France

CURIOUS TRAVELER
Curious French Villages

 

This series takes viewers on an enriching and entertaining “field trip for grown-ups” to some of the most intriguing cities in Europe and North America. Journalist Christine Van Blokland brings her passion and genuine curiosity about the arts, quirky characters, storytelling and lifelong learning to this new series. In each location, Christine explores the hidden histories in their art, architecture, museums, monuments, houses of worship and city parks.

 

Curious French Villages
Why did the famous French architect Eugene Viollet-le-Duc only work on one residence: the historic Roquetaillade Castle? Why is there a monolithic church in Saint-Emilion? Why is there a giant wall around the tiny village of Blaye? And why was Bourg-en-Gironde built into the side of a cliff?

 

AMERICAN MASTERS
Jacques Pépin

 

Discover the story of Chef Jacques Pépin, a young immigrant with movie-star looks and a charming Gallic accent, who elevated essential kitchen techniques to an art form to become one of America’s most beloved food icons.

 

AMERICAN MASTERS
Alice Waters

 

Discover how Alice Waters, who, with her cafe Chez Panisse, became a force behind the way Americans eat and think about food, launching the explosion of local farmers’ markets and the edible schoolyard.

 

CURIOUS TRAVELER
Curious Bordeaux

 

CURIOUS TRAVELER takes viewers on an enriching and entertaining “field trip for grown-ups” to the most intriguing places in the world. This isn’t your typical what-to-do-on-vacation travel show. It’s an all-access pass to the “who, what, where” and “how did they do that?” of the world’s best art, architecture and hidden histories.

 

Bordeaux
Who got hitched at Bordeaux Cathedral and why was it such an important moment in history? Did Parisian architecture actually come from Bordeaux? Why is Bordeaux so synonymous with wine? What was the Place de la Bourse hiding? What do all these sculptures mean at Place des Quinconces? Why were two ancient gates spared?

 

AMERICAN MASTERS
Julia Child

AMERICAN MASTERS: Julia Child

 

Savor the life and legacy of Julia Child, who introduced French cuisine to America through her public TV series, “The French Chef,” in 1963.

 

GLOBE TREKKER
Food Hour: Provence, France

GLOBE TREKKER - Food Hour: Provence, France

 

Culinary writer Rosie Lovell explores the South of France’s famous Cote D’Azur and encounters a rustic cuisine far removed from the French cooking of renown, like foie gras and truffles. Instead, Rosie discovers that the colloquial cuisine is shaped not just by the seasons but also by a wide-ranging climate, soil and geology. This is a remarkable region blessed with sun, sea, mountains, flowing rivers and lush plateau, offering up the most eclectic and fantastic produce served fresh on the plate.

 

GLOBE TREKKER
Art Trails of the French Riviera

GLOBE TREKKER: Art Trails of the French Riviera

 

Trekker Kate Comer searches out the refuges and favorite playgrounds of great artists like Cezanne, Renoir, Picasso and Chagall along the extraordinary art trail of the French Riviera. Exploring the towns of Arles, Aix, Cagnes-sur-Mer, Antibes, Vence, Biot and Nice, Kate takes in the sun and peerless blue skies, the rugged mountains and sublime coastline that attracted these iconoclasts to the Riviera.

 

GREAT PERFORMANCES
Young Men

 

This dramatic dance film, shot on location in Northern France, is about soldiers trying to maintain their humanity amidst the brutality of World War I. Directed by Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, with choreography by Ivan Perez with a score by Keaton Henson.

 

GLOBE TREKKER
Vietnam

 

Trekker Zay Harding discovers the checkered and often-dangerous history of the Vietnamese railway. His journey takes him to Hanoi, Hue, the DMZ and Ho Chi Minh City where he meets a general who led the final attack on the Presidential Palace during the Vietnam War.

 

JOSEPH ROSENDO’S TRAVELSCOPE
France – Bordeaux

 

In his Bordeaux, France adventure Joseph tours the UNESCO World Heritage town of Bordeaux and the small wine making and exporting villages that comprise the region. Along the way he experiences castle visits, gourmet dinners and spectacular encounters with the history, art and music of the area.

 

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