Category Archives: Destinations

Bahrain

Bahrain is defined by its relationship with water. Take the name of the country: the two seas “in Arabic, the approach is not too low on the island, but the water adjacent to their coasts. Therefore it is shallow, the water lapping the coast of Bahrain that people regularly “recover” the pieces of land, occupying the space between the sand bars, as if recovering the lost territories. The new Bahrain Financial Harbour in Manama is rising like Neptune as reclaimed land, buildings and proud, as the twin towers appear to be holding back the sea. Of course land reclamation in the Gulf has become the fashion. Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Doha and Muscat have ambitious projects involving a sea domesticated in a human landscape. Only Bahrain, however, can claim a truly integral connection between the two: the freshwater springs that bubble off the coast helped nearly 4000 years of colonization, the layers that are exposed in countries rich in sites archaeological around the island. The springs also encouraged the brightest of pearls – the trade in which he helped build early fortunes of the island.

Like an oyster, Bahrain’s rough exterior takes some surprisingly open, but worth the effort. From the excellent National Museum in Manama and Muharraq traditional houses of the burial mounds extraordinary Sar, there are many good places to visit. For more modern pearls, is the spectacular Bahrain World Trade Centre, King Fahd Causeway and the new project of islands in the far south. Presumably, the engineers have factor in the projected effects of global warming or sea can still have the last word.

Manama means “sleeping place”, but with a central, their last minute shopping, and lively bars and nightclubs, it is difficult to see when the city has the opportunity to sleep. Manama is a bird of the night and people gather on weekends for a nice dinner and a drink out of service. For those who prefer an early start to a long night, but the town is quite sleepy during the day, and it is unlikely that there will be more than one queue to the excellent National Museum of Bahrain.
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One of the best nightlife in Bahrain. It plays a mix of world music, house, R & B, hip hop and Latin rhythms.

Serious clubbers night has to collect the detailed Bahrain Hotel and Restaurant Guide, which lists the bars and clubs. Live shows are listed in “Nitelife ‘of Bahrain this month, and in the papers is English.

Iran

A trip to Iran is a chance to peel the layers of a country with a serious image problem. Beyond the stereotypes that you will experience a country desperate to see what it is, rather than perceived. Whether you’re in cities like Isfahan and Tabriz, in Iran’s Zagros Mountains Central or the deserts around Kerman, Iran, the real will be revealed. It is a country where the glory of ancient Persopolis Desert coexists with the current dynamics of traffic choked Tehran today. At the bottom you will discover a country of warm and fascinating people who live within an ancient and sophisticated culture. Embrace Iran and allow the Iranians to embrace – is the most valuable experiences.

Roger Housden has been saved by beauty combines an attractive travel guide with a memory philosophical on his trip to Iran in search of the beautiful culture that first fell in love with (distance) as a student.

If I am right, and poetry offers the key to understanding the Western Middle East, especially Iran, then Roger Housden is the perfect person to unlock the meaning.

Before visiting Iran, wrote several books of poetry, including one on Rumi, the revered Iranian poet of the 13th century. Thus, in 2007, about to turn 60, starts with Rumi in his pocket to find what he calls the other Iran. What is confusing some of his previous hypotheses about a deeply complex.
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The book has a foreword chilling Housden police questioned about their true reasons for being in Iran. This scene contrasts sharply with the world when it is immersed in Iran.

Africa

Capturing the essence of Africa on paper without using all the topics in the book? No other continent comes close to her on the stairs, the variety and impact pure, raw. Africa offers a travel experience of a thousand miles of good backpack, air-conditioned tourist trails of Southeast Asia or the theme parks of the cash cow of Australia or Europe.

The natural history of Africa alone will make a dozen visits worthwhile – elsewhere in the world can fall asleep to the sound of roaring lions, or see a million flamingos take off from the waters of a remote soda lake ? The parts of a landscape so spectacular display of time will condemn Africa near his mind, but the essence of this continent is not unbelievable in any desert, mountain or a lake. It is the spirit of the people – pushing, shoving, sweating, dancing, singing and laughing – that infects so many visitors with a travel bug so powerful that they will never come back, sometimes against all sense or reason.

Debate with venerable merchants among the cold and narrow streets of a medina Arabic dance hits of reggae beats that come from a market stall in West Africa, or chatting with the fishermen of India under the palm trees of the ocean, and he was beaten mostly good for honesty, effusive and vitality of African peoples.
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Africa is not always an easy place to travel, can be frustrating and difficult at times. The logistical difficulties and disasters can occur. But do not believe everything you see on TV: Africa is not a hell hole full of civil war, plague, famine and violent crime. It is a fantastic, enlightening continent, surprising and intriguing. Try it once, and we guarantee you will dream of returning for the rest of his life.

Pacific

Slip on the matching, hear the sound of the waves broken only by the successful “processor” from coconuts falling on the golden sands and get rid of your watch in the preparation of ‘island time. “The Pacific has a way of thinking of all his family. its grandeur is large enough to hold all your dreams of idyllic diving around coral atolls, slow night sunset cocktails and distilled with beautiful beaches enough to send the visitor a more pronounced catatonia of relaxation.

In Tuvalu, the controversial bad boy small super-chic Fiji French Polynesia, the family of the Pacific Islands is a diverse group. And you can choose how you will become familiar with the diverse audience. Many opt for resorts in major centers such as Fiji, Vanuatu or cooks, or dive into another world, diving among the coral and marine life dazzling magic that makes Nemo looks like a goldfish pale.

But there are other ways to discover the Pacific. You might confuse about lost civilizations in the middle of the icons of Easter Island and see why Fletcher Christian of the Bounty jumped for the remote paradise island of Pitcairn. Why do not you look bold and active volcanoes, or put on your pith helmet to walk in lush forests? Then there are the wrecks to dive, the Bohemian capital to explore and mentioned that a cocktail with at least a couple of tropical fruit that is required?
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Be careful whose advice on vaccinations and other health problems be given by the embassies or travel agencies, especially if they say they “are not necessary vaccines.” What they mean is that you will ask for immunization records when triggered at the border, not that you do not need the blows of his own protection.