Tag Archives: Travel & Culture

Travel & Culture: Desert Peoples Of Mauritania (HD)

Mauritania, officially the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, is a sovereign state in Northwest Africa. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, Western Sahara to the north and northwest, Algeria to the northeast, Mali to the east and southeast, and Senegal to the southwest.

In human cultures in general, and perhaps particularly in Africa, the landscape is the first shrine of tradition. From the sand dunes of Mauritania to the currents of River Senegal, to the Lions of the Beninese savannah to the spirits of the forests of Gabon, this series explores the origin, the nature and the survival of deep links between several populations in West Africa and their habitat.

Each episode takes us to discover an emblematic landscape: the river (Senegal), the desert (Mauritania), the forest (Gabon) and the savannah (Benin). A compass of escape and meeting which rests on two main pillars: the spectacular character of the places, often classified with the UNESCO world heritage, and the charisma of the main characters who are transmitters of their respective traditions.

Views: Stone Sculptors Keep Craft Alive In Egypt

For over sixty years, Sayed Al-Mataany has been using thousand-year-old, Ancient Egyptian methods to carve hieroglyphs into vases and sculptures — but major blows to Egypt’s tourism industry have caused a steady decline in the number of tourists coming to Luxor to buy his ornaments. We went to Luxor in Egypt to see how his business is still standing. Sayed does not have a website. He sells his work locally in Luxor.

Cover Preview: Romeing Magazine – May 2022

May 2022 Issue – TEN INCREDIBLE THINGS TO DO IN ROME, BUZZING HOTEL RESTAURANTS, TOKYO REVISITED EXHIBIT AT MAXXI, THE UNMISSABLE EVENTS OF MAY.

COVERS: FRANCE-AMÉRIQUE MAGAZINE – MAY 2022 ISSUE

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May 2022

Hollywood-sur-Mer

For the Cannes Film Festival, held this year from May 17-28, we take you to the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc, a legendary palace on the Mediterranean brimming with Hollywood glamor, and we bring you the story of Alice Guy, cinema’s forgotten pioneer: She was the world’s first female filmmaker and spent her life between Paris and New Jersey. Also in this issue, meet the French-Belgian chef at the helm of Fanny’s, the restaurant at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, visit the Galignani bookstore – a mecca for Anglophone readers in Paris – and discover how a business-savvy Frenchman claimed the rights to the smiley 50 years ago.

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Travel Study: Barcelona Is The Best City In The World

Barcelona

“Barcelona combines everything that is most charming about Mediterranean cities – a relaxed pace, months of endless sunshine, unbeatable food – with the cultural and design clout of almost any city in the cold north.”

SALLY DAVIES, TELEGRAPH DESTINATION EXPERT

DINING & HOTELS

 

36/50

CULTURE & HISTORY

 

31/50

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

 

35/50

TRANSPORT & GETTING THERE

 

43/50

Italy Previews: Bellissimo Magazine – Spring 2022

This issue’s features include:

  • An in-depth look at the region’s Etruscan history and best archaeological sites
  • New Florence hotels that artfully blend heritage and modernity
  • Why your next al fresco meal in Tuscany should be at a vineyard
  • The regional dish Tuscany’s top food writers can’t live without

Plus learn how to make the ultimate Tuscan comfort food, pappa al pomodoro, visit smaller towns for charm without the crowds, wade into the region’s best thermal spas, and more!

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Travel & Culture: The Bordeaux Wine Region

The world’s finest wines, sweeping vineyards and fine food couple with a river valley dotted with castles. We sample the best Bordeaux then cruise the lovely Dordogne and Lot rivers with stops at chateaux, ancient watermills, and perched villages.

The wine regions of Bordeaux are a large number of wine growing areas, differing widely in size and sometimes overlapping, which lie within the overarching wine region of Bordeaux, centred on the city of  Bordeaux  and covering the whole area of the  Gironde  department  of  Aquitaine.

The Bordeaux region is naturally divided by the Gironde Estuary into a Left Bank area which includes the Médoc and Graves and a Right Bank area which includes the Libournais, Bourg and Blaye. The Médoc is itself divided into Haut-Médoc (the upstream or southern portion) and Bas-Médoc (the downstream or northern portion, often referred to simply as “Médoc”).

Front Covers: Romeing Magazine – April 2022

Top Cultural Road Trips: Seville To Ronda In Spain

First, the fizz. Part of Seville’s exuberance is because the city is preparing for two festivals: Semana Santa, over Holy Week, and the April Fair (actually in May). The first involves processions of elaborately trussed religious statues sitting on decorative floats held aloft by men in cream-coloured cloaks and cone-shaped headdresses, a vision that surprised me when I attended, by chance, while interrailing around Europe decades ago. The April Fair is equally flamboyant, although with more frills — Sevillanas in every shade of flamenco dress. Everyone learns flamenco at school, so there’s no excuse for poor footwork. And, naturally, getting a new dress, of slightly different design, is the done thing each year.

After all that, arriving at La Donaira via the white mountain village of El Gastor is a change of pace. Not least because the views are lurking under cloud (the calima again), so I am inclined to make the most of the hotel’s cosiness rather than head out for a grey hike.

What was once a private house, converted into a hotel in 2015, strives to maintain that homely feeling. It’s working — guests wear athleisure at dinner, pad around in socks and Crocs, and children jump on the giant sofa by the living-room fire. The vibe here is so relaxed, we leave our bedroom door open at night to listen to the rain and feel the cool mountain air. The living room is a big, open space — a former barn, with picture windows over the courtyard, a library and plenty of lounging spots.

Previews: France Today Magazine – April/May 2022