tv The Travel Show BBC News July 11, 2021 1:30pm-2:01pm BST
hello this is bbc news. the headlines... england's footballers prepare to take on italy in tonight's final of euro 2020 — their biggest match in more than half a century. their resilience and experience as a team really prepared them well for this moment. the italians have not had to wait 55 years for a major final — but there's plenty of excitement there too, with fans gearing up for the big night.
the uk's vaccine minister says the government is confident that plans to lift a range of covid restrictions will go ahead onjuly 19 in england. but he also said masks are still expected to be worn indoors. the fortification of the vaccination programme has allowed us to cautiously move to step four. and the pm will say more about this. the widow of haiti's assassinated president claims he was killed because of his drive for political reform. sir richard branson prepares to venture to the edge of space, on the first passenger flight of his virgin galactic spaceship. now on bbc news, the travel show revisits some of its best eco—trips from the last few years. from one of the world's most exciting train rides, to hurtling downhill without brakes.
to moose tracking in the forests of canada. this week, we revisit some of our wildest adventures. hello, and welcome to the travel show with me, carmen roberts, coming to you this week from my local park in tokyo. we've not been travelling these past few months, which has been an odd change of pace for all of us here on the programme, but over the past few years we have been to hundreds of incredible places and faced many unusual and occasionally uncomfortable situations.
i faced my fear of heights jumping off the sky tower in new zealand, ignored basic safety advice and danced with scissors in peru, and played real—life mario kart down some of the busiest road in tokyo. but it's notjust me, though. all of us travel show regulars have had some pretty wild adventures, and this week we are looking back at some of our favourites. first up, in 2018, we went tojordan to mark 100 years since the culmination of the arab revolt, the legendary campaign against the ottoman empire which was famously led, it's claimed, by lawrence of arabia. we sent rajan tojordan to experience a battle re—enactment along one of the key supply lines. this is a reconstruction of one of the original trains and it used to carry supplies to the ottoman troops and i am going to take a trip through this stunning landscape.
that's a bomb. oh! what the hell! that is loud! so, what i'm guessing is that this train is being hijacked, and that a bomb has been exploded on the line and we cannot move. we have been well and truly hijacked. i tell you what, for a re—enactment, it's pretty realistic. i'm actually scared, even though i know they are blanks. what the hell! ok, i'm going! i'm going, 0k! don't leave me here!
0k, 0k. hands up, hands up man, hands up! constant attacks on the ottoman's railway supply lines worked, the war ended and several new nations, syria, iraq, libya were formed. the origins of the middle east that know today can be traced to these attacks on the railway and the subsequent covering up of the region by the brits and french. that was rajan there under bombardment in the blazing heat of the jordanian desert. it's a bit of a temperature change now and we head to the chilly austrian alps where ben braved —30 degrees centigrade and a gathering storm for a spot of snow camping and let's just say it didn't all go to plan.
we have put up all of the tents now. mostly these guys. it's going well, it is a lot warmer than i thought. so after some hard work, our camp is set and i will be honest, a hot drink has never been more satisfying. as the sun fell behind the mountains, little did we know that this would be a last chance to take in this amazing environment. it was most definitely the calm before the storm. it's absolutely freezing and getting colder by the second, but it really is beautiful and i'd never seen anything like it in my life. we melt snow over camp stoves to make our dinners of rehydrated chicken noodles.
but then, the dramatically worsening weather was taking its toll. somewhere along the way, i took a wrong turn and now i'm in the deeper snow. oh god. oh god, oh god. oh god, it's so deep. that was difficult. 0k. here's my house for the night. oh, it's so cold! the ground feels like a freezer. 0k. it is currently 2am and i have not slept at all. i think we are right in the middle of the storm and the winds are so strong. but the worst was yet to come. we woke up early to a blizzard of snow.
