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.
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.
- KQED Life: Tue, Jun 18, 2013 -- 5:00am
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.
- KQED Plus: Sat, Jun 22, 2013 -- 5:30pm email reminder
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.
- KQED 9: Sat, Jun 29, 2013 -- 8:00am email reminder
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!
- KQED Plus: Sat, Jun 29, 2013 -- 5:30pm email reminder
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.
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.
- KQED Plus: Sat, Jul 6, 2013 -- 5:30pm email reminder
Germany's Holiday Markets (#202H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Travelscope celebrates the season with Joseph's explorations through Northern Germany's Christmas markets where there's more than baubles and trinkets to the joy of Christmas.
Naturally Los Angeles (#203H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
While most visitors head for Hollywood or Rodeo Drive, Joseph introduces viewers to some of Los Angeles' little-known treasures from hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains and wine tasting in Malibu to the Venice Beach drum circle - a weekly celebration of the city's diversity.
Taiwan - City and Culture (#204H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Travelscope searches for the heart and soul of Taiwan among the attractions of its capital, Taipei, and through his experiences with the country's remaining ethnic minority people.
Taiwan - The Natural Side (#205H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Joseph continues his Taiwan discoveries when he explores the country's natural pleasures in its national parks and beautiful Taroko Gorge - Taiwan's own "Grand" canyon.
- KQED Life: Thu, Jul 11, 2013 -- 10:00am email reminder
Ottawa, Canada (#206H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Travelscope celebrates Canada and the Canadians in the nation's capital. Joseph canoes beneath Parliament Hill, survives the War Museum and samples the cuisine at Cordon Bleu - the world's most prestigious culinary training ground.
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.
- KQED Plus: Sat, Jul 13, 2013 -- 5:30pm email reminder
Valencia, Spain (#207H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Travelscope goes to sunny Valencia to rub shoulders with the locals at their cafes, pubs and local markets. Joseph visits the city's textile and ceramic artisans and gets the inside story on Las Fallas - Valencia's yearly fiery celebration.
South Africa (#208H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Joseph heads out on safari at the Shamwari Wildlife Preserve then visits the town of Alicedale - where people power is thriving. Along the way he visits a Capetown area winery for some rest, relaxation and wine tasting.
New Brunswick (#209H) Duration: 26:48 STEREO TVG
Joseph travels along the Miramichi River Route in New Brunswick, Canada in search of spring salmon and fishing tales. At a rustic river lodge he samples local cuisine and in nearby Doaktown explores the Miramichi's fishing and lumber history.
Thailand - Bangkok and the River Kwai (#210H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Joseph begins his Thailand adventure in its bustling capital, Bangkok, with visit to markets, palaces and temples and then heads out of town to camps on the River Kwai in order to walk through Hellfire Pass and ride the Death Railway.
- KQED Life: Thu, Jul 18, 2013 -- 10:00am email reminder
Thailand - Islands and Festivals (#211H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Joseph continues his Thai journey by taking a break on the island paradise of Ko Samui before heading north to Chiang Mai for the annual Loy Krathong festival where fireworks and 5,000 floating paper lanterns are part of the celebration.
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.
- KQED Plus: Sat, Jul 20, 2013 -- 5:30pm email reminder
Zambia Bush Adventure (#212H) Duration: 26:48 STEREO TVG
Joseph flies into the bush for astonishing wildlife and cultural encounters with the animals and people of Zambia's Luangwa Valley.
Zambia River Adventure (#213H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Joseph "roughs it" in a swank safari camp on the shore of the great Zambezi river within ear shot of hippos and elephants and then heads south to stand on historic Livingstone Island at the edge of thundering Victoria Falls.
Fiji - Island Hopping (#301H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Travelscope goes island hopping. From the romantic private island of Matangi to the pristine waters of Jean-Michel Cousteau's resort, Joseph snorkels through amazing coral reefs and shares a kava ceremony with a local chief.
- KQED Life: Wed, Jul 24, 2013 -- 10:00am email reminder
Alberta, Canada - The Canadian Rockies (#302H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
From the streets of the quaint mountain village of Banff to the chateau and tea houses of Lake Louise and the lakes and rivers of Jasper National Park, Joseph introduces viewers to the amazing province that Albertans call home.
- KQED Life: Thu, Jul 25, 2013 -- 10:00am email reminder
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.
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.
- KQED Plus: Sat, Jul 27, 2013 -- 5:30pm email reminder
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.
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