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10.1 Bath and South Wales Friendly and feisty, Scotland makes people feel right at home. In Edinburgh, host Rudy Maxa climbs the ramparts of this city's famous castle, shops for kilts, visits mysterious Rosslyn chapel, and thrills to a spooky ghost tour. Then, he heads to historic St. Andrew's to practice his swing on the world's most famous golf course. In the Scottish highlands, he tries his hand at skeet shooting and falconry, and tours 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 are also given, in this first episode of a 13-part season.
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401 TU 09/09/14 03:30am 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.1 Athens and Delphi While Athens sprawls, its historic core survives. After climbing the majestic Acropolis, prowling the Plaka, and cheering Greece's best folk dancers, Rudy Maxa takes some easy trips outside the city. He makes a pilgrimage to the famed oracle of Delphi, and tours a beautiful medieval monastery. Then, it's off to the Peloponnesian Peninsula, where he scopes out Nafplion's charming port; and visits the epic ruins of King Agamemnon, in the ancient capital of Mycenae. Along the way, he investigates local superstitions and samples tangy specialty treats. He gives tips on finding great Greek food--both traditional and contemporary. First program in a 13-part season.
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201 TU 09/30/14 10:30am 00:27:47 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.1 Greek Islands On the Greek Islands, Rudy Maxa gets familiar with the ferries as he island-hops 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. Rudy catches some R&R on trendy Mykonos, and then heads to sacred Delos--an uninhabited island covered entirely with ancient ruins--and the place where the great god, Apollo, was born. Rudy gives tips on discovering little off-the-beaten-path surprises.
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202 WE 10/01/14 10:30am 00:27:47 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.1 French Riviera From Nice to St. Tropez, Rudy Maxa drops in on the hot spots along the Mediterranean's famous Cote d'Azur. Based in lively Nice, he visits 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, he visits the prettiest beaches and tours the colorful town.
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203 TH 10/02/14 10:30am 00:27:47 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.1 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. Rudy Maxa sets up base in the small town of Beaune, and learns about its history of winemaking. From the vineyards of the Cote d'Or, to the culinary delights, he discoverd the exquisite taste of Burgundy. The city of Dijon and the cathedral at Vezelay add artistic treasures to the Burgundy experience.
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204 FR 10/03/14 10:30am 00:27:47 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.1 Berlin With world-class cultural sites, dynamic new architecture, and unstoppable energy, Berlin is a city on the move. Rudy Maxa visits 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, he feels the past, and sees the future in Berlin. Home base is the luxurious and historical Hotel Adlon. Even shopping in Berlin brings history with it--he shops and snacks at the fabulous KaDeWe department store. An outing to Potsdam takes in the Prussian past. Tips are given on touring this historic city, and the best beers.
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205 MO 10/06/14 10:30am 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.1 Munich and Bavaria Munich's lively Marienplatz pulses with outdoor cafes, shoppers, street musicians, and happy tourists. At the famous Hofbrauhaus, Rudy Maxa samples Bavarian beer and kicks up his heels with Schuhplattler dancers clad in lederhosen. The 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 gives a reminder of the dark side of history.
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206 TU 10/07/14 10:30am 00:27:47 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.1 Salzburg and the Lakes District In musical Salzburg, Rudy Maxa focuses on Austria's easy approach to life. He visits the city's grand cathedral, takes a funicular up to Europe's greatest medieval fortress, and shops along fine Baroque streets reminiscent of Mozart's time. He sees the house where the young Amadeus was born and where he composed his first masterpiece. Investigating the sumptuous palaces of Salzburg's prince-archbishops, he discovers some "secret" passions.
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207 WE 10/08/14 10:30am 00:26:47 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.1 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, Rudy Maxa sees that Austria's capital still lives its elegant, proud past. He gets 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, he cruises down the Danube, past vineyards and castles, to make a stop at the dazzling Melk Abbey, and samples "new" wines--unique young varieties special to this part of the world. He gives tips on where to experience Vienna's hot art scene.
