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to reach, again, north—western areas during the course of tuesday. there's a bit more cloud overall across the uk on tuesday. i think the sunniest spots will be on the south and in the east, but look at these temperatures. these are south—westerly winds, 15—16 degrees tuesday for some of us. monday and tuesday will feel like spring. and then, towards the end of the week and into next week, it's not necessarily going to turn that warm, but the winds will die down, the sun will come out, and we will have a high pressure, with crisp weather on the way.
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this is bbc news, the headlines: spain's prime minister, pedro sanchez, bans people from leaving home apart unless they need to buy essential supplies and medicines or to go to work. it comes as his wife maria tests positive for covid—19. the country is europe's worst hit state after italy.
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france has brought in strict measures after seeing a sharp rise in infections. prime minister edouard philippe has ordered bars, clubs, cafes a nd restau ra nts, cinemas and most shops to close. as many people as possible are being asked to work from home while schools will close from monday until further notice. the united states has added britain and ireland to its flight ban on european countries as it tries to limit the spread of covid—19. vice president mike pence says internal travel restrictions are being considered. president trump has tested negative for the virus. now it's time for the travel show. hello, and welcome to the travel show.
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now, this week i am in the maldives looking back at our best bits from the past few months. now, we have had an astonishing year so far, from mike's trip to an amish holiday resort, to the time when rajan explored an ancient newly discovered tunnel underjerusalem, and let us not forget my time here in maldives where i came to find out what they are doing to protect the local marine life.
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but let's start with a little glimpse into the future, when lucy descended into a space centre, built deep inside a spanish cave system. since hg wells wrote of the martian invasion in his 1897 novel, war of the worlds, the red planet has captured our imaginations. at over 33 million miles away, it's incredible to think we could one day colonise mars. for the next 2a—hours, i'll be learning how to live life like a mars spain. astroland is a project set up to see how humans would potentially cope living on mars from a psychological perspective.
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i look ready, ifeel ready, i'm ready. our aim is to get to ares, our base, where we will be spending the night. it's anticipated that the first colonists to mars will also have to live underground in caves or lava tubes to avoid interstellar radiation. ah, we have a table. the pod is set with everything to meet your basic needs and, after all that work, it's time for dinner. i'm going for one of my favourite dishes, bolognese. right, the water's in. give it a stir, leave for ten minutes.
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it looks a little bit like plastic. but i'm so hungry. that is actually quite nice. this experience isn't cheap. for non—scientists it's about £5,000 for the 30 day experience, which includes preparation, training and about three days in the cave... imean, mars. lucy there, finding out what our future holidays on the martian surface might feel like. now, this week i am in the maldives, which is a dream destination for many people, but there is no doubt that tourism and climate change have had an impact on its environment and,
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a while back, i came here to meet some of the people trying to do something about that. we are starting with something that up until now most tourists have not wanted to see on their pristine beaches but which is vital in the fight against climate change, seagrass. so, sandra, tell me what is seagrass? seagrass is very important because actually it has a lot of the functions in the ocean. not only is it a habitat or nursery for many animals, many fish, during different stages of their life, but it also provides most of the oxygen that we need for us, also, for breathing. and what's the biggest threat to seagrass? in most of the reserves, they thought that seagrass it is not looking nice for the guests, because it is not the white sand that they want to have for their pictures. so they used to remove it from the beach because of that.
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yeah, i mean, the project is just to really avoid removing seagrass around the lagoon, and also not doing any action or activity next to the seagrass. so if it will grow by itself, it will be healthy. we don't need to do anything, you just need to take care of what you have. ok so we'll have a look at the seagrass? yeah, sure, let's go. vamos. it is estimated that the world's oceans lose the equivalent of two soccer pitches‘ worth of seagrass every hour of every day. and because seagrass absorbs and stores carbon far more effectively than rainforest, it's vital to see it thrive. up until now, i took seagrass for granted — i just thought it was like weeds, i didn't think it was so important. yeah, there is a lack of information. most of the people theyjust think it's algae, it's dirty,
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but it really keeps, as you see, the water very clean, and it houses many, many kinds of fish. wow, so it's kind of a different mentality that people have to have, and they have to see areas that have seagrass as areas where the sea is helpful. exactly. here in the maldives, many resorts are realising that healthy underwater ecosystem is more important than tourists‘ picture—perfect idea of what the ocean floor should look like. we've also been looking for some similar eco—inspiration in northern argentina, this year. ibera is the world's second—largest wetland and its animal species have been dying off for decades. the people there have been looking to a fearsome predator for help. as mike corey found out.
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welcome to estancia, san alonso, the island home of rewilding argentina — a project aiming to re—introduce this beautiful, terrifying animal to the wild. oh my... guys, this is... when you make eye contact with a beast this size, your heartjust goes... she's isa, she's a brazilian panther, orjaguar. she's about six years old. yeah, she's quite young. and how will the wetlands benefit from introducing this beautiful animal?
