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When I was 15 years old I discovered the French cinema (les quatre cents coups of François Truffaut, the classical films of Marcel Carné, the films of Jean-Luc Godard), the Czechoslovaquian cinema (Milos Forman, Jiri Menzel), the Italian realism (Fellini, Vittorio de Sica, Antonioni) and the young directors of my country: Alain Tanner, Michel Soutter, Claude Goretta and Rolf Lyssy.
I enjoy romantic films, but also dramatic, historical, comic films, crime stories of a lot of countries: United States, Canada, Sweden, Germany, Poland, Algeria, Marroco, Mexico, Argentina, Japan , Belgium, Czech Republic Republic, Switzerland, Spain, Italy and France.
Iran, trésors de Perse (2016)
A nice journey.
A journey through the historical places of Iran: Persepolis, Shiraz with its citadel, the Pink Mosque, the tomb of the poet Hafez, Tehran with the Azadi Tower (build in 1971) and the Golestan Palace, the summer residences of Sad Abad, Quazvin with the Shrine Imamzadeh Hossein, the citadel of Bam and the mud buildings in the middle of the desert, Yazd with its old town and the windcatchers and finally Isfahan with the Great Mosque, the Khaju bridge, the Si-o-se-pol Bridge and the Ali Qapu Palace.
I enjoyed the visit of the nomad peoples, the Bakhtiari nomads and the Qashqai nomads (their moving from winter quarters to summer quarters, the breeding of goats and sheep), the travel to the Caspian Sea and to the Gilan area (the very nice village of Masouleh), the moment in the tea plantations and in the tea factory and the pictures of the ski-resorts of Tochal, Dizin,Shemshak and Darbandsar.
I appreciate also the moment in the carpet workshop: the work of the female weavers, the secrets of the dyers (using natural products such as madder, crushed nut shell) and in the museum of music (300 different music instruments coming from all Iran, the sounds of thes instruments).
I have learned also about Iranian cuisine: the importance of the flatbread in the daily life, the black tea, the pastries (near Bandar Anzali they make cookies with nut and almond paste, in another part the baklawa (called also sohan in Iran).
A very interesting and nice journey.
A journey with very nice encounters: the mathematics professor who shows Sophie Persepolis and Shiraz, the female guide and her family, the students and the musicians in Yazd, the Iranian-French couple, the snowboard champion and the female ice hockey player in Tehran, the guesthouse manager, the enamelers and the specialists of restoration in Isfahan.
I enjoyed the historical places of Iran: Persepolis, Shiraz with the Citadel , the Pink Mosque (or Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque) with its beautiful stained glasses, the tomb of the Iranian poet Hafez, Tehran with the beautiful Palace of Golestan (very nice paintings), Yazd with the old town and the windcatchers)and Isfahan,with the Nash-e Jahan square, the great mosque and the Khaju bridge.
Besides I appreciate the zooms about the opening of the doors to the tourism (homestay accomodation, caravansary transformed into a hotel), about the dress code (Sophie was wearing a head scarf), about the mountain village (where women prepare the flatbread), about the Kashan famous carpets (the work of the female weavers and of the dyers), about the celebration of Nowruz, the Iranian new year (jumping over a fire, gifts, the goldfishes and the family meetings), about the Zoroastrian religion and about the Iranian youth (women practicing snowboard, martial arts, motocross or ice hockey).
It was also a small culinary journey: Iran is the country of dried fruits (raisins, apricots), of spices (Sophie bought saffron in the bazaar of Isfahan), of desserts such as "Palude", frozen vermicelli with lemon juice and of the flatbread. In Yazd Sophie eats marinated beef in pomegranate juice and a delicious dish of tomatoes and eggplants.
I enjoyed also the hospitality and the kindness of the Iranian men and women.
A very interesting journey.
A very interesting documentary about Peru; so many different and interestings aspects.
First of ll the Andean mountains with thers dangerous roads and their terraced landscapes: there farmers grow maize on the terraces builds by by the Inas, they use also the old irrigation canals. A painter Miguel Araoz Cartagena is inspied by the mountains which have a great forces. In Andes the farms grow potatoes, great number of different varieties, Aniceto Ccoyo Ccoyo and otherothars farmers of 5 communities are managing a potato sedds bank of 1.361 varieties of potatos. The chef Federico Schaerer Argones knows a lot lot of potatoes and looks fo rew ways to prepare potatos. In the souvenirs shops of all Peru the tourist fing poncho, hat or blanket made with alpaca wool; about 120.000 families are breeding alpacas for the alpaca fibers and Thibault Vanderstraete, a fashion designer make very fine clothes with alpacas wool.
At Lima two interesting expeiences: Pilar Pedeaza Armenteras began to take pictures in te impoverished neighborhoods and later she decided to tach photography to the children of these neighborhoods. On the other side Gretell Lucia Delgado Salinas who has learned acrobatics in curcis encourages the children to learn acrobatics.
We travel also on the Pacific Ocean sharing the life of Juan Aguilkar , a fisherman of Cusumano and Denisse Sotomayor, a marine photographer who knows a lot about sea lions.
Finally we discover the world the of Titicaca lake with the floating islands madew with reeds: there Antonio Porcela is looking for duck eggs between the reeds.
I enjoyed very much the encounters of Jérôme with Ricardo Reategui, Carolina Uechi Kohatsu and Felix Torpo Coila; beatiful landscapes of Cuzco, the salt evopration pounds, Mchu Picchu, Lima and the Titicaca lake.
In all these encounters the Peruvian man and woman show a lot of kindness.
An interesting and nice journey.
Zambia has 752.614 squre kilometers and 17.351.822 inhabitants (2020): it's a multi-party state and has experienced several peaceful transitions of power.
Zambia means first the Zambezi River which crosses the country and is a blessing for farmers and fishermen: for example the tomatoes fields in the Moungouni village, the fishermen on the Kariba lake who sell their fishes to restaurants and to traders.
