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GREECE

Olympia Greece: Walking tour of the ancient site of Olympia Greece   16:56

Delos: Walking tour of UNESCO site of Delos Greece  33:44

 

POLAND (I beg forgiveness for the slaughter of Polish pronunciations)

Poland’s History: History of Poland  38:43

Kraków Royal Way: Walking tour from Florian’s Gate to ramp of Wawel Castle   48:28

Kraków Walking Tour Part 2: Walking tour from Wawel Castel, thru Jewish Quarter and return to Old Town   52:34

Oświęcim: Tour of Auschwitz and Birkenau   36:23

Wrocław Walking Tour: Wrocław Walking Tour of Old Town   52:50

Poznań Walking Tour: Poznań Walking Tour from Old Town thru Citadel Park  41:45

Gdansk’s Royal Way: Gdansk’s Royal Way walk from Upland Gate to The Crane   46:07

Gdansk’s Solidarity Walk: Walking tour of UNESCO World Heritage of Solidarity Shipyards   38:58

Malbork Castle: Day trip from Gdansk to Malbork Castle   37:23

Warsaw Part 1 Royal Way: Walking Tour from Nowy Świat to Old Town   33:28

Warsaw Part 2 Royal Way: Walking tour from through Old Town to New Town Square 38:42

Jewish Warsaw v.A: Walking tour of Jewish Warsaw from Palonia Palace Hotel thru Jewish Ghetto to Old Town Square  37:26

Jewish Warsaw v.B: Walking tour from New Town thru Jewish Ghetto to Polonia Palace Hotel   38:31

 

SLOVAKIA

Bratislava Walking Tour: Walking tour of Old Town sites   53:30

Bratislava History and War Museums: Walking tour from Palace gardens to the Slavin War Memorial  18:00

 

BULGARIA

Sofia, Bulgaria: Walking tour of city sites 48:26

 

My Podcasts resulted from my desire to decrease the weight of paper and guide books and increase my information and enjoyment while traveling. Because of the wealth of information available via guide books, official tourist sites, internet, and travel blogs there is no shortage of guidance to those who do their research. I especially appreciate sites such as Wikipedia, Frommer’s, Rick Steves, TripAdvisor, InYourPocket, Lonely Planet, VirtualTourist, and About.com.

And there are many free walking tours available on official tourists sites around the world. One must research to find and download them before leaving home as most times it is too late once on site. Rick Steves has some great ones on his free Audio Europe APP.

Having the ability to plop my “little golden girl” into just about any city in the world and map my route, hotel, restaurant and interesting sites while sitting at home is an immeasurable assistance in planning my walking tours. I like to know before I go. Researching the sites I want to visit with Google Maps, I am able to create a personal walking tour of each city I visit. I am less apt to miss something I would like to see. And I am a walker: even though tours may be less than an hour, the route may be 3 or more miles spread over a day.

I narrate my walking tour into GarageBand, enhancing it with photos, chapters and music, then share to iTunes. Thanks to an awesome nephew who got me started with this Blog and installed the plugin for subscribing to my podcasts, I am up and running. I can now upload my tours to this site then download them to my iPhone.

Narration is not as easy as I imagined. I lack a good narrator’s tonal qualities, pronunciation can sometimes be a challenge depending on the language (sometimes my native English is a challenge too), and the quality of a profession production are as yet beyond me. However, next time I am in a particular city, I know I can plug in my earbuds, start the podcast, and walk around while being informed of the importance of what is before me. All at my own pace.

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