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Award-winning travel journalist Joseph Rosendo explores the world's treasures - from stateside destinations in Montana's Glacier National Park and California's wine country to exotic locales in Europe, the Philippines and Malaysia. During his journeys, Rosendo provides cultural insights and useful information for making viewers' travel dreams a reality, while also encouraging conscientious travel, believing it has the power to connect disparate cultures.
Chile - from Seaside to Mountaintop (#303H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Joseph starts his Chilean adventure in the country's capital, Santiago, and then heads into the Andes where he meets up with glacier-trekking ice climbers before descending into the Maipo Valley for wine touring and tasting and then taking in the nightlife and ocean breezes of the port city of Valparaiso.
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Guatemala's Semana Santa - Easter Week (#505H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Throughout Guatemala, Easter Week (Semana Santa) is celebrated as the most significant and festive season on every religious and social calendar. Joseph travels to Guatemala City, Antiqua and Lago de Atitlan and discovers that while the observance is rich in Roman Catholic ceremony and tradition, at the same time it leaves room for the popular devotion and beliefs of the indigenous Mayan culture. In addition, the communal creation of hundreds of beautiful alfombras -- flower-strewn, multi-colored "carpets" -- that line the streets in front of the religious processions is something to behold. The pomp, color, emotion and devout expression all combine to create an once-in-a-lifetime travel experience.
Rwanda - In Search of Chimpanzees (#513H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Joseph continues his Rwanda adventure and turns his attention to the region's other primate populations. Chimpanzee, Olive Baboons, Mona, Blue and Black and White Colobus Monkeys are just a few of the thirteen primate species that populate the Nyungwe National Park. The rest of the area's flora and fauna is equally impressive with more than 140 orchid species and 275 bird species, dozens of them found only in the highlands of Central Africa. In addition to the wildlife wonders, Joseph has personal encounters in the local Banda (thatched-hut) communities and meets the reclusive and vanishing Batwa people. In Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, Joseph highlights the 1994 Rwanda genocide and the efforts that the country has made to overcome its past at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre.
Chile - The Driest Place On Earth (#304H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Joseph travels north to the driest place on the planet, Chile's Atacama Desert. He finds that the desert, though it appears dry and barren, is alive with varied wildlife and vibrant cultures. During his journey he encounters the friendly Atacameno Indians and witnesses spouting geysers, endless sand dunes and the area's breathtaking natural beauty.
West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful (#305H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
In the New River Gorge Joseph paddles the gentle New River and then battles to stay afloat on the raging Gauley. Along the way he bikes up a mountain trail, rappels down the gorge's face and experiences West Virginia's coal mining past.
Austria - Celebrating the Vine in Vienna and the Burgenland (#306H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Travelscope celebrates the historic and modern in Austria's capital, Vienna, and the Burgenland wine country. Along the wine trail Joseph grabs a healthy helping of Gemutlichkeit (the good life) in the capital's own vineyards and in the Buschenshanks and Heurigers (wine cafes) of the villages along Burgenland's Lake Neusiedl.
Ireland - The West Is Best (#506H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Joseph starts his Ireland adventure in the town of Shannon and then heads southwest to the Dingle Peninsula. While on the Peninsula he uncovers a few important Irish secrets like how to draw a proper pint, spout a wee bit of Gaelic without getting tongue-tied, how to root for your horse home at the Dingle races and which pub has the best Irish soda bread and stew. Then he heads to the Puck Festival in Killorglin on the Ring of Kerry for some Irish merrymaking. Joseph also learns about the Irish emigration to America and hears the story of the Blasket Islanders - a modern-day Irish migration saga.
Papua New Guinea - Cultural Encounters in an Ancient World (#307H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Joseph heads to Papua New Guinea's remote highlands for cultural encounters with the Huli Wigmen and then journeys to the Sepik River for a tropical rendezvous with the ancient people of its riverside villages.
Italy - Friuli Venezia Giulia - Italy's Hidden Region (#308H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Joseph embarks into the little known region of Friuli Venezia Giulia on the Slovenian border where a multi-cultural heritage thrives. He straps on his helmet before hoping a Vespa for a two-wheeled tour through the region's wine country where he meets generations of winemakers and their fellow Dionysian devotees.
