Joseph Rosendo's Travelscope
- Travelscope changed the series title to Joseph Rosendo's Travelscope after the fifth season.
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This series scales new heights of adventure, natural splendor and cultural richness. Whether it's places close-to-home or far flung adventures, Joseph is forever on the hunt for the unusual, the inspirational and the authentic.
Bhutan - Part 2 - Land of the Thunder Dragon (#710H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Joseph's Bhutan adventure continues as he heads east over 14,000 foot mountain passes to the Phobjikha Valley to witness the graceful antics of the rare and endangered Black-Necked Crane. While the cranes are breathtaking in their elegance and beauty, his overnight stay in a local guest house and unexpected invitation to join villagers constructing their neighbors' adobe home proves most heart-warming and inspirational. He travels to Bumthang, the spiritual heart of Central Bhutan, where he traverses a challenging road to the annual Ngang Lhankhang "Swan Monastery" festival. Music, dancing, singing, chanting, gambling, archery - the festival offers the "middle path" between spiritual and secular activities and Joseph joys in them all. After two weeks of journeying through the wildness and magnificence of the Bhutan Himalayas he comes to realize that it is the Bhutanese smiles, easy laughter, fearlessness and willingness to share their lives that is the defining character of the people.
Zermatt, Switzerland - Under the Shadow of the Matterhorn (#705H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Joseph heads to Zermatt to capture Switzerland's natural majesty at the foot of the country's most iconic mountain - the Matterhorn. With the glorious monolith ever in view, he hikes, climbs, rides and skis along an alpine landscape that takes the breath away and captures the imagination. His travels allow him to join in the yearly Folk Festival which features a parade through car-free Zermatt with 50 different folklore groups, as well as performances by more than 1,200 dancers, yodelers and musicians. During his stay he discovers that the Matterhorn's towering presence is only equaled by the heights Zermatters go to to make sure your visit is a memorable one.
- KQED Life: Tue, Sep 8, 2015 -- 10:00am Remind me
A San Antonio Christmas (#711H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
San Antonio is a festival town and Christmas is a most festive time of year. Joseph joins the locals and visitors to celebrate the season along San Antonio's famous river walk surrounded by songs, decorations and plenty of holiday cheer. Yet San Antonio is more than the River Walk, and Christmas in San Antonio means more than twinkling lights. In San Antonio, faith is real and "Feliz Navidad" is heard more often than "Merry Christmas." So, Joseph explores the city's spiritual roots at festive events like Mission San Jose's Mirachi Mass, as well as Christmas and Chanukah events held at the historic La Villita in the Arneson River Theater. The real meaning of Christmas is most evident when he gathers with San Antonio families in their homes to honor their heritage and practice their customs in traditional ceremonies such as the Tamalada - holiday tamale making - and in the city's San Fernando Cathedral at the midnight Serenada for the Virgin of Guadalupe.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada - Bonjour, Montreal (#706H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
"Bonjour" means good day in French and it is always a good day in the French speaking Canadian province of Quebec, especially in the lively cosmopolitan city of Montreal. By taking to Montreal's streets, neighborhoods, natural places and waterways, Joseph discovers that joie du vivre is not just a French phrase; it's a way of life in Montreal. And summer is the time for celebrating. From music and dance to fireworks and circus acts, festivals abound! In addition, to the official celebrations every one of the scores of cultural neighborhoods throws a party! Extraordinary markets, majestic cathedrals, trendy cafes, the Latin quarter, a 70's era drum circle, activities on the St. Lawrence and warm fun-loving people all add up to a joyful time in Montreal.
- KQED Life: Wed, Sep 9, 2015 -- 10:00am Remind me
Tokyo, Japan - Celebrating The Past and Present (#707H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Like every other first time visitor, Tokyo's idiosyncratic pop culture, flashy neon-lights, garish billboards and hoards of people threaten to overwhelm Joseph's sensibilities, yet it doesn't take long for this episode to find its cultural center. Ancient temples, revered practices, natural beauty and graceful personal exchanges take the lead as this episode unfolds. On his Tokyo journey Joseph learns that while the glitz and glamor of modern Tokyo excites the senses, the heart and soul of the Japanese is found in their ancient customs and honored traditions.
- KQED Life: Thu, Sep 10, 2015 -- 10:00am Remind me
Hong Kong - Asia's World City (#602H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Long known as a commercial center, Hong Kong has become much more than a shopper's paradise. It is a multi-cultural, multi-faceted city with a world of attractions. On his Hong Kong adventure, Joseph takes in the luxury hotels, designer shops and Michelin-star restaurants of Asia's World City, but also explores its local neighborhoods, colorful markets, places of natural beauty and meets the people who retain their connections to their customs and traditions. He discovers that while Hong Kong is a vibrant international town, it is the people and their cultural heritage that keeps him coming back for more.
The Bonin/Ogasawara Islands - A Land Far, Far Away (#708H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
On the Bonin or Ogasawara Islands Joseph is reminded that travel is a treasure hunt. Even though one is told where the riches are buried, the real gems have to be discovered on their own. On this voyage to Tokyo's most distant possessions - more than 600 miles and 25 hours by ferry from the mainland - Joseph partakes of kayaking, snorkeling, trekking and whale watching. Yet, in spite of all the activities, he discovers that interactions with the islanders and what one learns by exploring their heritage are the most cherished souvenirs. His personal discoveries among the islanders, whose roots lie in an American past, open up a world still shrouded in mystery and little-known to the casual day tripper.
- KQED Life: Fri, Sep 11, 2015 -- 10:00am Remind me
Taiwan - Iron Pathways to Adventure - Part 1 (#801H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Joseph embarks on his fourth visit to Taiwan and his sixth episode in the country. Using Taiwan's extensive train system he rides the rails in search of treasures at the ends of the lines. He discovers that Taiwan's rail system is indeed a pathway to adventures that never cease to entertain, educate and enchant. On his journey, Taiwan's natural beauty, cultural richness, colorful history and creative spirit are revealed. It also becomes clear that it doesn't matter how one gets around the island, what matters is what you find. And there is no end to the surprising, enlightening, exhilarating and heart-warming experiences that can be had on what the Portuguese discoverers called Ilha Formosa - this beautiful Isle.
Taiwan Lantern Festival (#712H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Joseph, a winner of the 2013 Taiwan Tourism Festival Awards, deepens his understanding of Taiwan and its people by criss-crossing the island during the Taiwan Lantern Festival. A celebration of light, culture and tradition, the festival is a Chinese holiday more than 2, 000 years old. Joseph discovers that while the Taiwan Lantern Festival has its electric side, it also values the human touch. While the festival showcases the country's modern, technological side, it also honors its historic customs and traditions. Joseph explores these cultural connections at the national display of lanterns in Hsinshu, in historic temples and at street-side puppet shows, by enjoying traditional foods and, in the mountain district of Pingshi, by joining in the poignant release of thousands of sky lanterns which carry the wishes and dreams of locals and visitors heavenward.
Bhutan - Part 1 - Gross National Happiness (#709H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Travel is a life-changing experience, though often these changes come when least expected. Joseph heads to the Kingdom of Bhutan, a devout Buddhist country, fully aware of the possibilities for enlightenment that Bhutan offers him and his viewers. His trip through the "Land of the Thunder Dragon" begins in Paro with a conversation with an esteemed Buddhist master and an invitation to watch a local thangka (spiritual art) artist at work. From there he travels to the Bhutan capital of Thimphu where he is confronted by the modern pressures that ancient Bhutan faces as it strives to preserve and promote its cultural heritage, pristine environment and the "Gross National Happiness" of its people. In dzongs and monasteries, in shops and schools, in valleys and on mountaintops, every experience becomes a journey of discovery. And in a country where the traveler is surrounded by prayer - prayer flags, prayer wheels, prayer walls, sacred memorials and historic monasteries - every encounter is a blessing.
- KQED Life: Tue, Sep 15, 2015 -- 10:00am Remind me
La Joie De Vivre In Quebec City, Canada (#713H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Joseph heads to Quebec City, the only walled city north of Mexico, for a lively cultural adventure among the French-speaking Quebecois. The city offers so many attractions that it's hard for Joseph to squeeze them all in. Yet, half the pleasure is in the trying as Joseph strolls the village's atmospheric streets, joins into the colorful night life, samples world-famous cuisine, savors the area's natural beauty and generally celebrates La joie de vivre - the joy of living -- with the largest Francophone population outside of France. Vive les Quebecois! Vive la Ville de Quebec!
