Program 566: Atlas Obscura for Kids; D-Day Sites; Lisbon 2019

Release Date: 06-01-2019


The co-founder of Atlas Obscura, the online almanac of unusual places, recommends destinations sure to fascinate curious kids. Then a military historian from Normandy offers insights and advice for visiting the beaches where, 75 years ago this week, D-Day turned the tide of World War II. And tour guides from Lisbon share tips for enjoying Portugal's vibrant capital city.


  • Dylan Thuras, co-author of "The Atlas Obscura Explorer's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid" (Workman)
  • Ellwood von Seibold (SY-bold), D-Day specialist and tour guide based in Normandy, France  
  • Cristina Duarte and Claudia Costa, tour guides from Lisbon, Portugal 

Additional Info

  • Atlas Obscura lists thousands of curious places and experiences online, and their first book quickly became a best-seller.  Their latest title is "The Atlas Obscura Explorer's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid."
  • Dylan Thuras is a co-founder of Atlas Obscura.
  • Ellwood von Seibold's website includes contact information for his tour guide team in Normandy.   
  • Ellwood hosted a three-part documentary about the D-Day battle sites called "American Road to Victory," which is available on Amazon Prime Video.  He suggests visiting the Airborne Museum in Ste.-Mere Eglise, France, to learn about the D-Day battles that occurred near there in 1944.  Other museums Ellwood and Rick recommend in England include the Imperial War Museum in London, the Battle of Britain Memorial in Dover and Museum in Kent, and Edencamp near York. 
  • Cristina Duarte's website includes information about visiting Lisbon, and her tour services.
  • Rick's online information about Lisbon includes a downloadable audio walking tour of the city.
  • Mouraria is now considered Lisbon's "hippest" neighborhood.

Program Extras

More with Cristina Duarte and Claudia Costa - Lisbon-based tour guides Cristina Duarte and Claudia Costa tell us why their families moved to Lisbon from inland Portugal in the 1960s. They also explain the isolating effect of the authoritarian government of António de Oliveira Salazar, who was Portugal's prime minister from 1932-1968. (runs 5:36)