Travel

Have fun and be active on Hilo

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Satisfy the thirst for nature tripping by visiting the wonders found in the city of Hilo.

The city might be full of activities from its beaches and water recreation spots, but past the fun brought about by the sparkling waters, another kind of adventure awaits those who are daring enough to experience the wonders of the rough trails of nature, solemn falls and awe-inspiring wildlife.

Location

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Hilo has a tropical rain forest climate. The city gets an average precipitation of 128 inches per year and around 175 sunny days per annum.

There is a significant amount of rainfall even during months belonging to summer season. The driest month is June while rain falls mostly during November.

Climate

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The city can be reached directly from from Honolulu. Public transportation is not really an option while roaming around the city.

Most prefer to have rented vehicles that are typically arranged during arrival at the airport.

There is an option to take a bus by going to Mamaloha Highway, but trips are not as frequent and that’s why a schedule has to be observed.

Transportation

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The city can be reached by having connecting a flight from Honolulu to Hilo International Airport. Public transportation is not much of an option while roaming around the city.

Most prefers to have rented vehicles that are typically arranged at the arrival at the airport. There is an option to take a bus by going to Mamaloha Hiighway but trips are not as frequent that’s why schedule has to be observed.

Attractions

Rainbow Falls

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One of the most visited destinations in Hilo, these falls are famous because of the rainbow visible here every day around 10 AM.

The falls itself, even without the view of the rainbow, is a unique sight to behold. The vegetation surrounding it and the pristine water from the falls is picturesque in itself.

Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo

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This 12-acre zoo serves as a home to around 60 species of animals and more than 40 species of plants and trees. This is the only tropical zoo in the US.

Though small in size, this tourist destination was able to establish a name for itself together with its superstar, Namaste, a Bengal tiger from India that belongs to a genus nearing extinction.

Akaka Falls

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Be enticed into hiking that allows you to meet the luscious orchids and bamboo groves while traversing the trails of these falls found inside the similarly named state park.

The short hike takes about 30 minutes and is friendly even to first timers as well as kids. The trip is worth it because it means seeing the gorgeous view of the falls.

Images
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See More:

Travel Information
http://www.gohawaii.com/en/big-island/

Hilo, Hawaii
http://www.gohawaii.com/en/big-island/regions-neighborhoods/hilo/#customOrder:random^newCustomSearch:false

Aira Algado

Drenched in Sun and Flavor, Ile de Re, France

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Thinking about France, holiday destinations come to mind and topping the list are places like Paris, Nice, and many other cities. Searching for Ile de Re in that list, you will not see it on top, but that doesn’t mean the secret of this wonderful place isn’t slowly getting out.

Drenched in the sun with a flavorful lifestyle, many have come to seek the languid atmosphere of Ile de Re. It should be no wonder: the white-washed walls, town center structures free to walk around, salty view, beaches and many more spectacles.

LOCATION

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Ile de Re is an island in France connected to the mainland, specifically to La Rochelle, through an impressive three-kilometer bridge.

It is located in southern France and known to have some of the Atlantic’s best coastlines together with Ile d’Oleron situated on its south. The island spans only for 30 kilometers in length and 5 kilometers in wideness.

CLIMATE

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Ile de Re is amongst France’s sunniest regions making for an excellent beach vacation. The sun shines the longest in the months of April to August and November. August is its hottest month with an average temperature of 22 degrees Celsius.

Conversely, January is the coldest with an average temperature of six degrees Celsius. The wettest month is October, and you may want to pack extra clothes during these days.

TRANSPORTATION

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For those who are residing outside the country, you can travel to Ile de Re via airplane to international airports in La Rochelle and Poitiers. Flights here include those coming from the United Kingdom, Belgium, Ireland and Portugal.

From the airport, it will be a short drive to the town center, where you can find the transportation to Ile de Re. However, if you are just around France, you can reach La Rochelle via train. Those who are visiting Paris might as well put Ile De Re as their destination after. It will only take under three hours of travel time to reach La Rochelle.

ATTRACTIONS

Saint Martin de Re

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This fortified town and harbor in the northern part of Ile de Re is a great place to start your holiday vacation in the island. Every day has a multitude of activities to choose from, but the bubble of nostalgia couldn’t be punctured by modern times, as whitewashed walls, fortifications, and citadels surround the town reminding people of the 17th century.

These eight-meter-tall, two-meter-thick fortifications were built by an acclaimed French military group, Vauban, and are among the “Vauban fortified sites” protected by the UNESCO. Restaurants, cafes, and boutiques are gathered here, so anyone like the high-heeled Parisians and privileged ones won’t have to worry about anything.

Ars en Re

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Ars en Re, one of France’s “most beautiful villages,” is better visited when the market is full of activity. It opens during Tuesday and Friday mornings all year round, except for July and August when it opens daily.

This will give you plenty of chances to experience the Retois lifestyle as compared to wintertime when the place is very quiet, but if that is what you prefer, then do pay a visit still.

While getting familiar with the town, scramble across winding streets and hollyhocks to find Saint-Etienne Church, also serving as a landmark for any passing vehicles. During summer, grab the opportunity to climb its spires and see the surrounding forest as well as the oyster beds.

