Next Episode of Travel Man: 48 Hours in... is
Richard Ayoade takes a ruthlessly efficient approach to travel, covering everything top tourist destinations have to offer in just 48 hours.
Richard Ayoade is joined by comedian Sara Pascoe for a two day test of the mini break merits of Valencia, Spain's third largest city. After dropping their bags at the sumptuous Hotel Caro, they set off along the path of the Turia river. Until the 1950s it flowed through the city, but was diverted after a disastrous flood. Now it's a nine kilometre park, which Sarah and Richard explore by four wheeled bike, pausing at Park Gulliver for a slide. Valencia is the birthplace of paella, so Richard enrols them at paella school to make authentic and vegan versions of the dish. Halfway through cooking they are forced to dance, a ritual they are assured improves the flavour. Valencia's motto is 'live without sleep' so Richard and Sarah try a sip of the city's nightlife when they order a round of Agua de Valencia. This innocent looking drink is made of cava, gin, vodka, fresh orange juice and sugar and leaves Richard and Sara in pieces.
Richard Ayoade and comedian Joe Lycett head to the mini break mecca of Amsterdam. Their 48 hour hurtle through the city's attractions takes in culture, cardio, canals, cuisine, and other things not necessarily beginning with C. The duo doss down in one of Amsterdam's hippest hotels; take a battery-powered boat tour; do some drawing; and peer into the world of the water bear. The brave travellers also sample some jenever, Dutch gin, and visit the city's street organ museum.
Richard and actor Sally Phillips have a fulsome time with fika, meatballs, scaling high rooftops, singing Abba, and staying up late playing on their phones.
In an hour-long Christmas extravaganza, Richard Ayoade is joined by Hollywood phenomenon Jon Hamm, star of Mad Men, for a Yuletide yomp around Hong Kong - the most visited and most vertical city on the planet. They join the other 26.7 million tourists, as they gorge themselves on questionable foodstuffs, traditional transportation and the world's largest seated Buddha statue. Having already flown half way across the world, they immediately take to the air again for a bird's eye view by helicopter. They crash at the Peninsula Hotel for some colonial opulence; and take a ride on the world's steepest funicular. There's a visit to the tailor; a tai chi drop-in session; and some street food specials, including pig's fallopian tube, duck tongue skewers, and fusion dim sum. The weary travellers also get a foot massage and have their fortunes read.
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