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208 TH 10/09/14 10:30am 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.1 Milan and Lake Como Milan symbolizes the powerhouse Italy of the 21st century--a European center for finance and fashion. Rudy Maxa explores Italy's most extravagantly decorated Gothic cathedral, looks at Leonardo da Vinci's famous Last Supper, and shops, shops, shops. A visit to the Milan Design Museum shows how, for the Milanese, everyday life is art. He takes a train north to serene Lake Como, where he ferry-hops among lakeside villages, explores elegant villas, and stops over at the historic Villa D'Este Hotel. A side trip to the ancient city of Bergamo, and an alpine festival in the Valtellina completes the journey. Tips include train travel and boat itineraries.
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209 FR 10/10/14 10:30am 00:27:47 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.1 Sicily Rudy Maxa wends his 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, he visits the lively market, and marvels 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, he climbs to the top of Mount Etna, for steaming craters and unearthly views. Tips include getting around the island, and when to visit.
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210 MO 10/13/14 10:30am 00:27:47 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.1 Classical Europe: Ancient Greece and Rome Here's where Rudy Maxa pulls 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 he revisits some favorite classical sites around the Mediterranean, picks up some new stories, and sees what kinds of connections can be made. It's the Greeks in Athens, Delphi, Delos, Paestum, and Syracuse--and the Romans in Pompeii, Rome, and Provence, with a little history of wine and olives thrown in for good measure.
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211 TU 10/14/14 10:30am 00:27:47 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.1 Renaissance Europe Travelers adore Italy, and Italy adores the Renaissance. Rudy Maxa follows Western Europe's transition, from medieval to modern times, by exploring the arts and ambiance of that vibrant period. In Florence, Milan, and Venice, he finds works by Brunelleschi, Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, and Titian. Side-tripping to France's lush Loire Valley, he visits Renaissance castles and abbeys, including the timeless haunts of Amboise, Chenonceau, and a few less-traveled chateaux along the way. And he drops into the Northern Renaissance with a visit to Hampton Court and Henry VIII.
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212 WE 10/15/14 10:30am 00:27:47 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.1 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. Rudy Maxa explores a few such magic places. He begins in peaceful Holland, with visits to the windmills and canals of Zaanse Schans and Delft. Then, in the Bavarian Alps, he breathes in pristine Mittenwald and check out the handiwork of a local violinmaker. In Austria, a cruise on the Danube takes him to a spectacular Baroque abbey. Finally, in Tuscany, he goes underground to ancient Etruscan tombs, beneath the town of Orvieto, to sample great wine at Castello Banfi. He gives tips on how to find one's own hideaway, how to meet locals, and how to avoid much tourist hassle. Final program of the season.
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213 TH 10/16/14 10:30am 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.1 Ireland's West Coast Rudy Maxa is blessed with a bit of Irish luck as he takes on Ireland's ruggedly beautiful west coast. Starting in Galway, Europe's fastest growing city, he shops for Irish crystal and Celtic jewelry. Then it's a salt-sprayed boat trip to the fabled Aran Islands, where breathless heights are reached at a Stone Age fort, and traditional hand-knit sweaters are ferreted out. Heading south, he passes through the eerie landscape of the Burren, sampling the best of Irish folk music, and binging on a medieval banquet at Bunratty Castle. In the lush forests of Killarney, he visits the country manor of Muckross, before touring the stunning Dingle Peninsula. Also: tips are given on renting bicycles. First program in a 13-part season.
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301 FR 10/17/14 10:30am 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.1 Dublin and Beyond Irish eyes are smiling when Rudy Maxa explores 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. He liberally samples pub life, while tapping toes to traditional music, and follows in the footsteps of famous Irish writers on a literary pub-crawl. Beyond Dublin, he finds 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. Also: tips on visiting Dublin's literary sites are given.
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302 MO 10/20/14 10:30am 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.1 Germany's Romantic Road Rudy Maxa starts his journey in Wurzburg, where he visits the spectacular Baroque Bishop's Palace, or Residenz, and tastes wine at one of Wurzburg's many wine festivals. Next, he visits 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. He gets a front row seat complete with dancing, music, and an historic reenactment.
