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Curious Traveler

Remember when you were young and had that childlike wonder about everything you saw? Well, Christine van Blokland, the Emmy-winning host and writer of CURIOUS TRAVELER, never quite outgrew that inquisitive phase. As an arts and travel reporter for the past 20 years, she now shares that insatiable curiosity for the exciting, inspiring and beautiful world around us in this unique travel series.

Curious Southern Wales

27m 25s

We get curious about the stunning natural landscape of Wales. We visit Brecon Beacons National Park, Pembrokeshire National Park, St. Davids (the smallest city in Britain), Hay-on-Wye (Wales’ Town of Books), the Victorian seaside resort town of Tenby, and lots and lots of curious castles.

Episodes

  • Curious Sussex: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Curious Sussex

    S4 E410 - 27m 46s

    Why does George IV’s Royal Pavilion look so different from other British royal palaces? What happened at the Seven Sisters Cliffs? What is a Smugglers Pub? Who wouldn’t sit under a dragon? Where did Sherlock Holmes retire? And what does the Guinness family have to do with a medieval hotel?

  • Curious Ghent: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Curious Ghent

    S4 E409 - 27m 25s

    Who stole the famous Ghent Altarpiece, and who recovered it? And who is restoring it? What is Prinsenhof, and why is it so pretty? Where did the famous Ghent Dragon fly in from? Why is Ghent so famous for its lace? Why is St. Peters Abbey so important to Ghent history?

  • Curious Dublin Pubs: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Curious Dublin Pubs

    S4 E408 - 27m 25s

    Why is Dublin known worldwide for its pubs? Where did traditional Irish music come from? Why are there always flowers decorating a pub? What does the word “pub” mean? What is a “snug?” A Brian Boru harp? And how did a fella named Arthur Guinness become so important?

  • Curious Bruges: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Curious Bruges

    S4 E407 - 27m 25s

    Who were the Flemish Masters, and how did they leave their mark on art history? Who stole Michelangelo’s Madonna of Bruges? And who rescued her? Why does Bruges look the same as it did in the Middle Ages? What is a Beguinage? And ‘Blind Donkey Alley’? And why are all the colorful buildings surrounding the Markt the same width?

  • Curious Southern Wales: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Curious Southern Wales

    S4 E406 - 27m 25s

    We get curious about the stunning natural landscape of Wales. We visit Brecon Beacons National Park, Pembrokeshire National Park, St. Davids (the smallest city in Britain), Hay-on-Wye (Wales’ Town of Books), the Victorian seaside resort town of Tenby, and lots and lots of curious castles.

  • Curious Hong Kong: Culture & Traditions: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Curious Hong Kong: Culture & Traditions

    S4 E405 - 27m 25s

    How did Hong Kong get its name? What is so junky about a junk boat? We get curious about the Big Buddha, the Po Lin Monastery, and the Wisdom Path on Lantau Island. Then, we head to the Kung Wo Tofu Factory to learn a centuries-old tofu-making technique. Christine also takes you inside a Tin Hau Temple, the Man Mo Temple, and a traditional Qipao dress-making shop.

  • Curious Manchester: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Curious Manchester

    S4 E404 - 27m 46s

    How did Manchester kick-start ‘Railway Mania’ in the Industrial Age? What is Manchester’s Water Palace? What is so curious about the architecture of the John Rylands and Chetham’s Libraries? Why is a bee the symbol of Manchester? Which pub owner shooed her patrons out with a broom? Why is the National Football Museum in Manchester?

  • Curious Cardiff: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Curious Cardiff

    S4 E403 - 27m 25s

    Why is there a giant wall in the middle of Cardiff? Who built Cardiff Castle? And Coch Castle? Why does Cardiff have so many Victorian and Georgian arcades? What is a bara brith? And laverbread? (Seriously, what is it?) Where did Princess Diana give her first public speech in Welsh?

  • Curious Brussels: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Curious Brussels

    S4 E402 - 27m 46s

    Why is La Grande-Place so gilded? How did Brussels’ chocolate legacy begin? Where can you walk through the pages of a comic book? How did Flanders become such a source of Master artists?

  • England’s Curious Great West Way: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    England’s Curious Great West Way

    S4 E401 - 27m 46s

    England’s Great West Way follows the ancient path from London to Bristol. We take the train and get curious at stops along the way: Stonehenge, Bath’s masonic architecture, the Roman Baths and the S.S. Great Britain. We also sample some curious pub pies, learn some cockney rhyming slang, and visit a few charming villages.

