling movies for us? You know. They're the shoot? 'em Up the Schwarzenegger movies on this kind of stuff. The the wrestling the car racing everybody waiting for a crash. I mean there's a lot of consistency between twenty first century and two thousand years ago might challenge as a tour guide. And I would imagine you're too is helping people see things in that context. I mean today we go to Roman. It's a modern city sitting on the ruins of a city that used to have a million people. There were a million people in Rome two thousand years ago. How do we envision that? How do we appreciate pass key? But the imagination needs to be informed so if I say that Roma's the first city in the West that reach the population of a million that an antiquity was the most populated city on the planet. And there will never be a million people in a European city again after Roman to London in the eighteen hundreds there you can start thinking that and then you start saying well. What did it mean to provide clean water food housing to over a million people two thousand years ago with did it look like and then you're there all of a sudden you're there and you're thinking like them and you don't bring your baggage of perceptions of moral codes and ethics but you're thinking like a Roman and then that's the transformative aspect of travel that you can be in the shoes of another person of another time might challenge and I just love? This is to not look at it from yeah. I've been there done that. I've seen it on TV. I saw that movie. You know from the twenty. Oh we've got taller buildings or whatever put yourself in the context and then you go. Wow they had a sewer system for a million people. They brought in water for a million people. They cooked bread for a million people there. Rick it happens if you're on the other side of the world and you didn't know book it's one thing if you're in place and you can imagine you can think you can reflect. You can feel are things that can happen if you're that to not happen. Otherwise is doors open as he's Windows. That opens a comprehension. Remember we talked about once fell to The Catholic pilgrim to walk into Saint Peter's for the first time for one hundred years ago. It's that idea of putting ourselves in the eyes in the shoes of travelers on the past
Europe Day Hikes
"Cassandra. Researches writes guidebook explore Europe on foot? She Recommends Cultural Adventures on Long N. short-distance trails across Europe. That also get you beyond the crowds at many prime destinations. He cassandra. Thanks so much for having me. I know from my own experience because I'm running around Europe and a car lot. You stop at a turnout and you enjoy the view but it just walk even a couple of hundred yards. It's a whole different world. You forget about the road. And you're immersed in the wonders of Europe. Of course you can stop your car and seat. Let's say the west coast of Ireland. The cliffs of more most dramatic cliff. Stop anywhere that I can imagine and people a few hundred yards in either direction. But you've got a ten mile walk you've talked about here on the clips of more this walk on. The cliffs of more is a really great way to get away from those crowds to see a little more of the stunning coastline. And this is the far west of Ireland which far west of Europe where the people gays out of this our next perish over his Boston right. I mean the land quite stunningly just drops off into the ocean in fact before they put a barrier there. I would inch out on my belly and I would literally look over that black rock plummets. A couple of hundred yards right down into the sea. And you're sitting there like a Human Suction Cup worrying about a Freak Gust of wind blowing. But you gotta be there. You're you're looking at the backs of the birds as they fly below you in. You're you're looking at the SURF. Crashing below you and that ledge goes for miles and miles and now there are trails there that are safe and designed for people to enjoy that scene. Yes and actually. It's a really great way to beat the traffic. The car traffic. That's at the cliffs of more also. Because those parking lots really fill up. You can actually start with your walk in the town. Just north of cliffs more and then walk to cliffs of more through that area and farther south one town south. You get to see some really amazing ruins that most people don't ever notice and then you can even take hiking shuttle back to your first towns so there'd be a bus that would take you back. Yes in book you talk about. Some hikes are there in back and other ones are loops and also in your book. You talk about. It's important to be able to abbreviate your trip. If you choose well you know. Sometimes you fall in love with a hike. That's a little too long. Maybe you just don't WanNa do you know ten miles in a day. Maybe you'd like to do only five miles whether that's because you just don't have an interest in walking that long or because you wanNA shorten for other travel plans in Europe. It's really easy to shorten hikes because there are things like cable. Cars Post buses shuttles all sorts of ways buses. Exactly these tour buses. I know that along clips have more so you could go from that first town to the actual famous clips where all the tourists are and then intend to have gone to the next town but decided when you get there you know that's enough. Let's have lunch here and we'll take the bus backtra starting and also I think a lot of people don't realize how easy it to get to the trail heads right and that's because you know if you walk a lot in the United States you realize trail heads are in wilderness and you need a car to get there and that's pretty tough when you're traveling but in Europe trail heads are actually in small towns and those small towns are serviced by amazing public transportation. Trains funicular buses. That makes it incredibly easy. If you're not traveling by car even to get to hike even a day hike by train do it and then make your way back to your original point because here in Seattle. If I'm going to take a hike up in the cascades I needed drive there to that but all of the hikes that you're talking about are accessible from a town which has a train station or nearly all of them.
"rick steves" Discussed on The Daily
"We are recording. Okay Iraq Sam. Nice to see. Rick Steves one of my favorite people on the planet. Sam Nice to hear from you again and we had a good conversation a while ago. Now it's all different world yes I profiled you. My profile view came out in the New York Times magazine last year and part of the reason I wanted to call and talk to you was you and I are supposed to be hanging out. That's right it was one of the last things I deleted from waking up. I'm Sam Anderson and I'm a staff writer for the New York Times magazine and last year. I wrote a profile of Travel Guru. Rick Steves Hi. I'm Rick Steves. For many travelers quintessence have. Spain is found here and Lucia. Rick Steves for anyone. Who doesn't know he's really an evangelist of travel today like Turkey. In general. Gazillion is Muslim. The power of Rick Steves is that this is not just a business for him. It's a whole life. Philosophy set me means the ball tough life tastes like that when it goes from the herring. Okay well this is the learners dose here. But I'll give it a go. He wants to empower average everyday Americans. Who MIGHT NOT OTHERWISE? Leave the country to get out of their comfort zone and go explore the world they give an insight into a people who in a thousand years have evolved from fearsome some marauding vikings tap people like me and. I've been thinking about them a lot since. We'VE ALL BEEN HUNKERED DOWN. Because here's a guy who's in constant motion he just thrives on moving from one place to the next he's always travelling and suddenly the entire world is shut down. It's like a switch was flipped and his whole life mission is just cancelled. All these dreams that have been dashed are actually put on hold and so I was wondering what does Rick Steves Time. And maybe an even bigger question. If Rick Steves can't travel then who is Rick Steves? It was nothing on. My calendar is just a blank slate for my future. Wow so what? Have you been doing day by day instead of hanging around with me? Well the big part of my life is a part. That was always squeezed away by workaholic. And that's just enjoying being alive in this privileged little world. I've got a nice place in Edmonds. Half are north of Seattle. I've got a view of the mountains. it seems like the the volume of the birds have been cranked up. When I step out of the morning there's less traffic and more more bird sound and I've been thinking about dusting off old. Passions got out my trumpet and the Valves Heddon wiggled for literally decades and I could still play the trumpet. Which is fun. I didn't even know you played the trumpet. I thought I knew everything like to keep a few things to pull out later. One other elements of life. Have you been finding yourself enjoying? I mean it sounds ridiculous but I have never cooked in my whole have never cut into an onion in my entire life. What I had never really made pasta until now and my gosh. I've had a bad attitude about it. I've always been at parties and people put on a on a on. A what do you call it a bib. Or what was that you aprons Nathan Apron? They put it on an apron and everybody having a good time convivial. Lisin you know mushrooms in the kitchen and and just was awkward and I would just go to the living room and I'd sit there alone with my gypsum dip and now realizing what I've missed. Wow it's like somebody just told me there's a whole new world out there you can do something more than go out to eat. Bring home leftovers and make picnics. So I mean that's that's just a delight so you really expanding your horizons. Yeah well you know. I'm learning to travel without without an airplane tickets. Wow you know so a huge change. It's a great thing but I have to be mine. Mindful that I'm really privileged and when people think about this they think about it mindful of the fact that it hits a lot of people who don't have the ability to weather as well as we do pretty brutally But one way or another. We'll get through this. I guess. What am I big hopes? Sam Is that Sofa. Distancing doesn't become the norm. I just love the way the French kiss each other on the cheek I love a a nice high five when I get to the top of a little peek in Switzerland. And you WANNA sit next to a stranger and share your French fries in an English pub I think one of the great pleasures that you provide people all the time is the fun of traveling vicariously and I. I remember people telling me That you often get letters from prisoners saying that even in prison people watch your show and feel like they're out in the world and so I wonder if that aspect of your of your teaching Is even more powerful now. If anything from people about that I actually have because one of my themes lately is this virus can stop our travel plans but it cannot stop our travel dreams. We're not in business to make money right now. We're our mission is to keep people's travel dreams alive and to give people something positive we just a couple days ago designed Big Steve's your Bingo where the cards have all of the goofy cliches that show up in almost every one of my shows and we've got we've made that available and people can drinking game if you want but it says okay. Hold on wait. What are the? What are the key triggers in the Rick Steves Travelled Drinking well it's a BINGO board. They've got all of your If I use alliteration both stirs saw and stokes the appetite nor if I have a thinly-veiled guidebook plug I've been recommending that Kaskel farm and my Britain guidebook now for over twenty years Dorky. Joker if I use the word for convivial you'll enjoy CONVIVIAL CAMARADERIE. That convivial had loonier charming convivial. If I enjoy a drink locally homeboy here comes another wine if old baby. Oh baby if I have. Innuendo towering high above is a skyscraper built in the nineteen seventies in erection. Like this was a big deal in communist times. I can't say anything explicit but I can have plenty of Innuendo. The lady strokes the UNICORNS Horn in the Lyon looks out at us to be sure we get the double overtime. That's kind of what I do almost almost every show. So you can certainly get Bingo if you watch the show and keep on travelling child. I'm developing this. This notion that you can. You can play a little game of bringing Europe into your home. Oh okay which might be kind of. Maybe it's not to tell me about that. What's well people who are addicted to European travel? This is kind of frustrating time for them. So I've been thinking about a few ways that you can bring a little bit of Europe into your home and I don't know how workable it is for everybody but you can wash your socks and sing. You can actually Serve Coffee to your quarantine mates in tiny cups and charged for refills. When you get real desperate you can eat a slug with lots of garlic and color. Desk are go And I actually made a little table with the dish for coins. Upside of my The toilet in my house and you can charge family members for a few sheets of toilet paper over desert for Europe. Always an entrepreneur. Even in your own home so I make Europe my beat. That's I do For Me Europe is the wading pool for world exploration. Even my favorite country might be India so know that your favourite countries India. Yeah I love India. When did you first go to India? I've been to India. My best trip was in seventy eight after I graduated college These are from the days of. That's great that's great photos of you with the long hair and the beard and always the classic traveller in the first time ever smoked. Marijuana was in Afghanistan. I knew that. Yeah Yeah and I think the one of the happiest days of my life was hanging out in Katmandu with a bunch of people who did not depend on to get high you the the straight laced repressed. Protestant kid right you know. They were selling marijuana. The market as a medicinal herb and it just seemed quite natural there so okay I'll be like do as the locals do temporary local. There's place in Katmandu called. Pien Chai and the famous all the travelers for their fresh out of the Oven Apple Pie in the Himalayas. Be surrounded by all this new wonder and people that clasp their hands together and say Nama Stay. I salute your virtues. Feels like a Tabet in dreaming and I just thought life is so good and that was I mean I hate to say one of the happiest days of my life and must have been smoking pot in the same breath but you know it was a beautiful thing and you. You became a real powerhouse in that battle for Leo's Ation in Washington your home state and then travelled around to other states on these of barnstorming tours to get it legalized. And that's my big. I see that as a contribution to our democracy in our society not that it's pro marijuana. It's pro civil liberties you know I'm a traveler and for me high is a place in sometimes. Sometimes I want to go there One of my favorite things that I learned about you when I was at your house was the existence of this journal. That you've been keeping for most of your life now and you write in only when you're high that not many people know about that until you wrote about that in our magazine and Yeah. That's a treasure in someday. I'M GONNA continue adding to it but it is. It's forty what is it. It's probably forty years of Brilliant that came to me absolutely. Actually this is what I do. When I'm traveling anyways is I always have a little more skinny book? A little note pen in my pocket. And you grab whatever flutters by. It's like butterflies grab it. It's gone.
