tv The Travel Show BBC News May 15, 2022 8:30pm-9:01pm BST
hello, this is bbc news with chris rogers. the headlines. sweden's ruling social democrats have backed the country joining nato. it's after finland also confirmed it will apply for nato membership, in response to russia's invasion of ukraine. their membership in nato would increase our shared security, demonstrate that nato�*s door is open, and that aggression does not pay. a british military intelligence assessment suggests russia may have lost a third of its ground forces since the start of its invasion of ukraine.
president biden says america must do all it can to end hate—filled domestic terrorism, after ten people are killed in a shooting in buffalo. the uk government says it wouldn't be deterred from taking action over post—brexit trading arrangements in northern ireland to try to help restore power—sharing at stormont. now on bbc news, the travel show, and carmen is back in chile, where the ancient chinchorro have been recognised by unesco. this week, on the show... meeting mummies in chile. wow, there are so many mummies here, vivien. ..grannies in austria... this is the open kitchen where our grandmas and grandpas
bake their lovely cakes. ..and cabbies in england. oh, wow, look at this! this is amazing, john. in the chilean region of africa, on the northern fringes of the country's atacama desert, you find clues that something significant lies beneath the ground. hidden in the sand are some of the oldest mummified bodies in the world, evidence of an overlooked culture that
once lived and thrived here on the western coast of south america. it's amazing how close these skeletons are to the surface and, apparently, there is layer after layer after layer of bodies going down as low as 2m underground. this is crazy. ifeel quite strange walking on the dead here. between 7,000 and 1,500 bc, the hunter—gatherer chinchorro people called this area home and developed complex mummification practices which have astounded 21st—century researchers. last year, chinchorro burial culture was officially recognised by unesco, who placed it on their world heritage list. and many hope this will transform awareness of these remarkable mummified bodies. when you think of mummies,
you think of the ancient egyptians wrapped in bandages, but these guys here, there are sticks where their bones are, there's masks and what's fascinating is these smaller mummies of children and babies. wow. behind the scenes, at san miguel de azapa museum, the careful study and preservation of the majority of the chinchorro mummies takes place. there are so many mummies here, vivien. how many? yes, we have about 70 mummies, chinchorro mummies, in this store. let me show you. it's quite small. what can you tell me about this mummy?
because if it was me, i would be very scared to work here. what do you love about yourjob? it's very interesting. but these fragile relics, which date back as much as 2,000 years before the egyptian mummies, are deteriorating at an increasing rate, in part due to climate change. for vivien, it's best to do as little as possible with the samples they have.
with the museum's facilities lacking air—conditioning, rising humidity levels are a big threat to the mummies, a problem that's hoped to be solved by a vast new $25 million museum in construction on the grounds of the current one. so, is the local people's relationship with these mummies starting to change?
further along the coast, at the small fishing village of caleta camarones, just some statues and a chinchorro—themed restaurant indicate that this is, in fact, the closest town to one of the world's top sites where the chinchorro mummies have been found. there are said to have been so many mummies buried here that locals find them on a regular basis. so, before we came here,
some people said you could see the mummies in the ground and some said you couldn't, so i wasn't really sure what we'd find, but while we were having lunch, we got talking to the guy who runs the place and he said he can show us some mummies in the ground, and it's two minutes down the road, so we're on our way. currently, the mummies buried in the ground are being left there by archaeologists for their protection. and as we approach, we take great care not to disturb any of the remains. wow, it's so close to the road. what was it like growing up here? did you see many mummies when you were a child?
while chinchorro tourism here may be some way off making its mark for the people, for vivien, this land tells a remarkable story. so, vivien, how many mummies, chinchorro mummies, do you think are buried in the hills here? wow, that was unbelievable. you know, it's one thing to see these things in a museum and totally a different experience to be there
in real life. like, i could have been standing next to one of the oldest mummified human remains in the world. and with the care and recognition the mummies are now getting, the unique chinchorro culture seems set to be remembered for some time to come. well, if the chinchorro have piqued your interest in a desert getaway, there's much more to see around the world. why not start your desert explorations with the world's biggest sand desert, the sahara, stretching out across much of northern africa? the question is, where to begin? morocco and egypt are both popular and each with distinct and fascinating cultures. popular and each with distinct get close to wildlife on safari in southern africa's kalahari desert. there's a huge range of animals
to see here and it's a spectacular way to learn about this challenging desert environment. and for those in search of a thrill, dune bashing can be done all over the world, like in the deserts of the united arab emirates. 0r take to the skies with an early—morning hot—air balloon ride. still to come on the travel show: cat moh is back with a packed day in manchester. and we visit the cafe in vienna challenging the idea that they don't make them like they used to. they really have old recipes from the grandmothers. secret ingredients. so, don't go away. as restrictions relax, i'm travelling across the uk to see how ready the country's top attractions are, to meet the people getting us excited about travel again,
and hear their plans for the new normal. today's trip is in the north—west of england. hello from manchester, home to two very famous football clubs, a vibrant music scene, and trams. now, i know there's way more to the city than that, so i've enlisted the perfect person to show me around. let's go. so, this is no ordinary taxi ride. hello. so, i've organised the weather for you today as well, not that i needed to, because it's always sunny in manchester. so, when we book with you, there is guaranteed sunshine. guaranteed sunshine. good on you. good to know. john runs city tours in his all—electric taxi followed by afternoon tea in his cab. he came up with the concept as a way to supplement his income during lockdown. my three most popular tours are football, music and coronation street.
