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Program 404: Politics in Turkey; Greek Mythology Sites; Holland
Release Date: 05-16-2015
We follow up with friends from Turkey who participated in Istanbul’s 2013 Gezi Park protests and learn why there's still a populist movement against the leader of their national government. Then it’s on to the ancients of Greece: what they can still show us about their world, and how it influences us today. And we get pointers for visiting the high points of Holland, from the impressive industrial strength of today's Rotterdam to reminders of the Dutch Republic and World War II.
- Yaren Turkoglu, tour guide based in Istanbul
- Taylan Tasbasi, Turkish tour guide
- Anastasia Gaitanou, tour guide and historian based in Thessaloniki, Greece
- Angelique Mergler, tour guide based in Delft, Holland
- Yaren Turkoglu and Taylan Tasbasi work with SRM Travel from Istanbul in guiding visitors around Turkey.
- BBC coverage of the ongoing protests and police response in Istanbul from the one-year anniversary of the Gezi Park protests in 2014.
- Anastasia Gaitanou has a listing at the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations.
- The ruins of the Palace of Knossos are considered the most historically significant site on Crete.
- Other important sites of ancient Greece that Rick and Anastasia discuss include Olympia, Delphi, Epidavros, and Mycenea. They also talk about the architectural heritage site on the island of Delos (near Mykonos), and the importance of temples on Samos, Naxos, and Tinos.
- The Epidauros Theatre Festival is held in June through August.
- Angelique Mergler has a professional listing on LinkedIn, and lives in the historical town of Delft.
- Information on visiting the Maeslant Storm Surge Barrier near Rotterdam.
- Trip Advisor lists the "top 24 things to do" in and around Arnhem, in Holland.
- Information about the Dutch Resistance Museum in Amsterdam.
Sitting with new friends,
Weisswurst, pretzel and a beer.
Breakfast in Munich.
— Lee Wiegman, Claridon, Ohio
To me, exotic,
The only non Apache in here,
Being from Scotland.
— John Hughes, Glasgow, Scotland
Welcome to Japan
We like you, but not your germs
Please put on the mask.
— Brad Sargeant, Springfield, Oregon