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Kabwe

large enough that a tourist would not really feel out-of-place. Do One of the best things to do in Kabwe is to go hiking at the actual Broken Hill, just east of the railway tracks at the far south end of town. Hike up the hills to the lakes: these were the mine shafts, and are now very deep lakes which provide solitude in a beautiful setting. Buy As Kabwe is not really a tourist destination, there's nothing particular to be bought here. But of course there is a typical African market, south of Independence Avenue just west of the railway tracks, and you can get great fresh food at good prices. Be sure to use your negotiating skills - it's the normal way of doing business in Zambia outside of the town stores. Expect the seller's first price to be approximately double what he she is willing to accept, and accordingly make your first counteroffer far below the acceptance price. If you can engage the seller in a bit of friendly arguing, better still. Eat * If you are not a vegetarian, the best food to be found in Kabwe is freshly grilled sausages outside any number of "ghetto bars", i.e., those located within a compound. It's best to befriend a local who can guide and accompany you to these places. * If you want decent fast-food fried chicken meals, there is a '''Hungry Lion''' on Independence Avenue (the main street in town). * For K2500 per bag, you can buy really tasty crackers made by Best Line Bakers in Lusaka, from at least one general store in town. The plastic bag has printed on it: "Snacks - Quality - Tasty - Crackers". Drink * For a cheap night out, '''Zhose-a-zhose''' (Pidgin-English for "Those are those") is an area on the south side of Ghana Avenue west of Luangwa Avenue, just across the street from the Kabwe Golf Club, which features several different bars, a butcher shop with a grill out front, and other stores - a Castle or Mosi beer here will cost you K5000 ($1), and different Zambian and American hip-hop songs will be blaring from the sound systems in the various bars. * In the various compounds (Makululu, Lukangwa, etc.) there are places similar to Zhose-a-zhose but a bit lower-class. One in Lukangwa has a main bar named '''Holly Hood'''. * '''Big Bite''' is a combination fast-food place and bar on the south side of Independence Avenue. Be advised that bars in Zambia by law close at 2230 hours (10:30 pm), so if you want to party in public after that you need to go to a nightclub. * A great nightclub in town, on the north side of Freedom Way, is '''Chez-nTemba''', which is run by Congolese and features mostly great Congolese and some Zambian music, and has a dance floor. Sleep * '''Nyaka Guest House''', near the mine, is one of several places in town which offers rooms, and it also has a cocktail lounge and a cheap bar. Ask around if you want to find a different similar place. There are currently no Youth Hostels in Kabwe. *


