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. Host Joseph Rosendo journeys from the California coast to the islands of Hong Kong and to Chile's Tierra del Fuego. Along the way, he encounters the heights of natural beauty in the Cariboo-Chilcotin Coast region of British Columbia, celebrates Christmas in Switzerland and circumnavigates the tip of South America. The TravelScope series' hallmark remains the rich cultural interchanges between Joseph and the local population. He joins the parade of medieval guilds during Zurich's spring festival, shares devotions with a holy man in a rock-hewn church in Lalibela, Ethiopia and explores the mysteries behind the stone figures on Easter Island.
Berlin and Western Poland - Over The Borderline (#704H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
In a show that begins in Berlin and ends in Poznan, where the Polish state began, Joseph travels in the German-Polish border region and is captivated by the beautiful structures, historic traditions and respected customs. He is also aware of what time and events have stolen. In Berlin the story unfolds as Joseph takes a Trabi car tour of the city and pauses at Checkpoint Charlie. At the East Side Gallery, where the Wall still stands, he stops to honor the Wall's victims at the Wall Memorial. For a ride on the natural side he bikes to the nearby royal town of Potsdam, site of the famous conference, where in the Dutch Quarter he slows down to enjoy Gemutlichkeit, the good life. His journey across the borderline in Poland brings him to town after town, where the ever shifting Polish/German nationalities spotlight Polish national pride and epic perseverance. He enjoys the rural countryside in a mosaic of activities from river boating in Wroclaw, riding in a steam locomotive in Wolsztyn and celebrating ceramic making in Boleslawiec. As he tours through this resurrected and revitalized region, he is reminded of the resilience of human beings and their ability to, Phoenix-like, rise from their ashes again and again.
- KQED Life: Thu, Oct 23, 2014 -- 10:00am
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: Fri, Oct 24, 2014 -- 10:00am
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.
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.
- KQED 9: Sat, Oct 25, 2014 -- 8:00am email reminder
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."
- KQED Life: Sat, Oct 25, 2014 -- 2:30pm email reminder
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.
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: Tue, Oct 28, 2014 -- 10:00am email reminder
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: Wed, Oct 29, 2014 -- 10:00am email reminder
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: Thu, Oct 30, 2014 -- 10:00am email reminder
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.
- KQED Life: Fri, Oct 31, 2014 -- 10:00am email reminder
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.
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.
- KQED 9: Sat, Nov 1, 2014 -- 8:00am email reminder
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!
San Miguel De Allende, Celebrating in the Heart Of Mexico (#609H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
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!
- KQED 9: Sat, Nov 8, 2014 -- 8:00am email reminder
Easter Island - Mysteries & Myths (#601H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Joseph travels to the most remote inhabited place on earth during his Easter Island adventure. Located more than two thousand miles from the coast of Chile, Rapa Nui (the island's native name) offers a world of mysteries that have remained unanswered for centuries. Questions abound surrounding the origins of the Rapa Nui culture, their enormous carved stone moai and the cause of the Rapa Nui people's ecological and natural disasters. Although one question invariably leads to another, Joseph attempts to explain what often eludes explanation while he spotlights the amazing journey of the Rapa Nui people from the shores of Polynesia more than 1,500 years ago through their glory days and times of turmoil to the vibrant culture that flourishes today.
Hong Kong - Asia's World City (#602H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
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.