Smart Travels-Europe with Rudy Maxa Series I

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    Smart TravelsEurope with Rudy Maxa

    Episode Descriptions

    Season One

#101: Naples and the Amalfi Coast

    Deep in the heart of Italy, Naples is the ideal launching point for exploring some of the

    country’s great historic treasures. We marvel at the ancient city of Pompeii and the devastation of Mount Vesuvius and we trek across a still-active volcano. Then we move

    on to stylish Sorrento, where we sample luscious gelato and hop a ferry to the isle of

    Capri. We drive the thrilling Amalfi coast to take in spectacular views, and further south

    we visit Paestum, home to the best Greek ruins outside of Greece. Tips on Capri’s

    funicular and Pompeii’s train.

#102: Rome

    Rudy is in the city where all roads lead - Roma. We begin in ancient Rome - the Forum,

    Palatine Hill, Colosseum, and Baths of Caracalla. Then we explore modern Roman life

    on the streets and in cafes, pizzerias and gelaterias. We detour to another country,

    Vatican City, then shop along the Corso and relax at the Piazza di Spagna. Rudy's pick

    for best city walks are a tour of the historic center and a stroll in shady Trastevere. Tips

    on getting around and places for tasty snacks.

#103: Venice

    Join Rudy as he surrenders himself to the charms of magical Venice. We tour the famous

    sites - Piazza San Marco, the fairy tale Basilica of San Marco and the Rialto Bridge.

    Rudy also shows us how to escape the crowds by visiting the neighborhoods of

    Dorsoduro, Cannaregio and San Polo. Along the way, he takes us for a rousing drink at

    the city's oldest wine bar, on a dreamy gondola ride and to a traditional Venetian mask

    shop. In search of hand blown glass, lace and the birthplace of Venice, we journey to the

    lagoon islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello. Tips on how to navigate your way round

    this watery city.

#104: Genoa and the Italian Riviera

    We’re off to the Italian Riviera seeking la dolce vita in one of the world’s most romantic

    places. With death-defying cliffs and beaches that shimmer like jewels, the Riviera is as

    stunning a coastline as anywhere in Europe. In the port town of Genoa, we tour palaces

    for a taste of old-world elegance and dine on world-class pesto. Then we head south to

    the famous resort of Portofino and the sea cliff towns of the Cinqueterre. Finally, we

    battle vertigo at Pisa’s leaning tower. Tips on using train passes and finding addresses.

#105: Florence

    In this glorious city, rich in art, Rudy brings the Renaissance to life. We visit the great museums - the Uffizi, Bargello, and Accademia, as well as the landmarks of the Renaissance - the Duomo, Bapistery and Giotto's Tower. Rudy's tip for beating the crowds is peaceful Oltr'arno on the other side of the river. An excursion outside of town leads to a Medici villa, a sleepy Tuscan town and a museum with inventions by Leonardo da Vinci. Tips on shopping and how to buy quality leather products.

#106: Hill Towns of Tuscany and Umbria

    Castles, vineyards, walled cities and a fierce medieval rivalry that lingers today - we're out for an adventure in the Italian hill towns. Our base is dramatic Siena, home of the intensely competitive Palio horse race. From Siena we explore the multi-towered town of San Gimignano, watch grapes being harvested at a winery and drop in on the cheese festival in Pienza. Then south to Rudy's secret pick - the haunting hill towns of Pitigliano and Sovana. In Umbria we discover Etruscan tombs, visit the home of St. Francis of Assisi and pick up some pottery in quaint Gubbio. Tips on driving through the maze-like streets of a hill town and finding a place to stay.

#107: Provence

    Sun, olive trees and cicadas - we're in the heart of France. With our base in the sleepy town of St. Remy, we make forays into the villages, countryside and cities of Provence. Driving tours of the Alpilles and Luberon regions take us to the red rock village of Rousillion, the lavender ensconced Abbey of Senanque, and the picture perfect village of Eygalieres. We also take in the delights of Provence's cities, Arles, Avignon and Aix-en-Provence. We end our adventures with a dip in the Mediterranean at the seaside village of Cassis. Tips on how to rent a vacation home in France and enjoying the many summer festivals.

#108: Paris

    Rudy escorts us through Paris, the city of style, art and pastries. We experience extraordinary art - the Impressionist collection at the Musee D'Orsay and the garden sculpture at the Rodin Museum. Then we hit the sites from Notre Dame to the Pompidou Center to the Eiffel Tower. We stroll through the parks, markets and cafes in this city where everyday life is art. Rudy leads us to intimate neighborhoods such as the Marais and its lovely Place des Vosges, the bohemian Latin Quarter and artistic Montmartre. Tips on riding the Metro and shopping for the essentials - bread, cheese, ham and pastries.

