Category Archives: Destinations

Angola

Angola is a revelation – in more ways than one. Marked by years of war painfully debilitating and untouched by foreign visitors since the 1970s, the country remains remote and unknown, with few observers of both the geographic highlights and vast cultural riches that are hidden behind a veneer violent appearance. But with the recent removal of a 40-year civil conflict ushering in a prolonged period of peace and stability, opportunities for exploration opens in silence. For outsiders the attractions are many. Despite widespread poverty, corruption, innate and infrastructure devastated by decades of indiscriminate fighting, Angola has an appeal that few countries can match. Here, in the heady heat of equatorial Africa, you will find some of the most polite of the continent and discover many of its best kept secrets.

Relax on the long beaches, solitude shows untouched natural parks or sift through the ruins of Portuguese colonialism. From Luanda to Lubango, the nuances are alarming.

Despite advances in infrastructure and the security situation improved dramatically, travel to Angola remains the preserve of adventurers, fanatics or those budgets.But flexible transport network gradually recovering and wildlife that are sent to repopulate the depleted national parks, signs of recovery are more than a mirage.
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Angola is halfway along the path of economic and political atonement, and it would be a shame to lose the chance of a spectacular renaissance.

Malta

Of his influences from North Africa and Arabic (listen carefully to the local language) in the Sicilian-inspired cuisine, Malta is a microcosm of the Mediterranean. Few European countries have concentrated this background architecture, and, yes, beaches in so small an area.

There has been an eclectic mix of influences and the roll call of rulers over the centuries, but had no doubt: Malta is not just a nominal place in Italy or a relic of colonial Britain. This island nation (all of 316 square miles of it, comprising the islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino) has a unique character all their own. From prehistoric temples, baroque architecture of Valletta, the feasts of rabbit to festas noisy fireworks, rattling buses colorful fishing boats, this nation has lots of charm.

When the Unesco World Heritage granted to Valletta, called it “one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world” wee Malta’s capital, and the city is certainly known for its fortifications and architectural excellence. Activity boils Triq go around and Triq il-Repubblika Merkanti, but walking through the quiet narrow streets, back to get a feel for daily life. The city overlooks the stunning Grand Harbour to the Port of Marsamxett southeast and northwest.
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Elegant, aristocratic Mdina (Silent City aptly named) is perched on a rocky promontory to the southwest. Fortified by more than 3000 years old was the political center of Malta, today’s visitors can spend hours wandering the narrow streets and quiet. Rabat is the solution of the city outside the walls.

Vanuatu

You are heading to Vanuatu? Fantastic. You loved it. It is not just an escape decadent gourmet soft breeze. It is also home to several best-in-the-world experiences that very few people know about: a luxury cruise, as the shipwrecked Titanic, water diveable clear: the world more accessible active volcano on the island of Tanna , a giant banyan tree the size of a football field, hitting, waterfalls, special cultural events and dances on the island of Malekula, primitive people where you can witness a culture of ancient life, and picture-perfect beaches where no one else that you and your snorkeling gear. It is also a snorkellers and divers’ Mecca.

Port Vila, the capital city on the island of Efate, buzzes in the tourist center of Vanuatu, all colonial and fresh to all restaurants and hotel rooms that float along the lagoons. If you have arrived in a package, just beginning their adventure. Stay as you just discovered some of the unique things that are Vanuatu, and to test other sports, like abseiling down a waterfall, parasailing over the harbor glorious, the zapping of a stalactite cave through a ravine a blow-up float ring, turning nature and children to spend the night on a small island offshore.

Best of Vanuatu, however, is that you feel safe and happy here. The town is a delight. They love their country and want to enjoy its pleasures, but they are after the “tourist dollar”. There is no negotiation, no hawkers, no pressure to buy. It is so refreshing.

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Northern capital of Vanuatu, has a wide main street that extends over several kilometers of coastline with interesting views in each corner, two major parks and dozens of dusty shops.

Tajikistan

A Persian-speaking advanced in a predominantly Turkish, Tajikistan is in many ways the odd one out in Central Asia. With its roots in ancient Sogdiana and Bactria, the modern country is a fragile patchwork of clans, languages ​​and identities, forged together by little more than Soviet nation-building and shared hopes for a peaceful future. That peace was broken in 1990 when a brutal civil war claimed over 50,000 lives, making the remote mountainous republic in the bloodiest corners of the former Soviet empire. Despite the wounds remain open, a decade after the war the majority of Tajiks are moving forward with their lives, as if waking from a nightmare, and a mood of optimism has returned.

The good news is that Tajikistan today is safe, stable and scenically spectacular. The Pamir – the “Roof of the World” – are easily the highlight of the country, offering stunning landscapes of great height, great choices of ecotourism, mountain hospitality humility and Pamir Highway – one of Asia’s largest travel road. The Wakhan Valley is a dream for walkers, Dushanbe is considered one of the most beautiful capitals of Central Asia, while the ancient city of Penjikent offers an interesting view of the region past the Silk Road.

Once the playing fields of spies “Great Game” and explorers, Tajikistan is now the playground for adventure tourism edge. For lovers of remote mountain landscape, or any person occupying positions such as northern Pakistan and western Tibet as your favorite destinations, Tajikistan is in sight as the most exciting republic in Central Asia.

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