week 11


Mon: Xenius focuses on minimizing housing footprint on the environment. Can we live on a 6.4 square meters box?

Tue: the Jardin series visits the Agdal gardens in Marrakeck, where a sandstone wall tries to keep the Sahara desert at bay.

Wed: “Faces of Russia” stops at Nalchik to meet the Kabardians and their sword skills.

Thu: The archaeological findings of Roman inscriptions at the Nabatean site of Hegra leaves us in awe.

Fri: A biopic on Carl Djerassi (aka: pill man) felt more like an ego trip, although his Californian ranch is enviable.




week 10


Mon: Xenius “prayed to the choir” by telling us about the importance of dark vs. white wheat bread; although, all the market regulations regarding the 4 types of flour that according to their sugar branching chemical composition the EU requires to properly display on each package, sounded like bureaucratic nonsense.

Tue: “Les jardins d’ici et d’ailleurs” made us salivate at the astonishing beauty of the very well preserved valley and gardens of villa Valsanzibio. A must (private) visit. The best insight came from the carved inscription on the steps by the exit ramp: “Over here heaven; over there Venice or hell”.

Wed: NHK took us cycling around the Kumamoto prefecture to enjoy the sights of the land of active volcanoes and made us aware us of the recent earthquakes (2016-04-14) that damaged ancient shinto temples and castles of the area.

Thu: The “Enquetes archeologiques” team went to the African continent to explicate the ancient origins of the Great Zimbabwe walls and the mind boggling carving process of the monolithic christian churches of Lalibela in the highlands of Ethiopia.

Fri: A snapshot of domestic life in rural Bashkiria in the south Ural region looked to us like many other regions we have visited in Russia: it could be a village in Karelia, or Buryatia, or Amuria, or …



week 9


Mon: Xenius presents the astonishing world of robots helping surgeons to access the human skull and operate the brain.

Tue: Can California really secede from USA?

Thu: “Le mon selon Amazon” or how to kill the literature editor industry monopoly by creating another one…

Fri: RT reports on the biggest megacity you never hear before: Chonqing; and with a non-stop daily flight from LAX, courtesy of Hainan airlines, it is a Chinese destination worth considering.