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Beautiful Places That You Shouldn’t Miss If You Travel To Africa

If sometimes roads bring you to Africa be prepared to see one of the most beautiful and breath taking  places of the world. From magical islands to beautiful resorts, beaches, rivers and lakes Africa has to offer beauty, fun, great holiday and adventure for all. If we already interested you for Africa below you can find 13 beautiful places that we recommend as a must see!

Baobab Trees, Madagascar

Baobab Trees, Madagascar

Bazaruto Island, Mozambique 

Bazaruto Island, Mozambique

Blyde River Canyon is Mpumalanga, South Africa

Blyde River Canyon is Mpumalanga, South Africa

Chapman’s Peak Drive from above, near Cape Town, South Africa

Chapman’s Peak Drive from above, near Cape Town, South Africa

Constance Tsarabanjina Resort – Madagascar

Constance Tsarabanjina Resort – Madagascar

Lake Malawi, Malawi

Lake Malawi, Malawi

Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco

Mozambique’s six-island Bazaruto Archipelago, in the Indian Ocean

Mozambique’s six-island Bazaruto Archipelago, in the Indian Ocean

Nile River, Egypt

Nile River, Egypt

Reunion Island, Madagascar

Reunion Island, Madagascar

Sesriem Canyon

Sesriem Canyon

Timia Oasis, Niger

Timia Oasis, Niger

Zanzibar, Tanzania, Africa

Zanzibar, Tanzania, Africa

So what do YOU think, isn’t AFRICA an AMAZING place?

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12 Beautiful Places In Italy That You Must See This Summer

ITALY !!!

One of the most beautiful European Countries and all that we can say about it is that This country is really really amazing and full with beauties. Italy is really full with awesome places in which you can enjoy and relax but we just want to give you some intro of what you can see if you decide to travel this summer. This 12 photos maybe are not too much to present the whole beauty but we think that they are enough just to impress you to pack your stuff and visit it. Check out below and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Aeolian Islands
Aeolian Islands

Baia delle Zagare
Baia delle Zagare

Blue Grotto – Capri
Blue Grotto - Capri

Cala Mariolu, Sardinia
Cala Mariolu, Sardinia

Campione del Garda, Lake Garda
Campione del Garda, Lake Garda

Capri, Campania
Capri, Campania

Lake Como, Lombardy
Lake Como, Lombardy

Lazio
Lazio

Portofino
Portofino

Tropea, Calabria, Italy
Tropea, Calabria, Italy

Verona, Veneto
Verona, Veneto

Volpaia, Tuscany
Volpaia, Tuscany


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Barbados

Barbados is endowed with 113km (70 miles) of beaches so first time visitors can be forgiven for heading straight for the sand and surf. Most tourists flock to the island’s legendary Platinum Coast to the west, which is lined with world-class, luxury resorts, spa hotels, sophisticated restaurants and manicured golf courses, all lapped by the limpid Caribbean Sea. The south coast has some of the best beaches while the east coast, pummelled by the Altantic Ocean, is less developed and attracts mainly surfers.

Although Barbados’s interior is unremarkable compared to its Caribbean neighbours, a jeep safari provides the best way to discover crumbling sugar mills, historic plantation houses, traditional churches reminiscent of England and colonial Bridgetown. The capital, and the nearby Garrison site, were granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 2012.

Combine this with Barbados’s indelible laid-back vibe, its passion for rum (over 1,500 rum shops dot the island) and calypso-infused festivals, and it’s no wonder people return here time and time again.

Things to see and do

Bridgetown

Barbados’s capital Bridgetown – named after a crude bridge constructed by early Indian settlers – is the best place to enjoy the island’s colonial history.

Visit National Heroes Square, which boasts a statue of Lord Nelson, which was erected in 1813, well before Nelson’s Column was put up in London. Nearby are the neogothic Parliament Buildings, Bridgetown Synagogue (reputed to the oldest in the western hemisphere) and the pretty, pink pastel coloured facades of DaCosta’s Mall. When you tire of sightseeing, pop into one of the ubiquitous rum shops or head for a drink at the Waterfront area overlooking the marina.

Bridgetown

Chalky Mount Potteries

Barbados’s famous Chalky Mount potters are renowned for their high-quality inexpensive art. You can watch the local potters at work at the wheel fashioning centuries-old designs – a respected 300-year-old tradition.

