tv The Travel Show BBC News June 25, 2022 10:30am-11:01am BST
"take the country forward" as backbench conservative mps consider fresh attempts to force him from power. police in norway say they're treating a shooting at a gay nightclub as a terrorist attack. a third day of strike action on the uk's rail network — only a fifth of train services are expected to run. now on bbc news... the travel show. this week on the travel show — venice puts forward plans to make us pay to visit the city via an app. they understand that the city is very complicated, very unique, very fragile, so i think that the people that love venice will understand, of course. cat's in northern ireland to take in the sights and sounds as the tourists return. really, with bushmills, it's very friendly on your palate. so thatjust draws you in. and actually, put it to your ear.
it's saying "try me! "drink me! "you love me!" and we drop in on what claims to be the world's oldest university as it welcomes back students for the first time in around 800 years. we start this week in italy, in the canals, squares and passageways of one of the world's most popular destinations. venice has, over the years, developed a relationship with tourists that can best be described as complicated. and this is what it's like at midday on a monday. it's pretty packed.
crowds like this are still the norm in venice and on the busiest days, visitors can outnumber the locals by 2:1. the city's braced this summerfor a return to the over—tourism that plagued europe's hotspots before the pandemic. but venice has plans to fight back. last year, it banned cruise ships from docking in the city centre, with their dense crowds of foot passengers and now, they plan to make the rest of us pay. overnight visitors already pay a city tax at the hotel but from next year, day—trippers look re set to face a daily charge, payable through an app. i'm ambivalent about it, in a way. obviously, venice has problems of overcrowding and tourism. it needs some regulation. whether this is the right way to do it or not, i'm not entirely sure. i mean, it needs to be well done, but i've been in places
you don't really need another tax, or to charge tourists, do you? but venice isn't the only city fighting back against the crowds. measures to limit airbnb rentals, souvenir stands and even bike and segway tours are happening in different places all over europe, from reykjavik to dubrovnik. and here in venice, they think that collecting accurate and up—to—the—minute data is the key to controlling tourism. in venice's control room, a team monitors tourists arriving in and leaving the city.
they say this is one of the most advanced data monitoring systems of its kind. so, this is how many people we have? oh, wow! this is great! the plans to introduce the new visitor tax via an app were due to be introduced this summer but have now been shelved until next january, meaning that 2022 looks like the last chance to experience venice without facing a fee. they understand that the city is very complicated, very unique, very fragile. so, i think that the people that love venice will understand, of course.
and how much will tourists be charged? it will be a range from 3 to 10 euro, in proportion to how many people will be in the city on this day. do you think venice has a love—hate relationship with tourists? because, you know, you get so many tourists, right? will there be gates or anything like that, or anything physical? so, no gate, no checkpoint, no barriers. so, everything will be very, very, very light, and with a smartphone app. that sounds very difficult to enforce. maybe in the next future, we will think about the realisation of electronic gates, maybe in the railway terminals and so on, but the first phase of this system will be only random control, and operated by local police or stewards authorised to do that. there's no doubt that the new tax will deter some tourists but many people here in venice are fine with that, and there's no doubt that other
cities across europe will be keeping a very close eye on how things pan out here. so, if you come to venice, you have to come to the rialto bridge — it's one of the most iconic sites — but to be honest, it's really hectic on the ground here. you never know. these new changes, they might be a good thing for tourists. it might make for a more enjoyable experience. you might not have to queue up for your favourite social media photo spot, either. and if you're planning an italian trip in the next couple of months, here are some things we think you should look out for. if you're looking for a taste of island life, head to procida in the bay of naples. often overshadowed by its glamorous neighbour capri, the tiny resort is in the spotlight after being named italy's capital of culture for 2022. this year's calendar is packed with over 150 cultural events,
from art exhibitions to readings and theatre. italy's world—famous cycling tournament, the giro d'italia, is over for another year. but if you're a bike enthusiast, don't despair — you can still enjoy the grand tour, but at a more leisurely pace, thanks to a new digital guide. the event's website features 25 major trails, from the slopes of etna to verona and beyond. but if you're an extreme sports lover, the italian round of the red bull cliff diving world series is taking place this september in the seaside town of polignano a mare, in puglia, southern italy. the event attracts huge crowds — up to some 70,000 people every year. while you're there, why not take a leap into the adriatic yourself and explore the region's picturesque sea caves?