Zambia is also a country with an important wildlife: the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park where the white rhinoceros has been reintroduced with success or the Zambezi River erea where the tourists can see elephants, hippopotamus and crocodiles.
Zambia is a country where the population has great hopes: Kevin Chilesha, a district councelor is support the schooling of Zambian children, Zindaba Ilanzala, Miss Zambia is supporting schools and a dispensary, Maitinta, a famous Zambian singer is also involved in social help. In Luska Sophie meets Kaliwa Lubasi, a radio a speaker who speaks about politics, rock, halth and employment in his program.
Zambia is a country in which the traditional ceremonies are very living: all around the year there are about 20 traditional ceremonies in Zambia: for exmple in Maala, the Ila people make a great ceremony for the rains: dances and hudge parade of the cattle in the village.
We discover also the traditional cooking, the peparation of the nshima, a food prepared from pounded white maize in a musical ambiance (women and girls dancing).
I enjoyed very much the landscapes: the Zambezi River near Chiawa Camp, the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National park and of course the Victoria falls.
I enjoyed alsothe nice encounters of Sophie with Grant Cummings in Chiawa Camp (a luxury lodge for African wildlife fans),with Patrick Chifwambwa, her guide in Lusaka and Jeremiah Sikusswani at the Victoria Falls.
A beautiful journey.
A beautiful journey because I have seen and learned many things about this island : its geography, its culture, the women's emancipation, the agriculture, the religious life, the traditions and the leisures of the Javanese people.
About geography : Java has 148.756.685 inhabitants (mid-2021) on 124.413 square kilometers. Java is a volcanic island with 45 volcanoes, that means some very good soils for the agriculture.
Women's emancipation: we meet Dr. Tina Haslani, the district mayor who is promoting the religious tolerance in her district, she was visiting a school of boys and girls. We visit with Imaroh a cooperative of women producing batik (women empowerment).
A travel in the history: the visit of the sultan's palace with the second daughter of the sultan of Yogyakarta : her preoccupation for the arts in Java.
A swordsmith of the palace is mantaining the tradition of the Javanese sword called kriss. At the same time we see a traditional wedding in Java in which broom and bride are wear the same costume.
We discover also how peole spend theirs leisures: on the island of Madura there are bull races, on other part of Java the people organize competition of singing birds ( birds are very popular pets in Indonesia).
About food we meets grasshoppers hunters in the south of Java, these insects are then fried in oil with salt and garlic: a chef ,Arifin Noor ,is promoting a new way to prepare grasshoppers with butter or tempura style.
We discover also the hard life of the sulfur miners who climb every day the Kawah Ijen volcano and go back with 70 kilograms of sulfur : some of them work at the night as guide for the tourists who come to see the blue flammes (the burning of the sulfur gases).
Jérôme has made very nice encounters in Java: with Shinta Restu, the nurse and also Javanese traditional dancer: they visit Yogyakarta, the market , Jérome eats chicken with fied noodle and they listen to a guitarist singing aa song about Yogykarta, the dance class , the residence of the sultan. Then the encounter with Bayu Anggoro at Parangtritis with the moment of paragliding, with the fisherman Bardi , the preparation and eating of the fresh lobsters, later the excursion to the Bromo volcano with Rani, a female guide and also marathon runner, the visit of the Tenggerese village (Hinduist minority) , the women were preparing offerings of rice for a local competition, the procession with the offerings and with music. Then the meeting with Yanti Rubi and Christophe Davaud, the managers of a guesthouse., the visit of the Borobudur temple , a Buddhist temple build in the 8th century and the visit of the Kalegen area (home village of Yanti) with the rice terraces and the tofu factory.
A very interesting journey with encounters with very kind Javanese men and women.
A very interesting and nice journey.
The Dominican Republic: 7 millions of visitors each year: great resorts like Punta Cana with about 50.000 rooms for tourists (nice beaches and luxury hotels). But Raphaël will show us other interesting places in the Dominican Republic.
I enjoyed very much this journey: the encounter with Marina Vauboin de Sanchez in the island of Saona: the snorkeling (starfishes and coral reef), the encounter with Carolina Contreras, the hairdresser of Santo Domingo: the walk through the city (colonial architecture, first Catholic cathedral of America), the dancing of merengue and bachata, the visit of the artisan market, the moment shared with Xaivier Ringer the female muralist and the encounter with Fidel Mejina and the female baseball team. Then the encounter with Rafael Cedeno, the photographer of Cotui, the pictures of the farmer with his fighting cock and the excursion to the lake Hatillo and to the Cave of the Golondrinas with its Taino cave paintings and finally the encounter with Dominico Mirabile, the protected iguanas and the supper of lobsters at Playa Rincón.
I enjoyed also the moments about the Dominican youth: Carlos Rijo Fulcar and other musicians teaching music to the young people, Carlos Ariel Guzman, the professional basball player who encoiurages the young Dominican boys in training hard to become good baseballers.
The Dominican Republic has also the "colmado", this grocery of the neighborhood where people can buy a lot of things (meat, cheese, berrs,honey, rum) and can pay local taxes: a place where you can drink a beer or a coffee and spek with the neighbors; and sometimes there is a karaoke night or a dancing night. It was also interesting to visit the National Park of the Jaragua with Bienvenido Perez called also Blanco: in the mangrove of the Oviedo there are many pink flamingos and iguanas.
We discover also the life of the fishermen at Los Cacao (a huge squid) and of the European tourists praticing sport fishing (sea bream). And we travel to the east of the Dominican Republic to see the amber mines and the amber trade.
A very interesting and nice journey with nice landscapes and encounters with kind Dominican men and women.
An interesting and nice journey.
I enjoyed this journey through Yucatan: Sophie has made very nice encounters and has seen beautiful places.