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303 TU 10/21/14 10:30am 00:26:44 - (CC) × ST
36.1 Germany's Rhine and Mosel Rivers For centuries, the Rhine has been a natural border and the main route for trade, people, and ideas. Rudy Maxa starts in the ancient Roman city of Trier, and travels up the Mosel River, visiting vineyards and ancient castles. He'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, he'll see where Julius Cesar destroyed two Germanic tribes, but was never able to conquer Germany, and just down stream, he'll see where American troops first crossed the Rhine during World War II at the bridge at Remagen. The trip concludes in the city of Cologne, where he visits the modern art museum and samples Kolsch, the local beer. Tips are also given for taking a cruise down the Rhine.
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304 WE 10/22/14 10:30am 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.1 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 the base in Bologna, Rudy Maxa eats his 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 6th century mosaics, and a beach resort at Rimini round out the adventure. Tips on sampling the region's delicacies and agri-tourism hotels are also given.
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305 TH 10/23/14 10:30am 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.1 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, Rudy Maxa sets out in search of Giotto's colorful frescoes in Padua; and architect Palladio's palatial villas in Vicenza and the surrounding countryside. Then he heads 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 are also given.
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306 FR 10/24/14 10:30am 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.1 Prague & Budapest Rudy Maxa leaves Western Europe behind, as he ventures to the exotic cities of Prague and Budapest. In Prague, he marvels at the startlingly beautiful old town, and tours the labyrinthine castle that haunted writer Franz Kafka. Bohemian glass dazzles him as he browse the flourishing shops in this former Communist country, and he witnesses the scene of the "Velvet Revolution." Then, it's off to Budapest where he surrenders himself to steamy mineral spas, gets serenaded by Gypsy music in one of the city's most traditional restaurants, and sways to the rhythms of Hungarian dancers. The trip is rounded out with Budapest's regal Opera House, and monuments of a bygone era in the Communist Statue Park. Tips are given on luxury hotels.
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307 MO 10/27/14 10:30am 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.1 Stockholm & Sweden Rudy cruises through Stockholm's sun-dappled archipelago; visits a designer hotel; and sips cocktails in the trendy Ice Bar (a lounge built completely of ice!). He strolls through the Karl Milles sculpture garden, and admires the world's best-preserved 17th century warship, the Vasa. Then it's off to the woodsy "Kingdom of Crystal," where he peeks in on Sweden's best glass artists; and gets rowdy at a traditional herring dinner. He pays tribute to a grand medieval castle once called the "key to Sweden."
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308 TU 10/28/14 10:30am 00:26:45 - (CC) × ST
36.1 Oslo & Norway The grand panoramas of Norway prove irresistible to adventurers. In Oslo, Rudy Maxa sees testaments to maritime prowess in Viking Ships and the celebrated Kon Tiki raft. He "Screams" with painter Edvard Munch, before heading south to the glorious vistas of Telemark country. After dropping by the home of playwright Henrik Ibsen, he's 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. He ends up in Bergen, Norway's best-preserved medieval city, taking in a traditional stave church; and views that inspired composer Edvard Grieg. Tips are also given on railroad travel.
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309 WE 10/29/14 10:30am 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.1 France's Champagne Region The Champagne region of France bubbles over with fine wine, gourmet cuisine, picturesque towns, and gothic spires. Rudy Maxa sets up a base in Reims, home of the historic cathedral, where French kings were crowned. From Reims, he tours wine country, visiting champagne producers, both large and small. In the medieval town of Troyes, he shops for fine chocolate and discovers a collection of modern art. North of Reims, the city of Charleville delights with its golden architecture and tradition of puppetry. The final destination is the imposing fortress of Sedan, the largest castle in Europe. Tips are given on how to buy quality champagne and how to tour the wine country.
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310 TH 10/30/14 10:30am 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.1 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. Rudy Maxa sets up base in the lovely seaside town of Honfleur. At Giverny, and in the museums in Rouen and Honfleur, he discovers the birth of Impressionism. Near the famous beaches of Normandy, the Norman Conquest unfolds in the Bayeux tapestry, as he remembers the poignant victory of World War II's D-day. Cider and cheese draw him to the lovely farmland, just inland from Honfleur. The journey ends at the awe-inspiring Abbey of Mont-St-Michel. Tips are given on car rental, shopping for antiques, and touring cider country.
