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SAMANTHA BROWN'S PLACES TO LOVE

Monday, January 21st

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Runtime: 00:26:46
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Xi'an, China

Samantha travels to the ancient city of Xi'an, China, that once served as China's capital and dates back over 3,000 years. Feeling a little jet-lagged, Samantha stops off a local health clinic that has been practicing for more than 500 years using traditional Chinese medicine. Along her journey, Samantha rides a bike atop the ancient City Wall that still fortifies Xi'an, visits the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Terracotta Warriors and attends a spectacular outdoor performance of "The Song of the Everlasting Sorrow." Exploring further, Samantha is guided to the Yuan Ji Village and is told a fable by the legendary Storyteller, flies an extraordinary kite that measures almost 30 meters, and takes in the unusual sights of Muslim Street.

Thursday, January 24th

1:30am on
Runtime: 00:26:46
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Ireland's Northwest Coast

Samantha goes green and marks off the Northwest coast of Ireland from her bucket list as she starts an epic adventure in County Donegal. Samantha is inspired by a poetry reading of William Butler Yates by a local historian, as her exploration continues, Samantha hikes up the sea cliffs of Slieve League, herds sheep on a local farm, learns about the dying craft of wool-weaving and takes an exhilarating horseback ride along the beach. Samantha frequents a local Gastropub and meets its owners, who are transforming Irish cuisine and serving up regional Irish craft beer. Topping off her County Donegal experience, Samantha visits famous Leo's Tavern, where she meets Irish celebrity, Moya Brennan of the band Clannad. Brennan is joined by her sisters and family to perform Celtic music in a rousing live performance. Finally, Samantha visits County Sligo, where she forages seaweed from the Atlantic Ocean and learns of its nutritional importance.

9:30pm on
Runtime: 00:26:46
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Lake Geneva and the Valais, Switzerland NEW

Of all the magnificent regions in Switzerland, the Valais Region is home to Barryland, where Samantha visits this living museum that serves as a breeder for the famed St. Bernard dogs. Off to Geneva, Samantha visits the historic Beau Rivage Geneva hotel and talks about its legacy with the great grandson of its founder. Samantha then takes a stroll through Old Town, walking past the world's longest bench while making her way to Initium, where she learns about the watchmaking tradition and assists in designing an authentic Swiss watch. Cruising on, Samantha boards a steamship and takes in the stunning views along Lake Geneva. At Chaplin's World, Samantha meets Eugene Chaplin, son of the legendary Charlie Chaplin, who shares personal stories as she tours the estate turned museum-studio. Traveling onto the Lavaux wine growing region, Samantha samples some of the fabulous Swiss wines at Dance Vineyards. From film to music, Samantha enjoys sounds of Mellisa Kassab at a popular music festival in Lausanne with a local blogger. Once in Nendaz, Samantha takes a gondola ride to the top of the Alps, where she gets a lesson in playing the iconic alphorn instrument.

Friday, January 25th

3:30am on
Runtime: 00:26:46
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Lake Geneva and the Valais, Switzerland

Of all the magnificent regions in Switzerland, the Valais Region is home to Barryland, where Samantha visits this living museum that serves as a breeder for the famed St. Bernard dogs. Off to Geneva, Samantha visits the historic Beau Rivage Geneva hotel and talks about its legacy with the great grandson of its founder. Samantha then takes a stroll through Old Town, walking past the world's longest bench while making her way to Initium, where she learns about the watchmaking tradition and assists in designing an authentic Swiss watch. Cruising on, Samantha boards a steamship and takes in the stunning views along Lake Geneva. At Chaplin's World, Samantha meets Eugene Chaplin, son of the legendary Charlie Chaplin, who shares personal stories as she tours the estate turned museum-studio. Traveling onto the Lavaux wine growing region, Samantha samples some of the fabulous Swiss wines at Dance Vineyards. From film to music, Samantha enjoys sounds of Mellisa Kassab at a popular music festival in Lausanne with a local blogger. Once in Nendaz, Samantha takes a gondola ride to the top of the Alps, where she gets a lesson in playing the iconic alphorn instrument.

Monday, January 28th

1:30am on
Runtime: 00:26:46
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Orange County, California

Samantha travels to Orange County in Southern California and meets legendary surfer PT Townend, who discusses the origins of surfing. Along her journey, Samantha takes a ride to Balboa Island on the oldest privately owned ferry in the USA, learns about the vibrant Vietnamese community in Westminster, and visits the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach, where she assists in the release of a sea lion back to the wild.

Thursday, January 31st

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Runtime: 00:26:46
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Montreal, Canada

From immersive to interactive, Montreal is a city that puts on a show of sheer artistry in practically everything that this city is involved with. From hidden-alleyway bicycle tours to the French-Canadian version of Little Italy to its world famous Cirques Festivals to a distiller making gin out of locally sourced botanicals, Montreal both surprised and inspired Samantha in her travels visiting the "City of Saints." Only to be further awed, Samantha takes an evening walking tour of Old Montreal, where short films are digitally projected on the sides of historic buildings with the corresponding soundtrack being played through one's smartphone, which all celebrate Montreal's 375 year history.

9:30pm on
Runtime: 00:26:46
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Santa Fe, Nm NEW

When ordering a breakfast burrito in Santa Fe, you must specify red, green or Christmas, which is a combination of these two spicy chile pepper sauces. Samantha finds this out quickly at the popular Tia Sophia's, as she meets the renowned cartoonist, Ricardo Cate, whose Native American inspired cartoons combine politics with humor. From there, Samantha visits the New Mexico Capitol Art Collection, where the works of New Mexico artists are on display at the State Capitol Legislature building for all to experience. Hiking is a hugely popular activity, as Samantha often likes to do when returning to Santa Fe and does so as she climbs to the peak of Dale Ball Trail number 9 and enjoys the glorious views overlooking the entire city. From hiking to navigating the Margarita Trail, Samantha gets her book stamped at the legendary Cowgirl BBQ, where she enjoys their signature margarita while listening to some live western-folk music. A new day always rises and what not a better place than Ten Thousand Waves, where Samantha enjoys a therapeutic massage at this highly touted relaxation institution. Feeling quite rested, Samantha gets suddenly thrown in the immersive surreal world of Meow Wolf, where audiences are transported from creative art experiences into fantastic realms. Escaping through a refrigerator, Samantha arrives at a local favorite, Tomasita's, where she learns about the restaurant's 40-year history and how to make a Santa Fe style enchilada. Concluding her trip, Samantha makes a visit to the historic La Fonda On The Plaza and meets two of the original Harvey Girls, who are twin sisters in their 80's that worked prestigious positions at La Fonda during the 50's for the entrepreneur, Fred Harvey.

Friday, February 1st

3:30am on
Runtime: 00:26:46
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Santa Fe, Nm

When ordering a breakfast burrito in Santa Fe, you must specify red, green or Christmas, which is a combination of these two spicy chile pepper sauces. Samantha finds this out quickly at the popular Tia Sophia's, as she meets the renowned cartoonist, Ricardo Cate, whose Native American inspired cartoons combine politics with humor. From there, Samantha visits the New Mexico Capitol Art Collection, where the works of New Mexico artists are on display at the State Capitol Legislature building for all to experience. Hiking is a hugely popular activity, as Samantha often likes to do when returning to Santa Fe and does so as she climbs to the peak of Dale Ball Trail number 9 and enjoys the glorious views overlooking the entire city. From hiking to navigating the Margarita Trail, Samantha gets her book stamped at the legendary Cowgirl BBQ, where she enjoys their signature margarita while listening to some live western-folk music. A new day always rises and what not a better place than Ten Thousand Waves, where Samantha enjoys a therapeutic massage at this highly touted relaxation institution. Feeling quite rested, Samantha gets suddenly thrown in the immersive surreal world of Meow Wolf, where audiences are transported from creative art experiences into fantastic realms. Escaping through a refrigerator, Samantha arrives at a local favorite, Tomasita's, where she learns about the restaurant's 40-year history and how to make a Santa Fe style enchilada. Concluding her trip, Samantha makes a visit to the historic La Fonda On The Plaza and meets two of the original Harvey Girls, who are twin sisters in their 80's that worked prestigious positions at La Fonda during the 50's for the entrepreneur, Fred Harvey.

Monday, February 4th

1:30am on
Runtime: 00:26:46
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Oregon Rv Trip

Samantha ends this season with an all-American family RV road trip throughout the state of Oregon. From Hood River to Fossil to Bend, Samantha and her family take in the magnificent scenery and explore some of the most intriguing stops along the way. She also learns how to drive an authentic Model T car, and visits a real-working ranch, where she gets to herd Black Angus cattle.