Now some words about Cancun which is a planned city created to foster tourism; the develoment of this place as resort started on January 23, 1970 : due to the reluctance of investors to gamble on an unknown area, the Mexican federal government financed the first nine hotels. In 2020 Cancun has 888.797 inhabitants coming from the Yucatan state and other Mexican states.
The journey begins in Cancun: Sophie meets Erick Sommet and they visit a market , a tower and the Underwater Musuem of Arts (snorkeling to see under water sculptures). Then Sophie is in Tulum where she meets Stéphane Palmieri, a hotel manager and beekeeper and learns that for the Mayan people the bee is sacred animal (bringing food and medicine). We see the beaufitul site of Tulum and later in the Mayan village of Chanchen Primero Stéphane and Sophie meet a Mayan family and its beehives. At Río Lagarto Sophie meets the naturalist guide Diego Nuñez and his daughter Andrea who is also naturalist guide: a nice boat tour on the estuary (eagles, pelicans, pink flamingoes) and crocodiles. Later Sophie is in Merida: in the central park meeting with Veronica Yupil, the Mayan embroidery and the familly meeting on the estate: pork cooked in an earth oven, guacamole.
Last stop : Chichen Itza: 2,5 millions of visitors each year (about 6.000 visitors each day), an impressive Maya site : on the day of the spring equinoxe the tourists can see the light and shadow effect on the Kukulcan Temple when the feathered serpent appears to crawl down the side of the pyramid.
Besides we see the Punta Laguna natural reserve managed by a Mayan community, some cenotes with David Mayor, a diver coach and speleologist, the escaramuza charra (equestrian ballet by women riding a side-saddle and wearing beautiful traditional Mexican outfit), the life of a mariachi (the story of his music born in area of Jalisco, the musician use the charro clothing), the spectacle at the Xcaret Park (the ball game, the corn and the Maya civilization) , the musical trio playing serenades and other romantic songs (trova) in Merida, and the life in a Mayan village (Muriel Schmitt). In all these encounters the Mexican men and women were very kind and friendly.
Échappées belles: Shanghai (2010)
A very pleasant journey in Shanghai.
I enjoyed very much this journey in Shanghai: the encounter with Cynthia Ping Zhou, the talk about Shanghai and its economic growth , the birth control policy (one child) and the girls and their opportunities of studies and of jobs. Sophie shared nice moments with Cynthia: the tea house, the promenade of the Bund (where people were praticing Tai Chi), the Shanghai World Financial Tower, the Barbie shop, the karaoke night (singing "La vie en rose"), the old neighborhoods, the bird vendor and the insect vendor (cricket fights), the relaxing Chinese massage, the walk in the publc park where people were playing go, the visit of the market, the supper with Cynthia's mother and the Chinese circus with its great acrobats.
Besides we went to Lonjing,near Hangzhou: a village where the inhabitants get a parcel to grow tea (but if they leave the village, they loose this advantage): there we see the harvest of the tea leaves (women are coming from different parts of China to harvest and so get some incomes): Lonjing produce the best green tea of China. We enter also in the world of the Chinese millionaires with the examples of Huang Yangxan (a plastic chair producer for the Olympic Games stadiums) and Gu Jiemin, manager of an on-line business in England: now there are very private clubs in Shanghai (with restaurants, marinas and golf grounds).
Chinese people enjoy leisures: the most popular is the karaoke, but the new trend is the Orient Rome in Shanghai, where the clients enjoy bathing, massage, or games (cards) , they change change their cloths for pijamas and spend also the night in the place.
We discover also the life of the old neighborhoods (19 th century houses): some house will soon be destroyed and other will remain: there the people honor their dead family members preparing food and making offerings in the cemetery. Among these old neighborhoods a Taoist temple where people come to find a peacefull life. Another traditional activity is flying kites: in the suburbs the familes are flying kite and we can see a 54 meters long dragon kite.
But the modernity has also its cost: Shanghai made his new container port in one of the two Yangshan island, the fishermen and other inhabitants have been removed to the other island of Yangshan: the government gave them appartments in new buildinds but the town seems without life.
I enjoyed this journey through the modernity and the tradition in Shanghai and I appreciate the kindness of the Chinese men and women.
Modernity and tradition in China.
An interesting and nice journey. Raphaël discovers Shanghai with Thomas Chabrieres ( a French guide using sidecar motorcycle), the Bund with the story of the concessions, from the promenade they can see the new skyscrapers of the Pudong district and later they enjoy a cup of tea in "La Maison du thé).
Then comes the encounter with Li Ying Zhang, the television presenter in Zhengzhou: a huge city of 6 millions of inhabitants which is growing every day: they go to a construction site and she explains a little the story of this town, later they go to a night market, they eat baozi and taste insects. On the next day they meet Shi Han Zhang, a 8 years old girl who is ping pong champion, they see her training and Raphaël plays ping pong with her.
Then we make a salt to the tradition: The Shaoling Temple where Raphaël meets the Master Shi Yan Lun: this temple was the first temple of the Zen buddhism in China, to defend themselves the monks developed the kung fu, a martial art and also a philosophy of life and at the same time China developed its traditional medicine (acupuncture): they visit the cemetery of the temple where the great masters of shaolin are buried.
Then comes a touching moment: Raphaël travels to the village of Qianbaiyangcon near Zhenzhou, a quiet place, he meets there Zhao Yinghui, they walk through the little village of 2.000 inhabitants and Raphaël is invited to the Moon Festival: he helps Zhao Yinghui's mother to prepare dumplings , they have supper, 4 generations are together and they enjoy the dumplings and the mooncake (special cakes for this festival.
When Raphaël comes back to Shanghai, he meets Li Song,an interpreter for businessmen and they go to an old neighbourhood , small houses with two floors, insect and bird market (they see how Chinese people organize cricket fights) and later they look at the Pudong district with its skyscrappers: they decide to go to the Jin Mao Tower (422 meters high): they arrive at the skywalk with glass floor: Li Song is quite afraid of the glass floor, nevertheless they enjoy the sight over Shanghai. Later Li Song has a surprise for Raphaël: a foot massage, a very relaxing moment.
Besides the journey of Raphaël we know about the Yu Opera, the traditional opera of the Henan province (the singer Dezhi Lian plays a feminine role) and also about the traditional cooking in Henan: the chef Wai Chen tells his life, goes to the Yellow River banks and buys carps and later prepares these carps with sweet and sour sauce for the culinariry critics. I enjoyed also the reporting about the attraction center of Zhengzhou: a 200 meters dune of sand. There is a chairlift: the people enjoy riding on dromedaries or sliding on the slopes of the dune.
A very interesting and nice journey with encounters with very kind Chinese men and women.
Wildlife in Botswana.
Botswana is a very interesting country: 581.726 square kilometers and 2.317.233 inhabitants (2020). Botswana became independent on 30th of September 1966: after a large period of droughts the rains fell on the same day of Independence, a great blessing for the Botswanian people. Some year later there is the discovery of diamond mines and the economy began to grow. Besides Botswana has an important wildlife: in 2014 the hunting was banned : about 260.000 tourists arrive each year to visit the parks: an organized tourism with small camps.
I enjoyed very much this journey in Botswana: Jérôme has lived three great moments observing the wildlife: in Macatoo camp with Bongwe Makate, his guide and John Sobey (zebras, giraffes and buffaloes and the legend of the baobab), in Selinda Game Reserve with David Murray , the wildlife photographer (hippopatamus and buffaloes) and then the excursion with John Ramsden and the girl and boy scouts to the Moremi Game Reserve: a very nice moment because they could see lions walking quietly around the vehicle, then impalas, buffaloes , a leopard going down a tree and walking quietly through the bush and then a tour on canoes on a river to see hippopotamus (a very.unpredictable animal).
When Jérôme was flying over Maun , Bastien Rossato said: "that is the great village of Maun": 60.000 inhabitants but it's looks like a village because animals such goats are crossing quietly the streets: there Jérôme meets Garmain Marquis, a French Cook who manages a restaurant and is always training young Botswanian cooks who later can work in the hotels and the safari lodges as professional cooks. Besides in a Hambukutshu village Jérôme meets women producing wickerworks with grasses and palm leaves: one of this women has won several wickerwork competitions in Botswana.
II enjoyed also a zoom about elephants: a British researcher Jess Isden and her assistant are studying the behaviour of the elephants which sometimes destroy the crops of the farmers and they are testing a mixture of hot chili and oil as repellent against the elephants.
I appreciate also the chapter about the dynamic youth of Botswana: Gaone Mathidi, the fashion designer and the Sklinflint, this Afro-heavy-metal-band (interesting talks about the good relationships between white and black people-there was not apartheid in Botswana after the independence).
We can see also a touch of social life in the visit of a remote village where the village council deals with local justice (small thefts, quarrels between neighbours,etc) and we saw a traditional wedding : the family of the broom was bringing the dowry to the family of the bride: the uncle and the aunt of the bride are receiving them and decide to agree with the marriage.
A very interesting and nice journey with encounters with very kind Botswanian men and women.
A very nice journey.
I enjoyed very much this shared journey of Ismaël with Théo Curin, the paralympic swimmer and Corlie Balmy, a Martinican woman who has returned to his native island.
As mentioned in the storyline the Martinican people learn quickly how to find ways to move forward with their entourag, family and the local community, so they assume challenges for a better life for themselves and for their community.
Also I enjoyed to see great moments of friendliness: when the people in Le Diamant make seine-fishing and share their harvest of balaous (in English sauries), when they sing and dance together the bèlè music (there is a singing dialogue between the main drummer and the dancers).
Now about the challenges: Coralie wants to reconciliate the Martinican people with the sea: she yteaches young girls and boys to swim andin the sea, to make snorkeling and so to discover the beauty of the sea beds (and later to protect them).
Another challenge: the rescue of the Martinican music (bèlè) in the House of the bèlè: Isabelle Florenty explained Theo and Ismaël this traditional Martinican and invited them to dance with the group.
Le Domaine de l'Emeraude: a huge garden with a lot of Martinican trees and plants (great biodiversity of Martinique): the same effort in la Habitation Céron, a colonial estate with a great garden created by Laurence Marraud des Grottes.
At Le Prêcheur Ismael meets Karen Toris and Céline Chartol who manages a bio farm: Thy produce vegetables, roots, spices (ginger) and deliver them (paniers de légumes) to families looking for good and fresh food. There is always the case of Michel La Rougery who produces bio bananas,his friend, Jean-Charles Bredas appreciate these bio bananes and uses them in his dishes (stuffed eggs with banannas and fish). Another friend of Michel, Vladimir Hayot is using the fibers of the banana trunks to make fiber panels (home decoration).
At Fort-de-France Kofi Jicho Kopo is promoting the creole language (through videos) and the bèlè music (also through videos).
Gilbert Larose has created a museum, called La Savane des Esclaves where the visitors can discover the history of the slavery in Martinique and their fight for their freedom.
On the Western Coast Amandine Limouzin is protectiong the coral reef creating submarine nurseries of coral plants. In the Caravelle Peninsula Nancy Jacquelin, a park ranger takes care for thge white-breastedthrasher (in French Moqueur gorge-blanche), an endemic and rare bird of this part of Martinique and of Saint-Lucie.
Théo had also some nice encounters: with Mnu , the captain of the Leenan Head, a Scottish sailing boat, who invited to a moment of sailing and of snorkeling, with Hugo Pierre, a young Martinican chef; they eat black pudding (a little spicy for Théo), they go to the market where they see wild yams, papayas, chayotes, coconut and Ismaël joins them (bringing ginger) and they eat green tacos (begonia leaves and flowers,fish, ginger), with Wahé , the diving coach and they make free-iving among the sea turtles. And the most important encounter was with Christophe Maleau, the young Martinican who swimmed a 40 kilometers between Saint-Luce and Martinique.