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311 FR 10/31/14 10:30am 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.2 Bath and South Wales Friendly and feisty, Scotland makes people feel right at home. In Edinburgh, host Rudy Maxa climbs the ramparts of this city's famous castle, shops for kilts, visits mysterious Rosslyn chapel, and thrills to a spooky ghost tour. Then, he heads to historic St. Andrew's to practice his swing on the world's most famous golf course. In the Scottish highlands, he tries his hand at skeet shooting and falconry, and tours 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 are also given, in this first episode of a 13-part season.
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401 TU 09/09/14 03:30am 00:26:46 - (CC) × ST
36.3 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. Rudy marvels at the ancient city of Pompeii and the devastation of Mount Vesuvius, and treks across a still-active volcano. Then, he moves on to stylish Sorrento, to sample luscious gelato and hop a ferry to the isle of Capri. He drives the thrilling Amalfi coast to take in spectacular views, and, further south, he visits Paestum, home to the best Greek ruins outside of Greece. He also gives tips on Capri's funicular and Pompeii's train.
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101 TH 09/18/14 08:00am 00:28:31 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 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. Rudy marvels at the ancient city of Pompeii and the devastation of Mount Vesuvius, and treks across a still-active volcano. Then, he moves on to stylish Sorrento, to sample luscious gelato and hop a ferry to the isle of Capri. He drives the thrilling Amalfi coast to take in spectacular views, and, further south, he visits Paestum, home to the best Greek ruins outside of Greece. He also gives tips on Capri's funicular and Pompeii's train.
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101 TH 09/18/14 02:00pm 00:28:31 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 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. Rudy Maxa sets up base in the lovely seaside town of Honfleur. At Giverny, and in the museums in Rouen and Honfleur, he discovers the birth of Impressionism. Near the famous beaches of Normandy, the Norman Conquest unfolds in the Bayeux tapestry, as he remembers the poignant victory of World War II's D-day. Cider and cheese draw him to the lovely farmland, just inland from Honfleur. The journey ends at the awe-inspiring Abbey of Mont-St-Michel. Tips are given on car rental, shopping for antiques, and touring cider country.
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311 SA 09/20/14 06:00am 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Genoa and the Italian Riviera The group is 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, palaces are toured, for a taste of old-world elegance, and to dine on world-class pesto. Then, they head south to the famous resort of Portofino, and the sea cliff towns of the Cinqueterre. Finally, vertigo is battled at Pisa's leaning tower. Tips are given on using train passes and finding addresses.
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104 SA 09/20/14 08:30am 00:28:47 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 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. Rudy Maxa sets up base in the lovely seaside town of Honfleur. At Giverny, and in the museums in Rouen and Honfleur, he discovers the birth of Impressionism. Near the famous beaches of Normandy, the Norman Conquest unfolds in the Bayeux tapestry, as he remembers the poignant victory of World War II's D-day. Cider and cheese draw him to the lovely farmland, just inland from Honfleur. The journey ends at the awe-inspiring Abbey of Mont-St-Michel. Tips are given on car rental, shopping for antiques, and touring cider country.
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311 SA 09/20/14 06:00pm 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Genoa and the Italian Riviera The group is 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, palaces are toured, for a taste of old-world elegance, and to dine on world-class pesto. Then, they head south to the famous resort of Portofino, and the sea cliff towns of the Cinqueterre. Finally, vertigo is battled at Pisa's leaning tower. Tips are given on using train passes and finding addresses.
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104 SA 09/20/14 08:30pm 00:28:47 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 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. Rudy Maxa sets up base in the lovely seaside town of Honfleur. At Giverny, and in the museums in Rouen and Honfleur, he discovers the birth of Impressionism. Near the famous beaches of Normandy, the Norman Conquest unfolds in the Bayeux tapestry, as he remembers the poignant victory of World War II's D-day. Cider and cheese draw him to the lovely farmland, just inland from Honfleur. The journey ends at the awe-inspiring Abbey of Mont-St-Michel. Tips are given on car rental, shopping for antiques, and touring cider country.
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311 SU 09/21/14 NOON 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Genoa and the Italian Riviera The group is 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, palaces are toured, for a taste of old-world elegance, and to dine on world-class pesto. Then, they head south to the famous resort of Portofino, and the sea cliff towns of the Cinqueterre. Finally, vertigo is battled at Pisa's leaning tower. Tips are given on using train passes and finding addresses.
