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Basque Country (Episode #612H)

KQED Life: Wed, Oct 1, 2014 -- 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.

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

KQED Life: Tue, Sep 30, 2014 -- 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: Tue, Sep 30, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

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

KQED Life: Mon, Sep 29, 2014 -- 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: Mon, Sep 29, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

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

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 27, 2014 -- 4:30 PM

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.

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  • KQED Life: Sun, Sep 28, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

Andalucia, Gibraltar and Tangier (Episode #606H)

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 27, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

Exploring Andalucia, we experience the quintessence of Spanish culture. Starting up high, in Spain's whitewashed hill towns, we roll down to the coast to enjoy the windsurfing mecca of Tarifa. Then we catch a bit of Britain on the Rock of Gibraltar, and sail to Africa for a Moroccan finale in Tangier.

Stockholm (Episode #609H)

KQED Life: Fri, Sep 26, 2014 -- 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: Fri, Sep 26, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

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

KQED Life: Thu, Sep 25, 2014 -- 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: Thu, Sep 25, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

Oslo (Episode #607H)

KQED Life: Wed, Sep 24, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

The proud spirit of the Norwegian people shines in every dimension of their capital city - from its once-fearsome Viking ships to its sleek new Opera House, from tales of World War II heroism to the constant festival of its thriving harbor front. Connecting with the culture, we enjoy art-from Vigeland's statues to Monch's scream-and cap things off by joining local friends for a sail on their fjord.

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  • KQED Life: Wed, Sep 24, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

Andalucia, Gibraltar and Tangier (Episode #606H)

KQED Life: Tue, Sep 23, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

Exploring Andalucia, we experience the quintessence of Spanish culture. Starting up high, in Spain's whitewashed hill towns, we roll down to the coast to enjoy the windsurfing mecca of Tarifa. Then we catch a bit of Britain on the Rock of Gibraltar, and sail to Africa for a Moroccan finale in Tangier.

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  • KQED Life: Tue, Sep 23, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

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

KQED Life: Mon, Sep 22, 2014 -- 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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Sep 28, 2014 -- 12:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Mon, Sep 22, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

Iran's Historic Capitals (Episode #514H)

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 20, 2014 -- 4:30 PM

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: Sun, Sep 21, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

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

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 20, 2014 -- 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.

The Best of Slovenia (Episode #604H)

KQED Life: Fri, Sep 19, 2014 -- 9:00 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.

Venice: City of Dreams (Episode #710H)

KQED Life: Fri, Sep 19, 2014 -- 3:30 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.

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

KQED Life: Fri, Sep 19, 2014 -- 3:00 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.

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

KQED Life: Fri, Sep 19, 2014 -- 2:30 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.

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

KQED Life: Fri, Sep 19, 2014 -- 2:00 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.

French Riviera: Uniquely Chic (Episode #309H)

KQED Life: Fri, Sep 19, 2014 -- 1:30 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.

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

KQED Life: Fri, Sep 19, 2014 -- 1:00 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.

The Best of Slovenia (Episode #604H)

KQED Life: Fri, Sep 19, 2014 -- 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.

Venice: City of Dreams (Episode #710H)

KQED Life: Thu, Sep 18, 2014 -- 9:30 PM

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.

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

KQED Life: Thu, Sep 18, 2014 -- 9:00 PM

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.

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

KQED Life: Thu, Sep 18, 2014 -- 8:30 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.

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

KQED Life: Thu, Sep 18, 2014 -- 8:00 PM

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.

French Riviera: Uniquely Chic (Episode #309H)

KQED Life: Thu, Sep 18, 2014 -- 7:30 PM

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.

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

KQED Life: Thu, Sep 18, 2014 -- 7:00 PM

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.

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

KQED Life: Thu, Sep 18, 2014 -- 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: Thu, Sep 18, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

Croatia: Adriatic Delights (Episode #602H)

KQED Life: Wed, Sep 17, 2014 -- 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: Wed, Sep 17, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

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

KQED Life: Tue, Sep 16, 2014 -- 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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, Sep 16, 2014 -- 8:30 AM

Iran's Historic Capitals (Episode #514H)

KQED Life: Mon, Sep 15, 2014 -- 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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Sep 21, 2014 -- 12:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Mon, Sep 15, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

Greece's Peloponnese (Episode #509H)

KQED Life: Sun, Sep 14, 2014 -- 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.

Paris: Regal and Intimate (Episode #706H)

KQED Plus: Sat, Sep 13, 2014 -- 6:30 PM

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.

Vienna and the Danube (Episode #506H)

KQED Plus: Sat, Sep 13, 2014 -- 6:00 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.

Greece's Peloponnese (Episode #509H)

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 13, 2014 -- 4:30 PM

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.

Copenhagen (Episode #510H)

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 13, 2014 -- 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.

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

KQED Life: Fri, Sep 12, 2014 -- 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: Fri, Sep 12, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

Istanbul (Episode #512H)

KQED Life: Thu, Sep 11, 2014 -- 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: Thu, Sep 11, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

Denmark: Beyond Copenhagen (Episode #511H)

KQED Life: Wed, Sep 10, 2014 -- 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: Wed, Sep 10, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

Copenhagen (Episode #510H)

KQED Life: Tue, Sep 9, 2014 -- 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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, Sep 9, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

Greece's Peloponnese (Episode #509H)

KQED Life: Mon, Sep 8, 2014 -- 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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Mon, Sep 8, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

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

KQED Life: Sun, Sep 7, 2014 -- 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.

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

KQED Plus: Sat, Sep 6, 2014 -- 6:30 PM

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.

Great Swiss Cities: Luzern, Bern, Zurich and Lausanne (Episode #505H)

KQED Plus: Sat, Sep 6, 2014 -- 6:00 PM

In this episode we'll focus on an often overlooked side of Switzerland its urban charms. We'll get some exercise, from ringing a very big bell to floating down an urban river. We'll also enjoy a variety of eye-opening art, from Chagall and Klee to inmates of an asylum. Then we'll ponder a few Swiss innovations, from their open-minded drug policies to their hush-hush underground arsenals. And it'll all before a backdrop of Switzerland's stunning natural beauty.

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

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 6, 2014 -- 4:30 PM

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.

Great Swiss Cities: Luzern, Bern, Zurich and Lausanne (Episode #505H)

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 6, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

In this episode we'll focus on an often overlooked side of Switzerland its urban charms. We'll get some exercise, from ringing a very big bell to floating down an urban river. We'll also enjoy a variety of eye-opening art, from Chagall and Klee to inmates of an asylum. Then we'll ponder a few Swiss innovations, from their open-minded drug policies to their hush-hush underground arsenals. And it'll all before a backdrop of Switzerland's stunning natural beauty.

Athens and Side Trips (Episode #508H)

KQED Life: Fri, Sep 5, 2014 -- 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: Fri, Sep 5, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

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

KQED Life: Thu, Sep 4, 2014 -- 12:00 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.

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  • KQED Life: Thu, Sep 4, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

Vienna and the Danube (Episode #506H)

KQED Life: Wed, Sep 3, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Wed, Sep 3, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

Great Swiss Cities: Luzern, Bern, Zurich and Lausanne (Episode #505H)

KQED Life: Tue, Sep 2, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

In this episode we'll focus on an often overlooked side of Switzerland its urban charms. We'll get some exercise, from ringing a very big bell to floating down an urban river. We'll also enjoy a variety of eye-opening art, from Chagall and Klee to inmates of an asylum. Then we'll ponder a few Swiss innovations, from their open-minded drug policies to their hush-hush underground arsenals. And it'll all before a backdrop of Switzerland's stunning natural beauty.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Tue, Sep 2, 2014 -- 9:00 AM

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

KQED Life: Mon, Sep 1, 2014 -- 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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Mon, Sep 1, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
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