I enjoyed also the excursion of Coralie and Ismaël at the Caravelle Pensinsula, Coralie knows well this mangrove and she found a little beach where than can swim.
A very interesting and beautiful journey.
I enjoyed very much this journey: first of all the beautiful landscapes: the sea beds in the Nosy Be archipelago, the volcanic island of Ankazoberivina where the sea turtles lay their eggs, the beautiful island of Nosy Komba with its primary forests ( lemurs, chameleons and also medicinal plants),the National Park of Ankarana with its baobab trees, the "Montagne des Français" with its impressive walls and caves and finally Diego Suarez (now called Antsiranana) with its colonial buildings, Renault 4L taxis and auto rickshaws and the Emerald Sea near this town.
This documentary has a great moment: in the island of Sakatia belonging to the Nosy Be archipelago the Malagasy people live a new ecologic expoerience: we meet Richard Marindaza, a member of the local development council (Comité local de bae) which is coordinationg the different development activities in the island: the people are little by little convinced of the importance of their forests and marine ressources: so the fishermen don't fish near the seashore: farmers have received a training to become ecologic guides showing to the tourists the fauna (lemurs, chamaleons,etc) and the flora : so they get a new income and women are producing embroideries that they sell directly to the tourists who visit the island (women empowerment).
In her journey through Madagascar Sacha had very interesting encounters: Massimiliano Felici, the Italian boat captain, tour operator and also marine biologist, Yvonne Jacqueline Abdallah, the healer and guide in Nosy Komba who shows the lemurs and medicinal herbs to Sacha and prepared a medicine for the hangover and stomach aches for the men of the village; Eline Razafisoa, the pleasant town mayor of Bemaneviky who invited Sacha to a ceremony in the secondary school,: Nathanaël Oudiette , the tour operator who organized a bike tour for Sacha (plantations of ylang-ylang, chameleons in the trees and meeting with Benjamin Djaovary and his wife (cocoa plantation , vanilla plants, pepper plants and jackfruit trees) a very interesting moment; Cyrille Cornu, researcher who knowks many things about the baobab trees :Sacha saw how the colleagues of Cyrille were measuring the diameter of the baobab trees and later they climb a Perrier's baobab); Tinah Rasoarimanana, the manager of bungalows for tourists and guide in climbing of the "Montagne des Français" and also Ali Chams, the marine guide who went with Sophie to the Emerald sea and then to the island of Suarez.
I enjoyed very much this documentary with very nice landscapes and very pleasant encounters with kind and friendly Malagasy men and women.
An interesting and nice journey.
A journey with aspects of sports, cultural life and music: aboout sports the moment of windsurfing in Sainte-Anne and the sailing boat tour with Philippe Fiston, About cultural life: a touch of humour with Laurence Joseph and Laurent Tanguy, two comedians who treat the relationships between white and coloured persons with humour in their TV series "Domino". Then the religious life: the mass as moment of being together in Morne à l'eau and the Saintes, the cemetery of Morne à l'eau and its history, the choir of La Désirade singing sea shanties en French and in Creole.
Then the music in Guadeloupe: the gwo-ka dancing group at Morne à l'eau, the Akademiduka in Pointe-à-Pitre who dances the "biguine" and the great event of the year, the carnival with its moments of preparation, the making of carnival costumes and the great parade in Pointe-à-Pitre.
I enjoyed also the culinary moment in Capesterre-Belle Eau: the harvest of the cassava and the "Manioquerie" where Germaine Hubert-Vadenay gives a new life to the cassava (cassava accras and cassava with tuna fish) and the walk to th top of the Soufrière Volcano crossing the primary forest , then an area of arbusts before looking at the crater and its fumaroles.
In all the encounters the Guadeloupean men and women were always kind and friendly.
A very interesting and nice journey.
In this journey Ismaël has made great encounters: Rodrigo, the French-Mexican marine biologist: horseback riding in the desert of Baja California, snorkeling among the California sea lions: Jean-Cristophe and Marjorie, who live between the desert and the seaside (the search for sour pitaya and the supper with empanadas and burritos),Then Ismaël meets Noemi Merab Ensisco Meza, in a candy store of Puebla, They visit a pottery exhibition and pottery workshop, they go to the church of Cholula build on an Aztec pyramid with a nice sight over the Popocatepl, also they taste candies and sweet breads and go the market for buying chili "mulato" and plantain bananas. Then comes the moment of the mole poblano, a precious dish prepared for great events (weddings, birthdays): Doña Catalina, Noemi's mother prepares the mole: a sauce with tomatoes, chili mulato, peanuts, almonds, garlic and onions and turkey meat. The other great encounter happens in Mexico City with Fernando Martinez Zavala, a young chef who has participated in cooking contests (Top Chef ): they walk in the center of the capital and see a cleansing ritual, traditional dances, aerobics and visit an insect shop (they taste two different insects) and later Fernando prepared for Ismaël squid in a corn and tomatoes sauce with a topping of ant's eggs.
Besides we can see in the countryside how farmers are looking for the ant's eggs (the Mexican caviar) and how in Guajaca they produce home-made mezcal.
Mexico is also a nice place for ecotourism, especially in the Sea of Cortez in the National Marine Park of Cabo Pulmo (diving among the shoals of fishes) I enjoyed also the presentation of Rocio Vazquez , guide of "Eat like a local" who shows to the tourists the best street foods of Mexico City.
A very nice journey with encounters with very king Mexican men and women.
The kindness of Guatemalan men and women.
I have lived for fourty years in Centralamerica , I have visited Guatemala four times and I have always enjoyed the kindness of Guatemalan men and women.
So I have enjoyed very much this journey in Guatemala: The beginning of the journey in the highs of Antigua Guatemala with the sound of the marimba: the encounter with Osmin Isidro de la Maza and then the visit of this precious town: the Convent of the Capuchins, the Cathedral of Santiago ,the Central Park and the pleasant moment in the cafeteria.
