In this episode, the Pilot team discovers that
while Africa boasts some of the world's
most splendid beaches - perfect for that quintessential
summer vacation - August offers much more than
just beach bumming. They zip across the globe
for some rough and tumble at the Highland Games
in Scotland, run riot at the Tomatina Festival
in Spain, puff their way up Mount Rainier
in Washington State, USA and join Memphis's Elvis
week commemorations in Tennessee, USA.
This is the month of Scotland's Highland Games,
the perfect way of getting in touch with the country's
ancient traditions. Megan McCormick delves in
at Strathdon where the games have taken place
for 159 years. She meets the champion of sporting
oddities like 'tossing the caber' and 'putting
the stone' and even finds herself on the winning
side of a 'tug of war' competition.
August is when many of us turn our attention to
sun, sand and sea. Ian Wright discovers
that beautiful views don't come at much of a price
in Bredju on the east coast of ZanzibarwhileMegan jets over to Ghana and the
Ivory Coast in search of even more secluded
beach destinations. She visits Ghana's Brenu
Beach and Poly Plage in the Ivory Coast.
The peaceful little town of Bunol, Spain,
has become famous for its annual fruity festivities.
Locals claim that the Tomatina Festival
all started in 1945 with the toss of a tomato
in protestagainst Franco. Ian Wright joins
a tomato-chucking riot that's much akin to flailing
around in a giant cauldron of spaghetti bolognaise.
Many of the world's best mountains are only accessible
during the summer months and August is a great
time to tackle Mount Rainier in Washington
State, USA. Zay Harding gets to grips with
this summit with a guided climb from Camp Muir
along the Disappointment Cleaver route and is
dazzled by some spectacular vistas along the way.
For thousands of faithful Elvis fans around the
world August is a time of remembrance and manymake the pilgrimage to his home, Memphis, Tennessee.
Ian Wright takes a tour of the city'sElvis
sites during Elvis Week taking in Sun Studio
where he recorded his first hit and his famous
Graceland residence, rounding off with the candlelit
vigil on the night of August 15 held every year
since Elvis's death. The sight of thousands parading
past his grave prove that Elvis still holds the
mantle of King of Rock 'n' Roll!