Chalky Mount Potteries

Crane Beach

The baby-pink sands of cliff-flanked Crane Beach, an idyllic spot that is one of the most beautiful on the island, are perfect for a stroll. Moderate, foamy waves draw a body-surfing crowd and there are plenty of shaded spots to chill out until the magical sunsets arrive.

Crane Beach

Cricket

Cricket is the national sporting obsession, with Barbados hosting the World Twenty20 finals in 2010 at the newly expanded Kensington Oval pitch near Bridgetown.

Choose from barefoot village friendlies to international and local club cups – where many of the great names of West Indian cricket are honoured, most notably Sir Garfield Sobers.

Cricket

East Coast Road

Barbados’s East Coast Road, hemmed by crashing Atlantic waves, is one of the island’s most exciting drives. A rugged coastal route overlooks treacherous reefs while an inland road weaves through rolling sugarcane to quaint plantation towns topped by church steeples. One of the most popular destinations on the east coast is Bathsheba, where giant coral boulders, which have broken away from ancient coral reefs over thousands of years, offer striking photograph opportunities. Bathsheba is also the location for the legendary Soup Bowl surfing competition.

East Coast Road

Fishing

Wahoo, dorado, barracuda, tuna and sailfish, together with mighty blue marlin and shark, all patrol Barbados’s deep sea waters. There are plenty of game fishing tournaments and inshore competitions to join or just grab a rod and head to the jetty.

Harrison’s Cave

With an abundance of stalactites, stalagmites, streams, lakes and waterfalls, Harrison’s Cave is a jaw-dropping spectacle. The caves, in the parish of St. Thomas, were first mentioned in historical documents in 1795 and then virtually forgotten for nearly 200 years, until being rediscovered in 1976.

In 1981, Harrison’s Cave was opened to the public. Visitors can enjoy a scenic trail from the clifftop to the valley floor, before entering the caves on a 40-minute journey in an electric cart led by guides. Self-guides walks are also possible.

Harrison’s Cave

Horse riding

It’s possible to gallop along the beach at sundown or simply trek along inland trails. Over two-dozen horse-riding events take place on the Garrison Savannah. Polo is also played to a high level by fiercely competitive Barbadian teams.

Scuba diving

Barbados’s rainbow of coral reefs offers a pristine watery home to seahorses, sponges and giant sand eels. Hidden caves and shipwrecks provide plenty of underwater nooks and crannies along a shoreline nested by Hawksbill Turtles.

Taste the oldest rum in the world

Mount Gay Rum, on the island’s west coast, can trace its heritage back to 1703, making it the world’s oldest rum producer. Made from the sugar cane that thrived across the island, Barbados was once the favoured tipple of English sailors.

Visitors can learn about the refining, aging, blending and bottling process on tastings and tours, which run hourly between Monday-Saturday.

The Barbados Wildlife Reserve

The Barbados Wildlife Reserve’s resplendent mahogany forest is the roaming territory of green monkeys, tortoises, deer, raccoons, pelicans and otters. A walk-through aviary allows a leafy stroll with peacocks, turkeys, toucans, parrots, flamingoes, pelicans, lovebirds and macaws.

Wildlife Reserve

Viewpoints

Lofty Mount Hillaby, the island’s highest point at 343m (1,125ft), offers incredible panoramas across the east, west and northern coasts. Dramatic vistas also abound from St John’s Parish Church over miles of jagged coastline and moss-covered family vaults dotted with tropical flora.

Watersports

The island’s rugged south and west coasts boast world-class watersports where windsurfers, jet skiers, parasailers and water skiers enjoy perfect conditions. To ride the waves head to the Soup Bowl, South Point and Rockley Beach, Barbados’s surfing mecca.

Whizz through the rainforest at Walkes Spring

Aerial Trek Zipline Adventures offers soft adventure thrills as you whizz through the rainforest at Jack-in-the-box Gully, Walkes Spring, in the centre of the island. The scenic ride began operations in 2007 and is proving popular. Advance bookings are recommended.
Nightlife in Barbados

Nightlife in Barbados
Bajans love to party with nightlife options in Barbados ranging from clubs, beach bars and pubs to rum shops, dinner shows and twilight boat cruises. Music ranges fom calypso and reggae to the latest R’n’B.
Most of the main nightlife spots are concentrated around the south and west coasts. St Lawrence Gap is the liveliest nightlife spot on the islands; it’s a one-street affair lined with smart pubs, clubs and bars. If you want to party with the locals, head to Oistins Fish Market on a Friday or Saturday night, where Bajans dance to the early hours in the open air with music ranging from country and western to the latest calypso.


