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.
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 10, 2015 -- 5:00am
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.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
Ontario, Canada's Niagara Peninsula - Toronto And Beyond (#610H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
On his visit to the Canadian province of Ontario, Joseph sets out to prove there's more to the Niagara Peninsula region than world-famous Niagara Falls. To prove his point, he begins his wandering in Toronto, Canada's largest and most cosmopolitan city. He finds that besides being a cultural Mecca for art, theater, film, music, fine dining, as well as one of the greenest cities in North America, it is one of the world's most multicultural cities. Italian, Irish, Indian, Greek, Chinese, Vietnamese -- the ethnic diversity matches the seemingly never-ending list of world-class attractions and activities. From gentle bicycling along Lake Ontario's shore to kayaking to the Toronto Islands or hanging 116 stories above the ground from the edge of the CN Tower, Joseph finds out there's never a dull moment in this young, vibrant and ever-evolving town. And, if that isn't enough, a day excursion to the Niagara Peninsula wine region and the quaint town of Niagara-On-The-Lake keeps Joseph sippin', nibblin', pickin' and hoppin' through the more than 60 wineries that have sprouted up in one of Canada's most scenic regions, at one time described by Winston Churchill as, "the prettiest Sunday drive in North America." During this episode Joseph and his viewers are truly on a movable feast for all the senses.
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.
Northwest Ontario - Lake Superior and Beyond (#809H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Joseph takes off for Northwest Ontario, a region distinguished by Canada's great outdoors. On the 300-mile drive along the Trans-Canada Highway from Thunder Bay, on Northwest Ontario's eastern edge, to Kenora, near its Western border with Manitoba, the granite outcroppings of the Canadian Shield are revealed and the boreal forest covers the landscape. And there's water, water everywhere. Within its 204,000 square miles there are just 250,000 people, yet there are 5,000 wilderness camps and lodges and 150,000 fishable lakes. Joseph engages in fishing, hiking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, sailing - if it can be done outside then Joseph's doing it. In addition, he discovers that the Northwest is in the middle of transforming itself from a region devoted to using up the environment to one that celebrates it - in new parks and conversation areas, farmers markets, downtown preservations and an emerging culinary scene. It's a turn for the better for the people who live here and Joseph finds a wealth of opportunities for those who visit.
Cruising The Mediterranean (#611H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Joseph climbs aboard the Regent Seven Seas Mariner for a Mediterranean cruise adventure. Onboard he joins other Public Television and NPR journalists on a PTV at Sea cruise experience -- meeting, greeting and speaking with his Public Television viewers. Onshore he sets out on a journey of discovery and captures the enduring beauty that is Venice, the history of Croatia, the multi-culturalism of Malta and the heart and soul of Sicily and Tuscany. Along the way he visits medieval towns, bustling markets, regional restaurants and local wineries where he expects and finds the unexpected.
Thousand Islands - A Canadian Bi-National Adventure (#810H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
There are so many beautiful islands in the bi-national Thousand Islands that its name could easily be Two Thousand and More Islands. Each has its particular charm and the Thousand Islands have long captured the heart and soul of those in search of an escape to a place of beauty and tranquility. On this Canadian adventure Joseph goes in search of the gentile pleasures that are synonymous with the islands - a place rich in natural wonders, historic sites and island traditions. There are many for him to choose from - cozy farmers markets, millionaire castles, kayak excursions, UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, family farms and fine restaurants. While the Thousand Islands was and still is the stomping ground of the rich and famous, the spirit of this place is neighborly and down-to-earth. On his travels Joseph discovers that the real treasures of the Thousand Islands are all the people that you'll meet - they're good-natured, independent, yet close knit and connected to this land. They have a spirit of adventure. Some have been here for generations; others just came for a visit and stayed for a lifetime. And their love of this place is real and infectious - it doesn't take long to catch it.
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.
Passage Through Chile's Tierra Del Fuego Around Cape Horn (#613H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
The spirit of Magellan, the worldwide traveler, is alive and well as Joseph circumnavigates the tip of South America on an expedition passenger ship. He sails through Tierra del Fuego and around Cape Horn on Travelscope's latest Chilean adventure. As the ship follows Darwin's watery trail, he travels into the Beagle Channel and through "Glaciers Avenue" where the majestic Spain, Romanche, Germany, Italy, France and Holland glaciers seem close enough to touch. Along the way he encounters Elephant Seals, Magellanic Penguins and sea birds aplenty. A highlight of the show is a stop on Isla Del Horno - Horn Island - where Joseph stands at the end of the Americas and visits the memorial to the ancient mariners who lost their lives attempting to make the Cape Horn passage.