Coastal City Views: Santa Monica, California (4K)

Santa Monica is a coastal city west of downtown Los Angeles. Santa Monica Beach is fringed by Palisades Park, with views over the Pacific Ocean. Santa Monica Pier is home to the Pacific Park amusement park, historic Looff Hippodrome Carousel and Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. Next to the pier is Muscle Beach, an outdoor gym established in the 1930s. In the city center, Bergamot Station houses several art galleries. 

Political Analysis: Fiasco In Afghanistan, Work On Holidays, Dante’s Wisdom

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week: the fiasco in Afghanistan is a grave blow to America’s reputation, Bartleby asks whether you should work (a little) on your holiday (10:00) and, 700 years on, how Dante can still help people find hope amid adversity (15:40)

Paris Walks: Sacré-Cœur In The Montmartre (4K)

Montmartre is a large hill in Paris’s 18th arrondissement. It is 130 m high and gives its name to the surrounding district, part of the Right Bank in the northern section of the city. 

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, commonly known as Sacré-Cœur Basilica and often simply Sacré-Cœur, is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica in Paris, France, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Sacré-Cœur Basilica is located at the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city.

Views: The Ramappa Temple In Southern India (BBC)

The Ramappa temple, located in Telangana state’s Mulugu district, recently made it to Unesco’s list of World Heritage sites – largely owing to its intricate sandstone and basalt sculptures that have stood the test of time. The temple, dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, dates back to the early 13th Century when an army commander under the Kakatiya kings had it built. Historians believe that it was built on the site of an older temple that had since become dilapidated. Its sculptures celebrate dance and they are believed to have inspired a famed male dance teacher at the time to revive a warrior dance performed by men.

Aerial City Views: Tbilisi – Country Of Georgia (4K)

Tbilisi is the capital of the country of Georgia. Its cobblestoned old town reflects a long, complicated history, with periods under Persian and Russian rule. Its diverse architecture encompasses Eastern Orthodox churches, ornate art nouveau buildings and Soviet Modernist structures. Looming over it all are Narikala, a reconstructed 4th-century fortress, and Kartlis Deda, an iconic statue of the “Mother of Georgia.”

Video timeline: 0:00 – Aerial view of Baratashvili Bridge and Public Registry 0:140:36 – Aerial view of Tbilisi city central park and Bridge of Peace. 0:361:04 – Flying over column of freedom in the center of Tbilisi. St. George monument 1:04 – Beautiful aerial view of King Tamar bridge 1:21 – Aerial view on statue of 12th century Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli, Rustaveli Avenue. 1:38 – Flying over Shota Rustaveli Avenue 1:502:12 Aerial view of Tbilisi State University 2:12 – Aerial View of Galaktion Tabidze Bridge over Kura river 2:23 – Presidential Palace Fly Over View 2:33 – Mother Of Georgia, SSSR historical monument 2:46 – Aerial view on statue of 12th century Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli 2:57 – Aerial view of Baratashvili Street in the centre of Tbilisi. Georgia 3:203:54 – Aerial view of Chavchavadze avenue in Tbilisi, Georgia 3:544:16 -Aerial View of Galaktion Tabidze Bridge over Kura river in the centre of Tbilis 4:164:48 – Aerial view of Holy Trinity Cathedral Sameba in Tbilisi Georgia. 4:48 – Cable Cars Over The Old District 4:56 – Aerial view of Baratashvili Street in the centre of Tbilisi. Georgia 5:125:36 – Aerial view of Old Tbilisi. Georgia 5:36 – Flying over column of freedom in the center of Tbilisi, Georgia 5:44 – Aerial view of Old Tbilisi. Georgia in 4k 5:52 – Aerial view of Old Tbilisi. Sameba Cathedral. Avlabari. Georgia 6:08 – Flying over Vaja Pshavela Avenue 6:23 – Flying over Shota Rustaveli Avenue 6:41 – Flying over Kura river in Tbilisi 6:53 – Beautiful cityscape of old Tbilisi 7:04 – Bus Stop Aerial Shoot – Traffic in the city 7:238:12 – Flying over Shota Rustaveli Avenue, Tbilisi, Georgia 8:12 – Aerial view of ancient basilic cathedral of Anchiskhati in old Tbilisi 8:31 – Aerial view of Old Tbilisi. Georgia 8:43 – Caucasus Block House In Summer With Hanging Clothes 8:49 – Aerial view of Ilia Chavchavadze avenue in the center of Tbilisi 8:58 – Aerial view of ancient basilic cathedral of Anchiskhati in Tbilisi, Georgia 9:10 – Aerial view of Old Tbilisi. Georgia in 8k 9:2610:35 – Aerial view of Old Tbilisi. Georgia

The Cotswolds: A History Of Yarnton, Oxfordshire

We’ve visited Yarnton before in the first episode of Exploring the Cotswolds, but at the time we didn’t realise there was so much more to see. Join us this week as we explore the church and some of the stories around the village.

Yarnton is a village and civil parish in Oxfordshire about 1 mile southwest of Kidlington and 4 miles northwest of Oxford. The 2011 Census recorded the parish’s population as 2,545.

Views: Wildflowers In Mount Rainier National Park, Washington State

“Sunday Morning” visits wildflowers on Mount Rainier in Washington State. Videographer: Mike Griffith.

There are hundreds of species of wildflowers found in Mount Rainier National Park, far more than can be represented here. However, this identification guide is meant to help you familiarize yourself with some of the most common and interesting wildflowers you may see during your visit to the park. For identification of flowers in the field, you can download the Mount Rainier Wildflower site bulletin, ask a ranger, or purchase a variety of wildflower identification guidebooks available in the park visitor centers and gift shops.

Alpine Drives: The ‘Ötztal Valley’, Western Austria

The Ötztal is an Alpine valley in the western Austrian state of Tyrol. It’s known for its ski areas at Sölden and Obergurgl-Hochgurgl. A stone pyramid on the Similaun glacier marks the site where the mummified corpse of “Ötzi the Iceman” was found. Ötzi Village is an outdoor museum recreating life in the Neolithic era. Mountainside stairs and a suspension footbridge offer close-up views of nearby Stuiben Falls.

Video timeline: 00:00 Ambach, Oetz, Habichen, Tumpen, Umhausen 17:40 Au, Längenfeld, Oberlängenfeld, Huben, Bruggen 33:00 Sölden 41:00 Zwieselstein 50:00 Gurglertal – Untergurgl, Obergurgl

Walking Tour: Chaka Salt Lake In Qinghai, China (4K)

Chaka Salt Lake is a salt lake in Ulan County, Haixi Prefecture, Qinghai, China. The oval-shaped lake is located near the eastern end of Qaidam Basin, 298 kilometres to the west of the provincial capital Xining. The name “Chaka” means “salt lake” in Tibetan. 

Video timeline: 0:00 Intro 1:02 Walking In Twilight Snow viewing Platform 15:35 Sightseeing Train Trip 16:50 Walking Around the Salt Sculpture Group 30:38 Special Moments 38:33 Jade Lake 43:57 The cloudy Train sightseeing trip