La Flotte en Re

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Apart from Ars en Re, La Flotte en Re is also one of the “most beautiful villages in France.” this town share its similarities with the other Ile de Re towns. It is a port town and has the architectural signature of Ile de Re with whitewashed walls and green shutters and hollyhocks.

It also has historical landmarks such as the Fort de La Pree, a Vauban fortification, and Abbey des Chateliers built in the 12th century by the Cisterian monks. The bonus in La Flotte is its interlocking cycle paths.

Riding a bike there could be the most enjoyable activity in La Flotte, as it will bring you to different relaxing paths finishing off into cafes or restaurants to cap off the day.

Southern Beaches

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Ile de Re has two faces: its nostalgic and bustling towns in the north, and it stunning beaches in the south. With ten kilometers of sandy empty coast to choose from, these white-sandy beaches are pieces of peaceful heaven.

Le-Bois-Plage-en-Ré and Phare des Baleines are two of the most popular beaches in the island. The first is popular for kids, while the latter is much quieter with a lighthouse standing 55 meters high, which is the second oldest lighthouse in the country. Another favorite is Rivedoux Plage, wherein plenty of kite surfers are flocking the place.

Images:

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(8.) http://www.villasperone.com/photos-sport-activities/kite-surfing-piana-island-sperone-south-corsica.jpg

See More:

Tourism Information Guide
http://www.holidays-iledere.co.uk/ile-de-re-uk/tourist-information-guide-2012-0

Website
http://www.iledere.com

Mary Grace Valdez

Pay Rovaniemi a Visit and You Might Just Shake Santa Claus’ Hands

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Once in our lives, we believed that the famous Christmas icon, Santa Claus, does exist and is lives in the upper hemisphere of the planet.

Celebrating the Yuletide season would definitely mean that talks of what Santa Claus would be giving children as gifts are all afloat during dinners and early morning conversations.

As you grow older, it becomes apparent that there really is no Santa Claus, but your subconscious wouldn’t take it against you if you secretly want him to enter your home through your smoke-belched chimney.

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Due to the concept of Santa Claus’ existence, many people have scoured every corner of the Earth to find out exactly where he could have been hiding.

Obtaining some information from folklore and stories passed down from one generation to another, parents created this makeshift story that Santa Claus should be residing in the North Pole, all with the snowy environment fit for his reindeers.

And when one speaks of Santa Claus’ official terrestrial location, the small city of Rovaniemi comes into mind, flipping this humble town into a booming travel destination during the Christmas season.

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Location

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Rovaniemi is known to belong to Finland’s northernmost province, Lapland, and is both an administrative and commercial center in its own right.

Specifically, it can be found 10 kilometers south of the frigid Arctic Circle, surrounded by hills named as Ounasvaara and Korkalovaara.

The body of water nearest to Rovaniemi is the River Kemijoki, which turns into sheets of ice when snow comes into play.

The total land area of Rovaniemi is at 7,581 square kilometers and is dubbed to be the fifth largest town in the whole of Finland.

An estimated total of 61,000 Finnish and foreigners have been residing in this merry town since June of 2015.

Climate

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As expected, and according to the Koppen Climate Classification, Rovaniemi is under the subarctic climate, derived from its location close to the Arctic Circle.

Many people love the weather here, not only in specific months, but also in an annual perspective throughout the entire year. Subarctic climate means that the people of Rovaniemi experience summers that are short and comfortable, while winters tend to be long, snowy and very frigid.

Hotter temperatures are observed starting May and stretch until August, averaging at 28-degrees Celsius for the whole summer duration.

The lowest temperatures can be felt starting December and would last until April, all running negatives on the Celsius scale.

Transportation

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Getting in and out of Rovaniemi is quite convenient thanks to the VR Group, a sophisticated Finnish railway system that can transport you to different parts of Finland in a jiffy.

If you’re going to Rovaniemi, you might want to start your journey either on the stations of Oulu, Helsinki, Turku or Tampere, then straight to the Rovaniemi Station.

Aside from the reliable railway system, travelers would also have the chance of getting in and out of Rovaniemi by airplane and the entry point would be at the Rovaniemi Airport, a good 6 miles away from the city center. It is strongly suggested to walk for you to roam around Santa Claus’ town more efficiently.

What to See

Lappia-Talo

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Aside from the dazzling landmarks that would remind you of Christmas, there are other points of interest in Rovaniemi that would definitely excite you in one way or another.

Take the Lappia-Talo, for example. This majestic feat of architecture is famous for its design, thanks to the genius Alvar Aalto, and this edifice now stands proudly on city grounds.

Lappia-Talo is actually a concert hall, which attracts more and more tourists due to the grandeur that it displays.

Arktikum

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If you want to fulfill your desire to see more of the North’s tapestries of history and events, then getting yourself, within the long queues of Arktikum would do you best.

Many travelers have fallen in love with this place at first glance starting with the imposing glass tunnel that greets you at the entrance. In here, you’d be enlightened on so many things such as Rovaniemi’s history, culture and lore associated with Sami, interactive displays featuring the flora and fauna that can found within Arctic Europe and nearby continents.

This museum is also home to a restaurant, which cooks the finest Finnish dishes and a research hall for your academic needs, if any.

Pilke Tiedekeskus

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Just adjacent to the mighty building of Arktikum lays another area for you to learn more, called the Pilke Tiedekeskus. In here, all efforts were injected to come-up with captivating exhibitions depicting Finnish forestry and all the magic encompassing this field of knowledge.

