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Quebec City Travel Guide

Africa - Ross French - September 11, 2015

Quebec City could also be the capital of the Quebec province in eastern Canada,however its French heritage, design and language build it seem additional sort of a charming European village.

Perched on a hill high the St. Lawrence River is Vieux Quebec, the city’s historic district, that is that the solely North American still retentive its original walls. A walk on the cobblestone streets of the Old City offers encounters with old buildings like the Citadel and historic sites like the Place-Royale, the area where explorer, Samuel de Camplain, established the first North American-French settlement. Cafes, shops and bars are peppered throughout the Old City.

The city’s icon, the beautiful Chateau Frontenac, is thought to be the foremost photographed building in North America and offers tours even while not an overnight keep. Another spectacular building is that the Ice Hotel. Open from January to April, this unique hotel features rooms with lovely ice sculptures.

Outside the city center are many lovely and historic parks like Montgomery Falls and Plains of Abraham, which provide breathless waterfalls, outdoor recreation and history of the area.

Quebec City is home to a number of notable art galleries and museums such as the National Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Civilization. The city’s history, culture, traditions, music and food can all be experienced during annual festivals like the Saint-Jean Baptiste Celebration and Winter Carnival.
A funicular gets people around the historic quarter while buses and express shuttles offer public transportation throughout Quebec City.

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Serengeti National Park

Africa - Ross French - June 3, 2015

One of the known big game safari campaign destinations in continent, Serengeti park lies during a highland between the Ngorongoro highlands in northern Tanzania and also the Masai Mara Reserve, in neighboring Kenya. It’s far-famed for its annual life migration of over one million wildebeest and 200,000 zebra that create a trip from the Southern Serengeti to the northern fringe of the Masai Mara Reserve. throughout their trip, the wildebeests and zebras are in the middle of Grant’s gazelle, Thompson’s antelope, eland and impala.

The migration pattern is decided by the availablity of grazing. At the start of the year there’s many grass out there for the animals within the south eastern part of the Serengeti ecosystem. Around now, the wildebeest offer birth to close to half a million over a amount of three weeks. Because the rains finish the animals ordinarily head north-west to the Western Corridor of the Serengeti and its Grumeti river. Vast crocodiles are looking forward to the hesitant wildebeest to stumble at the crossing. From Grumeti, the wildebeest and zebra head north, arriving on the Kenyan border in July. With the beginning of the short rains in Nobember the migration starts moving south once more, typically arriving in December to their breeding grounds and also the cycle begins once more.

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Astonishing Places to Visit Around the World

Africa, Asia - Ross French - May 11, 2015

Every one of us likes to visit a place which gives us peace, fun, enjoyment, satisfaction, relaxation and so on. The year has 365 days, most of the people spent 3/4th of their life in their work. Sometimes, it gives us stress, boredom, frustration but still no one can escape that unlikable situation. Just for a change people preferred to visit the scenic places to get relieved from their personal mind stress, get attached with their family, to gain their losing happiness and so many things.

We are arranging some best options for the people like who are all wants to relieve from the above area.

  • Africa
  • Australia
  • China
  • Dubai

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Africa is the continent where you can have the real exploration. Here you could experience both the prehistoric and present world. Africa is a treasure of numerous natural beauties and holy beliefs. This mighty continent is surrounded by prehistoric sacred places, fun of South African wildlife Safari, Uganda’s wildlife experience, outstanding landscapes, Tomb & wonders of Egypt, Kenya’s impressive migration activity, beautiful valleys, delta areas, and so on.

Africa is one of the biggest continents in the world and it gets the 2nd place.

AustraliaAustraliaAustralia is the biggest Island and one of the smallest continents in the world. It is placed in between Indian and Pacific Ocean. You can have a different kind of experience while visiting Australia. This continent is full of enjoyable exploring sights to visit like, Great Ocean road with set of limestone heaps in Victoria, historic modern city of Sydney with attractive catwalk harbor bridge & Opera House, Great Barrier reefs is the perfect spot for incredible undersea explorers, surfers and scuba divers, Horse racing weekends in Birdsville, huge sand stone rock structure and sunrise in Northern territory, Tasmania’s Museum with olden and new arts, tasting the sweet wine at Barossa vale, Cultural capital of Melbourne with full of shopping areas, restaurants and arts, hiking on Blue mountain eucalyptus forest, surprising grotto in Margaret River and many other places.

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The most crowded country of china is also famous for world’s one of the wonder of China Wall. China gets the 3rd place for most tripped tourist destination in the world. It’s full of attractive picturesque spots like, the Great wall of China, the biggest and wealthy city of Shanghai, valuable relics and classical sites in Xi’an, the dazzling & hot Hong Kong city with their own classic lane and holy temples, Yellow Mountains with the four specialties of special pines, queerly shaped rock, seas of smokes, and warm spring, Treasure house of Forbidden City in Beijing, Giant pandas in Chengdu, stylish water towns in Suzhou, and much more interesting places.

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Hot holiday destination of United Arab Emirates of Dubai is famous for its hi-tech buildings restaurants, beaches, amazing constructions and much more. The city has many cultural show ups and fascinating additions. The hot city is filled with landmark building of Burj khalifa, a museum is wrapping up with stunning things of palm leaf house, marvel architecture, Dubai’s traditional artifact in Al Fahidi Fort, Attractive and fascinate hotel of Atlantis palm Jumeriah, Dubai Aquarium is the best spot for underwater exploration like scuba diving, go swimming with sharks, and underneath boat ride, Popular gateway amusement park of Ferrari world in Abu Dhabi, flora and fauna special of Dubai Desert Conversation center, and many other stunning vacation parts.