Pottsville, Pennsylvania

. The population was 1,937 at the 2000 census. Pottstown is not to be confused with Pottsville (Pottsville, Pennsylvania), a city in Schuylkill County well known for being the home of the Yuengling brewery. History Sawmill operator, Albert Bradford, gave Mount Carmel its name because of its elevation and beautiful setting in the mountains. He decided that it deserved a special name and named it after the holy mountain in Palestine. Mount Carmel began as a logging town. Coal wasn't discovered until 1790 by Isaac Tomlinson. It took twenty-four years until the first shipment of Anthracite Coal was shipped from the borough. Mount Carmel Inn was opened in 1812 by Richard Yarnall and was strategically located on the Centre Turnpike (also known as the Reading-Sunbury Road or Old Reading Road) halfway between Pottsville (Pottsville, Pennsylvania) and Danville (Danville, Pennsylvania). During the latter part of 1854 the Philadelphia and Sunbury Railroad was completed from Shamokin (Shamokin, Pennsylvania) to Mt. Carmel, which led to the opening and development of a number of collieries in the region. During the same year, the Locust Mountain Coal and Iron Company commenced making extensive openings and improvements upon their valuable coal lands in the vicinity of Mt. Carmel, building breakers for two collieries - the Coal Ridge and Locust Mountain collieries. Alcoholic beverages * Beer was brewed by the colonials in Philadelphia from its very start. In addition to Philadelphia-style porter being known throughout the world, Philadelphia was ranked as one of the 14 best beer cities in the world by Frommer's in 2011. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - The World's Best Cities for Beer Slideshow at Frommer's A lager brewery was established in the Northern Liberties (Northern Liberties, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) section in the 1840s. The beer most associated with Philadelphia today is perhaps Yuengling (D.G. Yuengling & Son), brewed in nearby Pottsville, Pennsylvania. At one point, the city had more than a hundred breweries, though most closed with Prohibition. '''Schmidt's''' and '''Ortlieb's''' were the city's last mass-market brewers, both out of business by the 1990s. Today, a handful of micro-breweries operate in and around the city, including Yards (Yards Brewing Company), the Philadelphia Brewing Company, Sly Fox, Lion Brewery, Manayunk, Red Bell, Victory (Victory Brewing Company), Flying Fish, and Nodding Head (see Breweries in Philadelphia). * Spirits (Distilled beverage) - Philadelphia Distilling is a distillery in East Falls, Philadelphia. It produces Bluecoat Gin, Penn 1681 Vodka and Vieux Carré Absinthe. Publicker Industries once operated a distillery along the Delaware River just north of the Walt Whitman Bridge. It produced Old Hickory bourbon (bourbon whiskey) and other spirits, as well as industrial alcohol. Medical Missionary Dr. Isaac Wiley commenced the practice of medicine in Western Pennsylvania, subsequently moving to Pottsville (Pottsville, Pennsylvania) in 1849. Shortly thereafter, at the request of Dr. Durbin, Isaac agreed to go as a medical missionary to Foochow, China. The Schuylkill Campus was originally chartered in 1934 and was located in Pottsville (Pottsville, Pennsylvania), approximately 6 miles (10 km) north of the current campus. Classes were originally held in rented spaced, and laboratory facilities for science students were shared with an area high school. After World War II, the college began to grow, and in 1953, they began offering their first full associate degree programs. In the 1960s, the nearly 500 student body was outgrowing its Pottsville facilities, and the college looked to relocate. In 1967, they opened a new campus on a former farm. History NCTA first was organized as the National Community Television Council in September 1951, when a small group of community antenna (CATV) operators met at a hotel in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. They gathered in response to concern over the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) attempts to impose an 8% excise tax on their operations. These business people quickly became aware of other common interests, leading to a series of organizational meetings during September and October 1951 and January 1952. In January 1952, the organization's name officially was changed to National Community Television Association. Early life and career Pleasants was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and did not live in the United States until age 13, when he was sent to school in Philadelphia (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). He worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad and in anthracite coal mines. In 1857, he moved to Pottsville, Pennsylvania, to become a civil engineer in the local mining industry. 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Montego Bay

Ironshore P.O, Rose Hall. Less than three miles from downtown Montego Bay, and 1.7 miles from the airport, it has a wide variety of activities and comfortable accommodations in a beautiful setting, including an on-site spa, entertainment by the pool and on the beach during the day and on stage at night. $400 night The Riu Montego Bay has a total of 5 bars and 5 restaurants. The restaurants include a Steak House, Italian Restaurant, Asian Restaurant, Main Restaurant and a pool-side buffet