This very interactive venue is fit for kids and adults alike, all equipped with high-tech features such as multilingual touch-screens and bear hunting simulations to enhance your trip to Rovaniemi.

Rovaniemen Kirkko

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Standing since the 1950s, this place of worship has witnessed how Rovaniemi improved from the wars to what it is today.

Upon entry, you’d be delighted to see a huge fresco showing a Christ-like figure emerging from a scenery that is certainly Lappish in nature.

Images:

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(10) http://www.toinenlinja.fi/photos/large/00/00845_Rovaniemen_kirkko.jpg

See More:

Rovaniemi | The Official Hometown of Santa Claus
http://www.visitrovaniemi.fi/

Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi in Lapland Finland
http://www.santaclausvillage.info/

Paul Intalan

Behold The Magnificence of Malmo

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One thing that’s noticeable in Malmo is the youthful charge brought about by the inhabitants residing within the realms of the city.

Almost half of the populace is aged 35 years old and below, and the basic expectation is the ultimate flamboyance brought about by young minds and creative hearts.

Malmo is now saturated with larger-than-life architecture, lavish accommodations and the best Scandinavian cuisine.

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Dynamism is one of the obvious potentials that Malmo is pegging on, and with how the city is faring; it is off to a soaring start.

If you want to be surrounded with utter positivity, an ecstatic culture and a trip, which will invoke smiles, then Malmo is the best option for your next excursion.

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Location

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Sitting on the bedrock of the famous Scandia Province, Malmo is a sure haven for tourists as it harnesses all the glory of being on Sweden’s southwestern edge. Malmo’s land area covers almost 61.2-square miles of land, 0.6- square miles of water and is currently being inhabited by nearly 550,000 people.

Malmo is a huge strip of land surrounded by an equally gargantuan body of water on its western edge. Malmo is also known to be a part of the Oresund Region, which is separated by the might Oresund Bridge.

Climate

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Like it’s mother country, Malmo follows Sweden’s oceanic climate, which equates to summers being warm and enjoyable, while winters are generally cold with temperatures dropping all too low.

In an annual estimate, Malmo has a average temperature of 34.1-degrees Celsius, while the all-time low is recorded at 5.4-degress Celsius. The hottest months are June, July and August, with heat climbing as high as 33.6-degrees Celsius.

Rain showers and accumulated precipitation are best observed during the month of November, ranging at 2.4-2.5 inches of rainfall.

Transportation

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One of the most notable modes of transport in Malmo is through the benefit of the recently erected Oresund Line, accommodating trips every 20 minutes. This travel option would connect Malmo to the equally famous area of Copenhagen and Copenhagen Airport.

While the Copenhagen Airport offers most of the international tours, Malmo has an airport of its own, which is mainly used for domestic, charter and low-cost aviation trips. Also, you’d be surprised to see that most Malmo inhabitants are leaning onto cycling and the government put importance to it by paving a bike path measuring up to 250 miles.

Travel by water would also be another option, as Malmo is a seaside city as well. If you want to ride cruise ships and ferries, then you can go to Limhamn Marina and Lagunen for scheduled trips and services.

What to See

Turning Torso

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If you want to be amazed by an establishment pegged on technological advancement, then getting a glimpse of the legendary Tuning Torso would suit your insatiable craving of the unknown.

Now being heralded as one of Malmo’s most significant landmarks, this is Sweden’s tallest building at 190 meters in height and was opened just in August 2005.

What makes the Turning Torso a must-see is its ability to literally turn at 90 degrees as a chunk of an edifice. Seeing this would make you feel the same way as when you watched The Matrix.

Malmo Museer

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Just a short distance away from Malmo’s city center, the Malmo Museer is an expansive establishment that houses different artifacts worthy of being included in your local museum’s collection.

You’d be immersed on a myriad of things from insects and bats, shiny armor and war armaments, to the aquarium sitting at the edifice’s grand hall. All of Malmo and the life that had transpired here is enclosed in glass cages and reinforced walls. Paying this place a visit would do you good in enriching your knowledge about the town.

Form/Design Center

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Sticking with what Malmo is known for, the Form/Design Center is an avenue for you to be acquainted with all the advancements this little town has received over the years.

In here, you’d be able to see cool art pieces from Scandinavian locals, fashion and crafts, and even minuscule things such as toys, furniture and appliances.

Malmo Chokladfabrik

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Smell and feel how Malmo chocolate artisans craft their coveted edible pieces in the Malmo Chokladfabrik. Since 1888, this factory has been producing organic chocolate, and has been putting prestige in chocolate making by earning coveted awards.

Once inside, you’d be oriented with how Malmo creates their chocolate and you’d even have a 20% discount once you bag these delicacies from their in-house shops.

Images
(1) www.nordregio.se
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(3) http://images1.fanpop.com/images/photos/1900000/Malmo-Sweden-public-transport-1960207-2560-1707.jpg
(4) https://www.awesomestories.com/images/user/fe9623bfeb.jpg
(5) www.commons.wikimedia.org
(6) www.neogaf.com
(7) www.newstartmag.co.uk
(8) www.youtube.com
(9) www.tripiny.com
(10) www.nordicdesignreview.com
(11) www.malmotown.com

See More:

Malmo – Visit Sweden
http://www.visitsweden.com/Regions–Cities/Malmo/

Malmo Tourist Guide – Malmo, Sweden
http://www.malmo.com/
Paul Intalan

Whitehorse and The Warmest Welcome Despite Frigid Weather

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Despite the fact that the city of Whitehorse has a lot of steel structures and cemented pavements, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they don’t have anything exciting to offer. With a very serious ambiance due to high-rise buildings and humongous businesses built within its realms, Whitehorse also invested in numerous reasons as to why everyone should pay attention to paying them a visit.