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Fiji

The heart of the South Pacific, Fiji is blessed with 333 tropical islands that are home to happiness. For the perfect holiday, choose from affordable accommodation all the way through to exclusive 5 star resorts, bunk down in a hostel or book an island to yourself.Famous for its soft coral diving, white sand beaches and pristine natural environment Fiji is a leader in eco-tourism. For business travel there is no better place halfway between North America and Asia. Weddings and honeymoons in Fiji are a dream of a lifetime, and families and children have a special place here.

A friendly Fijian welcome and broad smiles await you in this tropical paradise of beautiful beaches, blue lagoons and swaying palm trees. Renowned for stunning sunsets, breathtaking waterfalls, awesome surf, and pristine rain forests, Fiji unsurprisingly draws thousands of visitors to its shores each year.

Comprising more than 300 islands, the country is a vibrant melting pot of cultures, where East Indian, Polynesian, Melanesia, Chinese and European converge to form a unique cultural medley. English is widely spoken, which means communication is a breeze.

Brimming with colourful attractions, awe-inspiring scenery, friendly people and cultural and sporting activities aplenty, Fiji offers something for everyone. From the wanderlust-suffused traveller to the hedonistic sports junkie, this archipelago at the crossroads of the South Pacific is tourist heaven. And, best of all, there’s an array of accommodation and activities to suit all tastes and budgets.

Fiji’s must see places

Arts Village

Pacific Harbour’s Arts Village is a mixture of historical fantasy and contemporary local flavour. Cultural performances include boat tours around the adjacent lagoon, temple and market tours and traditional displays of Fijian fire walking, all guaranteed to induce ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’.

Arts Village

Amazing Hot Springs and Mud Baths

Fiji’s hidden hot springs gem is believed by locals to have healing properties. Irrespective of its claims, the three pools, warm mud baths and lush natural backdrop combine to make a seriously relaxing experience.

Astonishing Hot Springs and Mud Baths

Boat trip through mangrove forests

Many parts of the coast along Viti Levu are covered in mangrove forests. These areas are extremely rich in wildlife and are favourite spots for local fishing. A boat journey through the meandering corridors of the mangrove forests up the Rewa River Delta daily from Nausori makes for an adventurous journey.

Church of Saint Francis Xavier

Perched high on a hill overlooking the dusty Kings Road on the northwestern side of Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu, The Church of Saint Francis Xavier is a must-visit for its unique marrying of European and Fijian. Straw mats instead of pews meet beautiful frescos, originally commissioned by the former chaplain to the famous Von Trapp family of The Sound of Music fame.

Fijian dancing

The traditional dance of the indigenous people of Fiji Islands, experiencing a meke is almost unavoidable, particularly if you’re staying at an island resort. Well-known meke types are fan dances performed by women, and spear or club dances performed by men. The locals dress entirely in the national costume of flower leis, grass skirts and tapa cloth. The men perform warrior dances while the women sing.

Fijian dancing

Garden of the Sleeping Giant

For peace and tranquility, the Garden of the Sleeping Giant on the road between Nadi and Lautoka, at the foot of the Sabeto mountains is the place to go. Formally a private orchid garden now open to the public, beautiful orchids and flowering plants abound here.

Garden of the Sleeping Giant

Naihehe Sacred Caves

Situated deep in the Sigatoka Valley, the caves are popular with tourists and locals alike. Once a fortress of Fiji’s last pagan tribes, the caves contain a priest chamber, sacred pond and great Cathedral Chamber. The caves are still considered sacred today and locals still frequent to pay tribute to their ancestors.

Scaling Mount Batilamu

Fiji boasts spectacular vistas aplenty, however, for unparalleled views, take a day trip from Nadi or Lautoka to scale the ‘sleeping giant’, Mount Batilamu. The ascent takes hikers through the Koroyanitu National Heritage Park past tempting waterholes, through small villages, and up to green-swathed, panoramic summits.

Scuba-diving

Fiji has been called ‘the soft coral capital of the world’ and few seasoned divers will deny that Fiji has some of the finest scuba diving in the South Pacific. Diving is possible year-round, with the best sites including Beqa Lagoon, Rainbow Reef or the Somosomo Straits with the famous Great White Wall.

