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SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE
Rhine River Cruise

SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE: Rhine River Cruise

 

Samantha’s epic cruise along the Rhine River includes a stop at Freiburg, Germany, which is the gateway to the Black Forest; Strasbourg, France and the Petite France neighborhood, and the iconic Heidelberg Castle.

 

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RICK STEVES’ EUROPE
Greek Islands: Santorini, Mykonos and Rhodes

RICK STEVES’ EUROPE: Greek Islands: Santorini, Mykonos and Rhodes

 

We’ll island-hop through the Aegean, sampling three classic Greek getaways — Santorini, Mykonos, and Rhodes — and basking in their dramatic beauty. We’ll tour ancient ruins, trace the vestiges of the Crusaders, sample rustic cuisine, savor classic Greek-island views, and compare beaches — from the ultimate party beach to idyllic quiet hideaways. And we’ll see how a cruise ship can be an efficient way to link up great island stopovers.

 

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SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE
Naples and Paradise Coast of Florida

SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE: Naples and Paradise Coast of Florida

 

Samantha’s Paradise Coast adventure includes a kayak tour in the salt-waters of Everglades National Park, a visit to the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, and then an introduction to Clyde Butcher, the Ansel Adams-esque photographer of the Everglades.

 

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RICK STEVES’ SPECIAL
European Festivals, Part 1 of 2

RICK STEVES' SPECIAL: European Festivals, Part 1 of 2

 

In this first of two episodes on Europe’s greatest festivals, we’ll cheer with the masses at Siena’s crazy Palio horse race, toss a caber at a Scottish Highland Games, don a mask for Carnevale in Venice, and celebrate Easter in Greece. Dropping in on some of the Continent’s top parties, we discover that each one is a celebration of traditional culture, and all of them are full of opportunities to sing and dance, feast on traditional food, and party with locals.

 

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SEASONING THE SEASONS
Miharu, Fukushima

SEASONING THE SEASONS: Miharu, Fukushima

 

This program visits places across Japan to introduce the charms of their local daily life and festivals fostered by the nation’s long history.

 

Miharu, Fukushima
The town of Miharu in Fukushima Prefecture, Eastern Japan, is renowned for its cherry blossoms. Once the long winter has passed and the cherry blossoms bloom, many tourists come to visit the usually quiet countryside. The main tourist attraction is a tree designated as a national natural monument, the Takizakura, meaning Waterfall Cherry Tree. There are more than 10,000 cherry trees all around the town.

 

 

 

SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE
Lafayette and Cajun County, Louisiana

SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE: Lafayette and Cajun County, Louisiana

 

Samantha is instantly engulfed in Cajun and Zydeco music at the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival. The journey continues with a visit to Tabasco to learn the 5-year process of bottling the hot sauce, followed by a kayak tour through the local swamps.

 

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RICK STEVES’ EUROPE
Travel Skills: Cruising

RICK STEVES’ EUROPE: Travel Skills: Cruising | Rick Steves Photo

 

Setting sail on the Mediterranean, we’ll explore the ins and outs and pros and cons of cruising. We’ll learn how to get the most out of a cruise and exercise our independence to make smart use of limited time on shore by planning well, avoiding lines, and eating quick-but-local meals on the go. Along with the joys and efficiencies of cruising, we’ll consider the downsides, including the inevitable congestion and commercialism that comes with mass tourism.

 

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SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE
Seoul, South Korea

SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE: Seoul, South Korea

 

Samantha begins her journey on a tour in Yeonnam-Dong, a re-purposed green space filled with a resurgence of diverse restaurants and coffee shops; visits the Korean Stone Art Museum and strolls through the Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival.

 

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