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Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions

Connecting The Dots In America (#1108)

Burt meets creative entrepreneurs across the US who have made our nation economically stronger. [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: Burt Wolf, an internationally syndicated television journalist and prolific public television host, provides an overview of the area and its history, then introduces the people, architecture, art, culture, food and tourist attractions of some of the world's most interesting locations. His relaxed, personable and irreverent style makes the episodes both informative and entertaining.

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  • Munich, Germany (#101)

    Visit a popular beer garden and take a driving tour through the most beautiful scenery in Europe. [26 minutes]

  • Greater Miami & The Beaches (#102)

    Tour this sophisticated subtropical city on a water taxi and visit Little Havana and Coconut Grove. [27 minutes]

  • Baja: The Sea of Cortez (#103)

    Explore remote islands & unique plant life. Learn the secrets of unique creatures of all sizes. [26 minutes]

  • Brussels, Belgium (#104)

    Try some unusual beers & authentic foods & step into one of the most colorful festivals in Europe. [26 minutes]

  • Asheville, North Carolina (#105)

    Visit with local craftsmen, tour the largest private home in North American & try Southern recipes. [26 minutes]

  • Trondheim, Norway (#106)

    Visit the site of a miracle that turned a Viking warrior into the patron saint of Norway. [26 minutes]

  • Tampa Bay, Florida (#107)

    Experience a safari at Busch Gardens, tour the town & visit Cuban and Italian communities. [26 minutes]

  • Richmond, Virginia (#108)

    Visit the state's oldest plantation and learn about its Civil War Trails and the battlefields. [26 minutes]

  • Naples, Florida (#109)

    Visit one of the most unusual swamps in the world & unearth an orchid that smells like chocolate, [26 minutes]

  • The New Hong Kong (#110)

    Explore, shop and eat in this fascinating city of contrasts. [26 minutes]

  • Las Vegas (#111)

    The ancient Roman Feast of Saturn and the impact of the Vegas Strip around the world are showcased. [26 minutes]

  • Bermuda (#112)

    Explore this ideal island resort packed with interesting historical sites and beach front dining. [26 minutes]

  • Trieste, Italy (#113)

    Uncover the history of this port town, a city on an inlet of the gulf of Venice on the Adriatic Sea. [26 minutes]

  • The Basque Country of Northern Spain (#201)

    The museum that revitalized Bilbao and the fastest ball game in the world in San Sebastian. [27 minutes]

  • Curacao (#202)

    Explore the coral reefs, beaches & the city of Willemstad, a mini Amsterdam in a tropical climate. [27 minutes]

  • Twin Cities (#203)

    Shop the biggest mall in America and find why St. Paul was a safe haven for gangsters in the 1920's. [27 minutes]

  • Central Switzerland (#204)

    Drive through the Swiss Alps climb into a 500-year old clock tower and taste delicious local foods. [27 minutes]

  • San Francisco (#205)

    Learn about this city's unique history, love of opulence and appreciation of tolerance. [27 minutes]

  • Beaver Creek (#206)

    Learn to snowshoe and ski at this celebrated resort with a magnificent yet family friendly setting. [26 minutes]

  • Napa Valley (#207)

    See this beautiful part of the world by hot air balloon and learn how to play croquet when you land. [27 minutes]

  • Miami (#208)

    Explore the infusion of cultural excitement and regional performing arts of this subtropical city. [26 minutes]

  • Philadelphia (#209)

    Learn why it's considered the city of brotherly love and try some traditional Philly foods. [26 minutes]

  • Springfield (#210)

    Located in central Illinois, this city is one of the richest farming and livestock areas in the U.S. [27 minutes]

  • Ottawa (#211)

    Tour the architecture, understand the local traditions and indulge in the French food. [26 minutes]

  • Manhattan (#212)

    Learn how this city became the world epicenter for money, culture and creativity while touring it. [27 minutes]

  • Ellis Island (#213)

