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Rick Steves' Europe Previous Broadcasts

The Majesty of Madrid (Episode #301H)

KQED Life: Thu, Jul 24, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

Madrid is studded with riches from its glory days. We tour the lavish Royal Palace, enjoy art-packed museums, and look deep into Picasso's greatest masterpiece. Experiencing Madrid at its fun-loving best, we' re mesmerized by flamenco dancers and munch on pigs' ears. Then, for a dose of Spain's dramatic history, we side-trip to El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen.

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  • KQED Life: Thu, Jul 24, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

Switzerland's Jungfrau Region: Best of the Alps (Episode #214H)

KQED Life: Wed, Jul 23, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

If Heidi is alive, she's in this sky-high corner of the Swiss Alps, with cows on breathtaking ridges. After settling into a traditional village where locals scythe hay by hand, we hike, bike, and parasail. We blast an alphorn, get sprayed by waterfalls raging deep inside a mountain, and munch muesli for breakfast at 10,000 feet. For a finale, we ride Europe's highest lift up the mighty Jungfrau for hot cocoa, glacier sledding, and oh-wow views.

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  • KQED Life: Wed, Jul 23, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

Munich and the Foothills of the Alps (Episode #213H)

KQED Life: Tue, Jul 22, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

In Munich, where locals specialize in good living, we visit boisterous markets and go for Baroque palaces...while office workers surf in the Isar River. Heading into the foothills of the Alps, we take a spin around a Maypole; drop by Oberammergau-the Shirley Temple of Bavarian villages; and tour the fairy-tale castles of "Mad" King Ludwig. After hiking up to a desolate ruined castle, we soar even higher in a glider over the Tyrol.

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  • KQED Life: Tue, Jul 22, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

Germany's Romantic Rhine and Rothenburg (Episode #212H)

KQED Life: Mon, Jul 21, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

Cruising the Rhine River, we dodge riverboat traffic and the legendary siren, Lorelei. After climbing castles and descending into dungeons, we relax with Rhine wine. We tour Burg Eltz-a lived-in castle where the noble lady still puts out fresh flowers. Then we enter the walled town of Rothenburg for Germany's best wood carving, a vivid dose of medieval punishment, and a tour with the night watchman of the town's lamp-lit ramparts.

North England's Lake District and Durham (Episode #709()

KQED Life: Sun, Jul 20, 2014 -- 4:04 PM

Hiking through the Cumbrian Lake District - England's green and pristine mountain playground - we admire idyllic lakes, discover misty waterfalls, tour a slate mine, and conquer stony summits. And we'll meet the locals - and their beloved dogs and sheep - everywhere. Then we play a little cricket, hike Hadrian's Wall, and are dazzled by Durham's Norman cathedral.

London: Historic and Dynamic (Episode #708()

KQED Life: Sun, Jul 20, 2014 -- 3:22 PM

In many-faceted London, we ponder royal tombs in Westminster Abbey, learn how to triple the calories of an English scone at teatime, discover treasures in the British Library, enjoy the vibrant evening scene in Soho, uncover Churchill's secret WWII headquarters, join the 9-to-5 crowd in the new London, shop where the queen shops, and straddle the Prime Meridian at Greenwich.

England's Bath & York (Episode #401H)

KQED Life: Sun, Jul 20, 2014 -- 2:41 PM

Medieval York and Georgian Bath - easy side-trips from London - pack an exciting pair of sightseeing punches. Rick explores Roman hot springs, cruises quiet canals, marvels at England's finest Gothic church and gets a surprising dose of Viking history as he enjoys England's easy urban delights.

Edinburgh (Episode #403H)

KQED Life: Sun, Jul 20, 2014 -- 2:05 PM

Edinburgh is the historical and cultural heart of Scotland. We'll explore the castle, peek at the new parliament, dabble in the local literature, sip a little Scotch, get wrapped up in a kilt, and then stow away on Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia.

North Wales: Feisty and Poetic (Episode #402H)

KQED Life: Sun, Jul 20, 2014 -- 1:30 PM

From towering Mount Snowdon, to evocative medieval castles, to sweeping Victorian promenades, North Wales is a poem written in landscape. We'll climb a mountain aboard a steam train, learn some Welsh, follow a miner deep into a slate mine, herd sheep with a very clever dog, and work in a pop pilgrimage to the Beatles' Liverpool.