still to come on the travel show — cat's taking a road trip along the coast of northern ireland. it's pretty bouncy! and we visit a historic university in india that's now back in business after a break of 800 years. nalanda university houses students from 3! countries, so it's truly a cultural confluence that happens here. 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. this time, i'm in northern ireland for a very unique day trip. hello from belfast. now, i'vejust flown in, but my plan is to head straight out of the city and explore
the causeway coastal route. now, the capital is the perfect starting point to tackle the i20—mile road trip which hugs the north—east coastline, so let's go! to make this trip a bit more sustainable, i've hired an electric car. while it's certainly possible to drive the whole route in a day, you definitely won't have time to stop at all the sights — and there are a lot of sights. however, i've made a plan and i know where i'm going to hit first. this little waterfall is wilsh�*s gully. right, we've made it down to the start of the path. this is the original sign from 1902. watch your head coming through here. the gobbins is a 3—mile walk along the cliff path. before covid, half the visitors came from abroad. but during covid, obviously, nobody could travel, so they all wanted to come and do their staycation with us. how have you found it? that was brilliant. really, really good — very enjoyable.
the park was conceptualised by the civil engineer berkeley dean wise. he helped bring the railway system to northern ireland and he wanted to create a unique attraction for people to take the train to. this is the original day trip, isn't it, from belfast? it was the original day trip from belfast. long dresses and heels. long dresses and heels, wide—brimmed hats — the lot. but they would've come along here for the day — the same as we have been doing all during covid, doing our day trips, just anywhere within ireland or locally. so, in some ways, covid and what has happened over the past two years has brought back the spirit of the gobbins? it's come full circle. yeah! yeah. so, my next stop is an hour up the coast but then, i need to take a little detour off. welcome to the dark hedges, one of the most photographed natural phenomena in northern ireland, mostly due to a particular tv show.
well, where are you from? barcelona. from london. we're british columbia, canada. oh, wow — you've come a long way! and what brings you to the dark hedges? game of thrones. yeah, we've seen every episode, haven't we? yep! if you're wondering, this is the scene that's made so popular. adrian runs a game of thrones tour business. he calls himself the other ser davos as he was actually an extra and body double in the tv series. the trees have been here for over 2a7 years, mostly unknown until game of thrones came along and decided to use it for a tiny little part of a scene in season two and then, that kind of put it on the map. so, as a tour guide now, how have you found it in the past few years? most tourism completely shut down and it gave it an opportunity to kind of recover from the over—tourism, you know? yeah. did it get quite damaged, then? especially the verges, you know? right.
even though the road is closed, and it has been closed to traffic and has been since 2017, it gave it a chance to recover a little bit, you know? now that's ticked off my list, i'm headed back out to the coast. it's only 15 minutes up to a place that's just reopened after two years. this is the carrick—a—rede rope bridge, first built by salmon fishermen over 250 years ago. it's pretty bouncy! up until the �*70s, this wasjust a single rope bridge with a handful of gapped planks, so i'm super glad it's been updated because this is amazing and i wouldn't have done it back then. much like at the dark hedges, the national trust says it's noticed how nature's recovered on the site with fewer people going. now, numbers are limited to help nature thrive, so if you want to cross the bridge and explore the little island, you have to pre—book online first. from carrick—a—rede,
it's a beautiful drive along the coast, passing some noteworthy sites from ballintoy harbour, the giant's causeway, the beautiful dunluce castle ruin. and then to portrush, which will be where i end my trip. but first... did you know that this area is home to the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world? bushmills was granted its licence by king james i in 1608. and, fortunately for me, their tours have just kick—started again after a two—year hiatus. so, really, to get it from the barrel... we always like a little bit of ceremony, so... don't drop any. into the barrel. not a drop to be spilt. it's such precious liquid! if you have a nose, you get these lovely — it's very friendly on your nose. it's a very vanilla,
toasted wood... really, with bushmills, it's very friendly on your palate so it actually draws you in. and actually, put it to your ear. it's saying, "try me! "drink me! you'll love me!" it's been a packed schedule but i've heard there's no better way to end your day in northern ireland than at a traditional family—run pub. we're lucky we have live music at least once a week. it's great to get musicians back in the bar as well, because they are the life and soul of it and they create the atmosphere, you know? oh, they're starting again! so much of the causeway coastal route relies on tourism and now, with the last of the attractions finally reopened in time for summer, it seems this part of the emerald isle is back in business and ready to extend that famous irish hospitality. from the green fields of northern ireland,
we're now heading to the state of bihar in india to visit nalanda, a seat of learning that was first founded around 1600 years ago, making it one of the world's very first universities. it was partly destroyed around 600 years later, but is now welcoming back students. we've been to take a look around. nalanda can be termed as the epitome of culture, a soul of our ancient academia. one of the most important curriculum that was taught in nalanda, medical education. there might have been a hustle and bustle of people in the whole area because in every day, there would be hundreds of classes would be there. various courses were being