    12 million people immigrating through this tiny island changed food, music and art in the U.S. [26 minutes]

  • Oaxaca, Mexico (#301)

    Tour the ancient settlements of the Zapotecs and learn about their crafts, food and culture. [26 minutes]

  • Sacramento California (#302)

    Visit a walnut grove to see ecologically advanced farming and tour the state capital. [26 minutes]

  • Sonoma County (#303)

    Take a tour and learn the history of this scenic county which includes the redwood forest. [26 minutes]

  • California's Gold Country (#304)

    Tour the spot where $50 billion worth of gold was taken out of the hills and learn what it funded. [27 minutes]

  • Zurich Switzerland (#305)

    Visit the great chocolate shops, dine in famous restaurants, tour the town and learn its history. [26 minutes]

  • Getting Ready for Christmas at Biltmore Estate (#306)

    Explore the largest private home in the U.S. and see how they prepare for the holiday celebration. [26 minutes]

  • Celebrating Christmas at Biltmore Estate (#307)

    Dozens of Christmas customs are explained in this fascinating and surprising exploration. [27 minutes]

  • U.S. Virgin Islands (#308)

    Tours the 3 major islands of St. Thomas, St. John & St. Croix and learn what to buy & what to eat. [25 minutes]

  • The Lake Geneva Region, Switzerland (#309)

    Visit the top of one of Europe's highest glaciers, tour the Castle of Chillon & meet a town crier. [25 minutes]

  • Geneva, Switzerland (#310)

    Take a boat along a lakeside to look at the homes of some of the wealthiest people in the world. [27 minutes]

  • Ticino, Switzerland (#311)

    Take a helicopter tour of ancient castles and ride the Centrovalli railroad into mountain villages. [25 minutes]

  • Northwestern Switzerland (#312)

    Explore Basil's carnival, learn why cookies are sold in tins and see how paper was first made. [26 minutes]

  • The Swiss Mittelland (#313)

    Take a look at the most representative government in the world and see where Sherlock Homes died. [28 minutes]

  • The Matterhorn Region, Switzerland (#314)

    Take a helicopter tour of the beautiful Alpine peaks & ride the highest cogwheel railroad in Europe. [26 minutes]

  • Graubuenden, Switzerland (#315)

    Take a ride on the Bernina Express & learn the secrets of yodeling & how avalanches are predicted. [25 minutes]

  • Boston, Massachusetts (#401)

    Retrace the city's historic sites and learn what really happened during the ride of Paul Revere. [25 minutes]

  • Winter In Lake Geneva Region, Switzerland (#402)

    Take a balloon trip over the snow covered Alps and paraglide from the top of a famous mountain. [27 minutes]

  • Winter In Valais, Switzerland (#403)

    Travel with the Glacier Patrol as they race across the Alps and learn the secrets of dog- sledding. [25 minutes]

  • Yucatan, Mexico (#404)

    Explore the home of the most impressive concentration of Mayan ruins and shop for hammocks. [27 minutes]

  • Eastern Switzerland (#405)

    Visit the finest Baroque abbey, a textile center and one of the greatest couture houses in Europe. [27 minutes]

  • Jungfrau Region, Switzerland (#406)

    Tour ancient villages, ride the highest railroad in Europe & go inside a million year-old waterfall. [27 minutes]

  • Taiwan (#501)

    Visit the most important temples & discover the secrets of getting the best flavor when making tea. [26 minutes]

  • The Shrine of Guadalupe (#502)

    Visit Washington D.C. to tour our nation's National Shrine and to Tepeyac Mexico for Feast Day. [25 minutes]

  • Taipei (#503)

    Visit the city's night market and the traditional shops. Get a riverside seat for dragon boat races. [27 minutes]

  • Mexico City (#504)

    Visit Guadalupe, Mexico to uncover the Story of Juan Diego and the patron Saint of Mexico. [28 minutes]

  • The History and Science of Shopping (#505)