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104 SU 09/21/14 02:30pm 00:28:47 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Rome Rudy is in the city where all roads lead--Roma. He begins in ancient Rome--the Forum, Palatine Hill, Colosseum, and Baths of Caracalla. Then he explores modern Roman life on the streets and in cafes, pizzerias, and gelaterias. Then, a detour to another country: Vatican City, and shopping along the Corso, and relaxation 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. He also gives tips on getting around, and places for tasty snacks.
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102 TU 09/23/14 08:00am 00:28:19 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Rome Rudy is in the city where all roads lead--Roma. He begins in ancient Rome--the Forum, Palatine Hill, Colosseum, and Baths of Caracalla. Then he explores modern Roman life on the streets and in cafes, pizzerias, and gelaterias. Then, a detour to another country: Vatican City, and shopping along the Corso, and relaxation 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. He also gives tips on getting around, and places for tasty snacks.
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102 TU 09/23/14 02:00pm 00:28:19 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Venice Rudy surrenders himself to the charms of magical Venice, as he tours the famous sites--Piazza San Marco, the fairy-tale Basilica of San Marco, and the Rialto Bridge. Rudy also shows how to escape the crowds, by visiting the neighborhoods of Dorsoduro, Cannaregio, and San Polo. Along the way, he takes a rousing drink at the city's oldest wine bar, a dreamy gondola ride; and visits a traditional Venetian mask shop. In search of hand-blown glass, lace, and the birthplace of Venice, he journies to the lagoon islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello; and gives tips on how to navigate around this watery city.
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103 TH 09/25/14 08:00am 00:28:37 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Venice Rudy surrenders himself to the charms of magical Venice, as he tours the famous sites--Piazza San Marco, the fairy-tale Basilica of San Marco, and the Rialto Bridge. Rudy also shows how to escape the crowds, by visiting the neighborhoods of Dorsoduro, Cannaregio, and San Polo. Along the way, he takes a rousing drink at the city's oldest wine bar, a dreamy gondola ride; and visits a traditional Venetian mask shop. In search of hand-blown glass, lace, and the birthplace of Venice, he journies to the lagoon islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello; and gives tips on how to navigate around this watery city.
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103 TH 09/25/14 02:00pm 00:28:37 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Genoa and the Italian Riviera The group is 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, palaces are toured, for a taste of old-world elegance, and to dine on world-class pesto. Then, they head south to the famous resort of Portofino, and the sea cliff towns of the Cinqueterre. Finally, vertigo is battled at Pisa's leaning tower. Tips are given on using train passes and finding addresses.
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104 TU 09/30/14 08:00am 00:28:47 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Genoa and the Italian Riviera The group is 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, palaces are toured, for a taste of old-world elegance, and to dine on world-class pesto. Then, they head south to the famous resort of Portofino, and the sea cliff towns of the Cinqueterre. Finally, vertigo is battled at Pisa's leaning tower. Tips are given on using train passes and finding addresses.
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104 TU 09/30/14 02:00pm 00:28:47 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Florence In this glorious city, rich in art, Rudy brings the Renaissance to life. He visits 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 are given on shopping, and how to buy quality leather products.
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105 TH 10/02/14 08:00am 00:28:19 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Florence In this glorious city, rich in art, Rudy brings the Renaissance to life. He visits 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 are given on shopping, and how to buy quality leather products.
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105 TH 10/02/14 02:00pm 00:28:19 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Hill Towns of Tuscany and Umbria Castles, vineyards, walled cities, and a fierce medieval rivalry that lingers today--these are the adventures in the Italian hill towns. The base is dramatic Siena, home of the intensely competitive Palio horse race. From Siena, the multi-towered town of San Gimignano, is explored; grapes are harvested at a winery; and the cheese festival in Pienza is visited. Then, south to Rudy's secret pick--the haunting hill towns of Pitigliano and Sovana. In Umbria, Etruscan tombs are discoverd, the home of St. Francis of Assisi is encountered, and some pottery is picked up in quaint Gubbio. Tips are given on driving through the maze-like streets of a hill town, and finding a place to stay.
