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Welcome to The Escape Artist, a podcast for the culturally curious traveller. Each week travel journalist and photographer Edwina Hart interviews a special guest who has mastered the art of escape. The series explores how travel has influenced their lives and creative endeavours. Edwina is joined by an exciting line-up of artists, tastemakers and travel insiders whose love affair with travel will transport you to enchanting, far-flung corners of the globe. This podcast is pure escapism for those always dreaming of their next destination.
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Welcome to The Escape Artist, a podcast for the culturally curious traveller. Each week travel journalist and photographer Edwina Hart interviews a special guest who has mastered the art of escape. The series explores how travel has influenced their lives and creative endeavours. Edwina is joined by an exciting line-up of artists, tastemakers and travel insiders whose love affair with travel will transport you to enchanting, far-flung corners of the globe. This podcast is pure escapism for those always dreaming of their next destination.
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    Escape with photographer Steve McCurry

    Escape with photographer Steve McCurry

    Today’s guest is one of the world’s greatest living photographers. So, in this very special season finale, we’re going to look at travel through the lens of the legendary visual storyteller Steve McCurry. 
    We’ll delve into the story behind the photograph that defined his career: the portrait of a young Afghan girl (Sharbat Gula) with her torn shawl and piercing green eyes that appeared on the cover of National Geographic magazine in June 1985. It’s one of the most iconic images of the twentieth century and easily one of the most recognizable magazine covers ever printed. The portrait is likened to a modern-day Mona Lisa due to her captivating gaze.
    Steve McCurry has captured many powerful and poetic photographs over an exceptional career that spans five decades. He’s devoted a lifetime to documenting the essence of humanity with a sharp focus on conflicts, vanishing culture and ancient traditions, as well as scenes from contemporary life.
    His long-held fascination with photographing far-off places began when he quit his job at a local newspaper and bought a one-way ticket to India. In this episode, you’ll get a snapshot of Steve’s most memorable travel moments as we hitchhike across the USA, pick fruit on a kibbutz in Israel, swim with sea lions in the Galapagos and accidentally spend the night in a Buddhist monastery in Ladakh.
    Of course, some of Steve’s adventures aren’t for the faint-hearted – he’s covered extreme weather events and warzones, survived a plane crash in Slovenia and got his big break as a photojournalist in 1979 after crossing the border into Afghanistan disguised as a mujahideen rebel.
    STEVE McCURRY’S CULTURE GUIDE
    Monsoon photo-essay in Life Magazine (1961) by Brian Brake
    DESTINATION INSPIRATION
    Ragusa, Sicily
    Philadelphia
    South Carolina
    London
    Stockholm
    Amsterdam
    Israel
    India
    Slovenia
    Afghanistan
    Chitral, Pakistan
    Peshawar, Pakistan
    The Galápagos Islands
    Ladakh, India
    Cuba
    Mandalay, Myanmar
    Iran
    For a real visual treat visit stevemccurry.com or look out for Steve’s brand-new book In Search of Elsewhere, which is a unique and brilliant collection of previously unseen images from over forty years of travel. Buy it here.
    You might also like to follow @stevemccurryofficial on Instagram.
    If you enjoyed this episode, please be sure to subscribe, rate and review so others can discover this podcast as well. If you’re looking for some more travel inspiration, you can find me on Instagram @escape.artist.podcast or visit www.escapeartistpodcast.com
    Thanks so much for listening to the podcast over the past few months. See you soon for more wild and whimsical adventures in 2021 for Season Two of The Escape Artist!
    Xx Edwina
    (Music by the talented Giselle Rosselli) 

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    • 47 min
    Escape with travel writer and author Sophy Roberts

    Escape with travel writer and author Sophy Roberts

    Today’s guest is British travel journalist and author Sophy Roberts.
    It takes a special kind of person to hear the sentence ‘the lost pianos of Siberia’ uttered in casual conversation and have those words ignite an obsession that eventuates in a three-year odyssey across the vast, white wilderness of Siberia in search of a piano.
    Sophy’s self-described ‘oddball quest’ is documented in her debut book The Lost Pianos of Siberia, which has been received with critical acclaim.
    Sophy Roberts is one of the finest travel writers of our time, having carved out an exceptional career as an editor-at-large for titles such as Condé Nast Traveller and Departures magazine, and a columnist for the Financial Times' How to Spend it.
    In recent years she’s felt a call to the wild, trading the glitzy hotels and glamorous getaways for a chance to tell untold stories from remote parts of the world, reporting on wildlife conservation, threats to eco-systems and fragile cultures.
     
    SOPHY ROBERTS’ CULTURE GUIDE
    The Road to Oxiana (book) by Robert Byron
    As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning (book) by Laurie Lee
    In Patagonia (book) by Bruce Chatwin
    The Magic Faraway Tree (book) by Enid Blyton
    The Story of Doctor Dolittle (book) by Hugh Lofting
    The Secret Garden (book) by Frances Hodgson Burnett
    Sakhalin Island (book) by Anton Chekhov
    The Princess of Siberia (book) by Christine Sutherland
     
    DESTINATION INSPIRATION
    West Dorset, England
    Andalucía, Spain
    Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
    Varanasi, India
    Ladakh, India
    Dal Lake, Kashmir
    Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo
    Pamir Mountains, Tajikistan
    The Ennedi Desert, Chad
    The Happy House, Nepal (See Sophy's review for CNT here)
    The Orkhon valley, Mongolia
    Siberia (using Anton Chekhov's description: 'The plain of Siberia begins, I think, from Ekaterinburg, and ends goodness knows where’)
    Kamchatka, Russia
    The Altai Mountains, Mongolia
    Lake Baikal, Russia
    The Kuril Islands
    Taiga, Russia
    The Trans-Siberian Railway
    Socotra Island, Yemen
    Curious to know if Sophy finds the piano she’s been searching for? Visit thelostpianosofsiberia.com or you can buy the book here.  
    Please support your local bookshop if you can! Independent bookstores are really struggling at the moment, let's keep them in business this Christmas!!
    You might also like to follow sophy_roberts on Instagram, she takes spellbinding photographs on her travels.
    If you enjoyed this episode, please be sure to subscribe, rate and review so others can discover this podcast as well. If you’re looking for some more travel inspiration, you can find me on Instagram @escape.artist.podcast or visit www.escapeartistpodcast.com
    Join me next week for the final episode of The Escape Artist Season 1!
    Xx Edwina
    (Music by the talented Giselle Rosselli) 

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Escape with hotel photographer Rhiannon Taylor

    Escape with hotel photographer Rhiannon Taylor

    Today’s guest Rhiannon Taylor is one of Australia’s most sought-after travel photographers. With a keen sense of style and an eye for design, she’s been a go-to editorial photographer for glossy magazines for almost a decade contributing to titles such as Condé Nast Traveler, Gourmet Traveller, Time, Vogue Living and Architectural Digest.
    Meanwhile, her wildly successful blog, In Bed With, beautifully curates the most unique hotels from around the world.
    If you’ve ever scrolled through Pinterest and found yourself in a daze of dreamy hotel suites in exotic locations – you’ve probably come across Rhiannon Taylor.
    Name any extravagant form of accommodation and she’s probably stayed there - African safari lodges, fairy tale palaces in India, Greek villas, Italian villages and ranches in Texan cowboy country. Then add Hong Kong high-rises, overwater bungalows in the Maldives and luxury tented camps set in the Australian outback. She’s certainly seen her fair share of canopied beds, French freestanding bathtubs, infinity pools and buffet breakfasts.
    Just wait until you hear her pick for the most romantic hotel on the planet!
    CULTURE GUIDE
    The Darjeeling Limited (film) by Wes Anderson
    Murder on the Orient Express (book) by Agatha Christie
    The Great Railway Bazaar (book) by Paul Theroux
    DESTINATION INSPIRATION
    Melbourne
    Chin Chin, Melbourne
    Supernormal, Melbourne
    Pt. Leo Estate, Mornington Peninsula
    Jackalope Hotel, Morington Peninsula
    The Ghan
    Coober Pedy, South Australia
    Aman-i-Khás, Rajasthan 
    Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan
    Taj lake Palace, Udaipur
    The Kimberley
    Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef
    Gibb River Road, Western Australia
    Hotel Esencia, Yucatán 
    Cenotes, Yucatán
    Tulum, Yucatán
    Coqui Coqui Perfumerìa, Merida
    Istanbul, Turkey
    Bodrum, Turkey
    Roscioli, Rome
    Austin, Texas
    Lord Howe Island, Australia
    Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como
    Finca Cortesin, Casares
    Restaurante Sarmiento, Casares
    I thoroughly recommend visiting Rhiannon's blog In Bed With for a dose of escapism or keep up with the latest in boutique hotels on Instagram at @inbedwith.me
    If you enjoyed this episode, please be sure to subscribe, rate and review so others can discover this podcast as well. If you’re looking for some more travel inspiration, you can find me on Instagram @escape.artist.podcast or visit www.escapeartistpodcast.com
    See you next week for another episode of The Escape Artist!
    Xx Edwina
    (Music by the talented Giselle Rosselli) 

