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  • Five top shopping holidays | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    and shopping among the constant flow of customers many here for their marriage dowries is an exceptional experience The Gold Souk is a fascinating warren of tiny shops and stalls clustered together in the old quarter of Deira Visit in the cool of early evening when the souk is at its best with lights blazing and window shoppers out in force Every corner is crammed with jewellery of every style and variety spotlights pick out choice pieces and racks holding dozens of sparkling gold bangles and chains dazzle the eye Buying is a cagey but good natured process treat it as the chance to have a friendly chat with the shopkeeper talking about family work life anything but the item you ve got your eye on When the time comes to discuss money bear in mind that the gold price fluctuates daily and every shopkeeper in the souk knows the current price to several decimal places It takes a cool head amidst all that glittering gold not to be dazzled into paying over the odds but the experience is more than worth it Most shops in the Deira Gold Souk follow similar hours daily 9am 10pm Retail therapy at Otavalo crafts market Ecuador Otavalo s spectacular indigenous artesanías market is one of the largest crafts fairs on the continent and one of the most enjoyable experiences to be had anywhere perfect for a shopping holiday Up for grabs are handicrafts of every description ceramics jewellery paintings musical instruments carvings and above all a dazzling array of weavings and textiles for which the Otavalo Valley has long been famous Looms in back rooms across the countryside clatter away to produce chunky sweaters hats gloves trousers and tablecloths while weavings of the highest quality indigenous ponchos blouses belts and tapestries are still made by master craftsmen using traditional means in tiny village workshops The Plaza de Ponchos is the epicentre of the crafts melee a blazing labyrinth of makeshift passageways and endless ranks of tapestries jumpers hammocks cloths and shawls amid which Otavaleños dressed in all their finery lurk at strategic points to tempt potential customers The Plaza de Ponchos market in Otavalo is open every day but is most impressive on Saturdays Shopping for carpets at Tolkuchka Market Turkmenistan Water is a Turkmen s life a horse is his wings and a carpet is his soul A proverb from days of yore it may be but it s difficult to over egg the role that carpets play in modern day Turkmenistan The national flag features the carpet guls rug designs of the country s five major tribes Ashgabat s most popular cultural centre is the Carpet Museum and on the last Sunday in May the whole country grinds to a halt to celebrate Carpet Day In short nothing gets a Turkmen going like the perfect weave The museum shop is a good place to start your browsing but for the finest designs join the locals at Ashgabat s Tolkuchka Market a

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  • Travel Features by Chris Clark | Rough Guides
    Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark England Estonia Finland France Georgia Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Italy Kazakhstan Kosovo Latvia Lithuania Malta Montenegro Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Scotland Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey Ukraine United Kingdom Wales Middle East Abu Dhabi Dubai Iran Israel Jordan Oman Qatar Saudi Arabia North America Canada Greenland Mexico USA South America Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Colombia Ecuador Guyana Peru Uruguay Venezuela UK View by Theme Activity Architecture Beaches Belief Boats sailing Budget travel Coasts islands Crafts and markets Cycling Deserts Discovery Diving snorkeling Everyday Life Extreme Adventure sports Family friendly Festivals events Food drink Heritage ruins Indigenous culture Leisure Luxury Mountains Museums art Music National parks reserves Nature Nightlife Novelty Off the beaten track People Photography Railway journeys Relaxation Road trips Romance Shopping Structures Surfing Tourist Trail Tradition Transport Walking trekking Wildlife Winter sports Features Chris Clark Sort by Date Popularity Beneath the Mountain of God Tanzania s Lake Natron Just a stone s throw from some of Africa s most celebrated safari destinations the astonishing Lake Natron remains irresistibly isolated and under explored But with so much to offer and with the world outside drawing ever nearer Christopher Clark is left wondering what the future holds for this hidden highlight The air seems hotter and drier with Chris Clark 29 01 2016 Cape Town s irrepressible township revolution Many visitors to Cape Town leave with a fairly limited view of the Mother City They see the whitewashed beachfront restaurants and hotels take the cable car up Table Mountain and top up their tan before heading home with a suitcase full of overpriced carved wooden animals that were actually made in China The overwhelming Chris Clark 24 12 2015 Travel Offers Travel insurance Hotels Hostels Car hire Tours Trending Articles Why now

