Tourists with their eyes full of tears because statuettes, shells and other stuff bought “as a souvenir” are being shaken out of their bags – is a continual occurrence at customs. For you not to become one of those tourists, OUTLOK suggests you check out a selection of (sometimes weird) objects forbidden to be exported from different countries.
Huge coconuts with over 20 kg of weight are constant inhabitants of beaches on palmy Seychelles. With no one needing them they just rest there on the sand to attract sights of foreign tourists who are mainly accustomed to eyeing cherries and apples. Local authorities, in their turn, do not at all mind that every willing one fold up a towel and take a couple of them to own hotel room. But should you attempt to pack at least one of them into your bag when going home, you won’t be allowed on a plane.Photo messersmith.name
New Zealand is one of the world’s major kiwifruits exporters! However, it is these fruits that are not allowed to be transferred across the border. Wine and marmalade made of this flavorous product as well as its planting stock are on the list, too.
Should you spot a beautiful shell or a coral while lounging on shores of Egypt or swimming in the sea – take a picture of it and leave it alone. Still, many of those who undertake the risk of sneaking such “produce of the sea” actually succeed unlike those who deal with items made of ivory and stuffed crocodiles. This kind of reverent attitude towards animals has been developed in Australia – reptile leather shoes will be seized. Same is true about shark jaws on Maldives as well as all kinds of shells, bones and feather in Brazil.Photo zastavki.com
Thailand, which is close to outdoing the country of the pyramids and Turkey in terms of popularity, forbids Buddha statuettes’ leaving the vast of their motherland. Regardless of this, vendors from local shops sell such stuff to unknowing guests of the country and do that with a significant price adder. However, should inspectors at the airport happen not to be too thorough, a souvenir a size of a keychain will pass customs; yet “self-delivery” of large pieces will make one face fine and contemptuous looks of locals, especially the ones who relish objects of the cult.Photo tts-ql.com
Algerian threads aren’t that big a deal in the world therefore it isn’t really clear why it is them that have ended up in the list of objects with prohibition to leave the state’s borders. Among African countries there is also an unusual “don’t” in the UAE. Under no circumstances you pack porcupine quills into you suitcases… They aren’t obtained by means of killing animals therefore it isn’t entirely fair to say that it is due to the authorities’ care for local fauna. “Thorns” aren’t stuck too firmly in bodies of these animals and often fall out on their own to be simply collected afterwards.
Government of Kenya allows tourists get a license to hunt – but by no means is it permitted to take away trophies in the shape of skins or stuffed animals. Oddly, alongside this, traditional weapons such as spears and knives you can take “home” as long as you have all the necessary certificates and receipts.
When walking around the vast of Greece don’t try to grab along a piece of an antique amphora or a stone from Acropolis that you’ve accidentally come across. They’ll take those away, issue a fine and call you an “illegal migrant”.
Anton Sak moved to France so as to get high education. He has been studying at Chemistry Faculty of Le Mans Université. Today he will tell us about Le Mans, the wonderful old French city with the special brightness. It is unknown for tourists; however, it is the interesting destination in the route of avid traveler.
Lisbon is one of the most beautiful and ancient cities in Europe, however, its territory is difficult for living and building due to its steep hilly terrain. Portuguese metropolis is situated on seven densely populated hills. That's why its hallmark is three funicular railroads and the elevator, without which tourists and residents would be much in trouble moving around the city.
Marina Orlova is a project manager in a cultural and public organization. Working on one of her international projects, she met her love - Wim, a guy from Belgium. She succeeded to visit his country only when Ukraine obtained visa-free regime and Marina shared with OUTLOOK her observations about how the Belgians live, what they eat for breakfast and how they relax.
One of the smallest capitals of the world – Malé – offers to have a look at the country’s, not 5-star hotel’s, places of interest and to get closer to life of ordinary Maldivians, not people from a room next door. First association that comes to mind at the mention of the Maldives is something azure and pastoral.
OUTLOOK continues to share impressions of the French Normandy. In our previous article Kornei Gritsyuk shared about his trip to Deauville. Now it is turn for Cherbourg or Cherbourg-Octeville. Double name of the city appeared in the early 2 000 when Cherbourg merged with Octeville...
