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  • Panjshir | Ahmed Shah Massoud | Rough Guides
    precipitous Panjishir valley in northeastern Afghanistan It had been my dream to visit Panjshir ever since I d arrived in Afghanistan Historically a geographic safe haven slicing through the Hindu Kush from Afghanistan to Tajikistan this craggy high altitude valley is the final resting place of the legendary Lion of Panjshir Ahmed Shah Massoud leader of the only cohesive military opposition to the Taliban until his assassination in 2001 I began my journey in Kabul The valley is accessible to the adventurous by a private company car with a security guard included for a few hundred dollars but I judged it risk free enough to find a cheaper route After a bus company weighed me up as a westerner and quoted US 500 I left empty handed and laughing for a local it would more like US 15 In the end I called Samsoor a good friend I promised petrol and food in return for wheels and good company The road north took us past Bagram air base and along a vast river cut plain from which the mountains of the Hindu Kush rise impossibly sharp and steep in the distance The occasional jet screamed overhead sending rolls of thunder across the valley and echoing off the mountainsides We passed nomadic herdsmen camping among their sheep in the foothills After climbing for some distance the road began to run perilously close to the river Panjshir which cuts inside a ravine of rock strata faulted at absurdly acute angles We stopped at an armed guard post where my passport was checked giving the impression that the valley represented a kingdom of its own A huge billboard of Massoud wearing a customary woollen pakul hat greeted us beyond Image by Marc Perry We continued on through high gorges following the tumbling waters of the river upstream Mud built villages clung to the hillsides while farms and fat tailed sheep filled the valley floor with colour The air was as clean as the Pennine hills or the Yorkshire dales and the stone walls separating the fields reminded me of home It was liberation from the stifling enclosure and pollution of Kabul We stopped for food at a restaurant on the riverside where we were served a fine spread of freshly fried fish rice and lamb curries washed down with chai Eventually we reached Bazarak the town that holds Massoud s tomb Massoud is revered as a strategist and fighter and his portrait hangs all over northern Afghanistan in cafes shops police cars and in taxis He oozed handsome charisma like Bob Marley but with a bazooka He secured his place in history long before two Al Qaeda linked suicide bombers detonated their deadly devices in his presence two days before 9 11 no unfortunate coincidence Tanks scatter the valley like tombstones here the rusting remains of the Soviet invasion he resisted in the 1980s Image by Marc Perry The tomb itself is set inside the arches of a domed tower made from stone

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  • Travel Features by Marc Perry | Rough Guides
    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 Marc Perry Sort by Date Popularity Nine things to know about Kosovo Marc Perry is a British expat living in Kosovo who has been captivated by its landscapes where flat plains meet soaring mountains the kind hospitality of the people and a fascinating history of the land First forget all images of war Gone Good Kosovo is a vibrant and friendly state full of rewarding experiences for independent travellers Marc Perry 10 09 2014 On the road in Panjshir Afghanistan While working for an NGO in Kabul British expat Marc Perry went to explore the precipitous Panjishir valley in northeastern Afghanistan It had been my dream to visit Panjshir ever since I d arrived in Afghanistan Historically a geographic safe haven slicing through the Hindu Kush from Afghanistan to Tajikistan this craggy high altitude valley is the Marc Perry 21 07 2014 Amongst monks on Mount Athos Greece In search of the spiritual side of Greece and perhaps himself Marc Perry discovers the trials and tranquility of the lives of Mount Athos s monks The ferry to Mount Athos is a serene sedate affair Women are left behind as black clad bearded monks and priests finger rosary beads and contemplate the steep rise Marc Perry 25 04 2014 11 tips for travelling in Greece The good news for

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  • Rough Guide Audio Phrasebook and Dictionary – Japanese | Rough Guides
    signs travel tips from Rough Guide authors and an extensive menu reader Equivalent printed extent 296 pages Available in EPUB only EBOOK 5 99 EPUB GBP EUR USD Buy Ebook This item is already in your basket About ebook formats Published August 2014 Series Phrasebooks More Products Asia Japan Free Audio Downloads Click here to access free audio downloads for this title Related Guides 2 99 Central Honshu Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View Guide 2 99 Hokkaido Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View Guide 2 99 Kansai Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View Guide 14 99 The Rough Guide to Tokyo View Guide 24 99 The Rough Guide to Japan View Guide 2 99 Kyoto and Nara Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View Guide 2 99 Kyushu Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View Guide 2 99 The Yellow River Rough Guides Snapshot China View Guide 20 99 The Rough Guide to Shanghai View Guide 16 99 The Rough Guide to Korea View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot Vietnam Hanoi View Guide 14 99 The Rough Guide to Cambodia View Guide 15 99 The Rough Guide to Thailand s Beaches Islands View Guide 17 99 The Rough Guide to Bali Lombok View Guide 2 99 The Yangzi Basin Rough Guides Snapshot China View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot Malaysia Kuala Lumpur View Guide 7 99 Pocket Rough Guide Hong Kong Macau View Guide 4 99 Indonesia Rough Guides Snapshot Southeast Asia on a Budget View Guide 18 99 The Rough Guide to Southeast Asia On A Budget View Guide 14 99 The Rough Guide to Myanmar View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City View Guide 12 99 The Rough Guide to Southwest China View Guide 12 99 The Rough Guide to Bangkok View Guide 15 99 The Rough