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106 TU 10/07/14 08:00am 00:28:19 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Hill Towns of Tuscany and Umbria Castles, vineyards, walled cities, and a fierce medieval rivalry that lingers today--these are the adventures in the Italian hill towns. The base is dramatic Siena, home of the intensely competitive Palio horse race. From Siena, the multi-towered town of San Gimignano, is explored; grapes are harvested at a winery; and the cheese festival in Pienza is visited. Then, south to Rudy's secret pick--the haunting hill towns of Pitigliano and Sovana. In Umbria, Etruscan tombs are discoverd, the home of St. Francis of Assisi is encountered, and some pottery is picked up in quaint Gubbio. Tips are given on driving through the maze-like streets of a hill town, and finding a place to stay.
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106 TU 10/07/14 02:00pm 00:28:19 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Provence With his base in the sleepy town of St. Remy, Rudy makes forays into the villages, countryside and cities of Provence. He tours the Alpilles and Luberon regions, and the picture perfect village of Eygalieres. Next, he takes in the delights of Provence's cities, Arles, Avignon and Aix-en-Provence. His adventure ends with a dip in the Mediterranean at the seaside village of Cassis. (7 of 13)
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107 TH 10/09/14 08:00am 00:28:19 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Provence With his base in the sleepy town of St. Remy, Rudy makes forays into the villages, countryside and cities of Provence. He tours the Alpilles and Luberon regions, and the picture perfect village of Eygalieres. Next, he takes in the delights of Provence's cities, Arles, Avignon and Aix-en-Provence. His adventure ends with a dip in the Mediterranean at the seaside village of Cassis. (7 of 13)
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107 TH 10/09/14 02:00pm 00:28:19 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Paris Rudy tours Paris, the city of style, art and pastries, to experience extraordinary art--the Impressionist collection at the Musee D'Orsay, and the garden sculpture at the Rodin Museum. Then, he hits the sites, from Notre Dame to the Pompidou Center, to the Eiffel Tower. He strolls through the parks, markets, and cafes in this city, where everyday life is art. Rudy goes to intimate neighborhoods, such as the Marais and its lovely Place des Vosges, the bohemian Latin Quarter, and artistic Montmartre. Tips are given on riding the Metro and shopping for the essentials--bread, cheese, ham, and pastries.
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108 TU 10/14/14 08:00am 00:28:39 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Paris Rudy tours Paris, the city of style, art and pastries, to experience extraordinary art--the Impressionist collection at the Musee D'Orsay, and the garden sculpture at the Rodin Museum. Then, he hits the sites, from Notre Dame to the Pompidou Center, to the Eiffel Tower. He strolls through the parks, markets, and cafes in this city, where everyday life is art. Rudy goes to intimate neighborhoods, such as the Marais and its lovely Place des Vosges, the bohemian Latin Quarter, and artistic Montmartre. Tips are given on riding the Metro and shopping for the essentials--bread, cheese, ham, and pastries.
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108 TU 10/14/14 02:00pm 00:28:39 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 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, Rudy sips tea and savors traditional sights, such as Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard. He pops in to see where Charles Dickens penned Oliver Twist, and gets a bird's-eye view of contemporary London from the new London Eye observation wheel. Finally, he checks out cutting edge artwork at the newly opened Tate Modern Art Museum, and gives tips on using cell phones and cash machines.
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109 TH 10/16/14 08:00am 00:28:19 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 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, Rudy sips tea and savors traditional sights, such as Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard. He pops in to see where Charles Dickens penned Oliver Twist, and gets a bird's-eye view of contemporary London from the new London Eye observation wheel. Finally, he checks out cutting edge artwork at the newly opened Tate Modern Art Museum, and gives tips on using cell phones and cash machines.
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109 TH 10/16/14 02:00pm 00:28:19 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 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, Rudy leaves London and stops at Hampton Court, where Henry VIII wooed Anne Boleyn. He gazes on Oxford's dreamy spires, and browses in the real Alice in Wonderland's candy store. Next, he pays a visit to Jane Austen's house, puzzles over the mysterious megaliths of Stonehenge, and pursues tales of Camelot, in the royal city of Winchester, along with giving tips on driving in England and visiting country pubs.