Guatemala - The Maya of the Western Highlands (#309H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Joseph visits the ancient Spanish colonial capital of Antigua before climbing volcanoes and heading into Guatemala's Mayan highland villages for hard bargaining in the local markets, a leisurely visit to a coffee plantation and a weaving lesson on a traditional back-strap loom.
Taiwan - The Culture of Tea (#507H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
The mystery and majesty of tea is explored when Joseph spotlights the culture of this royal beverage on Taiwan. During this adventure he travels to Lujang to join in the creation of traditional tea snacks, visits an Assam tea farm in Nantou, participates in a formal tea ceremony in Tainan and tops it all off with a visit to the annual Lantern Festival in Chiayi. Along the way he meets the masters of Taiwan's pottery, tin-sculpting and lantern-making arts.
Taiwan - Forgotten People (#508H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Only 2% of the Taiwan population belongs to an ethnic minority group. Of the 14 aboriginal groups that exist on Taiwan the Tao people live on Orchid Island while the Ami people were the original inhabitants of Green Island. Joseph travels to Green Island to enjoy its natural pleasures such as one of the world's only ocean hot baths and rides on a moped through the island's dramatic volcanic landscape. On Orchid Island he has cultural encounters with the Tao people sampling their special foods, staying in traditional dwellings and participating in the rituals and customs associated with the hunt, capture and serving of flying fish.
Guatemala - Seeking The Past In Tikal and Yaxha (#310H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Joseph combines the legendary with the natural when he explores Guatemala's Mayan legacy at the temples of Tikal and Yaxha and then discovers the wonders that wait at the El Quetzal Biotope Nature Reserve.
Williamsburg, Virginia - America's Historic Triangle (#311H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Travelscope traces America's birth in Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg and Yorktown, Virginia. Yet, this adventure covers more than the past as Joseph kayaks the Chickahominy River, sails on a four-masted schooner past modern-day ocean-going vessels and partakes of the area's family fun.
Madhya Pradesh, India - The Heart of India (#312H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Joseph begins his adventure in India's capital, Delhi, and then makes a pilgrimage to the ancient Hindu and Jain temples of Khajuraho with their erotic life-affirming 1,000-year-old carvings. His journey of discovery draws him from rural villages to palace ruins.
Madhya Pradesh, India - India's Rural Heart (#313H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Joseph continues his passage through the heart of India with an expedition to Bandhavgarh National Park's tiger reserve. He then visits the princely town of Maheshwar where he celebrates sunrise and witnesses morning rituals along the holy Narmada River. In the city of Indore he joins the crowds for the Diwali Festival - a celebration of good over evil and the glory of light.
Crossing The Swiss Alps (#401H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
From cosmopolitan Geneva to the UNESCO heritage Aletsch Glacier Joseph travels through Switzerland by bus, train and lake steamer. In Geneva Joseph explores a city that has remained in the forefront of innovation and change and visits Lake Geneva's fascinating lakeside villages such as the Olympic city of Lausanne. While in the sun-rich, car-free, 7,000-foot atmosphere of Bettmeralp Joseph enjoys a typical Swiss experience that is filled with glacier treks, colorful festivals, local cuisine, the beauty of the rural countryside and warm Alpine hospitality.
Victoria, Australia (#402H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Joseph catches the urban beat of Victoria's capital, Melbourne, then heads out on the Great Ocean Road to take in the natural scenery and survey the village scene in coastal towns. From the Shipwreck Coast through Victoria's wine country to the heart of Grampians National Park he travels in search of the best of Victoria. In addition to his town adventures, his journey takes him from one natural area to another in hot pursuit of Australia's wildlife where he has close encounters with kangaroos, koalas and emus. Along the way he is introduced to the original inhabitants and stewards of this great big land down under -- Australia's aboriginal people.
Greece - Cruising The Isles (#509H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
A Greek Island cruise sounds like a bit of a cliche, but not when Joseph and the crew of Travelscope make landing on some of the Goddess Athena's special children. There's plenty of ancient history and beautiful scenic bays to explore, but the real life of the voyage is the opportunity to pull the small cruise ship right up to the docks and discover the heart and soul of the Greek isles and the people who inhabit them. There's always a story to be told and a laugh to share around a table of great food, local wine and music. Joseph catches the unique rhythm of each island on Travelscope's own Grecian odyssey.
