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Croatia: Adriatic Delights (Episode #602H)

KQED Life: Sat, May 23, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

A fascinating land with a hard-fought history in a complex corner of Europe, Croatia is emerging as one of Europe's top destinations. Sampling the very best of Croatia, we start by exploring the fabled Dalmatian Coast from dramatic Dubrovnik to crusty Adriatic island ports. Heading inland, we hike through Plitvice Lakes National Park and enjoy the thriving capital city Zagreb. Our Croatian finale: the Istrian Peninsula and its enchanting port town of Rovinj.

Paris: Embracing Life and Art (Episode #707H)

KQED Life: Fri, May 22, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

In this second of 2 episodes on Europe's "City of Light," we ride a unicorn into the Middle Ages at the Cluny Museum, take a midnight Paris joyride in a classic car, get an extremely close-up look at heavenly stained glass in Sainte-Chapelle, go on a tombstone pilgrimage at Pere Lachaise Cemetery, and savor the Parisian cafe scene. Few cites are so confident in their expertise in good living - and as travelers, we get to share in that uniquely Parisian joie de vivre.

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  • KQED Life: Fri, May 22, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

The Best of Slovenia (Episode #604H)

KQED Life: Thu, May 21, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

Little Slovenia is the least visited and most underrated of Europe's alpine countries. From its prosperous capital of Ljubljana, we enjoy the mountain resort of Lake Bled, venture into the Julian Alps for natural thrills mixed with World War I history, go spelunking in a gigantic cave, and swim with Slavs in a charming Adriatic port.

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  • KQED Life: Thu, May 21, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Dubrovnik and Balkan Side-Trips (Episode #603H)

KQED Life: Wed, May 20, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

Nestled inside its mighty ramparts is Dubrovnik, the "Pearl of the Adriatic." From this remarkably preserved medieval fortress city, we venture into less-touristy corners of the former Yugoslavia. In Bosnia, we visit Mostar - war-torn in the 90s, but bursting with promise today. In Montenegro, we sail the fjord-like Bay of Kotor and explore its mysterious, mountainous interior.

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  • KQED Life: Wed, May 20, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Croatia: Adriatic Delights (Episode #602H)

KQED Life: Tue, May 19, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

A fascinating land with a hard-fought history in a complex corner of Europe, Croatia is emerging as one of Europe's top destinations. Sampling the very best of Croatia, we start by exploring the fabled Dalmatian Coast from dramatic Dubrovnik to crusty Adriatic island ports. Heading inland, we hike through Plitvice Lakes National Park and enjoy the thriving capital city Zagreb. Our Croatian finale: the Istrian Peninsula and its enchanting port town of Rovinj.

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  • KQED Life: Tue, May 19, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Rick Steves' Andalucia: The Best of Southern Spain (Episode #601H)

KQED Life: Mon, May 18, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

This special weaves together the region's rich mix of culture, cuisine, history, and natural wonders. It includes the major cites of Sevilla, Cordoba, and Granada; flamenco, sherry, and horses; dramatic white-washed hill towns; and fun in the Costa del Sol sun - plus a dash of Britain in Gibraltar.

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  • KQED Life: Mon, May 18, 2015 -- 8:30 AM

Edinburgh (Episode #403H)

KQED 9: Sun, May 17, 2015 -- 2:30 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.

Denmark: Beyond Copenhagen (Episode #511H)

KQED Life: Sun, May 17, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

Using Copenhagen as a spring board, we'll visit the very best of Denmark. Aarhus welcomes us with its ruddy affluence, charming open air museum and eerily well-preserved ancient bog man. Roskilde impresses visitors with its royal burial church and the best Viking ship museum anywhere. And the delightfully quaint Isle of Aero beckons a bike ride among thatched cottages, "snooping mirrors", and cobbled alleyways that reminds us of the world of Hans Christian Andersen.

Dubrovnik and Balkan Side-Trips (Episode #603H)

KQED Plus: Sat, May 16, 2015 -- 6:30 PM

Nestled inside its mighty ramparts is Dubrovnik, the "Pearl of the Adriatic." From this remarkably preserved medieval fortress city, we venture into less-touristy corners of the former Yugoslavia. In Bosnia, we visit Mostar - war-torn in the 90s, but bursting with promise today. In Montenegro, we sail the fjord-like Bay of Kotor and explore its mysterious, mountainous interior.

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  • KQED Life: Wed, May 20, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Normandy: War-Torn Yet Full of Life (Episode #303H)

KQED Plus: Sat, May 16, 2015 -- 6:00 PM

After exploring the half-timbered charm of Rouen, we reflect on Monet's lily ponds, peek in on local artisans, and set up an easel at Honfleur's harbor. We venture into composer Eric Satie's eccentric world and feast on the finest of Normandy cuisine. After pondering sacrifice and celebrating freedom on the D-Day beaches, we hike with pilgrims to the enchanted island abbey of Mont St. Michel.

