Why did the French settle here? And why is French still the official language here (as well as English)? Why is there a Paris Metro Stop in the middle of the city? Why is Notre-Dame Basilica bathed in blue? And why does it slope downwards towards the altar? Why does the Hotel de Ville look like DC's Eisenhower Building and why does the Bank of Montreal look like the Pantheon? And is there really an ongoing archaeological dig going on under your feet at Place Royal?
CURIOUS TRAVELER takes viewers on an enriching and entertaining "field trip for grown-ups" to some of the most intriguing cities in the world like London, Paris and Rome. In each location, charismatic host Christine van Blokland explores its fine art, distinctive architecture and hidden histories. Each episode begins with Christine's list of "Curious Questions": Is the Mona Lisa really a prostitute? Is the Eiffel Tower really Egyptian? Why are there acorns all through Grand Central Terminal? Daytime Emmy- and Telly-winning travel, arts and entertainment journalist Christine Van Blokland brings her passion and genuine curiosity for the arts, quirky characters, storytelling, lifelong learning and travel to this new series.