I enjoyed also to see the Lake Atitlan, the coffee plantation and the workshop of the weaving women in San Juan La Laguna (an example of women empowerment). Then we have this encounter with Juan Leon Cortez in Chichicastenango: the visit of the great market, of the Mayan Art School and the Mayan ceremony for the New Mayan Year,.
Also I appreciate the story of the patronal festivals in Guatemala: the pilgrimage to Chiantla (Huehuetenango) where the devote people pray and make offerings to the Virgin of the Candelaria: prayers and procession and also a fun fair. Then the discovery of the Garifuna community in Livingston; the Garifunas are slaves who escaped from the St-Vincent island and settled in Belize, Guatemala , Honduras and Nicaragua; with Diana Franzua Jérôme discovers the Garifuna cooking ( machuca) and enjoys the Garifuna music.
I enjoyed very much this documentary with so many different aspects of Guatemala (archaelogy, history, religious life and the quetzal).
An interesting and nice journey.
I enjoyed this journey with so many different aspects of the south of India: first of all , Pondicherry, this French settlement which joined the Republic of India in 1954: Jérôme meets on the promenade Eliane, a retired French teacher who will be his guide in this town: they walk through the old French neighbourhood, then the Tamil neighborhood where people make drawnings on the floor with rice powder, they see a sacred cow walking in the street, they speak about the caste system in India, visit a fortune teller, go to a market and make an offering in a sacred Hinduist centre: they take a vegetarian dinner (she explains him that a lot of spices have medicinal properties) and Jérôme receives the blessing from an elephant in a Ganesh temple. What about the French influence: the mass in French in the Church of Our Lady of the Angels, the petanque (40 clubs in the town), the French bakery and pastry and the last French newspaper of Pondicherry , "Le trait-d'union".
Then Jérôme travels to Mahallibapuram ; a very precious historical site, a monolitic bas relief telling the Descent of the Ganges or Arjuna's Penance with 153 statues, and also other monolithic monuments. Later Jérôme travels to the Madras crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology: the Dr. Gwori Mallapur , veterinarian , explains the the gharial or gavial of the Ganges is endangered: they breed there the gharial for genetic purposes and they also buy living snakes to produce antivenoms.
Then I enjoyed the arrival at Chennai and the visit of the cricket club, a very popular sport in India and the meeting with Praghaiswan , the Tamil film director.
Besides we discover the "Royal Enfield" factory, a motorcycle made in India since 1955 : the chief executrive officer, Dr. Venki Padmanabhan explains with a lot of humour his strategy for the Royal Enfield and also we discover the labor of the "Speed Trust" association which helps widows to learn to drive a auto rickshaw and to be entrepreneurs ( women empowerment).
Also I enjoyed the reportings about Ragunath Manet, a great dancer , choreographer and vinâ player, bout the Aurovillke community and about the Pongal festival , a great multi-day harvest festival.
Great spaces , wildlife conservancy and food safety.
A very interesting and nice journey through Namibia: I enjoyed very much the differents landscapes: the Namib Desert with its dunes, dead lake and dried dead tree trunks, the bush in the Namib Naukluft National Park, the oryx gazellas with their impressive horns, the Etosha National Park with its wildlife (cory bustards, zebras ,springboks, giraffes, elephants, social weavers and the young lion), the Damaraland with the social system of conservancy, the Ongava Game Reserve with its rhinoceros and leopards (observed by camera-traps), and then the area of Swapkomung: German colonial architecture, dunes falling in the sea, bush where the Topnaar harvest "nara", a melon-like fruit and the coastal dunes with the Namib sand gecko.
Then Namibian men try to produce food; Henzel Feris with its goats and sheep farm, Morten and Billy producing strawberries, in Windhoek Raymong Gomaxab of the NGO "Good food Namibia" has a class of gardening with the pupils of a school, they learn to take care for the vegetables, they prepare them in the kitchen and come to their houses with vegetables and create their own garden.
Sophie made a lot of interesting encounters: with Laurent Rommelaere, the hot air ballon driver, with Moss Gereseb , her guide in the Namib desert and in the Etosha Nattional Park, with Stéphanie Periquet who studies the fauna of the Ongava region, with Paul Tangeri at the Atlantic Coast and with Herman Ariseb, the member of the Topnaar community who invites Sophie to taste the nara and its seeds: during all these encounters Namibian men and women were very friendly and kind.
Biodiversity, ecotourism and quality of life.
Costa Rica dedicates about 26 % of its territory to national parks: this small country has a great biodiversity and tries to protect its fauna and flora.
At the same time Costa Rica is a country which attracts expatriates people: Cathy, Benoît and Yves de Weer, Belgian citizen have decided to live in Costa Rica and they manage a guesthouse: Benoît is surf coach; all the family enjoys their sailing boat on the Pacific Ocean. There is also Toh, a French photographer who lives now in Costa Costa and enjoys the landcapes of this country: also Hughes Blachère, a French architect is building a wooden ecolodge. In Turrialba Tiga meets Marie-Anaïs Beuchet, a Parrisian woman , who now manages an estate with coffee and sugar cane plantations.
Then on the western coast of Costa Rica, in the peninsula of Nicoya there are many 100 years old men and women (in his documentary about trains in Costa Rica Philippe Gougler met a 102 years old man who was riding his horse because he went to the birthday party of his 100 years girlfriend): in this documentary Don Tachito rides his horse every day for three yours to visit friends: the doctor Jorge Vindas who studies these cases of longevity explains the the family ties, the friendship, the natural food and the joy of life are the causes of this extraordinary longevity.
Costa Rica is also a country where people enjoy the life: in the north-west of Costa Rica there are many cattle breeders and also many "sabaneros", the Spanish name for cowboys who take care for the cattle: then the cowboys enjoy the "carreras de cintas a caballo", a tradition in Peru, Costa, Mexico, Honduras and other countries: the horse rider must catch a ring or a belt hung on a wire between two posts: a very popular festival.