Thursday, February 7th

9:30pm on
Runtime: 00:26:46
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Seoul, South Korea NEW

Seoul is a huge metropolis and the capital of South Korea, where high-tech and pop culture meet palaces and street markets. Samantha starts her journey off by taking a tour in Yeonnam-Dong, with Charlie, an ex-pat living in Seoul for the past 10 years. This neighborhood has been re-purposed into a green space filled with a resurgence of diverse restaurants, and most importantly, coffee shops, where Samantha and Charlie try some of the area's best coffee. Going for the local cuisine, Samantha joins Charlie and his wife to sample some of the popular banchan (side dishes) at an authentic restaurant, where Samantha also learns about the proper etiquette of eating and drinking. History and tradition are very important to Seoul, as Samantha experiences this celebration firsthand with the changing of the guard at the Gyeongbokgung Palace, which dates back to 1395. Venturing further, Samantha tours Bukchon Hanok Village on her way to learn about the artistry of Jogakbo, a style of patchwork, from a master artist. At the Korean Stone Art Stone Museum, Samantha explores the tranquil indoor/outdoor facility filled with over 1,250 life-like beautifully sculpted stone statues and learns about the purpose of their design. Samantha has a big night ahead of her, but first she takes a stroll through the Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival and takes in the gorgeous sights of the flowering cherry trees. Meeting up with some locals at a Chicken & Beer restaurant, Samantha learns about the five stages of drinking, which includes eating throughout the entire process. From there, Samantha and her newfound friends go to Hongdae, a busy nightlife area thronging with students and K-Pop performers, and continue on to sign karaoke, closing the night out with a live performance by an indie rock band. Finishing off her trip, Samantha visits a local food market with Janet Harn, a local Chef, and picks out fresh ingredients to cook some local favorites in Janet's cooking studio.

Friday, February 8th

3:30am on
Runtime: 00:26:46
Widescreen

Seoul, South Korea

Seoul is a huge metropolis and the capital of South Korea, where high-tech and pop culture meet palaces and street markets. Samantha starts her journey off by taking a tour in Yeonnam-Dong, with Charlie, an ex-pat living in Seoul for the past 10 years. This neighborhood has been re-purposed into a green space filled with a resurgence of diverse restaurants, and most importantly, coffee shops, where Samantha and Charlie try some of the area's best coffee. Going for the local cuisine, Samantha joins Charlie and his wife to sample some of the popular banchan (side dishes) at an authentic restaurant, where Samantha also learns about the proper etiquette of eating and drinking. History and tradition are very important to Seoul, as Samantha experiences this celebration firsthand with the changing of the guard at the Gyeongbokgung Palace, which dates back to 1395. Venturing further, Samantha tours Bukchon Hanok Village on her way to learn about the artistry of Jogakbo, a style of patchwork, from a master artist. At the Korean Stone Art Stone Museum, Samantha explores the tranquil indoor/outdoor facility filled with over 1,250 life-like beautifully sculpted stone statues and learns about the purpose of their design. Samantha has a big night ahead of her, but first she takes a stroll through the Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival and takes in the gorgeous sights of the flowering cherry trees. Meeting up with some locals at a Chicken & Beer restaurant, Samantha learns about the five stages of drinking, which includes eating throughout the entire process. From there, Samantha and her newfound friends go to Hongdae, a busy nightlife area thronging with students and K-Pop performers, and continue on to sign karaoke, closing the night out with a live performance by an indie rock band. Finishing off her trip, Samantha visits a local food market with Janet Harn, a local Chef, and picks out fresh ingredients to cook some local favorites in Janet's cooking studio.

Thursday, February 14th

9:30pm on
Runtime: 00:26:46
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Lafayette and Cajun Country, La NEW

Arriving at the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival is certainly entertaining for Samantha, who is instantly engulfed in dance and music (Cajun and Zydeco), and gets to watch band favorites jam before packed crowds. Piquing her musical interest, Samantha ventures off to Martin Accordions, who have been crafting custom accordions for major Cajun and Zydeco stars for decades. With a full understanding of the local music, Samantha gets her step on by visiting Glide Studios and learns how the locals dance, Cajun-style. In this neck of the woods, if you are going to eat it better have a spicy kick to do it, as Samantha finds out first-hand after visiting Tabasco and talking John Simmons, a 6th generation family member, about harvesting peppers, the 5 year process it takes to actually bottle the sauce and its global stamp. Hot sauce in check, Samantha takes to the water and farms crawfish with a local farmer, who invites her afterward to a family crawfish boil. Another important component in understanding Lafayette is its deep French history, which includes the derivation of Cajun and how the local culture came to evolve. Samantha learns all about this while visiting the historic village of Vermilionville. What's visiting Louisiana without taking ride into the Bayou? Samantha does just that, as she takes a kayak tour through the swamps and learns about its natural habitats and geological importance. To cap off her trip, Samantha attends a performance by the legendary Magnolia Sisters, an all-female Cajun band, and dances Cajun-style with the locals at the popular Blue Moon Saloon.

