Program 335: Family Croatia; Bumpy Balkans; Exploring Northern Italy

Release Date: 08-17-2013


Hear how two travelers immersed themselves in Croatia and its neighbors. Plus, guides from Italy share the highlights of northern Italy, from Milan to Lake Como, and they recommend less-crowded small towns and lakes, where German and Swiss influences add a distinctive texture from the rest of Italy.


  • Jennifer Wilson, author of "Running Away to Home" (St. Martin's Press)
  • Travel writer Francis Tapon, author of "The Hidden Europe:  What Eastern Europeans Can Teach Us"  (Wander Learn Series) 
  • Ann Long and Riccardo Panareo, tour guides based in Italy

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Haiku Awards

Summertime roadtrip.

Load up the car with children.

Fill tank, keep driving.

— Starla Little, Beaufort, South Carolina.


Niagara Falls

Antsy three year old daughter

Honeymoon on hold.

 — Priscilla Morin, San Diego, California   


Three syllables from

Just four letters, it's more than

You think, Ohio.

 — Rick Hyde, Hiram, Ohio  


Best people watching  

in Austin: Broken Spoke on  

a Saturday night


Singing Cream at free 

High Ball karaoke, sounds  

like tired starlings


Austin never met  

geezer singers, tattoos or 

dogs it didn't like."   

— Neil Ruddy, Carlisle, Iowa  

Program Extras

Program 335 Extra 1 - Jennifer Wilson shares the folk wisdom she learned from a Croatian neighbor about what really matters in life. (runs 1:08)

Program 335 Extra 2 - Rick, and tour guides Riccardo Panareo and Ann Long from Italy, talk to caller Karen from Macomb, Illinois about the recovery of the Cinque Terre towns that were devastated by flash floods in the fall of 2011, but are welcoming visitors again this year. (runs 4:17)