Now some words about the encounters of Tiga in Cota Rica: Carla Quesada , Tiga's guide in San José de Costa Rica: historical neighbourhood, story of the coffee bourgeoise who brought the electric supply to the town, visit of a market (sourcoup, cas, avocado and achiote (this Centroamerican and Antillean red spice)..Then Tiga visits the Corcovado National Park with Eduardo Valverde Chaves, a professional guide: I enjoyed the the pictures of the howler monkey, spider monkey, agouti and the song of a hummingbird. With Marie-Anaïis Beuchet and his husband Tiga enjoyed a horseback riding through the estate, sees the preparation of the coffee beans, tasted coffee and also made canyoning. In Manzanillo on the Caribbean Coast Tiga meets Ricardo Barthley Martin, a descendant of Jamaican worker qand restaurant owner ,they enjoy together jogging, buying fishes and lobsters, preparing food and dancing calypso A very interesting journey with very fiendly Costarrican men and women.
Music, gastronomy and biodiversity in Martinique.
A complete documentary about Martinique: first of all the landscapes where the tourists can do a lot of activities: boat tours to see the sea beds and the islets, diving to observe sea turtles, seine-fishing with Martinican people, snorkeling, hikes in the countryside with Joseph Appaoo (forest, sugar cane plantations, banana plantations), visit of a colonial estate (grounds of the Clement distillery), culinary experience at Claire-Marie Dubois restaurant (stuffed peppers with queen conch) ,visit of the Jardin de Balata and of course swimming in the sea.
About cultural life we discover the famous carnival : a great moment in the life of the island, some months of preparation (painting the "bwajak", old restored cars , learning the choreography, looking for the best carnival costumes). We discover the neg gwo siwo (in French les nègres au sirop): men and women who paint their cloths with a mixture of sugar cane syrup and coal recording that the slaves used to paint themselves with this mixture to escape from the estates. Other cultural moment was the meeting with the Hindu community , an offering ceremony with fruits such as coconuts.
Jérôme has made many interesting encounters: Fabien and Leslie Fidole who manage a ecolodge and who invited him for the birthday party of their niece (tuba fish tartare and tuna fish grilled): with them he discovers the achiote , the turban squash,and the leaves of the West Indian bay tree. Then the encounter with Gérald Darnis, the marine biologist and François Moll the painter (a good moment of snorkeling), with Joseph Appaoo with the hike through the countryside, with Miguel-René Corail, the choreographer who was preparing the carnival.
I enjoyed the kindness of the Martinican men and women.
Julie & Julia (2009)
The French cuisine.
I enjoyed this film because I did'nt know anything about Julia Child and so little by little I discover the personnality of Julia, her marriage with Paul, their stay in Paris and then the great interest of Julia for the French cuisine !!
All this was a great challenge because French cuisine is quite complicated: Julia Child showed a great tenacity in her learning of the French cuisine and then in the publishing her great book.
On the other side we have Julie Powell who like cooking and has a blog: so Julie Powell takes a challenge: to prepare all the recipes of the book of Julia child within one year: some moments of desperation or doubts ,but also some moments of joy. The performance of Merryl Streep as Julia Child is excellent, the same for the performance of Stanley Tucci as Paul Child: the performances of Amy Adams and Chris Messina are less strong.
A very interesting and nice journey.
Guadeloupe is a very nice place for tourism: Raoul Jimenez has a seaplane and carries tourists to hidden lagoons: Max Sinnan, a former fisherman has a boat and carries the tourists to the seashore and also to "Le canal de rotors" , a canal through the mangrove in the island of Grande-Terre and then near an islet with many frigatebirds and brown pelicans. In the island de Saintes Pedro Garçon , a fisherman, is teaching his son to fish; Siette Appolinaire , who produces "Les tourments d'amour", typical cakes of this island is teaching her granddaughters how to prepare this cakes. At Le Moule Harry Obertan has learned bakery from his father and his mother and now produces a very good bread.
Some words about the cultural life: at Le Moule Dame Léon is warden of the cemetery and enjoys her job: the historian Guy tells the story of the cemetery and the poet Michel Garbin reads a poem in which the dead persons are still alive amoung us.
Guadeloupan people such as Félix Lurel, a botanist , enjoys the biodiversity of the island, he meets often Marie-Hélène Poulin who has a creole garden : people are discovering this agricultural practice (coffee tree,mango, roselle (a plant for beverage and medicine) and other crops, a new way to produce organic food and to protect the soils.
We discover also the importance of the lighthouses in Guadeloupe: some technicians are visiting the lighthouse of Vieux Fort on the island of Basse-Terre, and later the lighthouse of Petite Terre, a natural reserve for the Lesser Antillean iguana.
Guadeloupe has an active volcano, La Soufrière: we meet Céline Dessert who is a charge of the surveillance of the volcano: every day a team climb to the topof the volcano to take samples of the gases of the fumaroles.
Sophie has made very nice encounters: Christophe Wachter, the moped collector, Antoine Maestracci , the diving coach, Harry Obertan who delivers bread to his clients, Marie-Pierre and Monos who prepared a "fricassée de lambis" , queen conch dish, Monsieur "Lesieur a retired and wise man, Franciane Garnier who was animationg a family and friends meeting, Luibert Nicoise, the creole horse breder, Renaud Ruiller , the hotel manager , Norbert Vianey, the vanilla producer, Anicée Martin , the fashion designer and her friend Carmen, the hairdresser.
I enjoyed these moments of friendliness with Harry (the lunch with queen conches and the family party) and with Antoine (the lunch with red lionfishes).
Échappées belles: Guadeloupe (2007)
An interesting and pleasant journey.
