Fun fact: Matthew offers savvy travel advice each week on KNKX- NPR at GOING PLACES
What does a passionate travel expert with 30 years of exploring under his belt do with his free time? About once a week, he crosses the Puget Sound on his outboard motorboat, walks four blocks to the KNKX-NPR studios in Seattle, and sits down with Ed Ronco to talk serious shop about travel. Crazy, practical, beautiful, unusual, and unexpected angles on traveling the world are the result:
KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley loves visiting Italy. In Taormina, Sicily, he was walking down a narrow street when he found himself drawn into a bakery full of cannoli.
(Onofrio, with Earthbound Expeditions co-founder Danna Brumley, at his shop La Pignolata Guinness, in Taormina, Sicily.)
'Brumley en Provence': A Return To The South Of France For Sun, Food
By Ed Ronco & Danna Brumley • Jun 23, 2016
This week on Going Places, we head to the south of France. It's popular among visitors from outside and within Europe, thanks in large part to its sunny and warm Mediterranean climate. Danna Brumley is the wife of KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley, and the Brumley family Francophile.
EXPLORING OXFORD UNIVERSITY WITH MATTHEW & STUDENT GUIDE LUKE
That's what KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley did in Oxford, England, where he and his family have stopped on their summer vacation. He met Luke Makay, with Footprints Tours, who was nice enough to share some of his insights about Oxford and its famous university.
Bologna is in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region. It’s famed for its food (Bolognese sauce anyone?) and is often considered one of Italy’s culinary centers. “And yet there are hardly any tourists here,” says KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley. “You walk through Florence and it’s elbow to elbow. Same with Rome and Venice. But you come here and you get a little slice of real Italian life.”
When the Iron Curtain fell in Eastern Europe, the region underwent massive change. You can see examples of that in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley made his first trip there in 1986.
It's true, Cuba is opening up, but it’s not completely open yet, says Brumley. You’ll need either a missionary license or people-to-people license, usually available through organized tour groups. Once you’re legal, though, the rest is easy.
Look Beyond The Sites, Talk To Locals To Travel Like An Insider
In Prague, it’s the main square. In Paris, it’s the region around the Louvre. In New York, it’s Times Square. And here in Seattle, it’s the Space Needle or Pike Place Market. Every city has its tourist hot-spots. And while you wouldn’t want to go to Rome and skip the Colosseum, KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley urges people to look deeper.
South Africa’s history includes apartheid, civil unrest, and political scandals. Just this week, President Jacob Zuma survived an impeachment vote on charges he used public money to upgrade his private home. But the country is also a favorite among travelers, including our own travel expert Matthew Brumley, who was recently in Cape Town.
Picture it: You walk out onto a patio in the early morning hours. Some church bells chime in the distance. You sip coffee. In front of you: the Alps, soaring out of a huge lake, with the towns of Bellagio and Varenna at your feet. This is life along Lake Como, in northern Italy's Lake District. This place has a distinctive feel, says KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley.