Wild Carpathia is a unique trilogy of films about the priceless majesty of the forests and mountains of Romania. Charlie Ottley takes a tour of this extraordinary region and uncovers a world of medieval villages, ancient monasteries, historic traditions and mesmerising beauty. From Transylvania's stunning national parks to the Danube Delta, we get a unique insight into a landscape that has endured unchanged for thousands of years and still home to wolves, lynx and the largest concentration of brown bears in Europe. Meeting a glittering array of characters from local shepherds, environmentalists, artisans and musicians to rock stars and royalty, Charlie learns how they are all dedicated to preserving what has become Europe's last true wilderness. Wild Carpathia has, with the help of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, and other key supporters, become an international phenomenon.
No. of Episodes: 3
Charlie Ottley ventures deep into the breath-taking but little known mountains and forests of Carpathia. Home to bears, wolves and the elusive lynx, this is perhaps the last great wilderness in Europe, seen as never before. Charlie provides a unique insight into the scenic beauty and rich culture of the region, exploring its chequered history from the mystical ruins of the ancient Dacian civilisations to its medieval communities, the heritage of which survives intact to this day. In his quest to find remote villages, cross mountains and spot bears in the wild, Charlie meets a range of colourful characters including shepherds, artists, eco-warriors, craftsmen, trackers, even a Count. Wild Carpathia captures the fragile majesty of a unique eco-system and show why it deserves to be preserved in all its glory for the benefit of future generations.
Charlie Ottley returns to Romania to explore the stunning southern Carpathians; starting at the majestic Iron Gates on the Serbian Border and seeing the ancient Roman Spa resort of Baile Herculane. Crossing Saxon Transylvania, Charlie visits the birthplace of Vlad's the Impaler and meets Crown Princess Margarita at her ancestral family home of Peles Castle. Leaving the mountains behind Charlie heads back down to the Danube where it branches to form the largest wetland in Europe. Along the way Charlie learns how this vital ecosystem is under threat and what is being done to preserve it.
Charlie Ottley visits Northern Romania and the Maramures, one of the most picturesque regions in The Carpathians. Here Charlie experiences traditional festivals and weddings and learns about the evolution of Romanian music with renowned folk singer Grigore Lese and pop idol Loredana Groza. Travelling across the top of the country towards Moldova, Charlie meets the monks at the famous Bucovina painted monasteries. Ending his journey at the dramatic Bicaz Gorge and Lacu Rosu, Charlie looks at ways tourism is helping to preserve the last great wilderness in Europe. With a number of local and internationally acclaimed personalities also highlighting the importance of the area, Charlie discusses the region with HRH The Prince of Wales who, once again, demonstrates his great passion for this unique country.
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