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.
George Bauer introduces viewers to the Croatian Riviera, which has just about everything the French Riviera has, at half the cost. Highlights include the windblown island of Krk and the town of Vrbnik, where visitors can sample distinctive locally-produced wines; the Istrian peninsula, a melting pot of Slavic, Germanic, Italian and Roman cultures; Dubrovnik, an enthralling town dating back to the seventh century; and Mostar, a small Bosnian city once devastated by fighting, where an unusual annual competition draws athletes from around the world.
George Bauer’s post-Katrina tour of the Gulf Coast takes him first to Florida, where his itinerary includes St. George Island, an inhabited but relatively unspoiled spit of land with beautiful beaches, marshlands and wooded areas, and Seaside, a picture-perfect beach town featured in the 1997 film The Truman Show. In Alabama, stops include Fairhope, a resort town with an unusual history, and the port city of Mobile, thought by many to be Alabama’s most beautiful community. In Mississippi, George visits Biloxi-a prime gambling destination-and Pass Christian, once a popular getaway for wealthy New Orleanians.
Fast becoming popular among seasoned travelers, heritage tours let people explore their own culture and history, or that of someone else. In this episode, Harlem Heritage Tours, started by lifelong Harlem resident Neal Shoemaker, affords George Bauer the opportunity to spend some time getting to know the famous New York City neighborhood. Also in this episode: George highlights 10 of the world’s best golf courses, as selected by Travel + Leisure Golf editor-in-chief John Atwood.
George Bauer visits some of England’s largest-and smallest-flower-filled spaces. Highlights include Grimsthorpe Castle Park and Gardens, a 3,000-acre estate in the rolling hills of Lincolnshire; Chatsworth House, a Baroque palace whose grounds were first landscaped in the 1760s by the famous Capability Brown; and Durham’s Crook Hall & Gardens, a small parcel that includes a Shakespeare Garden filled with plants and flowers from the Bard’s time.
George Bauer takes a trip back in time, beginning his castle trek on the River Tweed, at Traquair, the oldest continuously-inhabited house in Scotland. In central Scotland, he visits Stirling Castle-the must-see abode of Renaissance royalty including Mary, Queen of Scots-and Doune Castle, highlighted in the 1974 movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail. In western Scotland, George stops at Culzean Castle, a cliff-top edifice with a commanding view of the sea.