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these animals were part of this ecosystem. they have been here for hundreds and thousands of years. they disappeared from the wetlands, and now this ecosystem is lacking from this top predator. and, of course, we need to maintain the prey populations in natural numbers, and not making them increase so much. this whole ecosystem evolved with that keystone apex predator. take that out and everything starts to crumble, right? exactly, yes. it's estimated there are only 250 wild jaguars left across the whole of argentina, but for many locals they still have a special, mystical significance. it's common that here in corrientes, jaguars are related with bravery and masculinity, and it's kind of related with the gaucho. i'm allowed into the enclosure
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to prepare isa's meal. 0k, we've got one hanging fish, we've got one piece of mystery meat. ready to go? she looks a little bit... a little annoyed. normally i don't think food arrives this late. if we look here, there's two trapdoors, and i'vejust been granted permission to open them. wait... which one do i open? both of them? i don't want to open the wrong one. no, the blue one. wow, ok, here she comes, entering into the feed enclosure. we've hung the fish up,
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let's see if she can find it. 0h! that's a predator, ladies and gentlemen. wow! and breakfast is served. mike on the prowl forjaguar in the ibera wetland. still to come on the travel show, one of the world's most significant and controversial excavations is taking place right underneath my feet. we heard there's a saying, whatever happens in pinecraft, stays in pinecraft. if this snake bites me, what happens? it is quite painful. right, to israel next and a journey
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that up until last year was not even possible. in a city already bursting with antiquity it seems unlikely that there would be much to discover underneath jerusalem, but there is, as rajan recently found out. it is a city that is home to the world's three major monotheistic faiths, drawing in more than 3.5 million tourists a year. and of course, it is the diversity of ancient monuments, civilisations and architecture that everyone finds so compelling about jerusalem. and historyjust keeps on giving, because every day, even now, new discoveries and secrets are being revealed. and in fact, one of the world's most significant and controversial excavations is taking place right underneath my feet.
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hi, nice to meet you. rajan. welcome, welcome to the city of david, the most spectacular place to be in israel. ok, let's go and take a look... this is franny, our guide, and excited about the excavation of what was the city 2,000 years ago. these are original stairs we're walking up. it was discovered by accident after a waterpipe burst above it during a snowstorm in 200a. we're about to have a big climb. let's do it. up we go. the pilgrimage road runs from the ancient pool of siloam to temple mount, also known as haram esh—sharif, at the top. it has been almost totally excavated now, and this is what they discovered — paving stones in almost pristine condition. so we're now walking on original, 2,000—year—old limestone streets. that was the centre
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of all ofjerusalem. this is the original limestone? the original, perfect, as if it was walked on yesterday. it was in the 19th century that archaeologists first twigged that the ancient city of david wasn't actually within the famous old city walls ofjerusalem, but here, further south. but why is it so significant anyway? so the city of david is pretty much ancientjerusalem. it's the jerusalem that starts as the capital of this area, 3,000 years ago, which means everything thatjerusalem is today, pretty much, we can learn about it, whether it's politically, religiously, culturally. while the cultural team insist utmost safety for local residents is the priority, that isn't quite how everybody feels, especially amongst the palestinian community who live here in silwan, above the city of david site, which they know by the name wadi hilweh. local residents say cracks and sloping like this to dozens of houses have been caused by the excavation, complaining
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it is like enduring an earthquake. nonetheless, the israeli supreme court rejected those claims. as with many issues injerusalem, there are two quite different stories being told, and as a travel writer and guide, aziz offers the alternative palestinian perspective through his tours of the city. sojerusalem has many layers, and underneath us, there is a road from the second century. from the second century, going underneath here? yes, it is an old market. aziz believes it is important to recognise that, here in the markets of the old city, local arabic families have been here for generations. the city of david will tell you the israeli story, which is legitimate, and it is important to be told. but it doesn't really tell you the story of the palestinian residents. it doesn't really tell you the story of the islamic groups that have lived injerusalem, as well. and so, if you come tojerusalem
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and go to the city of david only, you will hear one narrative, a single narrative, and that is not fair to a city that has so much history, so much diverse history. it hasjewish history, it has christian history, it has muslim history, and each of those has multiple histories, as well. so here is the rub. in jerusalem, any excavation is going to be both amazing and controversial at the same time. but, for followers of three of the world's major religions, curious tourists, and lovers of history alike, the fact is this city will always be a draw. rajan, taking a stroll down pilgrimage road. let's switch continents now to florida, in the united states. it has been a popular destination for years. it is filled with flashy attractions like universal studios, disney world, and epcot. if you're used to a more basic way
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of life, the state still has plenty to offer, as mike found out when he dropped in on the gentle community of pinecraft. since starting as a tourist residence in the 19205, this has become a holiday hotspot for the amish. we have a mural here depicting everyday amish life, and a friendly man welcoming us. maybe we can ride the horse. the amish are christians that hold onto a simple way of life. they are best known for their regimented, plain clothes, worn for reasons of humility and modesty. they also reject most forms of modern technology, some even avoiding electricity from the national grid. well, i guess we grow up working. i mean, we don'tjust sit around doing nothing. it's always you've got something to do. and in the evening, of course, we read books. we don't have tv. and our children like to come home. we have cookouts.
