Sao Vicente, Cape Verde - Running on Flickr.
São Vicente is located to the north-west of the Cape Verde archipelago. The interior of the island has a dramatic mountainous terrain, and the coastal areas offer golden sand beaches. São Vicente is the most cultural of the islands with a rich tradition of music and art.
Visitors are almost always guaranteed sunny skies with a warm, dry climate and no hurricane season. Tourists often report their satisfaction at the lack of mosquitoes and other insects.
São Vicente has some fantastic stretches of golden sandy beach, windswept and often deserted. The island is a mecca for kite surfers and wind surfers. The nearest beach to Mindelo is Laginha, a stretch of golden sand with aqua-marine water. This beach is popular with tourists and locals for swimming and there is a beach bar.
San Pedro, 10 minutes drive from Mindelo, has a breathtaking sweep of golden sand and Baia de Salamansa is one of the best places in the world for kite surfing. Baia das Gatas and Calhau are also beautiful beach areas.
Holiday-makers should get advice before they attempt to swim anywhere off the beaten track as some areas have strong currents.
Santo Antão – The island of mountains, wind and water. Many names could be given to the second-largest island of Cape Verde. With its greatly contrasting landscape and soil structures, it forms the northwestern border of the island group with a size of 779 square kilometres. Although the south and west area appear desolate and barren, the subtropical climate will surprise you with its rich vegetation. Forests of fir and pine turn the Ribeira green. You will also see date and coconut palms, mango and carob trees, as well as citrus, almond, papaya and orange trees. Maize, pineapples, coffee and manioc are cultivated in the mountains on terraced fields that consist partly of black lava soil and partly of white “pozzolana”. The fragrance of eucalyptus, lavender and even lotus blossoms hangs in the air. Acacia, wild figs and dragon trees line the roads in many places.
The nearly 50,000 inhabitants of the island mainly live in the cities of Porto Novo, Ponta do Sol, Paúl and Ribeira Grande. However, the residents of Santo Antão are a mountain people: Despite all of their Cape Verdean joy in life, they also have something raw and heavy to them. This is where the music style and dance of colá is at home.
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Udaipur, also known as the City of Lakes, is a city, a Municipal Corporation and the administrative headquarters of the Udaipur district in the state of Rajasthan in western India. It is located 403 kilometres southwest of the state capital, Jaipur, 576 km. Udaipur is the historic capital of the kingdom of Mewar in the former Rajputana Agency.
Many of the palaces have been converted into luxury hotels. It is often called the “Venice of the East”, and is also nicknamed the “Lake City”. Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake, Udai Sagar and Swaroop Sagar in this city are considered some of the most beautiful lakes in the state.
Amritsar, India - Golden Temple on Flickr.
The name of the city derives from the name of the pool around the Golden Temple (aka Harmandir Sahib) and means “holy pool of nectar”. It is the spiritual and cultural center of the Sikh religion, and they are rightfully very proud of the city and their very beautiful and unique Gurdwara (place of worship).
The Golden Temple was initiated by Guru Ramdaas Ji, the fourth Sikh Guru, and completed in 1601 by his successor Guru Arjan Dev Ji. It is now a major pilgrimage and tourism center.
The Golden Temple is the main attraction in the city, and the most important religious place to the Sikhs. It’s a stunning complex, and always full of thousands of pilgrims from all over India, excited to be at a place that they usually only see on television. The excitement to be here is infectious, and many people will be more than happy to tell you all about their religion and customs, and show you around the temple itself. Cover your head, remove your shoes and wander around one of the most amazing places in India. The complex is open almost 24 hours (from 6AM until 2AM) and is worth visiting twice: once during the day, once at night, when it’s beautifully lit up.
As you arrive near the complex, you will more likely than not be accosted by hawkers trying to sell you bandannas to cover your head. It’s not a bad souvenir for Rs.10, but there’s also a big barrel of free ones to choose from at the entrance itself. Deposit your shoes at the subterranean building to the left of the entrance, wash your feet at the entrance and head in.
Agra, India - Taj Mahal on Flickr.
Vienna, Austria - Schonbrunn Castle on Flickr.
Schönbrunn Palace is a World Cultural Heritage site and Austria’s most-visited sight. The baroque total work of art consisting of palace and gardens was for centuries the property of the Habsburgs and is today largely in its original condition. Visitors will find numerous attractions here, from a tour through the authentically furnished residential and ceremonial rooms of the Imperial Family in the palace, to the maze and the labyrinth in the gardens and a separate Children’s Museum.
Vienna, Austria - Happy New Year ! on Flickr.
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Disneyland Pari - Merry Christmas on Flickr.