Crossing the Andes has long been the stuff of legend; a daunting task for the bravest pioneer climbers. The steepness to such high elevation and the harsh climate amidst rugged rock faces throughout this imposing South American range have provided a barrier that is especially difficult to traverse. If you’re a passenger in a coach on the trans-national highway, you often have serious doubts about whether you’ll reach your destination.
In the dry, dusty centre of Turkey, as the first light hits a strangely sculptural sandstone landscape, a giant nylon orb peeks over tall, spindly stone fingers. Then another, then scores more. Within minutes, the dawn sky is filled with 100 hot-air balloons; a candy-coloured kaleidoscope that is as mesmerizing as the strange moonscape above which it floats. A daily occurrence in one of Turkey’s tourism hotspots.
Beneath an old palace in the heart of Piedmont rests one of Italy’s great secret wine treasures. La Banca del Vino is Italy’s first interactive wine museum that covers all regions and all styles of local wine, bringing the encyclopedic regional detail of Italy’s complex wine story into clear focus. The only problem is that its administrators no longer want this great facility to remain a secret.
We sit with the last of the headhunters. Deep in the mountain jungles of Sarawak in north Borneo, one hour upstream from the nearest township, darkness has fallen and we have just witnessed a warrior dancing demonstration on grass mats inside the Iban tribe’s traditional longhouse which holds 20 families – about 200 people.
The Great Wall of China is such a complex riddle to understand as David Sly discovers on on a very special trip to one of the wonders of the world.
A novice surfer learns to love the waves in Southern Australia.
Kangaroos, koalas and the endangered fairy penguins are just some of the wild characters you’ll meet when you visit the wild side of Australia’s magical and exotic island paradise — Kangaroo Island.
A very big man squeezed into a red lycra superhero jumpsuit is aghast. “I’ve been lied to and cheated out of a million bucks by the Chairman.” Can’t something be done to rectify this injustice? Mr Incredible stops and stares at me as though I’m completely mad. “Hell, no,” he huffs indignantly. “After all, we’re […]
“When we went to the early boat shows, we were called cockroaches by the big manufacturers,” remembers Robert. “That’s OK; cockroaches survive atomic blasts. Most of those manufacturers are now gone. We’re still thriving.”
In a humble backyard abode in South Australia, musician Don Morison has created an industry that has become the talk of the music world – Donmo Guitars. His guitars, with names like Rustbucket and Galvo, are as unique as they come, as loud as they come and in big demand.