Enthusiastic and adventurous, Samantha Brown is the perfect tour guide for the most exciting places in the world. Explore exotic locales up close and personal as you may never have seen them. Samantha interacts with the lo... more »cals and discovers popular area landmarks many tourists miss. Plus, she discusses the culture and history of these intriguing areas and shares invaluable travel tips. FEATURING: English Countryside: It's the landscape of fairytales. Enjoy a medieval castle that welcomed King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, and visit the bucolic paradise that is the Cotswolds. Classic London: No tour of London is complete without a visit to Buckingham Palace for the "Changing of the Guard." Then it's on to Notting Hill, Harrods and Westminster Abbey. London Now: An eclectic mix of avant-garde and traditional, London is the ultimate cosmopolitan experience. This is an exciting tour of modern London's cuisine and attractions. Ireland Coast: Explore the gorgeous countryside of Cork and Kerry, and learn about the sometimes mysterious cuisine. But it's the warm and wonderful people you'll remember most. Dublin, Ireland: You'll experience both Dublin's rich Irish heritage and the city's modern charm. Samantha discovers an incredible hotel bargain and goes on a memorable pub crawl. Edinburgh, Scotland: Visit a city steeped in history with many famous medieval landmarks. And experience one of today's hippest festivals along the city's historic streets.« less
"I have never been to England or Ireland, but this show has made that trip a priority on my list. The eps "English Countryside" and "Ireland Coast" are like magical fairy tales. I've seen probably every ep of Passport to Europe, and these British eps (along w/ Austria and Switzerland) are my favorites. Samantha as always is a charming host. Her sense of humor is great and these eps are particularly fun because there is no language barrier between her and the locals. Every interaction will make you smile and most will make you laugh. These episodes are whimsical, witty, wonderful...if you are armchair traveling, this is the trip you want to take."
Focused too much on the narrator and not enough on the count
European | 05/08/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD spent way too much time on the woman narrating and not enough on the sites. I guess that would be OK if you wanted to buy a video of her, but I was expecting a video of England and Scotland. Also, I found it strange that she was saying that one of the places she visited in London she normally wouldn't go to because of safety, but why would she include it on her video. I would shop around for a better video guide. "
Good itinerary but not in depth, badly edited, & not funny!
Brian M | Atlanta, GA | 02/08/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)
"On this DVD, Samantha Brown offers a great itinerary of the England, Ireland, & Scotland which she visits during the winter but is not nearly as in depth as Rick Steves' or Rudy Maxa! Her bad jokes that are funny 1/10 times really kill the flow of the show as well. Samantha caters to the soccer moms of America but is more concerned about staying in a fancy hotel and getting a fancy dinner than actually learning about her surroundings. She spends way too much time talking up her hotel & eating rather than showing us more sites or offering any kind of history or background of the area. Just like getting half a meal at a restaurant and wondering what happened, Samantha Brown's programs seem way too short and leave the viewer longing for more information, creating more unanswered questions. For a more thorough series watch "Best of Europe by Rudy Maxa" or "Rick Steves' Europe: All 80 Shows 2000-2009"."
Passport to Europe: England, Ireland and Scotland
Mrs. Marjorie Brown | 04/14/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I gave this series to my daughter who intends to take her first overseas extended world trip later this year with her family and she has informed me that most of the scenery was fantastic and most of the travel information semi informative but there was too much emphasis put on where to get the best wines and eateries. There are better examples on the market for first time travellers."
Roger Long | Port Clinton, OH USA | 06/28/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This dvd shows the pretty parts of the Cotswolds, of London, Scotland and Ireland, but it is by no means an overall or accurate depiction of these sites. It is further marred by two flaws:
(1) I have to think that the hotels where the narrator stayed gave her free lodging in the best suites in exchange for her rather lengthy and lavish praise of the facilities, the views from the balconies, etc. Perhaps some viewers are interested in hotel bathrooms and king-sized beds, but I'm not.
(2) Too many guides and docents (and not just with respect to this dvd) feel the necessity to provide snappy patter, little jokes and esoterica, the latter of which is frequently inaccurate. Samantha Brown would be well advised to contain herself from the "cute" remarks.
The scenery on this disc is quite nice, but it would lead the innocent viewer into thinking that the British Isles were a series of postcard views."