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Tales of Paris

A narrated walk from Notre Dame Cathedral, along the Seine to the Louvre, the Tuileries, Place de la Concorde, Rue Royale, La Madeleine, Alexander III bridge, and the Eiffel Tower.

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Caprai, one of Umbria's wine innovators

Caprai, one of Umbria's wine innovators

Sagrantino is a unique grape only grown in the Montefalco Assisi area. It was p…moreSagrantino is a unique grape only grown in the Montefalco Assisi area. It was probably brought here in the 1400’s by Franciscan monks followers of St Francis. The sweet wine has been drunk by locals on weddings and Easter ever since. In the 70’s Arnaldo Caprai bought 10 acres of land and decided to focus on this old vine and for the first time make a dry red wine. In the 80 his son Marco who had graduated as an enologyst brought to the winery a desire to experiment and innovate. The Caprai’s convinced the University of Milan to come on board on a research project to clone the various strains of old Sagrantino vines which were on the verge of disappearing. The experiment was very successful and the rest is history. In 1992 the top appellation DPCG was awarded to sagrantino winning Caprai international recognition and many awards. Under strict Italian law, "Montefalco Sagrantino Secco" DOCG defines a wine guaranteed to come exclusively from Sagrantino grapes, exclusively from the Province of Perugia Secco means dry. The wine ages for 30 months, of which at least 12 in oak barrels. This wine is a DOCG, the highest-ranking category of Italian wine denominations Sagrantino di Montefalco, is a DOCG wine that must be made from 100 percent Sagrantino. Most wines in the world are made from the same 5-6 different types of grapes. Sagrantino di Montefalco is unique because it is made from a single grape and only made here. Sagrantino di Montefalco Collepiani first produced in 1979 is possibly the star of the collection. Caprai still produces Sagrantino di Montefalco Passito (also DOCG), the sweet wine that gave birth to the modern sagrantino . Today thanks to Caprai this wine once almost forgotten is drunk the world over. less

Rennes

Rennes

Rennes

Bethlehem: Church of the Nativity

Bethlehem: Church of the Nativity

The Church of the Nativity is a basilica located in Bethlehem, Palestinian terr…moreThe Church of the Nativity is a basilica located in Bethlehem, Palestinian territories, and is considered to be the oldest continuously operating Christian church in the world. The church was originally commissioned in 327 AD by Constantine and his mother Helena over the site that is still traditionally considered to be located over the cave that marks the birthplace of Jesus of Nazareth. The Church of the Nativity site's original basilica was completed in 339 AD and destroyed by fire during the Samaritan Revolts in the sixth century AD. A new basilica was built 565 AD by the Byzantine Empire, restoring the architectural tone of the original. The site has had numerous additions since this second construction, including its prominent bell towers. Due to its cultural and geographical history, the site holds a prominent religious significance to those of both the Christian and Muslim faiths. The site of the Church of the Nativity is a World Heritage Site, and was the first to be listed under Palestine by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The site is also on UNESCO's List of World Heritage Sites in Danger. The church is administered jointly by Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Armenian Apostolic authorities. All three traditions maintain monastic communities on the site The structure of the site. of the Church of the Nativity is a combination of two churches and a crypt beneath—the Grotto of the Nativity where tradition states that Jesus of Nazareth was born and a fourteen-point silver star, beneath the altar in the Grotto marks the traditional spot believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ. less

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Trooping the Colour

Trooping the Colour

"Trooping the Colour," the most colorful of all the annual Royal ceremonies in …more"Trooping the Colour," the most colorful of all the annual Royal ceremonies in London, takes place on the morning of the Queen's official birthday, the Saturday closest to mid-June. However, for the two Saturdays preceeding that day, full rehearsals are staged, much to the delight of tourists and residents alike. This "Trooping the Colour" was filmed on the last Saturday in May, 2008. The information in the commentary was researched and delivered by Monty Brown less

Running of the Sheep

Running of the Sheep

The annual spring Festival of the Transhumance in St. Rémy de Provence, France,…moreThe annual spring Festival of the Transhumance in St. Rémy de Provence, France, features the local shepherds running their sheep through the town. They are taking them to cooler, higher elevations for the summer months. less

Mission Dolores

Mission Dolores

A ferry trip to San Francisco to see Mission Dolores, the sixth mission founded…moreA ferry trip to San Francisco to see Mission Dolores, the sixth mission founded (1776) by Father Junipero Serra. less