Destination Manchester ~ Zatasha Kiran


Where to eat:

1. Thyme Out – breakfast

This hidden gem provides a relaxed, casual dining experience with cosy indoor and outdoor seating. It serves fresh, innovative dishes as well as locally roasted coffee and home made desserts.

2. Alabama’s – brunch

This American style brunch location is heaven for pancake and eggs benedict lovers.

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3. Zouk – dinner/shisha/drinks Continue reading “Destination Manchester ~ Zatasha Kiran”

Mauritius: Peaceful Beaches for a Troubled World – By Donatella Felice


The beautiful island of Mauritius lies between the southeast coast of Africa and the west coast of

Australia. The Indian Ocean laps its idyllic shores. The country of Mauritius itself consists of

many small islands and two large islands: Mauritius and Rodrigues. It is rumored that it was

originally discovered by Arab ships in the Middle Ages, but the first evidence of its discovery is

a map made by an Italian cartographer in 1502. The Dutch established the first colony in 1638

which was abandoned just 5 years later. Not soon after, the French arrived. Later still, the British

came and fought for sovereignty. The country finally became independent in 1968. History

teaches us that the island was uninhabited until the first ships arrived. Now Mauritius is

multicultural and multinational. It provides a wonderful example of how a great variety of

different nationalities and religions can live together in peace.

 

The official language of business and record in Mauritius is English. Most people, however,

speak French or Creole. The real local language of Mauritius is Creole, which is a mixture of

several different languages. Creole is mostly a spoken language, with its first dictionary being

produced in 2011. It is a fascinating language and uses a lot of double entendre. The language

itself is constantly changing and modernizing. Depending on their background, many locals also

speak Hindi or Chinese. The ethnic groups in Mauritius are divided into Indo-Mauritian (68%),

Creole (27%), Sino-Mauritian (3%), Franco-Mauritian (2%). According to the Mauritian

government the island of Mauritius has about 1.2 Million people, while Rodrigues has only 42,

260. The only other inhabited islands in Mauritius are Agalega and St. Brandon that have just

274 people between both! A large number of expatriates from Australia, South Africa, and

various other countries also live in Mauritius as a result of its safety, beautiful weather, and

attractive tax climate.

 

There are many different religious groups practicing in Mauritius. The most practiced is

Hinduism, followed by Christianity and Islam. There are also a small minority of Tamils and

Buddhists. Each of these religions celebrates their major holidays side by side each year. Public

holidays include Maha Shivaratree and Ganesh Chaturthi, Eid al Fitr, and Christmas. All these

holidays are celebrated in peace.

 

One of the central parts of Mauritian culture is sega, a type of local music and dance. This upbeat

music centers around the use of a ravann, a goat skin drum. Mauritius is also the home of

seggae, a mixture of sega and reggae. Most weekends locals of all different ethnicities can be

seen eating, drinking, and dancing on the public beaches. Sega is traditionally accompanied by

beautiful dancing women in long skirts and mid-drift tops.

Mauritius local cuisine is a fusion of all the different influences on the island. Street food

consists of delicious fried or boiled noodles, or dumplings in soup, and fresh sugarcane or

coconut juice. Arguably the most famous street snacks are the (outrageously fattening but totally

delicious) dholl puri or gâteaux piment. Local curries of cerf (deer) or prawn and chicken are

also very popular. Delicious, zesty atchars are often served with different foods and definitely

worth a try. While sometimes fresh produce is limited, delicious fresh sea food is always a sure

bet!

