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.
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.
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.
- KQED Life: Fri, Jul 1, 2016 -- 12:30am Remind me
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.
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.
- KQED Life: Mon, Jul 4, 2016 -- 8:30am Remind me
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.
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.
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.
- KQED Life: Fri, Jul 8, 2016 -- 8:30am Remind me
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.
- KQED Life: Mon, Jul 11, 2016 -- 8:30am Remind me
Hong Kong - Part Two (#1402H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
In Hong Kong - Part Two, Burt explains the history of Dim Sum restaurants, Hong Kong speed tailoring, how to send money to your ancestors in the after life and the origin of the escalator. He also takes us on visit to an old police barracks that has been changed into one of Hong Kong's sleekest shopping areas, to one of the city's great temples, and the highest peak in Hong Kong,
Cruising The Rhine - Part One (#1403H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
In Cruising The Rhine - Part One, Burt takes a look at the history of the Rhine River, the European Grand Tour, modern river cruising, and the Swiss city of Basel. We also learn the real story of the Song of the Lorelei, how to fly a drone and why northern Europe is filled with half-timbered houses.
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.
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.
- KQED Life: Fri, Jul 15, 2016 -- 8:30am Remind me
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.
Santa Fe, New Mexico (#701) Duration: 26:45 STEREO TVG
For over 12,000 years, Native Americans have been living in the area around Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Spanish arrived in the 1600s and eventually the two cultures blended together to form one of the most interesting societies in America. In this program, we take a helicopter tour of some of the most beautiful parts of the Southwest, visit the oldest church in the United States, and discover how the native tribes used modern ledger paper to preserve their heroic legends and personal stories. We visit the Loretto Chapel and inspect its magic staircase, which appears to be totally unsupported. We travel through the Bandelier National Monument and see the remains of an ancient Pueblo community and take a look at a simple and inexpensive construction technique that will keep a house in good shape for hundreds of years.
Christmas In Vienna, Austria (#702) Duration: 27:09 STEREO TVG
Christmas is observed in cities throughout the world, but the festivities in the Austrian city of Vienna are unique. Burt joins the celebration, explains the ancient history and meaning of Christmas, tours Vienna's famous Christmas markets, and discovers why we have Christmas trees. He takes us inside the magnificent castle of the Habsburg family and unravels the story of how they became the most powerful rulers in Europe by using their marriages instead of their military. We also take a look at the foods of Christmas and discover their special meanings. The program gives us a real understanding of one of the world's most popular holidays.
Vatican City (#703) Duration: 25:51 STEREO TVG
Rome's Vatican City has a population of only 550 people and a landmass of just over 100 acres, which makes it the world's smallest independent state, but its influence is extraordinary. Burt takes viewers on a unique tour of the city and its history. There are some amazing images from the ceiling of St. Peter's Basilica as well as a look at St. Peter's Tomb below. We see the Sistine Chapel in close-up and visit the Vatican's 500-year-old mosaic studio.
Cologne, Germany (#704) Duration: 26:11 STEREO TVG
Built by the ancient Romans, Cologne is a mixture of old and new - 60, 000 university students keep it young, a thousand-year-old cathedral gives it maturity. In this program, Burt visits the cathedral, which is Germany's most visited tourist attraction and finds out how it can reconnect travelers with their spiritual feelings. He also stops into the city's best restaurants and presents Cologne's traditional foods and drinks. He takes viewers through a chocolate museum, and a cruise on the Rhine River. He unravels the mystery of why light perfumes are called Eau de Cologne. He also takes us to Cologne's world-famous carnival celebration.
- KQED Life: Fri, Jul 22, 2016 -- 8:30am Remind me
Aachen, Germany (#705) Duration: 25:50 STEREO TVG
During the 8th century, Charlemagne united all the Christian communities in northern Europe and centered his kingdom in the town of Aachen. The magnificent church that he built is still standing. Burt takes viewers on a tour of the city. We discover the strange legends of its ancient fountains, the reason the healing powers of its hot springs have been famous for over 2000 years, and what made it one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Europe. We also find out about Aachen's spice cookies and why the people buy over 45,000 tons of them each year. And, of course, Burt introduces us to the signature foods of the city.
- KQED Life: Mon, Jul 25, 2016 -- 8:30am Remind me
Hamburg, Germany (#706) Duration: 26:52 STEREO TVG
During the early 1960s, Hamburg was the world's epicenter for rock music. The Beatles, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley and the Everly Brothers were local heroes. Burt takes viewers on a musical tour of the period. He also explores the city and discovers why it has more millionaires per capita than any other city in Europe. We take an excursion through the city's famous port and end up at the Sunday morning fish market party that takes place every week. We also visit the Montblanc factory and discover why their fountain pens don't leak.
- KQED Life: Tue, Jul 26, 2016 -- 8:30am Remind me
A Tuscan Harvest, Italy (#708) Duration: 25:00 STEREO TVG
Tuscany is the artistic, cultural and gastronomic center of Northern Italy. In this program, Burt brings viewers to a vineyard just south of the city of Siena to take part in the fall harvest. We find out what makes the wines of Tuscany so famous, how the grapes are cared for, how the wine is produced. We also get a gastronomic tour of the region and its most famous dishes. We spend time with the owner of the vineyard who immigrated to Canada because he was starving and returned 50 years later as the millionaire founder and owner of Canada's largest trucking company. Burt makes the trip with one of America's leading authorities on Italian wine.
- KQED Life: Wed, Jul 27, 2016 -- 8:30am Remind me
In Taiwan, A Sense of Place - Part 1 (#709) Duration: 25:50 STEREO TVG
Part 1 of 2. These two programs take a new approach to television travel. In each, 3 people who have come to the US from Taiwan and achieved considerable success, describe the reasons they immigrated to America, what they have accomplished in the US and what they recommend to visitors in their native country. Chien-Ming Wang (star pitcher for the New York Yankees), Dr. Henry Lee (the world's leading forensic scientist who appeared as an expert witness in the O.J. Simpson trial), Dr. David Ho (foremost authority on AIDS research), and others tell us what to see, eat, drink, visit and shop for in Taiwan. Burt takes his video team to Taiwan and follows their advice. The programs give you a unique insight into Taiwan and are equally entertaining - either for those staying at home or for the seasoned traveler.
- KQED Life: Thu, Jul 28, 2016 -- 8:30am Remind me
In Taiwan, A Sense of Place - Part 2 (#710) Duration: 26:10 STEREO TVG
Part 2 of 2. These two programs take a new approach to television travel. In each, 3 people who have come to the US from Taiwan and achieved considerable success, describe the reasons they immigrated to America, what they have accomplished in the US and what they recommend to visitors in their native country. Chien-Ming Wang (star pitcher for the New York Yankees), Dr. Henry Lee (the world's leading forensic scientist who appeared as an expert witness in the O.J. Simpson trial), Dr. David Ho (foremost authority on AIDS research), and others tell us what to see, eat, drink, visit and shop for in Taiwan. Burt takes his video team to Taiwan and follows their advice. The programs give you a unique insight into Taiwan and are equally entertaining - either for those staying at home or for the seasoned traveler.
- KQED Life: Fri, Jul 29, 2016 -- 8:30am Remind me