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CURIOUS TRAVELER
Curious Oslo

CURIOUS TRAVELER: Curious Oslo

 

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 Oslo
Why are you encouraged to walk on the rooftop of the Oslo Opera House? Why did Vikings live here? Why was the Oslo National Theatre built, and what’s that secret staircase? What is the troll legend, and why did it happen here?

 

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?

 

10 Parks that Changed America

 

Explore the serene spaces that offer city dwellers a respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life, from Savannah, Georgia’s elegant squares to a park built over a freeway in Seattle to New York City’s High Line.

 

10 Buildings that Changed America

 

Geoffrey Baer hosts this survey of 10 influential buildings in a cross-country journey of American architecture. Meet the daring architects who imagined them and learn the stories of how they came to change the way we live, work, worship, learn, shop and play.

 

GLOBE TREKKER
Building England II

GLOBE TREKKER: Building England II

 

Host Judith Jones continues her exploration of English architecture with a look at the Georgian and Victorian styles. Among the places we’ll see: Queen’s House in Greenwich; St. Paul’s Cathedral in London; Osterley House in Middlesex; Hammerwood Lodge in East Sussex; and the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol.

 

GLOBE TREKKER
Building England I

GLOBE TREKKER: Building England I

 

In this two-part special, host Judith Jones walks viewers through the history of English buildings. Among the locations we’ll visit in this episode are the Roman edifices in Lindisfarne, Warkworth Castle in Northumberland, Kentwell Hall in Suffolk and Burghley House in Lincolnshire.

 

CURIOUS TRAVELER
Curious About – London

 

Journalist Christine Van Blokland brings her passion and genuine curiosity for the arts, quirky characters, storytelling and lifelong learning to an exploration of London. She asks: Why is St. Paul’s Cathedral such an iconic symbol of London? And why doesn’t it face due East? And what does St. Paul have to do with the City of London crest? What is the City of London and why can’t the Queen come in? Why do so many London neighborhoods end in -gate? Why is Temple Church round? And what did those secretive Knights Templar do here? And what does all of this have to do with Magna Carta – and why has a copy remained at Salisbury Church for 800 years?

 

TIME SCANNERS
Colosseum

 

With cutting-edge technology that can “read” buildings, ruins and landscapes from ancient worlds, TIME SCANNERS reveals physical and forensic history, allowing viewers to virtually reach out and touch the past.

 

Colosseum
The team uses laser-scanning technology to uncover the engineering secrets behind ancient Rome’s Colosseum. Structural engineer Steve Burrows leads his team of laser-scanning experts to Rome on a quest to uncover some of the engineering world’s oldest mysteries of the Colosseum. Using cutting-edge 3D laser-scanning technology, the team wants to answer three questions. How did the Romans produce some of the most impressive gladiatorial games ever seen in Europe? How did the Colosseum’s mysterious roof really work? Finally, how does the mighty Colosseum compare, in state of the art computer testing, to the sports stadiums of the 21st century?

 

Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions
Florence, Italy

 

Burt, travel expert Steve Perillo and Burt’s son Nicholas, spend a week in Florence. They visit the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum and discover why Marilyn Monroe, Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn, Lauren Bacall, Sophia Loren and Julia Roberts wore his shoes in their movies. They find out how product placement influenced the artworks of the Renaissance and tour the great tourist attractions of the city.

 

Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions
Venice Italy

 

Burt Wolf is joined by travel expert, Steve Perillo for a tour of Venice, Italy. They take a water taxi through the canals, visit the Basilica of San Marco, the Doge’s Palace and the Bell Tower. Burt and Steve stop in for coffee at one of the oldest coffee houses in Europe, find out what’s cooking in some of the best restaurants and discover the real story behind the founding of the city.

 

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