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Program 442: Greek Easter; England North and East; Juan Villoro's Mexican Confessional
Release Date: 04-30-2016
Hear about some of the customs that Greeks observe in the days leading up to Orthodox Easter. Then British tour guides recommend places to visit in the north and east of England that do well to lift travelers' spirits. And meet Juan Villoro, one of Mexico's most respected writers, who tells us how Mexicans view their country's current issues, and their relationship with the US.
- Greek tour guide Anastasia Gaitanou
- Roy Nicholls, tour guide based in Dorset, England
- Gillian Chadwick, tour guide based near London
- Tom Hooper, tour guide based in London
- Juan Villoro, author of "The Guilty" (George Braziller Inc.)
- The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is in the Christian quarter of Old Jerusalem.
- Alexandra Popkin writes about Greek Easter traditions for the Huffington Post.
- A visitor's guide to East Anglia, in the east of England, includes information about the region's many cathedrals.
- Wikipedia has detailed information about Durham, England, including its cathedral and castle.
- Rick recommends visiting the open air Victorian folk museum at Beamish, the "Living Museum of the North."
- Caller Catherine is a member of the Christ Church Cathedral choir in Houston, Texas.
- Vindolanda is a Roman historical site at Hadrian's Wall in northern England.
- York Minster is the largest gothic cathedral in northern Europe.
- Former Cistercian monasteries Rievaulx Abbey and Jervaulx Abbey, the Fountains Abbey, and the holy island of Lindisfarne are recommended spiritual sites to visit in Yorkshire and Northumberland.
- Juan Villoro wrote the short story collection, "The Guilty." It has been translated into English and released in the U.S. by independent publisher George Braziller.
- A sample of Juan Villoro's writing, translated into English, is on the n+1 magazine website. He also talked to the New York Times about soccer as a metaphor for modern life in Mexico.
- The New York Times writes about Jack Kerouac and the Beat writers' travels in Mexico in the late 1950s.
- Juan Villoro notes that, unlike many Mexican states in the north and along the Gulf Coast, the colonial city of San Miguel de Allende, the state of Oaxaca, and the capital Mexico City are among the safer places to explore in Mexico.