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Rick Steves' Europe Previous Broadcasts

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

KQED Life: Sat, Dec 10, 2016 -- 12:00 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.

Salzburg and Surroundings (Episode #410H)

KQED Life: Fri, Dec 9, 2016 -- 9:00 AM

The birthplace of Mozart - and everyone's Sound of Music fantasies - Salzburg is a baroque jewel of a town. It's also the springboard for dozens of Alpine adventures, from thrilling summer bobsledding, to hikes around Hitler's old Eagles Nest hideout, to an idyllic boat ride on serene Lake Hallstatt.

Italy's Amalfi Coast (Episode #405H)

KQED Life: Fri, Dec 9, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

Just south of Naples we'll experience the breath-taking Amalfi Coastline, the trendy resort of Positano, the limoncello charms of Sorrento, the ancient Greek temples at Paestum, and the iridescent Blue Grotto hidden beneath the enchanting isle of Capri.

Vienna (Episode #409H)

KQED Life: Thu, Dec 8, 2016 -- 9:00 AM

In Europe's classiest capital we'll tiptoe through the palace of Maria Theresa and be dazzled by the Hapsburg crown jewels. Then we'll picnic on the Danube, nibble strudel in an old world cafe, blush at slinky Art Nouveau, and waltz to the three-four beat of Johann Strauss.

Naples and Pompeii (Episode #404H)

KQED Life: Thu, Dec 8, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

Naples is Italy in the extreme. We'll prowl backstreet fish markets, dodge fast-moving Vespas, and dine on pizza where it was invented. We'll climb to the top of nearby Mount Vesuvius, then wander through the amazing ruins of Pompeii, the Roman town it destroyed.

Italy's Great Hill Towns (Episode #408H)

KQED Life: Wed, Dec 7, 2016 -- 9:00 AM

Connoisseurs of Italy find that its quintessential charms survive in its classic hill towns. From San Gimignano's medieval towers, to Cortona's charming lanes, to Orvieto's papal intrigue, to Civita di Bagnoregio's cliff-hanging vistas...all sit on lofty stone perches that now seem to protect them only from the modern world.

Edinburgh (Episode #403H)

KQED Life: Wed, Dec 7, 2016 -- 12:00 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.

Tuscany's Dolce Vita (Episode #407H)

KQED Life: Tue, Dec 6, 2016 -- 9:00 AM

The small towns and rural charms of Tuscany give us a healthy dose of the "sweet life" as we hunt for truffles in an oak forest, nibble through an artichoke festival, share a farmhouse feast, and ride a classic convertible through the cypress groves of Mona Lisa's back yard.

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

KQED Life: Tue, Dec 6, 2016 -- 12:00 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.

Milan and Lake Como (Episode #406H)

KQED Life: Mon, Dec 5, 2016 -- 9:00 AM

No trip to Italy is complete without Milan and Lake Como. In Milan we'll take a peek at Italy's highest fashion, fanciest delis, grandest cemetery and greatest opera house - not to mention Leonardo's Last Supper. Then we'll cruise along Lake Como, settling down in the lakeside village of Varenna, classic honeymoon country, where Italy meets the Alps.

Siena and Tuscany's Wine Country (Episode #907H)

KQED 9: Sat, Dec 3, 2016 -- 3:08 PM

Siena, once a proud and independent city-state, retains its confidence and unique traditions. Rick enjoys a front-row seat at its wild horse race - the venerable Palio - and marvel at cultural treasures from the days when Siena rivaled Florence for leadership of Tuscany. Then he heads into wine country for a little dolce vita under the Tuscan sun.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sat, Dec 3, 2016 -- 3:08 PM

Assisi and Italian Country Charm (Episode #906H)

KQED 9: Sat, Dec 3, 2016 -- 2:23 PM

In the Italian countryside, Rick connects with rustic, traditional culture: enjoying an agriturismo (farmhouse inn), seeing how prosciutto and pecorino cheese are made, and hiking down into deep and ancient wine cellars. He ends in Assisi - the hometown of St. Francis - which retains its spiritual aura to this day. Like pilgrims, he explores its stony center before trekking to its awe-inspiring basilica, built on the tomb of the beloved saint.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sat, Dec 3, 2016 -- 2:23 PM

Romania (Episode #905H)