Taiwan - Iron Pathways to Adventure - Part 2 (#802H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Joseph continues his Taiwan Rail Adventure. As he rides the rail system he finds natural and cultural adventures that entertain, educate and enchant the traveler. Along with Taiwan's natural beauty, cultural richness and colorful history, Joseph learns that rather than demolish the old, the Taiwanese are repurposing outdated train stations, rail lines and the remnants of industries the rails once supported in order to serve Taiwan's ever-growing and changing population in new ways. It only goes to prove that there is, indeed, no end to the surprising, enlightening, exhilarating and heart-warming experiences that can be had when visiting this beautiful island nation.
Southern Ethiopia - Tribal Lands and Primeval People (#604H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Joseph's adventure begins along the shores of Lake Abaya and Chamo, two of the lakes of the 2,400 mile Rift Valley where modern man is said to have originated. After becoming acquainted with the lakes' fishermen, birds, crocodiles and hippos, he soldiers on across dry, wide stretches of savannah and forests that hug the river beds into the Lower Omo Valley. During his stay in the valley he has close encounters with the Konso, Hamer and Mursi people, mostly nomadic tribal people who still live untouched by modern inventions and amenities. In the towns, markets and tribal camps he meets the people and shares in their ancient customs and ceremonies. Although not without its challenges, this Travelscope adventure offers an unforgettable look at prehistoric cultures in transition.
Uncovering South Korea (#803H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
On Joseph's first visit to Korea, he discovers that while the capital city of Seoul's modern skyline and prosperity are impressive, it's Korea's extraordinary history, traditions and customs that are the cornerstones of its culture. During his South Korea adventure he finds ancient treasures, surprising natural beauty, exciting foods, spiritual experiences and heart-warming welcomes. From Seoul's five royal palaces, traditional markets, hip shopping malls and avenues to the city's many Buddhist temples and historic neighborhoods, wherever he goes and whatever he does something fascinating awaits. In addition, his excursion from the capital to the Korean Demilitarized Zone illustrates the Korean's ability of rising from the ashes time and time again and their knack for making miracles.
Northern Ethiopia - Ancient History and Spiritual Present (#605H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Joseph travels to Northern Ethiopia to uncover its ancient history and discover its spiritual present thorough cultural adventures, myths and legends. His path takes him from the monasteries of Lake Tana, the largest lake in Ethiopia, to the castles of King Fasiladas in Gondar, to the stelaes of Axum and the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. There are World Heritage sites and surprises galore as Joseph traces the lineage of Ethiopia's kings back to the days of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. In the ancient town of Axum he stands at the threshold of the chapel where Ethiopians believe the Ark of Covenant is housed. In Lalibela he prays with a pilgrim before visiting a local school that is being supported by children in the United States.
San Francisco's Changing Neighborhoods (#804H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
San Francisco is a city of neighborhoods and within its seven-by- seven mile boundary it seems every patch of ground has a name. In this episode Joseph explores six of the city's famous, little-known and changing neighborhoods in search of what distinguishes them from the rest and makes them must-visit San Fran attractions. He learns that each has a unique history and iconic attractions, shops and restaurants that add their special zest to the San Fran mix. He finds neighborhoods where people in the mist of change are working together to not destroy what they have, but make their neighborhood more what it is. The song says, "I left my heart in San Francisco" and the city has more than 800,000 residents and millions and millions of visitors who have left at least a piece of theirs here - and Joseph discovers that he is one of them.
Land without Limits - The Cariboo-Chilcotin-Coast Region of British Columbia, Canada (#606H) Duration: 26:48 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
It may seem hard to say, but this little known region of British Columbia, Canada offers travelers a world of adventures. "Land Without Limits" is the areas' slogan, and, in this case, it's right on target. From the ocean to the mountains, Joseph crosses the region having experiences that range from smoking salmon with the First Nations Nuxalk people, fishing for prawns with local fisherman, hiking through the wilderness to Canada's third highest waterfall and stepping back in time at the roaring gold rush town of Barkerville. Throughout the journey Joseph comes face to face with the region's expansive, remote beauty and wildlife that includes hundreds of species of birds, Grizzly and Black Bears, as well as a mother moose and her calf. It's an adventure without limits that is close to home.