Kermanshah

of Persian sculpture under the Sassanids, include representations of the investitures of Ardashir II (379–383) and Shapur III (383–388). Like other Sassanid symbols, Taghbostan (Taq-e Bostan) and its relief patterns accentuate power, religious tendencies, glory, honor, the vastness of the court, game and fighting spirit, festivity, joy, and rejoicing. Sassanid kings chose a beautiful setting for their rock reliefs along an historic Silk Road caravan route waypoint and campground. The reliefs are adjacent a sacred spring that empties into a large reflecting pool at the base of a mountain cliff. Taghbostan (Taq-e Bostan) and its rock relief are one of the 30 surviving Sassanid relics of the Zagros mountains (Zagros Mountains). According to Arthur Pope, the founder of Iranian art and archeology Institute in the USA, "art was characteristic of the Iranian people and the gift which they endowed the world with." One of the most impressive reliefs inside the largest grotto or ''ivan'' is the gigantic equestrian (equestrian sculpture) figure of the Sassanid king Khosrau II (591-628 AD) mounted on his favorite charger, Shabdiz. Both horse and rider are arrayed in full battle armor. The arch rests on two columns that bear delicately carved patterns showing the tree of life or the sacred tree. Above the arch and located on two opposite sides are figures of two winged angles with diadems (Diadem (personal wear)). Around the outer layer of the arch, a conspicuous margin has been carved, jagged with flower patterns. These patterns are also found in the official costumes of Sassanid kings. Equestrian relief panel measured on 16.08.07 approx. 7.45 m across by 4.25 m high. Behistun WikiPedia:Kermanshah Dmoz:Regional Middle_East Iran Localities Kermanshah commons:کرمانشاه


Safed

the Spanish Inquisition. It is a cute, quaint city in the north of Israel. In more recent times, thanks to its beautiful setting surrounded by pine forests, and its agreeable, mild summers, Safed has developed into a summer holiday resort much frequented by Israelis and also foreign visitors. It has also become popular as an artists' colony apart from its religious significance, its nature and its pleasant summers. Get in There are direct buses from Haifa, Jerusalem and Bnai Barak. See the Egged website for information on travel times and fares. The Israel Railways only get as close as Akko, but from there it is possible to take a bus to Safed. Ayit Airways has 3 daily flights to from Rosh Pina and Sde Dov Airport for 260 NIS per person or 185 NIS for residents of the north. Sundays - Thursdays, no weekend service - from there a 50-60 nis cab ride gets you to Safed. Get around Safed's old city is built in a circular fashion around a hilltop, and new neighborhoods lie on adjacent hills. The old city, which is the main destination for visitors, is really only accessible by foot. It is small but quite hard to find your way around, consisting of a maze of pedestrian alleys with few markings of street names or house numbers. The best way to get around is to base yourself on the broad "Olei HaGardom" staircase which goes up and down the hill. This staircase was built by the British during the 1936-9 riots to separate what at the time were the Jewish and Arab neighborhoods. (To this day most synagogues and Jewish sites are found north of the staircase, while most art galleries have since located to the south.) The staircase, unlike most other places in the old city, is equipped with many signs and maps indicating the way to major sites. The best way of getting from one place to another is often to take an alley (circling the hilltop) to the staircase, go up or down the staircase as necessary, and take another alley to your destination. There is a local bus company, Nateeve Express, that runs several local lines around the town. Unofficially, cabs take a set fare for any destination in the town. This is usually cheaper than the metered value. Even more unofficially, you can get "sherut" service with the cabs at the price of the bus fare. On "sherut", the cabs travel the bus routes only. The Old City of Safed is really only accessible by foot. See '''Synagogues''' - there are a number of old, beautiful, and unique synagogues in Safed, some of them rather famous world-wide among the Jewish community. These include: * The Ari Ashkenaz and the Ari Sephard synagogues both in memory of Rabbi Isaac Luria. The Ari Ashkenaz is normally open for visitors on weekdays and boasts an ornate ark. The Ari Sephard synagogue is only open for prayers on the Sabbath. * The "Abuhav" synagogue is probably the most unique, most beautiful, and most famous. It was built in the 1490s according to Kabbalistic architectural and spiritual beliefs. * The "Caro" synagogue is another popular landmark, established in the 16th century on the site of a yeshiva run by one of the chief rabbis of Tsfat, and a compiler of the Shulchan Aruch, a book of Jewish law. Both of these synagogues follow Sephardic traditions, and both, along with all the synagogues in Tsfat, and most around the country and the world, expect all visitors to be dressed appropriately; this means one must have legs covered (no shorts or short skirts), no bare shoulders upper arms, and all men must cover their heads. (Synagogue personnel provide head coverings and shawls for travelers who come to visit the sites). '''The Ancient Cemetery''' is the burial place of many famous Rabbis and is a common destination for visitors to Safed looking for answers to their prayers. Some famous Jewish personalities buried there include: * The Arizal (Rabbi Isaac Luria), the famous kabbalist of the 16th century. * Rabbi Joseph Karo, the author of the Shulchan Aruch, the definitive code of Jewish Law. * Rabbi Moshe Cordevero (the Ramak), a famous kabbalist predating the Arizal. * Chana and her seven sons, the martyred family from the time of the Temple. Some other places to see in Tsfat that shouldn't be missed : * '''HaMeiri Museum for Safed History''' * '''Artist colony''' in the Old City including the Exhibition Centre in Safed Big Mosque * '''The Crusader Fortress''' * '''Statue Garden''' and the Gallery of sculptor Moshe Ziffer * '''The Red Khan''' - a significant Mameluk palace * '''Cave of Shem and Ever''' (Ma'arat Shem Ve'Ever) - According to Jewish sources, Shem (son of Noah) and his great-grandson Ever ran a yeshiva (house of Jewish study). There is a tradition that this unimpressive-looking cave in Safed was the site of their yeshiva. How did this cave come to be identified as such? The Torah is divided into two parts - hidden and revealed - and one might assume they were not studying the revealed Torah, since Moses had not yet been born. So they must have been studying the hidden Torah. And where better to do that than in Safed? *


