If you’re the sort who can’t get moving in the morning without a cup of coffee, why not plan a visit to the Colombian Coffee Triangle in the foothills of the Andes and discover just where this magic bean comes from and the traditional techniques that make it the best coffee in the world.
A trip to this World Heritage Site promises more than just smoke and thunder, writes Sam Bradley.
Source: Falling for Victoria Falls
Guide to Afghanistan: The Adventures of a KL-ite (Part 10 – Living at the feet of Buddha); Zan Azlee; Fatbidin.com
This week is part 10 of Zan Azlee multimedia documentary, Guide To Afghanistan: The Adventures of a KL-ite, which includes video, still photos and text. As you would know, this is concurrent with the 10-part feature on The Malaysian Insider website, of which you can view part 10:
Take a whale-watching tour, head into a rainforest, snorkel in the ocean, swim in a freshwater lake, or explore the sand cliffs—you’ll never run out of things to do on this island!
Cameron Wilson explores Lamington National Park’s forests and birdlife along its extensive network of walking tracks.
Source: Retreat to rainforest
Mies van der Rohe masterpiece in Brno, seen as an exemplar of modernist architecture, to reopen after £5.7m restoration…
The very name sounded exotic enough: Sab-ra-tha, the three syllables rolling in the tongue like some sweet, mysterious fruit.
Located in the White Sea in northwestern Russia, the Solovetsky Islands once housed one of Russia’s first gulags, but now its centuries-old monastery and the seascape’s stark beauty attracts thousands of tourists and the spiritually inclined.
“Stop the car, stop the car! There’s a bull elephant in the road!” Words Errol Barnett listened to closely as they’re being shouted by a man sitting next to him clutching an AK-47.
To learn about the lives of Queen Jammathewi of the Hariphunchai empire and Princess Dara Rasmi, a royal consort of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), Smile Trip, a cultural group, invites history buffs to a trip to Lamphun and Chiang Mai from Feb 2-5. The trip will be led by culture experts Chulpassorn Phanomwan Na Ayudhya and Charoen Tanmahapran.
Source: A trip to Lanna
A team of archaeologists has announced new discoveries unearthed at the archaeological site of the ancient city of Bosra, southern Syria.
A friend from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization once told Ino Manalo that his organization’s famous World Heritage List generally excludes museums. Ino Manalo suppose this may have to do with the fact that museums are very obviously heritage sites. As such, they do not need a Unesco declaration to be accorded recognition and protection.
The scene of scores of biblical stories, home to monks and hermits, symbol of Jewish resistance, location for film and opera… there are reasons aplenty to visit this remarkable isolated mountain in the Judean Desert near the Dead Sea. The view from its summit gives things a different perspective.
Source: Masada, Herod’s desert fortress
Libya boasts a rich cultural heritage; Palaeolithic rock paintings, Greek and Roman ruins and ancient desert oases. These historic treasures, including six UNESCO World Heritage sites, have suffered years of neglect and most recently the perils of conflict.
Source: Protecting Libya’s heritage
In Egypt’s Western Desert, evidence abounds that before they were the kings of the ocean, whales roamed the earth on four legs.
In 1902, a team of geologists guided their camels into a valley in Egypt’s Western Desert—a desolate, dream-like place. Centuries of strong wind had sculpted sandstone rocks into alien shapes, and at night the moonlight was so bright that the sand glowed like gold. There was no water for miles. A nearby hill was known as “Mountain of Hell” because of the infernal summer heat.
Yet in this parched valley lay the bones of whales.
Some of the skeletons were 50 feet long, with vertebrae as thick as campfire logs. They dated back 37 million years, to an era when a shallow, tropical sea covered this area and all of northern Egypt.