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Sigatoka sand dunes

One of Fiji’s natural highlights, the dunes near the shoreline of the Sigatoka River have been forming for millions of years. Windblown and rugged, these dunes are a far cry from those of the Sahara – the sand is grey-brown in colour and covered with vines and shrubs. The dunes are also one of the largest burial sites in the Pacific.

Sigatoka sand dunes

Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple

A must-see for culture vultures, Nadi’s Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple is the largest Hindu temple in the Southern Hemisphere. Illustrating the architectural diversity for which Fiji is well known, the three-part temple is dedicated to the deity Murugan whose statue, specially carved in India, is housed in the main temple.

Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple

Surfing in Viti Levu

A growing number of surfing camps are off southern and western Viti Levu. There’s surf throughout the year with the best swells out of the south from March to October. Fiji’s waves typically break on coral reefs. Most of the well-known spots are off Viti Levu and can often only be reached by boat.

Surfing in Viti Levu

The Fiji Museum

Located in the heart of Suva’s botanical gardens, the Fiji Museum houses an extensive archaeological collection dating back 3,700 years, including cultural objects representing both Fiji’s indigenous inhabitants and other communities that have settled in the island group over the past 100 years. Of particular note is the rudder of the HMS Bounty of mutiny fame.

Trekking in Taveuni

Taveuni has a number of popular trekking trails found all over the island. The Lavena Coastal Walk and Tavoro Falls offer some wonderful hiking opportunities with well signposted tracks to follow. For those who are serious, the Vidawa Forest Walk, the trek up to Lake Tagimaucia and the Des Voeux ascent are particularly challenging climbs.

Watersports

With all of the crystal clear waters that surround these islands, there is no shortage of watersports to be found. Diving, swimming, snorkeling, surfing, sailing, fishing, water boarding, kayaking, and much more can be found on almost all the Fiji Islands. You can also swim in numerous waterfalls found in the forest, coastal parks and reserves.

Wildlife watching

Watch for fruit bats, parrots and marine turtles. You should also check out the acres of orchids and flowering plants in the Garden of the Sleeping Giant at the foot of the Sabeto Mountains, and the Sigatoka Sand Dunes off the main Queens Highway on Viti Levu.

Windsurfing in the Mamanuca

Ideal water conditions, big waves and a year round breeze makes windsurfing in Fiji amazing. Most resorts offer the sport – with instruction too – but if you’re a pro and are looking for something special, the best windsurfing can be found in the Mamanuca group of islands.

Windsurfing in the Mamanuca


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Main Cities in Egypt

Egypt is perhaps best known as the home of the ancient Egyptian civilization, with its temples, hieroglyphs, mummies, and – visible above all – its pyramids. Less well-known is Egypt’s medieval heritage, courtesy of Coptic Christianity and Islam – ancient churches, monasteries and mosques punctuate the Egyptian landscape. Egypt stimulates the imagination of western tourists like few other countries and is probably one of the most popular tourist destinations world-wide.

Cairo

Cairo  and its region are considered the heart of Egypt,  where you can spot almost every aspect of the country, including some of the most famous Pharaonic, ancient Christian and Islamic monuments. Cairo offers amazing choice for shopping, relaxation, culture and night life. Your first shopping stop would be no doubt the famous Han El-halili, unchanged since 14 century. There also enough modern air conditioned centers offering the latest fashion. The whole generosity of the East is here – perfumes, gold, silver, rugs, leather works, glass and ceramics. Try some of the most famous street shops like Mohamed Ali street for musical instruments, or the very colorful Camel Market, although it not likely to buy something from there.

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When you are in need of relaxation of the urban life, you can play gold, watch horse racings or to visit the zoo or the botanical gardens, sail on Nile or ride from Giza to Saqqara. For one day trip outside of Cairo, you can visit Haran and see the beauty of the tapestry, hand made from the local people. If you want you can rid of everything and to go on the top of the Cairo Tower, modern 187m tower with view to the whole city from all sides with restaurant on the top.

Cairo show its colors at night, when is the best time for shopping or going out of the town. There are cabarets with oriental dancers and musicians, even floating   in the Nile River restaurant. The Opera House complex contains few galleries, including museum of modern art, restaurants and concert halls. Listening to Arab music under the sky in the open air theatre is magical experience. And of course the biggest show after dusk is the show Light and Sound on the Pyramids.

