Program 654: Best of Bulgaria; Traveling with Disabilities; Chasing the Sun
Release Date: 10-16-2021
Two tour guides from Sofia explain why Bulgaria is one of Europe's most underrated travel destinations (hint: it has a long, fascinating history — and bargain prices). Author Francine Falk-Allen shares know-how and insights for traveling with a physical disability. And author Richard Cohen describes the varied ways human cultures have long celebrated — and feared — our life-giving nearby star.
- Yuri Boyanin & Stefan Bozadzhiev, tour guides from Sofia, Bulgaria
- Francine Falk-Allen, author of "No Spring Chicken"
- Richard Cohen, author of “Chasing the Sun” (Random House)
- Stefan Bozadzhiev and Yuri Boyanin provide tours of Bulgaria, the Balkans and Central Asia through Lyuba Tours, based in Sofia, Bulgaria.
- The Rick Steves online guide to Bulgaria.
- Sites that Rick and the guides discuss include the Museum of Totalitarian Art in Sofia, and the Rila Monastery.
- Francine Falk-Allen is the author of "No Spring Chicken: Stories and Advice from a Wild Handicapper on Aging and Disability." She also posts often to Facebook.
- Richard Cohen's book "Chasing the Sun: The Epic Story of the Star That Gives Us Life" was first released in 2010.
- Richard Cohen reads about his summer solstice climb on Mt. Fuji, from his book "Chasing the Sun," on the Vanity Fair website.
More with Francine Falk-Allen - Francine Falk-Allen, author of "No Spring Chicken," explains to Rick how she prefers to travel in less-crowded shoulder seasons. She adds how she is able to use a mobility scooter at Yosemite National Park, and how taxis are easier to use now in large cities. Francine and Rick also note how larger cruise lines often make accommodation for physically challenged travelers. (runs 4:56)