#109: London

    London is a city that has come close to ruling the world. With a legacy that includes Shakespeare and the Beatles, London seems to have an endless capacity to reinvent itself. Here, we sip tea and savor traditional sights such as Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard. We pop in to see where Charles Dickens penned Oliver Twist,

    and get a bird’s-eye view of contemporary London from the new London Eye

    observation wheel. Finally, we check out cutting edge artwork at the newly opened Tate Modern Art Museum. Tips on using cell phones and cash machines.

    #110: Out of London

The countryside outside of London echoes with storybook images. Around every

    hedgerow are mythic castles, ruined abbeys and prehistoric monuments. This time, we

    leave London and stop at Hampton Court, where Henry VIII wooed Anne Boleyn. We

    gaze on Oxford’s dreamy spires and browse in the real Alice in Wonderland’s candy

    store. Next, we pay a visit to Jane Austen’s house, puzzle over the mysterious megaliths

    of Stonehenge, and pursue tales of Camelot in the royal city of Winchester. Tips on living

    in England and visiting country pubs.

#111: Brussels and Belgium

    For centuries, Belgium has been a sophisticated hub for gourmets and connoisseurs. In

    true Belgian style, we treat ourselves to superb chocolate and sample first-rate beer.

    We indulge our senses with folk music and Bruegel paintings, and investigate the

    people’s passion for comic strips. Then we drive to breathtaking Bruges, a medieval city suspended in time. There, we cruise the canals, admire intricate handmade lace and pay

    homage to a Michelangelo masterpiece. Tips on hearty Belgian cuisine and lace making.

#112: Amsterdam and the Netherlands

    The country of the Netherlands inspired the Dutch masters and became a powerhouse that

    conquered the sea. We bicycle to Amsterdam’s great art museums to see the works of

    Van Gogh and Rembrandt. Then we climb to the attic where Anne Frank and her family

    hid from the Nazis. Later, we prowl windmills and check out Amsterdam’s infamous red-

    light district. Next stop is the Hague, home to the International Court of Justice. Finally,

    we peek at the delightful city of Delft where we learn techniques for making world-

    renowned china. Tips on riding trolleys and buying Delftware.

#113: Copenhagen and Denmark

    Join Rudy in the wondrous kingdom of legend and fairytale - Denmark. Here Vikings

    plundered and Hans Christian Anderson spun children’s stories. In cozy Copenhagen, we

    splurge on pastries, visit the Little Mermaid and dance till dawn at Tivoli Gardens. On a day trip to Roskilde, we check out three incredibly well preserved Viking ships. We

    ride horseback through the Danish countryside, stroll through writer Karen Blixen’s

    gardens, and storm the moat at ―Prince Hamlet’s‖ Castle. Tips on canal rides and museum passes.

    Season Two

#201: Athens and the Peloponnese

    While Athens sprawls, its historic core survives. After climbing the majestic Acropolis,

    rowing the Plaka, and cheering Greece’s best folk dancers, we take some easy trips

    outside the city. We make a pilgrimage to the famed oracle of Delphi and tour a beautiful

    medieval monastery. Then it’s off to the Peloponnesian Peninsula, where we scope out

    Nafplion’s charming port and visit the epic ruins of King Agamemnon in the ancient

    capital of Mycenae. Along the way, we investigate local superstitions and sample tangy

    specialty treats. Tip: Finding great Greek food, traditional and contemporary.

    #202: Greek Islands

On the Greek Islands we get familiar with the ferries as we island-hop the Aegean.

    Sun-drenched, upscale and exotic, Santorini sits on the rim of an ancient, but still active,

    volcano. At one end of the island, the archeological site at Akrotiri uncovers a city frozen

    in time by the volcano's eruption 3,600 years ago. The island of Naxos offers serenity, a

    low-keyed pace and bargain accommodations. Its massive marble quarries and kouros

    sculptures were the toast of ancient Greece. We catch some R&R on trendy Mykonos,

    and then head to sacred Delosan uninhabited island covered entirely with ancient ruins,

    and the place where the great god Apollo was born. Tips: Discovering little off-the-

    beaten-path surprises.

