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  • The Limousin, Dordogne and the Lot Guide | France Travel | Rough Guides
    luxurious châteaux The charm of the area undoubtedly lies in the landscapes and the dozens of harmonious small towns and villages Some like Sarlat and Rocamadour are so well known that they are overrun with tourists in the height of summer Others like Figeac Villefranche de Rouergue Gourdon Montauban Monflanquin and the many bastides fortified towns that pepper the area between the Lot and Dordogne boast no single notable sight but are perfect organic ensembles The wartime Resistance was very active in these out of the way regions and the roadsides are dotted with memorials to those killed in ambushes or shot in reprisals There is also one chilling monument to wartime atrocity the ruined village of Oradour sur Glane still as the Nazis left it after massacring the population and setting fire to the houses Read More More about France Itineraries Features Where Next Check out Brittany Book a hostel in France Travel Offers Travel insurance Hotels Hostels Car hire Tours Explore The Limousin The Dordogne The Lot Find out more The food and wine of Périgord The food and wine of Périgord The two great stars of Périgord cuisine are foie gras and truffles truffes Foie gras is best eaten either chilled in succulent buttery slabs or lightly fried and served with a fruit compote to provide contrasting sweetness and acidity Truffle is often dished up in omelettes and the rich périgourdin sauces which accompany many local meat dishes but to appreciate the delicate earthy flavour to the full you really need to eat truffle on its own with just a salad and some coarse country bread The other mainstay of Périgord cuisine is the grey Toulouse goose whose fat is used in the cooking of everything including the flavourful potato dish pommes sarladaises The goose fattens well gavé or crammed with corn it goes from six to ten kilos in weight in three weeks with its liver alone weighing nearly a kilo Some may find the process off putting but small local producers are very careful not to harm their birds if for no other reason than that stress ruins the liver Geese are also raised for their meat alone which is cooked and preserved in its own thick yellow grease as confits d oie which you can either eat on its own or use in the preparation of other dishes like cassoulet Duck is used in the same way both for foie gras and confits Magret de canard or duck breast fillet is one of the favourite ways of eating duck and appears on practically every restaurant menu Another goose delicacy is cou d oie farci goose neck stuffed with sausage meat duck liver and truffles while a favourite salad throughout the region is made with warm gésiers or goose gizzards Try not to be apprehensive or your palate will miss out on some delicious experiences like tripoux sheep s stomach stuffed with tripe trotters pork and garlic which is really an Auvergnat dish but is

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  • Poll: is travel the best education you can get? | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    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 Poll is travel the best education you can get By Lottie Gross September 28th 2015 View Comments Education noun the act or process of acquiring knowledge Travel may just be the best education you can get Sitting at a desk studying page after page is only half the story exploring the world can give you so much more than just knowledge You can learn about the geology of the Grand Canyon in books but you won t truly get an idea of its astonishing scale until you stand at its edge and watch the Colorado River snake its way into the distance What better way to pick up some Spanish French or Italian than by immersing yourself into the local culture and chatting with locals over tapas coffee or wine It s not just the destination that s bound to teach you something either The journey will throw up new lessons every day Practical skills like budgeting time management and negotiation will be a few of the many challenges you ll face as you travel through new countries cities and environments Every traveller learns a little about themselves on

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  • Video: couple captures the romance of Norway’s wild storms | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    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 Video couple captures the romance of Norway s wild storms By Lottie Gross November 11th 2015 View Comments If howling winds and unrelenting rains aren t your idea of a romantic break then perhaps this isn t the trip for you But watch this video and it might change your mind Norway s rugged coastline is battered by wild storms every winter but that doesn t mean adventure and even a bit of romance isn t possible as filmmaker Atle Bråthen and his girlfriend demonstrate in the video below Despite torrents of rain and lashing winds of up to 70mph the couple braved the battering storms to spend a week camping in the gorgeous Lofoten Islands just south of Trømso In their beautifully shot video they hike over hills bridges and boulders to find some gorgeously remote camping spots with magnificent views out to the never ending sea Even under grey skies Norway s untamed Lofoten Islands are one of the country s most spectacular locations and this video proves it One week in Lofoten from Atle Bråthen on Vimeo Tags Europe Norway Previous Feature Next Feature

