They enjoy a break from mom and dad…. But it's actually 800 years old, built on a plan inspired by the lighthouse of Alexandria in Egypt. no where does it state that the entire Season 3 is not included for the price. While the town has a long and interesting history, its British overlords, who ruled here until 1922, had little interest in preserving its heritage. To rule the waves they had to secure the harbor. The rocky fields are small, divided by hundreds of miles of dry stone wall. Kinsale mixes history and cuteness better than any town on Ireland's south coast. The stately home is magnificently set at the edge of Killarney National Park. The dramatic Connor Pass leads to the scenic southwest tip of Ireland: Dingle Peninsula. Salmon run up the river most of the summer. Ireland: Dublin City Walk 2 — O'Connell Street. Guide: Yeah. They dominate the Spanish completely, releasing most of their forces to turn on the clans…it's a rout. But a blight swept across Ireland and nothing grew. We'll delve into the best of the west — not polished and on a museum shelf — but wonderfully raw and unrefined. Jetzt online bestellen! For five miles, the dramatic cliffs soar as high as 650 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Little by little, as the cliff erodes, the walls of this circular fort fall into the sea below. Click to copy the fixed iFrame Copy Weather permitting, the Peig Sayers zips to Blasket Island in 40 minutes — unless Fungie comes out to play. This ship was a good ship. Just off the shore is Great Blasket Island. Of the millions of Irish who emigrated to America, Canada, and Australia, nearly half sailed from this town. Guide: This is one of our sporting trophies — these are for 10-pin bowling, surprise, surprise. Hi, I'm Rick Steves, digging peat in Ireland. Even today, some of this stuff keeps the home fires burning in a land famous for its smiles and charm. So, you stacked it up anticipating rain, right? The mussels are especially tasty; on a balmy day or evening, diners take a bucket and a beer out to the seawall. The Victorian era was that 19th-century boom time when the sun never set on the British Empire. It claims to be the oldest city in the entire country. Ireland in the extreme is best experienced on its west coast in Gaeltachts, where the people speak Gaelic and the rugged villages have changed little over the generations. Click to copy the fixed iFrame Copy . Thankfully so far. Waterford, stretching along its river, is the main city of southeast Ireland. Copied! They decorated the stone with these Celtic motifs, or these concentric circles, which run through the front of the stone, and that remained until the sixth century A.D., when the Christians came and Christianized the cross by superimposing this Greek cross on the upper part of the old Celtic monument. Rick Steves' Europe (2000–2020) Episode List. Both guides are a joy, creatively bringing to life Kinsale's past, placing its story in the wider sweep of history, and making the stony sights more than just buildings. For the next four years Ireland starved. You'll find yourself in a dramatic world where the only sounds are the waves, the wind, and the gulls — playing in the updrafts. It's one of about 22 — 2,200 archeological monuments we have on the Dingle Peninsula. The Dunbrody is a full-scale reconstruction of a 19th-century three-masted bark built in Quebec in 1845. Thomas: I'm going to knock this wall down now. The Best of West Ireland: Dingle, Galway, and the Aran Islands, ©2020 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. | Get inspired with Rick Steves’ recommended places to go and things to do, with tips, photos, videos, and travel information on Ireland. It was a gateway for trade with Spain — just a five-day sail south. In the old days, four or five good men could cut enough peat in a day to keep a family warm through the cold Irish winter. Otherwise, ask if you can tag along with a prebooked tour group's tour. After a day of tour groups mindlessly climbing up here to perform this ritual, the stone can be literally slathered with spit and lipstick. With Rick Steves. The reason she didn't stay upstairs in the master bedroom was she had a fear of fire. We find the icons of Ireland strewn along its fascinating south coast: Waterford's much-loved crystal factory, the Dunbrody Famine Ship, and Kinsale's star-shaped fortresses. I'm Rick Steves. Watch Travels in Europe with Rick Steves - Season 2, Episode 1 - Western Ireland: Rick Steves begins another 3,000-mile tour at Ireland's West Coast. The pub, strewn with fun decor and sporting a big fireplace, is also good for a coffee or beer after your visit to Charles Fort. This 2-disc set gives you the 5 newest, widescreen, hi-def Rick Steves' Europe TV shows covering Ireland and Scotland on a Blu-ray disc plus a set of all 6 shows (old and new) on a DVD. Andy: And then tomorrow we'll go around the Ring of Kerry. During that era, this ruined church was a center of worship for the peninsula. His style is likeable, all ages enjoy him, and 27 mins. And shared minibuses, which await the arrival of each ferry, provide cheap guided tours for a quick and efficient look at the island's sights and a chance to get to know and learn from a colorful local guide. The poignant juxtaposition of the magnificent mansion and the humble farmhouses illustrates in a thought-provoking way the vast gap that once separated rich and poor in Ireland. This remote peninsula was also busy during early Christian times. 