Program 190a: The Pilgrim's Italy; Hape Kerkeling's Santiago de Compostela

Release Date: 03-24-2012

Description

Colleen Heater, author of "The Pilgrim's Italy", describes how 21st century travelers can find inspiration at Italy's many religious shrines; a tour guide in Siena tells us about resoration efforts along the old pilgrim's trail from England to Rome; and a German comic confides what he learned from a month-long trek to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

Guests

  • Colleen Heater, co-author of "The Pilgrim's Italy" (Inner Travel Books)
  • Call-out to Roberto Bechi, tour guide based in Siena, Italy
  • German comic Hape Kerkeling, author of "I'm Off Then: Losing and Finding Myself on the Camino de Santiago" (Simon & Schuster / Free Press)

Related Links

  • www.innertravelbooks.com is the site for James and Colleen Heater and their Pilgrim series of travel guides.
  • Wikipedia has an article, with links, about the Via Francigena pilgrim route from Canterbury to Rome, and includes information on the portions on the cultural routes that have been restored in Italy
  • Paradox Place.com is an extensive non-profit site about the Via Francigena.
  • Hape Kerkeling published his travel journel hiking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela across Spain, and it became a best-seller in Germany. The English translation of his book is called "I'm Off Then," and is published in the U.S. by Free Press (Simon and Schuster). 
  • This YouTube video of a stand-up comic bit by Hape Kerkeling (it starts in German before he switches to an English-speaking character) demonstrates his ability to speak, and mimic, many European accents, as he suggests some language-appropriate announcements to the crowd at the Vatican