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Sarajevo

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coach to Sarajevo from Beograd’s bus station

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it will take 9 hours to reach the destination

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on the road : view of the river Sava

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some ugly buildings in the suburbs of Beograd

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our coach in all his beauty

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forget the serbian highways ! after the border this is actually the only street leading to Sarajevo !

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lots of holes and rocks in the middle of the road

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i can’t believe it but now the driver took this “road” and we’re literally
driving in the middle of a corn field

 

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i knew it was not easy to reach Sarajevo but this is too funny to be true

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it looks the same as the austrian and italian alps

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back on track : beautiful scenery and alpine lakes on the way for Sarajevo

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we stop in a nice tyroler style pub

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rocks, vegetation, scenario, i’m impressed it looks exactly the same
as being in the Alps, but without any sign of mass tourism.

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well, at least the bus is half empty but there’s no toilet and you can’t smoke

micronesia

micronesiaSpread across 2,500 kilometers of the Western Central Pacific Ocean, just north of the equator, the five states of Chuuk, Kosrae, Mostakia, Pohnpei and Yap and their 607 islands (only 65 are inhabited) form the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).

The FSM combine a great climate, paradiselike islands and a laid back atmosphere. On the islands you have the chance to see a traditional village dance, take a hike to a secluded lake or waterfall, or make a dive beneath the sea to a coral laden shipwreck.

The Marshall islands are a group of islands in the pacific. Located about haldway between Australia and Hawai m the Marshall islands offer natural beauty and rich culture. Pristine coral reefs teeming with marine life make the Marshalls a premiere dive destination.

The Marshall islands form two vast parallel chains of atolls scattered over 750,000 square miles of the tranquil Central Pacific. The chains are called the Ratak (sunrise chain) and Ralik (sunset chain) and together, they encompass 29 atolls and 5 individual islands totaling abut 1,225 islands and 870 reef systems.

Among other attractions, the islands offer breathtaking marine environments, with over 800 species of fish and 160 species of coral, ample diving and snorkeling opportunities, serene outer islands, abundant big game, bottom, and fly fishing conditions, and a multitude of World War II wrecks and sites unparalleled anywhere in the Pacific.

Most people live on the island of Majuro in the Ratak chain. The most important atoll of the Ralik chain is the Kwajalein atoll . But probably the most famous island of the whole group is the Bikini atoll – a major US nuclear testing site, now mostly inhabited.

(by www.world66.com)

Kyrgyzstan

kyrgyzstanKyrgyzstan is often called the Switzerland of Central Asia. In some sense this epithet is more deserved than in others. It is quite off the mark when it comes to the level of income, but very justifiable when it comes to the beauty of the mountainous landscape.

Compared with the dry and hot plains of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan it is quite refreshing to go into the high mountains of Kyrgystan. Kyrgyzstan may not have a long settled history, but it has all the natural beauty to make up for that. Furthermore the poeple are very friendly and helpful. This makes traveling in Kyrgyzstan relatively easy.

Compared with its neighbours, Kyrgyzstan might lack in cultural heritage, but the natural beauty can be overwhelming. In Soviet times much of the country was closed to visitors because of its strategic importance, closeness to China and the uranium mines in the Tian Shan mountains. Now it is the most of open of the Central Asian states.

Bishkek the capital is a green and friendly city. It is the travel hub and the best starting place to explore the country. You can visit the Ala Archa Gorge as an easy day trip from there. Osh and Naryn are further away.

Bishkek is a classic modern Soviet-style city with marble buildings and boulevards that seem too large for its population of around 700,000. Among the high rise apartment blocks typical of Soviet times, you’ll find Central Asia creeping in again. Farmer markets (bazaars) are springing up everywhere and money changing seems to be one of the main industry.

Apart from the distinctly communist-style museums and the general open atmosphere, there is not much to keep you in Bishkek, but you will spend quite a bit of time there anyway in all probability, as it is the main travel hub for Kyrgyzstan and the best place to get information or make bookings.

(by www.world66.com)

czech

czech.htmlIn 1989, after the Velvet Revolution ended the communist regime that ruled former Czechoslovakia, millions of travellers from the west started coming in droves to what is now the Czech Republic, especially its capital Prague. And with good reason. This Central European country really has a lot to boast about, and Prague is definitely one of the most beautiful cities in the whole world. The country’s ancient tradition of brewing beer (Budweiser was originally a Czech beer) makes your stay in the country an even more enjoyable one.

The Czech Republic is situated approximately in the geographical center of Europe and has an area of 78,866 square km. It is a landlocked country 326 km from the Baltic and 322 km from the Adriatic. It shares borders with Germany (810 km), Poland (762 km), Austria (466 km) and Slovakia (265 km).

The highest point of elevation is the peak of Mt. Snezka (1,602 m above sea level) and the lowest point of elevation is near Hrensko where the River Labe leaves Czech territory (117 m above sea level).

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Tonga

tongaThe archipelago of “The Friendly Islands” was united into a Polynesian kingdom in 1845. 30 years later it became a constitutional monarchy and a British protectorate in 1900. Tonga acquired its independence in 1970 and became a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. It remains the only monarchy in the Pacific.

Located in the South Pacific Ocean, you will find the islands of Tonga about two-thir

ds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand. Tonga’s climate is tropical, modified by trade winds.

The summer season reaches out from december to may, the cool season from may to december.

Most of the small islands have limestone base formed from uplifted coral formation; others have limestone overlying volcanic base.

two thirds of the population of Tonga live on the island of Tongatapu . This is where the airport is, so you are sure to begin your trip here (unless you come by boat).

Tongatapu is the largest island in the Kingdom of Tonga. It is home to two thirds of its people. A roughly triangular shaped island measures about 34 km across from west to east. Most of the island is less than 17 meters above sea level. The capital Nukualofa, is a slow paced city of about 30,000 inhabitants.

The archeological site of Haamonga is very impressive and should not be missed. Mua is a good place from where to see it.

The island is an area of raised reef limestone on a deep base of volcanic sedimentary rock. The low northern cost is a reef platform, in places up to 200 meters in width. The high windward side of the eastern coast is known as “lilu” has a narrow reef ledge varying in height from 6 to 46 meters. The highest point of 65 meters lays between the airport village of Fu’amotu and Nakolo.

The south and east coasts face very deep water. See the blowholes at Houma. Here waves crash against the reef and through blowholes create spectacular sights. From south east coast the island of “Eua is visible. Tongatapu has no rivers are streams. Tongatapu’s drinking water supply come from underground, called the water lens. Rainwater falling on the islands permutes and floats on top of the heavier sea water. This water is pumped up for the town supply. Rainwater collected in tanks is an alternative source of drinking water for many a Tongan home.

(by www.world66.com)

Suriname

Suriname Suriname is a small country in South America that borders on French Guiana, Guyana and Brazil.

Suriname got its independance from the Netherlands in 1975. The first 25 years were not one big success. A military coup by Desi Bouterse, some corruption affairs, etc. And although the country looks quite steady now it has not improved the living standards of the inhabitants over the last 25 years.

The capital of Paramaribo is an easy going place. There are a few sights, dating back to colonial times, there are a few nice markets and some good nightlife.

Grand etang forest reserve has some interesting wildlife and mangrove swamp tours.

The south of the country is hard to reach and is only for the really adventurous.

(by www.world66.com)

Chengdu

Chengdu

Italian fashion is here as well

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all the western hotel chains are here : Sofitel, Novotel, Hilton and Best Western

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the Mao’s monument is the biggest meeting point for the ChengduersChengdu

the future is ours (?)

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the only guy i’ve seen wearing the maoist green-beret

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Chengdu city center

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ironic : in the opposite side of the square there is a KFC and a McDonald’s

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not big as i expected but very nice socialist artwork

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the great Mao Ze Dong statue

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workers rebuilding all the streets next to the Mao’s statue

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the red flag

No Money – How to travel?

“How to save money for a trips?”

One of the greatest myths out there is that you should be rich to travel. With these straightforward however groundbreaking hacks I’ll demonstrate to you proper methodologies to go without cash!

We should rehash that.

You don’t should be rich to travel.

Actually, a restricted spending plan is a test that regularly comes about in funnier head out experiences and stories to tell. After all the best things in life are free… or possibly shoddy!

Just remember , If you want to take a trip  and worries about travel budget is, it’s best to have a plan in place!

Travel Bus travel is an affordable way to travel from one city to another. While taking a bus from one destination to another usually involves runs between major cities, buses normally operate on a schedule so that you can plan a travel itinerary. Taking a larger bus line may offer travelers more amenities; however, riding a bus from one city to another can sometimes offer travelers more options than traveling by rail. If you will be taking a long bus trip, get as much information as you can before booking a seat.

  • Consider the cost savings of traveling by bus. If your travel destination is fewer than 500 miles away, you could pay 30 to 40 percent less for a bus ticket than to travel to the same city by air.
  • Decide if you want to travel with a discount bus service. You may be able to get a low cost fare for as little as $1 plus booking fee, but you have to book your seat online well in advance. Since there are only a couple of $1 seats available on each bus, you are probably going to have to pay more. Go to the website www.megabus.com for more information about cheap travel to and from major cities.
  • Find out about the route the bus will be taking, including the number of stops the bus will be making along the way. Although some buses stop several times between the departure city and destination location, other bus lines only make one or two stops during the entire trip.
  • Inquire about any layovers. Depending on the route, there may be at least one, or perhaps more layovers. A layover might last for only five minutes, but some can last for an hour or more.
  • Ask if there is a bathroom on board.

If you decide to travel by bus, keep in mind that major bus lines frequently pool some of their routes with regional bus operators that share the same travel route. Get this information in advance so that you know what other carriers operate on each route.

Venice

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a small “Rio”

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a unique scenario of rocks and water

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Cannaregio : the main street

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side canals : venetian architecture and pastel colors

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another small Campo with a statue

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nice scorcio of canal with bridge

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canals are everywhere and it’s easy to get lost

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a typical Campo

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walking from the station to Cannaregio

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left view of the Canal Grande

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churches and buon gusto are offered to the tou

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the station as seen from the station’s bridge

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crowds of tourist from all over the world

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front of the station : a large pedestrian promenade with scenic view on
Canal Grande, churches, and renaissence architecture

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arriving at Venice’s Santa Lucia train station

 

Bosnia Herzegovina

Best known for the Balkan conflict of the 90s, Bosnia has moved on and has a great deal to offer travellers. Beautiful countryside, a thriving arts scene, sports opportunity, and fresh open space. A beautiful gem, ignored by too many.

Bosnia

Bosnia

Sarajevo

Sarajevo

Sarajevo

Forget the ’90s and the pictures of Sarajevo under siege, anything here has been carefully rebuilt and this city is back as one of the must-see of the Balkans, offering a unique ,mix of christian and muslim architecture, food, art, and design, as well as being surrounded by a beautiful scenario of mountains, rivers, and small alpine lakes