As your PBS station, it is KLRU’s mission to bring people together around important issues. KLRU does this through various educational and outreach initiatives. This year, KLRU will present 2nd Half of Life project. Created for one of the best-educated, healthiest, and most privileged generations in American history — the Boomers — the series aims to help people reinvent life after the age of 50. In the coming months, 2nd Half of Life presents episodes of The Seasoned Traveler.
The Seasoned Traveler introduces viewers to one of Canada’s most picturesque cities, Vancouver. George Bauer travels from historic Gastown to the top of Grouse Mountain, a skiing and sightseeing attraction just 15 minutes from downtown. Then he boards the ferry for Vancouver Island, a largely unspoiled part of British Columbia that is home to the lovely provincial capital of Victoria and The Butchart Gardens-one of the most beautiful green spaces in North America.
The Seasoned Traveler heads to Europe for a river cruise on the Rhine. The ship departs from Amsterdam, then enters the busy Rhine River in Germany. There is much to see as the ship sails along: verdant hills, majestic castles, picturesque towns and cities, and lush vineyards. River cruises have become hot travel tickets for mature travelers; George Bauer talks to some about the journey.
There are many great places to see in southern Germany, and in this episode, The Seasoned Traveler shows viewers some beauties. Stops include Koblenz, Rudesheim, Mainz, Heidelberg, Wertheim, Wurzburg, Rothenburg and Bamberg. George Bauer shows viewers what each of these gems has to offer.
After leaving Germany-one of Europe’s largest countries-The Seasoned Traveler downsizes to take in five tiny European lands. George Bauer shows viewers the mountain highs and valley lows of the fairy-tale country of Liechtenstein-which is about the size of Washington, D.C.- and also briefly highlights Europe’s other little lands: Andorra, San Marino, Monaco and Vatican City.
Every year, as Advent arrives and people’s thoughts turn to the joy of Christmas, Europe repeats a tradition that is more than 500 years old. In countries from Sweden to Spain and in cities from Paris to Prague, Christmas markets are set up in town squares. The markets have become a commingling of commerce and community, selling holiday ornaments and gifts, as well as food and the omnipresent gluhwein, a hot, spiced red wine that cheers shoppers on a cold night. George Bauer takes viewers to several Christmas markets, beginning in Vienna and Salzburg in Austria, then going on to towns including Passau, Regensburg and Nurnberg.