The following is a general and brief description of the locations and schedule for the course, establishing the framework for our travel and visits. Numerous site visits, tastings, tours are planned within this schedule. Additionally, we will take advantage of more serendipitous opportunities. Please note that this schedule outline a general framework for the program. The schedule may be adjusted to reflect refinements in the program.
More details will be provided prior to the commencement of the course.
June 19-21: Prague
As June 19th is the commencement of the program and you may be arriving on that day, we will coordinate with you for getting from the airport, train or bus station to the first night accommodation. Please try to arrive in the morning or early afternoon so that you have time to get settled before our first event in the evening of June 19th from 18:00 – 20:00.
On June 20th we will have an orientation in the morning and review the general structure of the course and assignments. In the afternoon we will conduct some brief site visits. in the late afternoon and evening you will be free to explore Prague.
Prague and Charles Bridge from the Vltava River Prague Market
June 21st – June 22nd: Southern Bohemia and Bavaria
The way through Central and Southern Bohemia reveals several historical phases of the rural Czech landscape worthy of a few site visits and exploration. We visit the artifacts of pre WWII agricultural towns and landscape. We will also see and discuss the consequence of collectivized agriculture under communism and the transition to the global food system.
Picnic of local produce and foraged food in the Šumava forest
In Southern Bohemia we shall cross through the forests of Šumava into Bavaria where contemporary rural towns and landscape have evolved more continuously.
June 22nd – June 23rd: Bavaria and the Alps
In Bavaria we will visit a producer of regional cheese including a tasting. We will also visit local grocery stores to stock up for the trip through the Alps. As we travel South through the Alps we will make a couple brief stops to observe and discuss the relationships between geographical, landscape and small town architecture and the causes and consequences of these changes.
June 23rd – 26th: Arco Italy
In the Italian Alps at the Northern end of Lago di Garda, the town of Arco offers excellent lessons in culture, food and landscape. The narrow valley, formed by glaciers, has a unique climate because of Mediterranean breezes in the winter and cool alpine air in the summer, We will spend a couple days exploring and tasting the local production of wine, olive oil, fruit and vegetables; all of which significantly contribute to the memorable flavors and aromas specific to this place.
Main street, Arco
June 26th – 27th
Udine Region, Italy
In contrast to rugged and deep Alpine valley of Arco we will proceed to the broad, fertile agricultural lands of the Torre River valley in the vicinity of Udine. Here we will visit local sites of dairy, meat, vegetable and wine production. The Torre River flows from the Alps to the Adriatic depositing massive nutrients that have fertilized these lands that have been cultivated for millennia.
June 27th – June 30th
We will leave early in the morning of July 28th and travel through the interior of the Croatian peninsula of Istria to the warm and salty Adriatic coast at Lovran where we will spend a few days where the southern facing town sits at the base of mountains crashing into the rocky coastline of the Adriatic. From here we will make several visits to vegetable production and fish markets. We will also have the opportunity to enjoy the fresh products from both the land and the sea.
The Croatian coast has been a popular tourist destination, in part for its antique food and wine heritage. As the face of tourism has changed over the past 30 years, emerging from both communism and armed conflict has created an interesting intersection of cultural tradition, and dependence on tourism and international trade.
June 30th – July 2nd
Semič and Ljubljana Slovenia
The Slovenian landscape is a finely textured mosaic of small fields and villages where long standing traditional practices prevail. We will spend a full day exploring this landscape including a working visit to a vineyard in the town of Semič. We plan to
We will also visit the central markets in the Slovenian capital city of Ljubljana on the way North to Austria.
July 2nd – 3rd
Wachau Valley Austria
The tiny Wachau Valley area on the Danube River is world famous for high quality white wines.We will have the opportunity to have a vineyard tour to better understand the production of wine and the relationship between the taste and the place where the wine is produced.
July 3rd – 5th
Slavonice, Czech Republic
The last few days of the program will be spent in the historic Renaissance town of Slavonice where many of the political and economic events of the past five centuries have left a heavy footprint on this peaceful, beautiful and magical town and its surrounding landscape. In addition to visiting the town and surroundings, we will be discussing all facets of the trip and bringing them to a cohesive conclusion so all complete the study program with a well documented record of the entire venture.
July 5th – 6th
Slavonice to Prague
On the last full day of the program we will return to Prague, stopping at a medieval castle and the Trebon, home to the historic fishponds of the Southern Bohemia landscape. Breakfast on August 8th is the official conclusion of the program.