A weekly one-hour conversation with guest experts and callers about travel, cultures, people, and the things we find around the world that give life its extra sparkle. Rick Steves is America's leading authority on travel to Europe and beyond. Host and writer of over a hundred public television travel shows and author of 30 best-selling guidebooks, Rick now brings his passion for exploring and understanding our world to public radio. Related travel information and message boards on www.ricksteves.com.
286b Mother's Day: Sweet Home Croatia; An American Mother in Paris
On our Mother's Day edition, we hear what it was like to relocate a Midwestern family to the Croatian village their great-grandparents came from. An American who married a Frenchman tells us what it’s like raising a child in Paris. We go on a sentimental family trip to San Francisco, and hear how mamma is center stage in Sicily. Plus Rick pays tribute to his late mother, who influenced him to become a traveler.
637 Versailles; Reporting from West Africa; Orthodox Easter Traditions
New York Times correspondent Dionne Searcey tells us about her work as the paper's West Africa bureau chief, where her team's reporting on the women kidnapped by Boko Haram won them a Pulitzer. Learn how the palace of Versailles was built to impress — and still does so for visitors today. And hear about the elaborate traditions of Bulgaria and Greece for Orthodox Easter.
636 Athens Neighborhoods; Digital Nomads; Venice Lagoon
An American "digital nomad" tells us how he's figured out how to work from home, overseas in the Republic of Georgia. Guides from Athens tell us how their city became a cleaner, more attractive metropolis for exploring ancient and modern Greece after they spiffed up for the 2004 Olympics. And we wade into the issues behind the flooding that often threatens Venice.
635 The Habsburgs; Lost in the Pond; Arabic Friends
Laurence Brown explores a few of the memos that must have gotten "lost in the pond" between the US and Britain. Zora O'Neill tells us how studying the Arabic language might not prepare you for talking to everyday people in today's Arab world. And hear how the most important royal family in Europe earned their titles the old fashioned way — by marrying into them.
482a Sevilla April Fair; Walking England; City Squares
A tour guide from Sevilla explains how the annual April Fair will animate her city again when the pandemic is finished. Guides from England share their favorite places to enjoy your own piece of the English countryside, on any of the hundreds of walking trails in Britain. And we explore how public squares can make all the difference in how a great city defines itself.
634 Holy Land Easter; Mudlarking; Higher Tides
See what low tide in London can reveal, from a "mudlarker" who searches the River Thames for buried objects. She finds things people threw away that can connect us with life in the Victorian era and as far back as Roman times. Plus, hear what high tides threaten to bring to coastal communities around the world, and celebrate Easter at sites mentioned in the Bible.
Love your work Steve but please don’t listen to the people you had talking about an English Christmas. Most British people are against fox hunting in any form. This is an outdated pastime for the ‘upper classes’ and abhorred by us common folk. I had to comment as they made it sound as though it’s common practice. I assure you it’s not.
An interesting podcast, always listen to it while I'm travelling.
Rick really knows his stuff!
Would like to hear a little more from & for those based outside USA, and also for travellers with disabilities and / or mobility impairments - resources etc.