Faces Behind the Screen interview (9th July 2019)
New website interview: https://www.3playmedia.com/resources/faces-behind-screen/tony-giles/
Canada trip (27th June 2019)
Still enjoying diverse places of Canada. In Yellowknife at present. Capital of the Northwest Territories. Heading to Vancouver next. Thanks for following, Tony :).
BBC Travel Show part 2 reminder (14th June 2019)
A reminder that the second part of Tony’s BBC Travel Show documentary will be shown this weekend.
In the second part of a Travel Show special from Ethiopia, Tony Giles, a blind and almost deaf backpacker, visits Lalibela, the cradle of Christian orthodox Christianity in Africa. He visits the world – famous rock hewn underground churches and gets the chance to take part in a colourful and moving Orthodox lent service. It is here that Tony begins his own spiritual journey, questioning his own disability and why his own lack of sight and sound has driven him to travel the world.
Saturday 15th June at 05:30, 10:30
Sunday 16th June at 01:30, 13:30
Also available on iPlayer after broadcast.
BBC World News
For times visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/n3ct5t7t
Also see https://www.facebook.com/bbctravelshow/.
More updates for Tony’s Ethiopia documentary (7th June 2019)
More information about my up and coming travel documentary with a little taster to grab your interest :).
Good afternoon from the Travel Show The Travel Show has a lovely video which you might be interested in promoting. Tony Giles, who is completely blind and severely deaf, is backpacking independently around the world and has visited more than 120 countries. On his travels around Ethiopia he visits a studio containing paintings which were part of a wider exhibition designed for blind and partially sighted people to experience through touch. Tony says: “So many times you go to art galleries with friends and you sort of feel excluded, but touching this art made me feel included… its art I can appreciate. I felt equal.” https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/disability-48530433/touching-paintings-i-feel-included-in-art
Showing on BBC World News Friday 7 June (21:30 GMT), Saturday 8 (02:30) and Sunday 9 (04:30).
UK viewers can also watch it on BBC News, Saturday (05:30, 10:30 GMT) and Sunday (1:30, 13:30).
Or catch the episode on BBC iPlayer here:
I hope everyone will be able to view it at some stage. I hope everyone will be so intrigued and amazed, you will visit Tony’s wonderful website: www.tonythetraveller.com And buy and download his fun and fascinating travel biographies: Seeing the World My Way and Seeing The Americas My Way. Thanks so much to everyone for following and supporting.
From Montreal, Canada. Have a wonderful day and weekend, Tony :)
Tony’s Ethiopia Documentary (6th June 2019)
It’s almost show time for my amazing and fascinating documentary of a blind man experiencing Ethiopia. So go check it out on BBC World News or BBC News 24 and BBC Travel Show FB page. Please watch, comment, follow and share. And please, continue to tell people to buy and download my fun and fascinating travel Ebook biographies. Seeing The World My Way, repub, 2016 Seeing The Americas My Way, 2016.
Thanks for following and supporting. Any of you people out there who have already bought and downloaded either of my Ebooks, if you liked them, please write a comment/reference on Amazon or from whatever website you purchased from. The higher my Ebook ratings the better. Thank you, one and all. From a bus station in Montreal. Tony :)
Now in Beautiful and friendly Canada! (3rd June 2019)
Tatiana and I arrived in Toronto Thursday afternoon, 30th May. We spent 3 relaxing nights in the fairly flat and friendly city. Locals are lovely, polite, kind and helpful. We sped up the CN Tower by elevator, arguably, Toronto’s main landmark. It’s apparently the world’s 9th tallest free-standing structure and the highest in North America! Standing at a total hight of 553.3 metres (1,815.3 feet). So yes, it’s tall! Made of concrete, it’s a communications and observation tower located in the heart of Downtown Toronto, Ontario Province, Canada. We wandered around the outdoor observation terrace; 342 m (1,122 ft) above ground! Boy: it was windy up there! After circumnavigating the platform and taking a few photos – hopefully, of the Toronto downtown area and skyline, we went back inside to stand on the ‘Glass Floor for another photo, before going up one level to have another hot drink. The area around the Glass Floor was crowded. Many people find it a little weird standing on the glass as, looking down through it, can give people dizziness and make them feel they will fall through at any moment. We had no such qualms! :). Finally, we travelled up to the SkyPod at 447 m (1,467 ft) above street level. This is an indoor area with more views down over the city. It was quiet up there, no other visitors! :). We were ‘high on the world’! We had a brief wander round with another friendly security staff member, then headed down to ground level and exited the building. Back in fresh air, we asked someone to guide us to a hotdog stand for our evening meal, then it was off to a nearby pub for some local drinks and atmosphere. Eventually, with help, we walked to a subway station and slowly returned to our small guesthouse in the heart of Chinatown. The following day, we relaxed before meeting up with a Greek-Canadian friend in the area of Toronto known as ‘Greektown’. Another nice evening was spent in good hospitality with tasty food in another local pub! The following morning, after a simple journey that became complicated, we eventually made it to the Toronto Bus Station for our Megabus to Niagara Falls, our present location. Tomorrow, Monday, 3rd June, we’re going to investigate Niagara Falls itself! :). Photos coming soon. Thanks for following, Tony :). Don’t forget, first documentary from Ethiopia out this Saturday coming, 8th June, repeated 9th June. So keep watching, listening and following. Thanks and have a great week. Tony :)
Documentary release dates (30th May 2019)
Dear followers and friends. I hope everyone is well. I have great news. The recent documentaries I made with the BBC Travel Show team in Wonderful Ethiopia will be released in June this year. The first of two documentaries will go out on Saturday 8th June, with the second episode to follow a week later, on Saturday 15th June. So keep watching and stayed tuned. I’ll send more info when I have it. It will be available on BBC News 24 and also available, as before, on BBC TV and via the BBC Travel Show facebook and other social media pages. I will also share the links to the episodes when I have the links. So keep following for more details :).