Known as Yukon Territory’s capital city, you’d be delighted to know that Whitehorse does possess quality restaurants, a well-funded arts community and various places for you to stay after an exhausting day of roaming around.

With the epic Yukon River flowing by its outskirts, enjoying Whitehorse involves traversing mountain trails, bicycle paths and paying attention to the city’s relentless efforts in establishing it’s rich culture and deep-rooted heritage.

True enough, Whitehorse is worth every minute of your time, as you’d be submerged into a place where development ensues without a sound and nature thrives without a hassle.

Location

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Known to be Northern Canada’s largest city with a combined area of 3,400 square miles from the city itself to metropolitan area, Whitehorse is specifically located at the historic Mile 918.

Whitehorse is strategically surrounded with three famous mountains, namely Grey to the east, Haeckel Hill to the northwest and Golden Horn to the south. Currently, Whitehorse is Canada’s 79th largest city, which also denotes a near rectangular shape and leans towards the country’s northwest / southeast area.

Climate

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Due to its colossal land area, Whitehorse’s territory is classified the same way as Yukon, which is under the subarctic type. The lowest temperatures can be observed in the months of December until February, which set an all-time record of -52.2 degrees Celsius.

Heat begins to emanate around Whitehorse when the months of May and June kick in and can even stretch as far as September. During its warmest months, the city averages a temperature of 33.2 degrees Celsius.

Every year, Whitehorse records an estimate of 10.33 inches of precipitation, with August and September being the rainiest months. The clearest month is dubbed to be June with almost 267 hours of sunshine to be expected.

Transportation

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If you’re coming in from a different part of Canada, the airport that you can rely on is the Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport, which has scheduled and chartered flights to equally famous Canadian cities such as Kelowna, Edmonton, Yellowknife, Ottawa, Old Crow and Fairbanks.

International flights to Alaska and Frankfurt are also said to be available at this aviation terminal. For now, Whitehorse doesn’t have any railway services, as the nearest stations available are the Yukon and White Pass stations, hundreds of kilometers away from the city center.

Despite the fact that Whitehorse is under the Yukon River bed and is accessible via the Bering Sea, there hasn’t been any known freight and ferry services that have disturbed the calm of the aforementioned body of water. Whitehorse Transit makes bus services available, with schedules on weekdays and Saturdays.

What to See

SS Klondike

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Originally built in 1937, the legendary SS Klondike made its final run via the Dawson River in 1955, and has been a place of interest for locals and visitors of Whitehorse ever since.

Today, this sternwheeler is carefully revamped and restored for tourists to admire, and is known to be one of Whitehorse’s landmarks as a national historic site.

A group of craftsmen and restorers put their best foot forward in ensuring that the SS Klondike would be able to get the care it deserved.

Whitehorse Fishway

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Located past the city’s hydroelectric plant to the south, go ‘salmon watching’ at the Whitehorse Fishway and be mesmerized by how abundant the wildlife of the Yukon River is.

Accessible via the infamous Millennium Trail, get into the Fishway and succumb to your inner child as you witness salmon swimming past the wooden fish ladder found in an area which is 366 meters in length and is the longest in the world.

Yukon Beringia Interpretive Center

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What’s a city without a museum? The Yukon Beringia Interpretive Center serves it purpose in endorsing the arts and culture as seen in the olden days of Whitehorse.

See how the city thrived during the Ice Age and even set your eyes on a live skeleton of a giant ground sloth said to have existed on the place called Beringia.

Images
(1) http://josbeltours.blogspot.com
(2) http://cgip.wikifoundry.com/page/British+Columbia+and+Yukon-+Yukon+South
(3) http://travel2next.com/the-yukon-quest/
(4) http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/North_America/Canada/Yukon_Territory/Transportation-Yukon_Territory-TG-C-1.html
(5) http://www.yukoninfo.com/photo-gallery/yukon-territory/whitehorse/winter/
(6) https://www.yukonenergy.ca/blog/a_historical_look_back_at_the_fishladder
(7) http://www.wediscovercanadaandbeyond.ca/2015_04_01_archive.html

See More:

Visitor Information Center
http://www.travelyukon.com/Plan/Travel-Info/Visitor-Information-Centres

Whitehorse Attraction
http://www.yukoninfo.com/whitehorse-yukon/

Paul Intalan

Splash Some Saltwater and Be Merry in Tamarindo

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You might have seen the place named as Tamarindo when you are scanning travel books and online blogs for the best place to spend your vacation with, with specifications on the words ‘beach’ and ‘party’.

True to how many people have described it, Tamarindo is now Costa Rica’s best offering to the world—the wide stretch of white shores and cerulean beaches, the inevitable crowd, which makes the place rowdy yet fun most of the time, the complete line-up of snazzy and classy hotels and accommodations up to the string of restaurants that will unleash the food auteur in you.

