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Emma-Jane Kirby is high in the French Alps, Christa Larwood braves a raucous festival of romance in Ireland, and we travel to Lima in Peru, to try ceviche.


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Time for The Travel Show.

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This week on the Travel Show, were looking for love on the west

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coast of Ireland.

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Is there anybody out there?

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Yes!

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We're high in the Alps at a French resort that's trying

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to turn its ski slopes green.

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And in Peru, we're cooking a dish with chilli peppers and raw fish.

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First this week, we're riding high in the French Alps.

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Skiing is one of the world's most exhilarating sports,

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but it's also one of the worst for the environment.

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First this week, we're riding high in the French Alps.

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Skiing is one of the world's most exhilarating sports,

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but it's also one of the worst for the environment.

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So many mountain resorts are looking for ways to make

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winter sports greener.

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Emma-Jane Kirby's on the trail in the legendary mountains above

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Chamonix.

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It's been a popular leisure activity here since the early 1900s.

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These days, skiing is a mega-industry.

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Some 18 million tourists visit the Alps every year,

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generating about 50 billion euros for the local economy.

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Chamonix, at the base of Europe's highest mountain,

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the Mont Blanc, is never short of thrill seekers.

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And when the snow gods smile favourably on this region,

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the slopes here are heavenly.

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I love skiing, but I have to admit, it's not the greenest of sports.

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But resorts like Chamonix across the Alps can do things

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to lessen my carbon footprint, and to lessen our impact

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on this beautiful environment.

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And Chamonix is really serious about turning its prized

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white slopes green.

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Leaving a lighter footprint on the environment is the key,

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from changing its transport infrastructure to its use

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of renewable energy.

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Its reward...

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Well, it's become one of just four Alpine ski stations to be awarded

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the prestigious and highly sought after label, 'Le Flocon Vert' -

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The Green Snowflake.

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A lot of people will say that, no, there is no such thing as green ski.

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But everybody in the mountain is trying to adapt to global warming.

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We already lost 40% of snow cover at 1300 metres,

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compared to the '60s.

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And what we have to know is that in 50 years from now,

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only 55 resorts of the 300 we have in France will survive.

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This man was pretty much born on skis.

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Today, he earns his living teaching the sport.

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But Stephan doesn't just show his clients how to bend

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the knees and slide.

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He also warns them that ignoring climate change could send the ski

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industry, and his own livelihood, downhill fast.

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Don't think too much speed.

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Think all the time, skiing under control.

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Let's go!

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So he's created an eco-friendly ski school.

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For every pole his clients plant on the mountain,

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he plants a tree in the Peruvian Amazon.

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It's all about instilling in visitors the same respect

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for the mountains that's innate in him.

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I grew up in Chamonix Mont Blanc Valley, and I saw the difference

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between I was young, and then a little bit older.

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I saw the difference, and the pollution take a lot

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of importance, bad importance.

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And I said, what can I do for my country?

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The only way is to create my company, and try to be better.

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I'm sure I didn't save the world, but I'm trying to be an example.

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And to the eco-minded skier, anything that even partly offsets

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a guilty conscience is a bonus.

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The passion for it is a bit infectious.

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You get into this recycled gear, recycled skis, electric cars

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and all that stuff, and it really fires you up.

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So the glacier here at Argentiere in Chamonix might be melting,

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but the water isn't wasted.

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It's all captured in big tunnels, and it's pumped up again

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in the mountain to use in the snow cannons.

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And we've been given exclusive access to those tunnels,

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which are six kilometres long.

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You need to go slowly, that's all.

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But in this dark labyrinth of tunnels, Chamonix has

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a secret eco-weapon.

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Some of it is used by us to produce snow for the ski resort.

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That's about 100,000 cubic metres.

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But overall, this place generates 60 million cubic metres,

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so we only use a tiny, tiny bit.

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The rest of the water is sent back to France or Switzerland.

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It generates electricity through hydro energy.

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It's green.

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It's green, absolutely.

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And 70 metres under the glacier, the view and the quiet

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is certainly breathtaking.

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A major observatory means that Chamonix's ski slopes steer well

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clear of any wildlife habitats.

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The worst insult you can say to someone that lives

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in Chamonix Valley is he's damaging his environment.

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It's the worst thing you can say to him.

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So it's deep inside us, we want to make sure that we keep it

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as it is.

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Our choices matter, too.

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Almost 75% of an average ski resort's carbon footprint is created

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by a visitor's mode of transport.

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That's because most of us take a budget airline,

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and then perhaps hire a car.

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But Chamonix is determined to keep that mountain air pure.