Alexandria

The second largest city in Egypt, Alexandria , is famous like the  pearl of the Mediterranean . The social environment and cultural heritage of the city differentiate Alexandria from the rest of Egypt, although it’s only 225km from Cairo. In Alexandria is located one of the Seven Wonders of the World – Faros lighthouse. Except for the stormy relation between Cleopatra and Mark Antony, Alexandria has been cultural center of the ancient world. But the city declined and by the time Napoleon came, he saw only fishing village. Today the city offers rich variety of choices for fun for the tourists and it ‘s preferred destination destination in Egypt. You can see a lot of museum, historical monuments, religious places, beaches, shopping and sports, and even a casino, which is open only for foreigners.

Alexandria skyline

Sharm el-Sheikh

Sharm el-Sheikh  is famous for its sun, five star hotels, water sports, shopping and fun. This is one of the most developed and easy reachable touristic resorts in Egypt. You can see the Bedouins everywhere around, colorful tents, mountain and water. There are small discrete hotels and big hotel complexes of famous international chains, plus all the good stuff typical for top touristic resort, like touristic center, casinos, discotheques, night clubs, golf courses, and health care. 4 miles south of the city there are ricks with magnificent view to the seaport. The Naama Beach is one of the touristic centers in the town. It is positioned north of Sharm, and the region around it looks like separate resort town. Most of the hotels there have their own private beaches with all extras included.

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Hurghada

Hurghada  was found in the early 20 century and it was small fishing village until recently. But today, it is the most desired touristic resort on the coasts of Red Sea and international center for water sports, like wind surfing, swimming, diving and sailing. The unique underwater gardens around the coast are one of the most beautiful in the world, and most favored between the divers. The worm water are ideal for many different kinds of rare fish and coral reefs, which can be seen through the transparent bottom of some boats there. While you are in Hurghada, don ‘t miss the museum and the aquarium, where is gathered full collection of the flora and fauna of Red Sea. Hurghada is favored like city for party and fun, mostly among the Europeans. Everyone will tell you, that the life there starts at night, when the numerous night clubs open doors. Other thing that make the town famous are the beaches, where thousands of tourists are going with their families to enjoy the sun and the calmness of the clean private beaches of the hotels. Some of these hotels offer so many things that you may consider not going out in the town.

The islands around Hurghada are also offering big choice of how to have fun and the one day trips aren ‘t anything uncommon.

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Luxor

Luxor  is often called  the biggest open air museum quot’and it really is, and even much more. Luxor is divided into 3 parts, the city of Luxor on the east side of Nile, the city of Karnak north of Luxor, and Thebes on the west side of Nile just across Luxor. Today Luxor is very good prepared to meet tourists with its numerous hotels and attractions. In Luxor there are 3 main streets – Sharia el Mahata, Sharia el Karnak and the Coastal, right next to Nile River. The street in front of the train station is Sharia el Mahata which continue to the gardens of the Luxor Temple. Sharia el Karnak, continue from the Luxor Temple to the Karnak Temple. Along this street you can find many colorful restaurants and cafes, also bazaars where you can find most souvenirs. Most of the modern part of the town is actually made in the ancient architectural code. The National Bank of Egypt, the SPA centers and even the train station are all made to look like pharaonic buildings. This is consequence of the Egyptianization of the town that started after the Tutankhamon tomb was found. Although the town have all the extras – hotels, bars, night clubs and restaurants, as it ‘s expected from touristic destination.

In luxor, on the eastern side, one of your first stops would be the Temple of Luxor built from Amenophis II. South on Sharia el Karnak you can reach the temple, which was connected with the Temple of Karnak via long rock street. The street is enclosed with sphinxes on both sides. After leaving Luxor you can go trough Sharia el Karnak on north to Karnak. On the way, next to the police station is located the oldest mosque in Luxor – El-Mekashkesh where the remains of a Islam saint from 10 century are kept. There you can also see the Franciscan church and its schools, one for boys and one for girls. Down the road you can find  the Museum of Mummification, where you can learn everything for the mummies.