Tasmania, Australia (#403H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Joseph continues his Aussie adventure in Australia's island state -- Tasmania. From the capital of Hobart and its harbor, markets and elegant neighborhoods he heads out across the state and traces Tasmania's convict origins in the prisons of Port Arthur, hikes Cradle Mountain National Park, rides out the ups and downs of a fast paced eco-cruise along Tasman National Park's spectacular coastline and meets the devil -- the Tasmanian Devil, that is. Along the way he samples the best of the local food and wine and gets to know Tasmania's colorful and multi-cultural inhabitants.
Swiss Roots (#404H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Joseph joins his producer and wife, Julie, on her search for her Swiss roots in and around Lucerne, Switzerland. Their hunt takes Travelscope atop Mount Pilatus where they scale the local peaks, try their hand at cheese making and then travel across Lake Lucerne to historic alp horn and handoergeli (Swiss accordion) shops in the village of Schwyz. In Ebikon and Koelliken Julie takes a walk in her grandparents' footsteps and shares a glass of local wine and a pot of fondue with her long-lost and newly-met Swiss relatives.
New Brunswick's Acadian Festival (#405H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
New Brunswick is Canada's only bi-lingual province and the peaceful co-existence between the French Acadian culture and the English Loyalist culture gives visitors two experiences for the price of one. Yet all the world's French in August during the Caraquet Acadian Festival -- a two-week cultural celebration that culminates in a mardi-gras style street party. Joseph heads to the Acadian Peninsula to trace its Acadian heritage, meet modern day Acadians and, during their national day of celebration, join in their festival and Laissez les bon temps roulez -- Let the good times roll! During his journey he also partakes of New Brunswick's natural beauty and the world of adventure that awaits every visitor to this Canadian province year round.
Manzanillo, Mexico & The Costa Alegre (#101) Duration: 26:44 STEREO TVG
Rosendo explores Mexico's Costa Alegre - "the happy coast" - and Manzanillo, the resort village made famous by the movie "10". He highlights the state and city of Colima with its rain forests and active volcanoes, joins an on-going fiesta in Comala and discovers some of the coast's elegant resorts.
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San Antonio, Texas - More Than The Alamo (#510H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
The finer things in life have always been a big part of the San Antonio experience and there's a slew of attractions to entertain the visitor - the Alamo, Riverwalk, fine dining, music, art - but it's San Antonio's diverse cultures and the way the people love to celebrate that is most impressive. Joseph returns to San Antonio, a town he's visited regularly since 1969, to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and introduce viewers to some of his favorite things and shows them why it's said that San Antonio is every Texans' second hometown.
Flathead Valley, Montana (#102) Duration: 25:00 STEREO TVG
A river runs into it - Flathead Lake, that is, the largest natural fresh water lake West of the Mississippi. It's the beauty of the lake and the area's rivers and streams, not to mention, Glacier National Park that leads Joseph into the Flathead Valley to partake of the area's activities and scenic attractions.
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Germany's Winter Carnival (#406H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Joseph dons his jester's cap and heads to the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg for Fasnet -- Fasnacht -- Carnival. Each town may call it by a different name, but they all agree it's a non-stop community party that celebrates local culture and chases away the winter blues. Some of the historic carnival characters, like the Narro, date back to the festival's beginning 500 years ago while others are the products of lively modern-day imaginations. From Konstanz on the shores of Lake Constance to the Black Forest villages of Villingen, Oberndorf, Gengenbach, Elzach and Rottweil, Joseph uncovers the festival's history and rejoices in the controlled chaos of tolle tage -- Crazy Days!
New Brunswick, Canada (#103) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Joseph falls into winter in New Brunswick, Canada. In New Brunswick - Canada's only official bi-lingual province - the English and French Acadian thrive in perfect harmony. This episode features a bi-cultural, bi-seasonal view of this beautiful Atlantic province.
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Thailand - Rediscovering Bangkok (#407H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
It's hectic, it's crowded, it's the epitome of diversity and filled to the brim with exciting things to see and do. Joseph takes a path less traveled as he explores Thailand's capital city -- Bangkok. During his urban adventure he wanders the back roads and waterways of old and new Bangkok. He participates in morning Buddhist rituals at a local temple, checks out an up-to-date wellness center, tries his hand at the ancient art of crafting a monk's alms bowl, roasts Thai coffee at a 100-year-old Chinese market and scours a local Thai market for the perfect indigenous ingredients to spice up his gourmet Thai cooking class.