    From its beginnings in 17th century London to the first department store in Paris, to NY's 5th Ave. [28 minutes]

  • The Future of Shopping (#506)

    Discover what the future of shopping might look like on the internet and meet the President of eBay. [25 minutes]

  • The Shrine at Czestochowa, Poland (#507)

    This destination for pilgrims for over 600 years houses a painting thought to be done by St. Luke. [28 minutes]

  • Southwestern, France (#508)

    Tour the city of Toulouse, visit the largest Romanesque Church in Europe and explore cave paintings. [25 minutes]

  • Krakow, Poland (#509)

    Tour this cultural center of Eastern Europe. Visit the ancient castle and Cathedral on Wawel Hill. [27 minutes]

  • The Shrine at Lourdes, France (#510)

    Discover the story of the origin and political significance of this site of healing miracles. [26 minutes]

  • Atlantic City, New Jersey (#601)

    Take a look at the history of the city & saltwater taffy. Tour the hotels, casinos & restaurants. [26 minutes]

  • Dublin, Ireland (#602)

    Visit the Guinness brewery, learn the origin of the Guinness Book of Records & tour the local pubs. [26 minutes]

  • The Lands of St. Patrick, Ireland (#603)

    Visit St. Patrick's original church & the mystic pilgrimage sites of Lough Derg and Croagh Patrick. [25 minutes]

  • The Abbeys of Austria (#604)

    Tour the abbeys at Melk and Klosterneuburg, containing medieval works of art & illustrated books. [25 minutes]

  • The Pilgrimage Road to Santiago, Spain (#605)

    Explore the legend of Santiago and walk the sacred road that over 200,000 travel every year. [25 minutes]

  • Santiago De Compostela, Spain (#606)

    Tour the Hospital of the Kings of Spain & explore the art & architecture of an ancient Cathedral. [25 minutes]

  • Siena, Italy (#607)

    Tour the narrow winding streets and ancient buildings and explore St. Catherine and St. Bernardino. [25 minutes]

  • Assisi, Italy (#608)

    Tour the city and discover the true story of St. Francis and the founding of the Franciscan order. [27 minutes]

  • Stamp Collecting, China (#609)

    Look at the history of stamp collecting & visit China, where stamp collecting is greatly encouraged. [25 minutes]

  • Chimayo, New Mexico (#610)

    Visit a small adobe sanctuary that has been considered magical by the local Native Americans. [26 minutes]

  • Santa Fe, New Mexico (#701)

    Take a helicopter tour of beautiful parts of the Southwest and visit an ancient Pueblo community. [26 minutes]

  • Christmas In Vienna, Austria (#702)

    Get a real understanding of one of the world's most popular holidays, while touring famous markets. [27 minutes]

  • Vatican City (#703)

    View the ceiling of St. Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. Visit the Vatican's mosaic studio. [25 minutes]

  • Cologne, Germany (#704)

    Visit an ancient cathedral, a chocolate museum & a carnival celebration. Cruise on the Rhine River. [26 minutes]

  • Aachen, Germany (#705)

    Tour the city and visit ancient fountains, a magnificent church and try the signature foods. [25 minutes]

  • Hamburg, Germany (#706)

    Take a musical tour of the 1960s period when the city was the world's rock epicenter. [26 minutes]

  • St. Gallen, Switzerland (#707)

    Tour the town as it celebrates its 1,000-year history as an innovative center for textiles. [26 minutes]

  • A Tuscan Harvest, Italy (#708)

    Visit the artistic, cultural and gastronomic center of Northern Italy & a vineyard south of Siena. [25 minutes]

  • In Taiwan, A Sense of Place - Part 1 (#709)

    People who have come to the U.S. from Taiwan describe why immigrated & what they have accomplished. [25 minutes]

  • In Taiwan, A Sense of Place - Part 2 (#710)

    A Yankees Pitcher, a Forensic Scientist and an AIDS researcher discuss their accomplishments. [26 minutes]

