Skip to main content

tv   The Travel Show  BBC News  July 14, 2018 10:30am-11:01am BST

10:30 am
look at the weather. hello, it is a pretty straightforward weather story to tell. if you have outside plans this weekend you will not be disappointed. it looks likely to stay warm and sunny. hot for some. the exception is the far north and west. a week weather front will bring cloud and sherry outbreaks of rain into the west of northern ireland, and the west of scotland, it gradually clouding over the east of scotla nd it gradually clouding over the east of scotland and the border. the maximum will be 82 fahrenheit. that will lead to a one night with temperatures not following fire. mid—teens widely. at the same time the weather front will bring outbreaks of shirley rain into northern ireland, the west of scotla nd northern ireland, the west of scotland and perhaps aberdeenshire by sunday morning. we start sunday with the weather front in the north—west, but for most people, it will be hot and sunny and it will stay like that. whatever doing, enjoy. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines:
10:31 am
president trump arrives in scotland to wind down and play golf after completing his two—day working trip to the uk. further protests against the president's visit are expected to take place across scotland. we'll bring you the latest. an explosive device has been thrown at the former sinn fein leader gerry adams‘ house in west belfast. nobody was hurt in the attack. a large scale investigation continues in wiltshire after police identify the source of the nerve agent novichok. it was found inside the house of one of the victims. and, on the verge of a 24th singles grand slam, serena williams takes on angelique kerber later in search of a record—breaking victory. now, the travel show. coming up on this week's show: i'm in amsterdam tojump on board a boat which once ferried migrants across the mediterranean but now carries tourists. so whenever you have a chance to help somebody, do it.
10:32 am
it will come back to you. rajan heads to colorado to meet the people trying to save the iconic north american bison. the policy is very much let them roam, let them be free, don't interfere. lucy is here with the lowdown on how to pick the best smart suitcase. the main difference is you can afford to be a bit more careless with this, safe in the knowledge that your wheels will not buckle under the pressure. and, taking the long way round to the world cup finals. i came here to russia by bicycle to support my national team. it was like a dream for all of us, all egyptians. amsterdam is famous for its picturesque canals built
10:33 am
in the 17th century to help the city trade in goods from all over the world. these days they're often clogged with boats catering to tourists, ferrying groups from one famous sight to another. but there are one or two boats that stand apart from the rest. this is a hedeer, a former people smuggling vessel that was used to transport refugees across the mediterranean. up to 76 people would be crammed in there. now it is being used to give tourists a very different perspective on amsterdam. i will be your guide for the day. we have sami, he is our captain. this is part of an initiative called lampedusa cruises, named after the italian island where many asylum seekers from africa come ashore.
10:34 am
and the staff are all refugees. i remember, my mother told me, what do you want to study? i said, i want to study cinema. she said, come on, what do you want to study? tommy was an artist and a rebel politician in egypt who rose to prominence during the arab spring and, soon after, was forced to leave his home. in 2013, we had a coup in egypt. the president went to prison and i became a fugitive. i was arrested later, i was tortured, i had to leave the country and i became a refugee, and i got all the help i needed. so, whenever you have a chance to help somebody, do it. it'll come back to you. the tour winds its way through familiar sights, but the emphasis is on showing amsterdam's long history as a migrant city, built and made prosperous with the efforts of people from all over the world.
10:35 am
in the 17th century, between the year 1600 and 1650, a lot of migrants came to holland. you can imagine, in 50 years, the population of amsterdam grew from 50,000 people to 200,000 people. 75% of the people who lived here were not dutch. and now we have more than 180 nationalities living in amsterdam. tommy is just one of many refugees who have come to amsterdam in the last few years. most came in 2015, when a5,000 refugees, predominantly from syria, sought asylum in the netherlands. smuggling, it is somehow the new slavery system... it prompted a number of local initiatives to help the new arrivals settle more easily into their communities. lampedusa cruises is the brainchild of amsterdam artist teun castelein.
10:36 am
heartbroken by the sight of refugees struggling to reach europe, he sought to build a social enterprise that would help amsterdam's refugees. he bought two vessels which had been abandoned on the shores of lampedusa to become tour boats in his city, with the aim of raising awareness about refugee issues for both tourists and local residents. most people in amsterdam, they tend to forget that amsterdam was built on thousands of years of immigration. even, i think, our most famous philosophers, erasmus and spinoza, are most famous poet, and our most famous writer, anne frank. they all came here because of a threat from their nation. his initiative has trained both captains and guides, and now employs six refugees running two tours, the one i took on the canals and another sunset
10:37 am
cruise to the river ij. for him, these tours are a good fit for amsterdam. it's a city that's based on inclusion. it's a city based on an open and a liberal approach to newcomers. so that is part of our dna and i think we should celebrate that. boat tours are not the only way for tourists to learn about refugee experiences in the city. another of teun‘s collaborations takes place on dry land across town. this is bijlmerbajes, a prison complex that was built in the 1970s, and then closed again just a couple of years ago in 2016. from the outside it is unsurprisingly quite foreboding, but on the inside it is an entirely different story. are you ready? i am ready. welcome! what do you think? it is really nice on you.
10:38 am
i'm not dressed in a towel just for fun. this is a bona fide hamam, created in the former isolation cells of the prison, with showers, massage suites... this is our steam room. you can't even see the room! ..a steam room, and even a pool. first of all, we felt it was impossible to make it a pool, but after the small wall and some small arrangement, it worked fine. it works perfectly. it is amazing. all of the therapists and staff here are refugees. mostly from syria, where hamams are a big part of the culture. many features of the originaljail cells remain, including graffiti left by former prisoners on the ceilings and walls. it is an odd juxtaposition between this and the relaxing hamam experience. still, it would have been
10:39 am
rude not to try it out. the concept of hamam, actually, is a taste of syrian culture, in a western theme. so people can know about us, know who we are. so instead of watching the media and thinking that they know who we are, we use our culture to welcome the dutch society that we are part of now. initiatives such as the hamam and refugee boat cruises offer tourists a completely new perspective on the city of amsterdam. the hope is they will also impact the way visitors perceive refugees across the world. once there was a kid who was all the time looking at me like this, and when i finished, i asked him, did you have any problem, you didn't understand me or something? and he said, no, i really get inspired. so these things are very important.
10:40 am
because these kids or people who want to see amsterdam can change a lot of things. next up, with the football world cup in russia coming to a close this weekend, we hear about the incrediblejourney that one dedicated fan took to the tournament. my name is mohamed, an egyptian traveller. i am 2a years old. i came here to russia by bicycle to support my national team. it was like a dream for all of us, all egyptians, to watch our team in the world cup. the journey was around 3000 kilometres. i started from tahrir square in cairo on april 7.
10:41 am
from egypt to jordan, from amman injordan i took a plane to cross syria, to sofia in bulgaria, then romania, and from romania across belarus. then i entered the russian border, and moscow was my final destination. the journey was completely new experience for me. it was the first time to be in europe. i met new people, new cultures. it was my chance to know more about myself and discover many places in the world we don't know about in our world and the middle east. so it is like a bigger chance for me to show these areas to my country. of course, the world cup
10:42 am
is the biggest event in the world. it is not just about football, it is about people from all over the world. i was so excited, the arrival, so many special moments for me, i think i will not forget this great moment, to be in moscow after 65 days, i can't believe that up until now. still to come on the travel show, lucy is looking for luggage that will survive a proper pounding. you can afford to be a bit more careless in this, safe in the knowledge that your wheels won't crumble under the pressure. and rajan heads to colorado to join the battle to save the bison. they are magnificent creatures. these are mostly female and they are calving at the moment and the baby bison are so cute. smart luggage is perhaps the most
10:43 am
innovative thing to come to carry—on since the telescopic handle, but when you buy one, you have to be really, really careful. that's because this year select airlines are banning ones without removable batteries, citing fire concerns as the main reason. so if there's no removable battery it's not going on board. so here is our round—up of some of the ones you can take on your holidays. let's start with something nice and simple. this is the away carry—on, with a 37—watt lithium ion battery located under the handle. that's enough to charge your phone up to five times, using either one of the two full—size usb ports or the micro—usb port under this rubber lid. i quite like this nifty design feature that sees the portable
10:44 am
battery pop—up so you simply need to remove it to recharge it. you can keep your laptop in there. you can keep other devices in this zipped compartment down here. 0nly small devices, mind you. a decent amount of storage space and best of all the battery doesn't change how much space you have to work with. if you are after a stylish, convenient, all—in—one package, the away bag is a nice idea — but you could always just buy a portable charger, put it in your bag and have a cheaper bit of luggage. so far, so straightforward. what if your travels take you off—road ? the main feature of this classic is its wheels. its makers say that it deals with any kind of terrain with ease. steps, bumps, even snow. it also comes with a phone charger of similar power to the carry—on we looked at earlier. now, if i'm being completely honest, dragging this bag around doesn't feel drastically different to doing
