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. Photo vanilla-islands.org
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.Photo iexplore.com
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.Photo brodynt.com
Perhaps, due to those reasons the Comoros are not much honoured by tourist agents.Photo unusualtraveler.com
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.Photo brodynt.com
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.
First thing that comes to mind on hearing a phrase ‘Chocolate Hills’ are cacao bean plantations, candy villages or some kind of sweets festival. However, we’ll have to disappoint sweet teeth and make happy those who appreciate unusual views – chocolate is nowhere near here, instead there’s a unique work of nature.
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.
For 1 month spring has been reining our planet, now just watch warm coats to change for thin jackets, cold and mediocrity for the bright sun. And, of course, what sort of spring it could be without green trees and beautiful flowers? Well, in order to make your expectation of long-awaited colours and flavours less agonizing...
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.
It turns out possible to walk in heaven living on Earth. It is enough to go to the south of a small country of Bolivia, to one of the most extraordinary deserts of the world – Uyuni. When looking at pictures of tourists who had been there you can’t help asking: “Are you sure it isn’t Photoshop-made?”
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.
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.
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!
To build a settlement on flatland - is this such a hard trick to pull off? A completely different story is when land is self-willed and rock-ribbed both directly and metaphorically speaking. People have been trying to master land and have own say in in-rock urban development for centuries. But only those who succeded in finding common ground with Earth managed to create true novels in stone.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
Canary Islands are not only the sea, beaches and cocktails. They are also the charred history of this part of the earth, the fire-breathing vents and salt mines. Especially hot temper among the rest of the islands, the land of Lanzarote is famous. Earlier on this land, volcanic eruptions occurred with an enviable regularity. Now, here tourists go to see the power of fire and magma and even look into the "underworld".
Antoine de Saint-Exupery wrote "You are responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.", but, alas, with each passing day those who committed to and trust us decline in number. We are talking about endangered animals, to save them is a sacred duty for Homo Sapiens, otherwise worthless is statements that people are the top of the evolutionary chain.
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’.
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…
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.