Curious Quebec City
S03E312 · Curious Quebec City
After nearly 500 years, French is still the official language of Québec. How has it retained its ‘Frenchness’ after all this time? Why is the Old Town a UNESCO World Heritage site? Why does the elegant Château Frontenac have to do with the Canadian railway? What’s so curious about Rue Saint-Jean, Place Royale and Petit-Champlain? Why is there a giant basilica dedicated to a saint here?
S03E311 · Curious Williamsburg
Why did England choose Jamestown, Yorktown and Williamsburg, Virginia as their earliest American settlements? Why did King William III and Queen Mary II establish a university here? What was life like for the colonists here? What crazy concoctions are to be found in a colonial apothecary? What does the amber ox have to do with American history?
S03E310 · Curious Glasgow
Who is buried under Glasgow Cathedral and why? Who was Saint Mungo, and where can you see a modern version of him? What do the symbols mean inside Queen’s Cross Church? Why does Glasgow City Chambers look like a palace? How did the creativity of one local man, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, leave a permanent mark on his city, and influence an entire artistic style?
Curious London Shops
S03E309 · Curious London Shops
In this episode, we explore the curious world of Royal Warrants, a special designation given only to the best shops and services, literally fit for a king or queen. We also visit the atelier of one of Princess Diana’s gown designers. From the royal dressmakers to tiara makers to the royal cheesemonger (yes, there is such a thing); we take you across London, on a truly royal shopping spree.
Curious Austrian Christmas Markets
S03E308 · Curious Austrian Christmas Markets
Why is a European Christmas Market also called Weihnachtsmarkt or a Christkindlmarkt? And what do these markets have to do with the Holy Roman Empire? Why do you find Christmas Markets mostly in German-speaking countries? What is the curious history of the Advent Wreath, of Silent Night, and a creepy Christmas character named Krampus? And is a Krampus different than a Krapfen?
Curious Guanajuato City
S03E307 · Curious Guanajuato City
Why is there a stone giant holding a flame, high in the hills overlooking Guanajuato City? How did silver help shape this town? Why are its streets and alleys so winding, and what happened to the Guanajuato River? What does Guanajuato’s main church have to do with the King of Spain? Why does the town’s marketplace look like a Paris train station? And its theatre like the Paris Opera House?
S03E306 · Curious Edinburgh
Where is ‘Auld Reekie’, and how did it get its name? What is underneath Edinburgh’s Old Town? And what is so curious about its New Town? Why was Edinburgh Castle built on Castle Rock? What’s the connection between Edinburgh and Harry Potter? What is a ‘Close’ and why were they so necessary in Edinburgh? What is so royal about the Royal Mile? Who is Arthur, and why does he get his own Seat?
Curious San Miguel de Allende
S03E305 · Curious San Miguel de Allende
How did this UNESCO town in Mexico get such a curious name? And what does the Mexican Hairless Dog have to do with it? Why are there so many grand mansions in such a small town? What do postcards have to do with its soaring Gothic church? Why is there an art school in a former convent? And how did San Miguel de Allende become an art colony?
S03E304 · Curious Salzburg
Why is there a giant church complex, the DomQuartier, in this tiny Alpine town? Who lived in Mirabell Palace and Hellbrun Palace? Why is Getreidegassse so charming, and why are those shop signs so important? Where did Mozart live? And how do you solve a problem like Maria? From the Sound of Music to Silent Night to the Sonatas of Mozart, it’s time to get curious about Salzburg!
S03E303 · Curious Yorkshire
What does the Yorkshire dialect have to do with Vikings? How did the Quakers and chocolate shape York’s history? Why are English country mansions 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? Where and what is Herriot’s country?
S03E302 · Curious Vienna
Who were the Habsburgs, Maria Theresa, Franz Joseph and Sisi? 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?
S03E301 · Curious Dublin
How did Dublin get its name? And what do Vikings and a black pool have to do with it? Who was Maewyn Succat, and why is he celebrated with green beer? How did the harp become a symbol of Ireland, and why do the harps on Irish coins and Guinness beer face opposite directions? What is the curious history of the Book of Kells, and how did it make its way into Trinity College Library’s Long Room?
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?
Who was Gassy Jack and why was he so gassy? Why was Capilano Suspension 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?
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 Castle – why so many palaces in one small European country?
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?
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?
Curious Loire Valley
Curious Loire Valley
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?
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?
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? 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?
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?
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?
Why did the ancient Roman rich and 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?
Curious French Villages
Curious French Villages
Why did the famous French architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc only work on one residence: the historic Roquetaillade Castle? Why is there a monolithic church in Saint-Émilion? 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?