Archive June 2018

The scarecrow master of Shikoku, Japan

I had set out to explore the heart of Shikoku, the smallest and least visited of Japan’s four main islands, and was white-knuckledly navigating my rental car along a one-lane road through a mountain valley toward a storied vine bridge. I drove through a seemingly deserted village of a dozen homes perched precariously on metal stilts over a river, turned a corner and saw in the distance three figures slumped against an electricity pole. They were dressed in rubber boots, rough-spun farmers’ trousers and windbreakers, and wore white gloves on their hands. Baseball caps covered...

Switzerland’s mysterious fourth language

Discurras ti rumantsch? Despite Romansh being one of Switzerland’s four national languages, less than 0.5% percent of Swiss can answer that question – ‘Do you speak Romansh?’ – with a ‘yes’. Romansh is a Romance language indigenous to Switzerland’s largest canton, Graubünden, located in the south-eastern corner of the country. In the last century, the number of Romansh speakers has fallen 50% to a meagre 60,000. Travellers in the canton can still see Romansh on street signs, or hear it in restaurants when they’re greeted with...

The Egyptian hike that’s rewriting history

There were no signposts in the desert, but Faraj Mahmoud knew the way. A veteran guide of the mountain-dwelling Jebeleya tribe, he was escorting me – bumpily, in a 4×4 – to the Blue Desert in Egypt’s South Sinai. We rattled onto the plain, named after its now faded cerulean rocks, painted in 1980 by Belgian artist Jean Verame to mark the previous year’s Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty. I was joining a group of hikers that had set out eight days earlier from coastal Nuweiba, crossing the lands of the Tarabin and Muzeina, two of the founding Bedouin tribes behind the...

It’s time for Vacation? Let’s Visit and discover Facts About Toledo!

Our Earth is a wellspring of astonishing places and fascinating cultures. There is a bundle of new experiences, feelings and human behaviors waiting just behind the door. From England and France to Italy and Germany, European countries are full of vibrant cities known for their museums, restaurants, nightlife and architecture. Visiting Toledo: While making a plan to visit, you consider to go to the places which not only gives you a mental satisfaction,but also gives you a chance to enjoy nature beauty. Toledo is the heart and soul of Spain. Although, on one side, Toledo is a populated city,...

5 Things You Need to Know Before Your First Visit to Paris

Paris is one of those cities that seems to be on everybody’s bucket list. The city is famous for its culture, its cuisine, and of course, its title as ‘the city of love’. So deeply do the expectations of Paris run that tourists – bizarrely, almost always Japanese – who are so disillusioned upon their arrival to Paris, suffer a psychological breakdown. Most who make it there, however, will find that Paris does offer just the kind of experience they are hoping for. In order to make the most of whatever time you have in Paris, it will help if you spend some time...

Why You Should Pack a Drone on Your Vacation

If you are planning a vacation and you have a drone, you should consider packing it for getting high-resolution stunning shots on your vacation. You can shoot beautiful videos and pictures in a jiffy while using camera drones. Drones are no longer tough and imbalanced as they once used to be. Drones can be monitored around a radius typically around 7 km. Let’s check out the reasons why you should pack a drone the next time you decide to go on a trip or vacation: Drone cases Footage from the drone can be viewed in the current time through a remote control or a mobile device once you take...

Lorighittas: an all-but-lost Sardinian dish

The road from Santa Teresa Gallura to Porto Cervo on Sardinia’s northern coast twists and turns with the painstaking precision I’d imagined goes into the handwoven needlepoint pillows I saw in the airport gift shop earlier that week. With every unforgiving turn, I was silently cursing the bottle of vermentino and swills of mirto – a berry-based liqueur made from the myrtle plant that flourishes in this region – from the night before. Handmade textiles, much like homemade food (and mirto), are a journey into the soul of a place, and I had no set itinerary except to...

Discover Thingvellir National Park in Iceland

Iceland is a breathtaking country with a diverse landscape. Blue caverns made entirely of ice along the glaciers contrast with the lush greenery surrounding active geothermal sites, and idyllic black sand beaches contrast the incredibly powerful waterfalls scattered across the land. When you’re planning your Iceland Vacation, don’t forget to add Thingvellir National Park to your list of must-see locations. This post outlines why you should go there and what you need to make the most of your trip. The Continental Rift One of the main attractions of Thingvellir National Park is the...

What Can You See in Paris

If you have thought about traveling on your next vacation to Paris, the Capital of France, you have chosen the most pleasant, fascinating and nutritious adventure of your life. Before starting your trip to this unforgettable and paradisiacal city, you must consider important aspects to have a successful trip. First, you must consult your budget and choose what best suits your possibilities. What follows is the selection and schedule of visits to the most emblematic places in this city for the maximum enjoyment of your trip, and bring your camera ready to take the best photo of your life. We...

5 Popular reasons Why Hawaii Beaches Are The Best

Carribean Islands and Hawaii are two most popular islands vacation spots. People from every country visit the Hawaiian Islands to enjoy the soft sand, surf, mouthwatering seafood and Hula dance. The Hawaiian Islands are endowed with natural beauty and diversity. One trip to these islands will not be enough. Here are five factors, which play a crucial role in enhancing the popularity of the Hawaiian beaches. Climate on the islands If there is one thing that you need not worry about in Hawaii, it has to be the climate. The sun smiles on the tourists for most parts of the year. There are some...

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