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tv   The Travel Show  BBC News  March 17, 2019 1:30pm-2:01pm GMT

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this is bbc news. i'm shaun ley. the headlines at two... as the country's prime minister, jacinda ardern, says her thousands of people attend vigils office received a message from the suspected killer minutes across new zealand to remember before the shootings. had it provided details the victims of the mosque attacks — that could have been as the country's prime minister acted on immediately, it would have been. says her office received a message but there, unfortunately, from the suspected killer minutes were no such details in that e—mail. before the shootings. theresa may calls on mps to make stories of heroism are emerging an "honourable compromise" from the attacks —— and back her brexit deal or risk stories of heroism are never leaving the eu. emerging from the attacks — as survivors talk of their shock police response times that something like this, could happen in christchurch. to the most urgent calls at two of england's biggest forces have become significantly slower in the past five years, according to figures obtained asimple by the bbc. a simple quarrel is alien news over scientists warn that warming air here. this is the most peaceful and sea temperatures are causing place on earth. arctic glaciers to melt and the increasing rainfall is theresa may calls on mps to make causing new problems for wildlife. an ‘honourable compromise‘ and back her brexit deal — or risk never leaving the eu. police response times to the most urgent calls at two of england's biggest forces have become significantly slower in the past five years, according to figures obtained more news from me at the top of the hour. now on bbc news, it's time for the travel show.
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hello, and welcome to the travel show with me, carmen roberts. we're only three months into 2019 and already we've covered plenty of ground, so this week we're going to take a look back at some of our favourite stories so far this year. if you love movies, this street in la is the place to be. my mask started to fill with water and i started to panic, so i was like... they're really affectionate. hey! oh, my gosh.
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i think i'm still recovering from the dragon dance in taiwan. anyway, more of that later on in the show, but first let's kick off by heading to paris, where back in february, christa got to see how the years have taken their toll on one of the city's most iconic buildings. notre dame cathedral is the city's most visited monument. 30 million people walk through its gigantic doors every year — that's twice as many as head to the eiffel tower. the cathedral was damaged in the french revolution, many of its figures were defaced, but there are sections that still remain from before the revolution and have been
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reconstructed since, like the lastjudgment on the facade of the cathedral. although successive waves of restoration have maintained the cathedral's main features, some of which date back to the 12th century, maintaining the building is an ongoing challenge. pollution, acid rain and age are now eating up not only its fine details but also this building's actual structure, and it's particularly striking when you go behind the scenes here. i'm at the back of the cathedral, a place that tourists don't usually get to see. notre dame looks so imposing from the street, towering down, this huge structure, but when you get up close, it's amazing to see how much the old girl kind of needs a helping hand. help is what michel is trying to provide. his charity, friends of notre dame, has launched an appeal that asks private donors to help pay for some
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of the most urgently needed repairs. you can see here we have parts that were at risk of falling, so we removed them and have stored them here. if we don't want the cathedral to collapse, we need to rapair, to collapse, we need to repair, all these and all these pinnacles need to be replaced as well. but repairing and preserving mediaeval architecture doesn't come cheap. the french state actually owns the building and spends up to 4 million euros each year on the cathedral, but that's not enough and a lot more money is needed. it's estimated that it will cost at least 150 million euros to carry out all the essential structural work here, and it's a race against time. so how urgent are these repairs? they are very urgent because actually, the risk here is a structural risk on the walls of the cathedral, on the building itself. within ten years, we could have the cathedral completely down if we do not do anything.
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that's incredible. although it's hoped the private funds might help to save notre dame, the country is full of other beautiful, historic buildings that also need help, so the french government is trying out a new way to help save at risk churches, castles and chateaus. it starts with a trip to the local newsagent. 12 million of these special heritage scratch cards are on sale across france. you can win big money and save monuments in one go. at 15 euro, this is not cheap, but 10% of the money from this will go to conservation projects. in total, almost 270 historical sites, from ancient monuments to churches and castles, will hopefully benefit from the 16 million euros raised so far. nothing. at least it's for a good cause.
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christa visiting france back in february. as the ski season is starting to come to an end in europe, many winter sports destinations are looking at ways to keep us coming back once the snow disappears, as lucy found out when she headed to tignes in the french alps. i'm here to try something a little bit different. 0k. yes, that is a mask and regulator. i have been persuaded into ice diving. so once you're inside, we seal everything and you are completely protected from the water. for this, i will be wearing a dry suit. i will put some talc inside so the head can go easily into the protection.
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it's a girl. she laughs. it's definitely a complicated process getting ready, which is just adding to my nerves. you're sealed. the good news is i can't feel how cold it is out here, so... the lake i'll be diving into is right in the ski village of tignes le lac, just a stone's throw from the lifts. bye— bye. the more i stare at the ice, the more i think i willjust stick my foot in just to get an idea of how cold it is. so they said that i'm not going to feel the cold obviously, i do not want my body going into some sort of shock once i get into the water. i'm sure it will be fine but my mind is currently in overdrive. ijust want to get in now. you're in? perfect.