Notre Dame Fire; Pilgrim Trails
"Let's start today's show remembering the impact of the fire. That damaged Notre Dame cathedral in Paris one year ago with thirteen million visitors a year. The medieval masterpiece had attracting more visitors than Saint Peter's Basilica Elaine Sciolino correspondent in Paris since two thousand and two and she describes how the river that surrounds Notre Dom came to the rescue in her book. The Sam the river that made Paris Elaine. Thanks for joining us. Where were you and I know how much you love Paris? What was it like when you heard about the fire at the Notre Dame on April fifteen twenty nineteen? I live in Paris Rick and I happened to have been in New York at the time and I was in an office building and suddenly looked at a TV screen and there was CNN with the Notre. Dom Inflames I mean my city by cathedral and I was so my first questions were did anyone die and was it terrorism and once it was just established that it was a terrible accident and no one died. I was relieved because I was confident. Even at that very moment that it would be rebuilt. Maybe different but it would survive. It had to yeah now you were probably celebrating the fact that you've got this wonderful book. The send the river that made Paris just coming out in actuality in a Lotta ways. It was the send that enabled the firefighters to save the Cathedral. Well I got a phone call from my husband who was watching all of this on French TV in Paris and he said Lane. You're not gonNA believe this but I'm watching television and there is a boat that seems to be pumping water up to the firefighters on the land into the Cathedral. And I knew at that moment I had to write another chapter about the Senate and its role in helping to put out the fire at Notre Dumb. Thank God they had access to all that water when you think of the structure of a Gothic Cathedral. A lot of people don't realize it but there's huge oak beams there's a whole structure between the ceiling and the roof and it's the network of Oak Beams. The roof would be a lead covered roof. Eight hundred years old. I've seen in museums gargoyles with molten lead spewing out their mouth you know cooling and freezing their when you've had a fire like this. I mean it's just a nightmare when I've got the cathedral bursts into flames. I agree one hundred percent with you. It was an absolute nightmare and it affected people in very strange ways being people who had no real religious connection with Notre Dom we're weeping in the streets and people around the world were mourning the fact that this edifice that too many represents the heart and soul of Paris was on the verge of destruction. No I understand that the nineteenth century spire which in your chapter you you say has five hundred tons of Oak. Two hundred and fifty tons of lead fell three hundred feet crashing to the ground. It's amazing that the entire church didn't collapse A lot of people don't realize that stone gets compromised in heat and giant stone. Buildings can fall down because of a fire with the firefighters who belonged to the French military. They're not part of the city of Paris Force went into action as if it was a military operation and the commander of the firefighters sent some of his team into the burning north tower risking their lives to try to cool down that tower. Which we still don't know one year later. Is it completely intact or does it need to be supported in some way? Now that must have been quite a dramatic decision because you can stand back and make sure nobody is endangers way and then the tower would have collapsed or you can send your firefighters in risking a situation like on nine eleven when the trade towers collapsed and all the firefighters inside would perish again. Thank goodness five. Hundred firefighters participated. They took the bold move they rushed in. They called the church and they say the north tower will general galet. Who is the commander of the firefighters spent time in Afghanistan and he had studied also the nine eleven tragedy in the United States? But he had to go to the president of France to get permission to send his firefighters in. Anybody told the president is if we don't do this. We're half an hour away from Notre Dom collapsing. That is amazing. You know we can more in the church. We can love the church but as hard get into the heart in the mind of Parisians. What does it mean to Paris? I mean it just seems like of course. You've got the zero point in front right. Everything is majored in France from the Notre Dame. Its place where they're kings have been coronated through the centuries in so many ways it's the cultural heart of the city even back before the advent of Christianity there was a temple. Can You Peter Right there? Can you talk a little bit about the Notre Dame as that heart and soul of the Great City of Paris? Notre Dame is on the field unless he tae which was where Paris was created. It's the very origin of Paris. Need sits there as not only a beautiful historical monument to museum but it sits there as the absolute essence of Paris So for French Catholics. It's a place of worship but for the rest of the French nation. It's really the origin of their capital city.
Gili Islands; All-Season Australia; Unforgettable Travels
"Let's start by exploring a trio of tropical islands and Indonesia place where Aussie backpackers scuba divers and South Sea. Adventures have found paradise the out of the way laidback. Gili islands call themselves turtle capital of the world with no cars no mortar banks and no worries. When Dave Seminar took his family to Bali they found the streets were too crowded and let their young boys safely wonder on their own so they headed for the nearby motor pre Gillian's instead Dave's here to tell us about Dave. Thanks for joining us. My pleasure thanks for having me Rick so describe the Gili Islands. A lot of US know Bali. Exactly where are the Gili Islands and How do you get there? Yeah that's the great thing about the Gili. Islands is that it's easy to get a pretty cheap flight to Bali and then from Bali. It's relatively easy to escape to these Gili Islands. Which there's several of the word Gilly means small island and Indonesian. But the three main ones Gili Air Gili Meno and Gili Chilanga. N- are about a two three hour ferry ride east of the island of Bali. So you go by bus or something to the little port and you help on a boat. And it's shuttling the travelers back and forth. That's if you don't mind getting potentially seasick if you have people who don't like long boat rides wreck can also take a short flight. Okay and then a fifteen minute boat ride instead if you prefer do that. I mentioned the religious culture kind of background. Bali is famously Hindu. Gili islands happened to be a little enclave of Muslim culture. How did that impact your experience? I wouldn't say it impacts the visitor in a huge way. Obviously Bollywood's really distinctive about. Bali is really interesting unique ceremonial Hindu culture and you know in the Gili Islands These are Muslim islands. However they're very popular with Europeans and you see people in Bikinis and there's beach bars all over the place serving alcohol and pork and things that would be forbidden in a strict Muslim countries. So I think if you are there as a typical traveller the fact that these islands are Muslim would not necessarily impact you in any way but I was actually interested to meet local people and I wanted to meet the chief of the three islands and to ask him whether there was any tension between these bikini clad beachgoers and partier and the local people. So I made an effort to actually sort of get to know local people into find out about the local sensibilities. But if you're there it's just as an ordinary tourists looking for some fun on the beach. It wouldn't impact you really at all. You were traveling with your son Right. Tucson Tucson's I understand. You took them to the school and you had a classrooms right kids that you talk to. What was it like a as a parent introducing your kids to such a different culture. There were six and eight at the time. We met a teacher actually on the beach who was selling necklaces. And whenever I'm in a very touristy sort of place I'm always interested in sort of the tension and interplay between traditional occupations and people working in the tourist trade so I think what happens in economies like these rix. I'm sure you've seen this. Is that all the sudden you can make more money selling necklaces on the beach to tourists or renting out your home. Then you could be being a teacher or policemen are traditional occupation so when we met this teacher on the beach with selling necklaces. I was really curious actually to know a little bit more about him and how he sort of balanced those two occupations and when he said why. Don't you guys come visit us at our school? I tried to rope both of my sons into going with me but I was only able to convince one of them so myself and my older son one morning our last morning there went to visit his school and we were invited to speak to three or four. Different classrooms full of children. Who asked US questions about America? Did they speak English? It was translated by the teacher. They spoke very very little English so most of it was translated by the teachers with girls. And the boys mixed up with the girls wearing scarfs. Yes this was another surprising thing. I asked when we met the teacher on the beach. I asked him whether the girls in the school Where the hijab and a head scarf and the Muslim attire and he said only a couple of them with his answer when we met him on the beach but actually we got to the school. They were all uniformly wearing conservative Muslim attire with headscarfs and whatnot and I found it interesting. Because I thought I think he was trying to tell us what we wanted to hear and he wanted to portray the island is a very liberal and tolerant place and I think-i projected onto me that I might think something negative about them if they were. You know dress conservatively. Which of course I wouldn't dear great traveler because you're sharing this with your child and also realizing ninety percent of the tourist just hang out on the beach and love the the cheap beer but a real traveler can venture inland a little bit and actually have an experience. That's as real as you ventured into a corner of Indonesia that had no tourism. It's not a matter of going to an untrusted touristy place it's finding the UNTER STI dimension of the famous place. I think it is and you know what we found to was the difficulty of what happens when tourism dominates an economy like the silent. Because this gentleman we met the teacher. He was very honest with us that he makes twice as much money selling necklaces on the beach. As being a teacher you know it made me wonder how can a society thrive when you have that sort of a distorted economy like that it is somewhat concerning because tourism can bring prosperity to announce can also sort of distort reality a little bit to
Europe Hiking; Exploring Athens; Grooviest Gardens
"The victorians left us some lovely gardens to enjoy but Christopher Woods. Lets us in on some exciting new trends in landscaping and garden parks that we can explore around the world? That's a bit later in the hour on today's travel. With Rick Steves. Plus guides from Athens paid us on the atmosphere in the Greek capital. They'll recommend neighborhoods to explore. Where youthful can do attitude is helping revive the Greek economy? First Cassandra overby is back with more practical advice for planning a cultural hiking adventure on historic walking routes across Europe. Thanks for joining us. Cassandra think so much for having me. So Europe is kind of unique. Because it's cut these very well established major hikes that have an infrastructure. Actually and they advocate of a history. Tell us just briefly about the the hiking infrastructure in Europe. I think it really helps to understand that. Unlike in the United States where most trails are in wilderness the trails in Europe have totally different history. That's not all about the wilderness actually about bringing people to the very best of civilization the very best of history so you have trails. That were built because people wanted to do pilgrimages. You have trails. That were built because people needed trade routes and you have treasurer built so people could go from village to village and even sell their wares. So this is something we have to remember in the old days at trail. If you had rush hour it might have been on a trail right. Because obviously they didn't have paved roads and this was the trail. I'll never forget. Being in Montenegro in couture and Montenegro is Black Mountain. That's what it is literally in this community. The HISTORICA nation up on the top of the mountains and from this fjord like Bay of the drastic. You have a switchback road but next to that SWITCHBACK ROAD. You've got a faint little trail and it's so evocative to me because it reminds me that thousand years ago everybody had to get Montenegro by hiking up that switchback trail. And you can do it today right. So you've got this history tied in with this nature and you've got a love of getting out into the outdoors that Europeans have so if you WANNA ENJOY EUROPE ON FOOT. Of course there's many different trails that you can sort through but I wanna talk just about the mechanics of this first of all you can take a or you can go on your own if you take a tour as a hiker. What are your options? A lot of people want somebody to drive their gear or set up. The hotels are or have a natural to go with you and explain the flora and fauna. Right so there are a few different options that I like to recommend to people. You know you do have the completely independent route which is easy to do in. Europe. It's easy to do that by yourself. But there are self guided tours where companies will set you up with walking directions. They'll set you up with luggage transfer. They'll make all of your bookings for you give you a map. And then you just go and explore the trail by yourself or you can do fully guided trails. And that way you'll have someone narrating the trail while you're walking in addition to booking everything for you or the pros and cons of each would you say yes. So fully guided is the most expensive option always. But if you're someone who isn't over planner and you really obsess in your normal life about all. Those plants can really nice just to let go and let somebody else handle all of the logistics and have someone share insights especially a local about their culture and about the towns that you pass through. Because I'll never forget walking up in this helps with my friend who is a local nature guide and he took me to find an Edelweiss. And you don't just find those. I mean they're hard to find any took me to the spot and he set me up and he reminded me how precious is and how we're not supposed to pick it and everything and then we saw it. I would have never appreciated that without a local guide. Right without a guide. You really don't get those local insights. Someone who's from that area can show you so much more than you'd ever imagine because there's a lot hiding in that mountain face there is that you wouldn't recognize without that local person. I'm kind of intrigued. By the the Middle Way. Where you have somebody that you gotTA SHERPA WITH FOUR WHEELS. Basically the GEAR AHEAD. And then you're footloose and fancy free all day and you're not having to go with a group and you're not gonNA stick with a guide but you have them set it up and you know you've got a warm dinner waiting for him to. Cool Little Mountain Hut and that can be a really great option also because you're hiking just with a small day pack so you have some snacks. You have a rain jacket just in case it rains but if your partner is exhausted and complaining about that blister they can hop in the car and meet you there tonight exactly. I love that because then to people don't have to risk having one person scuttle the whole mission. Yes I think that's pretty important. Cassandra oversees our guest on travel with Rick Steves she fifteen for favorite hiking trails. And she's met them out for a walking vacation in her book. Explore Europe on foot. Her website is Cassandra. Overby DOT COM. Now when you go. Do you like to have companionship? Or have you gone alone to see that you'll just meet people as you go or are you just appreciate this time alone with nature. What would thinking? Do you go through before you determined that so I like to mix it up on all of my trip so I did a lot of research trips for my book and sometimes I had people join me and that was really wonderful. Sometimes I did the hikes alone. Which was great for really getting into an area and kind of losing my identity in losing myself and just kind of soaking everything in like a local and then it was also really nice to reach out and actually make some new friends so I wanted to hike the jar. Thirty four and France didn't know anyone who wanted to go and I felt like I really wanted people to join me on that section because it's on cliffs so I reached out to appreciate hiking group and I said Hey I'm coming to hike the trail. I'm a an American author. Do you have anyone who would be interested in hiking. It with me and I found a couple of Parisian couple who came out to Mont Saint Michel and met me behind for two days together and it was amazing. That's a great idea. Talk about a nice initiative and and I would think on the trail. People are inclined to be friends. I mean it's like minded people everybody's in a in a positive spirit and so and I want to talk a bit about the gear because I'm always looking at Germans. Germans are sort of famous for their walking sticks with those walking sticks anyways so they really help if you have creaky knees or you know if you've just spent hiking for a long time and you'd like to extend your hiking life because they make the load a little easier on your body okay. Yeah it's a little safer if you have four legs instead of two when you're you down a rocky slope or something especially for balance by no means. Do you have to have those something aerobic exercise when you're just walking straight on a paved trail to have that your motion going? Because I see Germans like Germans are famous for this. I mean it's just like there's people almost think it's Kinda funny 'cause you're six Germans and they've all got their walking sticks. Look like a little animation almost yet. What about a boots? I grew up thinking. You gotTa have boots. But now there's options. There are options so my favorite option is called the European walking shoe. This is a specific type of shoe. That's kind of a hybrid between just a nice looking shoe that you would normally wear when you're traveling and something sturdier that's good for being outside so it's waterproof has a good soul but it blends in you know they're usually black or brown they're very lightweight. And so you can have the same shoe for when you're going to a nice museum or out for dinner as you do it when you're on trail and what's it called again a. European walking shoe European walking. And just if you don't even care what you look like in a museum. Is there any compromise on that from having a good old fashioned hiking boot so good old fashioned hiking boots especially high tops are good if you have Ankles that need a little more stability so but if you don't need that stability I just recommend going super light and you really aren't compromising any other function by choosing a European feel. You got a safety thing. You're not more likely to sprain your ankle or something as far as you know Okay that's good to know.
Saints of Spain; David Suchet Footsteps of St. Paul; Michelangelo In Florence
"Whether you're looking at Michelangelo's magnificent statue of David or you get caught up in a ruckus crowd at a street festival in Spain or even if you just listen to the wind whisper. What life was once like among the sun bleached ruins of the Mediterranean? Your travels can lift your spirit in many ways. Hi I'm Rick Steves in just a bit. We'll take a closer look at the world. Michelangelo lived in influence. Five hundred years ago and actor. David Suchet tells us how he retraced the route that Saint Paul traveled through the eastern Roman Empire. Nearly two thousand years ago. Let's start the hour with a look at how people in Spain honor the lives of important figures from their past. There are actually hundreds of national and regional saints in Spain. And you'll find that many of them get a festival that brings their communities out into the streets to celebrate to explain the role of Saint in the culture of Spain. We're joined now by tour guides or hate Roman from Madrid and Francisco Gloria from pump. Lona or Hey in Francisco. Happy Easter Thank. You thank you so. Spain is a Catholic country in in the church is a huge part of the political and spiritual past. To what extent is the Catholic Church? Still a big part of Spanish society. Today it is. I mean now. The government that we have now is very conservative and they relates a political issues with the church. Not Everybody is happy about that but still part of it and also the most of the celebrations in Spain national holidays. They advocated saints. Lady's name names. I think a lot how. How does the naming of children work compared to the Catholic faith? I mean you're or hey your Cisco do they have any with your parents. Passion for Saints a Whole Mike. As many Ms Francis Xavier because your middle name is executive because for some frantic savior was born in my town so and he was the first Jesuit Right. He was one of the founders of Jesuits Yep okay main signatures which is a very common name. Ignatius and Francisco Xavier. That's a common name where you come from pump loan and actually my name is the ACLU into English degeorge and is the only saint in the Catholic Church actually wasn't a saint also warrior that killed the Dragon Saint George killing the Dragon. Yeah it wasn't saying actually but so there are a lot of festivals when you travel in and almost all of them seem to be related to the church. Talk about a couple of the the great festivals in the Saints Days. That are important in your life in your travels Francisco I am from component the running of the Bulls on what we celebrate. The death of Seinfeld mean so. It's like huge huge celebration. That week starts July six hundred ends July fourteenth saint for me and I. You wouldn't even know who saint for me unless you went to. The running of the Bulls and pump. Lana developed comes from employees. They don't even know who he is attacked because everybody wears the red Kerchief around their neck and when people go to the running of the Bulls they wear this red neckerchiefs symbolism planet. We are under two hundred thousand people. I didn't know we. We welcome one million people and everybody's wearing white unread and nobody knows why like. Excuse me you do get excuse me. I'M A tour guide. I want to explain to you why. You're wearing this red handkerchief. That was the first person that was baptized employees and they cut his head for the recent. So what we represent the white outfit Represents Holiness and the Redmond nights the blood coming out of his neck so he was an early Christian. Pump Loner who was beheaded. Yes he was. We hit it. We say that he was beheaded any Pamplona although history tells us that he was beheaded in France. But Hey ho hey. From Madrid what festivals would impact a traveler when that we should know about quite Madrid? Not Maniacs you say but there is one very close which is Toledo the Corpus Christi is the big the there in Corpus Christi in Toledo is and that's the the corporate the body the body of Christ that's correct. Yeah and that's the Big Day in Toledo and they do bring some things to parade around. And he's part of a could be the equivalent of the beaches. Pelton SPAIN LIKELY. You have here states them. They're very conservative in there. That's interesting because in the United States We've got a region called the Bible Belt in Spain. Is there a region that would be the Bible belt get could be the political? Be One of them if you go around. Let's say like half Mouche from Madrid to the West from Madrid to the West Toledo Arbella. Salunke that part of your Browning what do you? What is your image of being? We'll have to think that we had the Muslim heritage Muslim heritage started to come down of it from the north down. Thanks Community Santos on James. Drake has just for the historic context. The Muslims came in and took over Spain and Portugal in from the eighth century until fourteen. Ninety two a good part of Spain was ruled by Muslim overlords. And then for centuries there was the RECON keystone reconquering has finally fourteen ninety two. The last Muslim was pushed out of Granada and back into Africa. What I make the difference that the Community Santiago okay. The origin was by the coast and it was the beginning of the Spanish reconquista. So this is the Camino Santiago. This is the big pilgrimage trail that cuts across from France all the way across north Spain the major city in the north west of Spain Santiago de Compostela. They'll go and How what's the historical roots for this pilgrimage? Because thousands and thousands of people make this high out there still do it people at the beginning they did it by the coast so those kingdoms those ancient kingdoms there the realize that whatever was going there were no Muslims so th would they decided to push it south and south and south and south until the Camino we know today so I am from the north in the north we barely have any Muslim heritage. We were more Christine. Must time before. But if you go down to under Lucia there you find. Churches generally built upon a mosque. Correct and mosque was built upon a church than they destroyed. If you go to civilian you see them at Nickerson Tarver. A Cathedral Tower actually was the minaret of the old mosque. So there's this layering of history. And what's very poignant to me? Is We hear about people. Being beheaded today in this struggle of fanatic Islam and Christians and so on but if you go to a church in southern Spain it's very common to see a man on a horse with a big sword cutting off the heads of Muslims and at the feet of the Horse. There's six or eight heads of beheaded Muslims as correct. Lose this man that is son James. The son teams we're representing three ways bishop as more slayer the more slayer so his. His nickname was saint. James the slater the more killer. Well enter the Moore's for the Muslims. Yeah most of our lives and today's politically incorrect. So we're beginning to cover those heads on the floor seriously. Some of those old statues and paintings are getting with put flowers well enough so you hide them so you hide you see a guy on a white horse with a sore but every time a Christian is just so disgusted by a Muslim fanatic. That cut off one of his people's heads we've got to remember. This is nothing new in history Spanish. I consider myself Catholic. We've been the worst ever I mean. We've inquisition the request. We have expelled. The Jews I mean with excuse of religion with Don's much bad. The inquisition is Sort of gift of Spain to the rest of Europe. What gave yeah. I poisoned gift. Would you describe the The inquisition you see the palace don't you out l. escorial that's right correct. What is the inquisition? Mean to to church history It's a sad episode. I mean this might personal opinion. Very site I mean also gave us practical thing. But it's a very very sad history. Every time I talk to them to my travelers about inquisition unites ties with Catholic moral and they kept going on.
"Let's start out today's travel. With Rick Steves with a little old world charm in Hungary when travelling in Europe. You just have to include the great cities on your itinerary. Hungry elegant capital of Budapest is certainly impressive. But there's another side that you should explore as well and that's the country's smaller towns and cities historic Acre is an easy and popular sidetrip northeast of Budapest. It's been attracting travelers from Eastern Europe. As a place to catch your breath surrounded by the opulent architecture of Hungary to introduce us to the scene. And we're joined by Hungarian tour guides. Monica Poche and George. Farkas thank you. Did I get that right in Budapest? If you're looking for a little break you head up to egger very much. So yes how far away is it and what it would take about. Maybe an hour and ten minutes done in a highway and then on the secondary roads. And then you find yourself in gear Third Drain Connection. There is yes you will have to switch. That's one of the reasons why is not as cosmopolitan as it should be? Because when the train tracks were planned they didn't make a direct connection initially so That's a little bit of a of a downside of it but there's a great bus connection as well so Monica when you were growing up in Budapest. Did your family ever go to Edgar together? Yes actually not just with our family but I remember that During school trips during the communist era we were taken to Edgar Edgar was the seat of the archbishop pre so it has fantastic beautiful churches by the way would like to tell you during the communist era because of the nine hundred fifty six revolution aft-r in Hungary all of the churches are considered to be museums. Saw it ever also well capped? That's even during the communists. They are as squid children. We were taken to the Churches Museums. But not as living places of worship. The church survived physically. But it's a historic place Museum rather than a place of worship joining a community standard harmonised. Okay well it was very much controlled control. Why let's just turn around a little bit and say why Edgar would be the number one destination for Hungarians visit because it's part of the curriculum because that's where biggest victory happened. Hi this is Turkey Turkish time because they talk about. That was the last place to be taken in by the Turks of they go all the way thirteen. Nine thousand Turks are coming over and two thousand Gillian's actually locked themselves up. In the castle women children as early and they go and defeat the Turks. So that's the victory talk about. That's why all children are taken and they are taught. We don't talk about the fact that the send away the defeated Turks. A couple of months later turned around and came back into the town. But that's something we talk about. Obviously that's that's not really something won your battle fifteen fifty two so nearly five hundred years ago. The castle is still there and you can visit the Castle Castle. You even as a tourist. You get a sense. This is really important to the Hungarian much so very much. And my memory of Egor is a minaret and it must be the most northern minaret from the Ottoman Empire sticking up right there in the middle of this city yet. It's like a spaceship. There cannot send has no contracts they just sitting there is under go in a major restoration and so rather interesting Just recently they Reinstated the culpa. Praia a month later. They put it on their huge reconstruction was built for the the man who sings the calder calling. For prayer he actually climb up. The spirit is what about two hundred steps all the way to the top right and then he would get that acoustical benefit of being a top of everybody and to this day while they might not climb up there five times a day. Tourist can climb up there. Yes it's a tight little climb. Yes but it's a good view from there and also the reason it's important to mention because although Hungary was under the Turkish Ottoman invasion in a fifteenth century. They majorly converted existing buildings into minarets or they converted the Roman Catholic churches into mosques. They didn't be too many things. They've built these mirrors that we have. I think maybe two or three in our whole country for the minaret would just decorate a pre existing building that became a mosque. Is that what you're only by? They will buy. It's very rare to see anything from the Fifteenth Century Turkish Ottoman era. But that minaret is one of a kind of it. Gary Tour Guides. George Farkas said Monica Poche telling US why the town of Edgar Northern Hungary is one of the country's most popular getaways right now on travel with Rick. Steves something I remember from Edgar is. The market is just a wonderful market. George can you take us on a little walk? If you have some American friends with you and you want to introduce the culture. What would you find in the market at Egger? That gives us an insight into the salt of their Hungarian cuisine. And it's a great experience. Actually it's a a living market and you still see the ones that actually just went out in the morning and they went to see what's there to sell and they come onto their tunnel is stalls and then they sell day or individual small quantity backyard. I remember that it's like my little card table. And there's a hardscrabble old farmer husband and wife and they've got their turnips potatoes and they kind of looked like their produce very much so yeah so you can get that type of thing and then and then you continue on and then you start to see. The beautifully presented larger stalls with Grapes and Peaches and plums and veggies. And all that beautiful presented. The key is to have that relationship with the vendor. So you go and blink and then they know that they know us so you get the nice stuff From the front. I'm you know to really presentable one. And you're not regular year. You have to be aware you might not get what you see. Are you likely to find some of this famous Hungary and Moonshine for sale very much so Pelinka Pelinka because that's fundamentally something It's like GRAPPA? It's very legal. I would say it starts from eighty proof upwards and its shots That's how in the old days those that work out in the field started. They with just to get some energy my hunches. There's these flat little flasks. That people have definitely I I do have one with me. At that moment Hungarians would never leave the country without a Lilla flat flesh of Polanco. We also call it medicine if you have a heartache if you have a little bit of stomach problem because you're abrode no you are not taking. Bapti obese more something as but you immediately get delillo. Hungarian piling cars sanitizer society. Strong believe it or not but there are still destination centers in the country when you have some fruit trees in Hungary. Let's say plum or apricot or whatever you can take your own fruit to these destinations centers. You know it's bio and then Not filled with chemicals and then they make it for you. This bio moonshine exactly. There's actually a reconsidered approach today because In the old days when you went to house of Hungarian Oh you start to the dinner at the venue they will offer you pulling her and now modern culinary understanding. Is that if you offer Pelinka before the meal. You should be assured that the meal is not going to be good because what they say that if you have your Pelinka sort of so strong it kills your taste at your ability to ten. Then you don't taste the food so now pulling Kush should actually be digested. I suppose to Pera tiff. So if you are a host and you respect what you've cooked you want people to appreciate it you're not gonNA hide it by giving then you offered as before