#203: French Riviera

    From Nice to St. Tropez, we drop in on the hot spots along the Mediterranean's famous

    Cote d'Azur. Based in lively Nice, we visit the local beaches and superb modern art

    museums featuring works by Matisse, Picasso and Signac. A short hop up along the

    winding Grande Corniche leads to wealthy Monaco. Then it’s on to glamorous Cannes

    and the lively beaches at Juan le Pins. In stylish St. Tropez, we visit the prettiest beaches

    and tour the colorful town. Inland, we make our own perfume in Grasse and explore a

    medieval hill town. Tips include renting a car, and accommodations.

    #204: France’s Burgundy and Loire Regions The Burgundy region boasts top French wines, romantic canals, Romanesque churches

    and some of France's most renowned cuisine. We base in the small town of Beaune and

    learn about its history of winemaking. From the vineyards of the Côte d’Or to the

    culinary delights we discover the exquisite taste of Burgundy. The city of Dijon and the cathedral at Vezelay add artistic treasures to the Burgundy experience. For the second

    half of our trip, we head for the Loire Valley and chateaux country. From our home base

    in Amboise, we visit the famous chateaux, including magnificent Chenonçeau, and

    François I's overwhelming Chambord. Tips include touring wine country, discovering

    smaller chateaux and ballooning over the Loire.

#205: Berlin

    With world-class cultural sites, dynamic new architecture and unstoppable energy, Berlin

    is a city on the move. We visit the museums the ancient treasures of the Pergamon and

    the Egyptian museum, German Expressionism at the Neue Nationalgalerie and the newly

    designed Jewish Museum. From dynamic Potzdamer Platz to the stark reminders at

    Checkpoint Charlie, we feel the past and see the future in Berlin. Our base is the

    luxurious and historical Hotel Adlon. Even shopping in Berlin brings history with itwe

    shop and snack at the fabulous KaDeWe department store. An outing to Potsdam takes in

    the Prussian past. Tips on touring this historic city, and best beers.

#206: Munich and Bavaria

Munich's lively Marienplatz pulses with outdoor cafes, shoppers, street musicians and

    happy tourists. At the famous Hofbrauhaus, we sample Bavarian beer and kick up our

    heels with Schuhplattler dancers clad in lederhosen. Next stop is the Residenz, the family

    palace built by the Wittlesbachs, who ruled Bavaria for more than 700 years. Just

    outside of town, a sobering visit to Dachau concentration camp reminds us of the dark

    side of Germany's past. Then, we move on to lighter vistasa trip into the mountains takes us to "Mad" King Ludwig's fairytale castle Neuschwanstein and on an exhilarating

    luge ride. Tip: Finding Bavaria’s best beer gardens.

#207: Salzburg and the Lakes District

    In musical Salzburg, we focus on Austria's easy approach to life. We visit the city's grand

    cathedral, take a funicular up to Europe's greatest medieval fortress, and shop along fine

    Baroque streets reminiscent of Mozart's time. We visit the house where the young

    Amadeus was born and where he composed his first masterpiece. Investigating the

    sumptuous palaces of Salzburg’s prince-archbishops, we discover some ―secret‖ passions.

    Then we relax in Austria's woodsy "Sound of Music" land, the Salzkammergut Lakes

    District. We soar high into the mountains to tour magical ice caves and then stroll little

    spa towns where Europe’s crowned heads once ―took to the baths‖. Tip: Best bargain for

    seeing lots of sights in a short amount of time.

#208: Vienna and the Danube

    Habsburg palaces, coffee houses, Strauss waltzes…all are symbolic of Vienna.

    Visiting elegant Schoenbrunn Palace, riding in carriages, sampling luscious apple strudel

    and listening to Mozart concerts, we see that Austria's capital still lives its elegant, proud

    past. We get a behind-the-scenes peek at how exquisite china is made at Augarten,

    Europe’s second oldest porcelain manufacturer. For a change from urban to countryside, we cruise down the Danube past vineyards and castles, stop at the dazzling Melk Abbey,

    and sample "new" winesunique young varieties special to this part of the world. Tip:

    Where to experience Vienna’s hot new art scene.

#209: Milan and Lake Como

    Milan symbolizes the powerhouse Italy of the 21st centurya European center for finance and fashion. We explore Italy's most extravagantly decorated Gothic cathedral,

    look at Leonardo da Vinci’s famous Last Supper and shop, shop, shop. A visit to the Milan Design Museum shows how, for the Milanese, everyday life is art. We take a train

    north to serene Lake Como, where we ferry-hop among lakeside villages, explore elegant

    villas and stop over at the historic Villa D'Este Hotel. A side trip to the ancient city of

    Bergamo and an alpine festival in the Valtellina complete our journey. Tips include train

    travel and boat itineraries.

