Thursday, August 21, 2014
Around The World - Pacific Journeys: Tonga to New Caledonia
Zay's island-hopping escapades take him now to the independent Kingdom of Tonga and then on to multi-cultural Fiji, once home to cannibals and Indian plantation workers that were brought to the islands to harvest sugar cane. In Norfolk Island, we learn about its convict past while the hills of New Caledonia make a perfect setting for an island trek to the country's native inhabitants. Zay ends his journey in Noumea, where the Kanak people's culture is celebrated at the Tibijao Cultural Center, an architectural marvel that combines ancient knowledge with modern techniques.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Globe Trekker Special: Planet of the Apes
Our Trekkers visit the last strongholds of many rare and sometimes endangered species of primates. Justine heads to Thailand in search of the White-Handed Gibbon. Holly, Ian and Megan get up close and personal with the orangutan in Borneo and Sumatra, the chimpanzee in Tanzania and Zambia and the Mountain Gorilla in the remote mountains of Uganda. Ian glimpses the elusive Golden Bamboo Lemur on Madagascar, Eils Nevitt discovers the Black-Crowned Dwarf Marmoset - at six inches high, the world's second-smallest monkey - in the Amazon jungle, and Zay encounters two enormous and extremely rare apes in Africa: the Drill in Cameroon and the Mandrill, known as the world's largest monkey, in Gabon.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Globe Trekker Food Hour: Spice Trails
Merrilees Parker, Padma Lakshmi, Tyler Florence and Peter Gordon travel the world to see how control of the spice trails has made great cities and destroyed ancient civilizations. Our guides travel from the Molucca Islands of Indonesia, the original home of cloves and nutmeg, to the Indian province of Kerala, with its native pepper and cardamom. Leaving behind Sri Lanka's sublime cinnamon, they cross the oceans on Arab dhows, Chinese treasure junks and Portuguese caravels, in search of the world's flavor. Other stops along the trail include Venice, Beirut, Cairo, China, Spain and the Caribbean. Viewers will discover the secret spice blends that define the great cuisines of the world, including Jamaican jerk seasoning, Indian garam masala, Chinese 5-spice powder and Middle Eastern harissa.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Barcelona City Guide
When you think of Barcelona, you think of the architect Gaud??, and Megan visits some of his most famous creations, including El Park Guell, Casa BatllO and the spectacular basilica, Sagrada Familia, still under construction more than 120 years after the first brick was laid. Megan also takes in the works of artists Picasso and MirO, enjoys the colorful atmosphere of Las Ramblas, shops at the Barr?? Gotic, explores the mysterious magic shop known as El Rey de La Magia and takes day trips to Cadaques (home of Salvador Dal??) and Sitges, known as a favorite destination for gays from all over Europe.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Indonesia: Java & Sumatra
Megan explores two of the 11,000 islands in the Indonesian archipelago. Starting in Jakarta, she learns about shadow puppets, Java's most famous art form, and visits the old Dutch trading schooners. From there she climbs the famous Krakatoa volcano and goes diving in the waters nearby. After visiting the world-famous Boroubudur Temple, Megan travels to Sumatra, learning the ancient art of batik from the people who invented it. She visits the island of Nias, home to ancient Stone-Age culture and some of the best surfing in the world. She ends her trip in the orangutan preserve of Gunung Lenser Park.