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36.3 Estonia Rudy ventures into the countryside of Estonia, to the large island of Saaremaa and the much smaller island of Muhu, where he finds windmills, thatch-roofed farmhouses and quiet waters. Rudy interviews Mart Laar, the prime minister who took over a country that was in disorder following the withdrawal of Soviet troops. With the help of a flat tax, Estonia turned into one of Europe's most dynamic and forward-thinking little countries. (8 of 13)
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108 SU 04/06/14 10:00pm 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Estonia Rudy ventures into the countryside of Estonia, to the large island of Saaremaa and the much smaller island of Muhu, where he finds windmills, thatch-roofed farmhouses and quiet waters. Rudy interviews Mart Laar, the prime minister who took over a country that was in disorder following the withdrawal of Soviet troops. With the help of a flat tax, Estonia turned into one of Europe's most dynamic and forward-thinking little countries. (8 of 13)
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108 MO 04/07/14 04:00am 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 St. Petersburg, Russia The treasures of the Hermitage are revealed in High Definition for perhaps the first time for American television viewers. St. Petersburg is no longer the gloomy city it once was as billions of rubles pour in to restore the place to its former glory. From the splendors of Peterhof to the quiet grace of the city's many canals, this former capital built by a czar has reclaimed its position as one of the world's great destinations. (9 of 13)
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109 WE 04/09/14 10:00pm 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 St. Petersburg, Russia The treasures of the Hermitage are revealed in High Definition for perhaps the first time for American television viewers. St. Petersburg is no longer the gloomy city it once was as billions of rubles pour in to restore the place to its former glory. From the splendors of Peterhof to the quiet grace of the city's many canals, this former capital built by a czar has reclaimed its position as one of the world's great destinations. (9 of 13)
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109 TH 04/10/14 04:00am 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Bangkok, Thailand The capital of Thailand appears the capital of pandemonium, its streets filled with tuk-tuks, motorcycle taxis, cars and 12 million people. But the Thais have mastered the art of creating tranquility behind closed doors, whether in homes, hotels or temples. Rudy tours the back streets and the quiet, residential klongs, or canals, of Bangkok. Bangkok's legendary food carts and markets reveal the real city that captures the affection of visitors who take the time to seek out what makes Bangkok special. Rudy marvels at the Emerald Buddha (made no less spectacular by the fact it's really jade), visits the city's flower and fish markets, joins locals offering incense and flowers at colorful outdoor shrines, celebrates the king's 80th birthday with an all-day and all-night party, and takes a wooden boat along the city's main artery, the wide Chao Phraya river. (5 of 13)
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105 SA 04/12/14 08:00am 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Bangkok, Thailand The capital of Thailand appears the capital of pandemonium, its streets filled with tuk-tuks, motorcycle taxis, cars and 12 million people. But the Thais have mastered the art of creating tranquility behind closed doors, whether in homes, hotels or temples. Rudy tours the back streets and the quiet, residential klongs, or canals, of Bangkok. Bangkok's legendary food carts and markets reveal the real city that captures the affection of visitors who take the time to seek out what makes Bangkok special. Rudy marvels at the Emerald Buddha (made no less spectacular by the fact it's really jade), visits the city's flower and fish markets, joins locals offering incense and flowers at colorful outdoor shrines, celebrates the king's 80th birthday with an all-day and all-night party, and takes a wooden boat along the city's main artery, the wide Chao Phraya river. (5 of 13)
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105 SA 04/12/14 08:00pm 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Bangkok, Thailand The capital of Thailand appears the capital of pandemonium, its streets filled with tuk-tuks, motorcycle taxis, cars and 12 million people. But the Thais have mastered the art of creating tranquility behind closed doors, whether in homes, hotels or temples. Rudy tours the back streets and the quiet, residential klongs, or canals, of Bangkok. Bangkok's legendary food carts and markets reveal the real city that captures the affection of visitors who take the time to seek out what makes Bangkok special. Rudy marvels at the Emerald Buddha (made no less spectacular by the fact it's really jade), visits the city's flower and fish markets, joins locals offering incense and flowers at colorful outdoor shrines, celebrates the king's 80th birthday with an all-day and all-night party, and takes a wooden boat along the city's main artery, the wide Chao Phraya river. (5 of 13)
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105 SU 04/13/14 02:00pm 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Buenos Aires, Argentina The style and verve of one of South America's most beautiful capitals is the focus of this episode that highlights Argentina's national dance, the tango, as well as the energy that its diverse population brings to the urban landscape. Rudy visits the San Telmo neighborhood whose Sunday market is traditionally closed at sunset by an impromptu street band that marches through the streets, collecting dancers and revelers with its insistent drumbeats. At local tango parlors called milongas, Buenos Aires residents, known as portenos, lend an air of authenticity to the dance that grew up in the working class neighborhoods of the city. Rudy wanders the famous Recoleta cemetery in downtown Buenos Aires, where incredible monuments to the departed, including Eva Peron, feature winged angels and other fantastically decorated crypts. (10 of 13)