"Lighthouses changed the fortunes of nations helping determine which ones would dominate in the nineteenth century. And it's all because a French physicist knew enough about the properties of light to vastly improve the signals produced by their beacons today. Lighthouses can be destination all. They're all complete with a great view. And maybe a beautiful limbs designed Augustine for now on display. Teresa Levitt tells us about the birth of the modern lighthouse in her book a short bright flash. She teaches history at old. Miss Joins US right now on travel. With Rick Steves Theresa Welcome thank you. Let's go to talk to you for me lighthouses. Really have a mystique. I think for a lot of travelers. We see these lighthouses. And what is it about lighthouses? That has that special attraction. And why are you so interested in White House? We'll I think half of the question is that they're always in these amazing locations right. I mean the very definition of a lighthouse is that it's on the edge of civilization. You have to travel to get to them. And then when you're there that's about as far as you can go. I just love that because I really liked land's end. There's so many of the road you know when you get to the end of the road. There's still a lighthouse out there and that's the last thing you see and you can also imagine for someone travelling over the ocean that that's the first thing they see and so it's also the indication of the beginning of civilization for them before we get into specifics on lighthouses and the technology behind them give us a little primer where would the earliest lighthouses and they must be very expensive to build. What's the practical use of them? Well it's interesting because I think the word lighthouse can mean a lot of different things. People have this idea that lighthouses are very ancient form of technology. And this isn't necessarily wrong. You know in the sort of Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Everyone knows about the lighthouse of Alexandria but actually a second one of those wonders was also a lighthouse. The Colossus of Rhodes people now think was was holding up a light so on the one hand they go back very far but really these sort of ancient technologies or in many ways different from what we think of a lighthouse now They started out really to mark. The entrances of harbors so as ships would becoming usually. There'd be sort of a day beacon Some sort of marker to show that this was the entrance and then often they put fires on top of these to help make them more visible and this is really essentially what a lighthouse was for us with Epson restaurant. Because what do you think Alexandria and you think of roads? Those are the two most famous ancient lighthouses that I know about. And both of them didn't warn mariners about a refer. Iraq. They just marked great harbours right so that would be something that You know sort of sailors would be sort of wanting to approach them. That was the whole point and you can see in this sense. It's fine if the light is fairly that is I mean. Obviously you want the light to be as bright as possible but in this sense a dim light is still better than having no light at all. It'd be like a light marking the limits of your driveway. So people can get in running over your garden. Yes and these really weren't anything. Fancy I mean obviously the Lighthouse of Alexandria has a great reputation but usually what these were. Were simply fires either. Wood fires or coal fires that were at the top of sort of elevated platform so then things changed and did that come with trade when when ships were going farther afield and they just had to have markers for different things that were dangerous. Did Change started to pick up in the eighteenth century and obviously he's sort of pushed by the fact that you have lots more ships making these voyages but they're still in a way. There's still was this problem that the the lights were not necessarily bright enough to make what we think of as modern lighthouse to to really fully warn ships away from a coastline. So even once you get to the eighteenth century you've got a fairly vigorous maritime trade lighthouses are still being lit by coalfires fires or or candles and they still almost entirely marked entrance to either harbors or sometimes entrances to where you would turn into enter obey. This gets into the theme of Your Book. Which is the development of this new technology by Fornell and the birth of the modern lighthouse? And what's fascinating to me at which your book described it so beautifully as that in eighteen nineteen. You have this famous painting that those of us who've been to Paris people ever the Jabber Coz the raft of the Medusa. This horrible shipwreck. And all this suffering. I never put it together. There was no good Lighthouse in the shipwreck ran aground because there was none of that safeguard and in the same. You're for now was filling this need by developing this radical new kind of lends that could sign a much stronger beam be more effective for maritime safety. What is it about this new lens that enabled it to be head and shoulders above the previous technology? Will it's able to capture all of the light available. I mean the problem that you had with just having an open fire on a pillar is that most of the light going out of a light source. The light will radiate in all directions. Only a very small portion of it is actually hitting your eye which means that most of it is being effectively wasted in terms of its brightness. So at this lens is able to do. It's able to capture all of the light that would have been radiated in the opposite direction or above or below and it's able to bend it into a single beam which is much much brighter than what you would have seen with the naked flame alone. Okay so when I look at this for now. It looks like a picket fence of reflectors is directing all the different late that it can under one spot so then it can be pushed out or are. How does that work in Layman's terms? So the idea of lenses that it's going to end light but the problem with the standard lenses of the day. I mean you can think of these big convex lenses with sort of bulge out in the middle. If you're going to try to use that to bend the light a lighthouse it would have to be simply enormous because you're bending the light through these really sharp distances so what have been larger than anything that was physically possible to produce at the time and also it would have been so thick that a lot of the light would have been lost. Trimmer so for nels. Big Innovation has sort of big insight. Was that you could achieve the same effect of bending all of the light into a single beam by cutting out all of the glass in the middle essentially and instead having a number of different prisons that are arranged in a precise mathematical way such that. They're directing all of the light into this single beam. And so that's what you're seeing. When you see a Fennell Lens it looks like this. Beehive of Of Glass Prism some way. But they're arranged so that mathematically the light is all being directed into a single beam and you'll have different kinds you have. What are called the fixed lenses which sends the light all the way out in a plane. I level or you have a rotating lenses which will fix it into individual beams and then as the the lens rotates. You're going to see a flash of light every thirty seconds or fifteen seconds or whatever. The designated signature is
A Walking Tour of Dublin, Ireland
"Start. Today's all Irish. Our with tips for a walking tour of Dublin with nearly two million people in Greater Dublin. Ireland's capital is by far its biggest city and it thrives with Arts Entertainment Food and fun just taking a walk through Ireland's capital. You can see and experience so much of its charm. That can know where to look and if you know where to walk. It's even better. That's why we've invited to Great Irish guides. Joe Darcy and Karen O'hare to join us in our studios for a guided stroll through Dublin. Joe and Karen thanks for being with us. Our pleasure great to be here so if you're going to take somebody on a walk through. Dublin where we just start. I think I'd probably start up. Stephen's Green which is at the south. End of Grafton Street is a pedestrianised shopping street and Stevens. Green is a beautiful manicured Eighteenth Century Park. It reminds me of when you get off the platform and suddenly. You're at hogwarts step out of the middle of this busy packed city into a beautiful manicured park actually reminds me of London. Very much so probably. That's because it was designed in a time when Dublin was actually the second city in the British Empire. Oh without question. In everything. From the the wrought iron fencing around the entire park to the style of landscape architecture inside the park is very very limited those parts in London and Joe when we think of Saint Stephen's Green. Today it has some connections with Ireland's difficult fight for independence Jordan. The nineteen sixteen religion on Easter Monday called eastern evasion and there was one. Contingent of artists rebelled swear in command of Stevens granddaughter. Job was to mind. Stephen Greene barricaded streets on prevent British reinforcements from getting into the city centre and amazingly their only experience of warfare. Because he's not. Soldiers was watching the pathway news from World War One and where everybody was digging trenches all over Belgium France so they dug trenches in Stephen's Green. Hold out but of course British army caught up to four storey buildings all around the Gresham hotel. They had a clear line of fire. Is like they're digging their own tombs. Yeah Yeah So. They retreated from their interface called the Royal College of Surgeons. Which is just when you come out with Stephen Screen through that gate around. He'll after all colleges charges and you can still see bullet marks into whole memorial to mention. Yeah Yeah Yeah let host reminded of the the blood that was last is Ireland one. It's independent that was no easy feat the more understanding of history you bring your visit to. Dublin the more. You'll enjoy your sightseeing today when I go to Saint Stephen Screen it's Of course you've got the history but it's just a festival of of youth and families in life. People are feeding the ducks in the pond. There's a little theater there. And it's and it's the kickoff point for Grafton Street Karen mentioned Grafton Street Joe when he walked down Grafton Street What are you gonNA find? You're gonNA find a multitude of small shops as well as the big retail shops. Actually strangely enough when you come down from Stevens Gray and one of the first big shops you say you left US Disneyland. So there's a store you know. This is the High Rent Street and you have the high rents treated drives out the local businesses and it brings in the what. Are you gonNA see Karen when you walk down Grafton Street well I think the first thing that you notice is the street is seething with life there's wall to wall people coming and going in either direction and you know living in Dublin. You're always if you live there you're gonna run into someone you know in that street. You know when you walk down it you don't see any churches right on the street but hiding a little bit off. The way is a Catholic Church. Why would a Catholic Church be hiding off the main street in Dublin? Well Saint Theresa's Church right off. Grafton Street was One of the first places that it was allowable. I believe for Roman Catholics to openly worship after the period of time in the eighteenth century known as the penal laws when open practice of Roman Catholicism was officially outlawed by British rulers in Ireland so that churches write-offs in Stephen's Green and it's very much an oasis of tranquility in the city as it has been since the eighteenth century Saint Teresa's. It's a beautiful church to depend to end. It is interesting to think that in Ireland. Dublin was sort of London's second city and it was very not Catholic but when Catholicism was allowed you could worship as Catholics in Dublin but keep a low profile exactly so these great churches are tucked away in the back streets although they were allowed to openly practice. That wasn't really opened. That was in inverted commas. The church still had to be kinda hidden away. They weren't allowed to build churches on a main street. That's why it's down outside. So it Joe at the bottom of Grafton street you come to a very important College Beautiful College Trinity College and originally for the elites for the Protestant kids but of course today Everybody's welcome as it traveled. How do enjoy Trinity College? Well the best way to visit is to go into the front main entrance on an area called college dot Grafton Street just continue on straight over to your right hand side and you come into a beautiful Georgian Square. A huge amount of Dobbin was rebuilt. George an and that's like neoclassical screams. British Empire Eighteenth Century he and George W was rebuilt in the eighteenth century in Georgia. So we're one of the best Georgian cities. In Britain colleges SORTA like the elite colleagues for Ireland. Even go to college was founded in one thousand nine hundred hundred nothing left of the original college. It was almost totally rebuilt starting in Sixteen Ninety S and then Roy Eighteenth Century Karen my favorite thing when I step through that Grand. Entrance of Trinity is a little table where our students offering tours? Yeah that's right and I used to live right across from that table when I was in college and Trinity. Right in front square and there are students known as scholars of the college who've passed a competitive examination to have free tuition at the college and they give tours of front square dressed in the academic gowns. That were still common among students until recently and they are really eloquent. Fun-loving students giving you a candid. Look at student life. It's very inexpensive. It's a great way to get a sense of Trinity College absolutely in a great way to get a sense of the tradition of wit in Dublin. It goes back to one of the most famous Students at Trinity Oscar Wilde are guides to Dublin travel with Rick Steves are irish-american Cure. No half he attended. Kennedy College is an expert on the Ellen pipes which he performs with the company trio opened the door for three Joe. Darcy provides custom walking tours of Dublin and was recently on the board of historic Sweeney's pharmacy. Where James Joyce readings are given throughout the week when we go to Trinity College? Of course you've got to go to the library and see the book of Kells and so one of the most important medieval art treasures in Western civilization when you leave trinity when I was really struck by is a bank that used to be the parliament step in there and you get a little dose of British rule of Ireland Joe. Tickets into that the most important building built in Dobbin Jordan rebuilding eighteenth century was a new bike camera. Houses apartment one of the first purpose built house the parliament certainly in Europe. If not the world took about forty years to complete S- between seventeen forty. Seven hundred eighty and housed. Two Chambers House will come in the House of Lords very much along the the British can step into one of those houses to this day. It's open during banking errors free and and you really got sense of that little after the act of union and the first of January eighteen hundred one we became part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and the Bank of Ireland. Arden's forced commercial bank. They took over the building paid for the House of Commons. Hot To be put out of use never to be used as a place of assembly again but they said nothing about the House of Lords so the Bank of art and has maintained. And it's a beautiful room. It's mostly open Jordan banking hours occasionally there's functions and there you'll see a sign outside that it's either open or closed. I stumbled into it just this last year. I never knew about it and it was great
The Story of Spanish
