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astounded to find a man trying to spend old coins from the reign of Decius. The bishop was summoned to interview the sleepers; they told him their miracle story, and died praising God. Selcuk is a good starting place for many excursions and visits in the area. * A major attraction is the ancient Greek city of '''Ephesus''' which is located only 4km away from the center of the village. Entrance fee cost 25 TL per person, while the Byzantine '''Terrace Houses''' cost an additional 15 TL. * The promenade will also take you to the The '''Temple of Artemis''' (Artemision). Although it was one of the "Seven Wonders" of the Ancient world, nowadays only a column is left. * On the way there one can also visit the '''Cave of the Seven Sleepers''' (see the infobox at right). * The picturesque village of '''Şirince''' is located 9km east to Selcuk up in the hills. It offers wonderful views among olive and peach trees as well as several excellent country hotels. * '''House of the Virgin Mary''' (''Meryem Ana Evi''), 10 km south on the hills is claimed to have been the house where Virgin Mary spend her last days in Ephesus. The Vatican declared this place as an official Catholic pilgrimage site. * '''Pamucak''' beach In the city center there are other very interesting spots: * The '''Byzantine citadel''' and the remains of '''St. John Basilica'''. 8 TL admission. * The '''Aqueduct'''. * The '''Museum of Ephesus'''. Contains objects found in the Ephesus excavation at the site. 8TL admission. Do A day trip to Şirince (8km out of Selçuk). Nestled in the hills, small little village, narrow winding streets, great wines and lots of small cosy wine bars to try them all out in. Beware staying there though as accommodation is ''very'' expensive (90euro)?? * WikiPedia:Selçuk Dmoz:Regional Middle_East Turkey Provinces Izmir Districts Selcuk Commons:Category:Selcuk


. Mátészalka is a good starting place for day-trips to '''Romania and Ukraine'''. '''Visit Tákos and Csaroda''' two small villages to the east. Tákos has an interesting reformed church from the 18th century called "The barefoot Notre Dame" and Csaroda has a very old church from the Middle Ages. Carefully inspect the old wooden furniture of the church, there are carvings in the wood made by 19th century vandals! '''Visit the Old Swamp of Bátorliget''' south of Mátészalka, near the Romanian border. There is an interesting museum there about local biology and ecology. '''Visit Vaja''' west of Mátészalka on route 49. It has got an old castle and a popular lake. '''Visit the Lake of Terem''' near Bátorliget and Terem, south of Mátészalka. Another popular lake in the region. '''Visit the home-made nuclear fallout shelter''' in Kocsord, the next village to the east of Mátészalka. A local, Fogarassy Árpád, thought in the 1980s that nuclear war between the USA and USSR is imminent and built a large concrete bunker in his backyard. The bunker is incomplete and the backyard is in ruins, but it's an interesting piece of local Cold War history, nonetheless. In 2009, a tragicomedic Hungarian film, called "Bunkerember" (the Bunker-man) was made, loosely based on this event. '''Visit Szatmárcseke''' northeast of Mátészalka. It has got a very interesting cemetery in which rather than headstones and Christian crosses, upright wooden boats mark the graves, based on Old Hungarian traditions. '''Visit Tarpa''' and it's animal-powered mill. '''Visit Nyírbátor''' southwest of Mátészalka. It has got many interesting sights, recently renovated. WikiPedia:Mátészalka