Denmark: Beyond Copenhagen (Episode #511H)

KQED Life: Sat, May 16, 2015 -- 4:30 PM

Using Copenhagen as a spring board, we'll visit the very best of Denmark. Aarhus welcomes us with its ruddy affluence, charming open air museum and eerily well-preserved ancient bog man. Roskilde impresses visitors with its royal burial church and the best Viking ship museum anywhere. And the delightfully quaint Isle of Aero beckons a bike ride among thatched cottages, "snooping mirrors", and cobbled alleyways that reminds us of the world of Hans Christian Andersen.

Istanbul (Episode #512H)

KQED Life: Sat, May 16, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

Where Europe comes face to face with Asia, we'll explore the fascinating, multilayered city of Istanbul. We'll lose our way in the Grand Bazaar and feast like kings with locals at a fisherman's wharf. We'll follow the fall of the Byzantium and the rise of Islam at the city's ancient wall, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. To escape the city bustle, we'll board a boat on the churning Bosphorus, make friends over backgammon, and try a traditional bath.

Paris: Regal and Intimate (Episode #706H)

KQED Life: Fri, May 15, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

In Paris, amidst all of its grandeur, the little joys of life are still embraced. In this first of 2 episodes on Paris, we cruise the Seine River, visit Napoleon's tomb, and take in the Louvre. Then we feel the pulse of Paris - shopping in village-like neighborhoods, attending church in a grand pipe organ loft, and celebrating the mother of all revolutions with a big, patriotic Bastille Day bang.

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  • KQED Life: Fri, May 15, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Iran's Historic Capitals (Episode #514H)

KQED Life: Thu, May 14, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

Iran's rich history goes back millennia, to the days when Persepolis was home to "the king of kings." In this episode, Rick Steves explores three historic capitals of Iran: Persepolis, with its splendid monuments; Shiraz, with the tombs of Iran's most beloved poets; and Esfahan, with its extraordinary mosques and endearing people.

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  • KQED Life: Thu, May 14, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Iran:Tehran and Side Trips (Episode #513H)

KQED Life: Wed, May 13, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

As he's done with previous programs on Israel, Egypt, and Eastern Turkey, Rick takes us beyond Europe to a place that's rich with history...and mystery. Visiting Tehran, Shariz, Persepolis, and a small village, we'll get a rare present-day look at of some of civilization's most important historical sites, and a sense of Iran's 21st century culture. From architecture and art to faith and everyday living, "Iran, Yesterday and Today" is all about the eye-opening gift of travel.

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  • KQED Life: Wed, May 13, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Istanbul (Episode #512H)

KQED Life: Tue, May 12, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

Where Europe comes face to face with Asia, we'll explore the fascinating, multilayered city of Istanbul. We'll lose our way in the Grand Bazaar and feast like kings with locals at a fisherman's wharf. We'll follow the fall of the Byzantium and the rise of Islam at the city's ancient wall, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. To escape the city bustle, we'll board a boat on the churning Bosphorus, make friends over backgammon, and try a traditional bath.

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  • KQED Life: Tue, May 12, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Denmark: Beyond Copenhagen (Episode #511H)

KQED Life: Mon, May 11, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

Using Copenhagen as a spring board, we'll visit the very best of Denmark. Aarhus welcomes us with its ruddy affluence, charming open air museum and eerily well-preserved ancient bog man. Roskilde impresses visitors with its royal burial church and the best Viking ship museum anywhere. And the delightfully quaint Isle of Aero beckons a bike ride among thatched cottages, "snooping mirrors", and cobbled alleyways that reminds us of the world of Hans Christian Andersen.

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  • KQED Life: Mon, May 11, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

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

KQED 9: Sun, May 10, 2015 -- 2:30 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.

Croatia: Adriatic Delights (Episode #602H)

KQED Plus: Sat, May 9, 2015 -- 6:30 PM

A fascinating land with a hard-fought history in a complex corner of Europe, Croatia is emerging as one of Europe's top destinations. Sampling the very best of Croatia, we start by exploring the fabled Dalmatian Coast from dramatic Dubrovnik to crusty Adriatic island ports. Heading inland, we hike through Plitvice Lakes National Park and enjoy the thriving capital city Zagreb. Our Croatian finale: the Istrian Peninsula and its enchanting port town of Rovinj.

