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CURIOUS TRAVELER
Curious Glascow

 

Who is buried under Glasgow Cathedral and why? Who is Saint Mungo, and why is he so big? Why does Glasgow City Chambers look like a palace? How did this seaport town become a center for Scottish Enlightenment? And how did the creativity of one man, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, leave a permanent mark on this city?

 

 

 

CURIOUS TRAVELER
Curious Yorkshire

CURIOUS TRAVELER: Curious Yorkshire

 

This beautiful region of England is full of picture-perfect rolling hills, quaint stone cottages, sprawling country estates and that distinct Yorkshire dialect. Why are country estates named Castles and Abbeys? What is The Shambles, and how did it get its name? Why is one of the largest medieval Gothic cathedrals in Europe in the small town of York? How did the Quakers and chocolate shape York’s history? Where and what is Herriot’s country?

 

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CURIOUS TRAVELER
Curious Vienna

CURIOUS TRAVELER: Curious Vienna

 

Who were the Habsburgs, Maria Theresa, Franz Joseph and Sisi? And how did they shape Vienna? What is the Ringstrasse, and why are there so many oversized, ornate public buildings dotting it? Where did Mozart perform as a 6-year-old prodigy? When and why did Austria shrink to a tenth of its size? What do the eagles on the rooftop of St. Stephen’s Cathedral symbolize? And why are Vienna’s coffee and pastries so legendary?

 

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NOVA
Building the Great Cathedrals

NOVA: Building the Great Cathedrals

 

Carved from a hundred million pounds of stone, soaring effortlessly atop a spider web of masonry, Gothic cathedrals are marvels of human achievement and artistry. But how did medieval builders reach such spectacular heights? Consuming the labor of entire towns, sometimes taking a hundred years to build, these architectural marvels were crafted from just hand tools and stone. Many now teeter on the brink of catastrophic collapse. To save them, an international team of engineers, architects, art historians, and computer scientists searches the naves, bays, and bell-towers for clues to how the dream of these heavenly temples on earth came true. NOVA’s teams perform hands-on experiments to investigate and reveal the architectural secrets that the cathedral builders used to erect their soaring, glass-filled walls in Building the Great Cathedrals.

 

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SLOVAKIA:
Treasures in the Heart of Europe

 

A country of lush forests and mountains surrounded by hidden hills, Slovakia is a land rich with historical and cultural treasures. Explore the country’s breathtaking landscapes, ancient castles, historic cathedrals, the Andy Warhol Museum, music and dance festivals, traditional villages, national parks and treks in the Tatra Mountains.

 

 

ANCIENT INVISIBLE CITIES
Istanbul

 

Using 3D-imaging technology, Professor Darius Arya brings Istanbul’s tumultuous history alive in his examination of one of history’s most iconic buildings: the Hagia Sophia. Built by the Romans, this Christian cathedral survived 1,500 years of earthquakes, riots, sieges and conquest to become a mosque and now a museum.

 

 

RICK STEVESʻ EUROPE
Southeast England

 

Join writer and host Rick Steves as he experiences the local culture, cuisine and fun in some of Europe’s most interesting places.

 

Southeast England
Rick travels from Canterbury to Dover. Then he hikes the trails that top the towering chalk cliffs of the South Downs, wanders into the resort of Brighton, and on to Portsmouth.

 

RICK STEVES’ EUROPE
West England

 

Join writer and host Rick Steves as he experiences the local culture, cuisine and fun in some of Europe’s most interesting places.

 

West England
Rick visits England’s West Country: stops include quaint Cotswold villages with their churches, manor homes, and gastropubs; Wells, England’s smallest cathedral town; and the New Age capital of Glastonbury, with its legends of the Holy Grail and King Arthur. He finishes by pondering the dramatic prehistoric stone circles of Stonehenge and Avebury.

 

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?

 

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