Program 630: Portugal's Art and Architecture; Breakfast With Polygamists; Jack London's Yukon
Release Date: 02-27-2021
Travel writer Dave Seminara tells us how curiosity led him to meet with healers in the jungles of Nicaragua and Belize. Plus, Richard Grant tells us how a Yukon winter in Dawson City inspired Jack London to become a writer; tour guides from Lisbon point out the art that colors the streets of Portugal; and we get a close-up appreciation of Leonardo's Mona Lisa.
- Cristina Duarte, tour guide based in Lisbon
- Rafael Pereira, tour guide based in Lisbon
- Travel writer Dave Seminara, author of "Breakfast with Polygamists: Dispatches from the Margins of the Americas " (Wanderlust Press)
- Travel writer Richard Grant, author of "The Deepest South of All: True Stories from Natchez, Mississippi" (Simon and Schuster)
- Gene Openshaw, co-author of "Rick Steves Europe's Top 100 Masterpieces: Art for the Traveler" (Avalon Travel)
- The Rick Steves online guide to visiting Portugal.
- The Calouste Gulbenkian art museum in Lisbon comes highly recommended by listener Patrick and the guides.
- Rick writes about the fado music scene in Lisbon in his book of travel essays, For the Love of Europe. Rick reads from that entry in an extra to this week's show. Rick also has released an audio version of the book.
- Cristina Duarte's website includes information about visiting Lisbon, and her tour services.
- Dave Seminara writes about his travels in the Americas in his book "Breakfast with Polygamists."
- Rosine, Kentucky is known for its Friday night old-time country music concerts, and was the birthplace of bluegrass music legend Bill Monroe.
- Dave posted his interview with Belizean bush doctor Harry Guy on YouTube.
- Richard Grant wrote about visiting Dawson City in the Yukon to investigate the activities of author Jack London during the Klondike gold rush, in Smithsonian magazine in November 2019.
- Dawson City, Yukon Territory lies at the confluence of the Yukon and Klondike Rivers, and was the setting for the Klondike Gold Rush.
- Richard also lived in Natchez, Mississippi to learn what makes the town distinctive, which he writes about in his book "The Deepest South of All."
- The Louvre museum in Paris lets you view Mona Lisa online, and will have information on when the Covid-19 pandemic conditions will allow the museum to re-open.
- Rick's latest collaboration with Gene Openshaw is Europe's Top 100 Masterpieces.
More with Rafael Pereira - Portuguese tour guide Rafael Pereira tells Rick more about the highly recommended Gulbenkian art museum in Lisbon. (runs 1:20)
More with Rick Steves - Rick tells us about the first time he experienced fado music in Portugal, in a reading from his book "For the Love of Europe." (runs 3:45)