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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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Cuba

Defying all logic, the world 105-the largest country is also one of the most instantly recognizable. Think psychedelic Che Guevara murals and Buick antediluvian American guy hitting bongos and older men down dominoes, the queues outside ration shops and communist cadres smoking Montecristo thickness. Cuba has a way of going against the tide. This is all part of its historical makeup of its dynamism, of its intrinsic beauty.

Travel here requires not only a passport, money and a good sturdy backpack, but also requires flexibility, creativity, good humor, patience and a healthy sense of adventure. Speak Spanish, though not a prerequisite, is certainly a great advantage, and allow you to travel farther and dig deeper than the average tourist.

The language skills of band, Cuba remains an easy country to travel and there are few barriers stopping you from wandering more or less as you choose. A slight loosening of the screws since Raul Castro took power in February 2008 has allowed Cubans access to mobile phones and entry into hotels for tourists, ie, interaction with people is now more simple and often surprisingly candid.

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Havana is an isolated incident. Sitting pretty as the largest city and more lively in the Caribbean, its romantic atmosphere and infectious energy are the stuff of legend. Where else can you find old American cars current Russian Lada engines, ration shops bright palaces opposed colonial and revolutionary slogans drowned all night parties?

Togo

Once considered the pearl of West Africa for its quiet beaches, exotic markets and friendly people, Togo was overwhelmed by the unrest and human rights abuses in the 1990s. Unfortunately, the saga continues. When the despotic President Gnassingbe Eyadema died in February 2005, and his son Faure Gnassingbe came to power, hundreds of people died in street battles and thousands of people fled the country. But with the new president gradually make the Togolese population is a good time to review small mountain landscape of Togo, diverse cultures, the dishes of yam-based soccer team qualified for the 2006 World Cup .

Travel Ideal Road Trip

Lomé, the capital, is one of the most beautiful cities in West Africa, with great Blvd du 13 Janvier sweeping the beach and in the heart of a city obscene, crowded nightclubs. To the east, beyond the tourist resorts on Lake Togo and the Atlantic beaches, colonial charm exudes Aneha sinking, and has a fetish market. Voodoo is also practiced through Togoville lake, a fishing village with fetishes on the streets.

Inside, Kpalimé is the gateway to the triangle of coffee and cocoa, ruined palaces, butterflies and mountain villages are hidden in the woods. Northern cities are attractively Sokodé and Kara slowly taking points in rural Africa, with the road between them passes through national icon, the decision Aledjo. About Kara, centuries-old culture and traditions can be seen in the houses of adobe famous fortress in the valley of Tamberma and weekly markets in the region Kabye.

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Lomé, was once a city that said it was the Paris of West Africa, and is easy to see the appeal was in its heyday. There are still real charm to its wide boulevards, palm-fringed beaches, craft markets and nightlife full-on.

Andorra

People can say anything, but the slopes of Andorra and shopping. One might add that Andorra la Vella, the capital and only city, is smoking a traffic jam surrounded by palaces of consumerism. (Tip: Andorra has more than 2,000 stores – more than one for every 40 inhabitants). They are right on one point, but off course. Shake off the tacky embrace of Andorra la Vella, take one of three roads in the state and discover some of the most spectacular scenery in the Pyrenees.

This minicountry wedged between France and Spain, offers arguably the best skiing in the Pyrenees, as in Canillo and Soldeu and Arinsal and Pal. In the past five years, the stations have invested more than € 50 million in the cafes and mountain restaurants, ski lifts and cable cars, parking and snow making machines. And once the snows have melted, summer activities was taken into Ordino and about. There is a big march in abundance, ranging from easy walks to challenging hikes in the largest, most remote reaches of the principality.

One caveat: this can not be the case a few years from now. Greed and uncontrolled development risk damaging the side valleys. And the pounding of jackhammers rattle chokes on the winter ski slopes and endangers the silence of summer.

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