Dublin and Mystical Sidetrips (Episode #208H)

KQED Life: Sat, Jul 19, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

Dublin's story is of feast and famine: from its 18th-century Golden Age to its 20th-century struggles for independence to its boomtime today. We explore the town's foreboding castle, patriotic jail, and Trinity College with its illuminated Book of Kells--a bright light from the Dark Ages. At night we party in Temple Bar, awash with Celtic music and frothy pints of Guinness. We sidetrip to the prehistoric necropolis of Newgrange and the medieval monastery at Glendalough, tucked in the scenic Wicklow Mountains.

Berlin: Resilient, Reunited, and Reborn (Episode #211H)

KQED Life: Fri, Jul 18, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

Berlin is back, resuming its place as a great European capital. We climb the Reichstag's new glass dome, sway at a modern-day cabaret, and pop a few chocolates in the now thriving eastern sector. Along with Germany's finest art, complicated Berlin also has hidden remnants of its fascist and communist past. In a city that's rebounding and rebuilding, we crane our necks at Europe's newest Times Square-Potsdamer Platz.

The Best of West Ireland: Dingle, Galway, and the Aran Islands (Episode #210H)

KQED Life: Thu, Jul 17, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

Ireland in the extreme is best experienced on its west coast in Gaeltachts, where the people speak Gaelic and the rugged villages have changed little over the generations. After exploring the rugged and remote Aran Islands, we settle into Galway, dance in a castle at a medieval folk banquet and delve into Ireland in the extreme: Dingle Peninsula. Ringing with traditional music from its rustic pubs, dotted with prehistoric "fairy forts," if you'll fall in love with Ireland, chances are it'll be right here.

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  • KQED Life: Thu, Jul 17, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

South Ireland: Waterford to the Ring of Kerry (Episode #209H)

KQED Life: Wed, Jul 16, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

We find the story of Ireland strewn along its fascinating south coast: Waterford's much-loved crystal factory; the Kennedy family homestead; the Dunbrody famine ship; and Kinsale's star-shaped fortresses. After learning why locals don't kiss the Blarney Stone, we savor the scenic charms of the Emerald Isle-driving the Ring of Kerry.

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  • KQED Life: Wed, Jul 16, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

Dublin and Mystical Sidetrips (Episode #208H)

KQED Life: Tue, Jul 15, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

Dublin's story is of feast and famine: from its 18th-century Golden Age to its 20th-century struggles for independence to its boomtime today. We explore the town's foreboding castle, patriotic jail, and Trinity College with its illuminated Book of Kells--a bright light from the Dark Ages. At night we party in Temple Bar, awash with Celtic music and frothy pints of Guinness. We sidetrip to the prehistoric necropolis of Newgrange and the medieval monastery at Glendalough, tucked in the scenic Wicklow Mountains.

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  • KQED Life: Tue, Jul 15, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

Prague and the Czech Republic (Episode #207)

KQED Life: Mon, Jul 14, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

Newly energized Prague, slinky with sumptuous Art Nouveau facades, is perpetually playing Mozart and Vivaldi. Eastern Europe's top destination has Europe's best beer, biggest castle, liveliest pedestrian bridge, and most evocative Jewish Quarter. From Prague, we sidetrip to Kutna Hora, once a silver-mining boomtown, to descend into its medieval mine and ponder its eerie chapel, decorated centuries ago with 40,000 bones.

North England's Lake District and Durham (Episode #709()

KQED 9: Sun, Jul 13, 2014 -- 11:04 AM

Hiking through the Cumbrian Lake District - England's green and pristine mountain playground - we admire idyllic lakes, discover misty waterfalls, tour a slate mine, and conquer stony summits. And we'll meet the locals - and their beloved dogs and sheep - everywhere. Then we play a little cricket, hike Hadrian's Wall, and are dazzled by Durham's Norman cathedral.