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At one with nature, or against it, the speed of climate change means

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resorts like Chamonix are being forced to find

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a harmonising rhythm to counter it.

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And with the industry trying to clean up its act,

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it leaves us free to ski with a clearer and greener conscience.

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Next on the Travel Show, we're off for lunch in Lima.

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On the menu, one of Peru's classic dishes in this week's Global

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Gourmet.

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Today, I'm going to make a perfect ceviche.

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And this is a perfect ceviche!

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Still to come on the Travel Show: We're tempting fate here in Ireland.

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Still to come on the Travel Show: We're tempting fate here in Ireland.

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Still to come on the Travel Show: We're tempting fate here in Ireland.

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If you touch the book with both hands, you're going to be in love

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and married inside of six months.

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If you touch it with just one hand, you're going to be in love.

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You want to touch it as well?

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No, I'm keeping well clear of that!

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The Travel Show, your essential guide, wherever you're heading.

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It's time now for Trending Travel, your monthly mash up

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of the best travel-related stories, snaps and videos online.

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First up, who hasn't dreamt of packing it all in

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to explore the world?

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Well, that's exactly what Marina Piro did

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with her dog Odie, and a converted minivan.

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She's turned the van into a home away from home,

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blogging a step-by-step guide on her website.

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I wanted to be an inspiration to people that maybe aren't happy

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with their current way of living.

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And having a dog, especially while travelling solo,

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it's a great company.

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You have to be very careful with vaccinations, and with papers

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when you cross borders, but I wouldn't have

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it any other way.

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Hundreds of wannabe travellers responded to this unique job advert.

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Derek and McKenzie Tillotson posted an appeal on Facebook for a nanny

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to join them and their three children on an all expenses paid

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trip around the world.

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Overall, we're looking for someone who's willing

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pitch in with cooking, cleaning, packing bags,

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pushing strollers.

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They hope to have chosen the lucky nanny by the end of the month.

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We're up for an adventure, and we hope you are, too.

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For those who want to chart new territory without crossing

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continents, you can get involved in Missing Maps.

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It's a project part-funded by Doctors Without Borders

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and the Red Cross, designed to map remote regions of

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the developing world.

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At Mapathon events, volunteers are taught how

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to read satellite imagery, and input the information

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into the crowd source mapping tool OpenStreetMap.

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It's hoped these detailed maps will save lives

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in the event of disasters.

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You can find out more on their website.

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And finally, a new website is bringing to life

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the Russian Revolution, which happened 100 years ago.

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1917 Free History uses social media feeds to tell the story day by day,

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building to the events of the October uprising.

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For many younger people, social networks is their natural way

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to learn the stories about those prominent historical

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figures as if they were contemporary celebrities.

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If visitors of our website would be inspired to visit Russia

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to learn something more, probably we will be happy.

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Thanks to everyone that sent us their pictures

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using the hashtag #traveltuesday.

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Here are some of my favourites.

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Richard Bates snapped this in Manama, the capital of Bahrain.

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And I like this picture that Matthew Wilson took

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in Marrakesh, Morocco.

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Very atmospheric.

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Now let's look at the travel videos clocking up the views online.

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With ski season well underway in Europe, we've selected some

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of the best videos shot on the slopes.

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See you at the lodge!

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I think that my number one tip for people who want to make

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their own ski videos would be to first and foremost

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master your own skiing or boarding skills in order to keep up

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with the guys you're shooting.

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You don't want to be left behind.

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You want to be there when they drop.

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Group dynamics can be a big one to you.

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-- big one, too.

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You really want to have a group of people out there that

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you can trust.

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Storms, weather and conditions, anything can go wrong.

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We're just always on the hunt for powder, and capturing moments.

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So we'll see what we get, and see how it all comes together.

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And you if you see anything you think we should know about,

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don't forget to get in touch.

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It's @BBCTravelShow.

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Now let's go to the rolling farmlands of County Clare

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in the West of Ireland.

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# Oh, Lisdoonvarna # Lisdoon...Lisdoon...Lisdoon #

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Lisdonvarna...#

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It's a place that's quiet and peaceful for

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47 weeks of the year.

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# Lisdoon...Lisdoon...Lisdoon # Lisdonvarna #

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But for five weekends

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in the early autumn, this little town is inundated with

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visitors from all over the world.

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And they're all here looking for that special someone.

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The Lisdonvarna Matchmaking Festival is Europe's largest singles event,

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attracting up to 60,000 people each year.

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It's been a local tradition for over 160 years.

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The festival was originally designed to help find wives

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for lonely farmers at the end of the harvest season.