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  • Kathmandu and Patan Guide | Nepal Travel | Rough Guides
    of the new Shah dynasty Although politically outmanoeuvred from 1846 to 1951 by the powerful Rana family who ruled as hereditary prime ministers and left Kathmandu with a legacy of enormous whitewashed Neoclassical palaces the Shahs were essentially in power until April 2006 with the final decade consumed by a debilitating civil war with Maoist forces A peace deal was struck later that year and in early 2007 the Maoists joined an interim government A general election in April 2008 left the Maoists as the biggest party in parliament and a month later Nepal s monarchy was abolished Kathmandu remains the focus of all national political power in Nepal and frequently political protest while its industrial and financial activities continue to fuel a round the clock building boom Read More More about Nepal Itineraries Features Where Next Check out Rafting and kayaking Book a hostel in Nepal Travel Offers Travel insurance Hotels Hostels Car hire Tours Explore The old city West of the Bishnumati East of Kantipath Patan Lalitpur Find out more Where are the mountains Where are the mountains They re there behind the smog In the 1990s peaks such as Ganesh I Langtang Lirung and Dorje Lakpa could be seen most mornings from Kathmandu Now they re rarely visible from the metropolitan area except on clear mornings after a soaking rain or on bandh general strike days when all traffic is banned Kathmandu is among the world s most polluted cities and the traffic and fumes are appalling The ever increasing number of cars motorbikes buses and lorries fuel adulteration lax emissions tests poorly surfaced roads rapid urbanization rubbish dumping and high levels of general pollution mean that air quality frequently reaches unhealthy levels according to official measurements This toxic brew irritates lungs and eyes weakens immune systems and increases the long term risk of various health problems If you can help it don t stay more than a couple of days in Kathmandu at the start of your trip If you do you re likely to come down with a chest or sinus infection that will dog you for days and may be hard to shake if you go trekking Royal deities Royal deities A word about the confusing matter of royal deities Gorakhnath a mythologized Indian guru was revered as a kind of guardian angel by all the Shah kings and Taleju Bhawani to whom many temples and bells are dedicated in the Kathmandu Patan and Bhaktapur Durbar squares played a similar role for the Malla kings The kings of both dynasties worshipped the Kumari but mainly as a public gesture to secure her tika which lent credibility to their divine right to rule Kathmandu s street children Kathmandu s street children Ground down by rural poverty and domestic violence many Nepalese children run away to the capital in search of a better life Some are lured by often false promises of high paying jobs in tourism The children are frequently referred to as khate a

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  • Gyeonggi and Gangwon Guide | South Korea Travel | Rough Guides
    most densely populated areas Seoul functions as the province s beating heart by providing work to the masses though most of Gyeonggi s surrounding cities are commuter filled nonentities whose sights are few and far between However Incheon to the west of the capital and Suwon to the south with its UNESCO listed fortress merit a visit the former sports the country s most thriving Chinatown and was the first city in the country to be opened up to international trade it remains Korea s most important link with the outside world thanks to its international airport and ferry terminals The airport squats on an island Yeongjongdo one of many just west of Incheon in the West Sea better known internationally as the Yellow Sea A residue of traditional Korean life can be found on these West Sea islands from whose shores fishermen roll in and out with the tide as they have for generations Some of the more notable isles are Deokjeokdo a laid back and refreshingly unspoilt retreat from Seoul and Ganghwado an island within spitting distance of the North Korean border not that you re allowed even to see North Korea from its army controlled shores let alone spit at it If you want to catch a glimpse of the neighbours head to Panmunjeom a village inside the Demilitarized Zone that separates North and South Korea With security so tight access is understandably subject to the conditions of the time but most visitors should be lucky enough to take a step across the world s most fortified border to what is technically North Korean territory Alternatively you can make do with a view of the empty Propaganda Village on the opposite side of the DMZ or a scramble through tunnels built by the North in readiness for an assault on Seoul By contrast Gyeonggi s rugged next door neighbour Gangwon or Gangwon do has managed to remain the country s most unspoilt mainland province and exerts a magnetic pull over Koreans Enclosed by Gyeonggi to the west Gyeongsang to the south North Korea and the East Sea it s a lush green land blessed with beaches lakes and muscular peaks whose rugged topography ensures that it remains the least populated part of the country despite being Korea s second largest province it has a smaller population than many of its cities Chuncheon is Gangwon s capital and major city and is unhurried enough to allow for some pleasant bike riding The other region s other two major cities are also very relaxed Gangneung is home to a wonderful Confucian shrine while salty Sokcho on the east coast has enough on its periphery to keep you occupied for a few days There are four national parks in the province each differing in topography and popularity and whose acknowledged champion Seoraksan contains some of the highest peaks in the land Odaesan is a similar but much less touristed national park just down the coast Elsewhere around the province it