"All the political wrangling in the United States over its immigration policies concerning people from south of the border the nation's long and intimate relationship with Spanish speaking neighbors is often overlooked in fact in the United States. Were already one of the top Spanish speaking countries in the world. So how in the first place did a dialect spoken by? Just a handful of shepherds up northern Spain eventually become the world's second most spoken language. Jon Benet Nadeau and Julie Barlow are the husband and wife team the history and role of I the French language in their book. The story of French and now they're examining the same story for Spanish book is called the story of Spanish. They join us now to share their intriguing biography of Spanish. Hola AMIGOS LAST TIME. We spoke you were. We were all in the French mode. And now we've got this book which is kind of like a biography of Spanish. What is the importance of the Spanish language on our planet today? It's a large language its spoken by about four hundred twenty million people in twenty countries. So it's either as a large native base contrary to French for example which has a small native base right so language also that as peculiarity. It's actually less taught. Outside of its of its natural sphere. Except for three countries three countries weights were very largely taught as a second language United States Brazil and France These three countries make up about I would say seventy percent of their learners outside of southern. Excuse that's interesting. There's there's two dimensions of the impact of a language than how many people speak it natively and how many people are learning it as a second language and it's not always correlated. No not at all but one of the interesting things one of one of the motivations for writing the book was this realization. We had that. It was you know growing as a second language obviously in the United States but that the United States itself was becoming a kind of Hispanic country and the United States as we tell the story in the book that the United States has its own Spanish language academy one interesting things about Spanish. Unlike say French is it's very decentralized. The control of the language and the standards of the language are managed among the twenty or twenty two Spanish speaking countries and the United States is one of them and it's an important growing center so we We thought that was really interesting. We didn't quite a bit of the research for the book. We we did. Um while you're living in Phoenix Arizona Okay and We were looking at him. You know what was happening. In the dynamics of the United States the United States is is very interesting. Because we're talking. But fifty million Hispanics Spanish speaking people in the United States. It's almost as if the United States and grew country of the size of Spain. That's quite underestimated. Linguistic power than fifty fifty s people in a very important country from economics and politics and so on one aspect. I find even more fascinating. Is that into discourse. Today we talk about Hispanics entering the country all but historically it's United States that entered Hispanics fear like all of the southwest starting from Texas to California was Spain. Oh so in other words. We took that we bought it or we conquered it. Are we next it and things so it was Spanish speaking I and we in is that why I looked at a chart in your book? And it shows clearly the south and the southwest in the West Coast along with Florida's where the most Spanish speakers are in the United States. I I was thinking that would be more immigration but actually it does mirror. Who was there? When we annexed that territory. Exactly what we were living in Phoenix. We were kind of stunned. I mean the people that you would think immigrants actually understood the land and they understood you know people were eating cactus and this lady that we're living in to make food out of it and they understood the climate. It's their climate. They were doing that a long time before the Louisiana purchase. Or whatever exactly exactly and they're still doing it and the rest of the standing around wondering what's going on and that you know. The Latinos are wandering the streets with garbage bags. You know. Let me get this. This is interesting because a lot of Americans have have anxiety about our country. You know becoming less pure English and so on but when you really look at the history. There's always been a substantial minority of people at one time a majority of people speaking Spanish in this out in the southwest. Yes yes in the center. Mississippi area was French. So you have that history and I remember when I was a student Used to go to Tex Mex restaurants in Montreal and saying this is not real Mexican food you know to realize many years later. That tex-mex is another brand of Mexican hat is something it makes it. It's not just a tacky commercial thing it's just don't feel region of a of a long time ethnic reality. It's its own brand. And the Anti EU cowboy culture in the United States was actually created in Spain and Spanish by Mexicans. Elder vocabulary stampede. All that is completely derived from Spanish. Ronco that's right. It all comes wrangler. It's endless all right. This is travel. With Rick Steves. We're talking with John John DOE and Julie Barlow about their book the story of Spanish before we get deep discussion genre and Julie. Tell us about writing this book. And and what? You're going in writing the book well. We had the enemy with the story of French which is sort of look at the history. And how the French was born in spread across the plan. And what were the factors that turned it into an international language and so we decided to do the same thing for Spanish? And it's a similar story but in many ways more ups and downs Spanish. As you mentioned the intro starts out as this language of shepherds basically northern Spain and then encounters these historical moments. Where in all languages like that where it's sort of make or break you know it. Spain could have become arabic-speaking could have been dominated by different waves of immigration over history and it had its kings that made fundamental decisions that shaped the language and so it's like a bookie would read for cultural background but very centered on just how the language made it. I mean it's a success
The Basque Carnivals
"Let's start with a look at the Mardi Gras and Carnival celebrations going on in Basque country. The customs and street parties will vary from town to town one of the oldest cultures in Europe. The Basques include some interesting public festivities in the days leading up to the fasting period of length traditions. That sometimes go back further than anyone can remember for a peek at how they do carnival in Basque country. We're joined by Claire Noah. She's from Hess Barron in the French Basque country and a Gustin lives in San Sebastian. On the Spanish side of the border. Welcome Claire and Augustine. Thank you very much so first of all. You're both from best country. Claire who are the Basques just very briefly and the basket is one of the oldest civilization in Europe and we are divided on those two parts one in France in another Barton Spain and Augustine. Those the language of Basque people yes. We speak Basque language which we call Skater. Who Scatter I WANNA talk about. Carnival carnival basically is the blow out before lent that leads up to Holy Week and Easter. It goes way back to even pre Christian Times on trying to get through the winter and there's a hope for resurrection for new crops in the fields for the end of the hunger time and the darkest depths of winter. I think the meat was going to go bad. And they had to eat it. All or something or carnival. Carney is the word meat and that led up to forty days of denial lent and then Easter so we know Mardi Gras in New Orleans. That's basically fat Tuesday in French. And IT'S CARNIVAL TIME RIGHT. Turn tell me about carnival. Because it's a big deal in Basque country. A Gustin what is carnival in your perspective. As a person in Basque country we have to waste of Celebrating carnival the more more than Christian celebrations. There are more popular on the Spanish side on the more traditional Pagan celebrations. That you can find in the past country of France. The difference is the recent history. I mean this pagan celebrations were banned by the dictator Franco for thirty five years He banned the use of the language and all kind of Celebrations related to pass or and this was banned. Sue was probably lost the in that time. So let me get this straight. You've got Basque culture. Which is a lot of ways? The same in France and in Spain but carnival is a mix of Christian and pagan traditions. And when you see these crazy creatures jumping up and down in Europe in many cultures it's pre Christian and it's a way to integrate the the indigenous religion in ancient times with the Christian. The newer religion and Franco was allied very carefully with the Catholic Church in Spain. He didn't want any pagan influence in the Spanish Basque country so he said this is a Christian festival none of that Pagan stuff but in France they were more free to have let loose with the pagan craziness. Correct correct Franco considered himself the highest representation of the Catholic Church and turn the country into a religious state Now clear I would imagine in France. Then you have some pretty wild costumes when people dress up during carnival especially where the Pagans go crazy in the French side of the border. What is the carnival? Can you just were on radio but paint a picture for look like for me? It's colorful with many natural things so we will have flowers leaves and we will have ribbons. We will have a chilling chuck which is a small bells everywhere. So you have to hear the carnival and you have to say it's an explosion. Okay of joy. It's just a moment where you go out from last year and everything that went wrong and you wish something really good for the next one so you just have to explodes yourself and just let it go. Go out with your animal part of you. Let your animal free and you're inside and we all have this side in so we have just. This is the perfect moment just to and then you start again so you dress up. There's music there's staying up all night. What's going on in different places? You've got different carnivals into French part of the Basque country three provinces for example Nepali which is really famous. You've got cash Celtic. So those people are going from house to house every weekend before carnival low even after they go to each house. They had get to know the neighborhood. So it's kind of ritual and they'll go to every house they sing. They play music. They DANCE. They share several cups of wine. And then it's a big party the tired but it's it's really nice. This is so interesting because I've been going to the best country for a long time and I have to be honest. I feel there's more character and enthusiasm in Spain because the French Basques are more French to me. More controlled by Peres but here on carnival. You let that ask animal that when you hear Claire. Talking about that from the Spanish Basque side on Carnival do you relate to have an animal you're gonNA lose all And fortunately now we have just a couple of little towns in the north of Navarro which are having the celebration in which the these men are carrying big belts that are bouncing and making big noise. Dig Like cowbells accounting. Yes huge cultures. A lot of this You know animal caretaking in the Malki. As the purpose of it is to wake the nature awake. The youth. Springtime is communist very much related to the end of winter. Welcome in the New Year and also we can in the nature and the spring is coming. So he's very much really. That's something you can see in two different towns in the north of Pamplona Navarre and also a couple of towns in the area outside San Sebastian. When I think of eastern Spain anyways I think of processions solemn processions like in savvy and so on some Amazon Too Holy Week Carnival feels a little more. Just apart and in. Holy Week is more sacred. Yes especially in the spiny side. You'RE GONNA see is big. Parades like you'd like him to turn off taller than most popular. One people go from all the areas. Go and see this parade. Our guest from Basque country are Agustin Cerita from San Sebastian Spain and Claire. Moya from aspirin a little town outside zone in the southwest corner of France.
Monet's Gardens at Giverny
"Start with a look at the intimate gardens. That impressionist painter Claude Monet created around the end of the nineteenth century at his house. In Javanese Elizabeth Murray is a gardener in an artist from the Monterey Bay area in California. She volunteered nearly a year of her life to help restore the gardens in nineteen eighty five. She's updated and re released. The beautiful photo filled book. She compiled to convey how. Mornay created his gardens as a work of art in themselves. It's also where you can experience his famous water. Lilies in-person her book is called Monet's passion ideas inspiration and insights from the painters gardens. Elizabeth thanks for being here. My pleasure thank you for inviting me. Anybody who loves ART KNOWS IMPRESSIONISM? And when you say impressionism you think Claude Monet. Set up the garden. What is it with the great painter? Having his own garden to help inspire his art his garden was both a sanctuary for him and his family and a place that became his biggest inspiration and he lived there and she bernie a little village for forty three years and he's heard to create this garden for his own pleasure and delight and then realized it had everything he needed to paint. He didn't have to travel outside of it any longer as he was aging. And all these other political things in wars were happening so here is the garden of great beauty that nourished him inspired him and he organized the colors implants than reflections said that it was something he could be inspired to paint each day so he spent his last forty three years there. He died in nineteen twenty six today nearly one hundred years after his death we can go there and enjoy the gardening wizardry of this great painter because he painted and he planted and it comes together. Now you've visited back in Nineteen eighty-four reading your book. It's just an amazing story. Tell us how you first met Jeff Rene and then why that changed your life. Well I've always been a painter and a gardener and when I went there I literally got a lump in my throat. I had fallen in love. I thought more than anything I want to know. This garden intimately and the best way to know a garden is to work in it so I had a French friend with me and I didn't speak French and she helped me meet one of the gardeners who said Oh you must go and speak to monsieur vendor camp and ask if you can work here and I thought you know what I live in Carmel. California. I have a great house in nine people working for me as a professional gardener. But I'm willing to give that up in order to work for free and it has been something that has enriched my life but wait a minute about thirty years ago you were traveling around and you were visiting gardens all over Europe teen a lot of gardens your professional gardener with your own staff. You went to Germany two hours west of Paris and you were so impacted by that that you went home. Quit your job and moved to France and volunteered for nearly a year. Yes that's right and I didn't speak French. Learn some Don Don. Does she need Let me soon to Clinton. I'm not a gardener. I go to these Great Gardens in Europe and I love them. They just are delights How was a step above? All of those will. It was a step into my heart. That was it. It wasn't that it was grander by any means. But I love Monet asa artist and so this is like a living painting and I felt like many people who visit the spirit of Monet. So when you feel the spirit of someone you love and admire and then you get to see some of the ideas and where he lived. You really feel his presence. And that's really what I fell in love with. And so you have a great painter. Who New Light? His whole his biggest emphasis was painting light and all the shades of color so instead of just organizing a bouquet or organizing a still life. He organized a whole garden. That would have the colors that sang for him with his kind of color sensitivity and rules of collar. Now this is interesting Elizabeth. You're talking about late. And you know the whole rallying cry of the impressionist movement was for the artists to get out of the studio and into the light and they would satisfy easels out in nature and then they will grab the light and and these are dislike. Monet would famously paint the facade of a church at different times of day in for them. It wasn't the same subject. It was completely different subject because the late in the shadow would play on the physical object differently at different times of day. And this is sort of the essence of impressionism. Isn't it it's capturing the light and the reflections in the shadows exactly the impression of that moment gave its name impressionism. His one thing to have it on a building. In which money did they incredible ones of the Cathedral in Rwanda but then you have living texture of plants that are going to change with the light and they have their own vibration as an artist and a gardener? Elizabeth you could sit in Monet's garden and would you appreciate the different times of Day. Would you insulate dimension of it? So as a sightseer we can go in the morning and we can go out for lunch and take a walk and come back in the afternoon and artistically. It's a different garden absolutely and then it might rain. You might have pouring rain. Bring an umbrella and then the rain will break and you'll have gray clouds and everything will be all shiny and sparkly or you might be there for early. Do or you might be there for little frost. The seasons completely changed the cars. Just it's carbonated the whole experience by appreciating this extra dimension. I'm Rick Steves and our guest. Elizabeth Murray is an artist photographer and gardening expert. She helped with the restoration of Claude. Monet's famous gardens at Scheffer name after time and the Second World War had left them in ruins. She's published a book called Monet's passion with photos. Observations and tips on the plants Monet us to convey a vocabulary of color in his gardens.