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  • KQED Life: Sun, Jul 13, 2014 -- 11:04 AM

London: Historic and Dynamic (Episode #708()

KQED 9: Sun, Jul 13, 2014 -- 10:22 AM

In many-faceted London, we ponder royal tombs in Westminster Abbey, learn how to triple the calories of an English scone at teatime, discover treasures in the British Library, enjoy the vibrant evening scene in Soho, uncover Churchill's secret WWII headquarters, join the 9-to-5 crowd in the new London, shop where the queen shops, and straddle the Prime Meridian at Greenwich.

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  • KQED Life: Sun, Jul 13, 2014 -- 10:22 AM

England's Bath & York (Episode #401H)

KQED 9: Sun, Jul 13, 2014 -- 9:41 AM

Medieval York and Georgian Bath - easy side-trips from London - pack an exciting pair of sightseeing punches. Rick explores Roman hot springs, cruises quiet canals, marvels at England's finest Gothic church and gets a surprising dose of Viking history as he enjoys England's easy urban delights.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Jul 13, 2014 -- 9:41 AM

Edinburgh (Episode #403H)

KQED 9: Sun, Jul 13, 2014 -- 9:05 AM

Edinburgh is the historical and cultural heart of Scotland. We'll explore the castle, peek at the new parliament, dabble in the local literature, sip a little Scotch, get wrapped up in a kilt, and then stow away on Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia.

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  • KQED Life: Sun, Jul 13, 2014 -- 9:05 AM

North Wales: Feisty and Poetic (Episode #402H)

KQED 9: Sun, Jul 13, 2014 -- 8:30 AM

From towering Mount Snowdon, to evocative medieval castles, to sweeping Victorian promenades, North Wales is a poem written in landscape. We'll climb a mountain aboard a steam train, learn some Welsh, follow a miner deep into a slate mine, herd sheep with a very clever dog, and work in a pop pilgrimage to the Beatles' Liverpool.

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  • KQED Life: Sun, Jul 13, 2014 -- 8:30 AM

Venice Sidetrips (Episode #202)

KQED Life: Sun, Jul 13, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

Pulling on hip boots, we settle into the muck of Venice, then take a speedboat tour of the lagoon. On the mainland, we head for Padua to tour a once-illegal anatomy theater and track the restoration of Giotto's Scrovegni Chapel. In Vicenza, we admire elegant Palladian-style streets and villas. In Verona, we climb the Roman Coliseum, jostle with tourists to rub the brass breast of Juliet, and taste-test grappa before riding the train to Ravenna for its dazzling 1500-year-old mosaics.

Rome: Baroque Brilliance (Episode #702H)

KQED Plus: Sat, Jul 12, 2014 -- 6:30 PM

This second of 3 episodes on Rome reveals a city busy with life and bursting with Baroque. We ramble through the venerable heart of Rome, admire breathtaking Bernini statues, ponder sunbeams inside St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, and mix and mingle with the Romans during an early evening stroll. Following an exquisite Roman dinner, we join locals after dark, lacing together the Eternal City's most romantic nightspots.

France's Dordogne (Episode #502H)

KQED Plus: Sat, Jul 12, 2014 -- 6:00 PM

The Dordogne River Valley with its dramatic castles, pre-historic cave paintings, and prized cuisine is an unforgettable blend of man-made and natural beauty. We'll take an idyllic canoe ride, visit a goose farm, then savor the foie gras. We'll also wander through a lamp-lit castle, enjoy a country market, and visit the Sistine Chapel of the prehistoric world. Then we head south to Albi, home of Toulouse Lautrec, and the imposing fortress city of Carcassonne.

Venice Sidetrips (Episode #202)

KQED Life: Sat, Jul 12, 2014 -- 4:30 PM

Pulling on hip boots, we settle into the muck of Venice, then take a speedboat tour of the lagoon. On the mainland, we head for Padua to tour a once-illegal anatomy theater and track the restoration of Giotto's Scrovegni Chapel. In Vicenza, we admire elegant Palladian-style streets and villas. In Verona, we climb the Roman Coliseum, jostle with tourists to rub the brass breast of Juliet, and taste-test grappa before riding the train to Ravenna for its dazzling 1500-year-old mosaics.

