Visions®: The Great Cities Of Europe

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Premieres nationwide March 2009 on PBS (check local listings)

VISIONS®: THE GREAT CITIES OF EUROPE gives viewers an overview of some of Europe's most interesting cities – London, Amsterdam, the French Riviera and Monaco, Rome, Vienna, Budapest, Prague, Dublin, Florence, Venice and Paris – for the ultimate tour.

From Northern Europe to the Mediterranean clime of Monaco to the Czech Republic, VISIONS®: THE GREAT CITIES OF EUROPE samples a variety of cultures like no guide book could. From the air we see the majestic architecture of Vienna, the incomparable coastline of the Côte d'Azur, the timeless monuments of Rome, and Mary Poppins' view of foggy London. Ground footage brings us a native's view of Amsterdam's bicycle culture and winding canals and Prague's Old Town Square. Unobtrusive narration is like a well-traveled friend giving you insider tips about where to go and what to see.

The whirlwind journey begins in London, sweeping over Tower Bridge, the London Eye, Kew Gardens and more, then coming to ground level hoping for a peek at the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Then it's off to the Netherlands and forever young Old Amsterdam to linger in the quiet bustle of the easy going city where one could spend endless days people-watching in "the Dam" before a day trip to the dichotomous terrain of Budapest in Hungary.

Moving south, the helicopter-mounted camera looks for a change of pace, following the Mediterranean sun to the shimmering, opulent beauty of the French Riviera and a city that is not only great – it is also a country – Monaco. VISIONS®: THE GREAT CITIES OF EUROPE spotlights the not-to-be-missed sites of these metropolitan meccas, as well as the more intimate moments that make a city personal, perhaps best realized in a visit to Rome. The Eternal City boasts timeless treasures like the Coliseum and Roman Forum along with historical landmarks with new modern focus, like the socializing and shopping surrounding the Spanish Steps. And night footage gives a taste of the local Roman café flavor after dark. A speed train moves the program along to Vienna, where landmarks like the Sacher Hotel, Belvedere Palace, and Karlsplatz are covered in typically Viennese three-quarter time before the VISIONS® series' first visit to the Czech Republic in colorful Prague.

A tour of contrasts, VISIONS®: THE GREAT CITIES OF EUROPE offers the beguiling charm of old Dublin, followed by the pervasive culture of Florence, the hauntingly romantic Venice, and finally Paris, where we enjoy Quasimodo's view from the bell tower, the Tour Eiffel , and even a little taste of the Moulin Rouge.

VISIONS®: THE GREAT CITIES OF EUROPE is the 22nd program in WLIW21's popular PBS series of programs revealing the natural and cultural beauty of the world's top destinations. Past destinations include Greece, Germany, Italy, Israel, Puerto Rico and Austria. For additional information, visit

Sites Visited London --Tower Bridge --Shakespeare's Globe Theatre --Swiss Re Tower --Harrods Department Store --Buckingham Palace --St. Paul's Cathedral --London Eye --Royal Opera House --Westminster Abbey --Marble Arch --Kew Gardens --St. James's Palace --British Museum --The Cutty Sark Amsterdam --Dutch East Indiaman --Montelbaans Tower --Magere Brug ("Skinny Bridge") --Royal palace --The Dam --The National Monument --Rijksmuseum --Concert-gebouw --Stopera Budapest --State Opera House --Museum of Fine Arts --St. Stephen's Basilica --Liberation Monument --Gellért Hill --Royal Palace --Fishermen's Bastion --Chain Bridge --Parliament --Széchenyi Baths Nice --Boulevard des Anglais --Hotel Négresco --Old Port --Musée de Rothschild --Loubet Plage --Opera House --Museum of Contemporary Art Monaco --Palais du Prince --Cousteau Oceanographic Museum --Monte Carlo Casino Rome --Pyramid of Cestius --Coliseum --Piazza della Repubblica --Roman Forum --Pantheon --Piazza del Popolo --Campidoglio --Castle Sant' Angelo --Villa Borghese --Baths of Caracalla --Piazza di Spagna --Piazza Navona Vienna --The Danube, Vienna --Michaelerplatz --Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) --Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart --Belvedere --Belvedere Palace --Stephansdom (St. Stephan's Cathedral) --Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens --Hundertwasser Haus --Karlsplatz --Karlskirche --Maria Theresa Monument --Sacher Hotel Prague --Old Town Square --Jan Hus Monument --Vltava River --Karluv Bridge --St. Vitus's Cathedral --Entrance to Prague Castle --Church of St. Nicholas --National Theatre --Petrin Park Observation Tower Dublin --O'Connell Street, Dublin --Four Courts --Dublin "Needle" --General Post Office --City Hall --Dublin Castle --Christ Church Cathedral --Trinity College --Ha'penny Bridge --National Gallery --Grafton Street Florence --Fountain of Neptune --Pitti Palace Garden --Uffizi Gallery --Pitti Palace --Piazzale Donatello --Piazza della Signoria --Duomo --San Miniato al Monte --Santa Croce --San Lorenzo --Santa Maria Novella --Ponte Vecchio Venice --Grand Canal --Piazza San Marco --Basilica di San Marco --Rialto Bridge --Santa Maria della Salute --Venice Lagoon Paris --River Seine, Paris --Palais de Chaillot --Eiffel Tower --Arc de Triomphe --Entrance to the Tuileries --Notre Dame Cathedral --Louvre Museum --I. M. Pei Pyramid --La Sainte Chapelle Spire --Pont Neuf --Place de la Concorde --Colonne de Julliet --Opéra Garnier --Champs Elysées --Moulin Rouge A production of WLIW21 in association with WNET.ORG. Executive Producer: Roy A Hammond. Producer/Writer: Sam Toperoff. Underwriters: Public Television Viewers and PBS. Available in HD. ST and CC.

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