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110 SU 04/13/14 10:00pm 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Buenos Aires, Argentina The style and verve of one of South America's most beautiful capitals is the focus of this episode that highlights Argentina's national dance, the tango, as well as the energy that its diverse population brings to the urban landscape. Rudy visits the San Telmo neighborhood whose Sunday market is traditionally closed at sunset by an impromptu street band that marches through the streets, collecting dancers and revelers with its insistent drumbeats. At local tango parlors called milongas, Buenos Aires residents, known as portenos, lend an air of authenticity to the dance that grew up in the working class neighborhoods of the city. Rudy wanders the famous Recoleta cemetery in downtown Buenos Aires, where incredible monuments to the departed, including Eva Peron, feature winged angels and other fantastically decorated crypts. (10 of 13)
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110 MO 04/14/14 04:00am 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Mendoza, Argentina The heart of Argentine wine country is nestled in a valley beneath the snow-capped Andes whose iconic summit, Aconcagua, is the highest in the Western hemisphere. Glacial runoff from the mountain range feeds the miles of vineyards that, along with fruit and vegetable farms, blanket the lowlands. Rudy drives into the thin air of the Andes, visiting the graveyard of those who died trying to summit Aconcagua. His choice for high-altitude adventure: getting soaked while whitewater rafting. Back at sea level, he meets winemakers whose well-priced and elegant Malbecs are shaking up the world's wine market. A lunch of grilled meats prepared by gauchos in the middle of a vineyard is a reminder that the cowboy life is very much alive in this stunning region. (11 of 13)
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111 WE 04/16/14 10:00pm 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Mendoza, Argentina The heart of Argentine wine country is nestled in a valley beneath the snow-capped Andes whose iconic summit, Aconcagua, is the highest in the Western hemisphere. Glacial runoff from the mountain range feeds the miles of vineyards that, along with fruit and vegetable farms, blanket the lowlands. Rudy drives into the thin air of the Andes, visiting the graveyard of those who died trying to summit Aconcagua. His choice for high-altitude adventure: getting soaked while whitewater rafting. Back at sea level, he meets winemakers whose well-priced and elegant Malbecs are shaking up the world's wine market. A lunch of grilled meats prepared by gauchos in the middle of a vineyard is a reminder that the cowboy life is very much alive in this stunning region. (11 of 13)
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111 TH 04/17/14 04:00am 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Tokyo, Japan An urban marriage of high tech and age-old customs makes Tokyo a fascinating destination, from teenagers playing "cos," or costume games, to adults taking dinner at tiny yakatori restaurants, where the kitchen is a small grill dedicated to cooking skewers of meat. He tours the city's massive wholesale fish market, Tsukiji Market, before dawn to watch the daily auction of massive torsos of tuna fish destined for sushi restaurants around the world. He checks out space-age toilets at the showroom of Toto as proof that cutting edge technology permeates every aspect of Japanese life. He shops in a department store with more than 100 shops catering to young Japanese women to whom fashion is all important. (12 of 13)
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112 SU 04/20/14 10:00pm 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Tokyo, Japan An urban marriage of high tech and age-old customs makes Tokyo a fascinating destination, from teenagers playing "cos," or costume games, to adults taking dinner at tiny yakatori restaurants, where the kitchen is a small grill dedicated to cooking skewers of meat. He tours the city's massive wholesale fish market, Tsukiji Market, before dawn to watch the daily auction of massive torsos of tuna fish destined for sushi restaurants around the world. He checks out space-age toilets at the showroom of Toto as proof that cutting edge technology permeates every aspect of Japanese life. He shops in a department store with more than 100 shops catering to young Japanese women to whom fashion is all important. (12 of 13)
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112 MO 04/21/14 04:00am 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Kyoto, Japan The spiritual heart of Japan, Kyoto offers a glimpse of Japanese life as it used to be, primarily because it was never bombed during World War II. Tiny streets with wooden homes, impressive temples, and a dedication to ancient Japanese traditions make Kyoto one of Japan's most visited cities. Rudy checks into a ryokan, or Japanese inn, and talks with one of Japan's best-known designers of kimonos to learn why his craft is still thriving. At a tea ceremony, Rudy learns that the Japanese attention to detail even extends to incense that locals use for a variety of purposes. He experiences the tranquility of not only a rock garden but also a moss garden, retreats that help lend this city in a valley its Zen-like peacefulness. (13 of 13)