  • Cruising the Danube (#801)

    The trip starts in the Hungarian capital of Budapest and stops in Bratislava, Vienna and Durnstein. [25 minutes]

  • Milan, Italy (#802)

    The financial and commercial center of Italy, Milan is also known for some amazing cooking. [27 minutes]

  • Going Platinum (#803)

    The naturally white metal, thirty times rarer than gold, symbolizes the highest level of respect. [27 minutes]

  • Rome, Italy (#804)

    A visit to city's restaurants, international fashion houses, Italian tailors and jewelry makers. [27 minutes]

  • What's Cooking In Switzerland (#805)

    Burt tastes the gastronomic specialties of the Lake Geneva area and the Matterhorn region. [27 minutes]

  • Holland (#806)

    Burt explores the use of windmills visits the Vincent van Gogh Museum and takes a canal tour. [26 minutes]

  • Alaska (#807)

    Ride the White Pass & Yukon Railroad and check out 1,500 square miles of ice cap. [27 minutes]

  • Hong Kong (#808)

    This bustling metropolis has an unusual blend of western high-tech with Chinese high-touch. [26 minutes]

  • Immigrating to America, I (#809)

    Each year the U.S. grants permanent residency to more immigrants than all other nations combined. [25 minutes]

  • Immigrating to America, II (#810)

    Immigration has created social difficulties, produces new vitality and transforms American culture. [25 minutes]

  • Cruising Holland & Belgium (#901)

    This European cruise starts in Amsterdam and stops in Schoonhaven, Dordrecht and Antwerp. [25 minutes]

  • Islands of Bermuda (#902)

    Burt visits the city capital of Hamilton and an outstanding Aquarium and checks out the local food. [27 minutes]

  • Cruising The Rhine (#903)

    Burt visits Cologne's chocolate museum, sails through the Rhine Gorge and tours Strasbourg. [26 minutes]

  • Cruising France (#904)

    Burt cruises to Beaune, tours the Chateau De Cormatin in Tournus and visits the historic Lyon. [25 minutes]

  • Gateway to Scotland (#905)

    Burt tours Edinburgh's Old Town and explores the different approaches of Scotch whiskey producers. [27 minutes]

  • Cruising The Netherlands (#906)

    Amsterdam, Keukenhof Gardens, Norbertine Abbey in Holland and the Abbey of Our Lady are explored. [25 minutes]

  • The Grand Bahamas (#907)

    Burt takes a tour of the Bahamas and discovers that each of its islands has a distinct culture. [28 minutes]

  • Cruising Provence (#908)

    Burt cruises on the Mediterranean coastline, a region filled with ancient ruins and unique shops. [25 minutes]

  • Cayman Islands (#909)

    Burt tours the island and discovers the history of scuba diving as he swims with the stingrays. [28 minutes]

  • Great Hotels of the World - Part 2 (#910)

    Burt showcases his favorite, famous hotels and reveals why he considers them best of class. [26 minutes]

  • Great Hotels of the World - Part 2 (#1001)

    Burt visits hotels in Switzerland and Germany and explains why he considers them best of class. [26 minutes]

  • New York City (#1002)

    Learn about the city's architectural heritage and roam from the tip of the island to Central Park. [27 minutes]

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (#1003)

    Tour the largest collection of outdoor murals, visit a Masonic Temple and taste Philly's best foods. [27 minutes]

  • Chicago, Illinois (#1004)

    Burt untangles the city's history, laughs at Second City's food joke and visits the House of Blues. [26 minutes]

  • Napa Valley, California (#1005)

    Burt tours the valley, visits a successful wine maker and tries dishes at the best restaurants. [28 minutes]

  • Basque Region, Spain (#1006)

    Visit a museum in Bilbao and in San Sebastian enjoy to some of the finest Basque cooking in Europe. [27 minutes]

  • Miami, Florida (#1007)

    Visit some of the art galleries and taste the local flavors of the sophisticated, subtropical city. [26 minutes]

