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Smart Travels - Europe With Rudy Maxa Previous Broadcasts

Mexico City and Ixtapa (Episode #513)

KQED Life: Mon, Jan 21, 2013 -- 9:30 AM

Mexico City, the world's largest metropolis, is modern, crowded, cosmopolitan, and steeped in tradition. Rudy begins with Mexico's ancient roots just outside the city at pre-Aztec Teotihuacan. The superb National Museum of Anthropology provides more insights into ancient Mexico. For modern day excitement, we hang out at the Zocolo, the world's second largest square and the center of national life since the Aztec era. Finally we head beach-ward to the resorts of Ixtapa- Zihuatanejo on the Mexican Riviera. Tips on getting around and water sports.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sat, Jan 26, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Tue, Jan 22, 2013 -- 5:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Mon, Jan 21, 2013 -- 11:30 PM

Guadalajara & Puerto Vallarta (Episode #512)

KQED Life: Fri, Jan 18, 2013 -- 9:30 AM

Guadalajara is alive with the music of mariachis, flowers, colonial architecture, and passionate artists. Rudy explores the rich history and culture of "The Most Mexican of Cities." Art and artists are an important part of Guadalajara and Rudy takes it all in from the papier-mache pinatas to the dramatic murals of Orozco. Rudy tours a tequila factory, learns about margaritas and samples the best of traditional Mexican cooking. Then it's an easy hop to the coast where Puerto Vallarta's traditional charm still survives next to its new resorts.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sat, Jan 19, 2013 -- 5:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Jan 18, 2013 -- 11:30 PM

New Zealand's North Island (Episode #511)

KQED Life: Thu, Jan 17, 2013 -- 9:30 AM

With spectacular seismic activity, fascinating plant and animal life, and to-die-for natural beauty, New Zealand is a traveler's dream. In the Bay of Islands, Rudy kayaks along the North's most glorious coastline. A Maori guide shows us where local tribes signed a controversial treaty with European settlers. Known as the country's bread basket, Hawke's Bay offers bike rides through fruit and olive groves, and a town with one of the highest concentrations of art deco buildings in the world. Tips on oyster shucking and olive oil.

New Zealand's South Island (Episode #510)

KQED Life: Wed, Jan 16, 2013 -- 9:30 AM

The South Island of New Zealand weaves Kiwi culture with scenic splendor. The vast vineyards of Marlborough helped bring this country's wines to the world stage. At a local artists' colony, Rudy gets a crash course in Maori bone carving. The breathtaking city of Queenstown draws adventure enthusiasts from around the world. We brave white-water rapids on river boards and ride a hot air balloon for soaring views of "Lord of the Rings" country. Tips on Maori crafts and eating mussels.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Thu, Jan 17, 2013 -- 5:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Wed, Jan 16, 2013 -- 11:30 PM

Queensland, Australia (Episode #509)

KQED Life: Tue, Jan 15, 2013 -- 9:30 AM

Sun-washed beaches, chic beachside towns, cliffs and rainforests and one of the seven natural wonders of the world, The Great Barrier Reef, Queensland is the ultimate outdoor adventure. We begin north of Brisbane along the sunshine coast, exploring sand dune covered islands, coastal towns and parks. Then we fly north to Cairns, the gateway to the coral, multicolored sea life and azure waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Tips on avoiding poisonous creatures and diving.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Wed, Jan 16, 2013 -- 5:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Tue, Jan 15, 2013 -- 11:30 PM

Sydney (Episode #508)

KQED Life: Mon, Jan 14, 2013 -- 9:30 AM

Australia's stunning metropolis, Sydney seduces with its glorious harbor, carefree attitude and sunny beaches. From the Opera house to the Harbor Bridge to Circular Quay Rudy basks in the sights along the harbor. Then, it's pub hopping in the old Rocks quarter, admiring aboriginal art, and a watery adventure at the aquarium. Excursions take us surfing at Bondi beach and exploring the cliffs and rainforests of the Blue Mountains. Tips on eating well and best beaches.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, Jan 15, 2013 -- 5:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Mon, Jan 14, 2013 -- 11:30 PM

Hong Kong (Episode #507)

KQED Life: Fri, Jan 11, 2013 -- 9:30 AM

We get a Pacific Rim rush when we visit energetic, ever-changing Hong Kong. On a famous Star Ferry, Rudy savors one of the most majestic skylines on earth. Here, where ancient tradition cozies up to ultramodern, we take in monasteries, Chinese herbs and a city obsessed with shopping. The island of Lantau features one of the world's largest statues of Buddha. And in the fishing village of Sai Kung, Rudy feasts on freshly caught seafood. Tips on markets and feng shui.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sat, Jan 12, 2013 -- 5:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Jan 11, 2013 -- 11:30 PM

Shanghai (Episode #506)

KQED Life: Thu, Jan 10, 2013 -- 9:30 AM

China's new powerhouse, Shanghai dazzles with fantastic skyscrapers, non-stop shopping and delicious dining. From traditional Tai Chi in the parks and teahouses to market madness and tumbling acrobats, Rudy explores tradition and modernity in this burgeoning city. Excursions to the gardens of Suzhou and the canal town Zhouzhuang bring the ancient past alive. Tips on getting around and eating well.

