City Breaks
Berlin Episode 03 Unter den Linden

Berlin Episode 03 Unter den Linden

June 29, 2022

A wander down Berlin's most elegant street, Unter den Linden, to see its baroque splendour, its iconic buildings - think cathedrals, the opera house and the poignant war memorial, the Neue Wache - and maybe visit a museum or two on an island which is packed full of antiquities and art. Here is a little history, plus lots of tips on how to make the most of a day here in the heart of Berlin.  

Useful links  

https://www.berlinerdom.de  (Berlin Cathedral)
https://www.staatsoper-berlin.de/en (The State Opera Unter den Linden)
https://www.hedwigs-kathedrale.de (St Hedwig's Cathedral) 
https://www.visitberlin.de/en/neue-wache-memorial (War Memorial)
https://www.smb.museum/en/museums-institutions/museumsinsel-berlin/home (Museum Island)
https://www.humboldtforum.org/en (Humboldt Forum)
https://www.visitberlin.de/en/berlin-tourist-info-centres 
https://www.germany.travel/en/home.html

 

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Berlin Episode 02 The Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate

Berlin Episode 02 The Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate

June 15, 2022

On a first trip to Berlin you'll probably head straight for the Parliament or the Brandenburg Gate.  We're doing the same, and handily, they are close together and near to lots of other top sites. We bring you a little history to explain why these two iconic monuments represent everything dear to today's Berliners - lessons from history and the freedom enjoyed in the capital today - and explain what to look out for when you visit.  

Reading
Berlin, the Story of a City by Barney White-Spunner

Useful links 
https://www.bundestag.de/en/visittheBundestag
https://www.visitberlin.de/en/berlin-tourist-info-centres 
https://www.germany.travel/en/home.html

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Berlin Episode 01 Introduction

Berlin Episode 01 Introduction

June 1, 2022

There's nowhere like Berlin. A turbulent history, an unrivalled cultural richness, green and modern and laid back all at once, truly a city break destination with plenty for everyone. Here is an overview of the series, offering some geographical, historical and cultural details to set the scene for the remaining 19 episodes when we will tour all the main sites, telling you the stories behind them and bringing them to life.

Reading
City Lit Berlin edited by Heather Reyes                                                                                  Berlin, A Literary Guide for Travellers by Paul Sullivan and Marcel Krueger

Useful links
https://www.visitberlin.de/en/berlin-tourist-info-centres 
https://www.germany.travel/en/home.html

Edinburgh Episode 16 Anthology

Edinburgh Episode 16 Anthology

May 18, 2022

A tour of Edinburgh through the eyes of the travellers, poets and novelists who captured its essence.  London, compared to Edinburgh, wrote Charlotte Bronte, is as 'prose compared to poetry.'  Well, we bring you lots of both, from centuries past and right up to the present day.    

Useful links:

https://edinburgh.org

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Edinburgh Episode 15 Food

Edinburgh Episode 15 Food

May 4, 2022

A chance to dream of wonderful Scottish produce (think highland beef, Scottish salmon, raspberries), to unravel some mysteries (What are rumbledethumps? Or clootie dumplings?), to discover what’s in Scotch broth and what Burns wrote in his ‘Address to a Haggis’ and to reminisce about a proper Edinburgh afternoon tea in the 1920s.  We may even mention the deep-fried Mars bar.

Useful links:

https://foodanddrink.scotsman.com

https://www.johnniewalker.com/en-gb/visit-us-princes-street

https://edinburgh.org

City Breaks: all the history and culture you'd research for yourself if you had the time!
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Edinburgh Episode 14 Art

Edinburgh Episode 14 Art

April 20, 2022

A tour of Edinburgh's galleries and a chance to get to know some of Scotland's best-known artists and paintings.  That includes portraits of royalty and Enlightenment thinkers, plus the great and the good from more recent times: Sir Chris Hoy, Ian Rankin, Muriels Spark and Gray. We also cover Scottish landscape painting and scenes from rural life in the past: Pitlessie Fair, Neil Gow, (18th century touring fiddler extraordinaire), an ice-skating vicar and The Monarch of the Glen.    

Useful links:

https://www.nationalgalleries.org/visit/scottish-national-gallery

https://www.nationalgalleries.org/visit/scottish-national-portrait-gallery

https://www.nationalgalleries.org/visit/scottish-national-gallery-modern-art

https://www.edinburghmuseums.org.uk/venue/city-art-centre  

https://www.rct.uk/visit/the-queens-gallery-palace-of-holyroodhouse

https://www.nts.org.uk/visit/places/georgian-house

https://www.rbge.org.uk  (Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh)

https://edinburgh.org

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Edinburgh Episode 13 Witches, Cemeteries and Ghosts

Edinburgh Episode 13 Witches, Cemeteries and Ghosts

April 6, 2022

Not an episode for the faint-hearted!  We have collected together a host of Edinburgh's stories on witches, grave-robbers, spectres and apparitions.  Is it the 'majestic gloom' of Edinburgh's dramatic setting?  The dark unknowns of the Old Town's tenements and wynds?  Or the city's long history of violent murders, plagues and hangings?  For whatever reason, Edinburgh is known as 'the city of ghosts' and here is a selection of the tales which explain why.  

Recommended Reading:

Ghostly Tales and Sinister Stories of Old Edinburgh by Alan J Wilson, Des Brogan and Frank McGrail

Useful links:

https://greyfriarskirk.com/visit/kirkyard

https://edinburgh.org

 

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Edinburgh Episode 12 More Edinburgh Writers

Edinburgh Episode 12 More Edinburgh Writers

March 23, 2022

'It's impossible to live in Edinburgh without sensing its literary heritage everywhere' said J K Rowling and that's why we need a second episode on Edinburgh writers.  We bring you the 15th century William Dunbar, writing 'The Thistle and the Rose' for the wedding of James IV and Margaret Tudor; and Ian Rankin, who says each of his novels is 'another piece of the jigsaw that is modern Scotland'; and everyone in between.

Reading
Book Lovers' Edinburgh by Allan Foster

Useful links  
https://www.edinburghmuseums.org.uk/venue/writers-museum

https://edinburgh.org

City Breaks: all the history and culture you'd research for yourself if you had the time!
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Edinburgh Episode 11 Edinburgh Writers - the big 3

Edinburgh Episode 11 Edinburgh Writers - the big 3

March 9, 2022

Edinburgh was the first city to be designated a UNESCO City of Literature and whole books have been written about its writers and their legacy. The city's Writers' Museum is dedicated to 'the big three', Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson. Here's a rundown of the life and works of each, plus ideas for where else to 'find' them in Edinburgh today. Enjoy!

Useful links    

https://www.edinburghmuseums.org.uk/venue/writers-museum

https://edinburgh.org

City Breaks: all the history and culture you'd research for yourself if you had the time!
Check our website to find more episodes from our Edinburgh series or to browse our back catalogue of other cities which are well worth visiting: https://www.citybreakspodcast.co.uk

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Edinburgh Episode 10 Leith and the Royal Yacht Britannia

Edinburgh Episode 10 Leith and the Royal Yacht Britannia

February 23, 2022

A short bus ride from Edinburgh city centre will take you to Leith, the city's port, or you can go on foot along the mile-long Leith Walk from Princes Street.  You'll find a working harbour, a range of pretty cafes, restaurants and galleries, a definite whiff of seafaring, past and present, and one of Scotland's most visited attractions, the Royal Yacht Britannia.    

Useful links    

https://www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk

https://edinburgh.org

City Breaks: all the history and culture you'd research for yourself if you had the time!
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