Joseph Rosendo's Travelscope
- Travelscope changed the series title to Joseph Rosendo's Travelscope after the fifth season.
- See broadcast listings for Travelscope on KQED.
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 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.
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: Tue, May 24, 2016 -- 10:00am
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.
- KQED Life: Tue, May 24, 2016 -- 11:00pm
- KQED Life: Wed, May 25, 2016 -- 5:00am
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.
- KQED Life: Wed, May 25, 2016 -- 10:00am
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.
- KQED Life: Thu, May 26, 2016 -- 10:00am Remind me
Northeast Ontario - Canada's Canoe Culture and First Nations People (#811H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Joseph visits Northeast Ontario, Canada, a vast land of trees, water and rock that has served many. It has been home to aboriginal people for more than 10,000 years. To illustrate the aboriginal people's connection, on Manitoulin Island Joseph joins his First Nations guides at a pow wow, on a hike along the Niagara Escarpment, in handcrafting a drum and at an aboriginal feast. He also visits a Roman Catholic church which endeavors to be a gathering place for native and non-native alike by incorporating the symbols, traditions and beliefs of both. On the historic French River he learns that to the French fur traders, voyageurs, its lakes and rivers were highways to prosperity - and to outdoor enthusiasts a never-ending source of pleasure. In the region's largest town, Sudbury, it's clear that to the lumber and mining industries the surrounding trees and rocks are a resource of wealth and riches. With the French River as a magnificent backdrop Joseph meets artists to whom the natural scenery is an inspiration and who capture its dramatic landscape to showcase Canada's natural beauty. Finally, Joseph's journey of discovery reveals that the historic interactions and modern day partnerships formed here between diverse interests speak of a spirit of cooperation that distinguishes Canada. Theirs is indeed a "Canoe Culture" where each respects the talents of the other and strives to pull together for the common good.
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.
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: Tue, May 31, 2016 -- 10:00am Remind me
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?"
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: Wed, Jun 1, 2016 -- 10:00am Remind me
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: Thu, Jun 2, 2016 -- 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: Tue, Jun 7, 2016 -- 10:00am Remind me
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.
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.
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.
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.
San Antonio's Fiesta - Ole! (#812H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Joseph and Julie travel to San Antonio, their favorite Texas town, for eleven days of parades, music, food, dance and celebration. During their stay they share their individual and mutual San Antonio stories. With more than 100 events and three million people attending, Fiesta is San Antonio's biggest party. Yet, it's a party with a purpose. Fiesta honors history, customs and traditions and is, above all, a celebration of community. Fiesta events benefit more than 100 non-profit organizations, which in turn aid San Antonians of every sex, age, race, creed and heritage. Viva Fiesta!
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!
- KQED Life: Tue, Jun 21, 2016 -- 10:00am Remind me
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.
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.
- KQED Life: Wed, Jun 22, 2016 -- 10:00am Remind me
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.
- KQED Life: Thu, Jun 23, 2016 -- 10:00am Remind me
Following the reformation Trail in Switzerland and Germany - Part 1 (#813H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Joseph follows in the path of the reformers as he travels through Switzerland and Germany and commemorates the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. "Out of love and concern for the truth and with the object of eliciting it..." So begins Martin Luther's 95 theses hung on the door of Wittenberg's Castle Church on October 31, 1517. Thanks to the printing press, within two months his 95 Theses spread throughout Europe where they found fertile ground in Switzerland in Zurich priest Ulrich Zwingli and elsewhere and grew into the Protestant Reformation, which would shape the western world's religious and cultural future. Join Joseph as he follows this historical trail.
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.
- KQED Life: Tue, Jun 28, 2016 -- 10:00am Remind me
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.
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.
- KQED Life: Wed, Jun 29, 2016 -- 10:00am Remind me
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! "
- KQED Life: Thu, Jun 30, 2016 -- 10:00am Remind me