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Explore the world with a not-so-typical travel guide
Source: Manila Bulletin
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Date: 2008-01-10
Tired of the usual travel show?

This February, Discovery Travel and Living Channel comes up with yet another innovative travel series that takes viewers on an unconventional VIP (very inter-personal) tour of popular and off-the-beaten destinations across the globe.

The new series "Not Your Average Travel Guide" features an insider’s perspective to some of the world’s most incredible cities, amazing places, and exciting events. Seven ordinary people from different walks of life but with a common background on film and television production, will act as travel guides in the show, offering fresh insights and a personalized approach to travel.

These travel guides transform into "one-man bands," as each researches, scripts, shoots, edits, produces and hosts each location’s episode. Thus, providing a customized travel experience for viewers.

The half-hour series will chronicle their exciting journeys in London, Wimbledon, Philadelphia, Dublin (Ireland), Amsterdam, Prague, Rome, Barcelona, Las Vegas, Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto in Canada, Napa Valley, Washington, Paris, Los Angeles (California), Sedonia (Arizona), Sante Fe, Turkey, Athens, Beijing, Shanghai, and Memphis.

In London, travel guide Brian Knappenberger explores the city on foot and in a classic black taxi. With visits to St. Paul’s Cathedral, The Tower of London and the Tate Modern, Brian covers the histories of religion, torture and art in a single afternoon and still has time to stop into the British Museum to see the mummies.

Meanwhile, travel guide Brad Hasse joins the revelry at the St. Patrick’s Day festival in Dublin, Ireland. The celebration includes Irish dancing, pub crawls and a behind-the-scenes view of the spectacular St. Patrick’s Day parade and evening show.

Shane Reynolds takes off for Amsterdam, with stops at the Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank House and some landmark windmills. He travels on the canals by boat and through the gardens and cobbled streets by bike, showing off the city called one of the world’s best hangouts. He joins in the Queensday celebration and pays a mandatory visit to the legendary Red Light District.

In Rome, Joseph Van Harken learns the art of Italian cooking and takes a beating at a local Gladiator School. On this whirlwind tour of The Eternal City, he discovers a few ways to see unfamiliar sights.

Kate Ward flies to Toronto to marvel at the breathtaking views of Niagara Falls from the air, the river, the bridge and both sides of the border. She samples the local specialty, icewine, on a day trip to the vineyards of Niagaraon-the-Lake. History comes alive as she takes a tour of the last few stops along the Underground Railroad.

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