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113 WE 04/23/14 10:00pm 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Kyoto, Japan The spiritual heart of Japan, Kyoto offers a glimpse of Japanese life as it used to be, primarily because it was never bombed during World War II. Tiny streets with wooden homes, impressive temples, and a dedication to ancient Japanese traditions make Kyoto one of Japan's most visited cities. Rudy checks into a ryokan, or Japanese inn, and talks with one of Japan's best-known designers of kimonos to learn why his craft is still thriving. At a tea ceremony, Rudy learns that the Japanese attention to detail even extends to incense that locals use for a variety of purposes. He experiences the tranquility of not only a rock garden but also a moss garden, retreats that help lend this city in a valley its Zen-like peacefulness. (13 of 13)
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113 TH 04/24/14 04:00am 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Tahiti & Bora Bora For sheer tropical splendor, the islands of Tahiti and Bora Bora stand alone. Hyper blue lagoons, white-sand beaches, fish of every shape, size and color, as well as a generous and welcoming people make these islands favorite destinations for travelers from around the world. Lush aerial photography is a highlight of this episode. (1 of 6)
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301 SU 04/27/14 10:00pm 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Tahiti & Bora Bora For sheer tropical splendor, the islands of Tahiti and Bora Bora stand alone. Hyper blue lagoons, white-sand beaches, fish of every shape, size and color, as well as a generous and welcoming people make these islands favorite destinations for travelers from around the world. Lush aerial photography is a highlight of this episode. (1 of 6)
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301 MO 04/28/14 04:00am 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 The Islands of Polynesia French Polynesia's far-flung collection of about 130 islands range from lagoon-ringed islands with green volcanic spires to low, coral atolls with very little land, to heavily forested, rugged beauties. This is a place of dreams, a culturally rich, geologically fascinating group of islands surrounded by azure waters teeming with marine life, as lavish underwriter photography illustrates. (2 of 6)
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302 WE 04/30/14 10:00pm 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 The Islands of Polynesia French Polynesia's far-flung collection of about 130 islands range from lagoon-ringed islands with green volcanic spires to low, coral atolls with very little land, to heavily forested, rugged beauties. This is a place of dreams, a culturally rich, geologically fascinating group of islands surrounded by azure waters teeming with marine life, as lavish underwriter photography illustrates. (2 of 6)
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302 TH 05/01/14 04:00am 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Montreal & Quebec City Two of the most unique and appealing cities in the world are just north of New England. You'll find brie, pate, jewel box-patisseries, and "s'il vous plait" right along with bagels, maple syrup, hockey, delis, and bocce ball. A modern skyscraper might be cheek-by-jowl with a 17th century, stone nunnery. The people who forged Montreal and Quebec City 400 years ago braved frigid winters, wars and famine to make these beautiful, multi-cultural cities of the world. (3 of 6)
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303 SU 05/04/14 10:00pm 00:26:44 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Montreal & Quebec City Two of the most unique and appealing cities in the world are just north of New England. You'll find brie, pate, jewel box-patisseries, and "s'il vous plait" right along with bagels, maple syrup, hockey, delis, and bocce ball. A modern skyscraper might be cheek-by-jowl with a 17th century, stone nunnery. The people who forged Montreal and Quebec City 400 years ago braved frigid winters, wars and famine to make these beautiful, multi-cultural cities of the world. (3 of 6)
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303 MO 05/05/14 04:00am 00:26:44 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Nova Scotia & Newfoundland From the charming fishing towns of Nova Scotia to the vast wilderness of Newfoundland, these are the last great open spaces of Eastern North America. Lighthouses sweep the skies, the seas are littered with shipwrecks whales cruise the coastline in the summer, storms rage in the winter, but the warmth of the hardy people who live in these two provinces makes the lonely landscape beautiful rather than forbidding. (4 of 6)
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304 WE 05/07/14 10:00pm 00:26:44 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Nova Scotia & Newfoundland From the charming fishing towns of Nova Scotia to the vast wilderness of Newfoundland, these are the last great open spaces of Eastern North America. Lighthouses sweep the skies, the seas are littered with shipwrecks whales cruise the coastline in the summer, storms rage in the winter, but the warmth of the hardy people who live in these two provinces makes the lonely landscape beautiful rather than forbidding. (4 of 6)
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304 TH 05/08/14 04:00am 00:26:44 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Food, Drink & Place At Istanbul's Spice Market, persimmons are split open, their insides resembling melting rubies. Brown-gold paprika is carefully molded into the shape of a pyramid. Cinnamon, cumin, ginger, and cardamom infuse the air with the fragrance of the East. From haggis in Scotland to soba and tea in Japan, from asada in Argentina to bibimbap in Korea, food and drink help illustrate the culture of a place and its people. (5 of 6)
