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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


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


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


The Netherlands Beyond Amsterdam

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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


Great Railways of Europe

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PBS Specials
PBS


Travel across Europe for a delightful sampling of some of the most dramatic and fascinating railway journeys in the world. From the frozen wastes of Norway to the sunny shores of the Italian Adriatic coast, host Julian Davison guides viewers through breathtaking scenery, providing cultural and historical insights along the way. 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


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


Amsterdam

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Rick Steves' Europe
PBS


Europe's best-preserved 17th-century city, Amsterdam is quaint and jarring, traditional and modern. Filled with history and happy-go-lucky, it's a delight to explore. Uniquely entertaining Amsterdam shows us Rembrandts and Van Goghs, more bikes than cars, flirting prostitutes, and pot-filled coffeeshops — all under tall, skinny facades leaning out below quaint church towers. Continue


Protecting Afghanistan's ancient Buddhist heritage

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Brent Huffman, the director behind the new documentary “Saving Mes Aynak,” tells the story of one of Afghanistan’s archaeological treasures and the threats it faces from a Chinese mining company. For more Art Beat: newshour.pbs.org/art Continue


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