The Many Faces of Los Cabos, Mexico (#701H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Los Cabos is actually two resorts: Cabo San Lucas, at the tip of the Baja California peninsula, and San Jose del Cabo, 23 miles north along the coast. Joseph covers both and the sea that binds them - the Sea of Cortez - on his Los Cabos, Mexico adventure. Activities include whale watching and seaside dining, hiking through the desert to hidden waterfalls and swimming with dolphins. Besides taking part in the fun-and-sun experiences like fishing and snorkeling, he also heads out to the Baja Peninsula's outback and meets ex-pat farmers and artists living off the grid. During this episode Joseph proves that there's more to Los Cabos than just a place "Where the Land Ends and the Party Begins."
Sechselauten - Switzerland's Spring Festival (#607H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
We find out what Sechselauten really means when we join Joseph on his springtime visit to Zurich, Switzerland. Considered a dry, formal, business town, Zurich casts off the stereotypes and its residents slough off their inhibitions when they welcome spring in celebration with the town's historic medieval trade unions. On parade day Joseph dons a baker's cap and joins the Bakers Guild for a romp through the streets of Zurich to the square where the Bogg (snowman) who, in observation of the end of winter, loses his head in a burst of firecrackers. Once he is engulfed in flames winter is banished and the citizens of Zurich use the glowing embers of his pyre to roast sausages, along with quaffing local wine and partying well into the night.
Adventures In California's Tri-Valley (#805H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
In the spirit of adventure, Joseph sets out on a California exploration through the state's Tri-Valley region. In his visit to the Amador, Livermore and San Ramon valleys he learns that while searching the world over for the exotic, often we miss the exciting, surprising and pleasurable experiences that await close to home. In the Tri-Valley cities of Pleasanton, Livermore, San Ramon and Dublin and the town of Danville, Joseph discovers a slew of little-known attractions that include a thriving wine region, historic towns, a diverse culinary scene and art, music and cultural festivals. And what is most impressive, is that although just 33 miles from San Francisco, California's Tri-Valley region continues to honor its historic roots, which date back centuries, while it enthusiastically celebrates its new communities. By the end of his visit Joseph has a better understanding of the Tri-Valley motto, "Tri It, You'll Love it! "
Dreamin' California's Coast - Malibu to Big (#608H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Joseph and Julie are California Dreamin' as they celebrate their anniversary along the state's romantic coast. They join up with a California Luxury Tour which begins in Southern California in their hometown of Topanga and travels to the nearby Getty Villa where they partake of the glory that was Greece and Rome. From there they follow the winding coast to Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo County and then northward to the edge of the Big Sur. Highlights of their adventure include wine tasting in the sampling rooms of some of Malibu's little-known, but star-studded wineries, visiting Santa Barbara's famous mission, horseback riding on the Pismo dunes, soaking their bones at Sycamore Hot Springs and strolling the peddle-strewn beaches of Cambria. California Dreamin' takes on new meaning when they imagine life among splendor that is Hearst Castle in San Simeon - where the rich and famous once played at being common folk. The sun dramatically sets on their adventure at the world-famous Point Dume State Beach in Malibu.
Hong Kong - A City of Festivals (#702H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Hong Kong may be Asia's World City, yet its people still cherish their tradition and the richness it brings their lives. In this new Hong Kong episode, Joseph returns for the annual Dragon Boat Festival. He discovers the festival is more than a race as it honors the integrity and devotion of poet, Qu Yuan, who sacrificed himself rather than live in a corrupt world. As part of the cultural celebration he makes traditional rice dumpling, learns the myths behind the dragon boat legend and design and speaks with participants in the local races on Lamma Island. On Cheung Chau, one of Hong Kong's 263 islands, he greets the early morning fishing boats, witnesses the islander's art of fish ball making, climbs through a UNESCO reserve and relaxes on the beach. During his Hong Kong stay, the 15th anniversary of the British handover of Hong Kong to China is also celebrated in a spectacular, unforgettable explosion of pyrotechnics.
