In this podcast, we'll visit 200 Wonders of the World, from the Pyramids to the Great Barrier Reef, to tell the story of our people, our civilization, and our planet. My name is Caroline Vahrenkamp, and I'm a travel junkie. The world is filled with amazing places that reflect the greatest achievements of human accomplishment. In these uncertain times, understanding our great shared history may help to bridge the divides between us. And if not, it will be a fun ride anyway! We'll discuss the history of each place and the story of the men and women who lived there. We'll cover travel notes, examine what else to see while you're in the area, and dig into the local cuisine. Expect a new episode every two weeks. And thanks for listening!
The Forbidden City of Beijing
The Forbidden City, a city within the city, and the Yongle emperor's crowning achievement, is almost too big to comprehend. The Yongle Emperor also sent out Zheng He and the Ming Treasure Fleet to exert China's superpower influence.
Chris Stewart from the History of China podcast returns to talk about the Forbidden City and the great naval voyages, while listener Jesse Oppenheim returns to discuss visiting the palace as well as sharing some Beijing taste treats, like Mao's favorite braised pork belly.
The Floating Rock Gardens of Ryloth
I contributed a mini-episode for the No Redeeming Qualities podcast's annual Star Wars Day special. To spare you from grown men complaining about the sequel trilogy, I offer you this.
In the early days of the Clone Wars, separatist forces tried to conquer Ryloth, an outer rim trading point. One man led the Republic garrison: Jedi Master Ima-Gun Di, who would visit the Floating Rock Garden, a unique place where the wind's force makes the impossible real. When you're on Ryloth, try Gruuvan Shaal Kebabs!
The Temple of Heaven of Beijing
A majestic pavilion crowned in blue, the Temple of Heaven stands as one of the architectural triumphs of the Yongle Emperor, a man responsible for three wonders.
Chris Stewart from the History of China podcast appears to take us on a whirlwind adventure that made his father emperor of all China and the path that proved his son a chip off the old block.
In addition, listener Jesse Oppenheim returns to discuss visiting the Temple and eating Peking Duck, which you can't make at home. So try zhajiangmian.
The largest brick castle of its day testifies to the power and prestige of the order of crusading knights who built it. The Teutonic Order, from Marienburg, sought to Christianize and "civilize" the heathens of the Baltic.
In this episode, we'll investigate the knights' relationship to Poland and Lithuania, led by Władysław Jagiełło, and the great but stupid war that broke out.
And listener Rafał Źukowski drops by to talk about visiting the castle, other sights in Northern Poland, and of cours
Just Like Starting Over
A bonus episode introducing the new host of Wonders of the World
Kinkaku-ji of Kyoto
Its gold walls reflected in the pond at its feet, the Temple of the Golden Pavilion, Kinkaku-ji, was first the retirement villa of Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, former shogun and patron of the arts. How Yoshimitsu could be shogun is a story of betrayal, revolutions, and many samurai warriors committing ritual suicide.
Listener Jaime discussing seeing the temple, the experience of visiting Kyoto itself. and all the good food, including okonomiyagi.
NB: Drew makes a big announcement at the end of the episode.
Hi I was in an earnest haste to find a podcast to give me a brain dump about the terra-cotta warriors as I'm going to be traveling to xian tomorrow and stumbled into this organic search via my podcast app. I've instantly fallen in love, the storytelling is amazing and you've made me so excited about this trip I got to embark on. Thank you and look forward to now becoming a big fan…
Love the podcast. Topics and stories are always amazing. Especially enjoy topics about places I have visited and the associated history.
AMAZING! please talk BAMYAN BUDDHA soon
I cant tell you how wonderful you make everything sound. I was always interested in the places people talk about but everyone gives it a pamphlet overview. You truly put a lot of work and enrich the experience.
Thank you :)