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"New Europe" reminder for Americans by sighthound on 28 January 2008 9:53pm
 
The first episode of "New Europe" will air on the Travel Channel in the U.S. tonight. It's on at 5 and 9 pm in my time zone but it might be at different times where you live. It's flanked by a new Tony Bourdain episode on the Greek Islands (and there's a marathon of "West Wing" on Bravo - I may not get very far away from the tv today....)
 
Re: "New Europe" reminder for Americans by tucsonmike on 29 January 2008 12:43am
 
Yes, thank you Geraldine, I had it ready to tape in case I forgot.
 
Re: "New Europe" reminder for Americans by peripatetically on 29 January 2008 1:02am
 
If you are on the east coast, it's on at 8 and midnight. I'm ready!
 
Re: "New Europe" reminder for Americans by themontyfreak on 29 January 2008 1:13am
 
Darn...I won't be able to watch it, I don't have cable nor am I up that late. (I go to bed VERY early).
 
Re: "New Europe" reminder for Americans by Palin_Lover on 29 January 2008 2:09am
 
Blah. I wish I had cable.
 
Re: "New Europe" reminder for Americans by mrsthing on 29 January 2008 3:46am
 
Wow, three of us who don't have cable! So I'm not the only one. :-)
 
Re: "New Europe" reminder for Americans by canaveralgumby on 29 January 2008 6:58am
 
I wish that he/BBC/whomever would have continued to work with Public Television in the US. The Travel Channel is so marginalized.
 
Re: "New Europe" reminder for Americans by sighthound on 29 January 2008 7:56am
 
OK. I just saw it and I now understand all the comments by the people who were disappointed by it. It was set up without any "goal". There's no "80 Days" deadline to meet or any "Can we really make it to the South Pole?!!!" suspense. It's a totally different kind of show.

The singing sea captain was a delight and the ladies still flirt with MP so some things never change.

The areas covered in this first episode are ones that I visited in the 70's. (Damn!I'm old!)
 
Re: "New Europe" reminder for Americans by peripatetically on 29 January 2008 1:46pm
 
I'm still flabbergasted that he skipped right past Korcula. A real brain twister here. Marco Polo's boyhood home.... Doesn't make sense that he ignored that.

I like what I saw though,other than agreeing that he didn't concentrate on an area long enough. One or two little comments about an entire sector just isn't enough. He might have done better to do half of what he covered, and in another year altogether, do the rest. (Or even in three sections-- would be better than all in one series)

I can already see it coming---the reasons why some are upset about the coverage of their countries. Maybe all this would have been alright had he set a time limit with a good reason for it. It would explain his fast pace through this culturally rich and fascinating part of the world.

I was in the former Yugoslavia for two weeks back in the early 80's and things were really ready to blow then. I could feel it in our guide's voice and sense it in the people, I loved the country so much and was so heartbroken hearing about the tragedies added to their histories. Being there was like being on a different planet back then. Just so different than anyplace I'd ever traveled.
 
Re: "New Europe" reminder for Americans by tucsonmike on 30 January 2008 6:54am
 
I watched it tonight. I see everyones point. He sort of raced through places. Almost an "if it is Tuesday, it must be Sarajevo."

What I would be curious to find out is how he chose what to see.
 
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