10:45 am
so with a regular piece of luggage. i guess the main difference here is that with a lifetime guarantee on the wheels you can afford to be a bit more careless with this, safe in the knowledge that your wheels won't crumble under the pressure. elsewhere you also get luggage tracking, with a little bit of help from tyre tracker. this connects your phone via bluetooth and uses your phone's gps to locate your luggage. so if you arrive and your bag doesn't, open the app and you can locate your luggage anywhere in the world. so for the most part, smart cases have mainly been designed to charge and track your phone. useful but boring. this is the nomadic speakase. fitted into the front is a bluetooth speaker. its acoustics are designed to amplify your tunes and make them sound even better. all you need to do is simply unclip it, pop the speaker out, and you've got audio. you can also remove the speaker altogether if you want to. it's pretty loud. it's an interesting idea but i feel one that only really appeals
10:46 am
to people who love to travel and feel that they need high—end audio with them wherever they go. for the rest of us, a portable speaker will probably do. so you've got your luggage, but dragging it around a new city when all you want to do is explore is farfrom ideal. that's where stasher comes in. search your immediate location and stasher will show you the shops that have agreed to look after your bag — for small fee, of course. it's like airbnb for your luggage. ah, there it is! just going to show you my code. that's good. thank you. yeah? it's all right. awesome. so i havejust paid £5 to store my bag here for the next 2a hours. which, in the grand scheme of things, isn't that much to pay given you'll be bag free on your travels. the one thing i will say about this service — it is fantastic, but if you're outside the western europe area, be mindful because there's
10:47 am
not as many options. well, to finish this week we're off to america, where the western state of colorado is classic farming and ranching country. it was also once home to millions of bison, but not any more. rajan‘s been to meet the people fighting to save this iconic north american animal. the enormous expanse that is the state of colorado. take a drive three hours from the capital, denver, towards the new mexico border and you're greeted by timeless and spectacular landscapes. this is the san luis valley in the south of colorado. classic western terrain with its high plains and the sangre de cristo mountains in the background, gloriously ice capped, and most of them over 111,000 feet high. with the cattle ranching and the incredible wildlife, this is what outdoorjunkies
10:48 am
from all over the world come to america to witness. but for a long time there was a classic all—american iconic creature that was missing from this landscape — the bison. 0nce 20—30 million bison, the largest terrestrial animals in north america, roamed across the land, but they nearly became extinct thanks to mass slaughter and habitat loss. by the time old ranches like these were opened in the late 19th century, the number of bison had collapsed to less than 1,000 across the whole of the usa. and, look, down here we've got some old bison hide. whoa. that's thick. but the truth is ranching and cattle rearing have not covered themselves with glory, earning a bad rap for destroying
10:49 am
biodiversity and overgrazing. but now this same ranch, converted back from a shortlived spell as a luxury golf course and a high end spa resort, is at the vanguard of a nationwide mission to reverse these disastrous trends. there is one family of ranchers, the phillips, who've been managing this place since 2004, but who have been in the ranching game for four generations. i am going to talk to a fourth—generation. duke. how're you doing? how are you? very good. they call you little duke. no, not any more, it's been a while. now, you're going to show me the bison, aren't you? yeah. that's good. let's do it. let's go have a look. duke phillips and his family devote 50,000 acres of land to running the bison conservation project here. unbelievably, not that long ago, this was a view that would be nigh on impossible to enjoy anywhere across the whole of the usa. so here we have a group of about 100 bison, out of a total herd of about 1500—2000 on this ranch.
10:50 am
they are magnificent creatures. they are mostly female and they're calving at the moment. the baby bisons are so cute. they are passive normally, but you would not want to get them riled. because they weigh 1,500 lbs and they can run faster than a horse. i think i willjust stay out here. what led to the near extinction of bison in the late 19th century? generally speaking, it was western expansion, whether it was wealthy people from the east coming and shooting them from the train, people shooting them to sell the hides, or trying to shoot the food source for the indian to promote western expansion. these are some of the largest and purest herd of bison in the whole of america and the policy is very much let them roam, let them be
10:51 am
free, don't interfere. perhaps after a history of exterminating close to 30 million of them nearly 100 years ago, that's only right and fair. from tens of millions of bison to just a few hundred at one point at the end of the 19th century, the numbers are slowly recovering. and ranchlands want to create more herds. but that requires management and keeping the genetic quality of the herd high. once a year the ranchers round up these bison. every autumn in a series of pens, alleys, and catwalks, culminating in a hydraulic squeeze shoot, the bison are examined, marked, and treated. at this point a number of the bison are selected to be culled and sent to market. in as low stress a manner as possible, the ranch insists. there is one other crucial link in this conservation chain.
10:52 am
tourists. who the ranchers say don'tjust observe, but actually improve the bison management. kate matheson was a photo editor on glamour and fashion magazines in the uk until she came out to the usa on a holiday ten years ago. for the last six years she's worked here on ranchlands. she's one of only two people who live all year round on a ranch that's seven times bigger than manhattan. the joy of being part of a much bigger picture, a much bigger mission of conservation, and preservation of these landscapes, but the livestock, too, and to share it with the bigger audience is really critical to its preservation. and being part of the bison conservation project, unusually, is giving a woman from the south of england a role in reviving the all—american animal. it's what you imagine when you think of the west, bison.
10:53 am
what a tragedy if that didn't exist at all. there's one aspect of this ranch that definitely marks it out as very 21st—century — the wranglers themselves. for the last couple of years they've all ended up being women. they're all lifelong riders, you cannot apply without being a lifelong rider. # 0h ring of fire...# but they're not too romantic about bison here, because come the evening meal for the tourists, there's one favourite ingredient almost always on the menu. hey, everybody, we're got three cheese bison enchiladas... the phillips family don't believe that bison numbers will ever return to the tens of millions, but thanks to these kinds of conservation efforts, this iconic all—american animal is now very much part of this
10:54 am
country's landscape again. that's all we have time for on this week's show. coming up next week: rajan is in amman injordan, seeing what some people are calling a cultural revolution. arabic food in general is arabic food. there is no such thing as syrian, lebanese. so do join us then. in the meantime, from me and all of the travel show team here in amsterdam, it's goodbye. hello there. a favoured few were lucky enough to have some sharp showers bringing some welcome rain for the gardens yesterday.
10:55 am
but that will not be the case today for many of us. it looks dry, settled and sunny. in fact, it will feel quite hot across central and southern areas of england and wales. there is one exception to the rule and that is a weather front into the north—west. it will bring showery outbreaks of rain across the western isles and the far west of northern ireland but it will take its time in pushing steadily east. high pressure still in the driving seat, still a good deal of dry, settled, sunny and hot weather, just an outside risk of an isolated shower into lincolnshire and east anglia late in the afternoon, and the cloud will gather into northern ireland and western scotland with showery outbreaks of rain. it should stay dry for much of eastern scotland, but fresher behind, the yellow tones here. keeping the warm russets down in the south. mid to high 20s here. behind that weather front, 16—23 degrees the high in scotland and northern ireland. if you're lucky enough have centre court tickets at wimbledon
10:56 am
this afternoon, the weather will not disappoint. you will need your sun hat and sunscreen. if we get 30 degrees for the men's final tomorrow, it will be the warmest men's finalfor 20 years. before that we have quite a sultry night to get through, particularly across england and wales, temperatures not falling far, mid—teens widely. an uncomfortable night for getting a good night's sleep. further north and west, our weather front continues to bring outbreaks of light, showery rain into northern ireland, western scotland, gradually drifting east, but never making too much of an impression across eastern scotland and down into the borders on sunday. again, a fresher and breezier feel here. further south, warmer still, light winds, and even along that east coast, with the breeze coming from inland, we'll see temperatures into the high 20s, a perfect afternoon for heading towards the coast. the weather front will slip south and east but it will not
10:57 am
will not bring significant rain for the gardens that are starting to get quite desperate. it will introduce more in the way of cloud, and it will introduce slightly fresher conditions. if it is too hot for you at the moment, by tuesday onwards we will see those temperatures perhaps into the low 20s. this is bbc news, i'm ros atkins in turnberry on the penultimate day of the us president's uk visit. the ‘working' part of the trip is now over and president trump is expected to play some golf in scotland. there are no more scheduled events, but he has confirmed what we all suspected, golf will take place later. not long after he arrived on friday, a paragliderflew by later. not long after he arrived on friday, a paraglider flew by with an anti—trump banner. he threw up to the terrace of the hotel. we will speak to the organiser of that protest. i'm shaun ley, with the other main
10:58 am
stories on bbc news... an explosive device has been thrown at the home of the former sinn fein president, gerry adams, in west belfast. investigations continue in wiltshire after a bottle
10:59 am
11:00 am


info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on