This journey through Southern Europe gives the viewer a taste of some of the great natural wonders, architectural treasures, and cultural and artistic highlights of several cities and countries. A delicious sampler package from Paris, Cannes, Barcelona, Granada, Seville, Croatia, Greece and Istanbul. From the Seine and art galleries of Paris to the Moorish palaces and market streets of Spain;from the greatest coastal walled city in the world, Dubrovnik, to the most fascinating city of the E. Mediterranean, Istanbul. A program filled with rich HD cinematography and music.
- Paris. Probably the most beautiful city in the world. Countless books, plays, movies and paintings have been created over the centuries by people extolling the city’s virtues. We visit some of the great public art and architecture: the Notre Dame Cathedral;the diverse and unique kinds of bridges spanning the Seine;the Champs-Élysées;the Place de Concord;the Madeleine Church;The Luxembourg Gardens;the sculptures and arches of the Tuileries;the narrow streets of the Latin Quarter;the street markets and shops;and of course the Eiffel Tower, built between 1887 and 1889 - the single most visited paid monument in the world.
- Cannes. With its immaculate seafront hotels and exclusive beach concessions, glamorous yachts and designer boutiques, Cannes is in many ways the definitive Riviera resort of popular fantasy. It's a place where appearances count, especially during the film festival in May. The seafront Palais des Festivals is the heart of the film festival but also host’s conferences and trade shows throughout the year. Despite its glittery image Cannes works surprisingly well as a big seaside resort, with plenty of free, sandy public beaches away from the famed plage de la Croisette
- Barcelona. Barcelona has boomed since the early 1990s, when preparations for the Olympic Games wrenched it into modernity, and today it remains well in the vanguard of other Spanish cities in terms of prosperity, stability and cultural activity. It's a confident, progressive city, looking towards the rest of Europe for its inspiration and its innovations. Here is Sagrada Familia, the giant temple designed by the master architect Antonio Gaudi. The Casa Mila is a masterpiece building showing Gaudi’s characteristic wavy brickwork and colorful tiles. Las Ramblas is often the first landmark that most visitors identify with the city. It’s the central pedestrian boulevard, which cuts through the heart of the city - a vibrant and lively promenade filled with Barcelona action at its best.
- Granada. The last redoubt of Moorish culture in Spain, Granada is fabled for its exquisite palace-fortress, the Alhambra, one of the earth’s architectural wonders and the biggest surviving medieval Islamic palace in the world.
The Alhambra well symbolizes Granada’s story and significance, having been brought to its peak of elegance and splendor in the 14th and 15th centuries when Granada was the flourishing capital of the last Moorish kingdom.
- Seville. Seville is quintessential Spain. The architecture is a layered blend of Christian and Moorish styles and both are found huddled in Andalusia’s compact capital. From flamenco to fiestas and tapas to bullfights, here you’ll find some of Spain’s biggest and the best. Romantic, flamboyant, intriguing and embracing - these are all words that have been used to describe Seville, but so have wild (think bullfights and frenzied Flamenco music and dancing), reserved, conspicuous and insular. Such is the city, a hybrid of contrasts visible at every turn. The bullring looms over romantic walkways while shark-fin bridges over the Rio Guadalquivir poke ominously through a terracotta skyline and mournful laments drift lazily through the cobbled alleyways of one of Europe’s most upbeat cities.
- Dubrovnik & Korcula, Croatia. So smitten was Lord Byron with Dubrovnik that he eulogized the one-time city-state as the 'Pearl of the Adriatic.' George Bernard Shaw also lavished praise on the city, proclaiming: ‘those who seek paradise on earth should seek it in Dubrovnik.' This UNESCO World Heritage Site, a gem sandwiched between sheer limestone crags and the azure waters, more than deserves the superlatives heaped upon it. Within Dubrovnik's medieval walls themselves a multitude of baroque churches and ornate palaces wait to be explored.
- Athens & Hydra. Hydra is deservedly one of the most popular day-trip destinations from Athens. The port of Hydra has a scenic location in a deep harbor, with whitewashed houses rising on the hills on both sides from an azure blue sea. There are absolutely zero high-rise houses, cars, or motorbikes. While the main port boulevard is packed full of tourists in season, only a few minutes away are quiet back alleys with nary a soul, and many of those visitors are day-trippers, leaving the town relatively peaceful by night.
- Istanbul. One of the world’s greatest cities, Istanbul also has the honor of being Europe’s most southeastern city. Part of the city is in Europe and part in Asia. Istanbul - formerly Constantinople - is a vast, heaving metropolis with an imperial history that stretches back for more than 1,500 years. We showcase such great places as St. Sophia, The Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar, the Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace, the Galata Bridge and cruise on the Bosporus.