Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions
Host Burt Wolf conducts lively tours on local history, food, folklore, arts, festivals, theater and tourist attractions of fascinating destinations from around the world.
Hong Kong - Part One (#1401H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Burt returns to Hong Kong for his 10th visit and takes a look at how things have changed. He explains the history of the gold fish, and the Jade Market. He also takes us on a ride around Victoria Harbor, describes the history of the Chinese Junk, uncovers the power of the Feng Shui Master, and the story behind the Michelin Star restaurants.
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Basking with the Basques (#1501H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
The Basque country straddles the border between southwest France and northeast Spain, but except for their passports the Basques are neither French nor Spanish -- they are Basque. They speak the oldest European language still spoken, so old that no one can tell where it came from. In this program Burt travels through the Basque country, visits the hometown of the first person to sail completely around the world, looks at the early works of Andy Warhol in the Bilbao Museum, and tastes what the Basques are eating and drinking.
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Cruising The Rhine - Part Two (#1404H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
In Cruising The Rhine - Part Two, Burt explains the Romantic Period in European art, what the original Grimm Brothers Fairy Tales were really like (very grim), how the river locks work, the history of Eau de Cologne and how the Black Forest got to be black. Burt also takes us on a tour of Strasbourg and the extraordinary Hand Bag Museum of Amsterdam.
Coming to America (#1502H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
The final decades of the 1800s found much of Europe in a losing battle with over-population. Many people felt that their only hope for survival was to immigrate to The United States. They soon discovered that the streets were not paved with gold. In fact, most of the streets were not paved at all, and they were expected to pave them. In this program, Burt takes a look at who came, where they came from and what they contributed to the history of our nation.
Sailing The Danube (#1405H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
The Danube River flows through nine countries and is one of the great rivers of Europe. In this program, Burt Wolf guides us along the Danube. First stop is Nuremberg, where we take a look at the works of Albrecht Durer, a master artist of the 14th century. We also visit Regensburg, its castle and its 1,000-year-old bridge. Then through the Danube Gorge, one of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe. There's a visit to Salzburg with a walk through the streets where Mozart lived, a tour of the ancient Melk Abbey, and a demonstration of the Abbey's reusable coffin. Next stop is Vienna and a guided tour of the Hapsburg Palace. The program ends with a visit to Budapest.
Nature Vs. Nurture (#1503H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
For hundreds of years, people have been arguing the issue of Nature vs. Nurture. Are we the result of our youthful experiences or the genes we inherited from our ancestors? Recently, scientists have come to the conclusion that our genes interact with our environment and we change constantly throughout our lives. Our biology is actually altered by our environment. To take a look at this question, Burt talked to a group of people who had grown up in the structured culture of Taiwan and in their early years moved to the more open culture of the United States. Among the people Burt talks to are Steve Chen co-inventor of YouTube and Justin Lin who makes the Fast and Furious films. Burt then travels to Taiwan to take a look at what influenced their youth.
The Palm Beaches, Florida (#1406H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
In this program, Burt takes a look at how the Palm Beaches were developed, the Norton Museum of Art, a man who was able to change the law so you could get divorced if your spouse was insane, and the history of polo. He also shows us a great place to learn to snorkel, where you can get some excellent antique jewelry, a museum and park dedicated to Japanese culture and a lighthouse with a secret detection station that helped sink over 60 German submarines during the Second World War.
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Women @ Work (#1504H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Burt's mother was one of the first women executives at Macy's Department store. During the past few years, as Burt traveled around the world he began to see how things had changed for women in business and how some things had not changed. In this program he visits with leading authorities on the history of women at work. It took him to New York City, Fairfield, Connecticut, Washington, DC and Zurich, Switzerland.
Guatemala, Part 2 (#1603H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
In Guatemala part two, Burt tours the most famous Maya crafts market in Central America, visits Lake Atitlan in the Sierra Madre mountains, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful locations in the Americas. He (carefully) investigates an active volcano, learns how coffee is grown and processed in the high mountains, reviews the history of coffee, learns about an ancient Maya ball game that looks a lot like basketball. He interviews Richard Hanson, one of the world's leading authorities on early Central American culture and tours Guatemala City, the country's capital.
The Girl with the Book (#1505H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
For centuries, women were discouraged from going to school. It was OK if a woman could read and write, but anything more advanced was considered "dangerous". These days, for the first time in U.S. history, more women graduate from American universities than men. It's an amazing change in the relationship between men and women. In this program, Burt travels around trying to find out what had been going on for hundreds of years and why things are changing.
Cruising The Baltic (#1604H) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVG
Burt takes a look at the history of cruising and how it has changed and how much of it has remained the same during the past 200 years. The first luxury cruise ship was based in Italy, and was only available to the rich and famous. It offered excellent food, gambling, magnificent parties and guided tours. Burt's cruise starts in Portsmith, England and visit Belgium (Zeebrugge), Denmark (Copenhagen) , Germany (Berlin), Russia (St. Petersburg), Estonia (Tallinn) and Sweden (Stockholm).
It's A Good Thing (#1506H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
When Burt started traveling around the world, the hotels, restaurants, airlines, and just about every other business he encountered had been started by a man, today, half the businesses he deals with were put together by entrepreneurial women and as Martha Stewart would say, "That's a good thing". In this program Burt travels around looking at the tradition of women entrepreneurs.
Atlantic Crossing (#1201H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
In 1911, Burt's grandmother and her one-year old daughter, Burt's mother, boarded a ship in Hamburg, Germany and immigrated to the United States. To mark this anniversary, Burt and his family sailed back to Europe on Cunard's Queen Mary -- same route, different accommodations. This program covers the history of transatlantic passenger ships and introduces you to what it is like today.
