Going to the Comoros a tourist wants to see pure exotic and immediately gets into an oasis of wildlife. "Moonlight" tenderness implicit in Arabic interpretation of the name "Comore" ("moon"), was taken from the neighbouring Madagascar, initially claimed to be called "Comoros".
Tourists who are looking for a holiday with inclusion of traditional "clubbing" program will be bitterly disappointed: the locals are not particularly revered to night parties, and the police can take anyone to a police station even for wearing a mini-skirt or a dress with a deep neckline. Here, harsh Muslim laws has been prevailing since the days of the prophet Mohammed. However, the Europeans who came for exotic will be pleased by Africa’s unforgettable stories. Here is a Mezin quarter there are two-story buildings decorated with carved wooden shutters, and zigzags of twisted streets - a tribute to Arab culture. Local mosques strike with "musical" variety: you will see not only the mullah, who throws back his head and loudly praises to Allah, but you will be fascinated by the rhythmic azan motifs - call for a religious ceremony.
Walking through Moroni reminds tourists that once the Comoros were the largest trading centre between African and Asian islands. This is evidenced by lined up boats and stone piers around the harbour: once it was the largest trading centre between African and Asian countries. Picturing in mind how local merchants transported products by water, let us not forget about the present. Now the economy of the Comoros depends on import of rice, vegetables and meat, as well as the production of ylang-ylang, vanilla and cloves, which are prone to price fluctuations. Instability of pricing policy is not the only economic problem of the islands: there the population does not have enough food, has undeveloped health care system, uncontrolled fertility is combined with total illiteracy and international debts on the top. Perhaps, due to those reasons the Comoros are not much honoured by tourist agents.
Despite apparent unpopularity, observant tourist will open a real treasury on the Comoros. Due to the rare attendance on the islands survived 60 plant and 37 animal species that are found nowhere else. That is why the Comoros are referred to as the direction of ecotourism. Only here, armed with a camera, you will be able to film flying fox spreading its giant wings; and at night luminous eyes of lemurs quietly moving in the shadow of wide-branching baobabs reminiscent of crow's nest. Fans of sea travel and diving will find humpback whales. By the way, if you are lucky, sunbathing on the beach you can watch sea turtles.
Visiting the capital city of Moroni, which is translated as "place in the fire", at backdrop of hot-red sunset you will feel the fiery breath of the volcano Karthala. It is credited for more than twenty eruptions, by the way, the most recent happened seven years ago, when the smoke enveloped Moroni. However, no damage occurred and stone fences are still there featuring the local architecture since the 14th century. For those who are not afraid of meeting the active volcano, and do not know where to spend an extra hundred Euros, the entrance to the Karthala is open from April to November.
In the fishing village of Itsandra you will be probably encouraged to dance: local men perform dances descended from martial arts.
And so, when you see the spears in their hands, remember that this is just a tribute to tradition. Tired of the battle calls, ramble through the plantations of spices and fragrant ylang-ylang located nearby in Kafuni.
Visiting the Comoros remember: there is everything your heart desires. Just do not pick off the blue-black fruit decorating coffee trees: jungle wildlife is not fan of uninvited guests.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With the onset of summer, many of us ever and again cast a glance at the calendar, waiting for annual leave. And since summer vacation to a greater extent is linked to the relaxation by the water, we usually associate it with beaches – desirable destinations that can be very different. Even if you already chosen your cherished gateway, and tickets burn your pocket, our collection of epic and unusual beaches is sure to amaze you.
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! We offer several floral destinations to suit every taste.
Each of us wants to escape rush of a city from time to time and lie low somewhere far from everything and anything. And it better be a place where one can listen to whisper of waves, feel light breeze and forever make friends with inimitably loud silence that muffles every disturbing thought…
Land-art is not simply the landscape design but also the whole direction in art which in thee 21-st century considered one of the most important when only lazy people do not speak about the ‘green technologies’ and environment. The names of stars of such an activity have sturdily come into the speech of the tutors, critics, and connoisseurs, especially they outline Patrick Dougherti with his unbelievable works.
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.
Each state has its own official symbols: flag, coat of arms and anthem. But in addition to the traditional "identification mark" there are symbols chosen by people, for instance, a favourite bird. It is about them OUTLOOK expands below. To register the people's love by document, in 1960 in Tokyo at the International Conference on the Protection of Birds was created the concept of "national bird".
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.
A jewel-case of Turkey is full of pure wonders provoking an inspiration for fairy tale writer. When people first see blindingly white mountains in the midst of warm country, they experience various desires: someone wants to fall into white drifts and make a snow angel, as some people imagine that white cliffs taste sweet just like cotton candy...
Amazon River – the river that not only South America but our entire planet cannot be imagined without – seems to have been explored length and breadth. But somehow every year scientists find out something about it they’ve never thought of before. We tried to gather most interesting and least-known facts about it in our feature.
The cold season brings not only such important things as wrapping into a reindeer sweater, drinking hot chocolate and once again reviewing Christmas comedies. Thus, sport has not been canceled yet, so OUTLLOK compiled top five ski resort bucket list for you to cheer up and get out of your winter sleep.
In the nooks of Earth we want to talk about people live according to very specific rules of nature. Here rains don’t start out of the blue and frosts don’t come unexpectedly. It’s much more serious. Should a good wind once bring you there, you’ll be prepared and may have a grateful memory of OUTLOOK.
Autumn promises that heat would gradually fade away and immediately presents with a choice: either to clutch at stewing days in warm countries or taste cool evenings and admire architecture without being distracted by sultriness.
5 tons of water fall off into the ravine every single moment, roaring, raising steam and disseminating spatter in all directions. ‘Liquid wall’ of Iguazu Falls extends its crescent on the border of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.
Today Outlook tells about another inspiring example of how a dream can become a lifetime project. Creation of one of the most successful channels in history of television – Discovery Channel, followed by a huge media empire Discovery Communications, simply cannot but motivate to own great engagements.