2002 Berlin: Resilient, Reunited and Reborn. Actor: This is what we have to eat…for the week…for the six of us. For 400 years this fort was one of the principal strongholds of Britain in controlling Ireland. With 60,000 people, it's a lively university town with one of the youngest populations in all of Europe. Irish singer Cathie Ryan shares how Ireland remembers its heroes in the lyrics of traditional songs. Now that's why it is called "bloody cranesbill" —  see the seed head here? Belfast and the Best of Northern Ireland (episode) Dublin and Mystical Side Trips (episode) Dublin's Literary Life (clip) South Ireland: Waterford to the Ring of Kerry (episode) The Best of West Ireland: Dingle, Galway, and the Aran Islands (episode) Travel Talks: Ireland Ringing with music from its rustic pubs and dotted with prehistoric forts, this region is something special. The kitchen creates beautifully presented dishes that the kids just wouldn't appreciate. While I wouldn't recommend this, thrill-seekers find a special peace all alone here at the edge of Ireland. Thomas: Yes tonight this will be dry. Fine to have you along with us. Video: Watch Belfast and the Best of Northern Ireland, an episode of the Rick Steves' Europe TV show. Over time, the English even took most of the west…but they never reached these remote Aran Islands. Join Rick as he experiences the local culture, cuisine and fun in some of Europe's most interesting places: Sicily, England, Scotland, Portugal, and Greece — plus multi-country shows covering Europe's most exciting festivals and the skills of smart cruising. Fishy Fishy Café, a high-energy destination seafood restaurant with spacious seating (indoor, balcony, and terrace) and a wonderful menu, is run by Martin and Maria Shanahan. From England to Wales, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy, you'll see the bright Christmas markets, hear local choirs, share holiday traditions with families...and even play in the snow. You see it in June, July. The best thing about this lame sight is the opportunity to watch a cranky man lower lemming tourists over the edge to kiss the stone while an automated camera snaps a photo — which will be available for purchase back by the parking lot. But, while modernized, it looks much as it did when the monks last manned it in the 16th century. The mansion's interior is only partially restored after a 1974 fire (and only available for special events). Also The Blue Book of Ireland list suggestions. And the West Kerry Craft Guild — a co-op selling the work of local artists — is fun even if you're just browsing. Hardy little tour boats thrive by baiting passengers with the chance of an up-close Fungie encounter, then motoring out to the mouth of the harbor, where they troll around looking for him. About a quarter of them starved or emigrated. If they were attacking us here they could be fired upon from within the fort from that wall. The Ragus dance show gives visitors an intimate look at Irish "hard shoe," or step dancing, accompanied by traditional Irish instruments. No signup or install needed. Summer tour-bus crowds are terrible all day on weekends and 11:00–14:00 on weekdays. Cobh's inviting waterfront is colorful and salty, with a playful promenade. Anne: Are we ready? With Rick Steves, Andreas Clemens, Georg Reichlmayr, Holger Zimmer. ‎Rick Steves' Europe Video — a video podcast based on Rick's popular TV series — gives you a colorful look at the sights, people and history behind Europe's most interesting destinations. Rick: That's brilliant. Tim: This is actually known as Dunbeg promontory fort. Rick Steves' Live 1 Episode (2013) Rick Steves' Paris 1 Episode (2013) 60 Minutes II 1 Episode (2005) Your new favorite show is right here. Even in today's drizzle and choppy seas, the boat ride to Great Blasket Island is both exhilarating and scenic. High in the Wicklow Mountains you'll see vast peat bogs, with freshly cut peat bricks drying in the wind. This is the Poulnabrone Dolmen. With Rick Steves. Last call for drinks where we're heading is "half eleven" (that's 11:30). The city carries a thousand-year-old history, with reminders of its flavorful past and culture marinated into just about every street corner. My in-laws used it and were very happy with their stays. My Irish dreams have long been set here on this sparse but lushly carpeted peninsula. We visit an ancient monastery, the finest formal garden on this garden island, and cut Waterford crystal. While the castle is a shell, the surrounding grounds are beautiful and well kept. And I recently spent a few days there, after a stop in Dublin, researching the next edition of our Rick Steves Ireland guidebook.. Kilronan huddles around its pier, where groups of backpackers wash ashore with the landing of each ferry. Rick: So there's seaweed and sand in this? The island's population peaked at 160, then dwindled until the government moved the last handful of residents to the mainland in 1953. We show his videos before we take groups on tour or recommend our travelers to download it for themselves. Five hundred years ago, Dingle, with its ideal harbor, was a busy seaport. And this episode is a family affair, as we'll be joined by Jackie, Andy, and my wife Anne — who's Irish and proud. For 350 years, the Viscounts of Powerscourt developed this garden. 