Program 319: European Rail; American Comfort Food; Open Phones: More Travel Reports

Release Date: 03-23-2013

Description

An expert who advises American travelers on how to best use the passenger rail lines in Europe offers tips for when rail passes are a bargain, and how they work. Also, Jane and Michael Stern discuss trends in hometown "comfort food" restaurants in America, including a few eateries where the local atmosphere made their day. Also, listeners check in with travel reports on what made their trips extra-special when they visited France, Spain, Poland, and Italy.

Guests

  • Alan Wissenberg, proprietor of Euraide rail info services at the Munich and Berlin train stations
  • Jane Stern and Michael Stern, authors of "Road Food"

Related Links

  • Information about Alan Wissenberg's EurAide rail info service.
  • Alan also explains the difference between some different types of rail passes.
  • The Sterns have an interactive website where you can add in your own road food recommendations at www.roadfood.com.
  • The Sterns' classic guide to more than 700 road food establishments around the USA is called "Road Food," and is in its 7th edition.  
  • Buford Highway is an area of suburban Atlanta known for its proliferation of ethinc restaurants and stores.
  • Information about the Boquería and Saint Catherine's markets in Barcelona.
  • Salone Internazionale del Gusto is the Slow Food Conference held in Turin, Italy every-other October.

Program Extras

Pgm 318 Railroad Tips extra - Rick and Alan Wissenberg talk about recent changes to make passenger rail service more efficient in Europe, with a new "pass-through" station recently opened in Berlin, and new central train stations planned for Vienna by 2014, and for Stuttgart in another ten years. (runs 2:35)

Pgm 319 Road Food extra - Rick asks Jane and Michael Stern to compare the "time-warp" places they enjoy eating at, with new road food restaurant finds that still have "soul." (runs 2:23)