Cruising The Rivers of Europe: Amsterdam to Cologne (#1202H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
During the past decade, cruising the great rivers of Europe has become one of the most popular vacations for American tourists. In this program, Burt introduces you to Amsterdam, tours a museum dedicated to the history of women's handbags, and sails along the Rhine to Cologne.
The Great Rivers of Europe: Cologne to Zell (#1203H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Burt sails along the Rhine from Cologne to Rudesheim where he visits a museum dedicated to mechanical musical instruments. Along the way he passes the Lorelei Rock and explains the real story of how it got famous for luring ships into the rocks. Then he visits the city of Zell where the mayor and his band lead visitors in a parade through the streets of the town to a wine cellar underneath one of the government buildings.
St. Augustine, Florida (#1605H) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVG
Burt remembers a time when it was traditional for our governments to try and be responsive to the needs of the people. Apparently, it's a tradition that is dying out, so he travelled around the United States talking to people and trying to find out what is happening. Along the way, he discovers that each year, over $3 trillion of our taxes are wasted or stolen. He finds the accounts hard to believe and keeps asking, "Am I getting this right".
The Great Rivers of Europe: Cochem to Luxembourg (#1204H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Burt cruises along the Mosel River with stops in Cochem and Bernkastel in the middle of the Mosel wine region. He also tours the city of Luxembourg and cooks with Lea Linster, one of Europe's leading chefs and a major television personality.
Artcops (#1205H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
As Burt visited the museums and galleries that are in his programs, he became aware of the extraordinary amount of great art that had been stolen - over 6 billion dollars worth each year. This program will tell you about some of the works that are missing, why they are an important part of our history, and what you can do to help find them and earn millions of dollars in reward money.
The Great Rivers of Europe: Nuremberg to Linz (#1206H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Burt starts off in Nuremberg with visits to the 900 year old Imperial Castle, the open farmers' market and his favorite spice cookie shop. Then he sails to Regensburg to visit the remains of an ancient Roman fort. Next he cruises through the Danube Gorge to Weltenburg Abbey where the Benedictine monks have been brewing one of Europe's great beers since 1050. In Linz, we learn about the Linzertorte and see the world's largest church organ.
The Great Rivers of Europe: Melk to Budapest (#1207H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Burt cruises through the Wachau Valley, a major area for Austrian wines. Then he visits Melk Abbey, one of Europe's largest and most impressive monasteries were Burt explains how the Catholic Church used Baroque architecture to undermine the Reformation. Then to Vienna for music and pastry, and finally a tour of Budapest.
Have A Healthy Trip (#1606H) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVG
Burt has spent most of his life traveling around the world and one of his concerns has been protecting himself, his family and his film crew from illness. From time to time, no matter how much he liked a food, the food didn't like him. Burt talks to some of the leading authorities on what you can do to stay healthy when you travel and how to deal with reactions to food.
The Great Rivers of France: Lyon to Arles (#1208H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Burt tours the ancient city of Lyon. Founded by the Romans in the year 43, it is the gastronomic capital of France. Then he visits the winemakers of Beaujolais, the twin cities of Tournon and Tain L'Hermitage connected by the oldest suspension bridge in Europe. Next is a stop at the Pope's Palace in Avignon, and the locations in Arles that inspired Van Gogh.
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Venice, Italy (#1301H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Burt is joined by travel expert, Steve Perillo for a tour of Venice, Italy. They take a water taxi through the canals, visit the Basilica of San Marco, the Doge's Palace and the Bell Tower. Burt and Steve stop in for coffee at one of the oldest coffee houses in Europe, find out what's cooking in some of the best restaurants and discover the real story behind the founding of the city.
Florence, Italy (#1302H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Burt, travel expert Steve Perillo and Burt's youngest son Nicholas, spend a week in Florence, learning how to buy gloves that fit properly, who makes the finest jewelry boxes, and the art of coloring marbled paper. They visit the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum and discover why Marilyn Monroe, Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn, Lauren Bacall, Sophia Loren, and Julia Roberts wore his shoes in their movies. They find out how product placement influenced the artworks of the Renaissance and tour the great tourist attractions of the city.
What's Cooking In Rome? (#1303H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Burt visits the Coliseum and discovers that it had a roof that could be pulled into place during bad weather - 2000 years before the Houston Astrodome. We find out why the Pantheon was never broken down for its marble, look into the best places for pizza, and ice cream, discover a new hotel in the finest part of town and take a private tour of the Vatican, St. Peters and the Sistine Chapel.
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Tea for Two (#1607H) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVG
Tea is the second most widely consumed beverage in the world. Water is the first. Accordingly, tea has had a powerful impact on what we eat and drink, but it has also had an amazing influence on our music, art and literature. In this program Burt travels around the world talking to experts and looking at how tea has shown up in music (Tea for Two) in literature (Alice in Wonderland) and art (Norman Rockwell's Housewife At Tea Break).
Siena and Assisi, Italy (#1304H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Burt takes a group of public television viewers on a tour of Assisi and Siena. They visit the Basilica of St. Francis and discover how the paintings of Giotto made a permanent change in the way painters saw the world. They travel on to Siena and visit the great Church and historic attractions of the city. They also have a private tour of one of Italy's most important wineries and a special tasting of the wines of Tuscany.
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Luzern for Fun and Profit (#1305H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
For a while, Burt lived in the Swiss city of Lucerne. He describes it as "Home on the Range", but the range he had in mind is the Alpine Mountain Range of central Europe. The city sits at the end of a great lake surrounded by snow-covered mountains. It is one of the most beautiful settings in Europe with an amazing number of cultural attractions including the Rosengart Museum with its outstanding collection of works by Picasso.
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