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Rick Steves' Europe Previous Broadcasts

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

KQED Life: Fri, Nov 29, 2013 -- 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: Fri, Nov 29, 2013 -- 9:00 AM

The Majesty of Madrid (Episode #301H)

KQED Life: Thu, Nov 28, 2013 -- 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, Nov 28, 2013 -- 9:00 AM

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

KQED Life: Wed, Nov 27, 2013 -- 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: Wed, Nov 27, 2013 -- 9:00 AM

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

KQED Life: Tue, Nov 26, 2013 -- 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: Tue, Nov 26, 2013 -- 9:00 AM

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

KQED Life: Mon, Nov 25, 2013 -- 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: Mon, Nov 25, 2013 -- 9:00 AM

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

KQED Life: Sat, Nov 23, 2013 -- 4:30 PM

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: Sun, Nov 24, 2013 -- 12:00 AM

London: Historic and Dynamic (Episode #708()

KQED Life: Sat, Nov 23, 2013 -- 12:00 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.

Venice and Its Lagoon (Episode #711H)

KQED Life: Fri, Nov 22, 2013 -- 12:00 AM

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.

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  • KQED Life: Fri, Nov 22, 2013 -- 9:00 AM

Venice: City of Dreams (Episode #710H)

KQED Life: Thu, Nov 21, 2013 -- 12:00 AM

After sorting through the monuments of Venice's powerful past, we trace its decline from Europe's most powerful city to its most hedonistic one. We cruise the Grand Canal, luxuriate in a venerable cafe, and savor fresh fish canal-side with Venetian friends. Becoming as anonymous as possible in this city of masks, we'll be dazzled by masterpieces of the Venetian Renaissance and get intimate with the city of Casanova - on a gondola under the moonlight.

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  • KQED Life: Thu, Nov 21, 2013 -- 9:00 AM

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

KQED Life: Wed, Nov 20, 2013 -- 12:00 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: Wed, Nov 20, 2013 -- 9:00 AM

London: Historic and Dynamic (Episode #708()

KQED Life: Tue, Nov 19, 2013 -- 12:00 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: Tue, Nov 19, 2013 -- 9:00 AM

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

KQED Life: Mon, Nov 18, 2013 -- 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: Sun, Nov 24, 2013 -- 12:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Mon, Nov 18, 2013 -- 9:00 AM

Rome: Back-Street Riches (Episode #703H)

KQED Life: Sat, Nov 16, 2013 -- 12:00 AM

In this third of 3 episodes on the Eternal City, we explore this grand metropolis - so rich in art and culture - on a more intimate scale, delving into its back lanes and unheralded corners. Venturing through the crusty Trastevere district, visiting the historic Jewish Ghetto, and enjoying art treasures in a string of rarely visited churches, we uncover charms of hidden Rome that compete with its marquee sights.

Paris: Regal and Intimate (Episode #706H)

KQED Life: Fri, Nov 15, 2013 -- 9:00 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.

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

KQED Life: Thu, Nov 14, 2013 -- 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: Thu, Nov 14, 2013 -- 9:00 AM

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

KQED Life: Wed, Nov 13, 2013 -- 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: Wed, Nov 13, 2013 -- 9:00 AM

Rome: Back-Street Riches (Episode #703H)

KQED Life: Tue, Nov 12, 2013 -- 12:00 AM

In this third of 3 episodes on the Eternal City, we explore this grand metropolis - so rich in art and culture - on a more intimate scale, delving into its back lanes and unheralded corners. Venturing through the crusty Trastevere district, visiting the historic Jewish Ghetto, and enjoying art treasures in a string of rarely visited churches, we uncover charms of hidden Rome that compete with its marquee sights.

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  • KQED Life: Tue, Nov 12, 2013 -- 9:00 AM

Rome: Baroque Brilliance (Episode #702H)

KQED Life: Mon, Nov 11, 2013 -- 12:00 AM

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.

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  • KQED Life: Mon, Nov 11, 2013 -- 9:00 AM

Stockholm (Episode #609H)

KQED Life: Sat, Nov 9, 2013 -- 4:30 PM

Sweden's capital, confident and self-assured, glitters with souvenirs from the day when it ruled as a superpower. From pondering gilded royal staterooms to sampling gourmet reindeer and sipping vodka in an ice bar, we experience the city's cultural highlights. Then we sail the archipelago for the prettiest island-hopping in northern Europe.

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  • KQED Life: Sun, Nov 10, 2013 -- 12:00 AM

Helsinki and Tallinn: Baltic Sisters (Episode #610H)

KQED Life: Sat, Nov 9, 2013 -- 12:00 AM

The fascinating capitals of Finland and Estonia offer a chance to sample each country's history, art, and distinct love of life. We'll start in Helsinki with its neoclassical old town, modern flair for design, and steamy saunas. Then it's just a two-hour boat ride to Tallinn - with its medieval charms and new-found prosperity - celebrating its freedom and thriving in its post-USSR renaissance.

Rome: Ancient Glory (Episode #701H)

KQED Life: Fri, Nov 8, 2013 -- 9:00 AM

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.

Basque Country (Episode #612H)

KQED Life: Thu, Nov 7, 2013 -- 12:00 AM

The homeland of the proud and resilient Basque people is split between France and Spain. From our San Sebastian home base, we tour the ancient Basque capital of Gernika, the dazzling Guggenheim Modern in Bilbao, and then cross into France for more Basque Country charms. From yummy tapa bars to lightning-fast jai alai games, we'll experience Basque culture at its most vivid.

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  • KQED Life: Thu, Nov 7, 2013 -- 9:00 AM

Galicia and the Camino De Santiago (Episode #611H)

KQED Life: Wed, Nov 6, 2013 -- 12:00 AM

We follow the trail pilgrims have trod for centuries, from the French border to Santiago de Compostela in the northwest corner of Spain. Along the way, we stop off in Pamplona to run with the bulls, and dive into the unique Celtic culture of Galicia-where Riverdance meets flamenco.

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  • KQED Life: Wed, Nov 6, 2013 -- 9:00 AM

Helsinki and Tallinn: Baltic Sisters (Episode #610H)

KQED Life: Tue, Nov 5, 2013 -- 12:00 AM

The fascinating capitals of Finland and Estonia offer a chance to sample each country's history, art, and distinct love of life. We'll start in Helsinki with its neoclassical old town, modern flair for design, and steamy saunas. Then it's just a two-hour boat ride to Tallinn - with its medieval charms and new-found prosperity - celebrating its freedom and thriving in its post-USSR renaissance.

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  • KQED Life: Tue, Nov 5, 2013 -- 9:00 AM

Stockholm (Episode #609H)

KQED Life: Mon, Nov 4, 2013 -- 12:00 AM

Sweden's capital, confident and self-assured, glitters with souvenirs from the day when it ruled as a superpower. From pondering gilded royal staterooms to sampling gourmet reindeer and sipping vodka in an ice bar, we experience the city's cultural highlights. Then we sail the archipelago for the prettiest island-hopping in northern Europe.

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  • KQED Life: Sun, Nov 10, 2013 -- 12:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Mon, Nov 4, 2013 -- 9:00 AM

The Best of Slovenia (Episode #604()

KQED Life: Sun, Nov 3, 2013 -- 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.

Vienna and the Danube (Episode #506H)

KQED Plus: Sat, Nov 2, 2013 -- 6:30 PM

For centuries, Vienna was the crown jewel of the rich and powerful Habsburg Empire. A century after that empire's fall, the Viennese appreciates their imperial legacy as a cultural wellspring and an excuse to live in style. We'll take in the city's wealth of elegant gardens, great art and fine music. Then we'll explore the city's surroundings, with a trip along the romantic Danube River and a hike up to the breathtakingly Baroque Melk Abbey.

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

KQED Plus: Sat, Nov 2, 2013 -- 6:00 PM

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.

The Best of Slovenia (Episode #604()

KQED Life: Sat, Nov 2, 2013 -- 4:30 PM

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.

Granada, Cordoba, and Spain's Costa Del Sol (Episode #605H)

KQED Life: Sat, Nov 2, 2013 -- 12:00 AM

Andalucia's Moorish heritage sparkles in the historic capitals of Granada and Cordoba. And the pride of the Reconquista and the power of Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand enliven the region's great sights. Tasting the smooth sherry and marveling at prancing stallions, we find the passion in Andalucian culture. And we top it off with fun in the Spanish sun on the Costa del Sol.

Norway's West: Fjords, Mountains and Bergen (Episode #608H)

KQED Life: Fri, Nov 1, 2013 -- 12:00 AM

For Scandinavia's most thrilling sightseeing, we sail under towering fjord cliffs, hike on powerful glaciers, and find surviving traditions in remote farm hamlets. Then we delve into the Hanseatic heritage and enjoy the salty hospitality of Norway's historic capitol, Bergen.

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  • KQED Life: Fri, Nov 1, 2013 -- 9:00 AM
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