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  • The Best Places to Visit in July | Where to Go in July | Rough Guides
    want to pack away their kit for another year Running roughly from June to October the ski season neatly overlaps the country s low season meaning flights in July are among the cheapest you ll get all year While the North Island boasts slopes on volcanic Mount Ruapehu most people head to the South Island s lofty Southern Alps for their powder fix One of the best ski spots is Mount Hutt two hours drive from Christchurch while Queenstown is a great base to access Coronet Peak s quiet runs and lively atmosphere or organise adrenaline pumping heli skiing Join in the Independence Day Celebrations USA Head anywhere in the States for July 4 th and you re guaranteed a fantastic party sprawling cities and rural communities alike go all out to commemorate the 1776 signing of the Declaration of Independence Celebrations stretch from the expected parades and fireworks displays to the more bizarre New York hosts an annual hot dog eating contest Highlights include heading to America s birthplace Philadelphia for the country s largest free concert or Washington DC for the massive fireworks display over the Lincoln Memorial However Bristol Rhode Island s pretty seaport holds the title for the oldest July 4 th parade proving that big city or small town you re in for a great time Find the best places to celebrate July 4th Catch the Great Migration river crossings Tanzania Kenya Each May an estimated 1 5 million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of zebras antelope and topi begin the world s largest animal migration From the withering plains of Tanzania s southern Serengeti to the undulating grasslands of Kenya s Masai Mara Game Reserve this is a hazardous relentless journey of 800km across racing rivers lethal lakes and deadly lion country One of the most spectacular moments of this journey is the July river crossings Every year wildlife watchers are drawn to the Mara River to watch as swarms of wildebeest take on these crocodile infested waters the final yet deadliest obstacle in their journey Party in Santiago de Cuba Cuba Every July Santiago de Cuba forgets the soaring temperatures to celebrate Cuba s most famous and most Caribbean party Officially running from 18th 27th July festivities start in earnest the week before seizing the town in a frenzy of rum fuelled partying and pulsating Afro Caribbean beats Countless floats flaunt extravagantly costumed carnival queens neighbourhood percussion bands parade their talents stages blast out live salsa and diablitos little devils run riot amongst the crowds Most captivating perhaps are the neighbourhood conga parades when everyone tips out of their homes often still wearing their slippers to be led through the streets by their own comparsas conga bands Go to Nowhere Spain Europe s answer to Nevada s legendary Burning Man northern Spain s minimalist Nowhere Festival promotes the same principles of self reliance self expression and mass participation Each July somewhere in the scorched wilderness between Zaragoza and Lleida a temporary community springs

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  • The Rough Guide to Ecuador & the Galápagos Islands | Rough Guides
    includes extensive coverage of the capital Quito and the Galápagos Islands the world s premier wildlife destination Easy to use maps reliable advice on how to get around and insider reviews of the best hotels restaurants bars clubs and shops for all budgets ensure that you won t miss a thing Make the most of your time with The Rough Guide to Ecuador the Galápagos Islands Now available in PDF format EBOOK 12 99 EPUB MOBI and PDF GBP EUR USD Buy Ebook This item is already in your basket About ebook formats PAPERBACK CHOOSE A RETAILER BELOW AMAZON US BARNES NOBLE Authors Melissa Graham Harry Ades Sara Humphreys Shafik Meghji Format Ebook Watermarked More info Published September 2013 Series Main Series More Products Ecuador South America Related Guides 24 99 The Rough Guide to South America On a Budget View Guide 5 99 Rough Guide Audio Phrasebook and Dictionary Latin American Spanish View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot Chile Santiago View Guide 20 99 The Rough Guide to Brazil View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot South America on a Budget Venezuela View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot South America on a Budget Paraguay View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot South America on a Budget Uruguay View Guide 17 99 The Rough Guide to Bolivia View Guide 12 99 The Rough Guide to First Time Around The World View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot Brazil Rio de Janeiro View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot Peru Lima View Guide 17 99 The Rough Guide to Argentina View Guide 16 99 The Rough Guide to Chile View Guide 15 99 The Rough Guide to Peru View Guide 2 99 Sao Paulo Rough Guides Snapshot Brazil View Guide 2 99 Southern Brazil Rough Guides Snapshot Brazil View