6 episodes. The lighthouse was completely automated in 1996 and is controlled by a central computer. Like all Gaeltachts, Kilronan has an abundance of folk traditions and music. Season 3 Episode 4. The long-established Orange Order — … Cutter: It's much easier to understand if I show it to you rather than just listen to me talk. ... Rick Steves' Europe (TV Series) TV. Inishmore's main attraction is the 2,000-year-old fortress of Dún Aenghus, which hangs precariously on the edge of a cliff 300 feet above the Atlantic. On this 200-foot-high outcrop of limestone, the first building you'll enter is the 15th-century Hall of the Vicars Choral, housing the ticket desk, a tiny museum, and a 20-minute video. This time we're exploring the far west of Ireland. Listen to Rick Steves Britain & Ireland Audio Tours with eight episodes, free! My friend and local guide Dennis O'Reilly, who leads tours through this area, is joining us as we explore the Wicklow Mountains. This might have something to do with the fact that a pope said that seven visits to Glendalough had the same indulgence value as one visit to Rome. Closed Captioned. Click to copy the fixed iFrame Copy . B&Bs — like Les Brown's Townhouse — are an Irish forte and great for family travel. The earth's crust heaved it up and the glaciers swept it bare — dropping boulders as they receded. But it's still just a village, with a handful of shops, pubs, restaurants, and B&Bs. Rick Steves Britain and Ireland Audio Tours provide humorous and insightful commentary on the art and history of Britain and Ireland's most notable museums and historic sites. Renting bikes is safe, inexpensive, and scenic. Rick Steves' Europe. So she requested that Mr. Herbert put a fire escape in place to ease her mind while she was staying in the house, and it's also reported in local papers of that time that two fire engines awaited just out in the gardens here just in the event of a fire breaking out. When Queen Victoria visited Ireland in 1849, Cobh was the first Irish ground she set foot on. Waterford was once more important than Dublin…but today it's is a plain, gray, work-a-day town. Rick: …and the saints too… O'Flarity's is reliably good for traditional music — or "trad," as it's called in Ireland. Guests enjoy comfy rooms and a magnificent breakfast. Guide: Okay thank you. It's great for craic — that's pub lingo for "conversation." With Rick Steves. Episode List; TV Schedule; Details. After exploring the remote Aran Islands, we visit Galway, chase a friendly dolphin, and delve into the scenic Dingle Peninsula. In Northern Ireland, Orangemen parades fill village and neighborhood streets with Protestants from Easter through September. We only get paid for doing the good ones, and I'm serious when I say that. It's also the most populated, interesting, and visited. We tour bustling Belfast, sneaking a peek at its politically charged neighborhoods. With the dramatic summit of the Great Sugar Loaf Mountain as a backdrop, this garden is a well-watered aristocratic fantasy. It's adjacent to Muckross Farms, a fascinating open-air farm museum that shows rural life in the 1930s. In Ireland you drive on the left. To understand the important role Kinsale played in Irish, English, and Spanish history, join Don Herlihy or Barry Moloney on a fascinating 1.5-hour walking tour. We explore the biggest city of the west coast, hang from a dramatic cliff, and eat really well…all with my favorite travel partners…my kids Andy and Jackie and my wife Anne. We're heading out to Hook Head — with a lighthouse that marks the entrance to Waterford's important harbor. Dress for the weather and wear durable shoes. Marie and her staff hustle steaming plates of beautifully presented seafood to eager customers. Rick: So tonight this will be dry? In fact, Charlemagne, who ruled much of Europe in the year 800, imported monks from Ireland to be his scribes. The people of Dingle are close to the land. Rick: That's great! Now the structure in the center of the platform, that is our furnace and it burns at a temperature of 1,400 degrees centigrade. The Vikings landed here in 850 and established the town as base for piracy. Season 2 Episode 10. ‘Gal' is an old Irish word for foreigner. I'm Rick Steves. Shane: What you're looking at here is the foliage of mountain avens: Dryas octopetala. When