Way back when Globe Trekker was a fledgling production company, series 1 was created.
In one of his very first shows as a Globe Trekker presenter, Ian Wright traveled to Morocco on the north-western tip of Africa. The episode went on to win a number of awards, including US Cable Ace award for Best Show and Best Host and was Ian Wright’s international and US breakthrough.
It’s a country of stark desert, high mountain ranges, and some of the most richly cultured cities in the world.
Ian began his journey in the port of Tangier, where most travellers enter the country. Sharing a ride with an American businesswoman as far as the small market town of Chaouen, Ian picked up some valuable tips about travelling in Morocco after which he hitched a ride to the walled city of Fez, through the Rif mountains, the country’s main Hashish growing region.
Nautically Yours, Ian’s Photo Diary from Norway, Part 3
Ian’s adventure’s on the high seas have also been chance for some sketching…and the results are impressive, even moreso considering the wavy days!
Nautically Yours, Ian’s Photo Diary from Norway, Part 2
As our Ian sails across the high seas of Norway, in a variety of vessels, filming for the brand new series, Tough Boats, he has sent across his second photo diary update!
Plus you can read our destination guide to Norway which features plenty if information on this striking country.
Nautically Yours, Ian’s Photo Diary from Norway, Part 1
Ian has been on the road, or rather, travelling the seas in a variety of vessels, in the northern reaches of Norway, filming for the all new Tough Boats series. Between takes, Ian has been sketching, filming and snapping and holding on to his hat on the high seas!
And if Norway takes your fancy you can check out our Oslo to Bergan programme here
Driving in Delhi…
Delhi has banned more than a million cars from its roads as part of drastic new measures to cut smog in the world’s most polluted capital city. On January 1st pollutants in Delhi hit 429 on the air quality index – more than 10 times the World Health Organization’s safe limit
As of January 1st, only cars with odd-numbered licence plates will be permitted on the roads on odd numbered days – with the evens taking up even-numbered days. An estimated 8.5 million vehicles ply Delhi’s roads each day – just under three million of these are private cars or vans, which are included in the alternate day ban.
The new rules won’t apply on Sunday, to motorcycles, women driving alone or politicians and other VIPs.
But many Delhiites have been quick to complain that the new scheme will cause considerable inconvenience, add to their monthly expenses and lead to an increase in fraud and corruption.
Security issues, especially for women, mean carpooling is less popular in India than in many other countries.
Despite Delhi having a modern six-line Metro system, commuters say the public transport system doesn’t cover the whole city added to which it is over subscribed and regularly sees up to two million passengers riding on a single day.
Check out our very own Ian braving the Delhi roads for his very own wild ride earlier this year!
Congratulations to Tokyo for winning the Olympic Bid!
They first hosted the Olympic games in October 1964 – and now Tokyo will once more take hold of the burning torch in 2020, beating Istanbul and Madrid as Olympic favourites by 60 to 36 in a poll of committee members!
We sent Ian Wright in one of our early Globe Trekker episodes to get to explore one of the world’s most extraordinary capital cities.
How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Around the Globe
Copious amounts of green clothing, beer, leprechauns, dyed green food, overcrowded pubs and Irish bars can only mean one thing, St. Patrick’s Day is in the air and although this holiday feast originated in Ireland to celebrate the Patron Saint, St. Patrick, it is now celebrated throughout the world by the Irish and non-Irish alike, leading to the widely heard phrase, “Everybody wants to be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.”
From Ireland, Italy, Norway, Germany, South Korea and Japan to Canada and the United States, people typically adorn themselves in at least one green clothing item and take part in this worldwide celebration each year on or around March 17th.
Join Globe Trekker Ian Wright as he attempts a gruelling hike up Croagh Patrick, where Ireland’s patron saint, St Patrick,spent 40 days of lent on this mountain, fighting demons and banishing serpents from the land. This vigil made the 2513-foot quartz peak a sacred pilgrimage site for Catholics. Full episode: http://bit.ly/1gyVmSn
St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland:photo credit: Amy Swearingen
St. Patrick’s Day in NYC: photo credit: Damien Derouene
St. Patrick’s Day B Boy performance Seoul, South Korea:Photo Credit: Anton Petrov
Carnival Season Around the World
Carnival season 2013 is upon us and whether you are in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, or South America, there is no shortage of celebrations happening all around the world. The most well known festivals are celebrated in New Orleans, Louisiana, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Sydney, Australia, Venice, Italy and Trinidad and Tobago.
Mardi Gras is centered mainly around the French Quarter of New Orleans for approximately two weeks and commences on Fat Tuesday, which falls on February 12th this year. However, the multiple parades take place Uptown and in mid-city, due to the narrow streets in the French Quarter. From the elaborately decorated floats, wild costumes, lively music, famous King Cakes, to the lengths people will go to in order to obtain a plethora of colorful, signatory beads, there is never a dull moment or a shortage of purple, green and gold.
Globe Trekker host, Justine Shapiro took part in the Mardi Gras festivities when she was invited to join one of the 27 floats of the Krewe of Orpheus. In true Mardi Gras fashion, Justine wore a jester costume and adorned herself with multiple beads.
Rio De Janeiro, fittingly known as the carnival capital of the world, is no stranger to celebrations. Rio’s Carnival dates coincide with Mardi Gras, beginning on Saturday February 9th and ending on February 12th this year. During Carnival, the various samba schools, each representing their specific neighborhood, are the main draw. Samba dancers often rehearse months before Carnival and are decked out in extravagant handmade costumes with lavish headpieces. Globe Trekker Host, Ian Wright dives head first into samba, learning from the school, Caprichosos de Pilares and ultimately taking part in the parade.
The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, takes places from February 8th through March 3rd this year and is Sydney, Australia’s biggest event of the year. Justine Shapiro takes viewers on a firsthand experience of this liberating celebration of expression and equal rights. Anything goes in this parade, from the Scantily clad costumes to dancing in the streets, drawing a crowd of over a million people to be free to be themselves. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Sydney Mardi Gras and is themed quite appropriately as, “The Generations of Love.”
The two most celebrated days of Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago fall on February 11th and 12th this year, right before Ash Wednesday and has been called, “The Greatest Show on Earth.” Justine Shapiro lets viewers inside the Caribbean’s biggest carnival as she joins in the celebration.
Music is a highlight for this carnival, with various competitions, including the International Soca Monarch competition and the National Panorama competition that innovatively incorporates the use of steel pans, garbage can lids, pots and pans to create sounds, rhythms and melodies. Bikinis with headpieces adorned in feathers are often seen during Carnival among a multitude of various character costumes, from Minstrels, Jab Jab’s, Midnight Robber’s to Dragons and Bats.
Justine travels to The Venice Carnival, which takes place in St. Mark’s Square and is centered around various types of eclectic looking masks, allowing people to maintain a bit of anonymity and play a different character. Like the other carnivals, Venice also commences on February 12th this year, marking the start of Lent. The mask contests and the water show on the Venice canals are two highlights of the Carnival and what better excuse to travel to this gorgeous city than to attend one of the biggest celebrations of the year?
This is undoubtedly an exhilarating time of year to dress up, celebrate cultural milestones and bask in the traditions that were established decades ago. Carnivals are plentiful around the world and although the five mentioned here are some of the most popular ones, they are definitely not the only ones.
For more information on these Carnivals, you can view them on the DVD links posted below, available at: GlobeTrekkerStore.com