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  • The Rough Guide to England | Rough Guides
    most exciting activities and experiences Whether you re camping on a remote Cornish peninsula hiking in the Peak District being pampered in a spa town or browsing markets in London s East End explore every corner of this superb country with easy to use maps and detailed sights information Make the most of your time on Earth with The Rough Guide to England EBOOK 15 99 EPUB MOBI and PDF GBP EUR USD Buy Ebook This item is already in your basket About ebook formats PAPERBACK CHOOSE A RETAILER BELOW AMAZON US BARNES NOBLE Published February 2015 Series Main Series More Products England Europe Related Guides 13 99 The Rough Guide to Kent Sussex and Surrey View Guide 9 99 The Rough Guide to Bath Bristol Somerset View Guide 9 99 The Rough Guide to Norfolk Suffolk View Guide 7 99 Pocket Rough Guide London View Guide 11 99 The Rough Guide to the Cotswolds Includes Oxford and Stratford upon Avon View Guide 11 99 The Best Places to Stay in Britain on a Budget View Guide 2 99 Brighton Rough Guides Snapshot Kent Sussex and Surrey View Guide 14 99 Make the Most of Your Time in Britain View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot England The Northeast View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot England The Northwest View Guide 2 99 The East Midlands Rough Guides Snapshot England View Guide 9 99 The Rough Guide to Dorset Hampshire the Isle of Wight View Guide 9 99 The Rough Guide to the Lake District View Guide 7 99 The Rough Guide to Vintage London View Guide 19 99 The Rough Guide to Great Britain View Guide 9 99 The Rough Guide to Devon Cornwall View Guide 13 99 The Rough Guide to Yorkshire View Guide 2 99 The West

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  • Visit Film Locations | Film Locations Around The World | Rough Guides
    The most beautiful places in the USA as voted by you The most beautiful places in England 20 of the best family travel destinations In pictures around Italy in 16 foods 30 inspiring quotes to live by from around the world 20 seriously weird places around the world 20 of the best honeymoon destinations The most beautiful city in the world as voted by you View by Destination Africa Egypt Ethiopia Kenya Madagascar Mali Morocco Namibia Rwanda South Africa Tanzania Zanzibar Tunisia Asia Cambodia China India Indonesia Japan Laos Malaysia Mongolia Myanmar Burma Nepal Philippines Singapore South Korea Sri Lanka Taiwan Thailand United Arab Emirates Vietnam Australasia Australia Fiji New Zealand Central America the Caribbean Barbados Belize Costa Rica Cuba Guatemala Jamaica Panama Puerto Rico Trinidad Tobago Europe Austria Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Czech Republic Denmark England Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Italy Montenegro Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Scotland Serbia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey United Kingdom Middle East Dubai Israel Jordan North America Canada Mexico USA South America Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Ecuador Peru View by Theme Activity Architecture Beaches Belief Boats sailing Coasts islands Cycling Deserts Discovery Everyday Life Extreme Adventure sports Food drink Heritage ruins Indigenous culture Leisure Mountains Museums art Music National parks reserves Nature Novelty Off the beaten track People Romance Shopping Structures Tourist Trail Tradition Transport Walking trekking Wildlife Winter sports Share Gallery If you liked this why not try Editor s Choice Ten stunning locations used in Game of Thrones Most iconic movie locations Time Lord travel 25 Doctor Who locations across the planet Ten stunning film locations across Britain The Rough Guide to Sicily View The Rough Guide to Dordogne the Lot View Rough Guide Audio Phrasebook and Dictionary French View The Alps and Franche Comté Rough Guides Snapshot France

