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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?

 

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?

 

A CHEF’S LIFE
Muscadine Time

 

Ben, Vivian and the twins pick muscadine grapes at a small local vineyard while learning the history of this native grape. Vivian visits Mike and Gator, her grape suppliers, and makes homemade wine. Back at the restaurant, Vivian makes a pizza with mulled muscadines.

 

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.

 

GLOBE TREKKER
Paris City Guide

GLOBE TREKKER: Paris City Guide

 

Trekkers Justine Shapiro and Adela Ucar travel to the City of Light. Justine strolls through the Luxembourg Gardens, discovers eclectic artwork and uncovers culinary secrets at the Cordon Bleu. Adela wanders through the Musee d’Orsay, and visits the Moulin Rouge.

 

JOSEPH ROSENDO’S TRAVELSCOPE
Adventures in California’s Tri-Valley

 

Joseph sets out on a California exploration through the state’s Tri-Valley region. In his visit to the Amador, Livermore and San Ramon valleys he learns that while searching the world for the exotic, often we miss the exciting, surprising and pleasurable experiences that await close to home. In the Tri-Valley cities of Pleasanton, Livermore, San Ramon and Dublin and the town of Danville, Joseph discovers a slew of little-known attractions that include a thriving wine region, historic towns, a diverse culinary scene and art, music and cultural festivals.

 

DREAM OF ITALY
Piedmont/Lake Iseo

 

With its amazing landscapes, rich artistic treasures, deep ties to the past and warm people, it is no wonder that Americans dream of Italy as a travel destination. Join Italian travel expert Kathy McCabe as she explores the diverse areas of Italy. We’ll meet Italy’s chefs, artisans and historians who are deeply connected to their land, carrying on and preserving traditions.

 

Piedmont/Lake Iseo
Piedmont is the land of truffles and wine. Kathy tries to get truffle hunters Natale and Giorgio Romagnolo to reveal their secret hunting grounds, then tastes the precious white truffles they find. Then it is time to attend the World Truffle Auction where the bidding gets frenzied for these rare tubers. We visit Cascina Bruciata vineyard to learn about the hearty Barolo, Barbaresco and Barbera wines that are produced in Piedmont.