With its golden beaches and sheer cliffs, glacial water and tropical palms;with its ever-spreading metropolis, larger-than-life celebrities, and over-the-top prosperity, California is, without contest, the kingdom of contrast, beyond measure and beyond superlatives. For four centuries this land at the edge of the western world attracts hardy adventurers like a magnet, and today's California is modeled in the image of the extravagant landscapes and the legendary tycoons who call it home.
The Greatest Journeys on Earth
This collection of thirteen one-hour documentaries suggests unusual itineraries through some of the most beautiful places on earth. Each journey takes the viewer beyond the usual commonplace clichTs of travel destinations. Instead, through geography, history, architecture, culture, celebrations, leisure activities and gastronomy, viewers are able to appreciate the art of living in each destination. With interviews, visits, lavish meals and celebrations, viewers become aware of the richly-textured history of these great destinations.
Each program investigates the history and progress of a skill, a means of expression, or a practical discovery that has become an integral part of economic life in a world-famous region. In this way, each story paints a historical portrait and reveals a way of life. The Greatest Journeys on Earth brings viewers into the network of inns and castles in each destination. Gastronomy, leisure, and reminders of celebrities who marked the history of these sites allow viewers to relive, in the present, the magnificent times of the past.