Surprising Toronto (#806H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Toronto is a city of neighborhoods and, like Toronto; they are ever becoming more themselves. In his exploration of Toronto and its ever-emerging neighborhoods Joseph discovers that change can mean repurposing old buildings, welcoming new businesses, and building new facilities and infrastructure. Yet, at the core of all the city's changes he finds cultural connections which prove that Toronto and its neighborhoods are firmly rooted in their historic, natural and multi-cultural roots. It's what makes visiting Toronto like seeing an old friend as well as meeting a new one for the first time.
Ontario's Central Counties - Multi-Cultural Adventures (#807H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Ontario's Central Counties offers a mosaic of historic gristmill villages, verdant farmlands and towns that thrive because of their multi-cultural population. During his Central Counties explorations Joseph cycles through the rich Durham farmlands on an agri-tourism adventure that includes fruit wine tasting and a visit to Tyrone Mill, one of only two operating mills in Ontario. In the York region he steps back in time at the Black Creek Pioneer Village for a taste of what life was like in the early days of Canada and fast forwards into the present at the Taste of Asia Festival in Markham. The Hills of Headwaters area features wilderness parks as well as horse stables, vineyards and luxury resorts. It's here where surprisingly Joseph visits a three-generation farm and learns about the people that manage Ontario's Central Counties agricultural riches. Joseph also attends Canada Day, where Canadians celebrate their confederation, and poses the question, "What is a Canadian?"
San Miguel De Allende, Celebrating in the Heart Of Mexico (#609H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Joseph makes his way to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for the annual Fiesta de San Miguel, a celebration in honor of its patron saint. While taking part in miles of processions, enjoying the world's greatest fireworks display and dancing the night away accompanied by the music of dozens of local bands, he takes time to acquaint himself with the history and beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage colonial city which is famous for its artistic soul. During his stay he models for the artists at the famous Instituto Allende, soaks in the mystical Mayan Baths, steams with a shaman in a sweat lodge, sails across the city in a hot air balloon and parties with the best of them in El Jardin, San Miguel de Allende's main plaza. To top off his stay, he meets Chef Felipe of the Casa de Sierra Nevada, one of the town's top chefs, in the main market to pick up the fixings for his one-on-one cooking class featuring local cuisine. Vive Mexico!
Nicaragua - Culturally Rich and Naturally Beautiful (#703H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Joseph visits Nicaragua and discovers the untouched beauty of the land and a population ready to embrace travelers. In spite of a history of trials and tribulation, today Nicaraguans are a people filled with good cheer and gifted with open hearts. Long overlooked by tourists, the country has preserved what is a treasure chest full of surprising attractions. While Nicaragua owes its cultural vitality to its Spanish roots, its natural gems are ageless. From volcanic landscape to teeming rivers and untrammeled rainforests, the program reveals a country that is a traveler's dream. Grenada is a colonial gem, Masaya a city of artisans, the Rio San Juan an avenue to adventure and the 640,000 acre Rio Maiz National Park a world treasure. Joseph touches on Nicaragua's troubled past, celebrates its free spirit and marvels at its unspoiled nature and abundant wildlife.
Sault Saint Marie, Canada (#808H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
A Fall Journey Through Algoma Country - Joseph heads to Sault Saint Marie, the historic site of the first battle of the War of 1812, and rides the Algoma Railway north through the Agawa Canyon along the path of Canada's famed Group of Seven artists into the heart of Algoma Country. It's an excellent time to harken to the call of history as well as follow the lure of nature. With a world of spectacular natural experiences to compare to, Joseph discovers none of them surpass the glory of being in Sault St. Marie and Algoma Country in the fall - where even the evergreens turn color. While not all of life's blessings are obvious, it's hard to miss the message and sweet, simple gift of a leaf going through its transitions. In wilderness camps, Joseph encounters some of the denizens of the woodlands - black bears, bald eagles, loons, Canadian geese and more. Back in the Sault, its citified pleasures shine in unique museums, provincial parks, fly-fishing on the river and climbing to the top of the international bridge. During this trip Joseph is reminded that life is an invitation to live and you never know where you'll find the adventure.
- KQED Life: Sat, Oct 31, 2015 -- 2:30pm Remind me