Cancún

is a fresh water sinkhole, where you can swim. The Kukulcán Pyramid, one of the most impressive Maya structures and voted one of the World's New Seven Wonders, is now closed off to climbing to preserve it from wear. * '''Tulum'''— The only major Maya archaeological site to overlook the Caribbean Sea is only 128 km (80 mi) south of Cancún. Not one of the larger Maya sites, but the seaside location gives it a beautiful setting. Bus services from Cancún run around 2


Stoke-on-Trent

theatres in the city. The Queens in Burslem, The Regent, Mitchell Memorial and Victoria Hall in Hanley, the New Vic in Basford, the rep at Stoke. The university campus (near Stoke railway station) has a public arts cinema that shows intelligent films. Near to Stoke are the '''Keele Arboretum''', '''Biddulph Grange Garden''' (The National Trust), '''Alton Towers''' (a giant theme park), and the '''Peak District National Park'''.Consall Hall landscaped gardens are nearby and in a beautiful setting. Buy The main shopping facilities are to be found in Hanley the City centre of Stoke-on-Trent. One would be able to find the usual high street stores and includes the second largest Primark in the United Kingdom. The main shopping attraction for Stoke-on-Trent is the factory shops of the pottery companies. Only Portmeirion, Wedgwood, Dudson and Emma Bridgewater continue to manufacture pottery in the city, and the factory shops can offer heavy discounts on what will be called "second quality" goods, that often have only very minor defects that are frequently very difficult to tell from the main shop goods. Otherwise, shopping is not something that one would come to Stoke-on-Trent for. The city centre of Hanley offers nothing that cannot be found elsewhere. However it still offers a wide range of stores which would fulfill the needs of any traveller with needs of supplies. Most pottery factory shops will offer a postal delivery service, so that one does not have to carry fragile or heavy items onto a plane when returning home. Eat Stoke-on-Trent is renowned for a delicacy known as the '''Staffordshire Oatcake''' and many Oatcake shops can be found throughout the city. The oatcake resembles a pancake in look and is a mix of flour, oatmeal, salt, yeast and water. It is often served with melted cheese and a choice of either (or all!) sausage, bacon and tomatoes. Drink The pubs of Burslem are renowned, and '''The Leopard''' and '''The Bull's Head Inn''' are to be recommended as authentic English pubs.The Congress Inn in the Longton area is a nice friendly real ale pub with a large choice of good beers, as is The Malt & Hops in Fenton. Monday Night is student night in Hanley and students from Staffordshire and Keele Universities and many other young people from the region converge on the city centre. Many of them are chain pubs, with The Reginald Mitchell (JD Wetherspoon), Walkabout, Chicago Rock Café and Reflex all represented and popular with the locals at weekends. There do remain some traditional pubs in the centre, all of which have been somewhat battered over the years by the chain venues. Most people wanting to stay out for the night will finish their evenings in either Liquid (around £5 entry), which features mainstream music or, the slightly further away Underground which specialises in rock indie music and sometimes has live acts. This costs £2 to enter on a Monday, and four quid on a Saturday. Cans of Red Stripe lager will set you back around three pounds. Sleep The George Hotel, located in Burslem, is a fine hotel in an area not known for its accommodation options. The Stoke-on-Trent Moat House is a four-star hotel on Festival Park, part of which was originally the mansion of Josiah Wedgwood. The North Stafford Hotel is directly opposite the railway station, which is adequate and