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  • The World's Smallest Countries | Rough Guides
    the cheapest 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

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  • Travel Features by Greg Dickinson | Rough Guides
    Why Uruguay is South America s best beach destination Squeezed between Argentina and Brazil and shaped a bit like a football Uruguay doesn t feature on your average South American checklist But with its progressive politics sizzling asado culture and some of the best beaches on the continent we think it should From off grid hippie enclaves note cannabis was legalised here in 2014 to chic Greg Dickinson 12 02 2016 6 reasons to keep travelling in 2016 In recent weeks some of my normally fearless traveller friends have asked me whether it s a good idea to travel right now It s a question on many people s lips at the moment and understandably so Global unrest has seen some stalwart tourist destinations become effective no go zones while the question of aviation safety was brought Greg Dickinson 03 02 2016 12 embarrassing things we ve all done while travelling There are rules for life at home and then there are rules for life on the road It seems that for many of us normal standards go out the window as soon as we sling on a backpack and enter a foreign country Here are a few of those embarrassing moments we ve all had but will never admit Greg Dickinson 23 11 2015 9 steps to giving up social media on holiday When you go on holiday do you check in on Facebook before you ve even checked into your hotel Do you find it hard to resist logging onto every whiff of wi fi that you encounter If so take a seat and make yourself comfortable It s time for an intervention Holidays are a time for relaxing exploring Greg Dickinson 26 10 2015 20 places that look even more beautiful in winter Greg Dickinson 15 10 2015 The world s first dark sky island is opening an observatory If you love dark you re going to love this piece of news No that wasn t a slip of the keyboard The tiny Channel Island of Sark has some of the darkest skies on the planet and this weekend astro enthusiasts will flock or rather bob to the island as it opens its very first observatory to the Greg Dickinson 09 10 2015 7 reasons why Cologne could be Germany s coolest city If you re looking for a city with fairytale architecture and gas lit cobbled alleyways you should probably stop reading now Book a flight to Prague or Paris and be done with it For Cologne or Köln is at first glance underwhelming in its postwar geometricity with more busy roads than pedestrianised ones and only one blockbuster sight Greg Dickinson 11 09 2015 In pictures the 30th Bog Snorkelling World Championships In August 2015 the world s finest athletes gathered in one place to push their bodies to the limits No we re not talking about the Beijing World Championships we re talking about the 30th annual World Bog Snorkelling Championships By Peter Barnett

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  • Yerevan: A City Swaggering Into A New Era | Rough Guides
    a new era By Martin Zatko July 27th 2015 View Comments The break up of the Soviet Union gave the world an impressive array of new capitals Some have since become familiar fodder on travel itineraries think Tallinn s Baltic charm Kiev s bulbous cathedrals and Riga s drunken Brits Others for better or worse remain something of a mystery Step forward Yerevan capital of Armenia a city swaggering into a new era and making a mockery of the usual Soviet stereotypes of drab grey skies and drab grey architecture The Blue Mosque by debs eye via Flickr creative commons license Lofty and landlocked Yerevan is one of the sunniest of the ex Soviet capitals and for most of the year the azure blue firmament is punctuated only by the awe inspiring shape of Mount Ararat This fabled 5137m peak is where Noah s floating zoo is said to have come to rest after the floods and although it now lies just across the border in Turkish territory the fact that it can be seen from so many parts of Yerevan makes it one of the main symbols of the city One other unmissable feature here is the liberal almost ubiquitous use of duf a sumptuously coloured stone used in the construction of the vast majority of Yerevan s buildings Its precise hue shifts from peach to pink to rose depending upon the weather and time of day though the fiery tones that emerge under the rising and setting sun are particularly magnificent Setting sun over Yerevan and Mount Ararat Armenia by Forbes Johnston via Flickr creative commons license Nowhere is this more apparent than on Northern Avenue a sleek pedestrianized thoroughfare in the very centre of the city Half a kilometre of soft pinkish stone regularly inset with the