Florence: City of Art (Episode #203)

KQED Life: Sat, Jul 12, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

In the birthplace of the Renaissance, we look into the eyes of Michelangelo's David and Botticelli's Venus, learn tricks for touring the Uffizi art gallery, and climb the dome that kicked off the Renaissance-to discover how it was built. Then we delve into the Florentine good life: visiting a fragrant 400-year-old perfumery, sipping Campari on a rooftop, chasing the sunset on a Vespa, and sleeping serenely in a converted monastery.

Amsterdam and Dutch Sidetrips (Episode #206)

KQED Life: Fri, Jul 11, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

With Rembrandts and stately architecture from its Golden Age, hidden churches and holocaust memorials from its troubled times, and Van Goghs and titillating street life from its modern age, Amsterdam stimulates all the senses. Then, side-tripping from Europe's capital of tolerance into the countryside (and below sea-level), we hike dikes, climb windmills, tour the world's biggest flower market, and see how in Holland, "Everything's just so Dutch!"

Cinque Terre: Italy's Hidden Riviera (Episode #205)

KQED Life: Thu, Jul 10, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

Italy's Hidden Riviera In these five idyllic port towns, we sample village life: fishing for anchovies at midnight, savoring the best pesto, picking grapes, and cheering cliff divers as we hike the "walkway of love." Each pastel town is a delight, but my favorite is Vernazza - where Giovanni makes pasta and Granelli sells porcini mushrooms at the tiny street market. We sidetrip to Carrara's quarries where Michelangelo selected his marble, then return to Vernazza to stroll the only street with the entire village as the sun sets.

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  • KQED Life: Thu, Jul 10, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

Siena and Assisi: Italy's Grand Hill Towns (Episode #204)

KQED Life: Wed, Jul 9, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

Italy's Grand Hill Towns In red-bricked Siena, we tour its innovative medieval hospital, lavish cathedral, and a bakery that makes panforte (like fruitcake, only better). Exploring the Chianti region, we taste Brunello di Montalcino - with its makers. Spending the night at a farmhouse, we meet the family and the sheep, learn of the Slow Food Movement, and enjoy a homegrown dinner. In Assisi, we follow the footsteps of St. Francis from his humble chapel to the grand basilica - frescoed by Giotto - that holds his tomb.

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  • KQED Life: Wed, Jul 9, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

Florence: City of Art (Episode #203)

KQED Life: Tue, Jul 8, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

In the birthplace of the Renaissance, we look into the eyes of Michelangelo's David and Botticelli's Venus, learn tricks for touring the Uffizi art gallery, and climb the dome that kicked off the Renaissance-to discover how it was built. Then we delve into the Florentine good life: visiting a fragrant 400-year-old perfumery, sipping Campari on a rooftop, chasing the sunset on a Vespa, and sleeping serenely in a converted monastery.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, Jul 8, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

Venice Sidetrips (Episode #202)

KQED Life: Mon, Jul 7, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

Pulling on hip boots, we settle into the muck of Venice, then take a speedboat tour of the lagoon. On the mainland, we head for Padua to tour a once-illegal anatomy theater and track the restoration of Giotto's Scrovegni Chapel. In Vicenza, we admire elegant Palladian-style streets and villas. In Verona, we climb the Roman Coliseum, jostle with tourists to rub the brass breast of Juliet, and taste-test grappa before riding the train to Ravenna for its dazzling 1500-year-old mosaics.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Mon, Jul 7, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

Rome: Ancient Glory (Episode #701H)

KQED Plus: Sat, Jul 5, 2014 -- 6:30 PM

Part 1 of 3 on the Eternal City, this episode resurrects the rubble and brings back to life the capital of the ancient world. Focusing on the grandeur of classical Rome, we marvel at the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and the empire's exquisite art. Then we go offbeat by bicycle to see the Appian Way and marvels of Roman engineering.

Burgundy: Profound France (Episode #501H)

KQED Plus: Sat, Jul 5, 2014 -- 6:00 PM

Burgundy is a calm and cultivated corner of France, where nature is as sophisticated as the people. Traditions are strong here. We'll slow down to enjoy the region's edible, drinkable, scenic, and floatable delights. We'll travel on a canal barge, visit a medieval hospice and a modern monastery, build a barrel, appreciate fine Burgundy wine, slurp escargot, and eat very, very well. If you're looking for the quintessential French culture, you'll find it in Burgundy.