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"They call the feeling Saddad and have a music tradition. They called Fido that I think expresses it beautifully here to help us understand this core character of Portuguese culture on travel with Rick Steves are tour guides. Raphael Pereira and Christina Duarte Christina Raphael. Welcome thanks very much. So sowed how would you. I'm Christina define how this is a part of the Portuguese soul sowed. It's a very very difficult word to translate in just one word. I think that we are the only country country in the world that defines all these feelings deep feelings in just one word Soda if you really want to relate that I think that the best translation is the presence of the absence. The presence of the absence of the absence exactly is that is a longing of of something that is constantly with you in your mind in your soul in your deep feelings but physically is not there so to wear of something you do not. Hello yes you have on your thoughts you have it on your heart. You have it on your on your way of looking to things when we look took to the sea for instance is something that the Portuguese have very much rooted in our culture is that we have this kind of look and I- faraway Raphael Y Y Portugal and Sao Dodd. Let me introduce an idea that my help our listeners. To understand this idea of so that you cannot understand so that rationally and that's my problem to be rational cannot understand it with your mind something that you understand which your heart. There was a Portuguese. This king from the fourteen hundreds called don't want us known has the philosopher and he wrote Soledad is the sense of the heart. So it's the the brain of your heart are Thomas or the thinking of the feeling of your heart again I I again. You're you're coming back to the logical you're going the brain of the heart of the heart not just the heart and I think it's so that it's paradoxical because it is at the same time the longing for a lost best and wanting wanting this last past two back in the future but is never gonNA come back and all do you know is never gonNA come back. You don't let go you keep loving that which you have lost and that is so that that's why the presence of the absence is constantly there do you cry. Is it a sadness or is it a kind of a love or is it a awareness of your culture and losses of the past. It's all of that. It's happy you long for something that happened in the when you reap you think about that again you are leaving again. Okay okay so now both of you. It's just like it is who you are. It's woven into your DNA and blood and for me as a tourist coming to Portugal. I want to to connect with this and I don't have the heritage and I don't quite understand how to not make it logical. How would I experience it? Where would I go to find sowed in my travels I would say go to a place where you feel comfortable alone and with yourself just to my favorite place will be by the water by the water where my eyes can look along with the line of the horizon without seeing anything really is just with the line? Just leave your is to go in your thoughts probably is just being with yourself being comfortable with silence silence. Yes with silence refuse to let me continue on this idea of Christina of the ocean because if you look at the geographic position of Portugal we are an Atlantic country. Return to the ocean and and today We know a little bit of the mysteries of the Atlantic Ocean but in the past it was not like that the ocean was mysterious. Was the unknown case. Okay so when you're looking at their arise and you're in deep relationship with the mystery of life and that is so that you cannot understand the mystery of life to reason through your mind definition Asian it is unknown. The relationship to the ocean is a key element to understand Portuguese culture and also we can connect it of course the Portuguese explorations to the ocean. Was it sustenance. Did Bring Food and did it pay for life or was it. Death was it Happy was it sad. Is that the enemy or a friend. It's the paradox again. The the ocean is something that gives you a way of life but can take away from you what you love in one second. So it's the paradox. At the same time is your second chance life. Second chance again with our geographic situation. We are pretty there. We are the less country of continent of Europe Europe and the the nose to the Western stock between Spain and the ocean so looking to the ocean is looking to our opportunities in life through. It's the past and the future together. I was talking with a very old man in Salima on the Algarve in the south coast on and I was just asking him about his childhood and today the tourism bed and breakfast and there's very little restaurants and he said when he was a little boy sitting on the same little town a port town with the colorful fishing boats dragged up on the sand he said for him. Life was only sardines and the sea in the air and the sea the sea spreading our culture culture. This is travel with Rick Steves. We're talking about Portugal and something fundamental Portugal. It's this nostalgia feeling feeling of Saddad. I'm talking with Christina Dorte and Raphael Pereira and we're talking with Lisbon guides about how as travelers we can connect we can do more than just seek cliches on stage. We can connect with the culture now. The logical thought for a traveler. Portugal Christine Raphael is to connect necked. This feeling of Sao Dot with the wonderful fodda music tradition. First of all. What is photo so father is? Our is our unique traditional music. Style that you'll only find in Portugal. It is part of what is defined the country and in our cultural DNA and expresses Portuguese soul. It expresses Portuguese uniqueness and in my opinion it is the most beautiful expression of the feeling. Soledad I can be alone in a restaurant enjoying enjoying my sardines and my wine and that can be looking into the face of the photo singer.
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"What is the proper term to call this wildlife refuge. Can you just tell me the politics of of the name game here. It it's interesting you mention that Rick because I think this place has been so contentious that even the name is something. People can't even agree upon so just to give view an example. The the proper name of the place is the Arctic. National Wildlife Refuge in the energy industry generally referred to it as an war which is an acronym for for that title It is now referred to exclusively especially by the environmental community as the Arctic refuge or the refuge that is to underscore its value as the premier wildlife. Refuge is the largest refuge in the United States and not to diminish I think by by reducing it to an acronym dot got to diminish its importance politics even in what you call it. Okay so Chris tell us about the actual trip sure so I think from Fairbanks back to fairbanks is about ten day trip about nine days out in the Bush as they say and it required a couple of different Bush plane flights to get out there so we flew from fairbanks to Arctic village which is a rich and village so I was able to talk to some locals there on the south side of the refuge. Then we flew across the brooks range onto the north side of the Brooks range and then we floated for the next several days down the Hula Hula River. Which is one of many rivers that drain the north side of the brooks range toward the Arctic Ocean? Miles was the float I believe it. Sixty five River miles sixty five miles so just again to remind people. This is a vast natural refuge the size of South Carolina with no roads roads. And there's a town on the on the South End I guess and then you flew over that to the flat area north of the mountain range. And then you you rafted for sixty five miles else tells us about the boats. The company guides the people. You were traveling with it so I went with Arctic wild which is just a few companies that specializes in travel so in the High Arctic Very reputable company. We took like around fourteen foot large rubber inflatable rafts. And there were ten of us in in all a few guides and and the rest kind of adventurous people and kind of the rhythm of the days we would paddle we would get up and if it was a moving day we would break camp and paddle for maybe several hours and get to a camp and set up camp and then we might a lay over for a day and we would We'd maybe have have dinner. And then one of the most amazing parts about being up there is that it's it's light twenty four hours a day and so you just throw away your watch. Time has no meaning up there in in in late June and so we would maybe paddle when we wanted to. We would eat when we were hungry. We went on Hikes at eleven o'clock at night until two in the morning and then we would maybe have a snack and we would get up at eleven in the morning again and then maybe go for another hike and so it was really amazing to get on some more get in touch with the more natural pulse of life for for about a week. Didn't you in your article call that. Arctic timer yes. Does the guys told us at the beginning that we were going to do this. And every once it's in a while Someone say what time is it and the guide would just say you know the time is right now. It's right now. This is travel with Rick. Steves we're talking with adventure travel writer. Christopher Solomon. We have links to Chris's website and recent articles by Chris with today's show notes had rick steves dot com slash radio. So your your guides. How did they contribute? They actually teach you about the flora and the fauna. And they teach you about the The issues what was their agenda as teachers. Or were they just helping you make the trip safely. Yeah the guides really amazing young guys enthusiastic guys incredibly well informed about the flora and fauna and very good paddling instructors a lot of experience bears and other wildlife they knew a fair bit about The current events but you know they know they have to deal with a lot of different kinds of peoples. They didn't weigh in on the politics of some of the stuff we've talked about but extremely well versed in a lot of the natural history of the of the area so they could answer almost any question and they got a lot of odd questions from US city city. That was it comfortable. Was it safe. Did you eat. Well yeah how I would describe this kind of trip up for an experienced outdoors person. Who is up for a good time in the outdoors but who is I guess I I would say is game for anything because you can have seventy five degrees in the Arctic June or you can have twenty five degrees in snowing and so you have to go with that kind of High spiritedness in mind. You traveled a long way. Spent a lot of money. Spent a Lotta time. Tell me what you learned. What if you take away from it? Was it worth the trouble. Oh it definitely was worth the trouble. I mean I I just wanted a sense of the feeling and in value of a place like this that I could take away the show I understood it when I when I saw that acronym again and the Arctic refuge refuge and I knew I knew what it meant in some visceral way and to sit at the front of your tent with a cup of coffee and have a thousand Caribou stream past you. I understand what that place means a little more now a lot more now after ten days there. I think I've spent more time time there than some of those Alaskan politicians. Now not that. It's that much time I've spent there but I think I understand a little better. You wrote this. Someone whispered is sacred. They said that pretty well. And quite a remarkable impactful moment when somebody.
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"Have if you were designing a big landscape and i wrote about that and i found that fascinating that trying to changed the shape of a really tiny space is extraordinary difficult and i think kerry has done extraordinarily successful job in doing doing so you know reading your book garden list and i just want to remind people. This is garden less technical tour of the world's best new gardens by christopher woods. I'm inspired to make make a point to get more out of the gardens that you encounter when you travel. Let's close out with just take me on a stroll for a moment through a bit of a garden that really really resonated with you and tell me what you're experiencing you mentioned it's like a favorite sweater sometimes walk me through this garden and give me a sense the wonder essentially one in america and it's the naples botanical garden in florida and it was a parking lot and nothing before it was created and it was designed by five landscape architects and to have five landscape architects in room is a very dangerous thing in terms of temperament and so forth but extraordinarily they got on very well now it's in naples florida so it's tropical and therefore has everything has grown extraordinarily fast but it's a series these are experiences and while they have labels like this is the brazilian garden or the caribbean garden or the javanese garden if you you change the metaphor and away and take it as a musical piece when you enter the music starts to unfold and it's adagio oh and so forth i mean it's just classical concerto of botany added to that of course you're hearing that but you're seeing it but you're also smelling it so because it's in the tropics you get the sweet scent of frangipani that just comes down one avenue into your nose. Listen and heightens your senses and then you move on and there's another fragrance and then then the sounds of birds various birds and you walk out to a natural area this is on the edge of the everglades and it's the preserve sixty acres of natural area and all of a sudden things quieten down. I don't know who composed this. Could it be beethoven because after you come away from the quiet of the preserve is a riot in a crescendo of flowers hours noisy and loud and so forth and it's just this continuing experience that rises and falls for your senses but inside side you to there's the reisen full of excitement and quiet and peace and curiosity and this whole range of experiences this is and it applies to music or if you go to an art museum and you see three or four different paintings and the emotions those those paintings you've oh can you any of the expressions of humankind and gardening is no different from that while that is a new frontier tear in pleasure to unleash your sensuality and it all comes across in this book christopher woods. Thanks for writing garden last. Thank thank you so much travel with rick. Steves is produced add rick steves europe in edmonds washington by yours truly tim tapping with isaac kaplan wilner and casimiro mahal special. Thanks to our colleagues at the u._c..