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  • Travel Features by Martin Zatko | Rough Guides
    new capitals Some have since become familiar fodder on travel itineraries think Tallinn s Baltic charm Kiev s bulbous cathedrals and Riga s drunken Brits Others for better or worse remain something of a mystery Step forward Yerevan capital of Armenia a city swaggering into Martin Zatko 27 07 2015 A crazy 24 hours in Tokyo The city that never sleeps is a hackneyed phrase uttered about metropolises from London to New York but the Japanese capital of Tokyo is perhaps the finest embodiment of the cliché To test this out Martin Zatko and his friends decided to spend a full 24 hours finding great things to do in Tokyo a Martin Zatko 02 05 2014 Watching sumo wrestling in Japan People tend to laugh when I tell them that sumo wrestling is my favourite spectator sport In its Japanese homeland it s regarded as somewhat old fashioned with younger folk preferring to watch mixed martial arts Abroad the perception can be even worse the generic assumption holds that it s little more than fat blokes in nappies slapping Martin Zatko 06 03 2014 Gorillas gunfire and great coffee in Rwanda Isn t it dangerous Isn t there a war going on there and Aren t there better places to spend your holiday are questions you may have to field when telling people you re off to Rwanda Even typing the country s name into Google will instantly bring up the term genocide The horrific events of 1994 cannot and should Martin Zatko 20 05 2013 Six essential Korean directors Despite the best efforts of Psy K pop seems destined to remain a niche market in the western world The South Korean film industry on the other hand has had a strong international reputation for several years now As with most global cinema interest in South Korean films has been skewed towards directors rather than actors and some have Martin Zatko 29 04 2013 Ten top places to eat Korean food The wonderful food keeps dragging Martin Zatko back to Korea Here are some of his favourite eating spots from around the country 1 Buddhist temple food at Balwoo Gongyang Seoul It s impossible to believe that Buddhist monks really eat this well even at Jogyesa Seoul s most important temple which sits just across the road from this highly attractive restaurant Martin Zatko 19 04 2013 Unravelling the mysteries of the Baekje dynasty in Korea Bar those with a fair knowledge of Korean history few have ever heard of the kingdom of Baekje Though long swallowed up by the sands of time this ancient dynasty was one of East Asia s cultural high water marks and its influence can still be felt today their rulers introduced Buddhism to both Korea and Japan Martin Zatko 25 02 2013 Off the tourist trail in Northern Anatolia Turkey Turkey is in many respects the ideal travel destination It scores highly across the board layer after layer of history an amazing variety of

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  • The best cycling holidays in the world | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    a dead end alleyway that leads to that exquisite pavement café You even begin to feel like a Parisian The city s self service cycle hire scheme Vélib which was introduced in the summer of 2007 has been a great success It allows you to pick up and drop off bicycles throughout the city at over a thousand locations 24 hours a day seven days a week Cycling along the Göta Canal Sweden Spend a gentle day s cycling in the fresh air and at the same time learn about a proud part of Sweden s heritage The Göta Canal was one of the country s largest civil engineering projects built between 1810 and 1832 to transport goods for export it has a whopping 58 locks that link rivers and lakes for 190km from Mem on the east coast to Sjötorp at Lake Vänern There are several long sections of the canal where you can cycle along a renovated towpath The most popular attractions are the canal museum at Sjötorp where there are classic boat motors and old naval maps and the seven locks at Berg where you can watch boats being lowered over 18m If your limbs ache after a day s cycling you could opt for a change of scene the next day and either go kayaking or just relax at the water s edge and enjoy the calm of the canal For more information about the history of the Göta Canal events and other places to stay en route see www gotakanal se Riding towards Mount Ararat Armenia A horse trek with the Ayrudzi Riding Club is a journey into the distant past Trips on their thoroughbred horses through the fruit groves and meadows lining the mountain streams of Armenia which can last anything from a few hours to several days take in pagan sanctuaries a ninth century church carved into a volcanic cave and the mighty Mount Ararat where Noah is said to have finally found land At night you either camp under the stars often beside ruined castles or temples or stay back at the cottages that adjoin the riding club At the latter organic meals are accompanied by Armenian shadow theatre an ancient form of shadow puppetry or folk songs to the tune of the Zourna flute two of the many traditional activities revitalized since Ayrudzi started bringing visitors through these remote areas The riding club is in Ashtarak 20km from Yerevan All levels are catered for and equipment is provided For further details of tours see www ecotourismarmenia com Cycling the Heritage Trail in Bohemia Many visitors to Vienna and Prague find plenty to keep them entertained in these two historic capitals but for those who fancy exploring the medieval towns and villages that lie along the rivers and meadows in between there s now a five day bike route through the Bohemian countryside connecting the two The route is divided into sections of between 35km and 60km each day though there s

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