Spain...On the Road Again, Season 1
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Ride along with Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow, chef Mario Batali, author/journalist Mark Bittman, and Spanish actress Claudia Bassols on this unscripted, anything-goes, cross-country road trip. Their fun and spontaneous journey showcases the culinary pleasures of Spain, along with the country's art, history, culture, and music. Follow the foursome on their travels through Spain's countryside and historic towns, often going where few tourists can. Paltrow and Batali tour the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao with its architect, Frank Gehry, and enjoy dinner with REM frontman Michael Stipe, while Bittman and Bassols spend the evening with one of Spain's most famous chefs and bon vivants, Juan Marie Arzac.
|1||VideoTilting At Windmills In Castilla La Mancha||Gwyneth, Mario, Mark and Claudia set out on the road trip of a lifetime.||54:19||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|2||VideoPilgrimage to Galicia||Gwyneth, Mario, Mark and Claudia hike a historic pilgrimage route in Galicia.||54:18||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|3||VideoCoasting Along In Galicia||While in Galicia, the group feasts on the local shellfish. Mario prepares octopus.||54:18||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|4||VideoLandmarks, Legends and Luxury in Basque Country||Gwyneth and Mario meet Frank Gehry at the Guggenheim Museum. Also, a tapas crawl.||54:18||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|5||VideoBasking In Basque Country||Vineyard grilling in Basque wine country and a culinary tour of San Sebastián.||54:18||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|6||VideoRockstar Surprise In Catalunya||A tour of Barcelona and Catalunya's vineyards with a visit from Michael Stipe.||54:19||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|7||VideoFrom the Sublime to the Surreal||Michael Stipe and the group explore the culinary and historical hotspots of Catalunya.||53:48||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|8||VideoA Sultan's View of Andalucia||An incredible tour of the famous Alhambra Palace and a drive along the Andalucían coast.||53:48||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|9||VideoCastillian Hog Heaven||The cities of Salamanca, Segovia, and Vitoria prove to be great stops for the road trippers.||53:48||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|10||VideoAsturian Adventures and Gawking At Gaudí||Admiring the works of Antoni Gaudí and the northern region of Asturias.||53:48||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|11||VideoIsland Hopping||Exploring the islands of Mallorca and Menorca.||53:48||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|12||VideoPure Paella||A tour of Valencia and an unforgettable paella experience.||53:48||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|13||VideoMadrid and the End of the Road||The road trip ends with an Iron Chef-style competition in Madrid.||53:48||$1.99||View In iTunes|
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Beautiful, Fun, and Worth Every Minute!
Mario, Mark, Gwyneth, and Claudia are both funny and fun as they road trip through the beautiful Spanish country-side. Enjoy the views, enjoy the food, and enjoy the interaction between them; it truly is the road trip of dreams. And the best part is you come away feeling like you're there. If you like to travel, or you like to eat, or even if you like to learn, this show will astound you. I smiled for the whole hour, and didn't even realize until after the fact that I didn't have a commercial during which to rest. Didn't need one; it's that good.
Simply amazing. The grapics and camera-work are superb. The variation from history, to food, to talking is truly refreshing. This show is very much a hybrid of your typical cooking show, "Diary of a Foodie" and something inexplicable. Mario, Claudia, Mark, Gweneth are truly entertaining and educational. Also, their website provides a large cache of information, ranging from recipes to travel tips. I can only hope that they expand this series to include Italy, France, etc...
A little Mario goes a long way!
It speaks volumes about the beauty, food and culture of Spain that I have become hooked on a series featuring one of my least favorite TV personalities: Mario Batali. Here, he's at his slovenly, grating and self-satisfied worst...complete with massive belly and those silly looking orange crocs (watching him eat takes courage). Still, I bought a season pass for the series because, Mario aside, it's a fascinating concept. I have revised my opinion of Gwyneth Paltrow, who comes across as genuine, entirely normal and truly humble here. She is fluent in Spanish and has a definite respect for the people and culture of Spain. They are joined on their journey by Mark Bittman, a food writer for the New York Times, and multilingual Spanish actress Claudia Bassols. While Bittman runs the gamut from charming grouch to creepy and cloying, Bassols is the real revelation here. She is beyond beautiful but so effortlessly delightful that you get the distinct impression she has no idea just how gorgeous she actually is. She is an absolute delight. The show is sponsored by Spain's tourism board but, honestly, it doesn't seem like a paid commercial in any way. Batali aside, it's a lighthearted, easy going and enjoyable way to explore a fascinating country. It's definitely moved Spain to the top of my "must visit" list.