Once upon the time, Pygmy peoples lived on the west coast of Africa. They did not have any conflicts with anyone. When they were hungry, they went hunting, picked up nuts and bananas. Then the Mpongwé and the Fang tribes came. After them, the Portuguese arrived and named these lands Gabon. They were followed by the French who acquired the land and declared it as their colony.
If what they show in cinematograph is true than a typical samurai appears to be austere, taciturn and even slightly unsociable person. But this image in actual fact doesn’t get in line with reality... You don’t believe it? Our journalist Elena Rasenko suggests you make sure of it for yourself.
Elena Rasenko has visited Armenia and shares with readers the original charm of the country in which one really wants to stay. Armenians treat their national treasure - khachkars - very reverently and respectfully. These are processed and refined cross stones with a unique ornate pattern. So OUTLOOK proceeds with its story about Armenia.
For many tourists France is mainly Paris with long queues to the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, as well as neighbouring sights with royal chic, or Mediterranean resorts. But OUTLOOK author while travelling through the country decided to go to the north, to Normandy! Our readers are welcome to read series of travel essays about a journey to the Atlantic Ocean by Kornei Gritsyuk...
In the world there is an unusual place where the biggest number of twins are born. Although at first glance it looks like a mystical coincidence, statistics makes you believe in miracles. The Indian state of Kerala can boast of a village where unusual things happen. Kodhini is the place with more twins than anywhere else in the world. Actually, there is almost no explanation for this.
It is just as hard to imagine a Japanese who doesn’t eat fish as to picture a Scott who doesn’t drink whiskey. OUTLOOK journalist Elena Rasenko will tell you about a unique place where successors of samurai purchase fine seafood for their tables.
Incheon is considered to be sea and air gateway to South Korea since it has one of the country's largest seaports and the most spacious, world-class airport in the region. The city is growing rapidly: within just a hundred years it developed from a modest port settlement to an ultramodern industrial and tourist hub.
Green slopes covered with heather moorland, deserted suburban roads, narrow streets with small cottages and gardens emitting heady fragrance - it seems that British villages are unchangeable through the passage of time. Like stilled scenery for heroic fantasy fiction, each of them has its own story about great battles, brave warriors and legendary artefacts.
I was heading to this Caucasian state all by myself to completely strange people. Prior to the trip all my friends and relatives warned me more than a dozen times about harsh temper of the hillmen and painted a vivid picture of what kind of difficulties were expecting me, a young woman travelling alone.
Spiegelgasse is originated from German collocation ‘Mirror street’ or ‘Mirror alley’. However, it is not the biggest and the most important street in Zurich. Moreover, it is vice versa, incredibly short and narrow… Well, being situated in the quiet nooks of the old city in such a way that no tourists could see it.
OUTLOOK journalist Elena Rasenko came back from Japan and launches a special series of articles devoted to this country. Warning for very sensitive readers: Beware! After reading, you will get a keen desire to break away, buy a ticket and fly to such a marvelous and fascinating Land of the Rising Sun!
Travelling around the globe lure increasingly every other year and it is so upsetting when all kinds of obstacles arise on the way of undertaking trips. OUTLOOK offers you not to get desperate if you cant set on a journey. Today we suggest you get inspired with movies in which one city or another plays equal part to actors ones. Well tell you about five films that, alongside having artistic merits, educate as good as habitual tour guides do.
Having taken the passport and good mood, go to the so-called "Near Abroad" - Bulgaria - the country where ancient architecture is successfully combined with a relaxing sea breeze. Do not you believe? But OUTLOOK is sure that Pavel Khomenskyi through his photos will be able to convince you! Bright and in its own way majestic Sofia - this is a must see! Let's go with us!
This amazing African country strikes tourists by odd mixture of cultures. There isn’t a thing you cannot see in Senegal! Retro cars of French origin; cows idly walking along the road; horse-drawn carts... Yet, there are more than enough surprises it its historical and cultural capital city of Saint-Louis.
It is hard to imagine more different nations than citizens of Turkey and Poland. Their variety is reflected in everything, from religion to culinary traditions. Nevertheless, they get on well during more than 150 years in the suburbs of Istambul. We would like to talk about this unique neighbourhood in the rubric 'ghetto in the world'.