Friday, February 15th

3:30am on
Runtime: 00:26:46
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Lafayette and Cajun Country, La

Arriving at the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival is certainly entertaining for Samantha, who is instantly engulfed in dance and music (Cajun and Zydeco), and gets to watch band favorites jam before packed crowds. Piquing her musical interest, Samantha ventures off to Martin Accordions, who have been crafting custom accordions for major Cajun and Zydeco stars for decades. With a full understanding of the local music, Samantha gets her step on by visiting Glide Studios and learns how the locals dance, Cajun-style. In this neck of the woods, if you are going to eat it better have a spicy kick to do it, as Samantha finds out first-hand after visiting Tabasco and talking John Simmons, a 6th generation family member, about harvesting peppers, the 5 year process it takes to actually bottle the sauce and its global stamp. Hot sauce in check, Samantha takes to the water and farms crawfish with a local farmer, who invites her afterward to a family crawfish boil. Another important component in understanding Lafayette is its deep French history, which includes the derivation of Cajun and how the local culture came to evolve. Samantha learns all about this while visiting the historic village of Vermilionville. What's visiting Louisiana without taking ride into the Bayou? Samantha does just that, as she takes a kayak tour through the swamps and learns about its natural habitats and geological importance. To cap off her trip, Samantha attends a performance by the legendary Magnolia Sisters, an all-female Cajun band, and dances Cajun-style with the locals at the popular Blue Moon Saloon.

Thursday, February 21st

9:30pm on
Runtime: 00:26:46
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Rhine River Cruise NEW

Samantha takes an epic trip along the Rhine River, first stopping at Freiburg, Germany, where she learns about the unique bachle water system and how this city is the gateway to the Black Forest. Next stop, Samantha visits a workshop, whose craftspeople work on restoration pieces for the famed Strasbourg Cathedral in Strasbourg, France, and then takes a stroll through the picturesque Petite France neighborhood. In Heidelberg, Germany, Samantha learns of its rich history while touring the iconic Heidelberg Castle. Venturing further to the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, Samantha gets a lesson with Johannes Gutenberg's original printing press and assists in printing a page just as Gutenberg did in the 1400's. Samantha then takes a gondola ride to a vista atop Rudesheim, Germany, where she tours a vineyard and tastes some of the unique wines of this wine-making region. Finally arriving in Cologne, Samantha takes in the sights of the magnificent Dom Cathedral with a local and visits a Kolsch brewery, where learning Kolsch beer can only be called as such if, and only if, it is brewed in Cologne under certain brewing parameters.

Friday, February 22nd

3:30am on
Runtime: 00:26:46
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Rhine River Cruise

Samantha takes an epic trip along the Rhine River, first stopping at Freiburg, Germany, where she learns about the unique bachle water system and how this city is the gateway to the Black Forest. Next stop, Samantha visits a workshop, whose craftspeople work on restoration pieces for the famed Strasbourg Cathedral in Strasbourg, France, and then takes a stroll through the picturesque Petite France neighborhood. In Heidelberg, Germany, Samantha learns of its rich history while touring the iconic Heidelberg Castle. Venturing further to the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, Samantha gets a lesson with Johannes Gutenberg's original printing press and assists in printing a page just as Gutenberg did in the 1400's. Samantha then takes a gondola ride to a vista atop Rudesheim, Germany, where she tours a vineyard and tastes some of the unique wines of this wine-making region. Finally arriving in Cologne, Samantha takes in the sights of the magnificent Dom Cathedral with a local and visits a Kolsch brewery, where learning Kolsch beer can only be called as such if, and only if, it is brewed in Cologne under certain brewing parameters.

Thursday, February 28th

9:30pm on
Runtime: 00:26:46
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Naples and Paradise Coast of Florida NEW

Samantha starts her Paradise Coast adventure off with a kayak tour in the salt-waters of Everglades National Park, while learning about the local eco system and remote mangroves. Back on land, Samantha visits the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens and meets Uno, a rescued blind Florida Panther. The Bayshore Arts District is certainly up-and-coming, and Samantha learns this after meeting a local designer, who specializes in re-imaging jewelry in a fresh way. At Bar Tulia, Samantha talks to Chef Betulia about the growing enthusiasm for local craft cocktails and how Naples has the best elements of Miami without it being a huge city. After enjoying a gorgeous Florida sunset, Samantha starts her day off back on the water aboard a dolphin tracking boat, where he helps find and tracks dolphins across the bay. Local spots and the fresh catch usually go hand in hand, especially at Grouper and Chips, where Samantha gets to visit this popular restaurant. Along with great food, there is a big contingent of the live music, which Samantha finds very quickly while visiting Marco Island. Finishing off her trip, Samantha meets Clyde Butcher, the Ansel Adams-esque photographer of the Everglades, who talk about the beauty of the Big Cypress swamp that has been focal point of Clyde's lens and entire career.