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    • 55 min
    Escape with 'The Rare Tea Lady' Henrietta Lovell

    Escape with 'The Rare Tea Lady' Henrietta Lovell

    Today’s guest is the tea-loving Londoner Henrietta Lovell, also known as 'The Rare Tea Lady’. Who, for the last 20 years, has traversed the globe in search of the world’s most exquisite teas.
    Henrietta’s love of loose-leaf tea was awakened when a highflying corporate job took her to the dazzling harbour of Hong Kong, where a single sip of oolong transformed her life. She was seduced by the extraordinary flavour and set out to revolutionise the way we drink tea in the West by starting the Rare Tea Company.
     
    Since then she has worked alongside the most celebrated chefs, such as Noma’s René Redzepi, Heston Blumenthal and Momofuku’s David Chang – who all seek her expertise in tea.
    Henrietta’s quest to source leaves directly from farmers and connect with tea growing communities has enticed her to estates in some of the most remote and unlikely of places. Pop the kettle on and make a cuppa because I can feel a rather enchanting episode brewing!
    DESTINATION INSPIRATION
    Copenhagen
    Noma, Copenhagen
    South West Scotland
    Hong Kong
    Fujian, China
    Sikkim, India
    Satemwa Tea Estate, Malawi
    La Paz, Bolivia
    Coroico, Bolivia
    San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
    Ryōan-ji, Kyoto
    Higashiya Ginza, Tokyo
    Claridge's, London
    Zealong Tea Estate, Waikato
    If our conversation has given you a taste for quality tea you can visit rareteacompany.com or uncover more of her stories in Henrietta's beautiful book 'Infused: Adventures in Tea' available here.
    If you enjoyed this episode, please be sure to subscribe, rate and review so others can discover this podcast as well. If you’re looking for some more travel inspiration, you can find me on Instagram @escape.artist.podcast or visit www.escapeartistpodcast.com
    See you next week for another episode of The Escape Artist!
    Xx Edwina
    (Music by the talented Giselle Rosselli) 



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    • 39 min
    Escape with Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler

    Escape with Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler

    Lonely Planet is a guidebook publishing empire that has shaped the travels of millions of people around the globe. Today’s guest is the founder of Lonely Planet, Tony Wheeler. He has been described by The New York Times as ‘the trailblazing patron saint of the world’s backpackers and adventure travellers’. 
    It all began when Tony Wheeler and his wife Maureen embarked on an overland odyssey driving a banged-up old car along the ‘Hippie Trail’; a popular route for free-spirits in the 1960s and 70s from Europe to Freak Street in Kathmandu. The Wheelers eventually arrived in Australia with only a few cents left in their pockets
    Little did they know when they set off, that their adventure halfway across the world would take them on a much bigger journey from printing the first Lonely Planet pamphlet ‘Across Asia on the Cheap’ in 1973 to building a multi-million-dollar travel publishing giant.
    TONY WHEELER’S CULTURE GUIDE
    Space Captain (1970 song) by Jo Cocker ("Once I was traveling across the sky, this lovely planet caught my eye")
    Arabian Nights (1974 film) by Pier Paolo Pasolini
    DESTINATION INSPIRATION
    Socotra, Yemen
    Karachi, Pakistan
    The Bahamas
    London
    Iran
    Afghanistan
    Freak Street, Kathmandu
    Bangkok
    Singapore
    Kuta, Bali
    Western Australia
    Paddington, Sydney
    Tehran, Iran
    Shiraz, Iran
    Iraq
    Siggy’s, Kabul, Afghanistan
    Pyongyang, North Korea
    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
    The Falkland Islands
    Cartagena, Colombia
    Ciudad Perdida, Colombia
    Plovdiv, Bulgaria
    Antarctica
    The Himalayas, Nepal
    The Australian Outback
    Montevideo, Uruguay
    You can find more of Tony’s travels at tonywheeler.com.au
    If you enjoyed this episode, please be sure to subscribe, rate and review so others can discover this podcast as well. If you’re looking for some more travel inspiration, you can find me on Instagram @escape.artist.podcast or visit www.escapeartistpodcast.com
    See you next week for another episode of The Escape Artist!
    Xx Edwina
    (Music by the talented Giselle Rosselli) 