 

Recommendations:

  1. Street food: Ti Kouloir in Grand Bae

https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Restaurant_Review-g488103- d2687375-Reviews- Ti_Kouloir Grand_Baie.html

2. Best 5 star: The Western

http://www.westinturtlebaymauritius.com/

3. Adventure cabins: Andrea Lodge

https://www.andrea-lodge.com/

4. Glamping: Bubble Lodge

http://www.bubble-lodge.com/

5. Best villas: The Oberoi

http://www.oberoihotels.com/hotels-in- mauritius/

6. Best travel agent: Dream Escapes (especially for apartments and day trips)

http://www.holiday.dreamescapes.mu/

7. Best bars/clubs for tourists: Banana Bar, Big Willies, Beach House, La Kaz

http://www.bananabeachclub.com/

http://www.bigwillys.mu/

http://www.thebeachhouse.mu/

http://www.lakaz.mu/

8. Best bars to meet locals: The Irish

http://theirish.mu/

Hidden Beauties to Discover in 2017 – By Zatasha Kiran


 

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Photography Credits: Peggy_Marco

1. Guam, one of the many states that make up Micronesia is known for it’s beautiful golden sand beaches and cosmopolitan ways. Although it’s small enough to explore in a day or two Guam’s breathe taking beautiful views will leave you awe struck. With a blended population of indigenous Chamorro, Filipino and Asians, Guam’s diversity translates through the food and culture. Guam provides a genuine, culturally vibrant experience.guamguam1guam-2

Continue reading “Hidden Beauties to Discover in 2017 – By Zatasha Kiran”

3 Best Travel Destinations for 2016: Start Planning! – By Dalia Al Saad


As you kick off 2016, it would be a good idea to go ahead and plan for your holidays to create unforgettable memories for a lifetime.

According to Lonely Planetthe 3 to-die-for destinations for 2016 are:

  • Top City: Kotor, Montenegro
  • Top Region: Transylvania, Romania
  • Top Country: Botswana

Continue reading “3 Best Travel Destinations for 2016: Start Planning! – By Dalia Al Saad”

Jeddah: The Bride of the Red Sea – By Shatha Akeel


 

I grew up and have lived in a beautiful, crowded, and metropolitan city by the name of Jeddah. If you haven’t heard about it, this article will provide you with some interesting information about my city.

Jeddah, known for being the capital of economy and tourism, is located on the Red Sea coast in the western region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Continue reading “Jeddah: The Bride of the Red Sea – By Shatha Akeel”

WikiFave: The Empire of the Dead Under the City of Lights ~ By Dr. Hilana Omer


Catacombes de Paris

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L’ossuaire municipal was incorporated on the 1st of January 2013 in the public institution Paris Musees .

It’s one of the 14 museums in the city of Paris.  Earlier in the 4th century, Parisians’ burial grounds were to the southern outskirts of the Roman-era Left Bank city. After the Frankish invasions and the Roman Empire’s fall, Parisians abandoned this settlement for the marshy Right Bank. Their first settlement was in higher grounds of Saint-Etienne church and burial ground, by the 10th century these marshlands were at its fullest, thus instead of burying their dead away from inhabited areas, the Paris Right Bank settlement began its life with cemeteries at its center. Their most central cemetery was a burial ground  at Notre Dame de Bois church, which became a property of Saint-Opportune parish after the original church was destroyed in the 9th century by the Norman invasion, it then became its own parish under the Saints Innocents church from 1130, this burial ground is filling the land ,today, between Rue de la Lingerie and Rue Berger, had become the city’s main cemetery. Continue reading “WikiFave: The Empire of the Dead Under the City of Lights ~ By Dr. Hilana Omer”

4 Benefits of Traveling – By Shatha Akeel


 

1. There are many types of people you can meet. By getting to spending time with them, you can make new friends, and who knows, you might even meet the love of your life 😉

2. While you’re there, you can explore yourself and your independence by learning how to be responsible for yourself and for your money.

3. You can also spend your time in a beneficial way by learning a new language from a native speaker or by finding new hobbies.

4. There are many activities: You can try new things like for example, skydiving, parasailing, canoeing, paragliding, and even taking cooking classes. Make sure you visit lots of different places so you don’t miss out on what our spectacular planet has to offer.

Remember: By traveling to unique destinations, you can enjoy yourself and gain many new experiences at the same time.