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Think of the Caribbean and inevitably evoke stereotypical images of white sand beaches and tropical drinks with little umbrellas. It’s a nice thought, but we’re here to tell you that the islands offer much more.

The contradictions that is pressed upon arrival. With a history built on piracy and identity of sugar, slavery and colonial rebellion, the islands support a vibrant mix of cultures. There are cricketers and dreadlocks, the Cuban rebels and lobster. The shifting sands on the beaches come in shades impossible protected, from white sugar and brown salmon pink to brown and black coal. While some islands shine just above sea level, others stand out as green icebergs.

It is an archipelago closely linked to the sea and you’ll fall under his spell at the time to taste the salt on the skin. You will always remember seeing the first float of sea turtles and the feeling of a smile with a snorkel in your mouth. You’ll climb the highest peaks forests redefine the ‘green’, the word where tropical birds flutter in the flashes of color and fill the air with a symphony of whistles and song. You’ll dance to the rhythms of reggae, salsa and strain. You will eat fresh seafood and spicy dishes, and spend lazy afternoons in hammocks. And yes, it’s likely a drink decorated with little umbrellas while watching the sunset from a beautiful white sand beach



The midnight sun, snowy winters, meatballs, herring, Vikings and Volvos, ABBA and the Hives – whatever your pre-existing notions about Sweden may be a visit to this multifaceted country is required to confirm and confuse both them. Although it is unlikely that the bank was received by a crowd of drinkers of mead Berserkers in Viking ships, the evidence of the Vikings and their days of looting is easy to find. A walk in the Swedish field usually leads to a picnic in a burial mound of the ancient king. Cycling routes often pass through fields crowned tombstones shaped boat. In the cities and along highways, rune stones firmly declared the historical equivalent of “Ingmar was here.” But Sweden as a nation warlike days are gone. Instead, national and international policies serve as models of neutrality and consensus building. This is, after all, the birthplace of Nobel Peace Prize. Today’s travelers are more likely to be murdered by visions of pastoral beauty – intense green, impenetrable forests, red booths on remote islands, and everywhere, as you know the clear blue water of Sweden.

This does not mean that all the excitement ended for thousands of years – far from it. While tradition reigns in places like Dalarna in the Swedish heartland and the Sami in the north, much of Sweden today vibrates with a contemporary energy. A wave of immigration in recent years has added sparkle and variety to the cultural milieu. Urban centers such as Stockholm, Göteborg (aka Gothenburg) and Malmö consistently churn out cultural artifacts for an international audience (think IKEA, H & M, Absolut Vodka). The island of Gotland, situated approximately midway between Sweden and Latvia, is the richest history of Sweden, but also has a hip party atmosphere. Travelers come to Sweden for both clubs and pioneering flash new restaurants that do it for walks and visits to factories wild wooden horse.

In short, try the meatballs and dig the Vikings, but do not stop there – the story is not so.
An exceptionally attractive and rewarding place to hike, the 75 square kilometers, Abisko National Park extends from the southern shore of scenic Lake Torneträsk. It is less resistant than any of Sarek or Padjelanta, and easier to get, well served by trains, buses and scenic mountain highway between Kiruna to Narvik.


Martinique is (beach) lovers. And food lovers. And divers. And hikers. And above all, Franco-Phil. A marriage of Gallic culture and customs of the Caribbean, this overseas department of France is a sunny, slightly less crowded version of the homeland. People looking for more sophisticated pleasures, whether of the kind you put on the plate or the type is placed on a credit card will be pleased to know that good food and the latest fashions are not optional here, but a mandatory accessory where visitors congregate – especially in its capital port of Fort-de-France.

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Of volcanic origin, the island is crowned by the still-smoldering Mont Pelée, which destroyed the old capital of Martinique, St-Pierre in 1902. There are plenty of hiking and nature observation on the slopes of the volcano. And since this is known as the “Island of Flowers’ is botanical gardens tucked into the rugged landscape.

Long beaches and plenty of delicious diving are the main attractions in the south. Fishing villages dot the coast, most of them have managed to hang on your seafaring soul while offering visitors plenty to see and do.

Not much to do here, but everything happens in time in the Caribbean. Except for the northern mountains, is an exceptionally easy island to drive around. One can browse Presqu’île Caravelle in the morning and return to Fort-de-France in time (to avoid rush hours) to test the nightlife of the city in the making.



If you enjoy hiking high in the tops of the mountains or explore the underwater world then Dominica is the place to go for those who prefer hiking boots over high heels and are content with a night life where the music is just the murmur of the forest. Dominica has a surprisingly long drive for such a small island, so it’s best to pick a point or two to explore instead of bouncing. If you can do in the mountains (hiking, bird watching, looking for hidden pools and waterfalls) or water (diving, snorkeling, kayaking), you can do in Dominica. Do not miss the ancient forests of Morne Trois Pitons National Park, home of another Boiling Lake and the spectacular Trafalgar Falls.

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In some sandy beaches, but most require a little courage to find and generally there are only a few housing options near maximum. There are no direct international flights and island hopping it takes to get here has kept the packages in the bay. The locals are very friendly, it’s almost fun to lose just to have an excuse to approach people on their portals. Since some of the largest cities in the Caribbean are definitely fear in the capital, Roseau, locals often prevent visitors only wish you a good visit. Rasta culture is strong, and offended by the sight of the Rastafarians take their sacrament may have to cover their eyes once or twice. Dominica is also home to about 2,200 Caribs, the only pre-Columbian population remaining in the eastern Caribbean.



Layou River, Dominica’s longest, flows into the sea just south of Layou, in the center of the west coast. A popular place for swimming in fresh water when it is running strong. North of the river are the gray sand Layou pristine Mero Beach