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  • Unusual accommodation ideas | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    Fancy being banged up for the night Well be Celica s guest Born from the gutted remains of a former military prison Ljubljana s Hostel Celica meaning cell possesses a dozen or so conventional dorms but it s the twenty two and three bed rooms or more precisely cells that makes it so unique Diffferent designers were assigned to come up with themes for each one resulting in a series of funky and brilliantly original sleeping spaces one room features a circular bunk bed for example and in another a bunk is perched high above the door The hostel stands at the heart of a complex of buildings originally commissioned for the Austro Hungarian army and which later served as the barracks of the former Yugoslav People s Army Despite repeated attempts by authorities to regulate and even demolish the site the community has stood firm as the city s alternative cultural hub with club nights live music everything from punk and metal to dub techno and performance art all part of its fantastically diverse programme Hostel Celica is located on Metelkova ulica See www souhostel com for more information Jjimjilbangs South Korea Although the word sauna may have certain connotations the family oriented Korean subspecies represents one of the most distinctive and cheapest to spend a night in the country as almost all are open 24 hours a day Your jjimjilbang journey starts at the reception desk After handing over some cash you ll receive nightclothes and a locker key then be directed to the single sex changing areas these are commonly accessed by lift and on separate floors populated by Koreans in varying states of relaxation and undress Your own clothing sacrificed and locked away you re free to head to the pool area here you ll find several pools and steam rooms On exiting the pool area you ll find a towel and a free to use array of hairdryers cotton buds and scents on the way back to your locker Head to the large unisex common area these usually contain televisions internet terminals water dispensers massage rooms and snack bars A cushioned mat will serve as your bed and though you re free to sleep pretty much wherever you want like cats the Koreans can nod off anywhere in any position you ll usually be able to track down a sensible little corner and can doze off with the knowledge that you ve just enjoyed a quintessentially Korean experience There are several jjimjilbang in every Korean city of note any tourist office or taxi driver can direct you The cells of Liepaja Latvia Being incarcerated in a foreign country is usually the stuff of holiday nightmares Unless you want an insight into Latvian history that is in which case you re advised to buy tickets in advance The best place to book yourself in for a bit of rough treatment is the former naval prison in Karosta the Russian built port that stretches north from the

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  • World's Least Visited Countries | Least Visited Spots | Rough Guides
    places to travel 20 places to embrace your inner hippy The most beautiful places in India 20 brilliantly colourful places The most beautiful places in the USA as voted by you The most beautiful places in England 20 of the best family travel destinations In pictures around Italy in 16 foods 30 inspiring quotes to live by from around the world 20 seriously weird places around the world 20 of the best honeymoon destinations The most beautiful city in the world as voted by you View by Destination Africa Egypt Ethiopia Kenya Madagascar Mali Morocco Namibia Rwanda South Africa Tanzania Zanzibar Tunisia Asia Cambodia China India Indonesia Japan Laos Malaysia Mongolia Myanmar Burma Nepal Philippines Singapore South Korea Sri Lanka Taiwan Thailand United Arab Emirates Vietnam Australasia Australia Fiji New Zealand Central America the Caribbean Barbados Belize Costa Rica Cuba Guatemala Jamaica Panama Puerto Rico Trinidad Tobago Europe Austria Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Czech Republic Denmark England Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Italy Montenegro Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Scotland Serbia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey United Kingdom Middle East Dubai Israel Jordan North America Canada Mexico USA South America Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Ecuador Peru View by Theme

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