tv The Travel Show BBC News May 20, 2022 2:30am-3:02am BST
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e. 0ne party needs enough seats to form a majority government. now on bbc news, the travel show. 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.
in the chilean region of arica, on the northern fringes of the country's atacama desert, you'll 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 7000 and 1500 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? 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
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.
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? attitudes have changed towards the mummies a lot, and now they've got unesco world heritage status. has this changed your life?
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. 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. i have enlisted the the best person to show me around. 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 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, cat, you ready for part two? you look so excited! i don't know which one 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 named bands in their early days. 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 synthesiser to facebook followers. 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'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 — 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 was 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 forthe 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 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've got 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 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, 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.
quirky music 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 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. oh, 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. the weather is certainly a bit up and down at the moment. we had a pretty good day on thursday with sunshine across much of the country, temperatures into the low 20s. but after a much quieter night, things will change again on friday with more cloud, it's going to be cooler and breezy, and there will be some rain around at times. now, we've got a weather front approaching the northwest of the uk to bring some rain. we are also seeing more cloud moving up from the south across england and wales, starting to bring some rain by the morning. we will get wetter in the morning across the southeast of england, then into east anglia, some thunderstorms just across the channel. as it gets wetter here,
we will start to see some sharp showers breaking out elsewhere, a spell of rain moves across northern ireland into western scotland and northwest england in the afternoon, by which time, we should see that more persistent rain clearing to the southeast, some sunshine and even a few showers here. so it will be a cooler day, could make 19 celsius after the rain in the southeast, i4 celsius in the central belt of scotland. and we've got a spell of rain in the evening running eastwards across scotland, northern england, once that moves away, we will have some clearer skies overnight with a few showers left over in western parts of scotland by saturday morning. by then, temperatures will be around 9—1! celsius. this is the pattern that we've got as we head into the weekend. higher pressure to the south of the uk with a west—south—westerly airflow and some weather fronts approaching northern areas. so expect a lot of cloud for northern ireland. we may well see a little bit of rain here. a bight start, i think, in scotland, those showers in the west being replaced by thicker cloud and some outbreaks of rain in the afternoon. england and wales, a good chance of staying dry, some good spells of sunshine coming through, and those temperatures reaching 2! celsius
in the southeast, still only around i4 celsisus in the central belt of scotland. second half of the weekend, got to keep an eye on this weather front here, could bring some showers into the english channel, but otherwise, it's towards the northwest again that these weather fronts will bring in some more outbreaks of rain, particularly into scotland and northern ireland. a bit of damp and drizzly weather coming over the irish sea into western parts of england and wales, but thorugh the midlands towards east anglia and the southeast, here it should be dry. this is where we've got the best of the sunshine and the highest temperatures, up to 23 celsius, but it should be a little bit warmer for many of us on sunday. things will change, though, into the beginning of next week, because lowering pressure means that is going to get much wetter once again, and those temperatures will be dropping away as well. goodbye.