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 when Samantha interacts with th... more »e locals and discovers popular area landmarks many tourists miss. Meanwhile, Samantha amuses and educates as she discusses the culture and history of these intriguing areas and shares invaluable travel tips. FEATURING: CANNES AND NICE, FRANCE (THE FRENCH RIVIERA): Experience Carnival in the glamorous south of France when the streets are filled with dancers, musicians, balloons and carnival floats. PARIS CULTURE: To really experience this most romantic of cities, you have to live like a Parisian, so Samantha gives it a whirl! SIMPLY PARIS: Stroll along the Champs-Elysees, satisfy a sweet tooth with French pastry, take a twilight river cruise along the Seine and much more. COTE D'AZUR (MONACO): This is where the outrageously wealthy live a lifestyle beyond imagination, and Samantha is anxious to get a glimpse of how the rich and famous do it up in style! AMALFI COAST, ITALY: Samantha explores the cities, towns and villages along the soaring cliffs of the Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy. FLORENCE, ITALY: Unlock the secrets to packing in all the must-see sights of Florence, get priceless shopping tips and discover the perfect spot to escape the crowds. NAPLES, ITALY: Samantha finds Naples to be a city full of contradictions, but always compelling. Explore this bustling, diverse city that combines the historic and the modern with vitality. ROME, ITALY: Feel the passionate heartbeat of the Eternal City. Find out how to streamline your tourist stops, and take in the 21st century ambiance of Rome's wild nightlife.« less
Creator:Samantha Brown Genres:Special Interests, Television Sub-Genres:Travel, Television Studio:Travel Channel Format:DVD - Color,Full Screen DVD Release Date: 06/05/2007 Original Release Date: 01/01/2007 Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2007 Release Year: 2007 Run Time: 3hr 0min Screens: Color,Full Screen Number of Discs: 1 SwapaDVD Credits: 1 Total Copies: 0 Members Wishing: 5 MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated) Languages:English
"Samantha Brown's approch to travel is perky and enthusiastic. The four episodes in France and four in Italy give you a good short peek at these two countries. Watching what goes on in the background of scenes also prepares you for how to dress and what to expect on the street in Europe."
Can't praise it enough
A. Anderson | Portland, OR | 08/19/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love this series. Samantha Brown is the perfect travelling companion. Her energy, excitement, and joy never fail. The shows hit a perfect balance between tourist info and intimate charm. I know Paris very well, and I agree with her observations about Paris, which makes me trust her when she is traveling in other parts of the world that I do not know (like Italy). Highlights on this DVD include: the two Paris eps (of course), an achingly beautiful fairy-tale village and hotel featured in the Cote d'Azur episode, and the Florence ep. I also should note that Samantha Brown travels in style. This is not Europe on a shoestring. Personnally, I love living vicariously through her. The beautiful hotels make this show all the more fun. I recommend it to all who love to travel and dream and laugh."
Lots of cuteness,but very little real information or depth
RS Friedman | Oak Park, Illinois United States | 12/24/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This is a series that is big on cuteness, but there is very, very little in the way of actual video or discussion of the cities being visited. Must each scene end with a big smile and a joke? If you monitor the actual time spent on showing you around each city, you will be very surprised. If you are looking for a light, shallow, cute show in which the host is the center of interest instead of the incredible places she visits, then this is for you. Very disappointing! Even the Rick Steves shows are very superior to this series."
Fun but not too much substance there
blankcb26 | TX | 12/11/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"My only complaint about this dvd is that it really doesn't have very much substance to it. It is just a fun travel dvd with only backgrounds on very few places. If you are looking for an in depth look at France and Italy then this probably isn't for you, but if you are looking for a travel dvd with an entertaining host that can show you some of the places these countries have to offer, then look no further."
Roger Long | Port Clinton, OH USA | 07/14/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This is a travelogue for the sort of people who "do" Europe, who skip through Rome or Paris in a day or two, see the highlights, and tell their friends back home about the shopping and the restaurants where they ate. Quaint is the operative word with them. The DVD is a shallow series of visits to a very few places in France and Italy.
As for the tour guide, Samantha Brown, she is attractive and perky, but she seems more interested in hotel rooms and views therefrom than in historic places, art, etc."