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For the past half-century, Willie Daly has been the town's

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matchmaker in chief, using skills passed down

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from his father and grandfather.

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These days, the matching is less about dowries and property,

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and more about finding true love.

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Most of my matchmaking has been a little bit different

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from my grandfather and father.

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And I do enjoying it this way.

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When I introduce people, I try to have a little

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bit of magic there.

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When the person is coming towards you, you think,

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that's the man I want to spend the rest of my life with.

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It's very much an Irish thing, maybe.

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But certainly people from other parts of the world do join with me.

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We have a lot of people from England, a certain

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amount from Germany, quite a lot from America.

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Willie says his secret is the book he carries with him,

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where the details of potential matches have been

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kept for generations.

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This book looks like it's seen better days.

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Oh, it has, yeah.

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It's approximately about 150 or 160 years old, like.

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You know, when you come to that, you can't be counting!

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It's a lovely book, and it's a lucky book.

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If you touch the book with both hands, you're going to be in love

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and married inside of six months.

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If you touch it with just one hand, you're going to be in love.

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Willie claims his book has helped him spark 3000 marriages.

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And with statistics like that, it's perhaps not surprisingly his

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services draw hopefuls from far and wide.

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Back in town, the crowds are rising.

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-- Back in town, the crowds are arriving.

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And a little after 11:00 in the morning, the alcohol's

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already in full flow.

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Events are held up and down the village, but the main centre

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of matchmaking activity is here at the aptly

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named Matchmaker Bar.

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This is where Willie sets out his stall.

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The process is this.

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Would you like to have children if all goes well?

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I think so, eventually.

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Yeah.

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Punters fill out their details, and tell Willie about themselves,

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and what they'd like in a partner.

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I have you down there now as good-looking and nice.

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Oh, God!

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Then once the 20 euros fee is paid, Willie will attempt

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to find them a match.

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Joel's a little farmer.

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He has his own farm, you'll be able to see it.

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OK.

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But in the days when many people meet their future partner online,

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why do people still put their faith in Willie and his traditional ways?

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I had my doubts.

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I might still have doubts.

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But I thought I would give it a whirl.

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Why not?

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The festival may boost the number of locals finding partners,

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but it's also a serious boost for the local economy, bringing

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in 3 million euros each year.

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This festival is the lifeblood of Lisdoonvarna.

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It's like the one month of the year when all the businesses gear

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towards towards this festival.

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In September, it's like the whole place is just transformed.

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So a lot of the B would be very, very quiet during the year.

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There'd be nobody here.

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They would make enough money in September to keep them

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going for the whole year, so it has a massive effect,

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and it's only getting bigger.

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Not everyone attending the festival is single.

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Many couples who met here in years past return to celebrate

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and dance the night, and day, away.

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But most of the folk here are looking for love.

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We want to find the one.

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So far we haven't found it.

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But do you know what, it is such a good buzz around us,

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a great atmosphere.

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A fantastic community, it's brilliant.

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So we would like to find someone with a bit of land,

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a nice personality, not bad looking.

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Not bad looking.

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We're not fussy, but we will have to find the right man.

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He's not bad.

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Hey!

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There is no shortage of options

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for the ladies here.

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Is there anybody out there?!

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Yes!

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Lisdoonvarna provides plenty of opportunity for some drunken fun.

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But finding love is far from guaranteed.

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And Willie's success isn't guaranteed.

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After a few minutes, the first couple's eyes

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have already wandered.

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But here in the matchmaking capital, Lisdoonvarna, hope springs eternal.

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So I'm hoping that by the time I leave here, he'll keep his word

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and I'll meet someone.

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Because that was the whole reason for me coming here.

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Well, that's all we've got time for on this week's Travel Show.

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Coming up next week...

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Carmen's in Peru to find out about a 500-year-old tradition

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called Scissor Dancing.

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So do join us then if you can.

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And in the meantime, don't forget you can catch up

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with us while we are out on the road by signing up

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to our social media feeds.

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Details are on the screen now.

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But for now, from me, Christa Larwood,

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and the rest of the Travel Show team here on the Emerald Isle,

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it's goodbye.

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Hi there.

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We have seen a few snow showers over the last few hours,

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but it has been pretty dull and cloudy.

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One place that saw some sunshine, some snow on the ground at Aberdeen

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and some sun poking

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Emma-Jane Kirby is high in the French Alps, checking how skiers can enjoy the snow without damaging the mountains. Christa Larwood braves a raucous festival of romance in Ireland, and we travel to Lima in Peru, to try ceviche.