Places we go
we go is an
adventure travel series that is presented and produced by Melbourne's
very own Jennifer Adams as she travels around the world to some
of the most amazing countries on this little blue planet. Jennifer is
also joined by Daniel McPherson, co-producer and cameraman behind
the series plus a variety of friends who accompany the pair on their
only skims the surface of this brilliant documentary series, however if
you are interested in history, nature and the like, than this is the
documentary for you. Jennifer makes this quite a personal experience as
he brings the viewer along and her down to Earth attitude only
complaints the amazing places that she visits.
Wildlife and action aplenty. From the vast Serengeti plains to
the heights of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa is a destination for the
The first documentary in the
series is Africa as Jennifer travels through East Africa with
cameraman Daniel and her partner Clint as they visit a variety of
extraordinary places from Mount Kilimanjaro to a local orphanage and to
the former killing fields of Rwanda in order to visit the mountain
Jennifer gives a great history
of the countries that she visits in Africa such as Rwanda which was one
of the most deadliest places of Africa which is now one of its most
peaceful. It's quite amazing to see Jennifer and her team so close to
the mountain gorillas who are almost oblivious to the humans around
Moving onto the locals, the
people of Africa are so friendly towards strangers, especially witnessed
in a scene in a market in Tanzania where Jennifer gets a headscarf made
Jennifer highlights how AIDS has
devastated this country and she visits an orphanage where all the
children there have lost their parents to this deadly disease.
Ironically, the orphanage was setup by an Australian man in order to
help the people of Tanzania.
As Jennifer makes her way to
Mount Kilimanjaro, she suffers from altitude sickness as she attempts to
make her way to the top. Eventually Jennifer, Daniel and Clint make it
to the top and the view is quite breathtaking and extremely rewarding
for all involved. Of course, what would a documentary be without the
savannas of Africa as we are given a great close-up of these amazing
animals such as the extraordinary families of lions in the Serengeti to
the locals who live near. Truly inspirational.
Antarctica, one of the final frontiers. Kayaking with the whales,
walking amongst the penguins. Antarctica has something for everyone -
Ushuaia, Drake Passage, Lemaire Channel and Deception Island.
On a sea voyage to Antarctica,
Jennifer is joined by Michael who once lived on Antarctica assists as
"tour" guide as they explore the final frontier of the planet. It begins
with the most southern city on Earth, Ushuaia Argentina which is where
the journey for Jennifer and co go board a ship to the Antarctica.
The journey to Antarctica is
marked by very real dangers as Jennifer, Daniel and Michael join a group
of tourists making their way to one of the most inhospitable places on
What makes this series so
amazing is that excitement that Jennifer portrays and when you first see
the huge icebergs, you actually join in on her excitement. Apart from
the amazing scenery, the viewer is given a glimpse of some amazing
creatures from whales to penguins who all inhabit this icy cold world.
To my amazement, they even spend
the night on the ice as all attempt to keep warm as they are wrapped up
and wrapped up in clothing. The relationship between Michael and his
father is quite heartwarming as he joins his father in what might be
their last trip to Antarctica. Bathing in Antarctica? You heard
correctly, Jennifer actually baths in a volcano bath and even gets her
camera man to experience the icy cold ocean. Brilliant!
From the enchanted Galapagos Islands to the depths of the Amazon
Basin. Ecuador comes alive with colour and activity, an experience we'll
certainly never forget. Experience the diversity of Quito, the capital
Ecuador is another wondrous
country that Jennifer visits and is joined by her sister Bev as they
visit the amazing Galapagos Islands to the rich and abundant rain
forests of the Amazon. After a 30 hour flight from Australia, Jennifer,
Daniel and Bev arrive at the capital of Ecuador that mixes Spanish
influence with the local culture.
Visiting markets and other
tourist destinations, this DVD could be considered the perfect tourist
documentary as it gives a great insight into their way of life. Of
course, the highlight of this DVD is the Galapagos Islands as we see the
marine iguanas who show no fear of humans, amazing and vibrant pink
flamingos and the giant sea turtles.
It's quite amazing that humans
can almost walk up to all creatures on these islands and they will not
feel threatened. The difference between the Galapagos Islands and the
Amazon forest is quite diverse as Jennifer gives the viewer another
history lesson on this tropical rainforest.