Schedule

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    Curious Hong Kong: Culture & Traditions

    Monday
    Aug 2

    30 Minutes

    How Hong Kong got its name; junk boat; Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery and the Wisdom Path on Lantau Island; Kung Wo Tofu Factory; Tin Hau Temple; Man Mo Temple; a traditional Qipao dress-making shop.
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    Curious Southern Wales

    Monday
    Aug 2

    30 Minutes

    Brecon Beacons National Park; Pembrokeshire Coast National Park; St. Davids; Hay-on-Wye; Victorian seaside resort town of Tenby.
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    Curious Southern Wales

    Tuesday
    Aug 3

    30 Minutes

    Brecon Beacons National Park; Pembrokeshire Coast National Park; St. Davids; Hay-on-Wye; Victorian seaside resort town of Tenby.
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    Curious Bruges

    Tuesday
    Aug 3

    30 Minutes

    The Flemish Masters; Michelangelo's Madonna of Bruges; why Bruges looks the same as it did in the Middle Ages; beguinage; Blind Donkey Alley.
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    Curious Dublin Pubs

    Tuesday
    Aug 3

    30 Minutes

    Why Dublin is known around the world for its pubs; where traditional Irish music originated; why flowers decorate pubs; how Arthur Guinness became so important.
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    Curious Bruges

    Wednesday
    Aug 4

    30 Minutes

    The Flemish Masters; Michelangelo's Madonna of Bruges; why Bruges looks the same as it did in the Middle Ages; beguinage; Blind Donkey Alley.
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    Curious Dublin Pubs

    Wednesday
    Aug 4

    30 Minutes

    Why Dublin is known around the world for its pubs; where traditional Irish music originated; why flowers decorate pubs; how Arthur Guinness became so important.
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    Curious Ghent

    Wednesday
    Aug 4

    30 Minutes

    Who stole the Ghent Altarpiece; Prinsenhof; Ghent dragon; why Ghent is famous for its lace; the importance of St. Peter's Abbey.
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    Curious Sussex

    Wednesday
    Aug 4

    30 Minutes

    Why George IV's Royal Pavilion looks different than other British royal palaces; what happened to Seven Sisters cliffs; Smugglers Pub; where Sherlock Holmes retired; what the Guinness family has to do with a medieval hotel.
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    Curious Ghent

    Thursday
    Aug 5

    30 Minutes

    Who stole the Ghent Altarpiece; Prinsenhof; Ghent dragon; why Ghent is famous for its lace; the importance of St. Peter's Abbey.
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    Curious Sussex

    Thursday
    Aug 5

    30 Minutes

    Why George IV's Royal Pavilion looks different than other British royal palaces; what happened to Seven Sisters cliffs; Smugglers Pub; where Sherlock Holmes retired; what the Guinness family has to do with a medieval hotel.
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    Curious Paris

    Thursday
    Aug 5

    30 Minutes

    Why the Eiffel Tower and Pont Alexandre III were built for World Expos; Opera Garnier; Romano-Byzantine Basilica; why are streets windy in Montmartre; Moulin Rouge.
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    Curious Rome

    Thursday
    Aug 5

    30 Minutes

    The hole in the Pantheon; why Piazza Navona looks like a racetrack; the origin of the bronze for St. Peter's Basilica.
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    Curious Paris

    Friday
    Aug 6

    30 Minutes

    Why the Eiffel Tower and Pont Alexandre III were built for World Expos; Opera Garnier; Romano-Byzantine Basilica; why are streets windy in Montmartre; Moulin Rouge.
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    Curious Rome

    Friday
    Aug 6

    30 Minutes

    The hole in the Pantheon; why Piazza Navona looks like a racetrack; the origin of the bronze for St. Peter's Basilica.
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    Curious Copenhagen

    Friday
    Aug 6

    30 Minutes

    Why Shakespeare used Kronborg Castle for the setting of "Hamlet"; Nyhavn; why Christiansborg Palace, Amalienborg Palace and Rosenborg Castle are in the same small country.
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    Curious Vancouver

    Friday
    Aug 6

    30 Minutes

    Gassy Jack; Capilano Suspension Bridge's totem poles; Hotel Vancouver; Yip Sang.
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    Curious Copenhagen

    Saturday
    Aug 7

    30 Minutes

    Why Shakespeare used Kronborg Castle for the setting of "Hamlet"; Nyhavn; why Christiansborg Palace, Amalienborg Palace and Rosenborg Castle are in the same small country.
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    Curious Vancouver

    Saturday
    Aug 7

    30 Minutes

    Gassy Jack; Capilano Suspension Bridge's totem poles; Hotel Vancouver; Yip Sang.
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    Curious Loire Valley

    Monday
    Aug 9

    30 Minutes

    Why so many chateaux were built in central France; Chateau de Chenonceau; Chateau de Chambord; why a porcupine sits over the entrance to Chateau d'Amboise.

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