the last one being the longest—running british soap opera. but, really, the tour can be whatever you want, so i've asked for a route that traces the history of the city to see how it's shaped the manchester we know today. i won't spoil the tour, but the city's been a hotbed of innovative thinkers. it's where the suffragettes movement was born. it's where the duke of bridgewater brought canals which cut the price of coal in half, spurring manchester to be the world's first industrial city. and it's where karl marx formed his ideas for the communist manifesto, at this very spot, which happens to be in the world's oldest english—speaking library. even people from manchester don't realise that you can come in here and actually soak up the atmosphere. it's definitely worth booking an appointment and coming here. come on, you ready for part two?
you look so excited! i don't know which one i wanna start with first! i want to start with first! i was thinking about how i could do something different. maybe people were nervous about being in crowds or being in places where there was a lot of people, that the afternoon tea taxi tour would be ideal because you are encapsulated in the back of a taxi. it's proved really popular. i have to pinch myself sometimes. how was it as a taxi driver in lockdown? really, really difficult. as a tour guide as well, there were no tourists, and it's just started to come back again now as restrictions start to end. so, you think this is something you'll continue then? i'm definitely going to continue it, yes. before the pandemic, manchester was the third most visited city in the uk after london and edinburgh by international visitors. 0ne huge draw is its iconic music scene. famous bands to come out of manchester? the stone roses.
oasis. the smiths. simply red. elbow! 0k! not had elbow! oh, really? but to find the bands of tomorrow, the northern quarter is where to go. it's home to some of the city's liveliest music venues, so i've come to night and day cafe. over the years, it's gained legendary status for showcasing big name bands in their early days. what was it like to suddenly playing in front of a live audience again? what was it like to suddenly play in front of a live audience again? kind of strange at first, wasn't it? it was quite odd to being really loud. i was like, "oh, my god, i don't know what to do" cos i'm not on my living room pretending i can play synthesizer. it's good to see regular fans and people, it's a really big part of our social lives as well, isn't it? it's definitely picking up now
with people more confidentl to come out now and stand - in crowds, which wasn't before. it's that return of confidence in people that breathing life in people that's breathing life back into venues like this. i'll be back laterfor the gig, but there's one more thing i need to do. i'm no football expert, but i do know that it was here in manchester that the first professional football league was set up back in 1888. i've been told, if you can't make a game, it's well worth doing a stadium tour. first, before we begin, how many of us are from manchester? that's a big group that's not come from manchester. football is undoubtedly the city's biggest cultural export with hundreds of millions of fans either supporting man united or man city globally. or man city globally — not that anyone would openly admit supporting the former here. is this the best bit so far?
yes. go on, then, which is yourfavourite one? de bruyne. theyjust got all the kids to line up at the top of the tunnel and walk out through the pitch side. it's so cute. you just walked through the tunnel? yeah. how was it? it was fun. i actually kind of felt like a footballer. it's my dream job to be a footballer. how long have you wanted to walk through that tunnel? nine years, almost. nine years? yeah. because it's your birthday, right? yeah, it's my birthday on monday. is this the best birthday present? probably, yeah, it's the best birthday present i've ever had by a mile. mum, don't cry. laughter. i'm a man city fan for the weekend. 0k, very diplomatic. he has to be. time to get back to see the gig, as it wouldn't be a complete day of manchester if you didn't experience some of its famous nightlife.
