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Keep the flame of wanderlust alive with the Guidester podcast as we explore Europe’s beauty, history, and unique culture.

Istria is not a country but probably could be. It is part of three countries and offers a merging of cultures, food, history, language, and style. Michael Cross is our guest from Istria where his mother was born. He is part of the Italian Community of St. Louis and provides an understanding of the richness...
The Isle of Skye is Scotland’s top bucket list destination. One thing about Skye that will leave a lasting impression on you is the scenery. Just driving around, you can see many of Skye’s most majestic geological features, such as the Quiraing and Cuillin.  But be sure to take your sturdiest of boots and explore these...
When you mix culture, art, history, geography, flavors, cuisine, and people in everything you eat and drink, you get Paris! For all you food lovers out there who are going to Paris, you need to savor this episode. Get the culinary experience of a lifetime in Paris. [01:43] Paris-Food Capital of the World [02:52] Understanding...
London is known for its many attractions: Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, and museums to name a few. Wouldn’t you like to know about some hidden gems that will not only capture your attention and pocketbook but give you a sense you have had a private tour? Well, you’ve come to the right place...
Some of the most beautiful countryside is located in The Peak District, England’s first national park. If you like to hike, are into photography, desire to experience village life in England, or just walk through the most gorgeous gardens in all of Europe, The Peak District is the place to be. [00:36] English National Parks...
Traveling again is going to require some extra thought, planning, and patience. This episode provides some thoughtful ideas about where and how to travel during the pandemic. [00:40] Status of International Travel Mexico, Croatia, Costa Rica, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Turks and Caicos, and other Caribbean destinations [02:52] Countries Open in Europe  Albania, Croatia, Malta, Iceland, Estonia,...
If you are traveling to Europe and throughout the European continent, Jack gives you some help on ways to get around to save you money, keep you safe, and not have your muscles hurt from all the luggage. After all you are there to have fun and relax! [01:05] Air vs. Train Travel Ryanair EasyJet...
Rome is a destination full of excitement, history, and culture. We delve into the basilicas of Rome, their cultural importance, historical significance, and architectural beauty. [00:29] What is a basilica? [02:09] Four Great Basilicas of Rome St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican The Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls The Basilica of St. Mary...
Here is a basic itinerary that offers a mix of city, country, and culture. This is especially useful for the first-timer to Ireland as it covers the country’s most famous sights. If you don’t have 10 days, then remember this. Go deep rather than broad. [01:25] Perfect 10 days in Ireland defined Fly in; Dublin:...
Castles have fascinated visitors worldwide for their beauty, size, and history. We explore some history and aspects of British castles. While Jack names his top five castles in Britain in this episode, he has previously identified 11 of the most beautiful castles in Britain (four of which he discusses in this episode). Click on the...

Meet Your Hosts

Jack Baumann
Founder of Guidester

Jack Baumann has traveled frequently since he was a child, which sparked a passion for adventure, history, and cultural exchange. It was from this love of travel and learning that brought Jack to the U.K. to study for his Masters in Ancient Greek and Roman Archaeology. While studying in Cardiff Wales, he often traveled around Europe, and the idea for Guidester was born– along with his quest to help people travel better and smarter!

Arnold Stricker is host to the Saint Louis in Tune Podcast and fellow travel enthusiast. Arnold has a long background in education as a teacher, administrator, and adjunct instructor at the university level. He loves music (his training), history, culture, and loves international travel. 

Arnold Stricker
Arnold Stricker

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