with the wind hitting me this hard, i'm shocked at how drastically this amazing place can change overjust a few hours. but then, it was all hands on deck to pack down our tents. with visibility restricted to just a few metres in places, it was important we stick together. our path was never too farfrom a sheer drop down the mountain. getting down was going to be much harder than getting up. the storm had meant the whole mountain had been shut down for safety reasons and we would essentially need to be evacuated. so, snowploughs to the rescue. it's not really the morning i was hoping for because you can't really see anything because it is such a blizzard, but it was such a great experience, something you don't do every day, but now
it is time to get warm. next, we head to the state of hidalgo, central mexico, when mike endured one eco parque�*s notorious night walk, where tourists can experience a brutal recreation of an illegal border crossing into the united states. this reconstruction has been designed by locals to try to persuade migrants not to attempt the sometimes perilous journey, which claimed 300 lives last year. we are told to meet inside the main gate. and even though these guys are playing a part, they really mean business. so the guy yelling at the top of his lungs is the person taking us across the border. he is taking his character
extremely seriously. so firstly, we are alljumping in the back of a pickup truck. i have no idea where we are going. he's not giving us any tips. and we're going to attempt to cross the border they've created for us tonight. i have to watch my step. there is gunshots, there is sirens, this bridge is totally not stable, and there's people crawling on the ground. i don't even know what's going on but the group is slowly...
you 0k? yes. unsure footing, i can kind of deal with. but things get much scarier when you are forced to the ground by these very authentic—looking bandits. crack normally you would welcome the arrival of the police with open arms, but our coyote tells us to run. sirens we have to go, we have to go!
panting the idea of this park is to show people what hardships and work goes into border crossings, and this has been a perfect example so far. this is the moment, this is the moment. 0ur coyote is stressing out. wait for the next truck, as soon as it comes, we're jumping in the back. sirens they're coming.
sirens off in the distance. here at the eco parque, they are hoping the experience will end up saving many lives. it's certainly given many of the guests here pause for thought. sirens well, stay with us, because coming up... cheering henry dodges obstacles on a downhill cart race in the philippines. and i hang from a waterfall in peru. oh, my gosh! so, don't go away. right. we are crossing continents now and heading to canada in search of one of its most famous residents. and even though it is big and noisy, the canadian moose is surprisingly elusive. but luckily, krista
had the help of one of the country's top trackers. howling you must be pierre? yes, i am. lovely to meet you. what an amazing song. you really sounded like a wolf. thanks! although wolves don't normally carry guitars. my friends call me peter the wolf. pierre takes tourists around this forest, the world's biggest research forest. as ever, sunrise and sunset are the best times for spotting. he reckons there is an 80% chance. this is the mark that a big male with big antlersjust made. 0n the moose safari, we are trying to find the moose,
we are trying to approach them with all the ancestral technique — the wind and the noise, and we are also doing moose, different calls, to attract them. sometimes we are very lucky. with the moose calls you make, could you explain the noises? what do they say? honking the female noise is like this. honking and the male, it is short but deep. kind of rough. grunting it's very deep, because moose are big. they are the biggest member of the deer family. male grunting pierre takes me off deep into the woods, chasing very faint calls he can
hear in the distance. he's not above smearing himself in a �*moose bath�*, which is basically a collection of unpleasant substances the animal has left behind. the going is heavy. i have a tough time in the boggy ground. but after a couple of hours with two soaking wet feet and daylight disappearing, we admit defeat, get back in the car and head for home. when, suddenly... i see it! oh, my goodness! huge antlers on that one. moose. yeah. moose call
the boys are out tonight. look at that. distant, but definitely there. moose call off pierre went, chasing the moose into the sunset. krista there, enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of the canadian wilderness. next up, we're off to the philippines and the island of negros, made famous by a local sport that has attracted thousands of thrillseekers from all over the world, including our very own henry golding. we don't recommend you try this at home. cheering that's insane! i saw him flying about 30 feet!
laughter on something that's... it's a unique thing. it might look like a few bits of bamboo strung together with wheels, but that is pretty much what it is! add a hill and a few obstacles, you've got a sport that will definitely get the adrenaline going. it all started when local environmentalist nicky decided to ramp up a children's game and turn it into a heart—stopping adventure sport. it could be described as an extreme sport. an insane sport, nicky. there's something wrong with you and your friends! cheering he is still alive. so, missing about 15 trees
on the way down, ok? that is important. oh, dear. oh, dear! gaining speed! yeah! now, they make it look very easy, but it's far from it. you have to be careful of where you are heading, because these tracks aren't straight lines, and the speed just picks up a crazy amount. you need a way to slow down. watch out for those trees! close call! laughter after a few attempts, i start to get the hang of things.