Venice and Its Lagoon (Episode #711H)

KQED Life: Sat, Jul 5, 2014 -- 4:30 PM

Venice, more than any other European city, has an endlessly seductive charm. For centuries, it was nicknamed La Serenissima, "The Most Serenely Beautiful One" - and for good reason. Along with sampling the sumptuous art treasures of Venice and exploring its back-street wonders, we cruise its lagoon, stopping in fiery Murano for glass, pastel Burano for lace, and murky Torcello for a sense of where Venice was born.

European Travel Skills, Part I (Episode #712H)

KQED Life: Sat, Jul 5, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

These 3 episodes distill Rick Steves' 30 years of travel experience into 90 minutes of practical advice on how to have a fun, affordable, and culturally broadening trip to Europe. Shot on location in Amsterdam, Germany's Rhineland, Venice, Siena, the Italian Riviera, the Swiss Alps, Paris, and London, these episodes cover Rick's favorite 3000-mile European loop while providing viewers with essential travel skills. We cover tips on planning an itinerary, hurdling the language barrier, driving and catching the train, avoiding scams, eating well, sleeping smart, staying safe, and everything you need to enjoy the best possible experience.

Prague and the Czech Republic (Episode #207)

KQED Life: Fri, Jul 4, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

Newly energized Prague, slinky with sumptuous Art Nouveau facades, is perpetually playing Mozart and Vivaldi. Eastern Europe's top destination has Europe's best beer, biggest castle, liveliest pedestrian bridge, and most evocative Jewish Quarter. From Prague, we sidetrip to Kutna Hora, once a silver-mining boomtown, to descend into its medieval mine and ponder its eerie chapel, decorated centuries ago with 40,000 bones.

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  • KQED Life: Fri, Jul 4, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

European Travel Skills, Part III (Episode #714H)

KQED Life: Thu, Jul 3, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

These 3 episodes distill Rick Steves' 30 years of travel experience into 90 minutes of practical advice on how to have a fun, affordable, and culturally broadening trip to Europe. Shot on location in Amsterdam, Germany's Rhineland, Venice, Siena, the Italian Riviera, the Swiss Alps, Paris, and London, these episodes cover Rick's favorite 3000-mile European loop while providing viewers with essential travel skills. We cover tips on planning an itinerary, hurdling the language barrier, driving and catching the train, avoiding scams, eating well, sleeping smart, staying safe, and everything you need to enjoy the best possible experience.

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  • KQED Life: Thu, Jul 3, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

European Travel Skills, Part II (Episode #713H)

KQED Life: Wed, Jul 2, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

These 3 episodes distill Rick Steves' 30 years of travel experience into 90 minutes of practical advice on how to have a fun, affordable, and culturally broadening trip to Europe. Shot on location in Amsterdam, Germany's Rhineland, Venice, Siena, the Italian Riviera, the Swiss Alps, Paris, and London, these episodes cover Rick's favorite 3000-mile European loop while providing viewers with essential travel skills. We cover tips on planning an itinerary, hurdling the language barrier, driving and catching the train, avoiding scams, eating well, sleeping smart, staying safe, and everything you need to enjoy the best possible experience.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Wed, Jul 2, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

European Travel Skills, Part I (Episode #712H)

KQED Life: Tue, Jul 1, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

These 3 episodes distill Rick Steves' 30 years of travel experience into 90 minutes of practical advice on how to have a fun, affordable, and culturally broadening trip to Europe. Shot on location in Amsterdam, Germany's Rhineland, Venice, Siena, the Italian Riviera, the Swiss Alps, Paris, and London, these episodes cover Rick's favorite 3000-mile European loop while providing viewers with essential travel skills. We cover tips on planning an itinerary, hurdling the language barrier, driving and catching the train, avoiding scams, eating well, sleeping smart, staying safe, and everything you need to enjoy the best possible experience.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, Jul 1, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
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