Tamarindo is truly Heaven’s way of reminding us that amidst all the developments going on, places for enjoyment and sheer relaxation still exist, only waiting for us to discover. Go get your bags and sunscreen so that you won’t ever miss the best beach experience being put on the plate by the sunny shorelines of Playa Tamarindo.

Location

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Belonging to the province of Guanacaste, Tamarindo scopes a miniscule stretch of land amounting to a total of 47.70 square miles and is being resided by just a handful of citizens currently recorded in 6,869.

If you’ll look for the place of Tamarindo, you’d be able to easily pinpoint in on the map as located on Costa Rica’s northern tip, leaning on the eastern side. A humongous body of water is bordering playa Tamarindo, which is the sea of Northern Pacific. Easily, Playa Tamarindo can be geographically located at the Nicoya Peninsula.

Climate

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Following the province of Guanacaste’s climate, the whole of Tamarindo is under the type of climate equating to heat all year round, with a minimal probability of rain showers.

Truly a very cognitive spot for a longish day at the beach, temperatures here can go as high as 36.1-degrees Celsius, which can stretch, from November to April.

Tamarindo is said to be warmer as compared to other Costa Rican states, which are located at higher elevations. For the months of May until October, there’s an observable drop in temperature and these are the months wherein occasional rain showers are to be expected.

Transportation

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The best way for you to set foot on Tamarindo’s gritty shores is by means of taking advantage of the little airstrip found within the realms of this wondrous place.

If you don’t have the moolah to spend on chartered and private flights, you don’t really need to worry as you can succumb into using bus rides scheduled to drop you in Tamarindo.

From the central city San Jose, there are a lot of bus services that you can book and hire, which would route you to a more chartered and paved highways.

The minimum travel time from San Jose to Tamarindo is about 5 hours and can last up to 6. If you’re already soaking up to the sun in the Playa, you can even skim for more beach coasts by means of hiring private boats for a fee which would transport you to nearby attractions and beaches.

Bus rides will not just come from San Jose, you can also check out some options via Liberia and Santa Cruz, which are on scheduled trips so better book ahead.

What to See

Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas de Guanacaste

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If you’re all too saturated with beach water and want to know some bits of information about Tamarindo’s ecological diversity, then immediately head to Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas de Guanacaste to satisfy your craving.

At this park, you’d be acquainted with several species of mangrove swamps that are being taken care of to avoid extinction. This complex also provides reservations for turtle watching and some information about touring the Tamarindo in general.

Playa Conchal

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Dubbed as Costa Rica’s most beautiful beach, Playa Conchal is one gem that’s near Tamarindo that you should visit no matter what happens. Aside from its powder-like shore, you’d be able to see hordes of shells or locally called as conchas being washed up to the shore, a true-blue scene which is a must-see for visitors.

Some other given pleasantries that Playa Conchal can offer would be its turquoise waters and the longish 2-kilometer shore that you can walk-on.

Playa Grande

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Since 1991, Playa Grande is amongst the few beaches included to be on the protection watch-list of the government since many leatherback sea turtles crowd and reproduce on its very shores, a very interesting and essential feat in continuing their existence.

Aside from its inglorious sand and beach waters, Playa Grande is famous as it was being desensitized every now and then so as to ensure that the cycle of life, both humans and animals, that’s happened here would not be disturbed by too much modernization and commercialism.

Images
(1) www.vacationrentalsoftamarindo.com
(2) www.costaricaed.wordpress.com
(3) www.tamarindodailyphoto.blogspot.com
(4) www.youtube.com
(5) www.beachcondotamarindo.com
(6) www.creativelunatics.com
(7) www.elchantetamarindo.com

See More:

Official Website
http://www.tamarindo.com

Vacation Guide
http://nicoyapeninsula.com/tamarindo/

Paul Intalan

Keep a Close Eye to Macau and its Unfathomable Greatness

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One of the things observable now is the prevalence of once timid cities now being heralded as one of the most sought-after due to its ceaseless attempts in innovating and development.

These cities are sometimes regarded as ‘tiger economies’ and they all have proven their standpoint to be tagged as such—the plethora of skyscrapers, the interesting mix of modernized facilities, the business sprouting everywhere, the improved tourism indexes, the positive jolt in the quality of life, the countless feats of engineering and so much more.

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Cities like Astana in Kazakhstan, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, Aklan in the Philippines and the illustrious Macau in China are some of the cities that have made a resounding mark in the tourism industry for the last couple of years.

Macau, specifically, have put forth several amusement sights and points of interest giving its new title as the Vegas of the East. Furthermore, this whimsical city has never let go of its roots and still in strict preservation of its majestic temples and historical shrines.

Truly a city that would give you the best of both worlds, Macau is a place that should have a heavy weight on your travel bucket list.

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Location

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Known to be China’s Special Administrative Region, Macau is carving a very deep etch on the tourism industry despite its minuscule land area of 30.3 square kilometers.

Currently home to almost 645,000 residents, it’s quite not a surprise that more and more foreigners have dwelled on the city far bit longer due to the innate fun and happiness that Macau offers.

Specifically in the map, Macau can be found 37 miles southwest of Hong Kong and estimated 90 miles away from Guangzhou. Macau is comprised of three parts, one of which is mainland and two branched out islands namely Taipa and Coloane. Macau is surrounded by two main bodies of water, which are Xi Jiang on its western side and Zhu Jiang on its eastern edge.