taught at the university. we had logic, we had astronomy, we had astrology, and all other subjects also were being taught. from the descriptions of xuanzang, they speak about the huge turrets, a—storey monasteries and storied — the astronomical observatory, and also about the great university's magnificent library. there are 1,500 teachers. they were all brahman teachers. there were students from korea, china, japan
india lost everything, india lost its soul when nalanda was destroyed. great and valuable books were here on various aspects of life. all of them completely destroyed by the people. archaeological proof is there. after the destruction of nalanda, buddhism declined from india and people forgot about nalanda university, about buddha also. this is the biggest ever excavated university in the whole world. it was in 1811, francis buchanan—hamilton, for the first time, he saw the remains of the university
but he did not know that it was a university. it has been completely unearthed and a village has been settled on top. on the basis of that, cunningham—howe started to excavate this place. so, the first— excavation was in 1872. that was only a very small excavation. i and then, from 1915 onwards, up to '37, the whole temple l complex was excavated, i the whole monastic portion was excavated. then, from 1934 up to '84 or so, a small type - of excavation, - that was taken up. a number of inscriptions, inscriptions of the kings also and inscriptions of certain donations have also been excavated from there. and these inscription, they throw remarkable light about the history. innumerable sculptures
were excavated from the whole nalanda, the sculptures of lord buddha in various form. we have a collection of rare manuscripts. many of the manuscripts of nalanda have taken to tibet and they translate it into tibetan language. some of the manuscripts are donated by his holiness dalai lama and some are from various other monasteries. it had a history of 800 years of continuous education, and then a gap of 800 years,
after which nalanda was created or re—established. i'm trying to re—purpose nalanda, redefine it in today's context, basing it to the ancient nalanda. nalanda university houses students from 31 countries, so it's truly a cultural confluence that happens here. this is the administrative block, wing one. we have another wing there. the construction, we started in 2017. we have about — over 80 structures that are ready. these are all academic, administrative, examination centres, student facilities, classrooms, faculty rooms, mini auditorium. all these are ready. we are complete in every respect, it's only the residences that are under construction, 70% done. i think we are already a university of future
because we are looking at the multipolar world. after various upheavals and vicissitudes of history, nearabout eight — almost 800 years — the new international university would be again dipping into the whole fray. almost like phoenix — was earlier completely destroyed but out of that ashes, now the new university will be coming and that would give the message of peace and non—violence to the entire globe. that's it for this week. coming up next week — we welcome a new face to the travel show as eva zu beckjoins the team and takes a trip alongside some of the congested waterways close to mexico city to find out how a clean—up operation is getting on. we're stuck in a trafficjam, like ten different boats! tourist boats, shop boats, floating band boats. it's just...
and if you've missed any of our recent trips, you can catch up on the bbc iplayer, along with a whole load of memories, tips and inspiration from across the bbc. until next time, bye—bye. hello. whilst some of you will remain dry and sunny this saturday, for others, we have already seen some passing showers, like here in penzance earlier in the day. more to come, especially in the west. that is because you are closer to an area of low pressure dominating the weather charts this weekend. as that closes in further on sunday,
rain will become more abundant across western areas, and the wind strengthens further. even today, a much fresher breeze compared with the past few days, particularly in the west. a few showers dotted around the western areas. they will blossom a bit more across parts of england and scotland in the afternoon. but gaps between, things will stay dry towards the south—east, east anglia, although it will cloud over later, and in the north of scotland, but the winds will be strong, feeling cool and fresh at times. more cloudy moments in the west, 17 the high, maybe in the sunny spots of northern scotland, 22, 22 across some parts of eastern england as well. going through this evening and overnight, some showers dotted around. close to glastonbury and headingley through the day. they will fade but then that area of low pressure, here it is, the centre pushing towards northern ireland, and on the edge of it outbreaks of rain becoming more extensive across ireland, south—west scotland, the isle of man and north—west wales later on. temperatures tomorrow morning much like this morning, 9—12.
a bright start to eastern england and northern scotland. this is where the best of the dry weather will be on sunday. generally speaking more cloud elsewhere, and in the west there will still be some glimpses of sunshine, with more of a chance of rain at times. certainly in northern ireland, but certainly so in central and southern scotland and in the western fringes of england and wales. the sunshine, best towards the east. 22—23, in eastern england back, only 15—16 for some in the west, partly because you have not got as much sunshine around and there are outbreaks of rain, as you can see from the chart at four o'clock, but also because the breeze will be stronger. these are the wind gusts, 40—50 mph around the north channel of the irish sea, and towards the south—west, and that will be pushing some very high seas in across parts of wales, cornwall and north devon. going into sunday evening, still some cloud across many western areas, with outbreaks of rain, but it should be dry, i think, for the end of glastonbury. lovely sunset for the south and east, and the week ahead looks largely dry for some in the south—east of england and east anglia, and as you can see from our london forecast,
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