Listen to Travel with Rick Steves episodes free, on demand. Add our editors' Netflix movie and TV picks to your Watchlist, including "Bridgerton," David Fincher's Mank, and more. In this program we explore North Wales, from towering Mount Snowdon to evocative medieval castles to grand Victorian promenades. Rick Steves is America's leading authority on travel to Europe and beyond. Martin: This castle alone, one of 13, cost nearly a year's income for Edward I — it was the expensive castle ever built by a king of England. Martin: It's one of the few castles, I think, that manages to achieve both architecture — art — and defensibility at the same time. It's Saturday night and the action is on the quay. No nap for Tom Hooper, who continues to school us on the "bus" oops "coach"! The wild English style seems to spar playfully with the more formal Italian style gardens. And every shepherd needs a good sheepdog. Join Rick Steves for a colorful, musical celebration of Christmas across Europe. By that I mean the words to explain Wales only exist in Welsh. Whenever he built a castle he's got to have a water exit; he's got to be able to supply it from the river, he's got to have an escape by the river, and this was in all Edward's planning, every castle he built has to have this water-defined entry and exit for him. Find episode on: It does a fine job of explaining the mining culture of Victorian Wales. Rick Steves has been the "travel guinea pig" for American Public Television since Travels in Europe with Rick Steves debuted in April of 1991. Sheep are everywhere in Wales — they speckle the countryside. During the episode, Steves also visits Edward's most expensive and extravagant castle in Caernarfon. Town choirs welcome visitors to both their weekly practices and their many concerts. It offers a fascinating urban contrast to the natural splendors of Wales. Join Rick Steves for a taste of what it's like to travel the Rick Steves way with his company's staff of personal tour guides, and see testimonials of satisfied patrons who had the trip of a lifetime. It's a small town and everyone's here: enjoying the local cuisine, chatting on the pier, spilling out of the pub, and savoring that great Welsh pastime…of torturing little crabs. Here on Mount Snowdon, we're higher than anybody in Wales — or England. Rick: Really? The city, once run down and pretty grim, is enjoying a renaissance. On the deep mines, though, you can go down to 450 feet, but the mine itself is over 1,500 feet deep. RICK STEVES' EUROPE offers a fresh perspective on the best travel advice, including where to stay, what to see and how to get around in Europe. Rick: So, with all these incredible castles, were the English able to keep the Welsh down? The highlight for many is the famous Laburnum Arch — a 180-foot-long canopy made of bright-yellow laburnum, hanging like stalactites over the heads of garden lovers who stroll beneath it (blooms late May through early June). There was wonder in the evenings here...a winter's evening with a massive fire, and a massive fire there, and the lovely smell of the meat, the odor of the wine, and the music from the minstrels. Days 6-7. The garden is also famous for its magnolias, rhododendrons, camellias, and roses — and for the way that the buildings of the estate complement the carefully planned landscaping — all with a backdrop of rolling hills and craggy Welsh mountains. Travel with Rick Steves podcast on demand - A weekly one-hour conversation with guest experts and callers about travel, cultures, people, and the things we find around the world that give life its extra sparkle. 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