#210: Sicily

    We wend our way across this largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Once the hub of the ancient world, Sicily offers up a vibrant, sun-soaked brew of history, tradition and intense cultural pride. At Palermo, a city bursting with its atmospheric past, we visit the lively market, and marvel at Monreale Cathedral, which shows off remnants of its Arab, Norman and Byzantine past. The finest classical Greek temples outside of Greece stand near Segesta and Agrigento, while the Villa Romana del Casale houses the most extensive and unspoiled Roman mosaics surviving from the ancient world. Then it’s on to

    ancient Syracuse, once the rival of Athens for wealth and power. Finally, we climb to the top of Mount Etna, for steaming craters and unearthly views. Tips include getting around the island and when to visit.

#211: Classical Europe: Ancient Greece and Rome

    Here's where we pull together some of Europe's most rewarding sites from the classical world. Ancient Greek and Roman remnants are more than cold stone. They hold centuries of stories. So we revisit some favorite classical sites around the Mediterranean, pick up some new stories and see what kinds of connections we can make. It's the Greeks in Athens, Delphi, Delos, Paestum and Syracuseand the Romans in Pompeii, Rome and

    Provence, with a little history of wine and olives thrown in for good measure.

#212: Renaissance Europe

    Travelers adore Italy, and Italy adores the Renaissance. In this half-hour, we follow Western Europe's transition from medieval to modern times by exploring the arts and ambiance of that vibrant period. In Florence, Milan and Venice, we find works by Brunelleschi, Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo and Titian. Side-tripping to France's lush Loire Valley, we visit Renaissance castles and abbeys, including the timeless haunts of Amboise, Chenonçeau, and a few less-traveled chateaux along the way. And we drop into the Northern Renaissance with a visit to Hampton Court and Henry VIII.

#213: Europe’s Getaways

    A key attraction of travel in Europe is that 30 minutes outside of any city there lurks a getaway, a quiet spot to catch one's breath. In this program, we explore a few such magic places. We begin in peaceful Holland with visits to the windmills and canals of Zaanse Schans and Delft. Then, in the Bavarian Alps, we breathe in pristine Mittenwald and check out the handiwork of a local violinmaker. In Austria, a cruise on the Danube takes us to a spectacular Baroque abbey. Finally, in Tuscany, we go underground to ancient Etruscan tombs beneath the town of Orvieto and sample great wine at Castello Banfi. Tips on how to find one's own hideaway, how to meet locals and how to avoid much tourist hassle.

    Season Three

#301: Ireland’s West Coast

    We’re blessed with a bit of Irish luck as we take on Ireland’s ruggedly beautiful west

    coast. We start in Galway, Europe’s fastest growing city, shopping for Irish crystal and Celtic jewelry. Then it’s a salt-sprayed boat trip to the fabled Aran Islands where we

    reach breathless heights at a Stone Age fort and ferret out traditional hand-knit sweaters.

    Heading south, we pass through the eerie landscape of the Burren, sample the best of

    Irish folk music, and binge on a medieval banquet at Bunratty Castle. In the lush forests

    of Killarney, we visit the country manor of Muckross, before touring the stunning Dingle

    Peninsula. Tips on renting bicycles.

#302: Dublin and Beyond

    Irish eyes are smiling when we explore Dublin, Ireland’s urban core. There’s history

    around every corner, and Dublin delights with Trinity College, the Book of Kells, the

    famous Guinness Brewery, and the infamous Kilmainham jail where Irish rebels spent

    their last days. We liberally sample pub life while tapping our toes to traditional music,

    and follow in the footsteps of famous Irish writers on a literary pub-crawl. Beyond

    Dublin, we find inspiration in the hillsides of Glendalough, site of Ireland’s revered monastery, and the Hill of Tara, home of the ancient Irish kings. A side trip to Northern

    Ireland’s best folk park brings the Eire of yesteryear to life. Tips on visiting Dublin’s

    literary sites.