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dan will be staying above the ice, helping me and another instructor go under. it's not an activity you can do as a group, rather one person at a time with an instructor, for safety reasons. and we rotate into the water now. my initial worries of freezing to death quickly melt away. perfect. bye— bye. but it didn't quite go to plan and i had to surface. so my mask started to fill with water... and i started to panic, so i was like out! they speak in french. after a little reminder about what to do, namely don't panic, i was mentally prepped for another go. i am ready to go back in,
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i was only down there for maybe a minute or so, but it is so pretty down there. just being able to kind of touch all the bubbles under the ice is really cool. 0k. this time, my mask stayed put, but we decided not to stray too farfrom the ice hole and my confidence returned. it's an otherworldly experience under the ice, cut off from the noise and distractions above, and it's surprisingly relaxing. 0nly towards the end did my toes and fingers start to tingle a little bit. otherwise, the dry suit really did keep the cold out. for the really daring, it's possible to also free dive. probably not for me though, i much prefer having the oxygen tank.
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if you love movies, this street in la is the place to be. embedded in the walkway, you can see stars from all different genres. mickey mouse, we have bruce willis, we have sharon stone, and here to my right, we actually have the handprints and footprints of some of the biggest stars around. it's here at the dolby theatre where all of the buzz of the oscars will be happening. and of course, it's not the only way you can get closer to the movies. around hollywood, its movie legacy is increasingly being recognised and preserved. at the warner brothers studio tour hollywood, guides take you to the actual place where so many movies, from casablanca
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to la la land, have been made. the lot has been here since the mid—19205, it has been home to some of the most classic films but also contemporary films, so ridley scott's science—fiction epic blade runner, this is futuristic, dystopian los angeles. this was blade runner, this street? yeah, it is right here. it is all about set decoration. we just keep redressing the sets over and over again, it is whatever you want it to be. but head across town and building work is well under way for a new museum, set to open later this year from the team behind the oscars, the academy. they have been busy gathering exhibits that tell the story of the art and also the science of the movies, from old cameras to ruby slippers, and shirley temple's shoes. so this is definitely a head
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from alien, but i see a strap underneath too. that's right, so this is a headpiece that would have been worn by the stunt person for the film. the actor would have been asking how the alien would have looked, so the actor in the film, they had a real reaction to seeing them at the time. it's terrifying. it is a little terrifying. so the scope came in and they would go to arcades around the country, you put your coin in the slot and then you handcranked the film and inside you would see the motion picture. and is it working right now? you are welcome to try it. here we go, i am ready for the adventure. the academy museum of motion pictures claims to be the first movie museum in hollywood
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that takes a global look at the history of the medium. and while there may be many other types of film museum, this certainly will be the first on this scale. so, it's opening night. the first guests walk in, they have their experience and they leave. what do you hope they say to each other? the first thing is, i hope they understand and talk about film history, because i feel like it's disappearing a little from our memory, and now is the time to really save it, to save the legacy of film forfuture generations. and maybe one of them that's here will be inspired to become a filmmaker of the future themselves. so far this year, we've brought you stories from over a dozen different countries, and there's plenty more to come throughout the rest of the year. but i know this one was really popular back in january, when ade went to morocco to meet some new four—legged friends.
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the jarjeer mule and donkey refuge lies in the foothills of the atlas mountains, not far from marrakesh. it's where donkeys go to retire. it's also an orphanage and a care centre for working equines. they're really affectionate! hey! the refuge centre was established by british couple susan machin and charles hantom ten years ago. they'd come to morocco to retire. so, we lived in our villa and we didn't know what we were going to do. and then over a period of a few months, a few donkeys came for shelter and i became very interested in them. so, were you donkey fans before you came here, or... no, i said we were lawyers. well, you could be a lawyer and love donkeys. no, we didn't have time for donkeys! tell me, how do visitors find out about this place?
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social media. that good old thing. what tourists say is they've stayed in marrakesh, they love morocco, but what upsets them is seeing the donkeys working. westerners aren't used to seeing donkeys working anymore. they take a view about morocco that morocco‘s cruel to its animals, which isn't true. morocco still uses working animals, but didn't know what to do with them at the end of their life. they come here. the couple are using their pensions to run the place. they do not charge an entrance fee and guests are free to roam and play with the animals. it's feeding time for the donkeys and, yeah, they're chowing down. they were a bit hangry before. i suppose after the hard life that these donkeys have led, this is probably a really nice respite.
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well, we couldn't finish our look back at the year so far on the travel show without remembering a couple of the challenges that we took on. in a moment, we'll relive my not—so—polished performance when ijoined a dragon dance troupe in taiwan back injanuary. sorry! but first, here's christa taking part in a chilly sauna challenge in latvia. better her than me! this little town is very quiet today, but that is all set to change when tomorrow morning, this place becomes a staging area for the madcap, high—energy and very, very chilly european sauna marathon. the clock is ticking, got to go! so, we need to visit all the saunas.
