This series transports viewers to unforgettable destinations through its stunning photography, rhythmic indigenous music and spirit of adventure. In each episode, one vibrant young traveler ventures off the beaten path to soak up the local culture, sample the cuisine and revel in breathtaking vistas. In keeping with their aim of "living as the locals do," the charismatic hosts and others explore everything from big-city landmarks to exotic sights in remote villages.
Central Japan (#1307) Duration: 57:22 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Megan's journey begins in Kyoto, where she explores the city's best flea market, meditates with a Buddhist monk, is entertained by geishas at a banquet and visits both the Fushimi Inari Shinto Shrine and the Toji Buddhist Temple, a World Heritage site. Then it's off to Osaka, where she visits a Cat Cafe and the Kidzania theme park. Megan travels to the home of the Ninja at Iga-Ueno, visits the site of a famous Samurai battle in Sekigahara, sails to the remote island of Sado and witnesses the dramatic Nada Fighting Festival in Himeji.
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London City Guide 2 (#1304) Duration: 56:14 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Brianna Barnes embarks on her tour of London at Buckingham Palace, heads over to the National Gallery, check out the fashionable Spitalfields Market, tours the street art scene, visits the finest shops in to Mayfair and bikes from Regent's Park to the Olympic Stadium. She takes a daytrip to Oxford for a tour of Christchurch, the largest of all the Oxford colleges. Back in London, Brianna speeds off along the Thames River to Greenwich for a look at the Royal Naval College and the National Maritime Museum, then pops over to the Tate Modern, visits stately Cliveden House and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, home to the biggest botanical collection in the world before exploring the delights of Richmond Park on horseback. She concludes her stay in London by taking part in the annual Thames Festival.
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Globe Trekker Food Hour: Story of Tea (#1308) Duration: 56:42 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Trekkers Rosie Lovell, Peter Gordon, Bobby Chinn, Merrilees Parker, Megan McCormick, Holly Morris and Ben O'Donoghue uncover the story of how tea spread from China to capture the taste of the world. Visits to Southeast China, Japan, Taiwan, England, Bangladesh, India, Morocco and Myanmar provide historical context, a look at cultural traditions and rituals and what the future holds for this popular beverage.
El Salvador & Honduras (#1319) Duration: 56:45 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Brianna explores Honduras and El Salvador, two of Central America's most rewarding destinations. In Honduras, she swims with dolphins, spends the day at a banana plantation, visits the Mayan ruins of Copan and learns how to roll cigars in Santa Rosa de Copan. Next she heads to El Salvador, where she climbs the Izalco volcano, treks through waterfalls in El Imposible National Park, visits with a former guerrilla commander at the Guazapa volcano, enjoys a rodeo fiesta in San Luis del Carmen and ascends the still-active Santa Ana volcano, the highest in the country.
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Globe Trekker Food Hour: Spice Trails (#1302) Duration: 57:32 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Merrilees Parker, Padma Lakshmi, Tyler Florence and Peter Gordon travel the world to see how control of the spice trails has made great cities and destroyed ancient civilizations. Our guides travel from the Molucca Islands of Indonesia, the original home of cloves and nutmeg, to the Indian province of Kerala, with its native pepper and cardamom. Leaving behind Sri Lanka's sublime cinnamon, they cross the oceans on Arab dhows, Chinese treasure junks and Portuguese caravels, in search of the world's flavor. Other stops along the trail include Venice, Beirut, Cairo, China, Spain and the Caribbean. Viewers will discover the secret spice blends that define the great cuisines of the world, including Jamaican jerk seasoning, Indian garam masala, Chinese 5-spice powder and Middle Eastern harissa.
Midwest U.S.A. (#1320) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Justine travels to Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois and Wisconsin, known as "America's Cereal Bowl." Here she finds a beautiful land of miles-long lakes and mountains, lumberjacks and Native American tribes; strange, experimental aircraft and Harley Davidsons; Mark Twain; and the world's first McDonald's. And that's all before she visits the metropolises of Chicago and Detroit with their fascinating history of gangsters, Motown music and automobiles.
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Around The World - Pacific Journeys: Tonga to New Caledonia (#1313) Duration: 56:42 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Zay's island-hopping escapades take him now to the independent Kingdom of Tonga and then on to multi-cultural Fiji, once home to cannibals and Indian plantation workers that were brought to the islands to harvest sugar cane. In Norfolk Island, we learn about its convict past while the hills of New Caledonia make a perfect setting for an island trek to the country's native inhabitants. Zay ends his journey in Noumea, where the Kanak people's culture is celebrated at the Tibijao Cultural Center, an architectural marvel that combines ancient knowledge with modern techniques.
Central America: Costa Rica & Nicaragua (#1321) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Neil Gibson visits the Costa Rican capital of San Jose, where he gets caught up in election fever, samples traditional cuisine and visits volunteers trying to combat poverty in the city. He cruises to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and encounters tarantulas, deadly snakes and rare birds before arriving at Volcan Arenal, where he relaxes in the hot springs. In Liberia, he attends a bull fiesta where tries his hand at being a cowboy. He crosses the border into Nicaragua and stops at El Castillo, site of the only castle in Central America. Neil plays baseball on the island of Mancarron, rolls cigars in Granada and explores Managua, site of the devastating earthquake. He ends his trip at the Volcan Masaya, known by the Indians as the "land of the gods" and by the Spanish as "the mouth of Hell."
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Barcelona City Guide (#1314) Duration: 56:22 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)
When you think of Barcelona, you think of the architect Gaud?, and Megan visits some of his most famous creations, including El Park Guell, Casa BatllO and the spectacular basilica, Sagrada Familia, still under construction more than 120 years after the first brick was laid. Megan also takes in the works of artists Picasso and MirO, enjoys the colorful atmosphere of Las Ramblas, shops at the Barr? Gotic, explores the mysterious magic shop known as El Rey de La Magia and takes day trips to Cadaques (home of Salvador Dal?) and Sitges, known as a favorite destination for gays from all over Europe.
Switzerland (#1322) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Brianna observes cutting-edge scientific discoveries in Geneva, visits Charlie Chaplin's house in the lakeside town of Vevey, golfs in Riederalp, hikes the gruelling Gemmi Pass, acts out the story of William Tell in Interlaken and tours the Einstein Museum in Bern. Other highlights include a tour of the military fortresses along Lake Lucerne, a trip through the Gotthard Pass, a journey on the Glacier Express, an alpine beard competition in Chur, a look at the banking industry in Zurich and herding cattle with the yodelling farmers in Appenzell.
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Pacific Islands: Fiji, Vanuatu & Solomon (#1315) Duration: 57:29 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Ian Wright visits the Pacific Islands, once infamous among explorers because of head-hunting and cannibalism. In Fiji, he is welcomed with a local tribe's Kava-drinking ceremony. Later, he goes diving on the Astrolabe Reef, known as one of the finest dive destinations in the world. Visiting the Solomon Islands, he dives down to the Tao Maron, the most intact of the many World War II shipwrecks that now litter the seas around the islands.
Delhi & Rajasthan, India (#1323) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
During her exploration of India, Holly visits the state of kings in Vrindavan, tours the majestic forts in the pink city of Jaipur, soaks in the relaxed atmosphere of Jodhpur and feasts on Rajasthani cuisine at the colorful Bundi Utsav Festival.
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