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I’m pleased to introduce Places to Love study guides!
Invention often comes from necessity. I think I can speak for most parents when I say life during COVID19 has everything turned upside down. Zoom calls with teachers that never seem to go without technical difficulties; keeping your little ones quiet for 20 gosh darn minutes while you take a work call; Googling “what’s a prime number” so you can help with homework you’re not sure you even learned the first time around… it’s a lot.
I’ve always made it a point to create television shows that speak to multiple generations. Whether you’re 3 or 93, travel is something that speaks to everyone.
Places to Love is a travel show that focuses on destinations, experiences and the people who make us feel like we are a part of a place. I’ve created these companion study guides to foster opportunities for conversation and critical thinking. Best part? You’ll enjoy watching the show with your kiddos (or find yourself with 26 blissful minutes to get something else accomplished!).
Stay healthy– we’re all in this together!
Samantha has the pleasure to travel to one of the most unassuming cities in that of Huntsville, Alabama, where she gets to float in space like an astronaut, see a full-scale Apollo rocket and meets Alex McCool, a national treasure who helped put man on the moon. Samantha also ventures out to a soul food restaurant, serving arguably the best fried chicken in the South.
Download the Huntsville Study Guide!
Samantha begins her visit to Vienna at the 3rd Man Museum, where she learns about the city’s fascinating history. From there she visits the Imperial Library, part of the Hapsburg history of the city. A boat ride on the Old Danube River allows Samantha to take in the sights of this historic city before hiking up the hills and sampling wine with views of the city below.
Download the Vienna Study Guide!
Christchurch, New Zealand
Samantha experiences the revival of the once earthquake devastated city of Christchurch, starting off her journey at the Gap Filler initiatives, which are innovative installations that temporarily fill the gaps. She explores Akaroa Harbor, and then visits a local farm that protects the endangered Pohatu penguins.
Download the Christchurch Study Guide!
Samantha starts her visit in Charm City at the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM). From there she gets her “Full Hon” on at the wildly popular and yearly HonFest. Samantha also meets historian Lou Fields to learn about the deep American roots within the Fells Point docks.
Download the Baltimore Study guide!
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Samantha visits the New Mexico Capitol Art Collection; hikes to the peak of Dale Ball Trail #9 overlooking the entire city, and then navigates the Margarita Trail of Santa Fe at the legendary Cowgirl BBQ.
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Samantha takes in the stunning views overlooking the entire city atop Fisherman’s Bastion on the Buda side of the Danube.
Download the Budapest Study guide!
Bern Region, Switzerland
From an Alpine Garden on an idyllic mountaintop, to going deep underground experiencing the Cheese Grotto in Gstaad, biking through the waterfall covered valley of Lauterbrunnen and finally floating down the icy cold Aare River in Bern: Samantha has a most adventurous journey.
Download the Bern Region Study guide!
Rhine River Cruise
Samantha’s epic cruise along the Rhine River includes a stop at Freiburg, Germany, which is the gateway to the Black Forest; Strasbourg, France and the Petite France neighborhood, and the iconic Heidelberg Castle.
Download the Rhine River Cruise Study guide!
Samantha takes to the Sonoma coastline on a road trip stopping off at various beaches and talks to a local guide about sustainability in Sonoma, the Pacific coast and what to look for off the beaten path.
Download the Sonoma County Study guide!
Samantha travels to the ancient city of Xi’an, China. Feeling a little jet-lagged, Samantha stops off a local health clinic that has been practicing for over 500 years using traditional Chinese medicine. Along her journey, Samantha rides a bike atop the ancient City Wall, visits the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Terracotta Warriors and attends a spectacular outdoor performance.
Download the Xi’an, China Study guide!