In The Path of the Conquistadors (#104) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
The ancient Spanish empire stretched from the Americas to Asia. Joseph visits Loreto, Baja California, Mexico - the first Spanish capital of the Californias and The Philippines - where Spanish influence is visible in the Filipinos' language, spirit and food.
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Thailand - from Golden Triangle to White Sands (#408H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
From vibrant Bangkok Joseph travels south for a bit of rest and relaxation in the turquoise waters and on the fashionable beaches of the Krabi Peninsula. There he observes the ongoing efforts to preserve nature, indigenous cultures and ancient customs in the face of widespread tourism. After the short respite he heads north to the border of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos to continue his Thailand adventure in the infamous Golden Triangle. From a coffee, tea and macadamia nut plantation to a thriving elephant camp, he uncovers what Thais are doing to transform the Triangle's ancient opium production to pursuits that will improve the lives of the area's many Hill Tribe people.
Santa Ynez Valley, California (#105) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
There's more to California's wine country than Napa and Sonoma. Joseph moves south and "Sideways" to Santa Barbara's Santa Ynez Wine country - the location of the Academy Award nominated movie "Sideways" - for a full menu of romantic activities that include more than wine tasting.
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Port Aransas, Texas - Fun on the Texas' Coa (#511H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Joseph breaks away from heat for a cooling and relaxing stay among the gentle gulf breezes of the South Texas Coast. In every season the pleasures are easy in this laid back Southern town where often the best thing to do is nothing. The active visitor has plenty to keep them busy and Joseph tries his hand at swimming, fishing, kayaking, crawfish shucking and dancing a two step or three. In keeping with his joy of lifelong learning, he hops aboard a University of Texas research vessel for a cruise of the bay and a look it's denizens of the deep.
Newfoundland - Winter/Summer (#106) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Joseph travels to Canada's Eastern-most province in winter and summer in search of cultural, scenic and wildlife adventures.
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Ontario, Canada's Far North (#111) Duration: 26:00 STEREO TVG
Located on the Moose River on the southern tip of James Bay the island of Moose Factory is 1000 miles north of Toronto and a world apart. In this relative isolation the MoCreeBec and Moose Cree struggle to keep their cultures alive. Joseph heads to Ontario's Far North for an adventure with Canada's First Nations people.
Fredericksburg, Texas (#409H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
It's time for barbecue, German beer tasting, fine wine sampling and guitar pickin' when Joseph explores Fredericksburg, Texas. Located midway between Austin and San Antonio in beautiful Texas Hill Country, Fredericksburg offers visitors hundreds of bed and breakfasts, scores of dining establishments, historic attractions, varied activities and a deep-rooted German heritage. From tracing its Germanic roots and climbing Enchanted Rock to sipping some local brews and getting down-home with some Texas Roots Music, Joseph enjoys a taste of Germany, a heap of nature and a whole lot of Texas.
Churchill's Beluga Whales and Polar Bears (#107) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Joseph journeys to Churchill, Canada to experience the summer spectacle of thousands of Beluga Whales frolicking in the Churchill River and in winter, the annual Polar Bear migration to the shores of Hudson Bay.
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Gathering In Scotland (#410H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Scotland has been a part of the United Kingdom for more than 300 years, yet it has managed to maintain its distinct customs, culture and character. Joseph dons his tartan and joins the Scottish clans for a bit of culture and fun at The Gathering in Edinburgh where hundreds of clans and thousands of people come together for sport, folk dancing, arts, crafts and bag piping. During his travels Joseph explores Glasgow, imbibes a dram or two of the local product at an island whiskey distillery and meets his grace, the Duke of Argyle, at Inverary Castle during the Campbell clans' Highland Games.
The Colors of Malaysia (#108) Duration: 25:55 STEREO TVG
Joseph experiences multi-cultural, multi-religious Malaysia when Joseph takes part in the "Colors of Malaysia Festival." The national celebration spotlights the different states and people of Malaysia through music, song, dance and costumes.
