Another world that is always sunny and green. The world, where it never snows; and it seems like there are no problems. And it is so distant – even mapwise. This is how I picture New Zealand. My long-distance acquaintance with the country began some five years ago. Back then a prominent ENT expert tried and failed to cure me from an allergy that was bugging me every spring. When the Aesculapius realized that all the efforts, including folk remedies, were unavailing, he thought and told: “Well, save me from that. You’d rather go to New Zealand. Climate there is nice.”
Through lakes cascade in Canterbury to Takapuna coast. We travel around the country of lupines and clumsy kiwi birds. Indeed сlimate is perfect there – there is no exhausting heat or rapid temperature changes year around. In warm season (and in New Zealand it comes when in Ukraine winter is in full swing – in January-February) it is 23 degrees Celsius above zero with indicator on a thermometer never getting lower than +13. But no doubt this is not the main thing.
It is hard to believe but it was New Zealand that gave women a ticket to big-league politics. There is a good reason for the isles to be called a country of ‘developed feminism’ – here in 1893 for the first time in the world gentle sex representatives gained equal voting rights with men. And as recently as several years ago all high offices, from the one of the state’s leader and Governor General to Chief Justice, were occupied by ladies.
Rightful place is devoted to women on national currency notes: on exactly a half of them there are faces of female heroes of New Zealand. Often local money is almost tenderly called ‘kiwi’ in honor of the namesake bird. Lack of wings and, respectively, inability to fly doesn’t prevent it from being a symbol of the country. To meet a clumsy bird, that looks like a fluffy chicken, in the wild is a dream of every New Zealander. For both locals and tourists it is better to make it come true in one of three reserves: Trounson Kauri Park, Okarito Lagoon or Stewart Island
And if visiting national parks won’t feel enough for unity with nature, it is worth heading to Canterbury region (by the northernmost tip of Mackenzie River) to South Island. It is primarily famous for its cascade of blue lakes, so clear that its bottom can be seen. In mid-November outline of Tekapo water basin is covered with multicolored meadow of oblong lupine flower heads: white, orange, purple, pink and blue. The image is so amazing that many globetrotters spent hours unable to take their eyes off of the lake and miss their trains as a result. This mélange carpet is in blossom for over a month – as long as till Catholic Christmas.
In New Zealand it is better to spend cold season in Auckland Bay. In this period sun is especially gentle in the area of Takapuna – central part of North Shore. Local beaches are citizen’s favorite place to rest despite the fact that the district successfully performs a function of the city’s business centre. However, here one cannot find skyscrapers customary for such locations – on the contrary, buildings are short in height and without extravagance. A view on the whole bay greets eyes from a beach and almost on the horizon there is an outlook of the top of Rangitoto volcano, covered in greenery; it seems like it is resurfacing from the ocean.
To live in this part of Auckland is fairly expensive for an average New Zealander (sometimes price of a house exceeds one million dollars) therefore locals are reluctant to settle here. So Takapuna is gradually transforming into a tourist nook that gleams with signboards of hotels, bars and restaurants. Cuisine in New Zealand is almost no different from European one and should we be absolutely frank, former United Kingdom colony inherited British gastronomic traditions. The majority of national dishes are cooked from fish and seafood – that is favored by geographical location.
If you happen to be in this part of the coast, you should definitely wait for a flow. Its amplitude is so huge that ocean covers almost entire beach leaving only a thin stripe of sand that tourists walk on.
Standing in a mountain ravine and looking into an expanse of the lake where rays of an evening sun play, get a lungful of crystal air with a scent of herbs and flowers… And forget that somewhere metropolises, fuss and winter exist.
In recent years Georgia has rightly become very popular touristic spot on world map. Probably, everybody will find something for oneself in this proud mountainous state: amazing nature, delicious food, devote and cordial friends and much, much more. Outlook try to visit it as often as possible and share all kinds of interesting stuff with you. Today we’ll tell about a marvelous Sataplia Reserve.
At the bare mention of the word lake, our imagination pictures soothing, nostalgia-laden images of quite pond cosily embraced by the grassy hills. OUTLOOK prepared a selection of the most spectacular lakes, which will change your understanding of this work of nature. Each of them has something to surprise, whether it is unusual water shade, or frightening ability to petrify living creatures.
A thing that for tourists is a reason to click photo cameras in amazement, for local citizens is a source for constant concern and even grave danger. A chain of fire-breathing volcanoes, banded with salt lakes and thermal geysers, is believed to be one of the most astonishing spots on the planet. But one thing is to have a look and leave and completely another – to constantly ‘sit on a powderkeg’.