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  • Cityscapes | 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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  • Exploring Quichua culture in Ecuador’s highlands | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    3900m shivering in the cold as the sun rises behind you Below a saw edge precipice encircles a still emerald green lake 3km in diameter Lower still fertile plateaus creased with deep shadowed valleys are picked out by the golden dawn light and beyond snow capped peaks fringe the horizon This is the dormant volcano of Quilotoa high in the Andes central highlands In the late 1940s its altitude beauty and proximity to the equator led a young American here who believed himself to be a reincarnation of John the Baptist He called himself Johnny Lovewisdom and stayed on the lake shore for a year pursuing his belief that it s possible to live on rarefied air and sunlight alone There is an undeniable spirituality about this beautiful place something partly fostered by the culture of the Quichua people who lead a traditional farming life and have dotted the landscape with tiny shrines Their religion is Catholicism blended with indigenous beliefs the Virgin Mary is identified with Pachamama the female Earth deity with whom a drop of any drink is shared by pouring it on the ground A public bus is the best way of exploring the local area and culture on the Quilotoa Loop a string of Quichua villages a half day trip from Quito If you can stomach the twists and turns as it hurtles along the bumpy hillside tracks the views are much better from the roof Anyway when you re getting squashed between sacks of potatoes and crates of clucking chickens it s probably more comfortable If you take a bus to the top of the pass Quilotoa can be tackled as a challenging day walk down to the villages in the valley below The trail starts along the crater rim winding between wild lupins and

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  • Discover Kigali's Coolest Neighbourhood | Rwanda | Rough Guides
    the area is an interesting juxtaposition of cultures At Nyamirambo s heart is the Women s Centre NWC The group began in 2007 with 18 women who came together to support each other discussing issues like health family education and unemployment It has since expanded to include a sewing cooperative and provides practical training and skills for disadvantaged women The NWC has also evolved to tap tourism as a revenue stream They employ locals to lead tours providing them with an income while offering tourists an insider s view of a proud neighbourhood that has repeatedly resisted redevelopment and modernization Different aspects of the area illustrate the diversity that makes Nyamirambo special and the NWC tour weaves a trail from the spiritual soul of the historic Green Mosque to Nyamirambo s creative hubs These are a few of the highlights Morning at the milk bar Milk bars are where Rwandans get their equivalent of a morning latte Nyamirambo is home to more than fifty of the small shops filled with little more than a vat of fresh cow milk Glasses of hot steamed fresh milk are served straight up with cocoa powder honey or tea Recently the government has promoted milk bars in a push to nourish more of the population particularly those on a low income encouraging a healthy start to the day For many Rwandans a fresh glass of milk and a banana is breakfast Image by Amy Guttman Made to measure The streets of Nyamirambo are among the most colourful in the city brightened by the sight of women in kitenge waxed cotton dresses sarongs and wrapped around their waist babies slung around their backs Swarms of people gather around a platform in the center of Nyamirambo to bid on Levi s jeans River Island shirts and other labels at the second hand clothing auction while at the fabric market women sift through the vividly patterned kitenge before taking their purchases to Rwandan Senegalese and Congolese tailors known for their fine dressmaking skills From small kiosks surrounded by spools of thread in every colour they sew made to measure garments Women also sew next door to the NWC boutique where the tour begins selling their hand made childrens clothes home accessories and handbags all in a kaleidoscope of kitenge Image by Amy Guttman Nyamirambo s spiritual side The Green Mosque nick named for its green and white minarets has been a fixture in Nyamirambo since the Muslim community first came to Rwanda as traders in the 1930s Kigali s Muslims set up shops in Nyamirambo and continue their tradition as merchants today opening their shops well past sunset adding to the area s nighttime buzz The oldest mosque in Kigali the Green Mosque is a symbol of peace with a history as a safe haven for many Rwandans during the genocide Nyamirambo is said to have escaped some of the worst atrocities of the 90s largely due to its Muslim population Many opened their homes and mosques

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