#303: Germany’s Romantic Road

    The Romantic Road winds through some of Germany’s most picturesque countryside

    complete with medieval villages and Baroque Palaces. We start our journey in Würzburg

    where we visit the spectacular Baroque Bishop’s Palace or Residenz and taste wine at one

    of Würzburg’s many wine festivals. Next we visit the castle of the Teutonic Knights in Bad Mergentheim and a short distance away the Deutsches Auto Museum in the

    Renaissance Castle of Prince Hohenlohe-Langenburg. Every July the medieval town of

    Dinkelsbühl celebrates the day the children saved the town during the Thirty Years War.

    We get a front row seat complete with dancing, music and an historic reenactment. We

    finish our trip in Rothenburg, the best preserved medieval walled city in Germany. Tip:

    Travel options along the Romantic Road.

    #304: Germany’s Rhine and Mosel Rivers For centuries the Rhine has been a natural border and the main route for trade, people and

    ideas. We start in the ancient Roman city of Trier and travel up the Mosel River visiting

    vineyards and ancient castles. We’ll take a scenic cruise down the Rhine for a sailor’s eye view of famous Rhine castles and the lovely but dangerous Lorelei. In Koblenz we’ll see

    where Julius Cesar destroyed two Germanic tribes but was never able to conquer

    Germany, and just down stream we’ll see where American troops first crossed the Rhine

    during World War II at the bridge at Remagen. Our trip concludes in the city of Cologne

    where we’ll visit the modern art museum and sample Kölsch, the local beer. Tip: Taking

    a cruise down the Rhine.

#305: Bologna & Emilia Romagna

    Known the world over for its wheels of golden cheese, its sweet prosciutto and divine

    vinegar, this slice of Northern Italy is a feast. From our base in Bologna we eat our way

    across the region, taking in the glorious art and culture along the way: cheese and

    mosaics in Parma, Balsamic vinegar and racecars in Modena, ham, pasta and university

    life in Bologna. An excursion to the mountainous Apennines, a trip to Ravenna’s brilliant

    th6 century mosaics and a beach resort at Rimini round out the adventure. Tips on

    sampling the region’s delicacies and agri-tourism hotels.

    #306: Italy’s Veneto & Dolomites Graced with charming cities, countryside villas and precious art, this corner of Northern

    Italy also features a playground of Alpine peaks and meadows. After a spectacular night

    at the opera in fair Verona’s Roman arena, we set out in search of Giotto’s colorful

    frescoes in Padua and architect Palladio’s palatial villas in Vicenza and the surrounding

    countryside. Then we head for the hills and the dramatic peaks and meadows of the

    Dolomite Mountains. Tips on touring the Veneto countryside, shopping for gold and

    staying in a mountain inn.

#307: Prague & Budapest

    We leave Western Europe behind as we venture to the exotic cities of Prague and

    Budapest. In Prague, we marvel at the startlingly beautiful old town and tour the

    labyrinthine castle that haunted writer Franz Kafka. Bohemian glass dazzles us as we

    browse the flourishing shops in this former Communist country, and we witness the scene

    of the ―Velvet Revolution‖. Then it’s off to Budapest where we surrender ourselves to steamy mineral spas, get serenaded by Gypsy music in one of the city’s most traditional

    restaurants, and sway to the rhythms of Hungarian dancers. We round out our trip with

    Budapest’s regal Opera House, and monuments of a bygone era in the Communist Statue

    Park. Tips on luxury hotels.

#308: Stockholm & Sweden

    Sweden is a natural-born beauty, winning us over with luxuriant landscapes and sleek

    Scandinavian style. We cruise through Stockholm’s sun-dappled archipelago, visit a

    designer hotel and sip cocktails in the trendy Ice Bar (a lounge built completely of ice!).

    We stroll through the Karl Milles sculpture garden, and admire the world’s best-

    preserved 17

    th century warship, the Vasa. Then it’s off to the woodsy ―Kingdom of Crystal‖ where we peek in on Sweden’s best glass artists and get rowdy at a traditional

    herring dinner. We pay tribute to a grand medieval castle once called the ―key to Sweden‖. Then we escape to the vacation island of Öland, an out-of-the-way charmer

    with timeless windmills, ancient ruins and glorious sand beaches. Tips on shopping for


#309: Oslo & Norway

The grand panoramas of Norway prove irresistible to adventurers. In Oslo, we see

    testaments to maritime prowess in Viking Ships and the celebrated Kon Tiki raft. We

    ―Scream‖ with painter Edvard Munch before heading south to the glorious vistas of

    Telemark country. After dropping by the home of playwright Henrik Ibsen, we’re off to a boisterous celebration of Norwegian village life, complete with traditional costumes,

    dancing and potato pancakes. Next it’s a ride on Europe’s most spectacular railway and a

    boat cruise through the impossibly beautiful scenery of the fjords. We end up in Bergen,

    Norway’s best-preserved medieval city, taking in a traditional stave church and views

    that inspired composer Edvard Grieg. Tips on railroad travel.