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Weird Germany in the Middle of Africa

Africa, Travel Tips - Ross French - June 17, 2013

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After driving through the Namibian dessert for two hours, all we had seen were sand dunes, huts, and some livestock. However after coming over a mountain we finally spotted the ocean and a small town nestled right up against it.  From a far it looked like your typical African town. However, I realized this might not be the case when I started seeing fake Christmas trees lining the road. As we entered the village we soon realized that Christmas trees weren’t the only things that felt amiss. The majority of people walking the streets were old European tourists, all of the architecture was distinctly European, and all of the street and store signs were in German. As it turns out, Namibia was was once a German colony and some cities such as Swakopmund haven’t changed much since the Germans left in 1815.

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Seeing I was there right before Christmas, there was even a giant fair happening in the cities main plaza complete with Christmas lights and vendors selling sausages, German beer, and stocking stuffers. I’m assuming fairs quite similar to this were happening simultaneously thousands of miles away back in most German towns. Some people have gone as far to claim that Swakopmund is “more German than Germany.” I don’t know about that as I’ve never been to Germany but I do know the city has become a popular destination for German retirees and Germans wishing to escape the winter without having to go somewhere that feels too different from home.

While its probably possible for some of these German tourists to convince themselves they’re just in an exceptionally warm German town, there are quite a few things to remind people that they are in fact, in the middle of fucking Africa. For instance, from any second-story building you could look out the window and spot the giant sand dunes that surround the city. Also, while grabbing a beer at any of Swakopmund’s excellent German restaurants it wasn’t uncommon to see impala, water buffalo, and zebra on the menu. The most jarring reminder that your still in Africa though was the giant township on the outskirts of the city, which was filled with dilapidated shacks and Shabeens(informal African bars). We spent one night here and while it’s clearly a wicked impoverished area (as all townships are), all the people we met were extremely nice and we never felt in any danger. One group of locals was even nice enough to invite us into their shack and roll me up a joint using a piece of a newspaper. (Disclaimer: smoking newspaper is supposedly horrible for your lungs. Only do it when trying to be polite in an African township.)

On top of being known as “little Germany”, Swakopmund also claims to be the extreme sport capital of Southern African and I can’t disagree with that. While there I got to take ATVs out on the sand dunes, go skydiving, and go sandboarding and sandsledding. The sandsledding was definitely the highlight of my trip. On one of the largest sand dunes the instructor broke out a radar gun and clocked us cruising down the dunes at around 45 MPH.  However, I do have to warn people that there are no chairlifts in African deserts so If you want to take a lot of runs you’ll have to WORK for it.

Although I was only in Swakopmund for about four days, I would say that its odd mix of cultures combined with its abundance of extreme recreational activities made it one of the most fascinating and exciting places I’ve ever visited.

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A First Timer’s Guide to Kenya

Africa - Ross French - October 19, 2012

Kenya has long been a favourite for western travellers to Africa; it’s especially popular for first-time visitors and features a huge range of scenery from white sand beaches to savannah, desert and jungle. A well-developed nation with good transport links and incredible wildlife viewing, Kenya makes a great holiday destination for the first-time visitor to Africa.

The best times for viewing wildlife are June to October and December to March, although there is a possibility of seeing animals all year round.

Places to visit

Beaches

With its coastline along the Indian Ocean, Kenya’s beaches have powdery white sand and azure waters. It’s still possible to find some of the most secluded beaches in the world, including on the islands off the coast of Kenya, although some regions are over-developed.

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Masai Mara safari

The Masai Mara is a game park where safari enthusiasts flock for the Great Migration, the annual movement of zebra, Thomson’s gazelle and wildebeest through the reserve from July to October. It is named for the traditional inhabitants of the people, the Maasai, whose distinctive customs and colourful dress make them one of the best-known African ethnic groups. Big cat viewing is as good as anywhere in Africa. Whilst some areas are busy, there are quieter conservancies where you can enjoy spectacular game-viewing without the crowds.

Great Rift Valley

Another of the most famous features of Kenya, stretching from the north to the south, the Great Rift Valley features stunning birdlife, volcanoes and lakes. Lake Turkana, also known as the ‘Jade Sea’, forms the breath-taking northern part of the valley, stretching across 250km into Ethiopia. Many fossils of early hominids have been recovered in this region, preserved by lava flows in the region. More accessible are the lakes of Naivasha (fresh-water) and Nakuru (soda), the latter of which is home to thousands of flamingos.

The Laikipia region

A vast wilderness region in central Kenya offering a combination of exclusive wilderness, adventure, opulent hospitality, wildlife viewing, cultural experiences and magnificent scenery. A great combination with the more game intensive Masai Mara.

Amboseli National Park
Known for its wonderful elephant populations and views of Mount Kilimanjaro in the background.

Practicalities

• Currency Kenyan Shillings but locals are just as happy to receive hard currency, in particular US$ – carry a supply of each, and make sure that US currency is comprised of small denomination, recently printed notes

• English is one of the official languages of Kenya

• Beware of luggage limits on internal flights

• Most of Kenya is malarial and you will need various inoculations

• Comprehensive medical and travel insurance is advised

Travelling with trusted tour operators is a great way to see Kenya; anyone thinking about visiting should get advice from an experienced specialist tour operator and research your choices thoroughly. Africa is a rewarding place to visit, especially if you have done your homework and decided what will be the best type holiday for you.

Have you ever travelled to Kenya? Where did you visit and what were your experiences? What tips would you pass on to a first-timer?

Vivenne Egan writes for Safari Consultants who are specialists in Kenyan and Tanzanian Safaris

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