The Tsar immediately changed the name of the town to Przhevalsk (Pristan'-Przheval'sk). There are monuments to him, and a museum about his life and work, there and another monument in St. Petersburg. Central Asia thumb right Filled and cut samosa ready to be baked in Karakol (File:Samsa in Karakol.jpg), Kyrgyzstan. In Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, samosas are almost always baked and never fried. The dough can be a simple bread dough, or a layered pastry dough. The most common filling for traditional samosa is lamb and onions, but beef, chicken, and cheese varieties are also quite common from street vendors. Samosas with other fillings, such as potato or pumpkin (usually only when in season), can also be found. Miscellaneous The Kalmyks of Kyrgyzstan live primarily in the Karakol region of eastern Kyrgyzstan. They are referred to as Sart Kalmyks. The origin of this name is unknown. Likewise, it is not known when, why and from where this small group of Kalmyks migrated to eastern Kyrgyzstan. Due to their minority status, the Sart Kalmyks have adopted the Kyrgyz language and culture of the majority Kyrgyz population. As a result, nearly all now are Muslims (Sunni Islam). Tribal influence thumb Karakol (File:Karakol-Dungan-Mosque-Exterior-1.jpg) Dungan (Dungan people) Mosque Alongside Islam, some Kyrgyz practice Tengriism, the recognition of spiritual kinship with a particular type of animal and reverence for the Spirits of nature, ancestors, the earth and sky. Under this belief system, which predates their contact with Islam, Kyrgyz tribes traditionally adopted reindeer, camels, snakes, owls, and bears as objects of worship. The sky, earth, sun, moon, and stars also play an important religious role. The strong dependence of the nomads on the forces of nature reinforced such connections and fostered belief in shamanism. Traces of such beliefs remain in the religious practice of many of today's Kyrgyz residing in the north. '''Issyk Kul Province''' (Kyrgyz (Kyrgyz language): '''Ысык-Көл областы''') is a province (''oblast'') of Kyrgyzstan. Its capital is Karakol. It is surrounded by Almaty Province, Kazakhstan (north), Chui Province (west), Naryn Province (southwest) and Xinjiang, China (southeast). Candidates The Central Election Commission completed registering presidential candidates on 13 June. Elections had last been held on October 29, 2000, with the next previously scheduled for late 2005. The 2000 election was marred by allegations of fraud, heightened by the high percentage of the vote for President Akayev - 74%. His nearest rival was Omurbek Tekebayev who polled 14%. Former Vice-President and opposition leader Felix Kulov had initially decided to run in the 2005 poll, but later withdrew from the race. This followed an agreement with acting President Bakyiev, whereby Kulov would become


everywhere, 500 for half an hour and 1000 for an hour with Wifi rates a bit higher. Go next Iringa is a good starting point for a visit to Ruaha National Park. Transport and accommodation arrangements can be made through Iringa Info, which is opposite Hasty Tasty. You are looking at around $200.00 per day to hire a 4x4 to get there and drive round the park -- this includes a driver and the cost of the fuel. ask at iringa info for cars but they are a bit pricy. Neem crafts is a good spot to pick up info on independent smaller operators and also local tourist gems like guided walks and the newly found rock paintings. Tatanca offer a very good service. their office is on the dodoma road heading away from town. Sumry have morning departures to Dar Es Salam around 8.00. Scandinavian Express does not go any longer, unlike their internet site indicates. Instead Taqwa and Falcon do so and arrive from Dar to Iringa around 13.00. Note that those buses do not come to Iringa busstation but roadside. Normally they overnight at the border. Heading in the other direction Chaula bus run the best service towards Mbeya, with 2 buses leaving every morning


next *Swakopmund is a good starting point for trips up the Skeleton Coast (Skeleton Coast National Park). A good day-trip would be south from Swakop to Walvis Bay, Namibia's port town. The road to Walvis Bay provides good views of the Namib dunes meeting the Atlantic. thumb Cape Cross Seal Colony (File:Cape Cross Seal Colony.jpg) *120 km north of Swakopmund lies Cape Cross, where every October to December about 100,000 of the Cape Fur Seals breed. The sight and the noise (and also the smell) is absolutely breathtaking! The name Cape Cross comes from a stone cross erected 1486 by the Portuguese Diego Cáo. Entry fee to the nature reserve is 10 N$. Accommodation at the Cape Cross Lodge. *For hobby botanists a half day trip to the south east will take you to the legendary Welwitschia Mirabilis plants. In a place where there is no rain for decades the only water source this plant uses is humidity. Welwitschia can become over 1000 years old and only live in this part of the Namib desert, 40 to 120 km away from the coast. Take the Welwitschia drive that starts 50 km east of Swakopmund. Be careful not to walk too close to the plants (roots easily destroyed) or even take plants with you, the species is highly endangered! WikiPedia:Swakopmund Dmoz:Regional Africa Namibia Localities Swakopmund commons:Swakopmund