asked, “What's your secret?” they pointed to the portraits of fishermen on the wall and said, “Local, local, local.” It's a good lunch or early dinner option for those on a tighter budget. Over a thousand people died. She was not termed a "coffin ship." Rick Steves goes off the beaten path in Rome, visiting the Jewish Ghetto, the Trastevere district, and some of the less-popular churches in the city. The tour, a convenient time-saver, zips you to the end of the island for a quick stroll in the desolate fields, gives you 15 minutes to wander through the historic but visually unimpressive Seven Churches, and then drops you off for two hours at Dun Aengus before running you back to Kilronan. Walkers and hikers will enjoy a choice of nine different trails of varying lengths through the lush Wicklow countryside (longest loop takes four hours, hiking-trail maps available at visitors center). Join us again next time for more of the Best of Europe. Join Rick as he experiences the local culture, cuisine, and fun along with some powerful lessons that only travel can teach. Es ist doch ganz schön, etwas mehr zu sehen, als nur die Fotos im Urlaubsprospekt. So even when Rome fell, dragging the rest of Europe into darkness, Irish civilization was able to flourish. They heated their humble homes with peat cut from the high ridge and fed their families with fish. Rick: Stephen, tell me about the political lay of the land. I like Kenmare because it's less touristy than Killarney, which is the most popular jumping-off point for Ring of Kerry tours. Just love him! The key weaponry here would be heavy artillery pieces, which are designed here to respond to heavy artillery on ships, and then the fort itself is designed as a "star fort," it's called, — because it has points like points on a star. Rick: And tomorrow it's Weetabix for the cows. Besides the mansion and farms, this regular stop on the tour-bus circuit also includes a fine garden idyllically set on a lake and an information center for the national park. Filled with traditional but stylish woven wear, this is also the Dingle sales outlet of Lisbeth's well-known potter husband, Louis Mulcahy, from out on Slea Head. Belfast and the Best of Northern Ireland . It came with the land bridges and survived the changes as well. We'll explore the ultimate-in-its-day British fortress, climb a legendary lighthouse, and enjoy some great Irish cuisine. All the full length Rick Steves Europe PBS Episodes that I could find. Patch by patch, they created fertile fields for potatoes, climbing ever higher up the hillside. If you're on your own, find the markers that give short descriptions of the ruined buildings (free to enter the site). In Season 3, Rick takes you from Portugal to Poland — episodes also include highlights of France, Spain, London, Belgium, and Hungary. They kept literate life alive and provided a structure for rural Irish society. In 1845 they planted. I have always believed that no trip to the Emerald Isle is complete without a visit to Northern Ireland. If you're to fall in love with Ireland, chances are it'll be right here. Large tour groups descend midday, so try to visit before 10:00 or after 15:30. For coronavirus (COVID-19) travel information, Dismayed, they built a fire here to warn future mariners. The smaller, lower lake is just beyond the visitors center and nearer the best remaining ruins. Thomas: [Irish phrase] That's in Irish now — "It's a nice day." Some of Ireland's ancient and complex history can be sorted out by visiting these sites. Sicily serves up a full-bodied and tasty travel experience. The village of Dunquin, with its many abandoned homes, is a reminder that Ireland's population was decimated by the Great Potato Famine. And we're starting about as west as you can get…on the Aran Islands — where, as the people here say, the next parish over…is Boston, right? This monument now actually is 1,000 years older than what we've been already looking at — a slab-cross erected by the Celts in about 500 years B.C., red sandstone. It's a pilgrimage as tourists line up to kiss a stone on its top rampart in order to gain that "gift of gab." This season features the Austrian, Italian, Swiss, and French Alps, two episodes on … Teenagers from Ireland's big cities come here for summer camp — filling old time schoolrooms to learn the traditional language and Irish ways. What Galway lacks in sights it makes up for in ambience. On this historic rock, you stroll among these ruins in the footsteps of St. Patrick, and wandering through my favorite Celtic-cross graveyard, I feel the soul of Ireland. It's more intimate than the old, larger factory, and you're encouraged to interact with the craftsmen. Eight hundred years ago, this monastic community was just a chapel and a round tower standing high on this bluff. It probably became a bigger goal for them rather than saving souls. In 1912, the Titanic made its last stop here before heading out on its maiden and only voyage. The statuary was collected from palaces throughout Europe. Fixed iFrame Width: in pixels