2020 Summer Travel Guide: Week Nine

During week eight Rick Steves and Samantha Brown travel to Austria, Greece, Denmark, China, Switzerland, Canada, New York and Alabama. Below you’ll find travel logs, links to more information about each episode, additional educational materials on PBS LearningMedia related to the countries and topics, and maps tracking our progress!

Monday, July 27

Rick Steves: Vienna and the Danube
For centuries, Vienna was the crown jewel of the rich and powerful Habsburg Empire. A century after that empire’s fall, the Viennese appreciate their imperial legacy as a cultural wellspring — and an excuse to live in style. Take in the city’s wealth of elegant gardens, great art, and fine music. Then explore the city’s surroundings, with a trip along the romantic Danube River and a hike through the breathtakingly Baroque Melk Abbey. Learn more about this episode. 

Samantha Brown: Switzerland
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From an alpine garden on an idyllic mountaintop and going deep underground experiencing the cheese grotto in Gstaad, to biking through the waterfall covered valley of Lauterbrunnen and finally floating down the icy cold Aare River in Bern, adventure awaits in Switzerland. Learn more about this episode.

Study guides from Samantha Brown
K – 5th Grade Guide (PDF)
6 – 8th Grade Guide (PDF)

Tuesday, July 28

Rick Steves: The Czech Republic Beyond Prague
Few travelers venture beyond Prague to experience the Czech Republic’s many cultural riches and offbeat delights. Get started with a whirlwind of Art Nouveau, local pub music, stinky-cheese tasting, and peat bathing in places like Olomouc, Moravský Krumlov, Třeboň, and Konopiště. Also tour a remarkable memorial to the Holocaust in Terezín, and the charming castle town of Český Krumlov. Learn more about this episode. 

Learning connections on PBS LearningMedia
Post-Impressionist Artists I: Cross, Serusier, Signac, Toulouse-Lautrec (grades 2-12)

Samantha Brown: Brooklyn, New York
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As one of the five boroughs in the US’s largest city, Brooklyn is quite huge. In fact, if it wasn’t under the umbrella of New York City, it would be the 4th largest American city all on its own! Don’t let the size alarm you—this borough has a low-key, neighborhood vibe that’s devoid of that Manhattan hustle. Add in diverse neighborhoods, great food and unexpected businesses, and Brooklyn is a place to love. Learn more about this episode.

Learning connections on PBS LearningMedia
The Brooklyn Bridge – Essay (grades 6-12)
The Brooklyn Bridge – Activities (grades 7-12)

Wednesday, July 29

Rick Steves: Athens and Side Trips
The thriving capital of Greece sprawls out from the foot of its magnificent Acropolis. We’ll tour the must-sees of ancient Athens: the Parthenon, Agora, and amazing National Archaeological Museum. Take the fast-paced pulse of the modern city, but waste no time getting to Rick’s favorite side-trip destinations: the ruins of the mystical oracle at Delphi and a fast boat to the romantic, traffic-free isle of Hydra. Learn more about this episode. 

Samantha Brown: Shanghai, China
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There is a certain mystique about the Far East, and Shanghai is the perfect place to experience it. Visit the ancient water town of Fengjing, soak up the Art Deco architecture along the historic Bund, shop at an iconic knife and scissor shop on Nanjing Road, learn the art of paper cutting, and much more. Learn more about this episode.

Learning connections on PBS LearningMedia
Shanghai at Asian Art Museum – Video (grades K-12)
Beauty of Jasmine – Collection (grades K-12)

Thursday, July 30

Rick Steves: Greece’s Peloponnese
After exploring the ancient capital of Mycenae, enjoy Greece’s charming old port town of Nafplio, take center stage at the remarkably preserved theater at Epidavros, and time-trip through the ruins of Olympia. Then wander off the beaten path along the rustic, rough-and-tumble Mani Peninsula — with a relaxing stop in the idyllic beach town of Kardamyli — and marvel at Greece’s Rock of Gibraltar: the fortress town of Monemvasia. Learn more about this episode. 

Samantha Brown: Huntsville, Alabama
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Huntsville, Alabama remains one of the most unassuming cities in the USA. A leafy green city near the Tennessee border, it’s earned the moniker Rocket City — fitting, considering it’s one of the homes of the US Space Program. Also find incredible artists, delicious soul food, live music, and tons of rich culture.  Learn more about this episode.

Learning connections on PBS LearningMedia
Blasting Off to Space! – Video (grades 5-8)

Study Guides from Samantha Brown
K-5 Study Guide
Junior High Study Guide

Friday, July 31

Rick Steves: Copenhagen
Discover reminders of Copenhagen’s Viking history and see reflections today of its proudly independent ways. Stroll down Europe’s first great pedestrian boulevard, ogle crown jewels in the palace treasury, and take a bike ride through an inspirational hippie squatter community, finishing at Copenhagen’s full-time carnival, Tivoli Gardens. Learn more about this episode. 

Samantha Brown: Vancouver, Canada
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A cosmopolitan city located on the edge of the wilderness, Vancouver offers both natural and urban beauty. Trek through scenic Stanley Park, then hop aboard a floatplane for stunning tour of the city, followed by landing on a mountain lake. Back in the city, just minutes away, discover the unique shops of Granville Market, taste local salmon at a First Nations restaurant, and so much more. Learn more about this episode.

Learning connections on PBS LearningMedia
Virtual Field Trip Video: View from a Canoe (grades 9-12)

OUR TRIP’S PROGRESS AT THE END OF WEEK NINE: