Category Archives: Destinations

Benin

Benin. This country club-shaped, on the western edge of Nigeria, was one of the most powerful empires of Africa – the kingdom of Dahomey. The ruins of palaces and temples of Dahomeyans can be seen in Abomey, while Ouidah is a painful reminder that their wealth came from: the slave trade. The Slave Route of Ouidah was the last walk on African soil of slaves to Brazil and the Caribbean. Museums, here and in Porto Novo, near the capital of Benin lagoon, examine the resulting Afro-Brazilian culture and society. Cotonou, however, Africa is mostly urban and polluted frazzling – shopping, but not without its own charm, a lively nightlife and well a couple of them.

Despite the ill-gotten gains Dahomeyan bright at the Historical Museum of Abomey, there are plenty of treasures in the dusty streets of Benin and palm-fringed beaches. This is the birthplace of voodoo, the national religion of the country, exported by slaves and distorted by Hollywood. Voodoo is an important part of everyday life and most of the cities show signs of it, such as markets served fetish with the heads and skins of every animal imaginable.

Elephants, lions and crocodiles can be seen in animated form to the northern parks, including Pendjari, one of the best in West Africa. Then there are the stilt villages, home to thousands of people to the lakes of southern and northern Tata Sombre (fortlike mud huts) built by the Shadow insular people. Not only is a country rich historical and cultural Benin, this nation is politically stable one of the easiest parts of West Africa to travel in.

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Bhutan

Bhutan, Land of the Thunder Dragon, is not commonplace. This is a country where it is illegal to buy cigarettes, where rice is red and Chile are not just a condiment, but the whole dish. It is also a devoutly Buddhist country, where men wear a coat to work, where giant protective penises are painted on the walls of most houses, and where Gross National Happiness is deemed more important than Gross National Product. Tourism in Bhutan is also unique. Celebrity visitors must pay a minimum of U.S. $ 200 per day, which is one of the world’s most expensive countries to visit, but this rate is all inclusive, does not travel in a group and you can arrange your own itinerary. What you will not find in Bhutan is backpacker style independent travel. This is Nepal for the jet in September

First are the locations of the first Buddhist cultural center of Bumthang dzongkhag and the tranquil style of traditional Tibetan culture that sets aside Bhutan as the last remaining great Himalayan kingdom. Then there are the textiles, outrageous trekking and wildlife Phobjika impressive valley. Trashigang is an interesting and also useful to embark on a journey to eastern Bhutan.

It is also a country of surprises. This is not just a country of saints, hermits from another world. Bhutan is halfway between the ancient and modern world these days and find monks transcribing ancient Buddhist texts in computers and traditionally dressed nobles chat on their mobile phones.
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If you visit Bhutan, which will become one of the few who have experienced the charm and magic of one of the most enigmatic of the world – the ‘last Shangri La’ – and you will be playing its part in efforts of this kingdom Medieval join the modern world, while firmly maintaining their cultural identity different and surprising. So why spend all the money to come here? Since most of all, Bhutan offers the chance to glimpse another way of living, an alternative vision of what is truly important in life.

Iceland

Iceland is literally a country in training, a large volcanic laboratory where the powerful forces shape the land and reduce the size of a speck surprised. Country’s natural eruptions, the characteristics of the lava, geysers Geysir effusive as the Golden Circle (the original after all they were called), hot springs, cracks and tears and slow grinding glaciers are so cinematic that it sometimes seems unreal . Want to swim in the turquoise pools, standing behind a waterfall to overthrow or walk through a layer of white ice to experience dazzling full strangeness of nature in Iceland.

The landscape is contagious: the hidden energy and a desire to shape the world are the features of Iceland. Bohemian village chief Seyðisfjörður the East, and never miss vibrant Reykjavik. That the net capital, little green, contain higher concentrations of the world of dreamers, writers, poets and musicians, you will play in high spirit runtur, City pub crawl weekend conference. Creatures of Iceland are larger than life as well: there is no better place on earth to come face to face with whales elegant and spitting in Husavik. Flutter By little and puffins bill in their millions along the cliffs towering above the sea.

Located at the head of a fjord, Akureyri is a bustling, cosmopolitan city of Iceland second. Although still a long way behind the capital in terms of population and facilities, excellent selection of museums, shops, cafes, bars and restaurants that differentiates it from sleeping cities, rural areas are found in other parts of Iceland.
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Snow-capped peaks rise behind the city and through the flower boxes in the city, trees and landscaped gardens belie city location just a stone throw from the Arctic Circle. With a lively summer festival, some of Iceland’s best winter skiing, and a relaxed and easy, which is the natural base for exploring Eyjafjördur and east of Myvatn.

Portugal

While it is true that Portugal is no longer best kept in the Iberian Peninsula, the secret, it’s pretty easy to escape the crowds. Even in the most popular tourist resorts of the Algarve, it only takes a short bus ride or a walk through the field to show little frequented places that still offer a sense of discovery – a sentiment close to the Portuguese soul. Portugal has an old world charm, with medieval castles and picture-perfect villages scattered along the coast and winding hills covered with flowers. Of the ancient university city of Coimbra Portuguese favorite refuge of Lord Byron, Sintra, the country’s proud history can be felt everywhere.

Sun-drenched beaches like Cascais and Sagres offer temptations of a more hedonistic. In fact, the dramatic end of the world’s wild cliffs, beaches, dunes protected coves and sand islands off the coast of Portugal has long enchanted visitors and residents alike. Meanwhile, the nation’s capital, Lisbon, and its northern rival, Porto, are magical places for the traveler, river view, cobblestone streets and rattling trams framed by looming cathedrals.

Known as the Statute of Rome of Portugal, Braga compact center is full of splendid baroque churches. Baroque churches, and the clamor of bells, are a constant reminder of what’s in charge here. In fact, Braga has been a center of religious power and the conversion of the Visigoths in the sixth century. Its cathedral, built in the 12th century as Portugal, but was fought by the Moors – is the oldest in Portugal.
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But do not come alone waiting for mercy: the compact downtown pedestrian streets are bustling with cafes and worldly concerns, and students from the Universidade do Minho add except much younger.