conveniently-located for sleeping arrangements. Otherwise, there are a range of hotels available in the surrounding countryside, including options at Alton Towers. Stay safe Stoke-on-Trent as a whole is a safe city. As with anywhere care must be taken especially at night, avoid walking alone in dark places. However, if you wish to sample the nightlife, there's no need to avoid the city centres: simply show the same common sense as you would elsewhere, for example by sticking with a group of friends. As with the rest of the UK, in any '''emergency''' call '''999''' or '''112''' (from a land-line if you can) and ask for Ambulance, Fire or Police when connected. It is free to call the Emergency Services from Payphones. Go next The locale of Stoke-on-Trent makes it ideal to visit other cities in the Midlands and North-West of England. While the city in itself suffers from a long period of industrial neglect and might not be immediately visually appealing, the surrounding areas of countryside are especially pleasant. The Peak District National Park (Peak District) can easily be reached from Stoke-on-Trent, either by catching the Sheffield-bound bus from Hanley Bus Station, or by catching a train to Edale or other place in the Hope Valley, with a change at Manchester. Birmingham (Birmingham (England)) can be reached on the M6 motorway heading southbound and takes roughly an hour to reach. There are hourly train services most of the day that cost about £12 return and in fifty minutes take one right into the heart of Birmingham (at New Street Station) with its '''Bull Ring Shopping Centre''' which features around 140 stores and is one of the largest shopping centres in Europe. Birmingham is home to '''Aston Villa Football Club''', one of the oldest in England and one of the founders of the football league. Their stadium, '''Villa Park''', lies on the outskirts of the city in Aston. They share a healthy rivalry with the more centrally located '''Birmingham City Football Club''' based at '''St. Andrews''' stadium. Heading northbound on the M6 Motorway one can reach Manchester, the UK's third largest city (behind London and Birmingham) which is excellent for shopping and sightseeing. It also has one of the biggest gay and lesbian communities in the country. As with Birmingham, Manchester is roughly an hour away by car and cheap train fares are available which will take you right into the centre of the city. '''Old Trafford''' is the home of the world-renowned '''Manchester United Football Club''' and tours of the ground are available. Liverpool is another location that is easily accessible from Stoke-on-Trent, being slightly north of Manchester and roughly a ninety minute journey by car. Cheap rail fares are available but often require a train change along the way and consequently can take up to two hours to reach. Liverpool is famous for its docklands, museums and being the home of '''The Beatles'''. It is also the home of the historic '''Liverpool Football Club'''. The historic city of Nottingham lies to the east of Stoke-on-Trent and once again is easily accessible by car or train. Many coach operators run regular services to Nottingham taking around ninety minutes to two hours and details are available from the tourist information office at Hanley Bus Station. Nottingham is a city renowned for its beauty and medieval architecture and Robin Hood enthusiasts will find much to do there. The county town of Stafford is a place to visit to sample traditional British life and culture. It is around twenty minutes from Stoke-on-Trent via car or train and bus services take around forty minutes from Hanley Bus Station. Stafford is known for its magnificent parks, architecture and its bustling yet traditional high street. 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Kathmandu

