Program 408: Europe's Royal Families; Agatha Christie's Grand Tour; Walking Dublin
Release Date: 06-13-2015
Just in time for "Bloomsday," a Dublin tour guide takes us on an audio walk past the city's must-see sights for fans of James Joyce's "Ulysses." Then we hear about Agatha Christie's 1922 Grand Tour to promote the British Empire, as told to her grandson. And we take a close look at how World War I upended the roles of Europe's monarchies.
- Ben Curtis, associate professor of political science at Seattle University, and author of "The Habsburgs: The History of a Dynasty" (Bloomsbury)
- Mathew Prichard, grandson of author Agatha Christie, and editor of "The Grand Tour: Around the World with the Queen of Mystery" (Harper)
- Joe Darcy, tour guide based in Dublin
- Ben Curtis writes about the Habsburg family's royal history in "The Habsburgs: The History of a Dynasty."
- Mathew Prichard compiles Agatha Christie's correspondence from her 1922 "grand tour" in "The Grand Tour: Around the World with the Queen of Mystery."
- Agatha Christie describes her travels in her 1946 book "Come, Tell Me How You Live."
- The recently-renovated Pera Palace Hotel in Istanbul incorporates "Murder on the Orient Express" themes in the hotel, since it is where Agatha Christie once stayed.
- The International Agatha Christie Festival is planned for September 11-19, 2015 in Torquay, England. This year's events will celebrate the 125th birthday of the "Queen of Crime." It's also the location of the Agatha Christie Literary Trail.
- Joe Darcy offers themed walking tours of Dublin.
- Davy Byrne's Pub in Dublin was a favorite of writer James Joyce, and is visited on June 16, "Bloomsday," by fans of his book "Ulysses." Other pilgrimage sites in Dublin on Bloomsday include the historic Sweny's Pharmacy for a bar of lemon soap.
- There is a museum at the James Joyce Centre in Dublin.
- The O'Connell Bridge over the Liffey River, the General Post Office building, Casino Marino, the Temple Bar district, and pedestrian Grafton Street, are some of Dublin's landmarks.
- The Anna Livia statue has been moved from its original location in Dublin.
- As Joe Darcy points out in this week's program "extra," the waterfront site of the former Anglo-Irish Bank in Dublin is being refurbished as the new headquarters for the Central Bank of Ireland.
Pgm 408 extra - Joe Darcy tells Rick that the unfinished office building of the former Anglo-Irish Bank in Dublin remains as evidence of the financial hit Ireland endured, after banking malpractice brought an end to the country's "Celtic Tiger" economic boom. The building is now being refurbished as the new headquarters for the Central Bank of Ireland. (runs 1:06)