Climate

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Regarded as following the same climate concept as that of South China, Macau has been experiencing a humid subtropical climate as according to Koppen Climate Classification.

The general climate can be as humid as 75-90% in an annual scale and the drops and highs of temperatures are brought about by monsoons coming from the sea. In a yearly basis, Macau’s median temperature is at 22.7-degree Celsius with July as the most arid month averaging at 28.9-degree Celsius.

Due to the fact that Macau is perched on China’s southern coastal area, rainfall is more of like a natural weather occurrence in the city. With almost 130 days of rain, the city of Macau has an accumulated rainfall of amounting to 81.02 inches.

Transportation

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One of the things that Macau is proud about is its sophisticated and unified transportation system, which interconnects the three main areas of the city, which are the Macau Peninsula, Cotai and Tapai Island.

The major companies who hold transportation shares in the whole of Macau are Transportas Companhia de Macau, Transmac and Macau Nova de Autocarros Publicos, which is responsible for bus lines.

With the main purpose of pleasing tourists, Macau is also dotted with the so-called trishaw, which is more of like a hybrid of the conventional tricycle, and rickshaw that can also serve as a transport vehicle for short distances.

It is no surprise that the enterprises and hotels saturating mainland Macau offers a wide and continuous options for its clients such as private shuttles and limousines that would transport to airport, public casinos and back to their place of accommodation.

If you wish to get to nearby areas such as Hong Kong, you need to subscribe to the Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal and the Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal. This harbor can offer scheduled and paid rides to Mainland China towns such as Shekou and Shenzhen.

For aviation transports, tourists would have to go through the newly opened Macau International Airport with Air Macau as the official air carrier.

What to See

Street of Happiness

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After the series of hotels and gambling halls now prevalent in Mainland Macau, there lies what locals call as the Street of Happiness which perched on the far western part of the town.

This used to be where life and parties happen, and it’s still thriving to lift the spirit that once housed within its avenues. It’s one of the still most visited parts of Macau due to its tourism value and the iconic red painted houses dotted the whole vicinity.

One trivia that the Street of Happiness owns is that it’s the venue of one of the scenes in the iconic movie Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

Pak Tai Temple

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As part of their preservation of its culture and history, locals have very well maintained the original look of the Pak Tai Temple. This wondrous place of worship is Macau’s homage to the Taoist God Tai, which is just vital to the locals’ profound religious nature.

There are also scheduled operas to be played here and if you’re lucky to be in Macau on the third day of the third lunar month each year, you can witness well-rehearsed performance to take place within its grounds.

Macau Tower

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One of the best feats of architecture that Macau has aside from the posh and well-lighted hotels is the might Macau Tower. Located west of the isthmus’ Avenida de Republica, the Macau Tower is an observation deck with a height of 338 meters.

Many adventurers love the Macau Tower for the sweeping view that it offers, together with plenty of activities that can be done with places of height such as extreme sports like bungee jumping.

Images

(1) www.macauone.com
(2) http://www.turismodigital.com/viajes/macao-la-bohemia-excolonia-portuguesa.html
(3) http://edition.cnn.com/2015/01/18/travel/xi-jinping-tourism/
(4) http://australia.etbtravelnews.com/257734/colourful-macau-set-to-win-extra-fans/
(5) www.panoramio.com
(6) www.pinterest.com
(7) www.youtube.com
(8) www.wikipedia.org
(9) www.gettyimages.com
(10) www.visitmacaunow.org

See More:

Macau Tourism Website
http://en.macautourism.gov.mo

Tourism Guide
http://www.visitmacauchina.com

Tourism Information
http://www.macau.com/en/things-to-do_attractions-2.html

Paul Intalan

The Heart of Brazil: Brasilia

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This Brazil’s well-known and futuristic capital remains as one of the most impressive places in Brazil. It replaced Rio de Janeiro as Brazil’s center of the government in the year 1960.

From the air, you would see Brasilia’s unique and millennial design that pictures the image of a hummingbird or an airplane, with its marvelous architectural strategy and lay out along the Eixo Monumental which forms the great fuselage and the residential and commercial blocks of the city.

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Brasilia is the only city that was found during the 20th century and was awarded the status of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its criteria of the innovation and creativity of the new modern city.

Exploring behind the wheels is the best way to explore this wonderful and amazing city, whether you are with your loved one or the whole family this city is one the best place you could ever visit.

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Location

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Brasilia is the capital of Brazil, it is situated in the heart and Federal District of the country. It is the home to almost 3 million inhabitants.

It has an area of more than 5,800 square kilometers and it is surrounded by the state of Goiás. Brasilia is 570 miles away from the north western part of Rio de Janeiro. This city is linked with the coast by the rail and road.

Climate

Brasilia has a Tropical Savannah Climate. The extreme temperatures in Brasilia can hit 17°C as the average lows and 28°C for the highs, but it can get as low as 1°C during the winter season and hot as 34°C throughout the summer and dry season during the months of August to October.

These months are the best time to visit Brasilia because the city is blessed with a gorgeous sunset with a great shade of pink, red and orange.

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The main airport in Brasilia is the Brasília–Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport. It is the airport that serves Brazil since the year 1999. It is located in the Lago Sul which the administrative region of the Federal which is 11 km away from the heart of the city.