on delivery and take-out are reflected both in their prices and quick service. *'''Roadhouse Cafe''' maintains locations outside of Thamel in Bhat Bhatteni, one block north of the Bhat Bateni supermarket, and Pulchowk. *'''Wunjala Moskva''' Tucked away in Naxal district, delicious Newari food in a beautiful setting; performances on the courtyard of the restaurant, and unlimited shots of local booze. Drink Coffee Nepal is a coffee producing country, though the people are famously tea drinkers. Most often coffee is of the instant-type, although fresh coffee is available. When ordering, try ordering "strong coffee", as opposed to just "coffee", if you don't want instant coffee. Expect your cappuccino to be anywhere from very little froth in large cup to something laced with whipped cream, and there is little difference between latte and cappuccino. Places to look for fresh, ground coffee are: *'''Alchemy''', Chetrapati, Thamel. Good cappucinos and espressos from Nepali coffee. They serve also other Italian specialities such as pizza, pasta and superb "gelato" (Italian ice cream). * WikiPedia:Kathmandu Dmoz:Regional Asia Nepal Localities Kathmandu Commons:Category:Kathmandu


Mauritius

to any of the small islets surrounding the main island such as Ile D'Ambre Island. *'''Rock climbing''' — Rock climbing on the South West coast of Mauritius. You will get to experience rock climbing in a beautiful setting Of the Belle Vue Cliffs, where the caves of "La Pointe aux Caves" are nestled and in close proximity from the famous lighthouse of Albion. This a great outdoor sport where you will learn the basic techniques of knots, safe climbing and rock progression from Mauritius’ top professional guides. As part of rock climbing excursion you will be trained on some breathing exercises to maximize climbing performance over rock faces and cliffs *'''Canyoning''' — For those seeking more adrenalin and thrill, canyoning is your ideal excursion, which challenges you to abseil down the steep walls of the canyons using nature watercourses and canyoning gear. The canyoning is offered in few locations in Mauritius. The canyoning (known also as canyoneering) in Mauritius consists of travelling in canyons using a variety of techniques that may include walking, climbing, jumping, abseiling, and or swimming *'''Rodrigues island''' — Tiny, rugged, volcanic it lies 550 km (340 mi) northeast of Mauritius and is known as the ‘anti-stress' island. The capital, Port Mathurin, is only seven streets wide, with a Creole population. Rodrigues offers walking, diving, kitesurfing and deep sea fishing. *'''Tamarind waterfalls''' — The Tamarind Falls (''also known as Tamarin Falls'') are a beautiful attraction of the southwest of Mauritius. These falls are awkward to reach, but no doubt, it's worth the effort. Tamarind Falls on the Interior portion of the island is an incredible string of about 7 waterfalls surrounds by green mountains and is tucked away beyond a sugar cane filled. Bring something to swim in as there are numerous pools beneath certain falls to take a dip in. There are some spots that require getting a little dirty and some traction on your shoes, but it is well worth it. First time visitors would be advised not to go unguided. No doubt this is one of the most beautiful and calmest places in Mauritius, and one of the best places for nature and animals lovers, and for finding exotic plants and birds. *'''La Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes''' — The park which is home to various species of animals, reptiles and plants is set in a beautiful rain forested valley with natural freshwater springs, full of prawns and fish. It is commonly referred to as ‘The Crocodile Park', for its thousands of Nile crocodiles. It is the only place worldwide to breed aldabra tortoises. There is also a mini zoo of Mauritian fauna where you can find most of the Mauritian mammals and reptiles including skinks, phelsumas (geckos), tortoises, turtles, bats, deer, mongooses, monkeys, pigs, as well as domestic livestock such as goats, fat-tailed sheep and donkeys. At the park shop, you'll find crocodile belts and other crocodile goods. Buy Money The Mauritian rupee (French: ''roupie mauricienne'') has been in use since 1877 and we use the ISO 4217 international currency code of '''MUR''' placed before the amount in all our articles. However, when you're shopping locally, you may also see the ₨ sign, both with and without a full stop and placed before or after the amount. Banknotes come in MUR25, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000, and 2,000 denominations and you may find MUR1, MUR5 and MUR10 coins in circulation. '''Approximate''' exchange