manchester is definitely springing back from a very tough few years. but what struck me most is how proud the mancunians are of their city. a cultural hotspot of the north. finally this week, we're off to the austrian capital of vienna, where a trip isn't complete without a generous helping of their traditional coffee and cake. helping of their traditional kaffe und kuchen — or coffee and cake. we've been into one cafe which is transforming the experience, especially staffed by the elderly in an effort to bring back a taste of the good old days. we have a lot of good cakes, especially in vienna, but the best cakes you get from grandma. the idea was really to create a space for young and old to come together and where grandmas and grandpas can bake their
home—made recipes. we're a public living room, and as you can see, decorations, you come inside, you kind of feel the atmosphere. you're at grandma's living room, you have nice music, nice smell. follow me, i'll show you where the cakes are baked. this is our open kitchen where the grandpas and grandmas bake their lovely cakes, different cakes — we have chocolate, apple strudel, everything. everything is fresh, everything is home—made. it's kind of the core and heart of the vollpension. we have been here for such a long time so it's all kind a long time, so it's all kind of a family for me. so, i have a very close connection to the people here. my name is marianne and i'm living in vienna. i am 77 years old and i have
lived here since 48 years. i must say, old people, please, go out. you can work in vollpension. you can cook, you can speak with the guests and it's better than not alone in this time and when you go at home,, ifeel i have a good day. many old peoples are alone at home and now in vollpension at home, and now in vollpension, it's like a family. i am the host. myjob is to receive the guests. i speak with the guests and it's nice when the guests laugh and i think it's myjob. people at home are always very lonely, of course, old people, and i think it'sjust a great idea to communicate with them. we've heard that they| really have old recipes from the grandmothers. with secret ingredients.
yes, we are very excited. the pandemic hit us and we had to close our coffee houses and we put our heads together and said, ok, there is no more coffee house, but what can we do with our grandmothers? so, we had the brilliant idea of taking grandmas' knowledge and putting it online, so we built an online baking academy where you can learn baking from a grandmother, either through on—demand videos or via baking courses. that went very, very well. and we even kind of went international. we invited grandmothers and grandfathers from all over the world to join us with their baking knowledge.
right now, we're about 35 elderly people working for us. at the cafe, the kind of production room and also for live baking courses and everything. we'd love to hire even more, but we're still a small social business. a lot of elder people in austria live by themselves, so they're a bit isolated. they have so much to give and theyjust need a place where they can express them. that's all for now. coming up next time: the forgotten smells the forgotten smells of the old world. christa's in holland to find out why scientists are attempting to recreate
europe's ancient odours and how following your nose could enrich your travels. it's lovely! such a really good airfreshener! in the meantime, you can keep up with all our travels on the bbc iplayer. and don't forget, we're on social media, too. just search bbc travel show and look for the little blue logo. we're on facebook and instagram. until next time, from all of us here in chile, it's goodbye. hello there. it's fair to say the forecast hasn't gone to plan today, especially across more southern parts of the uk. we've seen high pressure that
brought us the sunshine and the warmth yesterday being replaced by a falling pressure, strengthening breeze and rain that has been pushing up from the south. yesterday, we had the sunshine widely across southern parts of england, it was really warm, and today, much more cloud in parts of england, it was really warm, and today much more cloud around and some rain as well and that rain is going to continue to push northwards this evening and overnight. so, wet weather heading up across northern england into northern ireland and southern parts of scotland. following on from that, there could be some thundery downpours across southern parts of england, perhaps into south wales as well. it's going to be a very warm and muggy night. if you're hoping to see the super blood moon, the best chance of clear skies later will be across northern parts of scotland. generally, a cloudy start tomorrow, misty with some further bursts of rain, again potentially heavy and thundery, again working northwards into scotland, allowing some sunshine eventually in northern ireland. sunshine develops more widely across england and wales, but there still could be some
thundery downpours here and there. it's going to be a warmer day in that sunshine, but much cooler, i think, in scotland, where it's cloudy and wet into the afternoon. that wetter weather does move away during the evening, and then we await the arrival of this next weather system coming in from the atlantic, and that is going to draw up some warmer air ahead of it on a southerly breeze. many parts of the country will start dry on tuesday, will start dry on tuesday with some sunshine around, and then on that weather front, we see this rain developing in western areas, especially during the afternoon when it could turn heavy, but it's with that sunshine and breeze it's going to feel warm. the warmest day of the week ahead, 26 degrees likely in the south—east of england, but given that heat, we could trigger a few storms later in the day. most of the wet weather coming on that weather front there and that front there, and that will push rain eastwards overnight. that should be moving away from most areas on wednesday, but again, the devil is going to be in the detail, many places but again, the devil is going to be in the detail. many places starting dry on wednesday, some sunshine and showers in the north—west of scotland moving away, thickening cloud arriving in the south—west. that will start to bring
some rain in as well. that will push northwards and eastwards during the evening into the night and ahead that developing rain, temperatures are in the low 20s in many places. that's the theme, really, through the week ahead. there's some warmth, some sunshine at times, but every now and again there is potentialfor some heavy
this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. finland and sweden have confirmed plans tojoin nato — abandoning their military non—alignment following russia's invasion of ukraine. their membership in nato would increase our shared security, demonstrate that nato's door is open, and that aggression does not pay. a british military intelligence assessment suggests russia may have lost a third of its ground forces since the start of its invasion of ukraine. president biden says america must do all it can to end hate—filled domestic terrorism — following saturday's mass shooting in buffalo that left 10 dead.