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    • 47 min
    Escape with Francophile and author Lindsey Tramuta

    Escape with Francophile and author Lindsey Tramuta

    Today’s guest in Paris-based travel writer and bestselling author, Lindsey Tramuta.
    After studying French literature and becoming enamoured with the language, Lindsey packed up her bags and moved from Philadelphia to Paris in 2006.
    Lindsey contributes to The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, Afar, Travel & Leisure, Bon Appétit, and Fortune Magazine. She’s also the acclaimed author behind the widely popular book The New Paris, which celebrates the creative movement changing the shape of the world’s most storied city.  
    Lindsey’s recently released follow up, The New Parisienne, is equally illuminating, as she explores the women and ideas influencing the French capital today – as well as taking on the tired tropes of the idealized Parisian woman.
        
    After calling Paris home for 14 years and writing two books on the subject, you’ll be hard pressed to find an expat who is more of an expert on French culture. So fellow Francophiles, here’s your chance to explore Paris like a local and to get a real feel for the city beyond its grand boulevards, museums and monuments. We’ll cycle through lesser-known neighbourhoods, explore Left Bank bookstores and get a taste of the city’s evolving culinary scene.  
    DESTINATION INSPIRATION
    Marseille
    Le Perche, Normandy
    D’une Île, Normandy
    11th Arrondissement
    Bambino
    Le Mary Celeste
    Martin
    Canal Saint-Martin
    Ten Belles
     
    Holybelly
    Belleville Brûlerie
    Coutume
    13th Arrondissement
    Belleville
    L'Homme Bleu
    Goutte d’Or
    Hotel de Crillon
    Shakespeare and Company
    Jardin du Palais Royal
    Jardin du Luxembourg
    Red Wheelbarrow Bookstore
    Treize Bakery
    Pantheon
    Boulevard Saint-Germain
    Institut du Monde Arabe
    The Grande Mosquée de Paris 
    Bastille
    Boulevard Beaumarchais
    Merci
    Cafe Mericourt
    Helwayat Al-Salam, Bierut
    Beit Douma
    Baalbek
    If you loved Lindsey’s episode, you can find more of her refreshing insights into life in Paris and French culture at lostincheeseland.com
    You can purchase The New Paris: The People, Places and Ideas Fuelling a Movement here and her recently released The New Parisienne: The Women and Ideas Shaping Paris here.
    If you enjoyed this episode, please be sure to subscribe, rate and review so others can discover this podcast as well. If you’re looking for some more travel inspiration, you can find me on Instagram @escape.artist.podcast or visit www.escapeartistpodcast.com
    See you next week for another episode of The Escape Artist!
    Xx Edwina
    (Music by the talented Giselle Rosselli) 

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    • 43 min

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Soothing and informative!

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Fabulous, eclectic collection of interesting perspectives

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to these wonderfully eclectic perspectives of a variety of accomplished international professionals. Congratulations on an enchanting series of interviews and perspectives. Eagerly anticipating listening Edwina’s next guest ...

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Wonderful dose of wanderlust

I’ve followed Edwina Hart’s travel writing for year and was excited to hear she’s created a podcast. Edwina has such rapport with each of the guests, it feels as if you’re sitting down with them at a dinner party listening to their travel tales. The guests are all intelligent, creative and inspiring. After listening I feel like I’ve been to the exotic destinations described in the show - it’s incredibly transportive!

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