Program 502: Haunted America; Markets of Provence; Belgian Treats

Release Date: 10-28-2017

Description

Hear about America's spookiest spots, then take a virtual stroll past the colorful, fragrant stalls of a Provencal farmers market with author Marjorie R. Williams. And listen in as some Belgians get nostalgic discussing the hearty comfort foods of their homeland.

Guests

  • Terrance Zepke, author of "A Ghost Hunter's Guide to the Most Haunted Places in America" (Safari Publishing)
  • Marjorie R. Williams, author of "Markets of Provence" (St. Martin's Griffin)
  • Ferdi Menghi, tour guide from Belgium
  • Nina Dierckx, tour guide from Belgium 

Related Links

  • Terrance has written a series of "Ghost Hunter's Guides," to the most haunted places in America. Her website and blog includes tips for easy Halloween decorating and party recipes.
  • You can listen to an extended version of Terrance's interview in an all-Halloween-themed edition of Travel with Rick Steves on program #304a, from October 2015. 
  • The actively-haunted places Terrance references in today's interview include The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, West Virginia, the underground Shanghai Tunnels of Portland, Oregon, the Bird Cage Theater-Saloon in Tombstone, Arizona, the Queen Mary ocean liner/hotel in Long Beach, California, and Bobby Mackey's nightclub, just outside Cincinnati in Wilder, Kentucky. 
  • The guide "Markets of Provence" is co-authored by Marjorie R. Williams and Dixon Long. 
  • Marjorie includes regularly-updated blog entries about markets in France and New England on her website.
  • The New York Times posted a Q and A with Marjorie about her Provence market guide. 
  • Rick says that L'Isle sur la Sorgue is one of his favorite small towns in Provence.  He and Marjorie also talk about visiting markets in the towns of Arles, Aix-en-Provence, and Lourmarin.
  • Rick, Nina and Ferdi reference Vincent Van Gogh's painting of "The Potato Eaters."