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they're marked in blue dots — 19 of them. a long day ahead! yeah. first stop, a traditional smoke sauna. in here, in here, you have to register. registered! 0k. let's go. i don't quite know the sauna ettiquette. i think i'm just going to throw myself in there. each team must spend a minimum of three minutes in each sauna. at around 80 degrees, plus a little extra heat coming from the crowd, you get warmed up pretty quickly. about three minutes in now. are you ready to hit the cold again? alright. let's do it. you see the ice hole down there? someone‘s gotta do it and it's not going to be me. i'll do it. it takes bravery to plunge into a frozen lake, but thanks to lilia,
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ten minutes will be deducted from our overall time. yes! everyone in? let's go. another way to win time bonuses is the hot tubs and i'm definitely volunteering for this one. this is really very nice. we're surrounded by snowy estonian forests and feel very toasty warm. i can't imagine it will be warm when we get out, though. at our next stop, the sauna truck, we meet two brits who seem to really enjoy the estonian winter. you know you've been in the sauna long enough when there's nothing better thanjumping into an ice hole straight afterwards. so, yeah, it's been fantastic. after going through many more thermal shocks, the finish line is finally in sight.
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well, we haven't won, but we did make it to the end, and i think it's not too bad for a first attempt. well, to finish this week, you join me back in taiwan, where i'm about to take on a challenge in front of a crowd who have very high expectations. let's hope i can pull it off. so, it's the annual arts festival and a local dance company had invited me to take part in a performance that they're doing for today's parade. hi, you must be roger. hi, iam. let's get changed. 0k! the festival is held every year close to taipei, and teams from all over the country and further afield come to compete in a celebration of music and dance. it's a big, high—profile event, so my team are taking a real risk by letting a total novice join their ranks. 0k. round the circle, 0k. with only an hour to go before the start of the parade, troupe leader roger walks me
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through my role. i'd rather be hiding somewhere at the back, but he's got me leading the whole team. swing this way, like an eight? the idea is that the dragon follows the ball and stick that i'm holding. if only i knew where i was meant to be heading! miraculously, the other performers follow my somewhat frantic lead. let's just hope they'll be this accommodating when we do it for real. further downtown, the crowds are building and so are my nerves. i hope no—one laughs at me! in the first section of the parade, a dozen or so local high schools will compete for best performance. the streets are crammed with friends, families and teachers all waiting to see their groups perform. they've been working on their routines for months,
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and today is the day that it all comes together with an extravaganza of energy, colour and sound. and now i can hear my group approaching. i am so nervous and i don't want to make a total fool of myself in front of this big crowd. there's at least a thousand people here, it's a lot more than i thought. tell me when. now? all of a sudden, i'm on. my mind seems to go totally blank amidst all the noise and colour. luckily, roger is there to give me a push in the right direction. where, where, where? somehow, the team follow my lead, although i really have no idea where i'm going. nice!
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sorry! it's ok! and then my big dragon stick seems to develop a mind of its own. oh, sorry! i was really, really nervous. it was quite stressful. oh, my gosh! i tried to remember my moves, i think i only hit two people with the ball. but it was exciting. something tells me they won't be inviting me back any time soon. that's it for this week. coming up next week, ade heads to dubai to go behind the scenes in a hotel in the world's tallest tower where they're getting big on sustainability. this is where we actually throw any leftover food that's come off the guests' plates. it actually looks kind of gross and it smells gross. i don't want to get my hair in it!
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i hope you can join us for that. don't forget, we're also on social media, were you can tell us about your travels. but in the meantime, from all of us here on the travel show, it's goodbye. after yesterday's flooding, tha nkfully after yesterday's flooding, thankfully the forecast isn't looking as horrendous. still rain around in the form of showers and they come with a mixture of rain, hail, sleet and snow. but they are pushing through on the breeze. the air pressure which brought us wet and windy weather yesterday is across scandinavia. we have the air
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coming down from a north—westerly direction. we saw most of the showers in the north and west. we see showers transfer into eastern pa rt see showers transfer into eastern part in the afternoon. just about anywhere could see a show at some point but it does mean western scotla nd point but it does mean western scotland brightens up through the second half of the day. windy in eastern scotland and that is here where we see winds gusting in excess of a0 or 50 mph. blustery elsewhere but a few showers this afternoon in northern ireland. showers in england, ireland and wales. a few may stay dry. temperatures are best around seven to 10 degrees but it will feel chilly in the wind chill. especially as the showers go through. 0vernight the winds will ease down and a few showers around central and eastern parts of england blasting the longest. they will fade and the cloud increases to northern ireland later and a few showers will push in yet again. the coldest part
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of the night will be early on and it will be into tomorrow's morning rush hour with many places as low as minus five in parts of rural scotland. cloud increases from the west during the day bringing a few showers. not the persistence of the rain we saw yesterday. whilst we will see rain at times in northern ireland, some drier and brighter moments. best of the driest weather throughout and the sunny spells lasting longest in eastern scotland. temperatures of nine to 12 degrees. the temperatures we have had of late thanks to the jet stream dipping to the south of us, we will notice this week it will buckle its way northwards, dragging up an air of high pressure and something a bit milder as well. after today's showers, the outlook is drier with a bit of rain at times in the west and mainly north—western parts of scotland. lighter winds to go with
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the dry winds. —— days. goodbye for 110w.
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