  • Belgium (#1008)

    Burt tours the capital city of Brussels, learns about Antwerp and enjoys Belgian cooking. [26 minutes]

  • San Francisco, California (#1009)

    Explore the city's unique history, love of opulence and appreciation of good food. [27 minutes]

  • Springfield, Illinois (#1010)

    Visit Abraham Lincoln's hometown and enjoy corn dogs, doughnuts, sandwiches and more on Route 66. [26 minutes]

  • Luzern, Switzerland (#1101)

    Burt takes a lake steamer to Mount Pilatus and rides the steepest cogwheel railway in the world. [26 minutes]

  • Touring Ireland (#1102)

    Visit Ireland's great pilgrimage sites, follow the trails of St. Patrick and learn about Guinness. [26 minutes]

  • Burt Wolf's Family Vacation (#1103)

    Burt and his family visit Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, and Leukerbad in Switzerland. [26 minutes]

  • German Immigration to the U.S. (#1104)

    More Germans immigrated to American than any other group. This program looks at who they were. [26 minutes]

  • What Are They Eating in the Photograph (#1105)

    The history and significance of famous photos that feature eating and drinking are revealed. [26 minutes]

  • Taiwan - A Sense of Place - Part Three (#1106)

    Burt meets famous Taiwanese-Americans and visits a famous museum and a restaurant in Taiwan. [26 minutes]

  • Taiwan - A Sense of Place - Part Four (#1107)

    Burt interviews famous Taiwanese-Americans and visits a famous museum and a restaurant in Taiwan. [26 minutes]

  • Atlantic Crossing (#1201)

    This program covers the history of transatlantic passenger ships and shows what it is like today. [26 minutes]

  • Cruising the Rivers of Europe: Amsterdam to Cologne (#1202)

    Burt visits Amsterdam, tours a women's handbag museum and sails along the Rhine to Cologne. [26 minutes]

  • The Great Rivers of Europe: Cologne to Zell (#1203)

    Burt sails the Rhine from Cologne to Rudesheim and tours a museum of mechanical musical instruments. [26 minutes]

  • The Great Rivers of Europe: Cochem to Luxembourg (#1204)

    Burt cruises along the Mosel River with stops in Cochem and Bernkastel in the Mosel wine region. [26 minutes]

  • Artcops (#1205)

    Burt discusses the great art that has been stolen from museums and galleries that he has visited. [26 minutes]

  • The Great Rivers of Europe: Nuremberg to Linz (#1206)

    Burt visits a 900 year old Imperial Castle and cruises on the Danube Gorge to Weltenburg Abbey. [26 minutes]

  • The Great Rivers of Europe: Melk to Budapest (#1207)

    Burt cruises through the Wachau Valley, visits Vienna for music and pastry and tours Budapest. [26 minutes]

  • The Great Rivers of France: Lyon to Arles (#1208)

    Burt visits the winemakers of Beaujolais and the twin cities of Tournon and Tain L'Hermitage. [26 minutes]

  • Venice, Italy (#1301)

    Burt takes a water taxi through the canals and visits the Basilica of San Marco and the Bell Tower. [26 minutes]

  • Florence, Italy (#1302)

    Burt visits the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum and tours the great tourist attractions of the city. [26 minutes]

  • What's Cooking in Rome? (#1303)

    Burt visits the Coliseum and takes a private tour of the Vatican, St. Peters and the Sistine Chapel. [26 minutes]

  • Siena and Assisi, Italy (#1304)

    Burt visits the Basilica of St. Francis and tours of one of Italy's most important wineries. [26 minutes]

  • Luzern for Fun and Profit (#1305)

    The beautiful setting surrounding the Swiss city of Lucerne and the Rosengart Museum are explored. [26 minutes]

  • Do Not Air! Pulled (#1306)

    Burt sails from Venice to Bari and across the Adriatic Sea to Montenegro and visits ancient towns. [26 minutes]

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