I enjoyed so many differents landscapes: the wild coast at la Pointe des Châteaux, the sea and the coral reef ( glass bottom boat), the mangrove (an interesting ecosystem), the primary forest with its orchids, ferns and lianas in the National Park of Basse-Terre or the wild life on the very protected natural reserve of the Petite Terre (lesser Antillean iguanas), the coffee plantations of Bernadette Benzelin à Pointe-Noire, the Island of Saintes with the great Fort Napoléon and Point-à-Pitre with his market.
I enjoyed the encounter with Fulbert of the Beloka Band: the gwo-ka is a music played with drums.
Sophie made very interesting encounters: Danny Thummen on the Nautilus (the glass bottom boat) and Fabrice Bertin the guide on the same boat , Anastace and Jocelyn who explained the ecosystem of the mangrove, and Bernadette Benzelin, the coffee plantation manager.: all these people were always very kind.
A very nice botanical and culinary journey.
I enjoyed very much Ismaël's approach : through the food we can know better the history of a land, the influences of other cultures, the new opportunities of job , the relationships betweeen producers and consumers.
With Vanessa Kichemin, a culinary blooger and chef, we discover the influence of the Indian cooking in the Guadeloupean cooking: foods which have tastes of curry and massala. Also Leslie Belliot is promoting this melting-pot cuisine in her blogs.
We meet people like Françoise Peroumal or Jimmy and Sandra Bibrac who have their own creole gardens in which they grow turban squashes, bananes, vegetables, spices like star anise, celery,etc and so people consume fresh products.
Ismaël meets also Colette Chicot who innovates with her bokits, a sandwich made with flour of breadfruit instead of flour of wheat.
In Guadeloupe there is also time of renewal: Katia Christophe (La maniocrie de Germaine) who is proposing new dishes with cassava (considered before as the commn food of the slaves) or Eliane Cancan in Marie-Galante who proposes the bébélé, a dish made by the slaves: cow tripes, with green bananas, turban squashes, yams, taro, celery, onion and garlic.
In the period of confinement the singer Tricia Evé has used the internet to connect producers and consumers (a site with 28.000 members): Anaïs Dacalor has created a catering service: dishes with plantain bananas. On the beach Aurélie is offering avocado, soursop mango and passion fruit sorbets.
There are also producers of coffee like Joël and Victor who try to produce the best coffees, Gerad Beausejour who grows the West Indian bay trees (bois d'Inde-Pimenta racemosa) and distilled essencial oils of this tree.
We have met Guadeloupean chefs like Thibault Fénel (Restaurant au bon vivre) who cooked a excellent hake filet, David Drumeau (Restaurant 1973) who is making new Guadeloupean cuisine using for example pigeon peas and Joel Kichenin who invited Raphaël for a "Colombo de poisson", fish prepared with a mixture of Indian spices (curry, massala) , turmeric, coriander, black pepper, mustard seeds and thyme.
Then I enjoyed also the differents landscapes : when Ismaël was with Vanessa Kichenin at la Pointe des Châteaux, in the island of Petite Terre (observing iguanas and enjoying the sight from the lighthouse), the diving in the coral reeef with Nicole Kerrien , or the walks in the primary forest where Cédric Coutellier is producing vanilla.
A very nice journey with very pleasant encounters with kind Guadeloupean men and women.
Échappées belles: Guadeloupe (2010)
A very interesting journey through the Guadeloupe.
On a beach near Saint-François Sophie meets her guide Fred-André Deshaies, membre of the trio "Soft", later in Pointe-à-Pitre Sophie will meet Joelle La Rochelle and Philip Sadikalay the other two membrs of "Soft": Sophie knows then what is the "Gwo Ka" this music with percussion: Félix Flaurin , a drum maker explains that the name Ka may come from a French barrel called "quart", so the drums are constructed like barrels. Besides the "Gwo Ka" is also a dancing music as Nadia Pater explained it.
I enjoyed the encounters with Gills Guibrunet, a French man who came from France to live in Guadeloupe, he is bus driver and local journalist and also volley-ball coach for the children. We know also about the Indo-Guadeloupean community, these people arrive after the abolition of the slavery to work in the sugar cane plantations: they had a very discreet religious life (some Hindu temple are hiden in the forests) but now they discover again their cultural roots (language and traditional dances).
The we have this Sunday with a family meeting on the beach at Anse-Bernard: Sophie spoke with Paul Jasmin about the importance of the family ties in Guadeloupe. Later a very interesting visit of the mangrove with Guy and a pleasant moment with Bernard Vicens, the marine archaeologist.
Finally I appreciate also the walk to the Volcano "La Soufrière" with Céline Dessert: a very interesting talk about volcanoes in this Caribbean area.
A very interesting and nice journey.
The discovery of the Guadeloupe: place of miscegenation, Cédric-Isham Calvados has captured the faces of the Guadeloupean people: Alex Catherine is an Indo-Guadeloupean (about 10 % of the population of Gudeloupe are Indo-Guadeloupean), his family is adapted and he speaks perfectly creole.
Guadeloupe has a rich culture: the music (Gwo Ka), the story tellers, the traditional clothing and the creole food (la soupe à congo for example). But also people like Sylvie Adelaïde and the members of the association "Pli Bel La Ri" are taking care for the architectural heritage in Pointe-à-Pitre painting walls, transformng empty spaces into garden ,etc.
On the island of Marie-Galante the oxen owners celebrate each oxen races.
I enjoyed very much the different landscapes: the seaside at Sainte Anne, Pointe-à-Pitre with the Victory Square and the restored houses, the island of Saintes with the Fort Napoléon, the National Park near the volcano "La Soufrière" and the mangrove.
I enjoyed also the encounters of Raphaël with very kind persones: Hugo Thélier, the sailor, Nora Jules , her mother and her daughter who promote the traditional creole fashion, Benzo, the story teller and his daughters Christina and Sandrine, Sylvie Adelaïde the urbanist and painter, and Alex Tel, the drum maker and Teddy Pelissier, the percussion professor who introduced Raphaël to the "Gwo Ka" and shared with Raphaël a great drums session.