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110 TU 10/21/14 08:00am 00:28:19 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 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, Rudy leaves London and stops at Hampton Court, where Henry VIII wooed Anne Boleyn. He gazes on Oxford's dreamy spires, and browses in the real Alice in Wonderland's candy store. Next, he pays a visit to Jane Austen's house, puzzles over the mysterious megaliths of Stonehenge, and pursues tales of Camelot, in the royal city of Winchester, along with giving tips on driving in England and visiting country pubs.
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110 TU 10/21/14 02:00pm 00:28:19 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Belgium For centuries, Belgium has been a sophisticated hub for gourmets and connoisseurs. In true Belgian style, Rudy treats himself to superb chocolate, and samples first-rate beer. He indulges his senses with folk music and Bruegel paintings, and investigates the people's passion for comic strips. He drives to breathtaking Bruges, a medieval city suspended in time. There, he cruises the canals, admires intricate handmade lace, and pays homage to a Michelangelo masterpiece. Tips are given on hearty Belgian cuisine, and lace making.
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111 TH 10/23/14 08:00am 00:28:31 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Belgium For centuries, Belgium has been a sophisticated hub for gourmets and connoisseurs. In true Belgian style, Rudy treats himself to superb chocolate, and samples first-rate beer. He indulges his senses with folk music and Bruegel paintings, and investigates the people's passion for comic strips. He drives to breathtaking Bruges, a medieval city suspended in time. There, he cruises the canals, admires intricate handmade lace, and pays homage to a Michelangelo masterpiece. Tips are given on hearty Belgian cuisine, and lace making.
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111 TH 10/23/14 02:00pm 00:28:31 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Amsterdam and the Netherlands The country of the Netherlands inspired the Dutch masters, and became a powerhouse that conquered the sea. Rudy bicycles to Amsterdam's great art museums, to see the works of Van Gogh and Rembrandt. Then he climbs to the attic where Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis. Later, he prowls windmills and check out Amsterdam's infamous red-light district. The next stop is the Hague, home to the International Court of Justice. Finally, he peeks at the delightful city of Delft, where he learns techniques for making world-renowned china. Tips are also given on riding trolleys and buying Delftware.
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112 TU 10/28/14 08:00am 00:28:19 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Amsterdam and the Netherlands The country of the Netherlands inspired the Dutch masters, and became a powerhouse that conquered the sea. Rudy bicycles to Amsterdam's great art museums, to see the works of Van Gogh and Rembrandt. Then he climbs to the attic where Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis. Later, he prowls windmills and check out Amsterdam's infamous red-light district. The next stop is the Hague, home to the International Court of Justice. Finally, he peeks at the delightful city of Delft, where he learns techniques for making world-renowned china. Tips are also given on riding trolleys and buying Delftware.
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112 TU 10/28/14 02:00pm 00:28:19 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Copenhagen and Denmark Rudy visits the wondrous kingdom of legend and fairytale--Denmark--where Vikings plundered, and Hans Christian Anderson spun children's stories. In cozy Copenhagen, he splurges on pastries, visits the Little Mermaid, and dances till dawn at Tivoli Gardens. On a day trip to Roskilde, he checks out three incredibly well-preserved Viking ships. He rides horseback through the Danish countryside, strolls through writer Karen Blixen's gardens, and storms the moat at "Prince Hamlet's" Castle. Rudy also gives tips on canal rides and museum passes. Final program of the season.
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113 TH 10/30/14 08:00am 00:27:38 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Copenhagen and Denmark Rudy visits the wondrous kingdom of legend and fairytale--Denmark--where Vikings plundered, and Hans Christian Anderson spun children's stories. In cozy Copenhagen, he splurges on pastries, visits the Little Mermaid, and dances till dawn at Tivoli Gardens. On a day trip to Roskilde, he checks out three incredibly well-preserved Viking ships. He rides horseback through the Danish countryside, strolls through writer Karen Blixen's gardens, and storms the moat at "Prince Hamlet's" Castle. Rudy also gives tips on canal rides and museum passes. Final program of the season.
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113 TH 10/30/14 02:00pm 00:27:38 (RPT) (CC) × ST