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Rick Steves' Europe Previous Broadcasts

The Best of Israel (Episode #805()

KQED 9: Sun, Nov 23, 2014 -- 2:30 PM

Provence: Legendary Light, Wind and Wine (Episode #308H)

KQED Life: Sun, Nov 23, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

Provence, known for its soft light and fierce wind, is as loved by Americans as it is by the sun. We climb Roman ruins in Nimes, explore a papal palace in Avignon, and savor vivid views immortalized by van Gogh in Arles. Crossing acres of wispy vineyards, we explore the Cotes du Rhone and more wonders of the South of France.

French Riviera: Uniquely Chic (Episode #309H)

KQED Life: Sat, Nov 22, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

A longtime favorite escape of Europe's elite, the Riviera coastline still sparkles with yachts. We follow in the footsteps of 19th century aristocrats along Monaco's harbor and Nice's promenade des Anglais. Then we visit the picturesque, artist hangouts of Chagall, Matisse and Picasso.

The Best of Israel (Episode #805()

KQED Life: Fri, Nov 21, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

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  • KQED Life: Fri, Nov 21, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

Budapest: The Best of Hungary (Episode #311H)

KQED Life: Thu, Nov 20, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

Budapest, once Vienna's partner in ruling the Austro-Hungarian empire, feels like the capital of Eastern Europe. It's actually two cities- busy Pest and noble Buda-straddling the Danube and laced together by mighty bridges. Capitalism has taken hold with gusto as shopping boulevards thrive and stone Lenins and cast iron Stalins litter a theme park at the edge of town. Today Gypsy orchestras feature smoking violins, venerable mineral baths are the rage, and 19th century coffeehouses enjoy a renaissance.

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  • KQED Life: Thu, Nov 20, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

Poland Rediscovered: Krakow, Auschwitz and Warsaw (Episode #310H)

KQED Life: Wed, Nov 19, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

Poland is ready to be rediscovered as the old "east" transforms itself into the new heart of Europe. Krakow, with its bubbly Baroque and cobbled charm, is emerging as the exciting "next Prague." Nearby, a visit to Auschwitz teaches us a timeless, soul-searching lesson. Systematically destroyed during World War II, Warsaw is a lively, thriving capital once again.

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  • KQED Life: Wed, Nov 19, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

French Riviera: Uniquely Chic (Episode #309H)

KQED Life: Tue, Nov 18, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

A longtime favorite escape of Europe's elite, the Riviera coastline still sparkles with yachts. We follow in the footsteps of 19th century aristocrats along Monaco's harbor and Nice's promenade des Anglais. Then we visit the picturesque, artist hangouts of Chagall, Matisse and Picasso.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, Nov 18, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

Provence: Legendary Light, Wind and Wine (Episode #308H)

KQED Life: Mon, Nov 17, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

Provence, known for its soft light and fierce wind, is as loved by Americans as it is by the sun. We climb Roman ruins in Nimes, explore a papal palace in Avignon, and savor vivid views immortalized by van Gogh in Arles. Crossing acres of wispy vineyards, we explore the Cotes du Rhone and more wonders of the South of France.

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  • KQED Life: Mon, Nov 17, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

Paris Side-Trips (Episode #804H)

KQED 9: Sun, Nov 16, 2014 -- 2:30 PM

Side-tripping from Paris into the Ile-de-France, we indulge in the world of royal and aristocratic extravagance in the pre-Revolutionary playground of France's elite. We explore Versailles, Europe's palace of palaces; exquisite Vaux le Vicomte; and extravagant Fontainebleau, home to centuries of French rulers. We'll also marvel at the glass and statuary of Chartres cathedral and dine like kings.

London: Mod and Trad (Episode #305H)

KQED Life: Sat, Nov 15, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

London is quintessentially English, yet cosmopolitan. We check out the new - the Millennium Bridge and the British Museum's Great Court, and admire the old - well-wrapped mummies and a rare Leonardo. After bantering with Beefeaters at the Tower of London, we do some riverside beach-combing. Strolling the trendy South Bank of the Thames takes us from the Tate Modern to the dizzying London Eye.

Paris Side-Trips (Episode #804H)

KQED Life: Fri, Nov 14, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

Side-tripping from Paris into the Ile-de-France, we indulge in the world of royal and aristocratic extravagance in the pre-Revolutionary playground of France's elite. We explore Versailles, Europe's palace of palaces; exquisite Vaux le Vicomte; and extravagant Fontainebleau, home to centuries of French rulers. We'll also marvel at the glass and statuary of Chartres cathedral and dine like kings.