Jennifer even gets up close and
personal with some piranhas who actually ignore these fun loving humans,
however bigger threats such as anacondas are more a of threat than this
little fish. It's quite laughable that Jennifer is freaked out by a
Kaman that was just 2 metres away as she swam with the piranhas. This
DVD closes with Jennifer visiting a local village as she says goodbye to
this amazing place.
Traveling to the High Arctic is a journey of a lifetime. The icy
landscape full of wildlife and the most spectacular sunsets makes for an
experience that you will never forget.
Travelling to the North Pole,
Jennifer explores the Canadian High Arctic and Greenland onboard a ship
with sister Emma. I have to admit that her family is extremely lucky for
allowing to share Jennifer's amazing journey.
Highlighting social issues of
global warming and how it is effecting the Arctic, this documentary is
extremely well made. From nights that don't get dark to polar bears
resting on ice, this is truly a wondrous journey.
On DVD, it's quite spectacular
seeing the amazing colours of the ice as Jennifer and Emma explore the
waters. Getting up close and personal with whales, she visits some
locals and gets a surprise when she visits Santa's hut in the North
Pole. The down to Earth approach that Jennifer takes, only compliments
her documentary skills which makes this DVD series so compelling and
Traveling through India is an attack of the senses. The amazing
colours of the landscape and people mixed with aromatic smells.
The next destination for
Jennifer is India where she is joined by friend Shura as they
explore the Rajasthan on camel back, a surprise birthday party by Indian
Royalty for Jennifer and a glimpse of the endangered Bengal Tiger.
Rahul is their tourist guide for
part of this DVD which begins in Deli as he shares his knowledge of
India with not only Jennifer but also the viewer. Whether it's playing
cricket with the locals or feasting on the amazing cuisine of India, it
only highlights the variety of its culture and the hospitality of
people, like the surprise birthday party for Jennifer. Riding on
elephants, Jennifer even gets her fortune read by an Indian fortune
The Taj Mahal is truly
awe-inspiring that Jennifer mentions is quite powerful as she walks the
ground. Ironically, 20,000 people helped create this hand built monument
with hundreds dying during the construction. Of course, seeing the
Bengal Tigers up close and personal, especially the cubs is the
highlight of this DVD who are unfortunately threatened by man. Gripping
from start to finish!
One of the oldest and most peaceful countries in the middle east.
We explored every part of this small country, from the ancient city of
Petra to the rugged terrain of Wadi Rum.
favourite DVD in the series, Jennifer and her friend explore the
wondrous country of Jordan as she showcases the amazing locals and gives
an in-depth insight into this ancient culture. Jordan is also the home
of the Dead Sea Scrolls and is bordered by countries that have been
warring for centuries.
From the day
of fasting called Ramadan to the hospitable markets. Jennifer explores
the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth (420 metres below sea level) and
unwillingly puts her head under the water which is eight times stronger
than the ocean in terms of sea content. Unfortunately a bad move by
highlight from this DVD is Petra, an ancient city that was hidden away
for centuries until discovered by the Bedoiuns. Carved from sandstone,
Petra even had an elaborate water system to assist its ancient
inhabitants. Ironically, a group of Bedouins actually lived in the tombs
of Petra from the 1800's until the 1980's when the government of Jordan
asked them politely leave. Jennifer really captures the magic of these
people from their friendly approach to strangers to their thirst for
The land of the Inca's, Peru. A country with so much culture,
history and adventure. Peru is a trip of a life time and must not be
missed. Experience the true wonders of Peru.
The last DVD in the series is Peru as Jennifer, her fiancé Clint
and Daniel follow the lost Inca trail to the city of
Macchi Picchu. Starting
off in Lima, the capital of Peru, Jennifer informs the viewer that
Surfing is quite a popular sport in this country, which is a close
second to soccer.
Highlighting the culture of Peru
that is almost a social commentary, especially from the recent Earth
quakes, Jennifer manages to capture the spirit and heart of this
culture. Apart from the locals, the viewers are also given an insight
into the gigantic condors of Peru.
The city of Macchi Picchu
is truly an astonishing human accomplishment as Jennifer climbed the
perilous trailer to this ancient city. Lastly, Lake Titicaca is the
final place that Jennifer visits which happens to be the highest
lake in South America as she gives us a tour of the people who live on
the island. Amazingly the people near this island speak an dialect of
This review only just touches
the surfaces of this amazing series and I recommend this series to
everyone. It's brilliantly made and is an approach that can understood
and appreciated by anyone. At times the video and audio quality is a
little lacking but considering some of the locations, it's
understandable. Bring on the next series!
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