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Lessons learned after surviving an avalanche

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


James Mort survived an avalanche after skiing in the Swiss Alps. Now, he wants people to know how to be prepared and potentially save a life. Continue


Antalya, Turkey: Relaxing Gulet Cruise

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


A popular excursion from Antalya is a cruise on a gulet — the traditional Turkish sailboat. Sailing away, we marvel at the dramatic shoreline under snow-capped peaks. Resorts, park-like beaches, and ancient ruins clinging to cliffs are all tucked into this rugged-yet accessible Riviera playground. Continue


Berlin, Germany: Trendy Prenzlauer Berg

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


Young, in-the-know locals agree that Prenzlauer Berg is one of Berlin’s most colorful neighborhoods. There are no real sights -- just a lively, laid-back neighborhood ignoring its wonderful late-19th-century architecture high overhead. Continue


Prague, Czech Republic: Charles Bridge and a Czech Language

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


One of Europe's most pleasant strolls is along Prague's historic coronation route. Use it as a spine, but make a point to venture beyond, and learn enough Czech to interact with the locals. Continue


Amsterdam, Netherlands: Coffeeshops and Red Light District

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


Amsterdam has plenty of examples of their progressive approach to subjects many people consider unsavory: curbside urinals, prostitutes who are unionized, taxed, and regulated…and “coffeeshops” that sell marijuana. Continue


Bethlehem, Palestine: Church of the Nativity

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


No longer just the little town of Christmas-carol fame, Bethlehem is a leading Palestinian city. Its skyline is a commotion of both crescents and crosses — a reminder that the town, while now mostly Muslim, still has many Christians. Continue


Loire, France: Château de Chenonceau

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


The château of Chenonceau in France's Loire is one of the great sights in all of Europe. Earlier châteaux were built for defensive purposes, but Chenonceau was the first great pleasure palace, designed for high society. Continue


Berlin Preview

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


A tumultuous 20th century left Berlin filled with powerful sights — from evocative memorials, to surviving bits of its communist and fascist days, to its glass-domed Reichstag. We enjoy its now-trendy east side, its people-friendly riverfront, and its vibrant social scene. Reunited Berlin — perhaps the fastest changing and most happening city in Europe — is entertaining more visitors than ever. Continue


Berlin

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


A tumultuous 20th century left Berlin filled with powerful sights — from evocative memorials, to surviving bits of its communist and fascist days, to its glass-domed Reichstag. We enjoy its now-trendy east side, its people-friendly riverfront, and its vibrant social scene. Reunited Berlin — perhaps the fastest changing and most happening city in Europe — is entertaining more visitors than ever. Continue


Prague Preview

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


The capital of the Czech Republic, Prague is the best-preserved Baroque city in Central Europe. We experience its massive castle, beloved statue-lined bridge, evocative Jewish Quarter, and thrilling 20th-century history while enjoying its love of music and perhaps the best beer in Europe. With a beautifully preserved Old Town, Prague deserves its nickname: the Golden City of a Hundred Spires. Continue


Cheverny, France: Château and Hounds

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


The stately hunting palace of Cheverny is immaculately preserved, having stayed in the same family for five centuries. The kennel is also worth a visit at dinnertime, when the 70 hunting hounds are fed. Continue


Haarlem, Netherlands: Herring and Heritage

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


Haarlem is a “Dutch Masters” kind of town, with plenty of 17th-century architecture. Dodge bikes down narrow lanes to discover some of Haarlem’s gems — pickled herring, masterpieces by Dutch Masters, and, at 100 feet high, Holland’s greatest pipe organ. Continue


Verona, Italy: Ambience and a Grappa Taste Test

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


About two hours from touristy Venice is Verona — a welcome sip of pure, easygoing Italy. Its main attractions are its wealth of Roman ruins and its 21st-century quiet, pedestrian-only ambience. Continue


Chartres, France: Pure Gothic Cathedral

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


A great side trip from Paris is the city of Chartres — and its famous cathedral, arguably Europe’s best example of pure Gothic architecture. It was built quickly, so the cathedral has a unity of architecture, statuary, and stained glass that captures the spirit of the Age of Faith like no other church. Continue


Cappadocia, Turkey: Hot-Air Balloon Ride

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


Cappadocia is rightly famous for its exotic landscape of fantastical land formations. The scenery is best surveyed from one of the 60 or so hot-air balloons that lift off every clear morning, giving visitors breathtaking views and lifelong memories. Continue


Vernazza, Italy: Cinque Terre's Jewel

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


In Vernazza, the action’s at the harbor, where you’ll find a kids’ beach, plenty of sunning rocks, and a wealth of cafés and restaurants. Continue


Jerusalem, Israel: Temple Mount and The Dome of the Rock

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


Jerusalem is alive with religious tradition and passion — Christian, Muslim, and Jewish. Within a 10-minute walk you can see the Church of the Holy Sepulchre — so sacred to Christians, the Dome of the Rock — treasured by Muslims, and at Temple Mount, the holiest place in Judaism: the Western Wall. Continue


Enter the 2015 Downton Abbey Sweepstakes!

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Masterpiece
PBS


Enter the 2015 Downton Abbey Sweepstakes daily through March 15, 2015, for a chance to win a 5-day, 4-night trip for 2 adults from the US to Great Britain! You may also win 1 of 4 monthly prizes -- assorted Downton Abbey merchandise. Continue


Prague

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


The capital of the Czech Republic, Prague is the best-preserved Baroque city in Central Europe. We experience its massive castle, statue-lined bridge, evocative Jewish Quarter, and thrilling 20th-century history while enjoying its infectious love of music and perhaps the best beer in Europe. With a beautifully preserved Old Town, Prague deserves its nickname: the Golden City of a Hundred Spires. Continue


The Netherlands beyond Amsterdam Preview

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


By train, bike, and boat, we visit the top Dutch sights outside of Amsterdam: from Haarlem to Rotterdam, and from Delft to the Zuiderzee. Along the way, we enjoy charming towns with fragrant cheese markets, soggy polderland, mighty dikes, and windmills both new and old. Rolling through the Netherlands and connecting with its people, you can't help but think, "Everything's so... Dutch!" Continue


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