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  • KQED Life: Fri, Nov 14, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

Belgium: Bruges and Brussels (Episode #307H)

KQED Life: Thu, Nov 13, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

Belgium is a land of contrasts. From the powerhouse headquarters of the European Union and Europe's grandest square in big-city Brussels, we go quaint with delicate lace and back lane bike rides in small- town Bruges. We check into a medieval hospital, savor the exquisite art of Memling, and climb a bell tower to get up close and fortissimo at a carillon concert. Then passionate chefs - creators of French fries and Europe's finest chocolate-give us a taste of their art.

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  • KQED Life: Thu, Nov 13, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

Highlights of Paris: Eiffel and Monet to Creme Brulee (Episode #306H)

KQED Life: Wed, Nov 12, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

Packing the best of Paris into one episode, we scale the Eiffel Tower, then savor classic treats - from steak tartare to creme brulee. We marvel at Monet, Manet and company in the stunning Orsay Gallery. Tracing the sad steps of Marie Antoinette, we relive French history from its bloody revolution to its extravagant belle epoch.

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  • KQED Life: Wed, Nov 12, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

London: Mod and Trad (Episode #305H)

KQED Life: Tue, Nov 11, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

London is quintessentially English, yet cosmopolitan. We check out the new - the Millennium Bridge and the British Museum's Great Court, and admire the old - well-wrapped mummies and a rare Leonardo. After bantering with Beefeaters at the Tower of London, we do some riverside beach-combing. Strolling the trendy South Bank of the Thames takes us from the Tate Modern to the dizzying London Eye.

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  • KQED Life: Tue, Nov 11, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

Belfast and the Best of Northern Ireland (Episode #304H)

KQED Life: Mon, Nov 10, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

No trip to Emerald Isle is complete without a visit to Northern Ireland. We tour bustling Belfast, sneaking a peek at its politically charged neighborhoods. Then we head for the Antrim Coast and go wild in Portrush, Ulster's Coney Island. We taste-test Irish whiskey, scramble over six-sided rock columns, putter through a world-class golf course, and stomp our feet to Irish music in rough-and- tumble Derry.

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

KQED Life: Sat, Nov 8, 2014 -- 4:30 PM

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: Sun, Nov 9, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

The Majesty of Madrid (Episode #301H)

KQED Life: Sat, Nov 8, 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.

France's Loire: Chateau Country (Episode #803H)

KQED Life: Fri, Nov 7, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

Along the Loire River Valley, the beautiful French countryside is studded with evocative chateaux. Home-basing in Amboise, we visit four unique castles: elegant Chenonceau, massive Chambord, stately Cheverny, and fragrant Villandry. Along the way, we tour Leonardo's home, feed hunting dogs, enjoy the local cuisine, and savor a princely garden.

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  • KQED Life: Fri, Nov 7, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

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

KQED Life: Thu, Nov 6, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

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.

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  • KQED Life: Thu, Nov 6, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

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

KQED Life: Wed, Nov 5, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

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.

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  • KQED Life: Wed, Nov 5, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

The Majesty of Madrid (Episode #301H)

KQED Life: Tue, Nov 4, 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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, Nov 4, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

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

KQED Life: Mon, Nov 3, 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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Nov 9, 2014 -- 12:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Mon, Nov 3, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

France's Loire: Chateau Country (Episode #803H)

KQED 9: Sun, Nov 2, 2014 -- 2:30 PM

Along the Loire River Valley, the beautiful French countryside is studded with evocative chateaux. Home-basing in Amboise, we visit four unique castles: elegant Chenonceau, massive Chambord, stately Cheverny, and fragrant Villandry. Along the way, we tour Leonardo's home, feed hunting dogs, enjoy the local cuisine, and savor a princely garden.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Fri, Nov 7, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

Western Turkey (Episode #801H)

KQED Life: Sun, Nov 2, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

From the port of Kusadasi, we wander the streets of ancient Ephesus, soak in a natural spa at Pamukkale, learn why the dervishes whirl at Konya, munch lunch in a Turkish pizzeria, and cruise the Mediterranean on a traditional Turkish gulet from Antalya. Turkey is a mighty nation whose ancient heritage, Muslim faith, and western ways are coming together...and we'll see how.

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

KQED Life: Sat, Nov 1, 2014 -- 4:30 PM

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.

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

KQED Life: Sat, Nov 1, 2014 -- 12:00 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.

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