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305 SU 05/11/14 10:00pm 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Food, Drink & Place At Istanbul's Spice Market, persimmons are split open, their insides resembling melting rubies. Brown-gold paprika is carefully molded into the shape of a pyramid. Cinnamon, cumin, ginger, and cardamom infuse the air with the fragrance of the East. From haggis in Scotland to soba and tea in Japan, from asada in Argentina to bibimbap in Korea, food and drink help illustrate the culture of a place and its people. (5 of 6)
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305 MO 05/12/14 04:00am 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Four Great Cities of Asia Only three per cent of the world's population lived in cities in 1800s, but that number will swell to 70% by 2050. Cities in Asia underwent rapid growth in the past century. From the world's largest city, Tokyo, to the colorful chaos of Delhi, and from the modern miracle of Seoul to the teeming streets of Bangkok, "Four Great Cities of Asia" is a passport to the high-tech marvels and back-street secrets of four of the world's most amazing cities. (6 of 6)
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306 WE 05/14/14 10:00pm 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Four Great Cities of Asia Only three per cent of the world's population lived in cities in 1800s, but that number will swell to 70% by 2050. Cities in Asia underwent rapid growth in the past century. From the world's largest city, Tokyo, to the colorful chaos of Delhi, and from the modern miracle of Seoul to the teeming streets of Bangkok, "Four Great Cities of Asia" is a passport to the high-tech marvels and back-street secrets of four of the world's most amazing cities. (6 of 6)
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306 TH 05/15/14 04:00am 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 South Africa: Safari The 2010 World Cup put South Africa on the map for travelers in a major way, and a South Africas safari is a wonderful way to visit the country. Award-winning wildlife photographer Joe Pontecorvo captures the excitement of the wild in this brilliantly shot episode.
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201 SU 05/18/14 10:00pm 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 South Africa: Safari The 2010 World Cup put South Africa on the map for travelers in a major way, and a South Africas safari is a wonderful way to visit the country. Award-winning wildlife photographer Joe Pontecorvo captures the excitement of the wild in this brilliantly shot episode.
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201 MO 05/19/14 04:00am 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Edinburgh & The Scottish Highlands Edinburgh's International Festival, the world's largest arts festival is visited. It features theater, comedy, dance, music, operas, street performances, and the famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a stunning evening performance of martial music and precision marching performed by military bands from around the world in the city's 1,400-year-old Edinburgh Castle.
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202 WE 05/21/14 10:00pm 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Edinburgh & The Scottish Highlands Edinburgh's International Festival, the world's largest arts festival is visited. It features theater, comedy, dance, music, operas, street performances, and the famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a stunning evening performance of martial music and precision marching performed by military bands from around the world in the city's 1,400-year-old Edinburgh Castle.
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202 TH 05/22/14 04:00am 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 London Rudy roams the Borough Market in London, where locals gather Thur-Sat mornings to shop among pyramids of cheese, baskets of oysters, and other displays of fresh fish, game, and pastries. Rudy also visits to the ethnic neighborhood of Spitalfields, takes a speedboat ride along the Thames, and bar hops in Soho and Camden Town.
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203 SU 05/25/14 10:00pm 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 London Rudy roams the Borough Market in London, where locals gather Thur-Sat mornings to shop among pyramids of cheese, baskets of oysters, and other displays of fresh fish, game, and pastries. Rudy also visits to the ethnic neighborhood of Spitalfields, takes a speedboat ride along the Thames, and bar hops in Soho and Camden Town.
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203 MO 05/26/14 04:00am 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Uzbekistan In what is perhaps the series' most colorful and exotic episode, Rudy Maxa travels along the Silk Road in Uzbekistan, an emerging economy in Central Asia. Rudy marvels at eye-popping mosques built centuries ago and impeccably restored during Soviet occupation of the country. Rudy joins friends for the preparation of the national dish, plov, and visits the simple yurt of a young family living on an isolated desert plain.
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204 WE 05/28/14 10:00pm 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.3 Uzbekistan In what is perhaps the series' most colorful and exotic episode, Rudy Maxa travels along the Silk Road in Uzbekistan, an emerging economy in Central Asia. Rudy marvels at eye-popping mosques built centuries ago and impeccably restored during Soviet occupation of the country. Rudy joins friends for the preparation of the national dish, plov, and visits the simple yurt of a young family living on an isolated desert plain.
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204 TH 05/29/14 04:00am 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST