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I watch it again and again
on 23 April 2013
A fabulous series, albeit with perhaps 10-15 choices i would loved to have replaced with my own choice of genuine wonders,leaving out everything he shows in America and including more from India and Russia. How could he simply wander past the Church of the spilled Blood in St Petersburg, Russia, without even a mention??? And yet he fawns over a gun in America, a weapon used to murder innocent Indians. But aside from certain disagreements with the top 80 treasures which is inevitable, it is absolutely fabulous to travel with Dan and to witness his hopeless attempts to haggle in markets in Africa and Samarkand, Uzbekistan,where he is reduced to the role of compliant slave at the mercy of a young girl trader. Always a gentleman, never taking himself too seriously, always thoroughly enthusiastic about his treasures, never pretentious. I saw some gold jewelry in the Hong Kong museum of History and Art that betters some of his choices,and he should perhaps have gone there and stuck 2 fingers up at the shabby treatment he got from the mainlanders in the Reptile republic of China. He could easily have filmed the entire series in Asia and ignored Europe and America, but going around the world forced him not too dwell too long in certain treasure-laden countries,but to hunt for trinkets in the god-forsaken EU zone. And If the Chinese hadn't destroyed so much of the beauty in Tibet,replacing it with brothels for dimwittted soldiers,and disneyland style rides for soulless shopaholic tourists, then we might have seen some even more fabulous treasures from a people whose beauty and dignity shine greater than anything the communists have ever produced.
Five stars for his presentation, the quality of filming and the idea itself,to travel and see objects.One of my favourite series of all time.