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"I can't remember the name of the bread that everyone <music> you get from street vendors everywhere that this is the quarry the pretzel that's where they make it. You know we tried to more than just the traditional tourist spots and edry that wonderful. What's interesting here. You talk edry is. It's not that tough to do. I mean athens is a huge city. I don't know four million people. I mean nearly half of all the greeks live in athens these days. They saved from the top of the acropolis. You can see half of all the people in greece much of the city is just nondescript sprawl that wouldn't be of a lot of interest to a tourist but in the centre with a half an hour walk walk you can go from syntagma square in the capital behind that are some wonderful museums. Just to the left you've got the kissed in circa and then you can hike up up to the acropolis and you've got the old clock at the base of that and then siri that maria was talking about for the trendy sort of artsy area and the marketplace that you're talking about really is just a few blocks from there and locals will know just where to go for their favorite souvlaki stand. Frankly i used to just try to see the famous sites and get out. I like athens a lot more these days. It's got personality. It's got a pride. It feels like it's come through different crises in the last decade and there's a confidence in athens. There's a celebration athens. I like it. That's what we found in in athens and that you know i could look and see that for some people who maybe haven't traveled outside the united states often <hes> mhm. Maybe they only gone to london or something like that actually well. It has a tough exterior in some places but well. That's nice to hear the the people in the big. City are sweethearts and <hes> you said it has kind of tough exterior. It used to be just so overrun run with traffic. I just remember when i went to athens. My kleenex would turn black so city and now they've controlled the traffic. There's more pedestrian areas. It's remarkable. What happens has done edry. Thanks for your call. This is travel with rick steves. We've been talking with maria sioulas and phillipus curse and i would love to get your take on our feelings that athens is changing how you know athens has dealt with the crisis. Athens has dealt with their refugees. Economic challenges right now for travelers is a positive feeling maria. How do you see the changes happening in athens. Oh it's phenomenal. I mean it really has changed in the last five years. So small things really far more pedestrianised areas for tourist friendly. We have a great infrastructure as far as getting around in the city so people can leave their cars behind us. I used the metro systems. The olympics were turning point for infrastructure and you found yourself in a big economic whole from a debt point of view but you certainly have good infrastructure now moving around and <hes> relatively good governance sounds like yeah you can sense in athens now. This is a feeling of pride yes. We've really gone through some tough times and continue to go through through tough times as far as the economy is concerned but as i say there's the sense in in athens with the people that they're taking back control of their city..
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"Bones but if you're somewhere like france or germany this is basically a comfortable guest house that just happens to be situated in the mountains where you'll be cooked some of the best comfort food of your entire life life. You can purchase wine or beer. You're surrounded by all this gorgeous scenery and you can either have a private room or you can share a dorm room with other walkers and when it comes to eating you are exercising exercising. You're hungry. You've got high altitude. This food's going to taste better than ever and you can eat all of the hugh want your burning so many calories that there is nothing that you will want to say no when you you set out on a four day hike. Do you generally have your mountain huts reserved before you leave or do you just play by ear so i almost always reserve mountain hudson advanced because a lot the times they're situated one day apart and so you know everybody wants to stay in the same place each night so it can be good to just get those reservoir the best the most most characteristic and well run huts and they're the ones that will probably book. I and it's pretty straightforward to make a reservation and it's reliable and then you get to see the same people all along your eggs exit. Make friends along the way yeah. This is travel with rick steves. We've been talking with cassandra overby about exploring europe on foot. That's the book and <hes> it's an inspiration. I'm going to plug a little bit of that dimension of europe into my next trip. Thanks cassandra. Thank you next office athens to see what's new in greece and christopher woods recommends the most interesting contemporary gardens you can experience around the world. We're at eight seven seven three three three rick on travel with rick steves. It's been a while since the news from greece has had much of a positive ring to it. Come to think of it. It seems like they've always had squabbles among their politicians.
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"I. I love that because then to people don't have to risk having one person scuttle the whole mission yes. I think that's pretty important. Cassandra overby is our guest on travel with rick steves ebbs. She recommends fifteen favorite hiking trails and she's mapped them out for a walking vacation in her book. Explore europe on foot. Her website is cassandra cassandra overby dot com now when you go. Do you like to have companionship or have you gone alone to see that you'll just meet people as you go or are. We just appreciate this time alone with nature. What thinking do you go through before you determined that so i like to mix it up on all of my trips so i did a lot of research trips for my book and and sometimes i had people join me and that was really wonderful. Sometimes i did the hikes alone which was great for really getting into an area and kind of losing my identity and losing myself and just kind kind of soaking everything in like a local and then it was also really nice to reach out and actually make some new friends so i wanted to hike the thirty four and france. I didn't know anyone who wanted to go and i felt like i really wanted people to join me on that section because it's on cliffs so i reached out to appreciate hiking group and i said hey i'm coming to hike this trail. I'm an american author. Do you have anyone who would be interested in hiking it with me and i found a couple parisians couple who came out to mont saint michel and met me for two days together her and it was amazing. That's a great idea talk about a nice initiative and i would think on the trail. People are inclined to be friends. I mean it's like minded people. Everybody's in a in a positive spirit and so on. I wanna talk a bit about the gear because i'm always looking at german and germans are sort of famous for their walking sticks with those walking sticks anyways so they really help if you have creaky knees <hes> or you know if you've just been hiking for a long time and you'd like to extend your hiking life because they make the little easier on your body. Yeah i would think a little it's a little safer if you have four legs instead of two when you're going down a rocky slope or something yes especially for balance by no means you have to have those something aerobic also or something getting for exercise when you're just walking straight on a paved trail to have that our motion going because i see germans like germans are famous for this. I mean it's just like there's people almost kind of think. It's kinda funny. 'cause okay six germans. They've all got their walking sticks. Look like a little animation almost yet. What about <hes> boots. I grew up thinking you've gotta have boots but i know there's options. There are options so my favorite option is called the european walking shoe..
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"This is travel with Rick Steves. We're talking with George Farkas and Monica Push about hungry George. I mentioned earlier that the Hungarian language is sort of unique UNICO. It's different from the Slavic languages around it could could you talk just very clear and slow like a teacher count one to ten in Hungarian so we can get a little dose of your language Okay H.. Kathy had them need hot thought he knew what's key lands these. There's no no dose or Einstein tray of it. We're we're we're in no mislead challenged. Oh my goodness and Monica. Is there any fun. Little tongue twisters fund well. Would you like to really hear a melody or some really tongue twister in Hungarian like for example Charlie Bunch Richer Water Metro Vancouver Chaka check check is few troubled Shag. Oh my goodness I want to hear tongue-twister say that again slowly slowly and Hungarian and then tell us what you said so Charlie Bungee Chug is Chato Gash trouble charitable Gash csonka Chad fan to torture Rag Cherokees Few troppled achieve egg and it says <hes> that <hes> in the Lilla forests the Lilla birds are singing and Lilla Lake is can be seen so practically it is just an interestingly porter attacked listener little birds actually since <hes> Hungary had just received the title that Hungary is considered to be one of the most difficult language in a word and you may wonder why you know I mean there are grammatical rules. <hes> there are exceptions read the Rose and then you learn the language so what could be so difficult well the problem is that <hes> we have more exceptions from the rules then Roussy itself so that really frustrates me when I'm trying to learn a foreign language is is this way except when it's not this way you are not the only one who is frustrated. I'm trying to find find the solution. <hes> how come that the Hungarian society is still even in two thousand eighteen is completely Hama gene probably because everybody else <hes> who had not learned the language of in the language environment. It's almost impossible to learn so they find other areas so that it has a actual impact on the budget Nadya on the demographic makeup of because your language is harder to learn than German absolutely harder to learn than any any other languages actually in the European environment. What can we learn from the Hungarian language about the Hungarian people? Does it give us any insight into the culture language sets the mind and so if we have a language which has so many unexpected twists then please don't be surprised if you feel things which are unexpected in our culture in our history in our everyday life as well if you come to our Roman Catholic coronation church and the interior area of the church is decorated Pagans Tribal Hungarian motifs and so on in other words Monica. You're saying <hes> when you walk into a Roman Catholic church it has a deeper heritage than Christianity. There is a religious undertones that survived to this day that are actually the Pagan Magyar routes. Yes and the makers just came a thousand years ago right. The Magyars are the Hungarians seven Hungarian tribes arrived in eight hundred ninety six in the ninth centuries came about twelve hundred years ago from way over by Mongolia or something like actually a whole bunch of commerce rivers area therefore we have this language sitting in the middle of all these <hes> more Western languages and it's <hes> it's part of the Finnish Hugo Rick language grew house need three <hes> there are in Finland Estonia and Hungary. It reminds me of the independent spirit. It's just hard to defeat the Hungarian spirit for the Soviet Union. The Hungarians were just the biggest problem and you actually we had to be able to have your own Goulash version of communism and so on what is it about the Hungarian independent spirit. I think the Hungarians would really want to express themselves and they don't want to be compressed one of the examples if you're bringing <hes> something unique up is how we do our bads <hes> your bed yeah so working your bid and how our bedsheets are prepared and I I'd like to share a personal experience very first time we came over to the United States of America and we went into. I don't know if it was a hotel. Someone's house we were introduced to our bedrooms and we went in and then it took us time to actually decide where we go like we lifted one layer another layer and another layer. We couldn't decide between where we go because we have where you put your body fantasies. Where do we fit in his bat setting? They're all tucked into tight exactly and then you had these sheets and then all we have is basically a cover sheet which sits on the mattress and then we have a single engle do which is top to bottom sites basically a standalone unit and it's not tax in so we can easy lift it up and then go under and then our feats are are free. We can't have our feeds compress down at the end and still still today when we go to a hotel and get up in the middle of the night. I have hard time to pull the sheet out from the bottom to freer exactly to have a Georgia practically even today even I'm putting off the don't disturb sign because <hes> the housekeeping ladies are talking beautifully my bad and every single day I'm struggling it out because I need freedom during the night so I can't be oppressed underneath the in bed sheets story sorry he does this. All the comforter.
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"In Irish comedian one you might be starting to hear about tells us how much fun she's been having starting over in New York. That's coming up in just a bit on today's travel with Rick steves. Let's start the hour with a look at what it's like to reinvent yourself in a new country with the stories of two Americans who've made a life for themselves in Italy. Have you ever liked what you saw in Italy so much that you dreamed of actually moving there? I have to admit I've been tempted myself we're joined now on travel with Rick steves by two people who gave into that temptation and now they're living. They're -talian dreams and pip rata left her job in two thousand fourteen and moved to CNN and long so for him to Mataya and settled down within near Sorrento above the scenic amalfi coast Anna in and join us now to tell us their story. Thanks for joining us. So Anna, how did you end up in Sienna? I studied Italian in college fell in love with it decided to move to Italy after college moved to terrain, then ended up doing graduate work in Manchester became professor, and then realized that I needed to get to Sienna because I did my thesis on Saint Catherine of Sienna and every summer I went and every summer got harder to come back to the states. So I just decided to move there and that was a few years ago, and you must like it because you're still there. I do I love it Feren, by the way, big industrial city in the north no nonsense fantastic city, though, the best food really entering people. Think about that. But you ended up in sort of the fairytale medieval town, no an end lung. What's your story? I changed my major twice in university. And so decided to take a six months break to go to Italy to try to learn the language because I'd been there on vacation before. And then after six months decided to stay in ended up marrying an Italian and been thirty eight years living in Sorrento thirty eight years in beautiful lemon cellos. Ice cream and lemon cellos with those nothing better. I can't think of a more dull cheetah rental. So now you've been there. Thirty eight years in a small town, a small community and his community above Sorrento. You always the foreigner. You don't look at talion. I'm the foreigner. I definitely have strange ways the way I do things it's foreign, but I've been absorbed into the community. They think of me as a local because I've withstood thirty eight and you respect to the respect them. And there's a lot of my friends that were foreigners that have left sense. And they get no respect, I respect. So are you accepted in the community? Are you taking seriously at community meetings or parent teacher meetings, or whatever you might be into you sit there at the table, and and you're part of the community, and they'll ask me about my opinion about local ideas and things and I'm raising family in the community as well. So it touches my life. Yeah. Now, Anna, I I always think of Americans who settled down in Europe is ex pats. Yes. But you're also just flat out immigrants. Magritte's exactly it which my friends in CNN always remind me of oh here comes the immigrants. What's the difference between an ex Pat and immigrant, well, if we're going to be blunt, the color of your skin, isn't that something? Yeah. I know in Italy relationships seem to be really important to get things done personally. And in your in your work life talk about the importance of relationships in Italy, the hugely important. And I think that had I not found myself in a contralto in Sienna. I don't think I would have stayed because it's so important to be a part of a community..