Vancouver & Victoria, British Columbia (Episode #505)

KQED Life: Wed, Jan 9, 2013 -- 9:30 AM

As Canada's door to the Pacific Rim, Vancouver is a vibrant mix of European heritage and Asian cultures. In this vital, young and dynamic city Rudy explores the mix of cultures that inspires world-class cuisine, a spirited night life and modern Asian shopping centers. Nature is ever present and Rudy visits a temperate rainforest and rides a gondola to the top of a mountain just minutes from downtown. A spectacular ferry ride to Victoria brings Rudy to a bastion of British Heritage where he enjoys afternoon tea, visits the beautiful Butchart Gardens and dines on seaweed plucked from the seashore.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Thu, Jan 10, 2013 -- 5:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Wed, Jan 9, 2013 -- 11:30 PM

Seattle (Episode #504)

KQED Life: Tue, Jan 8, 2013 -- 9:30 AM

A hip, happening urban center surrounded by natural beauty, Seattle combines city life with the great outdoors. Rudy explores the vibrant downtown, samples microbrews and lattes, noses around Seattle's neighborhoods and hops aboard a ferry. Excursions take us hiking at magnificent Mount Rainier and boating through the San Juan Islands in search of whales. Tips on great seafood and getting outfitted for the outdoors.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Wed, Jan 9, 2013 -- 5:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Tue, Jan 8, 2013 -- 11:30 PM

San Francisco (Episode #503)

KQED Life: Mon, Jan 7, 2013 -- 9:30 AM

The port city of San Francisco revels in art, diversity and food. Chinatown is a feast for the senses, and the city's new Asian Art Museum a must-see. We get savvy on sourdough and tour notorious Alcatraz Island. A stroll through the Haight neighborhood harkens back to the "Summer of Love", and the Italian cafes of North Beach serve up a dollop of hospitality with their espresso. Crossing the Golden Gate, Rudy heads to Napa Valley wine country for a relaxing mud bath and some off-beat garden art. Tips on vegetarian food and wine-tasting.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, Jan 8, 2013 -- 5:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Mon, Jan 7, 2013 -- 11:30 PM

Four Great Cities II (Episode #411)

KQED Life: Sat, Jan 5, 2013 -- 4:00 PM

We can jet to Europe in a day and visit four cities in less than a week. It's great to take your time but sometimes you only have a day to visit. How can you be part of the international jet set and still get a taste of "old" Europe? This time Smart Travels takes viewers on a whirlwind tour of four cities that represent a bit of the old and bit of the new in Europe. Rudy shows viewer how to get the most out of one-day visits to Copenhagen, Berlin, Munich, and Rome. Tips on maximizing travel memories from a 24-hour stay in a European big city.

Oahu and Kauai (Episode #502)

KQED Life: Fri, Jan 4, 2013 -- 9:30 AM

Sunning, swimming, surfing and boating at Waikiki Beach are just the start in Honolulu. Rudy explores Hawaii's Polynesian roots at the venerable Bishop Museum, remembers WWII history at Pearl Harbor, and pays homage to King Kamehameha. From Oahu we head north to Kauai, "The Garden Island" whose sheer beauty screams "tropical paradise." Rudy hikes the Waimea Canyon and kayaks past traditional Hawaiian villages. The Allerton Gardens show off rare tropical plants, and restored homes of planters recall days when sugar was king.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sat, Jan 5, 2013 -- 5:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Jan 4, 2013 -- 11:30 PM

Maui and Hawaii's Big Island (Episode #501)

KQED Life: Thu, Jan 3, 2013 -- 9:30 AM

The cultures of the Pacific converge on the breathtaking islands of Hawaii. This trip Rudy begins on Maui, where he braves the twisting road to Hana with its cascading waterfalls and tropical splendor. Fire-knife dancers light up the night sky, and we sway to the rhythms of hula and slack-key guitar. Later, Rudy hops over to Hawaii's Big Island for ancient petroglyphs and a helicopter tour of the world's most active volcano. Tips on snorkeling and golfing.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Fri, Jan 4, 2013 -- 5:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Thu, Jan 3, 2013 -- 11:30 PM

A Music Lover's Europe (Episode #413)

KQED Life: Wed, Jan 2, 2013 -- 9:30 AM

For a totally different view of Europe, Rudy shows smart travelers how to organize a trip around a theme. Rudy discovers surprising and fresh takes on Europe as he sets out on a music lover's tour. Winning, live performances by the Sicilian folk band Diascouri, and by Groupo Emiliano, a zany, classically-trained quartet from Emilia Romagna, are the backbone of this offbeat trip. But performance is just the start. Rudy visits folkdance groups in Greece, Sweden and Norway and delights in the classics in Italy and Austria. And everywhere, the music provides a backdrop for enthralling local scenery and engaging local stories. Tips on organizing a trip around a theme.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Thu, Jan 3, 2013 -- 5:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Wed, Jan 2, 2013 -- 11:30 PM

Europe Just for Fun (Episode #412)

KQED Life: Tue, Jan 1, 2013 -- 9:30 AM

As more travelers return to Europe for multiple visits, many are on the lookout for another dimension in travel. Occasionally they want to skip historical sights and museums in favor of a trip-or a day- just for fun. They're ready for absolute R&R; looking to break up serious sightseeing with hot-air-balloon trips, mountain luge rides, country hikes or days at an amusement park. They're seeking new adventures in Europe-flights of fancy-spiced with great meals and local libations of course. This time, Rudy shares his personal picks of Europe Just for Fun.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Wed, Jan 2, 2013 -- 5:30 AM
  • KQED Life: Tue, Jan 1, 2013 -- 11:30 PM

Four Great Cities II (Episode #411)

KQED Life: Tue, Jan 1, 2013 -- 5:30 AM

We can jet to Europe in a day and visit four cities in less than a week. It's great to take your time but sometimes you only have a day to visit. How can you be part of the international jet set and still get a taste of "old" Europe? This time Smart Travels takes viewers on a whirlwind tour of four cities that represent a bit of the old and bit of the new in Europe. Rudy shows viewer how to get the most out of one-day visits to Copenhagen, Berlin, Munich, and Rome. Tips on maximizing travel memories from a 24-hour stay in a European big city.

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