Program 594: Basque Carnaval; Venice Sinking; Ghosts in Papua New Guinea
Release Date: 02-22-2020
Learn why acqua alta episodes are flooding Venice more frequently — and what it was like to live through a week of near-record floods last November. Hear what it takes to hike across Papua New Guinea on the notorious Kokoda Trail. And discover the traditions behind the February "Carnaval" celebrations in the Basque Country of France and Spain.
- Agustín Ciriza, Basque tour guide from San Sebastian, Spain
- Claire Lohiague, Basque tour guide from Hasperran, France
- Fred Plotkin, author of "Italy for the Gourmet Traveler"
- Call-out to Venice-based artist and tour guide Stacy Gibboni
- Travel writer Rick Antonson, author of "Walking with Ghosts in Papua New Guinea" (Skyhorse Publishing)
- Agustín Ciriza is a Basque tour guide from San Sebastian, Spain. Claire Lohiague is a Basque tour guide from Hasparren, France.
- Wikipedia has an article that lists many of the elements of Carnaval celebrations in Basque Country. Agustin recommends the celebrations in Tolosa, Spain. Claire likes the early February events held in Saint-Jean-De-Luz, France.
- Fred Plotkin is the author of "Italy for the Gourmet Traveler."
- Venice-based artist and guide Stacy Gibboni includes samples of her artwork on her website.
- The latest travel adventure book by Rick Antonson is "Walking with Ghosts in Papua New Guinea."
Venice is sinking
as Vivaldi plays
while the earthboat
Reaching for a hand
in pockets closed
to a lover's grasp
Palazzos and pigeons
Gondolas in moonlight
Bridges that sigh
Is Venice sinking
— Maureen Mullin, Virginia Beach, VA
More with Listeners - Back in 2007, listener Maureen Mullin of Virginia Beach sent us a lovely poem she wrote called “Venice is Sinking.” Rachel Unck read it for us on Travel with Rick Steves program #105. (runs :43)