riding in a crew! as for the big jumps, well, i think i will leave that to the professionals. laughter yeah, good job, good job! yeah! woo hoo! and finally, this week, one of my all—time favourite experiences here on the travel show. back in 2016, i travelled to the andes in northern peru to the home of the yumbilla falls, one of the largest waterfalls in the world. and i was incredibly lucky to be one of the first people to try and abseil down it. your legs, carmen, 90 degrees like this. lean backwards. taking off is terrifying. it's hard to stay up with the constant pressure of the water pushing me backwards, and i'm told this is the easy part.
0k! we reached the tiny ledge overlooking the last 70 metres and prepare for our descent. what a view! oh, my gosh, it's amazing! woo hoo! ok. here we go. we're so close. this is amazing! so far, so good. but halfway down, i'm in for a shock. slightly unnerving we're going to lose the rock now and go into freefall. ah! i can do this. ah, yep, this is good.
without the rock face, i'm literally hanging. it's hard work on my hand. basically, this rope is holding my body weight. i'm having to release the rope to get me down. this way of coming down is faster and scarier, but a lot more exciting. we reach the last part of the descent, and i'm so relieved to finally get to the bottom. whoa! i know it's crazy, i didn't expect so much water! that was amazing. what a rush. yeah!
well, that's it for this week, and our look back at some of our wildest adventures here on the travel show. and hopefully we will be on the road, pushing our limits again very soon. but in the meantime, you can keep up on social media, where we'll give you some inspiration for your future travel plans. just search "bbc travel show" on all the main platforms and you'll find us there. but until next time, from me — carmen roberts — and the rest of the travel show team at home, all around the world, it's goodbye.
the weather pattern is going to change over the week ahead and summer is set to return. notjust yet because we have got cloud, we have rain. cloud increasing across wales, patchy rain. some sunshine ahead of that, but already we have had showers. there are those showers, notjust in scotland but northern england. patchy rain pushing its way into wales and particularly the south—west of england. not heavy, but a cooler day for wales in the south—west. some rain pushing up towards northern ireland and heading across towards london late in the afternoon. there is some sunshine, temperatures into the low 20s. pleasant. but showers will be around, perhaps heavy and thundery in northern england and scotland. the football at wembley, it is dry, the sun is out but it will cloud over and we are looking
at rain. hopefully, it won't dampen the celebrations. we will find wetter weather pushing from the west and it gets wetter across england and it gets wetter across england and wales overnight. heavy rain. further north, showers fade away and in scotland and it turns dry in northern ireland. a warm night. a messy day for monday. we have areas of rain which could be heavy. they will slowly move northwards, breaking up and sunshine coming through, developing some showers. there could be some local flooding here. probably drier and a bit warmer than today for northern ireland, wales and the south—west of england. tuesday, we have showers, more to the south—east of england. heavier across the channel. if you work showers, lighter showers, drying up from the west, more sunshine on tuesday and those
temperature starting to write as well. the weather is going to be changing because we have had low pressure bringing rain for some time. wednesday, that is out into continental europe and we see high pressure building up from the south—west. that will settle things and a welcome return to summer. wednesday, it should be dry. some large areas of cloud. the sun will come out. not a heatwave but it will feel quite pleasant in the sunshine with temperatures as high as goodbye for now.
this is bbc news, i'm olly foster live at wembley, ahead of tonight's european championship final. for england's men, this has been a long time coming, the match against italy, their first major final for more than half a century. we need this, this year, after the time we have had, we need some of this, we need excitement, to be behind our country. hours before kick—off, thousands are already gathering on wembley way in support of gareth southgate�*s team — and he had this message for them: we will be doing everything we can, your support and energy has given us a huge lift and it will on sunday.