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Smart Travels--Europe with Rudy Maxa

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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
36.2 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.
WEB LINK
401 TU 09/09/14 03:30am 00:26:46 - (CC) × ST
36.3 Madrid The Spanish capital Madrid welcomes people with grand plazas and sparkling fountains. First stop is the Prado, one of Europe's great museums and home to Goya, El Greco, and Velazquez. He tours El Palacio Real, the seat the Spanish empire, and the Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, a fascinating hoard of art treasures hidden away in the center of the city. After dark, he sways to the rhythms of Flamenco dancers, and loses himself in Madrid's pulsating nightlife. Then, he day-trips to the imperial city of Toledo, to roam the twisting streets and narrow alleyways of this historic center. Tips on traditional food and jewelry are also given.
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404 SA 08/16/14 09:00am 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Madrid The Spanish capital Madrid welcomes people with grand plazas and sparkling fountains. First stop is the Prado, one of Europe's great museums and home to Goya, El Greco, and Velazquez. He tours El Palacio Real, the seat the Spanish empire, and the Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, a fascinating hoard of art treasures hidden away in the center of the city. After dark, he sways to the rhythms of Flamenco dancers, and loses himself in Madrid's pulsating nightlife. Then, he day-trips to the imperial city of Toledo, to roam the twisting streets and narrow alleyways of this historic center. Tips on traditional food and jewelry are also given.
WEB LINK
404 SA 08/16/14 09:00pm 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Madrid The Spanish capital Madrid welcomes people with grand plazas and sparkling fountains. First stop is the Prado, one of Europe's great museums and home to Goya, El Greco, and Velazquez. He tours El Palacio Real, the seat the Spanish empire, and the Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, a fascinating hoard of art treasures hidden away in the center of the city. After dark, he sways to the rhythms of Flamenco dancers, and loses himself in Madrid's pulsating nightlife. Then, he day-trips to the imperial city of Toledo, to roam the twisting streets and narrow alleyways of this historic center. Tips on traditional food and jewelry are also given.
WEB LINK
404 SU 08/17/14 03:00pm 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 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 SA 08/23/14 09:30am 00:26:45 - (CC) × ST
36.3 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."
WEB LINK
308 SA 08/23/14 09:30pm 00:26:45 - (CC) × ST
36.3 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."
WEB LINK
308 SU 08/24/14 03:30pm 00:26:45 - (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.
WEB LINK
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.
WEB LINK
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.
WEB LINK
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.
WEB LINK
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.
WEB LINK
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.
WEB LINK
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.
WEB LINK
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.
WEB LINK
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.
WEB LINK
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.
WEB LINK
104 TU 09/30/14 02:00pm 00:28:47 (RPT) (CC) × ST