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Bob Krist’s Off the Beaten Path

Join renowned professional photographer and filmmaker Bob Krist, as he takes you off the beaten path to find authentic stories of real people in fascinating places. This isn't a series for tourists. This is a series for travelers like you.
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Overview

Join renowned professional photographer and filmmaker Bob Krist, as he takes you off the beaten path to find authentic stories of real people in fascinating places. This isn't a series for tourists. This is a series for travelers like you.
Coming Up: Explore Mexico in September 2022, Maine in December 2022, Slovenia in March 2023.

About

Bob Krist

As storytellers sharing the visual tales of our travels, we can act as small points of light that help everyone see the beauty and the humanity of this very small world in which we live.

INSTITUTION

National Geographic Photographer

Bob Krist is an award-winning photographer whose regular assignments for magazines such as National Geographic Traveler, Smithsonian, and Islands have taken him to all seven continents. Mr. Krist's work has won awards in the Pictures of the Year International, Communication Arts, and World Press Photo competitions. He was named Photographer of the Year by the Society of American Travel Writers in 1994, 2007, and 2008.

Mr. Krist's books include the New York Times best seller, In Tuscany, a collaboration with author Frances Mayes that features 270 pages of his photographs. He is also the author of Spirit of Place: The Art of the Traveling Photographer, and he provided photography for the books Caribbean; Portrait of the Caribbean; Lowcountry: From Charleston to Savannah; A Photo Tour of New York; and Impressions of Bucks County.

Mr. Krist is a Sony Artisan of Imagery and an avid filmmaker who shoots and produces short travel films for a variety of clients, including National Geographic. His movie about Iceland, A Thousand Autumns, won awards at the Johns Hopkins Film Festival, the Reykjavik International Film Festival, and the Trento Film Festival.

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Azores: The Calderas of São Miguel

01: Azores: The Calderas of São Miguel

Daniel Cabral of Greenzone Azores helps Bob get reacquainted with the island of São Miguel, taking him to a spectacular overlook on the west side of the island, in the area of Sete Cidades. From there, you will view and learn about the big caldera and all its lakes. You’ll also become acquainted with some of the native species and plants, as well as get an overview of some of the most gorgeous sites the island has to offer.

6 min
Azores: The Tea Plantations of Europe

02: Azores: The Tea Plantations of Europe

There are only two tea plantations in the entirety of Europe, and they're both in São Miguel. You’ll pay a visit to the older, larger plantation, Gorreana, as they make green tea while you hear the fascinating history of the plantation and the trade.

5 min
Azores: Lighthouses of the Gulf Stream

03: Azores: Lighthouses of the Gulf Stream

Unlike those in the United States, most of the lighthouses in the Azores—and indeed throughout all of Portugal—are still manned by naval personnel. Hear from the lighthouse keeper at Farol do Arnel in the northeast part of São Miguel to learn about the lighthouse life, history, and traditions.

5 min
Azores: Days of Wine and Amoroso

04: Azores: Days of Wine and Amoroso

Enter the lair of a master winemaker and enjoy a tasting of Generosa wine. Then, to learn about Posada wine, travel to Pico, the epicenter of the winemaking industry and home to the second UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Azores.

9 min
Azores: Whales, Tales, and Sails

05: Azores: Whales, Tales, and Sails

Hop on a ferry to learn about Horta, the most sheltered harbor in all the Azores. Explore the art and history of the area and visit the Scrimshaw Museum, which has more than 1,000 pieces on display.

5 min
Azores: The Bulls of Terceira

06: Azores: The Bulls of Terceira

Pay a visit to Terceira, an island of rolling hills, patchwork green fields, and long-dormant volcanic cones. Bull runs have a long tradition on Terceira—the first one on record was held in 1622. Gain insights into the historic event known as Tourada à corda and then travel to a cheesemaking factory and get some suggestions for unforgettable meals.

9 min
Azores: Feeling Saudade in the City

07: Azores: Feeling Saudade in the City

Founded in 1478, Angra do Heroísmo is a city of churches, monasteries, manor houses, and palaces. Take a tour of this designated UNESCO World Heritage site and see one of the “can’t-miss” attractions: Captain General's Palace. End with a walk through the Duke of Terceira Garden, which is considered the best way to appreciate the beauty of the city.

5 min
Azores: Portugal’s Garden Oasis

08: Azores: Portugal’s Garden Oasis

Visit the eastern part of São Miguel Island—an area full of lush gardens, bubbling hot springs, spectacular viewpoints, and charming villages. Take a tour of the beautiful scenes, as you make your way to the centerpiece of the Ribeira dos Caldeirões park—a towering waterfall. You’ll also learn about the Terra Nostra Garden and the Ilhéu de Vila Franca.

10 min
Mexico: The Concheros Celebration of Spring

09: Mexico: The Concheros Celebration of Spring

Mexican American actress, Fabiola Stevenson provides narration as Bob takes you to San Miguel de Allende, located in the Bahia region of Mexico. Celebrate the beginning of the spring planting season with the Concheros, the area's pre-Columbian dance troupe as you learn about the history of this energetic and passionate festival that lasts from sunrise until late in the night. Don’t forget your ear plugs!

8 min
Mexico: Cowboys of the High Desert

10: Mexico: Cowboys of the High Desert

The Mexican cowboy, called a Charro, is an iconic figure in the history of this country. Join Bob to explore the world of Mexican rodeo, called Charrería, then take a ride along with thousands of cowboys and cowgirls across the dusty Bahia Desert to a high, mountain top shrine in a pilgrimage called the Cabalgata of Cristo Rey.

13 min
Mexico: Holy Week in the Bajío

11: Mexico: Holy Week in the Bajío

The Christian holy week is one of the most widely celebrated and important religious observances in Mexico. From Palm Sunday to Easter, the cities and towns across the country are transformed to host a variety of occasions. Bob will take you to visit several cities across Central Mexico to see their Holy Week traditions, which range from the profoundly spiritual to the downright explosive.

13 min
Mexico: The Epic Journey of the Monarchs

12: Mexico: The Epic Journey of the Monarchs

Discover one of nature's greatest migration stories, as Bob takes you to the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve—a UNESCO World Heritage Site containing most of the overwintering sites of the eastern population of the monarch butterfly. Millions of butterflies arrive in the reserve annually.

6 min
Mexico: Festival of the Exploding Hammers

13: Mexico: Festival of the Exploding Hammers

The small mining village of San Juan de la Vega celebrates Carnival—or Mardi Gras—in an unusual way. Bob introduces you to the Festival of the Exploding Hammers, where young men of the village tie explosives to the ends of hammers and pound them into the ground. You’ll be able to enjoy this vibrant spectacle without needing safety equipment.

3 min
Mexico: The Master Craftsmen of Michoacán

14: Mexico: The Master Craftsmen of Michoacán

Join Bob to visit the Michoacán state in Central Mexico, which is the home to the Indigenous Purépecha people, whose ancestors formed one of the great civilizations of Mesoamerica. This area is known for its renowned artwork, as well as its natural beauty. Travel to villages around Lake Patzcuaro to learn why this area became an epicenter of crafts in Mexico.

12 min
Mexico: The Jungle Xanadu of Las Pozas

15: Mexico: The Jungle Xanadu of Las Pozas

Travel up into the mountains to Xilitla, to a garden like no other—created by a rich eccentric Englishman to be a surrealistic fantasy in the jungle. The surrealistic sculpture park Las Pozas, or The Pools, is a group of whimsical, concrete structures, covering over 80 acres of subtropical rainforest. And it just might be the strangest mystery tour in Mexico.

5 min