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 Brussels

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?


  • 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?

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    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.


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