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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...

Cape Beaches

There’s the beach frequented by the black population, Mombawisi Beach, near the township of Khayelitsha, where a joyous crowd throngs on summer weekends despite the drownings in the waves and currents. There’s the Muizemberg beach where, early in the morning, amidst the joggers, the walkers and the surfers, bold fishermen of mixed race try to catch the shoals of fish that spawn off shore. Further east, around Hermanus, there are long, rocky stretches of sand, now the territory for poachers and gangs greedy for the abalone with its lucrative black-market trade. And to the west, there’s the Diamond Coast, which remains wild, exposed to the chilly currents of...

The passage

The Yucatan. A tiny corner of the world bathed by the oceans. A land of crystal clear waters and dense jungle linked by hitherto unexplored subterranean networks. The cradle of the Mayan civilisation and the point of impact of the Chicxulub meteorite, which is said to be the cause of the disappearance of the dinosaurs. To explore this land so steeped in history and discover its secrets: one man. The body of an athlete. An intense, hybrid character, with powers of adaptation beyond the norm: Guillaume Nery. Five times world champion for constant weight free diving. Astride the frontier of environments, half-man, half-fish, moving with equal delight over land...