This airport caters all the domestic and international flights, there are daily flights from other European countries like Paris, Lisbon, Lima and Bogotá, also in Miami, Panama City Montervideo and Atlanta.

What to see

Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge

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This is a well-known steel bridge that links the eastern shore to the center of the city, through its Monumental Axis.

This bridge is the symbol of Brasilia because of its very unique and distinctive silhouette.

Lake Paranoá

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This is an artificial lake located in Brasilia. It has a circumference of 80 km, and on its shores are establishments like Embassies and Consulates, Restaurants, Sports Club, the residential areas of Lago Sul and Lago Norte, the University of Brasília, the Olympic Center, and the Palácio da Alvorada, and it is also the place of the official residence of the President of Brazil.

The Cathedral of Brasília

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This Cathedral is also known as the “Metropolitan Cathedral of Our Lady of Aparecida,” it is a Roman Catholic Cathedral serving Brasilia, and serves as the Archdiocese of Brasília.

This was designed by the well-known, Oscar Niemever and was completed during the year 1970. The cathedral has a hyperboloid structure constructed from 16 concrete columns, and weighing 90 tons each.

Brazilian National Congress

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Images:
(1) https://c2.staticflickr.com
(2) http://nestmoderndesignculture.com/2013/02/04/love-to-travel/
(3) http://axelbachmeier.blogspot.com/2013/06/brasilia-brazil-tourist-attractions.html
(4) http://mapsof.net/
(5) https://upload.wikimedia.org
(6) http://www.thousandwonders.net/
(7) http://www.thousandwonders.net/
(8) http://www.free-d.nl/

See More:

Brazil Travel Tips and Information
http://www.brazil-help.com/brazil_travel_tips.htm

Brazil Travel | Places to visit in Brazil
http://www.roughguides.com/destinations/south-america/brazil/

Trisha Mungcal

Transcending time via Ayutthaya’s incredible preservation

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Once a glorious town shouting of high-rise historic temples and hordes of cultural edifices, the huge vast of land called Ayutthaya have emerged to be one of the world’s best uprising economies.

Fully-restored from its olden roots, the city is now thriving to be an enthusiastic town of commerce, trade and industry. Ayutthaya is now laden with temples that are given the revamp it deserves, lots of markets selling local goods and products dotting every street corner and locals here and there doing their daily businesses.

Due to colonization from different nationalities before, diplomatic and organized government is said to run Ayutthaya on its modern version and laces of culture have been instilled even after so many years of development. If you’re planning a trip that would focus on both culture and modern sights, then set your path directing to Ayutthaya.

Location

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Found as far back as 1350, Ayutthaya is specifically situated in the Valley of Chao Phraya River and is strategically surrounded by equally huge cities and inlets in Thailand.

Despite its almost 5.74-square miles of land scope, the city of Ayutthaya is currently being inhabited by almost 55,000 locals.

Ayutthaya is situated 64 kilometers from the capital city of Bangkok. Truthfully, Ayutthaya is Thailand’s one treasured city due to the fact that this is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Climate

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Ayutthaya, like the rest of its mother country Thailand, is under the tropical climate, according to known weather classifying outfit, Koppen. As how we all have known tropical, temperatures are generally balanced within the year, with a noticeable wet season and plentiful of sunshine hours.

Annually, Ayutthaya’s warm months are during February until August with all-time high records of 96-degrees Fahrenheit. If you want to avoid wet moments, then refrain from visiting the city during September as precipitation can measure as high as 7 meters of collected rainfall. Ayutthaya is a land of numerous sunshine hours, which is averaging 8-10 hours of sunshine per year.

Transportation

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There are various options for you to reach Ayutthaya due to its location and proximity to Bangkok. Travelers would have the option to subscribe travel via car, boat, bus and railway systems.

From Bangkok, just jump on the train and get tickets for you to be transported to Ayutthaya on scheduled times. If you’d be traveling by bus, be reminded of the Northern Bus Terminal since this is where it’s best to catch trips that will lead you exactly to Ayutthaya.

Bus trips can take about 1.5 to 2 hours for just 30 Baht. Once inside the majestic town, there are several local modes of transportation such as tuk-tuk, songtaew, mini buses and even bicycles.

What to See

Wat Phra Mahathat

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We normally see Buddha statues situated on inglorious temples and sanctuaries, but the legendary Wat Phra Mahathat defies all stereotypes. Built as far back as 1374, the sandstone Buddha head entangled on a tree’s roots is one of the most visited landmarks in Ayutthaya.

Aside from this obscure placement of the Buddha’s head, you’d also be able to feast your eyes to the throng of headless Buddha images within a shoulder’s reach from the twisted on the roots Buddha head.

Ayutthaya Floating Market

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Maybe you have seen this place on Hollywood movies and the Ayutthaya Floating Market deserves all the glamour and attention.

Here, you’d be able to purchase local goods, snacks, artworks and spices on local prices via vendors sitting on floating makeshift boats.

This place is usually and daily crowded every single day not only by tourists but by locals as well.

Million Toy Museum

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Collated and taken care of by professor Krirk Yoonpun, the Million Toy Museum is an assortment of different types of toys from all over the world that are enclosed on glass cases for better visual appeal.

