Explore the islands of Hong Kong, wildlife safaris, hot air ballooning in Arizona, Mexico’s marvellous beaches, Great Barrier Reef diving, Caribbean cuisine, Guyana’s Rupununi rainforest, Byzantine monasteries in Meteora and temples of Korea. A few of the exotic video experiences in the months ahead. (Photo: Heidelberg Marketing GmbH)
Friesland, a nation of strong and independent people with their own language and culture who salvaged their land from the sea and who played a decisive role in creating the 30 km long barrier dyke that links them to the mainland. Leeuwarden is the capital city and an ideal base for exploring the region on foot or more popularly, by bicycle. We visited the Fries Museum to see the impressive royal collection which includes a magnificent jeweled broach from the Middle Ages and an exhibit on the legendary spy, Mata Hari. Travelling alongside the waterways and into the rural areas we spotted the famous black and white Friesian cows and took time out to enjoy Dutch pancakes. For more information check out Episode 50 in the International category.
Sometimes regarded as Trinidad’s Little Sister, the Island of Tobago is located just off the eastern coast of Venezuela in the southern Caribbean. The island offers a uniquely unspoiled experience with a slow pace of life, beautiful beaches, coral reefs, small fishing villages, a rainforest, and plenty of sun, sand and sea. Tobago’s colourful and tumultuous history includes Amerindian and African heritage, battles for European conquest and visits from ships bearing the skull and crossbones. For more information check out episode #49 in our International category.
We take a spiritual journey south east of Seoul and across the Korean peninsula to discover the old capital city of Gyeongju. From 57 BCE to 935 CE, the area was ruled by the Silla dynasty. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site Gyeongju displays superb archaeological and historical treasures and is often referred to as the “museum without walls”. We feature the Seokguram Grotto and the Bulguksa Temple with its sculpture of the stone Buddha, one of the most highly regarded pieces of Buddhist Art. We were privileged to explore the excavations at the Royal Tumuli, the world’s oldest observatory, and the remains of palaces and exquisite 6th century Buddhist temples. Our final stop was Tongdosa Temple where the real shrines of the Buddha are preserved. For more information check out episode #48 in the International category.
Located in the north of the country, Macedonia is the largest prefecture in Greece. Many tribes and different ethnic groups have passed this way and their culture is reflected in the people who live there today. Using Thessaloniki as our base we explored the region from Xanthi to Kastoria, and from the olive-growing region of Halkidiki to the great archaeological sites of Pella, Vergina and Dion. For more information check out International Features, episode #47.
Although it has several names: “The City of Nostalgia”, “The Paris of Latin America”, and the “Port of our Lady the Virgin Mary of Good Winds”, the capital of Argentina is perhaps best known throughout the world as “Buenos Aires”. Spanish explorers were amongst the first to arrive followed by European immigrants who ultimately gave the City its unique mix of European sophistication, intriguing architecture and a lively culture in which the sultry tango thrives. For more details on the individual stories that we featured on Argentina check out International features episodes #3, 4, 21, and 37-46.
In this introductory feature to our journey across Argentina we give some insight to the history and geography of the country as we travelled from the capital city of Buenos Aires, to the Andes in the north and Ushuaia on Tierra del Fuego in the south. In three weeks we were able to experience eleven of the twenty-three provinces and saw an incredible variety of marine and wildlife, visited a number of archaeological and national heritage sites, and witnessed some of the country’s phenomenal natural wonders. For more details on the individual stories that we featured on Argentina check out International features, episodes #3, 4, 21, and 37-45.
Our travels take us through the heart of the Aconquija Range to one of the sacred valleys of the American continent in search of the ‘Diaguitas’ and the ‘Santa Maria Culture’. At the Parque de los Menhires near Tafi standing stones have been assembled from the many aboriginal dwellings and sacred stone circles that once littered the valley. From Tafi we travel on to the Calchaqui valley where the southernmost pre-Columbian civilization developed and amongst the extraordinary 800 year old archaeological ruins learn the story of the Quilmes tribe that resisted the Spanish Conquistadores. For more information see International Features episode #44.
The existence of the continent of Gondwana is still a hotly debated hypothesis by geologists and in Talampaya in the Province of La Rioja we may have found proof of the supercontinent and the first formations of the Argentine Gondwana. It is one of the wonders of the world and of incalculable scientific value due to the findings of fossil remains of extinct animals. A 225 million year old dinosaur confirmed suspicions that they began as small carnivorous bipeds about the size of a pheasant. In the impressive gorge with cliffs towering 480 feet above us we find evidence of pre-Hispanic man in the 6,000 year old petroglyphs that depict animals, human figures and what may be an ancient calendar. For more information see International Features episode #43.
In 1865, 150 Welsh immigrants escaping from poverty, politics and the prohibition of the Welsh tongue in their schools, sailed into Puerto Madryn in Patagonia. They arrived to find an equally harsh existence with long cold winters and such poor soil they could not farm. Then one of the women settlers devised an irrigation system that changed their lives. Before long they had the best wheat in Argentina. In Gaiman, we meet Marta Rees a descendant of those immigrants and whose family established the first Welsh tearoom in Patagonia. For more information see International Features episode #42.
The land of glaciers is a world of natural beauty comprising 34 glaciers and declared a National Heritage site by UNESCO. El Parque Nacional Los Glaciares covers over 600,000 hectares of eternal snow and ice and has been advancing over the area since the beginning of history. The Perito Moreno Glacier is an imposing river of ice which descends from the continental ice-fields to Canal de los Tempanos. This living glacier is a rarity amongst the glaciers of the world and is slowly advancing at a pace of 100 metres per year. For more information see International Features episode # 41.
Since the mid 1970s, producer/host, Anne Martin, has been bringing stories to life through the medium of television. She thrives on tracking down the unusual and her work has encompassed history, geology, heritage and a positive outlook on the world around us. Read more about Anne Martin.