. A good starting point for discovering Jönköping is its central station, Jönköping Resecentrum, where trains and buses to and from other cities depart and arrive. The station is connected with Juneporten, which is the place where all the inner-city buses leave. Bus tickets within the city cost 20 and 16 SKR flat rate, during peak and off-peak respectively. Young people and children usually get discounts. The last inner-city bus usually leaves around midnight on weekdays, so if you plan on traveling late be prepared to take a taxi which can be rather expensive. On weekends you may be able to catch a bus up until two in the morning, but check the schedules in advance on the regional traffic office homepage, Jönköpings Länstrafik '''Tändsticksområdet''' is the area where the match production of Jönköping was held. This area has various cultural and handicraft shops, as well as the ''Match museum'' (''Tändsticksmuseet'') - note to all trivia fans: Jönköping is the birthplace of the safety match. On this area you may also find the Radio museum ''Radiomuseét'' Wikipedia:Jönköping Dmoz:Regional Europe Sweden Jönköping County Localities Jönköping Commons:Category:Jönköping


'''Goma''' is the touristic capital city of the Democratic Republic of Congo, located in the extreme east near the Rwanda. Understand In 2002 Goma was destroyed by lava from the Nyiragongo volcano which buried most of the town’s streets, particularly the town centre. Since then, Goma has been a city under constant construction. The town itself is worth a visit. While Goma is reasonably safe, any visits outside of Goma should be researched to understand the state of the fighting that persists in the North Kivu province. In particular any trips out of the city should be planned with caution. The city is also the base to climb the Nyiragongo volcano along with some of the cheapest Mountain Gorilla tracking in Africa. It is also a good starting point to Kinshasa via Beni and Kisangani. Get in By plane There are several flights from many towns of Congo to Goma. There is a daily flight from Kinshasa to Goma which is operated by CAA and Wimbi Dira Airways. Alternatively, it is possible to fly to Kigali -in neighboring Rwanda- by direct flights from Europe (France, Belgium, Germany), then by road to Goma (taxi (70- 100 USD) or collective bus

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address lat long directions phone tollfree fax hours price content Kisumu is a very good starting spot for fishing expeditions on the lake. * Wikipedia:Kisumu Dmoz:Regional Africa Kenya Localities Kisumu


there are rubber-tubing tours through a river canyon. The village of Yamparaez, on the road to Tarabuco is a good starting point for condor-spotting treks. There were once natural thermal baths by the river behind Maragua, but an avalanche or ownership dispute that was settled by dynamite (depends who you talk to), destroyed these. It is hoped they will be reconstructed soon. * If you are planning on doing much trekking or camping in the mountains around Sucre, it is highly recommended that you take a guide. Conditions change fast, many of the routes are small or hard to find, and it is important to be sensitive to local cultures (also note the language of chocie is Quechua, so don't assume anyone you meet can speak Spanish). For these reasons it is very useful to have a local guide with you. For one or more-day expeditions to the Cordillera de los Frailes, the Dutch run Travel Agency "Bolivia Specialist" at Nicolás Ortiz #30 is highly recommended. After office hours they have a person for Tours at the Café Restaurant "Florín" at the Bolívar #567. * Condortrekkers arranges locally-lead trekking expeditions to most of the above destinations, and are currently the only organisation that offer overnight trips to Tarabuco, staying in a local village before hitting Tarabuco first thing in the morning. For more info see the listing above or visit Condortrekkers. * If you stay longer and want to escape the city for some fresh air and nature, consider the Centro Ecologico in Aritumayu, splendid clean river with waterfalls nearby, and basic but clean accommodation available (romantic: no electricity nor cellphone coverage) 1.5 hour drive by 4WD. Bookings via High Routes at Bolivar #482. WikiPedia:Sucre Commons:Category:Sucre, Bolivia

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