rates in September 2013 were: :USD1 MUR32.0 :€1 MUR39.6 :GBP1 MUR46.9 :CHF1 MUR32.0 :CAD1 MUR28.8 :JPY100 MUR29.8 :CNY1 MUR4.84 :ZAR1 MUR2.99 :XAF100 MUR6.03 Shop Mauritius is not at all like Bali or Thailand. Don't expect the local merchants to be interested in a long bargaining game. Many shops will not come down on price at all and even at the markets don't expect more than a 10-20% discount. There are bargains to be had however. Many large brand names in the textile world are manufactured in Mauritius and you can often find over runs or slightly flawed items at a fraction of the European prices. It is also a good place to find unique designed jewellery, wide range of hand crafts such as: artificial flowers, model boats, wooden art and more. It is possible to reach the main shopping centres by public transportation, or to take a full day shopping tour which includes a driver to take you to the main centers and handcrafts workshops. The Caudan Waterfront in Port Louis offers an variety of shops (including designer shops) and is an ideal place for shopping by Tourist. If you are looking for traditional articraft, the place to shop is Port Louis Central Market (Bazaar Port Louis). Eat Mauritius is a paradise for the senses, not only for the eyes with its beautiful landscape, but also for the palate. Gastronomes will find a variety of flavours and aromas inherited from the different migrations through its history. Culinary traditions from France, India, China and Africa, the best-known and appreciated cuisines in the world, have been passed on through generations. Depending on the region, rice or a variety of flat bread called chapattis or roti, called farata (paratha) by the local people, is eaten with curries. The extensive use of spices like saffron, cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves and herbs like thyme, basil, and curry leaves are the common ingredients that provide some powerful, yet subtle, savour. Dal, a variety of lentil soup, are many and varied according to which type of lentil is used; vegetables, beans, and pickles accompany the dishes. Dholl puri and roti, originally an Indian delicacy have become the fish and chips of Mauritians. Biryani from Mughal origins is a dish expertly prepared by the Muslim community, with meat mixed with spiced rice and potatoes. You can buy many snacks on the streets of Mauritius including the famous gateaux piments (a variant of the Indian vadai ; literally, chilli cakes), and vegetable or meat samosas (puffs), along with octopus curry in bread. The tomato and onion based dish called Rougaille (pronounced ''rooh-guy'') is a variation of the French ragoût . The dish usually consists of meat or seafood (corned beef and salted snoek fish rougaille are very popular with the locals) and all Mauritians eat this dish often if not daily. Mauritians have a sweet tooth and make many types of 'gateaux', as they are called. The cakes vary and you can find cakes very much like those in France and others similar to Indian sweets like Gulab Jamun and Rasgulla among many others. Check out the queues where the street sellers are selling their type of snacks and the longest queue will probably have the tastiest food on sale and is very cheap. When leaving Mauritius, don't wait until you go through passport control if you want to have a snack. The coffee shop after passport control is not value for money. You would be better off visiting the snack bar before check-in and taking your purchases through with you; however, remember that due to the liquids, aerosols and gels rules, you are limited to the amount of liquids you can take through the passport control. Drink Mauritius produces a wide range of cane rum. It is very cheap and is a nice drink when mixed with cola and ice. Don't forget the coconut water with a dash of lime and a splash of local rum over ice. The serious amateur will try to find a bottle of five years old (or older) rum. Worth the price difference! If you are staying in a hotel where the drinks are wildly expensive consider collecting your tipples while you are out and about from the local village shops or supermarkets where the prices are much cheaper. The local beer Phoenix costs around MUR30 (little more than one pound sterling) for a pint. Usually served very cold. The local Black Eagle beer, brewed in Nouvelle France is one to watch out for as well. Definite refreshment to match the sweltering summer heat. Try visiting the '''Medine Estate Refinery''' shop at Bambous (4 km from Flic en Flac), on the west of the Island, for a wide variety of locally produced rums and liquors. Sleep There are many international brand hotels in Mauritius but there