px Height: in pixels px. You finish in the glittering salesroom, surrounded by temptations that are hard to pack…but easy to ship. Taking a boat ride there is a highlight for anyone interested in traditional Irish culture. Wandering through the scant remains of their homes, we try to imagine the life these hardy islanders led. This particular video we were particularly interested in as we plan to travel to Ireland and Scotland next year. Season 2 Episode 10 | 26m 3s | Video has closed captioning. The Bulman pub, strewn with fun decor and sporting a big, inviting fireplace, is a great place for a beer after your visit to the fort. Create custom playlists with more than 400 educational clips featuring the best of European history, art, culture, and experiences (plus topics beyond Europe) . If your ancestors are Irish, chances are they left from Cobh. see our FAQ. And if you need a hammer or some hedge clippers, the bar tender is there to help. Post questions and answers about travel in Ireland. South Ireland: Waterford to the Ring of Kerry, ©2020 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. | That was a huge shock for the English. And David, me poor husband, is sick with the fever. Tim: Now, in prehistory the soil here was worthless, very barren. Rick Steves' Europe is an American travel documentary television series created and hosted by Rick Steves.In each episode, he travels to the continent of Europe, documenting his experiences along the way.. The Best of West Ireland: Dingle, Galway, and the Aran Islan. ... Rick Steves Britain & Ireland Audio Tours Rick Steves Rick Steves' European Christmas (video) Don: Dreadful. The eternal beauty of the Irish landscape is most breathtaking with a sweep around the Ring of Kerry. These foreigners tossed out the Irish and built a wall to fortify their town. The Irish really do enjoy the gift of gab. A thousand troops were based here until 1922. This rare remaining bit of its once-formidable wall is now engulfed in a modern shopping mall. Their boats could sail 50 miles into Ireland from here. This museum is an earnest attempt to make the city's history come to life. Read more. Moored in the town of New Ross is a reminder of those hard times: the Dunbrody Famine Ship — a memorial to the countless starving Irish who sailed to America on ships like this. I hope you've enjoyed exploring…you know it is a weird place to be walking; I'm sorry. This two-DVD set includes the 12 newest shows from Season 10 of public television's "Rick Steves' Europe" series, with a bonus extra. The concentric walls of this mysterious Celtic fort are 13 feet thick and 10 feet high. Competition is fierce, and restaurants offer creative and tempting menus. Shane: All this rare botany, the orchids, the Dryas octopetala, the heathers, wild thyme, the smallest wild rose in Ireland, over 600 varieties of plants. I make a point to be all alone here, where the crashing waves below seem to say, "You've come to the very edge of Europe. No trip to Emerald Isle is complete without a visit to Northern Ireland. Dennis: …and the saints — and they were here working away, making the manuscripts that we have now in our museums. The tour comes with an opportunity to actually meet a cutter, see his diamond-bladed wheel in action, and ask questions. They're basically a shared taxi service that will take you to the various sights, drop you off, and return at an agreed time to take you to the next attraction. Host and writer of over a hundred public television travel shows and author of 30 best-selling guidebooks, Rick now brings his passion for exploring and understanding our world to public radio. And today, rather than play cricket, the kids prefer the very Irish sport of hurling. St. Patrick baptized King Aengus here in about 450 a.d. While English is always there, the signs, menus, and songs often come in Irish, or "Gaelic" first. Along with its rich history, Kinsale has a laid-back Sausalito feel with a touch of wine-sipping class. The potatoes rotted in the ground. The inner wall divided the community into two sections: one for work and one for worship. Go-to Euro travel guide Rick Steves visited this beautiful, long-established city on a recent episode of "Rick Steves' Europe." Starting on the remote Aran Islands, we cruise to Galway, hike the rugged Burren, and marvel at the Cliffs of Moher before venturing to Dingle and finishing on Great Blasket Island. While the islanders speak English for visitors, they chat among themselves in this old Irish language. And this was a time when the sun never set on the Spanish Empire. Starting on the remote Aran Islands, we cruise to Galway, hike the rugged Burren, and marvel at the Cliffs of Moher before venturing to Dingle and finishing on Great Blasket Island. Rate. Tim Collins, Dingle's retired police chief, is an amateur archeologist who takes my tour groups around when they're in town. The company was bought by American investors who opened a new, scaled-down factory in the town center. 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