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Aswan

Aswan  is located on the east coast of Nile River and is animated touristic shopping center. This is one of the most dry places in the world, in the early 2001 the last rain was 6 years earlier. In many Nubian villages the people don ‘t even make roof for all of their rooms. Aswan is favorite winter resort since the beginning of 19 century. Every night Nubian dancers and musicians are making live shows in the Cultural center. Aswan was considered the frontier town in Ancient Egypt to south.

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Madagascar

Madagascar, is an island country in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Southeast Africa. The nation comprises the island of Madagascar (the fourth-largest island in the world), as well as numerous smaller peripheral islands.

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Following the prehistoric breakup of the supercontinent Gondwana, Madagascar split from India around 88 million years ago, allowing native plants and animals to evolve in relative isolation. Consequently, Madagascar is a biodiversity hotspot; over 90 percent of its wildlife is found nowhere else on Earth. The island’s diverse ecosystems and unique wildlife are threatened by the encroachment of the rapidly growing human population.

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The world traveling guide

Initial human settlement of Madagascar occurred between 350 BC and 550 AD by Austronesian peoples arriving on outrigger canoes from Borneo. These were joined around 1000 CE by Bantu migrants crossing the Mozambique Channel. Other groups continued to settle on Madagascar over time, each one making lasting contributions to Malagasy cultural life. The Malagasy ethnic group is often divided into eighteen or more sub-groups of which the largest are the Merina of the central highlands.

 

 

madagascar3Until the late 18th century, the island of Madagascar was ruled by a fragmented assortment of shifting socio-political alliances. Beginning in the early 19th century, most of the island was united and ruled as the Kingdom of Madagascar by a series of Merina nobles. The monarchy collapsed in 1897 when the island was absorbed into the French colonial empire, from which the island gained independence in 1960.

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Tsarabanjina – The world traveling guide

The autonomous state of Madagascar has since undergone four major constitutional periods, termed Republics. Since 1992 the nation has officially been governed as a constitutional democracy from its capital at Antananarivo. However, in a popular uprising in 2009 the last elected president Marc Ravalomanana was made to resign and presidential power was transferred in March 2009 to Andry Rajoelina in a move widely viewed by the international community as a coup d’état.

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Madagascar eastern coast – The world traveling guide

Madagascar is probably of the most interesting countries in the world, because of its specific flora and fauna that is one of the reasons for so many visitors, including scientists. The islands offer the adventure of the rainforest to those who love hiking and trekking. While hiking you may see the unique fauna of the islands, lemurs and sifakas are certainly most famous. Although it is harder to spot them while in the rainforest,they can easily be seen in the drier places of the island.

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You may also see many species of amphibians and lizards and many birds. Of the flora there are many things to see, like the great variety of palms, the endemic baobab trees and the plenty of orchids.

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Once you are tired of hiking, you may go down the trail and end up on some of the islands beautiful beaches with gentle sands and clear waters. There are many deserted beaches, with only the wildlife around you will relax and enjoy. On one of the most famous parts of Madagascar, the tropical island of Nosy Be, are many beautiful beaches, and a wide range of hotels and restaurants. While in Nosy Be you can go scuba diving or snorkeling, wind or kite surfing or deep sea fishing.

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The capital city of Madagascar is Antananavario and it is the largest city, this is a city with unique architecture mixing the old stylish wooden houses with modern architecture and colonial buildings in French style. There are many churches to visit, and many open air markets known by the name Zomas. In Madagascar one should try the bananas, there is a huge number of varieties, there is also plenty of tropical fruits you can try and off course the coffee, which is handmade and irresistible.

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Antananarivo – The world traveling guide

Most Air France flights arrive in Tana close to midnight (and depart about an hour later) so that the visitor to Madagascar’s capital is likely to arrive and depart in darkness. The ten-mile drive into the city passes through not-quite slums and modest residential areas and arrives in a hilly colonial city of great charm.

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Independence Avenue (or Arabe Fahaleovantena as it is known in Malagasy) runs from the railway station, along the valley formed by two ridges which converge, effectively trapping the lower town or Analakely.  Steep streets and alleys and many flights of stairs lead to the upper town made up of Antaninarenina and Isoraka.  The main staircase which leads for Avenue de l’Independence (French is Madagascar’s second official language) to Place de l’Independence is wide enough to have vendors on both sides selling rubber stamps, wood carvings, raffia goods and other local crafts.  The square at the top has a garden on one side and Le Buffet de Jardin on the other where one can recover from the climb with a fruit juice or an expensive (and inferior) glass of wine.  By far the best choice is a tall glass of Three Horses Beer.