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Cappadocia, Turkey (#411H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Cappadocia, in Turkey's rural heart, is a natural wonder and a cultural treasure chest. It is where the East and West seem to have collided and "fairy chimneys" -- fantastic volcanic ash formations -- have risen from the land and tower over beautifully carved valleys. As part of his journey through the Cappadocia Region, Joseph floats in a hot air balloon above the homes and underground cities that are carved out of the limestone rock of the Goreme Valley. He visits holy mosques and ancient churches, delights in Cappadocia's slower, gentler lifestyle and meets the artisans of the region's traditional arts and crafts -- rug weaving, ceramics and water painting.
The Islands of Malaysia (#109) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Joseph continues his "Colors of Malaysia" adventure through multicultural, multi-religious Malaysia when we travel to the islands of Penang and Langkawi.
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Rwanda - Among The Gorillas (#512H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Joseph follows in the footsteps of Dian Fossey when he treks into the mountain forest of the Parc National des Volcans. Within sight of the five Virunga Range volcanoes he travels in search of Rwanda's endangered mountain gorillas and golden monkeys. As with every Travelscope adventure, the journey includes cultural experiences in a local church, living museum, market, primary school and health clinic. In addition he takes part in Rwanda's monthly national day of service, a program that is the heart of Rwanda's dedication to attack the ideology of genocide at its root - ethnic division.
Desert Birds, Bats and Wildflowers (#110) Duration: 26:40 STEREO TVG
Joseph discovers the desert's subtle attractions when Joseph travels from California Wildflowers to Yuma, Arizona's Birding and Nature Festival.
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South Africa - On Safari! (#412H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Joseph gets an elephant-sized helping of the African wild on safari at the Lion Sands Private Game Reserve adjacent to South Africa's famed Kruger National Park. Using the elegant Lion Sands accommodations as his home base he heads out in search of the Big Five and encounters lions, African elephants, Cape Buffalos and Black Rhinoceros. He rounds out his wildlife tour at Camp Jabulani when he literally rubs shoulders with two Cheetahs at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre then joins other camp guests atop a team of rescued elephants on safari through the African bush. As an important complement to the animal adventures, he visits the local villages and schools in order to understand more about the native culture and discover how they coexist with and benefit from tourism.
Mozambique, Africa (#413H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
On Mozambique's Bazaruto Archipelago Kuta Katila means, "Roll your reed mat out on the sand, lay back and relax." Always ready to follow local customs, Joseph does exactly that at the Indigo Bay Island Resort and Spa on Bazaruto Island and at the Azura Resort on Benguerra Island. Joseph continues to practice the fine art of Kuta Katila on the sparkling beaches and in the turquoise waters of the Bazaruto Marine National Park. Snorkeling, sailing, horseback riding and sand-boarding down 100-meter high dunes are activities that are all on the agenda, as well as, a sunset swim with horses. Activities aside, as always, the highlight of the show is Joseph's friendly encounters with the islands' people and the opportunity to share cultural experiences.
Custer Country, Montana (#112) Duration: 26:14 STEREO TVG
Joseph heads to Southeast Montana to Custer Country for an historic encounter with a legend and a close encounter with the locals during the annual reenactments of Custer's Last Stand at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.
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St. Vincent & the Grenadines - Close to Home, but a World Away (#501H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Thirty-two beautiful islands, off the beaten track, yet in your backyard, is what Joseph discovers on his St. Vincent & the Grenadines adventure. These stunning Caribbean isles offer a wide range of water activities from snorkeling and diving to swimming and sailing. Yet, the best adventures are the natural and cultural ones and Joseph experiences them from searching for the St. Vincent Parrot to swimming with endangered sea turtles and dancing to the drums of the Union Island Maroon Festival.
Brittany, France (#113) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Elves and dragons, maids and knights - hiking and biking, oysters and crepes - these are some of the surprises and pleasures Travelscope discovers in Brittany, France - the Celtic land of myths and legends.
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Cruising Alaska's Inside Passage (#201H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Cruising with the PTV at Sea group on the luxurious Regent Seven Seas Mariner, Joseph travels through Alaska's Inside Passage with stops in Prince Rupert, BC, Juneau, Skagway and Sitka, Alaska for scenic and cultural experiences.
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