KQED Life: Sat, Dec 3, 2016 -- 1:40 PM

Rick and his team tour Romania's vibrant capital, Bucharest, with its "Little Paris of the East" architecture and lingering reminders of a brutal communist dictator. Then they head into Transylvania, where they visit fortified churches, cobbled merchant towns like Sighisoara, and castles made famous by an imported German king and the real-life Dracula. Finally, they explore Maramures, where everyday life still feels like an open-air folk museum.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Sat, Dec 3, 2016 -- 1:43 PM

Bulgaria (Episode #904H)

KQED 9: Sat, Dec 3, 2016 -- 1:00 PM

Bulgaria, so mysterious to most Americans, has a vivid identity as a crossroads of the Balkans. Rick traces the country's complex history, from ancient Thracian tombs to medieval Orthodox Christian monasteries to Soviet monuments. And he enjoys an intimate taste of contemporary culture: the yellow brick road of Sofia; the gregarious craftspeople of the medieval capital, Veliko Tarnovo; and the thriving pedestrian zones of cosmopolitan Plovdiv.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sat, Dec 3, 2016 -- 1:00 PM

Italy's Amalfi Coast (Episode #405H)

KQED Life: Fri, Dec 2, 2016 -- 9:00 AM

Just south of Naples we'll experience the breath-taking Amalfi Coastline, the trendy resort of Positano, the limoncello charms of Sorrento, the ancient Greek temples at Paestum, and the iridescent Blue Grotto hidden beneath the enchanting isle of Capri.

Sevilla (Episode #313H)

KQED Life: Fri, Dec 2, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

Sevilla is the flamboyant city of Carmen and Don Juan. It's where bullfighting is still politically correct and where little girls dream of growing up to become flamenco dancers. Sevilla has soul - and we feel it in its lacy Moorish palace, massive cathedral, lavish royal tombs, labyrinthine Jewish quarter, and its people-filled streets. After munching tasty tapas, we head south for Andalusia's ultimate whitewashed hilltown, Arcos de la Frontera.

Naples and Pompeii (Episode #404H)

KQED Life: Thu, Dec 1, 2016 -- 9:00 AM

Naples is Italy in the extreme. We'll prowl backstreet fish markets, dodge fast-moving Vespas, and dine on pizza where it was invented. We'll climb to the top of nearby Mount Vesuvius, then wander through the amazing ruins of Pompeii, the Roman town it destroyed.

Siena and Tuscany's Wine Country (Episode #907H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Dec 1, 2016 -- 3:08 AM

Siena, once a proud and independent city-state, retains its confidence and unique traditions. Rick enjoys a front-row seat at its wild horse race - the venerable Palio - and marvel at cultural treasures from the days when Siena rivaled Florence for leadership of Tuscany. Then he heads into wine country for a little dolce vita under the Tuscan sun.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sat, Dec 3, 2016 -- 3:08 PM

Assisi and Italian Country Charm (Episode #906H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Dec 1, 2016 -- 2:23 AM

In the Italian countryside, Rick connects with rustic, traditional culture: enjoying an agriturismo (farmhouse inn), seeing how prosciutto and pecorino cheese are made, and hiking down into deep and ancient wine cellars. He ends in Assisi - the hometown of St. Francis - which retains its spiritual aura to this day. Like pilgrims, he explores its stony center before trekking to its awe-inspiring basilica, built on the tomb of the beloved saint.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sat, Dec 3, 2016 -- 2:23 PM

Romania (Episode #905H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Dec 1, 2016 -- 1:40 AM

Rick and his team tour Romania's vibrant capital, Bucharest, with its "Little Paris of the East" architecture and lingering reminders of a brutal communist dictator. Then they head into Transylvania, where they visit fortified churches, cobbled merchant towns like Sighisoara, and castles made famous by an imported German king and the real-life Dracula. Finally, they explore Maramures, where everyday life still feels like an open-air folk museum.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Sat, Dec 3, 2016 -- 1:43 PM

Bulgaria (Episode #904H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Dec 1, 2016 -- 1:00 AM

Bulgaria, so mysterious to most Americans, has a vivid identity as a crossroads of the Balkans. Rick traces the country's complex history, from ancient Thracian tombs to medieval Orthodox Christian monasteries to Soviet monuments. And he enjoys an intimate taste of contemporary culture: the yellow brick road of Sofia; the gregarious craftspeople of the medieval capital, Veliko Tarnovo; and the thriving pedestrian zones of cosmopolitan Plovdiv.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sat, Dec 3, 2016 -- 1:00 PM
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