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The Taiwan Mounties

On horseback in one of the most urban of the world’s great cities, the New Taipei City mounted police force is in charge of tourist security. This prestige unit, created in Taiwan in 2003 with a few club horses, has rapidly become the pride of the population. The brigade of passionate riders, all volunteer policemen, provides a high-profile presence in the city centre. And what better ambassador than a horse for a police force that has been completely transformed since the country’s peaceful transition to democracy in the 1990s. However, deep cuts in the city’s budget are threatening the brigade. The mounted cops are united to carry on their...

Western down under

It’s one of the most dangerous jobs that exist. In northern Australia, at the commands of helicopters, planes, buggies and bikes, men and women put their lives on the line to gather up herds. They maneuver in river beds and around trees, pursuing wild bulls who have never seen humans... They call it "mustering". It’s dangerous, spectacular - and a crash or a fatal goring is always a risk. At the heart of the Australian bush, almost 200 miles from the nearest town, we follow life at Warrawagine Station during this intense period. Three generations of the Mills family and their young employees reign over a property the size of a small State. During five...

Crazy for the Puy du Fou

Tigers looming out of nowhere, blood-smeared gladiators, barbarian hordes attacking villages… The Puy du Fou is a phenomenon. This amusement park, which gives the history of France the Hollywood treatment, is enjoying huge success. Lost in the depths of provincial France it draws hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Spread over several hundred hectares are castles, princesses, knights… From the very young to the very old, everybody joins in the fun and takes the plunge into the Middle Ages. With their epic battles and fairy tale adventures, the many spectacular shows have earned the Puy du Fou the title of best amusement park in the world. And as...

The Secrets of the Pink Pearl

A jewel of nature - more expensive than diamonds! Unknown to the general public, the pink pearl of the Caribbean is the rarest pearl in the world. From the place Vendôme in Paris to the Ginza quarter of Tokyo, its flamboyant pink color makes it a stunning natural gem sought after by the most prestigious jewelers on the planet. Found only in the wild, pink pearls are «fabricated» by the conch, a shellfish hunted for its meat in the Caribbean islands, and especially in the Dominican Republic. Pink pearls are exceptionally rare since only one in 10,000 queen conches produce a pearl, and only one in every 100,00 thousand contains a pearl of “gem” quality… When...

USA the deep South

From the State of Georgia to the Gulf of Mexico, across Alabama and then down the Mississippi to its mouth, “USA, the Deep South” is a journey of encounter with those who love the Deep South. Elgin Wells combines his two passions: music and stunt flying. Pilot, musician, poet, he is one of the few in America to present nighttime aerial displays. At Natchez, on the banks of the Mississippi, Pat Martin and Gay Guercio open the doors to Stanton Hall and Longwood, two magnificent mansions in the heart of the old cotton plantations. On Avery Island, the descendants of Edmund McIlhenny produce Tabasco, a simple recipe based on Mexican spices that has remained...