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Sweden

Sweden, is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. Sweden borders Norway and Finland, and is connected to Denmark by a bridge-tunnel across the Øresund.

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At 450,295 square km, Sweden is the third-largest country in the European Union by area, with a total population of about 9.6 million. Sweden has a low population density of 21 inhabitants per square km with the population mostly concentrated to the southern half of the country.

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About 85% of the population live in urban areas. Sweden’s capital city is Stockholm, which is also the largest city. Since the early 19th century Sweden has generally been at peace and has largely avoided war.

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Today, Sweden is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary democracy form of government and a highly developed economy. Sweden has the world’s eighth-highest per capita income. In 2013, it ranked second in the world on the Democracy Index, seventh on the 2013 United Nations’ Human Development Index, second on the 2013 OECD Better Life Index and fourth on the 2013 Legatum Prosperity Index.

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In 2012, the World Economic Forum ranked Sweden as the fourth-most competitive country in the world. According to the United Nations, it has the third-lowest infant mortality rate in the world. In 2010, Sweden also had one of the lowest Gini coefficients of all developed countries, making Sweden one of the world’s most equal countries in terms of income. Sweden’s wealth, however, is distributed much less equally than its income, with a wealth Gini coefficient of 0.85, which is higher than the European average of 0.8.

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The Kingdom of Sweden

It is not known when and how the kingdom of Sweden was born, but the list of Swedish monarchs is drawn from the first kings known to have ruled both Svealand (Sweden) and Götaland (Gothia) as one province, beginning with Eric the Victorious. Sweden and Gothia were two separate nations long before that into antiquity. It is not known how long they existed: the epic poem Beowulf describes semi-legendary Swedish-Geatish wars in the 6th century. By “Götaland” in this since, mainly included the provinces of Östergötland (East Gothia) and Västergötland (West Gothia). The island of Gotland was disputed by other than Swedes, at this time (Danish, Hanseatic, and Gotland-domestic). Småland was at that time of little interest to anyone due to the deep pine forests, and only city of Kalmar with its castle was of importance. The south-west parts of the Scandinavian peninsula consisted of three Danish provinces (Scania, Blekinge and Halland). North of Halland Denmark had a direct border to Norway and its province Bohuslän. But there was Swedish settlements in south-west Finland, and along the southern coastline of Norrland. Most of this early Kingdom’s borders were dizzy or unknown today. Mainly the culture and history of Svealand has been presurved better than the one’s of Götaland.

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Climate

Most of Sweden has a temperate climate, despite its northern latitude, with four distinct seasons and mild temperatures throughout the year. The country can be divided into three types of climate; the southernmost part has an oceanic climate, the central part has a humid continental climate and the northernmost part has a subarctic climate. However, Sweden is much warmer and drier than other places at a similar latitude, and even somewhat farther south, mainly because of the Gulf Stream. For example, central and southern Sweden has much warmer winters than many parts of Russia, Canada, and the northern United States.Because of its high latitude, the length of daylight varies greatly. North of the Arctic Circle, the sun never sets for part of each summer, and it never rises for part of each winter. In the capital, Stockholm, daylight lasts for more than 18 hours in late June but only around 6 hours in late December. Sweden receives between 1,100 to 1,900 hours of sunshine annually.

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Temperatures vary greatly from north to south. Southern and central parts of the country have warm summers and cold winters, with average high temperatures of 20 to 25 °C (68 to 77 °F) in the summer, and average temperatures of −4 to 2 °C (25 to 36 °F) in the winter, while the northern part of the country has shorter, cooler summers and longer, colder and snowier winters, with temperatures that often drop below freezing from September to May. The highest temperature ever recorded in Sweden was 38 °C (100 °F) in Målilla in 1947, while the coldest temperature ever recorded was −52.6 °C (−62.7 °F) in Vuoggatjålme in 1966.

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On average, most of Sweden receives between 500 and 800 mm (20 and 31 in) of precipitation each year, making it considerably drier than the global average. The south-western part of the country receives more precipitation, between 1,000 and 1,200 mm (39 and 47 in), and some mountain areas in the north are estimated to receive up to 2,000 mm (79 in). Despite northerly locations, southern and central Sweden may have almost no snow in some winters.