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"Highest peak of the adirondacks and he he talks some guy some local into taking him down the mountain on a buck ford in the middle of the night so he's just careening down this mountain to get to the train station to go to buffalo where the president has been shot and then you can go into the house where he took the oath of office after mckinley guide servewell's our guest on travel with rick steves we're taking a closer look at her travels and discoveries that went into two thousand five book assassination vacation you can listen to sirius earlier appearances on travel with rick steves in which she discusses how french general lafayette helped to actually save the united states and the american colonization of hawaii looking this week show notes at rick steves dot com slash radio you mentioned that there's some sort of you know irreverent moneymaking and entertaining ways to turn these deaths into into funding profit what or something i'm not a communist rick what are some ways that they i mean the probably the dumbest one i saw at the aforementioned mckinley memorial is the mckinley i don't know if they still make this but the mckinley memorial yoyo which is a yoyo with a picture of a muslim on it that's pretty morbid those knows i mean there are some unsettling things like when i was in virginia you know after john mcstay shot lincoln he wasn't caught for a few days and he went through virginia on on horseback in near like one of the places where he stopped there's this weird memorial to him kind of on this highway median sort of shrouded by the shrubs and it's it's a memorial to john wilkes booth you know which is very unsettling a memorial to john wilkes booth it's kind of it's kind of a fly by night why some people find him heroic i mean have you ever heard the maryland my maryland of the maryland state song there's there's a whole section of it that's word says you know six emperor which is what booths yelled twenty jumped to the stage and route part of the song is about assassinating lincoln lincoln was very view it was a contentious guy he was not an entirely popular figure a lot of us forget that that when lincoln was assassinated he wasn't like everybody's favorite president yeah i mean one person who had the most to do with that change of fortune besides lincoln himself was booth because that dummy shot lincoln on good friday and then lincoln died saturday morning in so by sunday morning all the sermons were all of easter was turned into a lincoln memorial noah's all these comparisons between jesus and lincoln which we still kind of have those connotations i think in your book assassination vacation there was an interesting quote you wrote the eagle mania required to be a president or presidential assassin makes the two types brothers of sorts the way las vegas in salt lake city are brothers yeah because they're just kind of company towns devoted to one thing in the desert you know once in when is salvation yeah i mean the only thing crazier than wanting to kill the president is wanting to be president you know i mean just think about the amount of egomania takes to want that job and to think you could do that job so i mean it's you know sometimes we have these problematic presidents and that's what we see yeah for sure and that's what we get because we're only going to get people to run for that job who think they can do it and who think they should do it you know and that's insane same with the the assassins you know this is a democracy i mean the reason presidents weren't really protected before you know like after the third assassination they started getting protection but because they thought assassinations happened in monarchy's they thought interru a public that could never wasn't even a concern for protection because the people choose the president you know but these assassins they decide like said thing we're doesn't count yeah you know what when you think about the killer's tell us just where they all just nutcases that just wanted to kill somebody or did they have ideals where they doing something machiavellian way that they make ideals but yeah they are were on cases we go janis booth was a real racist.
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"All these factors might change from time to time but eventually you kinda get a sense so i know that i love 25 milligrams i can totally do five milligrams if i'm talking to folks and two point five to five is generally fine for me but more than that i wanna be at home watching a funny movie or not really have any responsibilities beyond beyond that and everybody has to kind of figure that out for themselves and for example i know i i as a fellow i was working with who really never consumer wanna his whole life i think he's 45 probably ways hundred and fifty pounds a lean skinny guy uh hit he would have to three cookies to feel it thirty milligrams well aware that would just knocked me over so how do you incorporate the pot or thc into the food because anyone you know who's experimented before it would always going to the butter more moyal is what i understood so there's an various methods to extract thc or oil fr from the cannabis plant you could use ethanol extraction you could you co two you could use hard hydrocarbon which is butane hash oil or and we're all learning that's right this is all kind of newer technology that's now out in the light we actually by the oil we're not growing marijuana and extracting marijuana you're not throwing chunks of wheat into a a vat of butter we're letting the growers helped make that for us said it keeps it clean and green is a really important to us we don't want pesticides and so we have very stringent specs on what we're looking forward don't look for a very uh high chloroform tastes plant wheaty tastes we we distill it to kind of we'd that out literally al and that was rick steve's last meal emperor lucky that i found wearing it david murray paraffin my hobby of it by workers travelling the third edition of rick steve's book travel as a political act is out now you can find that book along with all of his guide books and.
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"It is cocktail hour here at your last meal with our sponsor heritage distilling company and if you've ever had a conversation with me you know that i love word play in puns so i was very impressed when justin steeple the owner and founder of heritage this only company came up with this sweet slogan you can't spell baseball without bsp he's talking about their brown sugar bourbon inherited to selling company is a proud sponsor of the seattle baseball team of which we cannot named for legal reasons you can figure it out you portent thing is you can't spell baseball without bsp and honestly drinking is the only reason i go to baseball games not a sportsperson but i love sitting in the stadium looking up at a blue sky looking down at the greenfield eating a hot dog and having a nice drink so you can drink heritage the sowing company at the ballpark in seattle or you can make your own nice drink at home coulda heritage distilling dot com to find out where you can get a bottle of their vodka gin whisky or brown sugar bourbon you can find a supermarket near you that cells heritage or have a bottle delivered right to your door an emme hey we're back with travel expert rick steve's so you've been an advocate of legalising marijuana for many years i think i interviewed you probably like eight years ago or something about this long before became legal in washington uh i think a lot of people our learning that you know there are not these leg stone or sooner stereotypes attach where it's like someone sitting on the couch i'll dating cheetos a lotta people smoke it's fine but i do have to ask what is your favorite stone or snack like if you're smoking pot what do you crave what do you like to eat.
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"Listen you the podcast as well uh and she heard gill simmons say that she loves benassi pie so lauren was inspired to create eight benassi pie icecream flavor roasted banana ice cream homemade dolchai to let jake handed graham crackers and milk and dark chocolate flakes so she makes this ice cream she packages it up and then she sends six pints of it to gales simmons i think in new york city gale receives the ice cream tries it loves it ends up tweeting about it instagram me about it tells the world that she loves it lauren has the best day of her life i'm excited it's a good plan full circle experience so i thought that was pretty fun and if you want to follow the action on social media you can follow me at i am rachel belle that's on twitter and fell with any and that concludes your your less meal news all right let's get into the episode with rick steve's so your new book is called travel as a political act how to leave your baggage behind new explain the concept of your new book this is not your typical you know pick a city in europe guidebook yeah will people who know me know me from decades of teaching european travel and i've been teaching enthusiastically and tirelessly here in the seattle area since the eighties enough i look back on today i didn't have any grand plan but they've been sort of a logical evolution in the 80s i was talking about you know uh europe through the back door that was the book and and it was a budget skills how to use a train pass how to get a good hotel how to pack late and stay healthy and so on uh and then in the nineties that occurred to me okay you know we've cut the train we know how to pack and find a hotel that's the bottom rung of mass slows hierarchy of travel needs you could say uh the next step up would be enjoying the culture and the history and the arts and the cuisine and i i wrote a book called dearborn a one and i was enthusiastically teaching classes about appreciating the culture in the art and.
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"Roundly and not knowing what we're getting into are we getting into a margarita we having a fists quila it's it's not a good feeling when you when you over by no no it's not i recall uh let's see 2000 one was the last time that i ate a pop brownie i hallucinated i was afraid of the dark and ironically spent the rest of the night under the covers and back to rick steve's it was actually tough to get receives to say what his last meal would be because he would rather let a chef of a restaurant cook whatever's in season and what's delicious that day instead of choosing something himself i had to ask him three times to really focus and tell me what he wanted for his last meal so we're going to hear from my colleague cairo radio host john curley about his 2017 new year's resolution to never opened a menu and order based on what the server says it's the most popular item on the menu what most people were young most people get the rack of lamb i'm like it's forty seven dollars really most people get the rug of wealth were you asked what most people get the get the rack of lamb so then i get the rack of lamb iit more racks of lamb than i've ever eat before two thousand seventeen turned out to be the new year's resolution eat more racks of lamp and in your last meal news yes we have news a really sweet thing happened recently literally a very sweet thing uh back in december i had top chef judge and food and wine magazine editor gale simmons on the program and her last meal was but nafie pie but nafie pie is a british desert it is a banana cream and dolchai to lecce pie well there is an icecream company in seattle called sweet lows homemade ice cream you may remember them of i had the owner lauren wilson on for my darcy carton episode that's when we were talking about why marshmallows don't freeze and rocky road ice cream so warren is a fan of the podcast there she was listening to the l simons episode i like to think she was like laying on a bed with a canopy on top and like talking underpin princess phone to our other friends.
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"Your last meal is sponsored by heritage to company craft in small batch vodkas jin's and whiskies drink locally drink responsibly borrow seattle sure no i am rachel belle and this is your last meal a show about famous people and the stories behind the foods they love most today on the program the last meal of travel guru rick steve's rick steve's is put out more than fifty european travel guide books he hosts a public television show called brick steve's europe and a public radio show called travel with rick steve's boy oh boy this recollect to travel and despite being kind of a buttoned up detail oriented guy rick has been a proponent for legalizing marijuana for a very long time what is your favorite stone snack grech remote widow coming through okrec remote gordon durie a they look like little dog third pellets but i love in order to reduce our i love our minority to more retirement i was listening to my favorite music or whatever rick and i both left in washington state where pot has been legal for several years now and thc and cbd infused every time i save as thc in cbd i feel like vvd pvda what was is obviously yeah unlimited it was that motown fillers how philly uh such a good song anyway moving on we have edibles in the state they are infused with chc and cbd you can listen to abc nbc d while you eat them all but you can easily buy them at putt shops so i chat with jody hull she's the founder of seattle cupcake empire cupcakery al and she hasn't edibles company called good ship one of the things that we work on a good ship is to kind of eradicating the notion of edible relent a lot of us have experienced a an opportunity where we might have had a little bite or a rat's nibble or a whole.
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"In the hour we'll hear what turned south korea into an economic powerhouse thanks for coming along its travel with rick steve's we're exploring fed plotkin six favorite cities in the world for people who like to eat treads reputation as an expert on italian cuisine is confirmed by his definitive guidebook italy for the gourmet travel as we've heard so far bologna is his top food city in the world when a series gets rave reviews court cosmopolitan pilot and right now we're exploring how its international character has boosted london's reputation as a culinary capital if you were to really make your point by taking me out to dinner in london would you find the best cuisine in example of english cuisine or would it be something more eccentric or from distant land some exotic as were speaking i was london about three weeks ago i try to eat local foods in every country go to and i happen to love fish and seafood and there are a few restaurants so they go to in london more i always have local british fish is beautifully prepare dover sole lives heaven marie example and the only to places that you can eat it really wells in england than in belgium and the dressed kravitz call which is really undressed kravitz taken out of his shell uh the pronounce that come from the ira the bay of ireland bay of dublin and all of this fantastic seafood from penns ends from cornwall means that you really can eat first class fish and seafood at london every day and then of course her fish and chips if you were in london and you wanted to go take meter nice uh fish restaurant what's your favorite fish.
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"You can listen to ashley and tina's earlier appearance with tips for taking younger children on a european vacation at the travel with rick steve's show archives it's in the radio section of rick steve's dot com look for program number four ninety from june of 2017 this has been so much fun talking about traveling of teens in any can't talk about travel and teams without dealing with the challenge of cell phones ashley what's your wisdom on cell phones and teens on the road i think cellphones can make for a lot of fun you can give kids a lot of photo assignments with their cell phones also that will take us photo of something you need like the bus routes in and they can soumen scan and be the navigator the kids be the tech wizards absolutely and then you might want to limit they use for a social media to a certain time every night when they can have wi fi wherever you're staying and they're going to want to share their experience for their friends it's gonna make it more fun for so let's make that a positive thing but within parameters because they're gonna wanna share it on facebook but you don't want them to be at home all the time in europe tina from your experience as a tour guide with families which your wisdom on cell phones and social media yeah i would say just give them tasks um we usually do like a foot photo competition in to steer stereotypes about certain places and countries and they should be in the picture so it's like a competition for them and i always say that they should also focus on the fact that you know it's great that they have cell phones but just look outside look where your parents have brought you appreciate that and and coming from a person that's not their parent i think they take it for real and they appreciate it that the end and it's normal and you can tell them i always say with kids being honest as well is very important if there is wifi tell you'll have wifi tonight so that's why now you don't need to focus on that business it won't be working but do something else instead put your phone away and it's just wonderful it's such an exciting time to be traveling with teens it's more important than ever as there's a lot of fear and.