Program 709: America’s Favorite City Parks; Europe’s Great Trails; Egypt 2023
Release Date: 04-01-2023
Learn about the thoughtful design behind America's elegant city parks of the 19th century, which continue to provide green space for millions of urban dwellers, then get some tips for exploring Europe on one of its long-distance hiking trails. And hear about the massive archaeology museum, built to display a vast collection of ancient Egyptian riches, that's set to open in Giza later this year.
- Historian Laurence Cotton, producer of the PBS documentary "Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America"
- Cassandra Overby, author of "Explore Europe on Foot" (Mountaineers Press)
- Tarek Mousa, proprietor of Egypt and Beyond Travel
- Laurence Cotton first released the documentary "Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America" in 2014.
- The Olmsted 200 website describes Olmsted's legacy for his 2022 bicentennial.
- Laurence spoke with Rick about the Olmsted bicentennial on Travel with Rick Steves program 687 in September, 2022.
- Cassandra Overby is the author of "Explore Europe on Foot," which includes mile by mile information for 15 long distance walking trails.
- The opening date for the Grand Egyptian Museum has been postponed, but organizers promise it will be ready by late 2023.
- The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization is where ancient mummies are displayed in Cairo. https://nmec.gov.eg/
- Siwa Oasis includes a salt lake for swimming, about 350 miles west of Cairo.
- Tarek Mousa operates Egypt and Beyond Travel, which specializes in tours of Egypt, the Middle East, and Morocco.
- Rick's one hour TV special on Egypt is streaming on demand on the Rick Steves website.
More with Laurence Cotton - Historian Laurence Cotton tells us about Frederick Law Olmsted’s involvement with planning the site for the 1893 Columbia Expedition in Chicago, and the Olmsteds' work with the Drumheller fountain on the grounds of the University of Washington in Seattle. (runs 3:26)
More with Tarek Mousa - Egyptian tour guide Tarek Mousa explains why social clubs in Cairo are important places for recreation and getting to know people. It's how he met his wife. (runs 5:04)