Curious Traveler

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Curious Traveler takes you to the most intriguing places in the world, to dig deep into the mysteries of each destination's art, architecture and hidden histories. Christine van Blokland brings her passion and curiosity for history, the arts, quirky characters, storytelling, and lifelong learning to this fascinating series.

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Episodes (12)

  1. 1. Paris
    May 5, 2015
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    Why does Paris look like Paris? Why were the Eiffel Tower and the Pont Alexandre III built for World Expos? Why is the Opera Garnier so ornate? Why is there a Romano-Byzantine Basilica atop the highest point in Paris? Why are the streets so windy in Montmartre? Why was a famous cabaret built inside a red mill: the Moulin Rouge?
  2. 2. Rome
    May 5, 2015
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    Why is there a giant hole in the top of the Pantheon? And how is it still standing after more than two millennia? Why does Piazza Navona look like a racetrack? And why did it used to be a swimming pool? Where did the bronze for St. Peter's Basilica come from, and why are those windows in the dome so heavenly?
  3. 3. Copenhagen
    May 5, 2015
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    Why did Shakespeare use Kronborg Castle as the setting for Hamlet? Was picturesque Nyhavn really the playground for sailors and brothels? Christiansborg Palace, Amalienborg Palace, Rosenborg Palace - why so many palaces in one small European country?
  4. 4. Vancouver
    May 5, 2015
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    Who was Gassy Jack & why was he so gassy? Why was Capilano Bridge built and what do all those totem poles mean? What's so important about the Hotel Vancouver, and what does it have to do with the train station, the Queen of England, and Harry Potter? Who was Yip Sang, and why did he have his own Boy Scout Troop?
  5. 5. Loire Valley, France
    May 5, 2015
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    When and why were so many stunning châteaux built in such a concentrated area in central France? Why is there a river running through Château de Chenonceau, and what do the ladies of the castle have to do with it? Why does Château de Chambord have 440 rooms, yet no one ever lived there? Why is there a porcupine over the entrance to Château d'Amboise?
  6. 6. Venice
    May 5, 2015
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    Where is the hidden symbol of Venice on the iconic gondola? Why are there two different saints on the gateway columns? Why is the solar system off on Torre dell'Orologio? Why does Saint Mark's Basilica look like Hagia Sophia? Why does the Doge's Palace have a Stairway of Giants, and what do those symbols mean?
  7. 7. Kotor, Montenegro
    May 5, 2015
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    Why is there a beautiful, tiny blue-domed church floating in Kotorska Bay? Why did someone build 1350 steps up the side of Kotor's mountain? And what does the Why is the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon pink? And why are the towers mismatched? Why are the streets within the fortress walls intentionally in a maze?
  8. 8. Oslo
    May 5, 2015
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    Why are you encouraged to walk on the rooftop of the Oslo Opera House? Why did Vikings live here, and why are their ships shaped like that? Why was the Oslo National Theatre built, and what's that secret staircase? What is the troll legend, and why did it happen here?
  9. 9. Bordeaux, France
    May 5, 2015
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    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. 10. Sorrento, Italy
    May 5, 2015
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    Why did ancient Roman rich & famous choose to vacation here? Who opened the gate for the bad guys in the 1500s? What does the town clock tower symbolize? What's the history of majolica tile art? Why are Sorrento lemons and limoncello so famous?
  11. 11. Stockholm
    May 5, 2015
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    What did Alfred Nobel invent that led him to create the Nobel Prize? What is Gamla Stan? What's so important about the throne inside the Royal Palace of Stockholm? What is the Djurgården Canal, and why was it only for the Royal Family? Why did the Swedes grow grass on their rooftops, and what's the history of their folk costumes?
  12. 12. French Villages
    May 5, 2015
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    Why did the famous French architect Viollet-le-Duc only work on one residence: the historic Roquetaillade Castle? Why is there a monolithic church in St. Emilion? And why did its monk sleep underground? Why is there a giant wall around the tiny village of Blaye? And why was beautiful Bourg-en-Gironde built into the side of a cliff? And how do Cadillac and Pauillac make time stand still?

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