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Travelscope: Germany’s Winter Carnival

Airs Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Joseph dons his jester’s cap (right) and heads to the German state of Baden-Wüerttemberg for Fasnet –– Fasnacht –– Carnival. Each town may call it by a different name, but they all agree it’s a non-stop community party that celebrates local culture and chases away the winter blues.

In the fourth season of TRAVELSCOPE, award-winning travel journalist and author Joseph Rosendo shares his personal perspective on cultural tourism from spots close to home as well as exotic worldwide locales. Shot in high definition, the series continues to enlighten and entertain viewers with thrilling destinations on five continents and personal encounters with diverse peoples.

Visit the TRAVELSCOPE blog for more cultural discoveries from around the world.

This season, Rosendo treks into the Australian bush in pursuit of kangaroos, koalas and emus, embarks on an elephant-back safari in South Africa, discovers off-the-beaten-path gems in Bangkok, and traces the history, legends and traditions of the medieval festival of Fasnacht in Germany.

"Germany's Winter Carnival" - Joseph dons his jester’s cap and heads to the German state of Baden-Wüerttemberg for Fasnet –– Fasnacht –– Carnival. Each town may call it by a different name, but they all agree it’s a non-stop community party that celebrates local culture and chases away the winter blues. Some of the historic carnival characters, like the Narro, date back to the festival’s beginning 500 years ago while others are the products of lively modern-day imaginations.

From Konstanz on the shores of Lake Constance to the Black Forest villages of Villingen, Oberndorf, Gengenbach, Elzach and Rottweil, Joseph uncovers the festival’s history and rejoices in the controlled chaos of tolle tage –– Crazy Days!

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