Aside from the impressive collection, you’d also be able to witness how locals have preserved some of Buddhist amulets and old Thai stuff such as currencies and coins.

Japanese Village

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As what the name denotes, the Japanese Village is actually a museum, which depicted a time in history wherein Japanese locals have lived on the Ayutthaya’s soil.

Made to be an interactive museum, visitors would be able to witness live performances every day, so as oil paintings made by Dutch artists showing the look of Ayutthaya’s old city.

Images:
(1) www.golivetravel.nl
(2) www.nashaplaneta.net
(3) www.flickr.com
(4) www.bouncysumovshippypanda.wordpress.com
(5) www.fattodiritto.it
(6) www.asianoasisblog.com
(7) www.internationaltravellermag.com
(8) www.commons.wikimedia.org

See More:

What to see in Ayutthaya
http://www.findingtheuniverse.com/2013/01/what-to-see-in-ayutthaya.html

Ayutthaya
http://www.thaizer.com/

Paul Intalan

Get your feet busy with Dakar’s intrinsic string of hotspots

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No matter how small a place is when it started, there will come a time that it will expand to greater lengths and heights. Formerly a tiny patch of land and is inhabited by a miniscule number of people, Dakar is nothing but a speck of a place in its mother country, Senegal.

As time passed by, this shy town has significantly evolved into something more interesting and more worthy of a traveler’s attention. Dakar now has spread, when it comes to its land and citizen reach, and it’s far from the possibility that it will cease in doing so.

Get your excitements at high notes when you visit Dakar as you will be introduced to a world where people can be seen riding horses in the middle of the day while others are riding luxurious vehicles careening the depths of the city.

Furthermore, put your doubts at bay when you have seen how inviting Dakar’s waters are, and so as the numerous number of cafes, museums and landmarks that is made to tickle the fancy.

Location

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Being a Senegal’s capital city, Dakar is spanning a huge sum of land area and is subdivided into 19 smaller towns. Currently, Dakar’s populace is at 2.46 million as of last check and this town also serves as an administrative center for the country.

Dakar’s specific location is at Africa’s westernmost tip, which gives the city a fair advantage to welcome trade and industry on its shorelines. Known to be on Atlantic Coast’s Cap-Vet Peninsula, Dakar is also being bordered by smaller and neighboring towns of Wolof and Sereer.

Climate

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According to the Koppen Climate Classification, Dakar is shelved under the hot semi-arid climate, which technically means that the dry season is longer significantly that the wet weather phase.

Eight months have been covered as hot and dry and rainfall can only be experienced from July to October within a mean average of 6.6 inches of precipitation.

In an annum, Dakar’s mean temperature is at 24.93-degree Celsius and can go as low as 10-degrees Celsius when winds from the monsoon affects the ambient temperature.

Sea breezes are mainly responsible for the cities mellowed down heat all year-round.

Transportation

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The main way for you to get in and out of Dakar via air travel is through the country’s main air terminal at the Leopold Sedar Senghor International Airport, which is being served by Senegal Airlines.

Through this airport, you’d have the chance to be transported to other nearby cities across Central and Western Africa such as Ziguinchor, Cap Skiring and Banjul. Dakar also has a train station for locals and travelers to use with the main terminal located 500 meters from the city center.

Through the Dakar Train Lines, you’d be able to extend your travel by getting into neighboring cities such as Bamako. Dakar Dem Dikk buses are scattered all over the city that would provide you a cheap way of circling the city and all that’s found within.

Taxi and car rentals are the most common mode of transportation that can be availed while in Dakar, though many former travelers have mentioned that the price is quite hefty.

What to See

Village des Arts

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If you want to know how creative and art-inclined Dakar locals are, then you might want to put Village Des Arts as one of your priority places to visit.

This arts complex is housing the most recent and most valued Senegal works from photos to paintings and photographs.

The gallery that can be found on-site displays a wide array of work collection and if lucky, you’d be able to meet the creators just within the grounds of the complex.

Medina

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Famously known as one of Dakar’s most visited neighborhoods, Medina is a clear testament of how well residents have successfully infused several culture and ways of living into one unified clump.

Get yourself knowing differences in heritage as Medina has several shops focusing on various pegs.

Musee Theodore Monod

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Get the general African art and understand its origins when you visit the Musee Theodore Monod and be saturated with almost 9000 objects of arts on display.

Coming from other African countries such as Mali, Guinea-Bissau, Benin and Nigeria, feast thy eyes on traditional dresses and playful masks, designs and tangible works of arts and all the talent prevalent within the confines of this establishment.

Palais Presidentiel

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As what the name says, Palais Presidentiel is the current place where the President of Senegal resides in. Despite the fact that the inside of the complex is off-limits to locals and travelers, this architectural and historical wonder is a great spot for souvenir photos and an avenue for you to experience how tight the security is for their leader just a few meters away from where you might be standing.

Images
(1) www.commons.wikimedia.org
(2) www.wolofresources.org
(3) www.suggestkeyword.com
(4) www.en.wikipedia.org
(5) www.agrovessenegal.blogspot.com
(6) www.dereksbiketrip.com
(7) www.africanah.org
(8) www.artyficielles.wordpress.com

See more:

Dakar
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/senegal/dakar

Top 10 things to do in Dakar, Senegal
http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2010/apr/29/dakar-senegal-city-guide

Paul Intalan