These documentaries will be even more amazing than the previous ones in Jerusalem and Bethlehem! :). Ethiopia is magical and amazing, as you will all soon discover, seen and experienced a different way :). Please continued to talk about and share with all your friends and family and with any strangers, my amazing and humorous travel Ebooks: Seeing The World My Way and Seeing The Americas My Way Available to purchase and download from all Ebook websites. Thanks for following and supporting me. It’s most appreciated. Have a great day, thanks, Tony :)
AT Banter Podcast, Canada (14th May 2019)
In August 2018 Tony was interviewed for the AT Banter Podcast.
Visit the AT Banter Podcast website to find out more.
HeartThreads interview (29th April 2019)
Tony recently did an interview for HeartThreads, an American news story outlet. The interview is syndicated on various US websites, but can only be accessed in North America and not in Europe (other regions to be confirmed). Here is a link to the interview.
Eritrea interview (23rd April 2019)
Read this interview Tony gave while in Eritrea:
Tony enjoying a traditional Nuba drum and dance ceremony in Omdurman (8th April 2019)
The sounds of the drums and singing/chanting by local Nuba people on a Friday afternoon/evening in Omdurman, the Islamic city of Khartoum. This is a religious event with locals sending offerings to God through their singing, drumming and dance. The Nuba or Sufi dance includes whirling Dervishes and fire dancers.
Tony’s continuing travels (27th March 2019)
Tony has recently arrived in the mountainous, East African country of Eritrea, country 119. Happy travels and thanks for following. Tony
Video – Pyramid of Userkaf, Saqqara, Egypt (4th March 2019)
Tony walking through a low and narrow passage leading from the tomb inside the Pyramid of Userkaf, to the outside. The large burial chamber is located at Saqqara, ancient Necropolis of Memphis, on the west bank of the River Nile, south of Cairo. The tomb is empty, but carvings are visible on the inner walls. A steep slope leads downwards from the entrance at a steep angle into the tomb.
Riding a Felucca on the river Nile (27th February 2019)
Tony and his Greek girlfriend/partner riding a Felucca, a traditional Egyptian sailboat on the river Nile in Cairo, capital of Egypt. A lovely way to spend an hour or two :)
The journey along the Nile continued. Central Cairo with its Garden City on one side and Giza with its ancient pyramids on the other bank.
Tony is holding the large wooden rudder of the Felucca and, with the captain’s help, is kind of steering the Felucca south along the Nile, in the rough direction of Luxor and, eventually after 900 kilometres or so, Aswan!
Ascend Podcast (11th February 2019)
Tony recently recorded this interesting 30 minute interview for the Ascend Podcast.
Downloadable audio version and more details on the Ascend Podcast website.
Videos at Pulang Bato Falls, Dumaguete, Negros Island, Philippines (5th February 2019)
This is the first video at Pulang Bato (Red Rock) Falls, near Dumaguete City, in the south part of Negros Island, central Philippines. It’s an easy waterfall to reach by motorbike and has easy access down concrete steps and rocks. Crossing the river to get closer to the falls is slightly tricky, as the rocks are slippery, but not really difficult. There are few people on a weekday and the sound of the falls is wonderful. The smell from the nearby hot springs is strong!
A very close-up view and audio of this wonderful waterfall. Tony crossed the river with help, slipping on boulders and rocks, but it was worth it for the view and sound :). This is what travelling is all about!
Tony at Kawasan Falls, Badian, Cebu Island, Philippines (28th January 2019)
Tony, blind, crazy, world traveller, in the pool with locals, at Kawasan Falls near the town of Badian on the south coast of Cebu Island, Vasayas, Central Philippines. The sound of the 60 metre waterfall plunging down the mountain into the pool is exhilarating!
Annaba music (23rd December 2018)
A local singer/guitarist performing in a downtown cafe in Annaba, northeast Algeria on a late Tuesday afternoon, Tony and other locals in attendance.
Rocking in Constantine, Algeria (21st December 2018)
I’m rocking in Constantine, a great place, lovely people. Saw/heard two great bands tonight. I’ll share photos and videos on Saturday when I have a better wifi connection! That should wet your appetites! Cheers, Tony :)
Video – ancient Roman city of Tipasa, Algeria (19th December 2018)
Tony at the ancient Roman city of Tipasa, an hour’s drive west of Algiers, capital of Algeria. The old ruins, which include a theatre, amphitheatre, basilicas and bathhouses, lie above the shore on Algeria’s Mediterranean coast. Watch and hear the sound of the sea pounding the rocks below!
More videos here.