are some luxurious hotels which are owned by Mauritian companies as well. An increasing trend is for tourists to chose self catered bungalows and apartments, many of them located directly on the beach. . There are also possibilities for foreigners to buy villas (many of them in compound located directly on the beach) in Mauritius through the IRS or RES Scheme. Stay safe The crime rate has decreased in recent years and Mauritius is a much safer country for visitors than most other destinations. The Tourism Police and Coast Guards patrol regularly in areas frequented by tourists, and most cities, beaches and other major attractions are under camera surveillance. Nevertheless, you should exercise common sense and look out for suspicious behaviour, as you would anywhere in the world as tourist are usually more vulnerable to theft. Be a smart traveller. Before your trip: Organize comprehensive travel insurance and check what circumstances and activities are not covered by your policy. Register your travel and contact details, so that you can be contacted in an emergency. Some advice: * Secure your valuables materials. * Littering of waste and smoking in public places, renting unlicensed taxis are severely fined by the police and gross misconduct may also be entitled to jail. * Respect others and avoid dispute. * If you are a victim of any crime, report it to the police right away. Stay healthy Mauritius is a risk area for infection with dengue fever (also known as "breakbone fever" from the muscular paroxysms sometimes induced). No vaccine is available. However no cases of dengue fever have been recorded in the country for several years now. Since 2005 during the high season a certain type of mosquito called the Aedes albopictus causes the viral illness Chikungunya and the insect is more likely to be around in the daytime. It is important to use anti-mosquito protection at all times. Mosquitoes are more prevalent in rural areas but they can also inhabit the beach in the tourist zone and may lead to swollen joints and or rashes. Symptoms last from one week up to several months depending how seriously you are affected. Some people recover quickly but it can take several months to recover completely. It shouldn't put you off visiting Mauritius. Just take good care to cover yourself completely in the best mosquito repellent you can find and re-apply again after swimming. Sleep under a mosquito net. Spray the bedroom well before going to bed with a good repellent and take an electric repellent to plug into the power supply. You can buy plenty of repellents of all types locally in Mauritius quite cheaply including bracelets for kids. Here is a website with comprehensive information on the Chikungunya virus - Health Protection Surveillance Centre’s website: 1991 86% of the population had antibodies indicating that they had been exposed to the hepatitis A virus, following an epidemic of the disease in 1989. Hepatitis A vaccination is generally recommended for travel in East Africa (and most other places) by the CDC. Depending on the time of the year, many of the beaches are infested with sea urchins, and it is not uncommon to see broken glass on the beach or in the water. It is a very good idea to either buy or bring plastic wet shoes when venturing into the water. This is generally not a problem at the big hotels as the designated swimming areas on the beaches are regularly cleaned of urchins and debris. Use wet shoes nonetheless. Reef fish in Mauritius have been found to contain a neurotoxin similar, but not identical, to that found in Caribbean reef fish. It is important not to eat peanuts or take alcohol if you eat coral or reef fish like sea bass, snapper, mullet, grouper, there are many more. The fish eat the toxic algae that grows on the coral reefs. Don't eat intestines or testes of the fish as higher concentrations of the toxin collect here. The symptoms include gastrointestinal upset, vomiting and diarrhea and sometimes numb feelings of the arms and legs. Telephone numbers * Commons:Category:Mauritius WikiPedia:Mauritius Dmoz:Regional Africa Mauritius


Vilnius

Outdoor Cafe url http: www.belmontas.lt en email address Belmonto str. 17 lat 54.68457 long 25.35751 directions Belmontas suburb within Pavilniai Regional Park, east of both Old Town and centre. phone tollfree fax hours price €25 content A recreation area with folk-themed eateries near an old French mill and beautiful waterfall. Beautiful setting suitable for various events. A 15 minute drive from the center of Vilnius. * WikiPedia:Vilnius Dmoz:Regional Europe Lithuania Localities Vilnius Commons:Category:Vilnius


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