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Simon Calder is Travel Editor at Large for The Independent, writing a weekly column, various articles and features as well as filming a weekly video diary. Every Sunday afternoon, Simon presents the UK's only radio travel phone-in programme called The LBC Travel Show with Simon Calder (97.3 FM). He is a regular guest on national TV, often seen on BBC Breakfast, Daybreak, ITV News and Sky News. He is often interviewed on BBC Radio, particularly for BBC Radio 4’s You & Yours programme and BBC Five Live.
Thursday 17 April 1997
The guide book publisher Lonely Planet asked the eight authors of its new Central Europe on a Shoestring for their highlights and lowlights of the region. The writers voted the Sound of Music Tour runner-up, not least for the antics of other participants: "Loutish youths skipping in the summer house chanting 'I am 16 going on 17', or manic Julie Andrews impersonators flouncing in the fields, screeching 'The hills are alive'."
In third place was the resort of Siofok on Lake Balaton in Hungary. Wine cellars in Vienna's popular suburb of Grinzing take a hit in fourth place. Lower down the order, the Warsaw branch of McDonald's and the Nowa Huta industrial complex put in appearances for Poland. Munich's Bierfest also rates a tourist health warning.
The writers' votes on central Europe's highlights puts Prague in pole position, followed by the Alps, Budapest and Czech beer.
Central Europe on a Shoestring, pounds 13.99, Lonely Planet. Simon Calder
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