#310: France’s Champagne Region

    The Champagne region of France bubbles over with fine wine, gourmet cuisine,

    picturesque towns and gothic spires. We base in Reims, home of the historic cathedral

    where French kings were crowned. From Reims, we tour wine country, visiting

    champagne producers both large and small. In the medieval town of Troyes, we shop for

    fine chocolate and discover a collection of modern art. North of Reims, the city of

    Charleville delights with its golden architecture and tradition of puppetry. Our final

    destination is the imposing fortress of Sedan, the largest castle in Europe. Tips on how to

    buy quality champagne and touring wine country.

    #311: France’s Normandy From a dramatic, historic coast to rural pastures, this sweet section of France abounds

    with apple orchards, enchanting villages, stunning abbeys and sparkling seaports. We

    base in the lovely seaside town Honfleur. At Giverny, and in the museums in Rouen and

    Honfleur, we discover the birth of Impressionism. Near the famous beaches of Normandy,

    the Norman Conquest unfolds in the Bayeux tapestry and we remember the poignant

    victory of World War II’s D-day. Cider and cheese draw us to the lovely farmland just inland from Honfleur. Our journey ends at the awe inspiring Abbey of Mont-St-Michel.

    Tips on car rental, shopping for antiques and touring cider country.

#312: Medieval Europe

    The medieval world is one of the big draws of European Travel. Moody ruins, ―tippy‖

    towers, cobbled streets, sparkling mosaics, monasteries, castles, and cathedrals form the

    core of many a tourist’s dreams. In this episode we revisit some favorite spots and toss in

    a few new sights as we make a little sense out of a fascinating 1000 yearsfrom the fall

    of Rome to the dawn of the Renaissance. We sort it all out with several short itineraries in

    Ireland, Austria, Germany, and France.

#313: Four Great Cities of Europe

London, Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels. A European city bustles—it’s a hub of

    commerce and the arts, energy, surprise, and international flavor. Where do you start if

    you have just 24-hours? Here, we highlight some best choices of the urban culture in four

    great cities. London calls for high tea at the Athenaeum and modern art at the New Tate.

    Paris treats us to impressive dining, the Musee D’Orsay and the Pompidou.

    Rembrandt’s The Night Watch and traditional rijsttafel dinner are mandatory in Amsterdam, and in 1000 year-old-Brussels, we land in what some call ―the most beautiful town square in Europe.‖ Europe’s great cities stay with you.

    Season Four

#401: Bath and South Wales

    We conjure a bit of magic when we visit the Georgian city of Bath and follow tales of

    Camelot into South Wales. In Bath, we marvel at ancient Roman spas and peek into the

    high society of Jane Austen’s day. We stop by Wells to admire that city’s spectacular

    cathedral, and we quest for the Holy Grail in the mystical town of Glastonbury. The

    poignant landscape of Wales’ Wye River Valley offers a wealth of scenic riches. We

    investigate Caerleon’s claim to King Arthur and explore a ruined abbey that inspired poet

    William Wordsworth. Tips on bookstores and country fairs.

#402: Edinburgh and Scotland

    Friendly and feisty, Scotland makes us feel right at home. In Edinburgh, we climb the

    ramparts of this city’s famous castle, shop for kilts, visit mysterious Rosslyn chapel and

    thrill to a spooky ghost tour. Then we head to historic St. Andrew’s to practice our swing

    on the world’s most famous golf course. In the Scottish highlands, we try our hand at

    skeet shooting and falconry, and tour the Dewar’s whisky distillery. Then it’s off to

    historic Stirling to stroll the battlefields of Braveheart before setting sail on legendary

    Loch Lomand. Tips on golf and Scotch whisky.

#403: Barcelona and Costa Brava

    A Mediterranean marvel, Barcelona simmers with beautiful beaches, medieval mazes,

    eye popping art and hypnotic architecture. From tapas bars, to surrealist art, to Modernist

    structures, we’ll feast on Barcelona’s delights. Rambles along La Rambla, Gaudi’s

    treasures, a neighborhood festival, designer shopping and waterfront fun are some of the

    highlights. For the best in beaches we head north to the coves of the Costa Brava. Tips on

    tapas and nightlife.

#404: Madrid

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