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  • KQED Life: Tue, May 19, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Highlights of Castile: Toledo and Salamanca (Episode #302H)

KQED Plus: Sat, May 9, 2015 -- 6:00 PM

Castile sparkles with Roman Segovia, walled Avila, student-filled Salamanca, and holy Toledo! We marvel at El Greco, pop some explosive pickles, and ramble Spain's most awe-inspiring medieval walls. Then, just for fun, we drop in on a bachelorette party with local troubadours, slice and savor tasty jamon, stroll with the crowd, and grab a front-row seat to enjoy Europe's most enchanting square.

Athens and Side Trips (Episode #508H)

KQED Life: Sat, May 9, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

The thriving capital of Greece sprawls out from the foot of its magnificent Acropolis. We'll tour the must-sees of ancient Athens, including the Parthenon, Agora, and amazing National Archaeological Museum. We'll take the fast-paced pulse of the modern city, but waste no time getting to my favorite side trip destinations: the ruins of the mystical oracle at Delphi, and a fast boat to the romantic, traffic-free Isle of Hydra.

Florentine Delights and Tuscan Side Trips (Episode #705H)

KQED Life: Fri, May 8, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

In this second of 2 episodes on Florence, we enjoy more of the exquisite artistic treasures of the city that propelled Europe out of the Middle Ages. Then we side-trip to a couple of rival cities and cultural capitals in their own right, Pisa and Lucca, where we'll marvel at a tipsy tower, circle a city on its ramparts, and enjoy some Puccini in his hometown.

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  • KQED Life: Fri, May 8, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Copenhagen (Episode #510H)

KQED Life: Thu, May 7, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

Denmark's capital is the most fun-loving in Scandinavia. As we get to know Copenhagen, we'll discover reminders of its Viking history and symbols of its proudly independent ways today. We'll stroll through Europe's first great pedestrian zone, ogle crown jewels in the palace and take a bike ride through a famous hippie squatter community, finishing at Copenhagen's full-time carnival, Tivoli Gardens.

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  • KQED Life: Thu, May 7, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Greece's Peloponnese (Episode #509H)

KQED Life: Wed, May 6, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

Island getaways are fun, but the real heart of Greece is found in the Peloponnese Peninsula. After enjoying the charming old port town of Nafplion, we'll time-trip through the ruins of Olympia, take center stage at the remarkably preserved theater at Epidavros, and explore the ancient capital of Mycenae. Then we'll wander off the beaten path along the rustic, rough-and-tumble Mani Peninsula, relax in the idyllic beach town of Kardymli and marvel at Greece's Rock of Gibraltar: the fortress town of Monemvasia.

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  • KQED Life: Wed, May 6, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Athens and Side Trips (Episode #508H)

KQED Life: Tue, May 5, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

The thriving capital of Greece sprawls out from the foot of its magnificent Acropolis. We'll tour the must-sees of ancient Athens, including the Parthenon, Agora, and amazing National Archaeological Museum. We'll take the fast-paced pulse of the modern city, but waste no time getting to my favorite side trip destinations: the ruins of the mystical oracle at Delphi, and a fast boat to the romantic, traffic-free Isle of Hydra.

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  • KQED Life: Tue, May 5, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

The Czech Republic Off The Beaten Path (Episode #507H)

KQED Life: Mon, May 4, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Few travelers venture beyond Prague to experience the Czech Republic's many cultural riches and offbeat delights. We'll get you started with a whirlwind of Art Nouveau, local pub music, stinky cheese-tasting, river-rafting, and peat-bathing in places like Olomouc, Moravsky Krumlov, Telc, Trebon and Konopiste. We'll also tour a remarkable memorial to the holocaust in Terezin, and the charming castle town of Cesky Krumlov.

Little Europe: San Marino, Monaco, Vatican City, Liechtenstein, and Andorra (Episode #504H)

KQED Life: Sat, May 2, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

Don't blink as we blitz through Europe's tiniest countries: Vatican City, the world's smallest country, comes with the planet's biggest church. The fairytale princedom of Monaco lures visitors with its fancy casino and glamorous views. Italy's last independent hill town, San Marino still looks formidable, as does the castle-guarded principality of Liechtenstein. And tiny Andorra entertains shoppers and hikers alike, surrounded by the rugged beauty of the Pyrenees.

Florence: Heart of the Renaissance (Episode #704H)

KQED Life: Fri, May 1, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

15th-century Florence was the home of the Renaissance and the birthplace of our modern world. In this first of 2 episodes, we gaze into the self-assured eyes of Michelangelo's David, enjoy Botticelli's Birth of Venus, delve into the 3D wonders of Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise, appreciate Fra Angelico's serene beauty, and climb the dome that kicked off the Renaissance. Then we cross the Arno to where Florentine artisans live, work, and eat - very well.

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  • KQED Life: Fri, May 1, 2015 -- 9:00 AM
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