Travel and Traditions
The Travels & Traditions is a series of half-hour programs in which award-winning journalist Burt Wolf travels to cities around the world telling the stories of local traditions that have influenced us all. In many locations, he also shows how foreign traditions have influenced the city he is visiting. He reveals the relationship of marriage and food and the history of gaming. And, of course, he examines society and culture through eating.
Cruising the Provence (May 26)
Provence and the French Riviera make-up the southeast corner of France. The warm weather, intense sunlight, and magnificent scenery attracted artists like Van Gogh, Cezanne and Matisse. Its coastline along the Mediterranean Sea made it a playground for the rich and famous. The region is filled with ancient ruins, 2,000 year old towns, unique shops and good things to eat and drink. For centuries, the Rhône River has been the area’s main north-south highway and the route I chose for a river cruise between the towns of Tournon and the city of Nice.
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Cayman Islands (June 2)
As Christopher Columbus was sailing back to Spain at the end of his fourth and final voyage to the New World, a storm came up between Panama and Haiti and pushed him off course. It pushed him to the west, directly into the islands that are now known as the Cayman Islands. Burt tours the island and discovers the history of scuba diving as he swims with the stingrays.
Great Hotels of the World (June 9)
For over 30 years Burt has been living in hotels around the world. And many times he has stayed in some of the greatest hotels in the world. Each of these famous hotels bases its success on different elements and yet there is a common approach to attending to the needs of each guest. Burt shows you some of his favorites and why he considers them best of class.
Great Hotels of the World - Part 2 (June 16)
Burt has been living in hotels for over 30 years -- and often in the greatest hotels in the world. Each of these famous hotels bases its success on different elements and yet there is a common approach to attending to the needs of each guest. In this program Burt shows you some of his favorite hotels in Switzerland and Germany and explains why he considers them best of class.
_________________________________________________________________________New York City (June 23)
New York City is the world epicenter for money, creativity and culture. Burt takes a bite of the Big Apple, tells you how it came to be and takes you from the tip of the island to Central Park. Learn about the city's architectural heritage and how a nation of immigrants contributed to the gastronomy of the island.
_______________________________________________________________________Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (June 30)
Philadelphia is one of America's oldest and most interesting cities and the birthplace of our nation. Find out how it was founded as a Quaker colony and why it's the guardian of The Liberty Bell. Learn why Philadelphia is considered the city of brotherly love, tour the largest collection of outdoor murals and visit a Masonic Temple. Take a taste of Philly's traditional foods.