Program 368: London Update; Village Turkey; Cruising into St. Petersburg

Release Date: 06-21-2014


Hear what Londoners have nicknamed the latest skyscrapers popping up around their city, and get tips for exploring the lesser-known parts of Turkey, where the main attraction just might be you. Then learn about what options cruise-ship passengers have for seeing the impressive sights of St. Petersburg.


  • Gillian Chadwick, tour guide based in London  
  • Tom Hooper, tour guide based in London  
  • Roy Nicholls, British tour guide based in Dorset
  • Lale Surmen Aran, Turkish tour guide and proprietor of SRM Travel in Istanbul
  • Etelka Páriné Berecz, tour guide based in Hungary
  • Cameron Hewitt, lead editor at Rick Steves' Europe and co-author of multiple Rick Steves guidebooks to eastern central Europe

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Haiku Awards

Saint Petersburg June
Endless daylight glistens off
Endless golden domes
— Tracy Lynn, Charlottesville, Virginia


Neon Tokyo rain
Blurs footage of their blind date –
Wave / kiss, flirt / debate.
— Chantale Reve, Jersey City, New Jersey


Tufts of creamy wool
Caught on splintery fence rails
Far from Irish looms
— Patricia Cassel, Waikoloa, Hawaii

Program Extras

More with Etelka - Hungarian tour guide Etelka Páriné Barecz shares memories of studying in Leningrad in the 1970s. She and Cameron Hewitt offer advice for navigating the crowds at the Hermitage, safeguarding your belongings, and enjoying one of Russia's favorite "ethnic" cuisines from the republic of Georgia. (runs 5:38)