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it's a very secure life. you grew up in an area where your life was always sort of — you knew what to expect. of course, as time goes on, it's not so simple anymore. we don't do things like we did 100 years ago, or 50 years ago. this might look like a normal street in central florida, but actually, many of these are amish holiday homes, and if you look right here, this is a powerline. even the amish want to kick back on vacation. the neighbourhood offers more modern conveniences than you might find in one of their traditional settlements. bicycles and golf carts replace horses and buggies, and the holiday homes, they all have power. we heard there's a saying that whatever happens in pinecraft stays in pinecraft.
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every winter and spring, an estimated 5,000 people come visit. but, if you're not amish, you might have to prepare for a cold reception. they tend to keep themselves to themselves, not so much out of unfriendliness than modesty, and when the camera comes out, everyone tends to scatter. i've been a lot of places, and i've met a lot of people, and i have fit in most of the time. but here, obviously i stick out like a sore thumb here, and i don't exactly know how to interact, so i kind of feel a little bit lonely at times. can you both tell me a bit about pinecraft? there's no other place like it in the world, i don't think. why do you say that? it's really a social life for all the people. you go to the park, it's kind
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of a gathering place where people come and visit. there's shuffleboard down there. i think we've been very blessed to have a place to go like this, and the people accept us, and — and yeah, it's quite unique. mike, living it up with the amish. finally to sri lanka, which is planning to quadruple in size its only unesco—listed ra i nforest reserve. but you will need to watch out for the snakes, as lucy found out. now, i know you can't see much apart from the really tall trees, but mother nature's soundtrack is truly spectacular. this is the edge of the sinharaja, sri lanka's last primary rainforest. it's a hotspot for biodiversity. rare plants and snakes
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all thrive here. it is so important ecologically that there are plans to quadruple it in size. the only way to explore it is by foot. ridma used to hike and swim in the forest as a child. it is so dense. yes. only a tiny bit of sunlight coming through. he now runs tours of the jungle around the island. it is slippery. the sinharaja forest covers more than 8,000 hectares, but you don't need to walk very far to spot some wildlife. see? that's the green tree snake under the leaves. almost the same colour as the leaves. yes. it is tiny. it is. so if this snake bites me, what happens? it is quite painful. stay away! his expert eyes soon spotted another baby snake on our path. what is the name of this snake? it is the eye—catcher snake, because they used to...
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0n the tree at your eye level, and this... see? he really tried to go for you then. he doesn't have venom, but he has teeth. they will bite you until some blood comes out. oh, my god, wow. you weren'tjoking, were you, when you said it was worth it. every time i come into here, it's notjust going to the jungle. ijust come into the big, giant living creature. the rainforest is alive. it's alive. right, that's it for this week.
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we've got loads of brand—new adventures coming next week. but for now, from me, ade adepitan, and all of the travel show team in the gorgeous maldives, it's goodbye. hello. a little bit of rain on the way for
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sunday. it's already raining across some parts of the country, particularly across northern and western areas. but the chances are that you will see some sunshine a little bit later on in the morning and the afternoon. now this is the weather centre that has been approaching us in the last few hours. it has brought wet weather to parts of scotland, western areas as well. this is the rainfall through the early hours of sunday, you can see, across parts of wales, the southwest too. here we have south—westerly winds and so it is not cold at all. temperatures around nine or ten. winds blowing out of the north in scotland so a little bit colder here and even cold enough for some winteriness across the hills of scotland in the mountains too, of course. now the forecast for sunday suggests that that rainfall will linger perhaps into the afternoon across the south—east and east anglia. but the vast majority of the country is actually in for a fine day, so the sun will eventually come out in places like birmingham, liverpool, york, newcastle as well, and certainly some fine weather
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there along with many parts of northern ireland in central scotland. monday we see two areas of weather. 0n the one hand we have high pressure building in from the south—west, but also low pressure is sending a weather front in our direction, but the high pressure will be more dominant across the uk on monday and that means calm winds and possibly scenes like this outside of towns. so a bit of mist around with some frost across many parts of england and wales, maybe eastern scotland too, but in the north—west of the country it's a different story. low pressure influencing our weather, stronger winds, perhaps gale force in the western isles and some outbreaks of rain. but the vast majority of us a fine day on monday. that weather front is going to move through monday night into tuesday, and it is actually going to introduce again cloud and possibly some rain across the west and the north—west of the uk. a little bit messy, think, the cloud amount of forecasting the cloud amount of forecasting the cloud amounts on tuesday. more especially, i think, cloud amounts on tuesday. more especially, ithink, in cloud amounts on tuesday. more especially, i think, in the north—west of the uk. basically the
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further south and east you are on tuesday the better the weather will be an very mild. look about, 14—15, 16 degrees. into the coming weekend it looks like the weather will settle down with high pressure building. sunshine on the way.
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