When I, as a little girl, for the first time passed my hand over trimmed bush, my palm got scratched with sharp edges of twigs and lasting arborvitae fragrance hit my nose. Mesmerized, I was not able to take my eyes away from the cones, balls and squares that surrounded me in the park of a small resort town. I felt like being inside a fairy tale, where behind the leaves I could notice a smile of the Cheshire Cat.
The owners of island Calala near the coast of Nicaragua offer to rent it for one million dollars. The island with the square of 0.1 ha has all the infrastructure common for such sea areas. The only thing unusual is, perhaps, price. The editions describing all the expensive things paid attention to it. What is proposed for one million?
Germans have other pets besides German Shepherds and in Boston not just Boston Terriers can be seen. People choose dogs relying on own preferences. But sometimes locals are too prone to having a certain breed so it becomes a distinctive of a location. Natural conditions, fashion and even set of mind contribute to it.
After the legendary Frenchman Jacques-Yves Cousteau and his colleagues invented and perfected self-contained underwater breathing apparatus, scuba diving firmly entered the list of the most popular, but unfortunately, unsafe hobbies. OUTLOOK warns and talks about the most extreme places to do scuba diving.
When we hear about "water city", Venice immediately comes to mind, doesn’t it? Tranquil gondolas, narrow waterways, gentle light of the evening sun and ancient architecture create that heady romantic cocktail which attracts tourists from all over the world to the Italian city.
Flower fields and valleys are impressive and attract attention of the most discerning connoisseurs of beauty. Multi-coloured deposits of fragrant plants adorn vast valleys of almost every country, in the most distant parts of the world. We offer several options for such floral carpets for every taste.
Should we have a look at notes of those who plan their trips to Spain, next to the darling of all hearts, Barcelona, Montserrat is bound to rank second. Also, the mountain of the abbey is a must-visit spot for local dwellers, too – they believe it necessary to visit Catalonia’s religious heart at least once a year.
Figurines of dodo bird “invaded” all souvenir shops of Mauritius and its image even managed to become a national symbol complementing to the country’s emblem. But the most grievous thing of all is that all this glory came to Raphus cucullatus after it was completely extinct from the face of Earth – and it took it less then a hundred years…
Lighthouse - this word evokes beautiful associations: sea adventures, storms, huge ships. And we do not want to dispel these thoughts, but rather to add fuel to the fire. There is a great amount of them in the world, they are striking by their beauty and inimitable. Today we are sharing with you the quintet of amazing lighthouses!
Have you ever noticed how parks attrack us when it gets warmer outside? And what happens when you suddenly get there? Time stands still, something starts pulsating inside you, and your body seems to plant out fresh sprouts. OUTLOOK encourages you to visit the most beautiful arboreta of Ukraine, which you will exit feeling double alive.
Our cities are literally overfilled with concrete, glass and plastic. However, no matter how heavy-duty these construction materials are, sometimes the best foundation is nature. Today, OUTLOOK focuses on towns built "in" and "on" rocks.
It has been known since olden times that wine-making process is a true art that is within the power only of the ones sincerely in love with their trade. Let alone beauty of masterpieces created by skillful hands – grape gardens, scattered in various nooks of the world, that impress with grandeur and adorn this planet, ornamenting it with bright juicy colors.
The Times newspaper edition recognized Ålesund as the most beautiful town in Norway. It is not without reason: wayward sea, mesmerizing northern nature, famous fjords, fabulous multi-coloured houses in the Art Nouveau style and the legendary Trolls' Path, beckon those wishing to see the stunning wild landscapes.
Icy island of Greenland was first discovered by the Norwegian Vikings. This fact is surprising since this nomadic tribe had enough courage to penetrate into the harsh Arctic climate. We will not delve into searching for reasons which led warlike people to edge of the earth, but supply the modern traveller with the list of core Arctic attractions with a unique Greenlandic touch.
Nature and heritage are above and beyond temporary drawbacks in infrastructure and services of Kyrgyzstan, which in terms of tourism is approaching to Georgia and Armenia. Let's consider this through the example of the cosy city of Karakol.
As a child I could spend hours gazing at the sky and spying majestic flocks of birds winging their way south. For a kid this movement was a real magic. Today my bookshelf hosts almost no books about magic, though I am still excited about feathered tribes travelling in hope to land on their winter grounds.
Good tourist is not just someone who is always quick off the mark and ready to embark on a journey any minute. It is the one who is also known for an ability to carefully plan holidays six months in advance. If you are one of them and already think where to go in summer - our next story about gigantic Issyk-Kul Lake and kinds of recreation there is for you.