France: the lights of Montbeliard
And a very festive welcome to the show from here in Berlin. One of the things I most love about this time of year are the Christmas lights. In towns and cities throughout Europe there are kaleidoscopes of illuminations brightening up the streets. And the small town of Montbeliard in France is actually famous for its lights. The illuminations there are very special and they've been designed by a team of professionals from Italy for the last fifteen years.
Sport: Winter Surfing
Changing the mood completely we're off for a bit of surfing in Norway. As you might imagine most surfers are currently in the warmer southern hemisphere looking for that very special wave to glide them to the beach. But Tore Kramer prefers to stay at home in Stavangar on the south west coast of Norway. It's cold and windy - and even colder in the water - but the big advantage is, of course, that he's got the place to himself.
Dining: Filzmoos of Austria.
Rather him than me. Filzmoos in Austria is a ski resort but it's also home to one of the world's top chefs Johanna Maier. Her career is really a Cinderella story with a difference because in her case she wasn't allowed in the kitchen until she was 33 years old. But she's made up for lost time and her restaurant now has two Michelin stars.
Now if you eat too much over the festive season and you need a bit of amusement without too much exercise you can play golf - in your living room. Although I'm not a golfer myself I can see that "Pit Green" won't improve your swing, but it does look like you can have a lot of fun with this game. It's a kind of micro version of mini golf.
Fashion: Jewellery designer Sophie Harley
British jewellery designer Sophie Harley is busier than ever. She's had commisions from all sorts of stars and even royalty in the past but now she's run off her feet. It's all because she designed and made a piece of jewellery that was worn by leading lady Ava Green in the latest James Bond movie "Casino Royale."
Music: Tango bittersweet
Quadro Nuevo is a quartet from here in Germany whose music is a real mixture of many styles. Since they met almost by accident ten years ago they have toured relentlessly, promoting their very individualistic musical style. They just love to play live. The main influence is tango but there's classcical music, jazz, sometimes a bit of bossa nova, the list is endless. Have a listen and see what you think. [26 minutes]
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