2020 Summer Travel Guide: Week Two

During week two Rick Steves and Samantha Brown travel to Palestine, Canada, Italy, China, the Netherlands, Ireland, Texas and California. 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, June 8

Rick Steves: Palestine
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Venture beyond Europe to visit the West Bank of the Jordan River — a land its residents call Palestine. After visiting Jerusalem, harvest olives near Ramallah, follow pilgrims to the site of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem, approach Abraham’s tomb — as both Jews and Muslims do — in Hebron, join friends for dinner, and bob in the Dead Sea. You’ll also learn about walls, Israeli settlements, and the challenges facing this region. Learn more about this episode.

Learning connections on PBS LearningMedia
Conflict in Israel and Palestine (grades 9-12)
Primary Resources: Declaration of Israel’s Independence, 1948 (grades 9-12)
A World Not Ours: Lesson Plan (grades 9-12)

Samantha Brown: Vancouver, Cananda
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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)

Tuesday, June 9

Rick Steves: Italy’s Riviera: Cinque Terre
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Exploring Italy’s most remote and romantic stretch of Riviera, visit five tiny port towns: dramatic Vernazza, surrounded by vineyards; reclusive Corniglia, high on its bluff; pastel Manarola; hardscrabble Riomaggiore; and the pint-sized resort of Monterosso. While fishing for anchovies and savoring twinkling Mediterranean vistas, enjoy the ultimate Riviera adventure. Learn more about this episode.

Learning connections on PBS LearningMedia
Around the Globe: Italy Collection (grades 5-12)

Samantha Brown: Hill Country Texas
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Visit a wildflower seed farm that produces fields of stunning wildflowers, taste fine cuisine at a farm-to-table German bistro, two-step with a cowboy at historic Gruene Hall, and eat strudel at the oldest bakery in the state. Learn more about this episode.

Learning connections on PBS LearningMedia
The National Parks of Texas Collection (grades 2-12)

Wednesday, June 10

Rick Steves: Italy’s Veneto: Verona, Padua, and Ravenna
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In the shadow of Venice, visit three great cities. Padova (“Padua” in English) is famed for its venerable university, precious Giotto frescoes, and pilgrim-packed Basilica. Verona is a hit with aficionados of Roman ruins and Romeo and Juliet fans. And Ravenna, with its shimmering mosaics, was once the western bastion of the Byzantine Empire. Learn more about this episode.

Learning connections on PBS LearningMedia
Around the Globe: Italy Collection (grades 5-12)
Painting: One Minute Painting Lesson (grades 3-12)

Samantha Brown: Big Sur and Monterey, California
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There’s nothing like road tripping the Pacific Coast Highway. Along the way, learn about underwater sea life at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, then pay a visit to the “Artichoke Center of the World.” In Carmel by the Sea, shadow a 14-year-old beekeeper who took a homework assignment to a full-fledged family business. Also enjoy an incredible bike ride followed by a ping-pong game with epic views. Learn more about this episode.

Thursday, June 11

Rick Steves: Amsterdam
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Amsterdam — Europe’s best-preserved 17th-century city — is simultaneously quaint and jarring, traditional and modern. Filled with history and still happy-go-lucky, it’s a delight to explore. Uniquely entertaining Amsterdam shows off its Rembrandts and Van Goghs and more bikes than cars— all under tall, skinny facades leaning out over placid canals. Learn more about this episode.

Learning connections on PBS LearningMedia
News Quiz: New Rembrandt Discovered (grades 4-12)

Samantha Brown: Xi’an, China
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Founded in the 11th Century BC, every ancient building, bridge and tradition in Xi’an boggles the mind. Start with leisurely bike ride atop the ancient City Wall, stop at a traditional Chinese medicine clinic (practicing for over 500 years) to cure jet-lag, and pay a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Terra-cotta Warriors. Learn more about this episode.

Samantha Brown Study Guide
Xian, China K-5 Study Guide
Xian, China Junior High Study Guide

Friday, June 12

Rick Steves: The Netherlands Beyond Amsterdam
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By train, bike, and boat, visit the top Dutch sights outside of Amsterdam: from Haarlem to Rotterdam, and from Delft to the disappeared Zuiderzee. Along the way, 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!” Learn more about this episode.

Learning connections on PBS LearningMedia
Dutch Windmills (grades 6-12)

Samantha Brown: Ireland’s Northwest Coast
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Travel to the Northwest coast of Ireland and start an epic adventure in County Donegal. Hike up the sea cliffs of Slieve League, herd sheep on a local farm, and learn about the dying craft of wool-weaving. Also visits famous Leo’s Tavern, where you’ll meets Irish celebrity, Moya Brennan of the band Clannad. Learn more about this episode.

Learning connections on PBS LearningMedia
Weaving/Photography: Dobree Adams (grades 4-12)

Our trip’s progress at the end of week two: