Africa – Travel & Tea http://travelandtea.com Brits travelling the world, one sip at a time Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:53:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 Would You Like a Foreign Biscuit with That? http://travelandtea.com/like-foreign-biscuit/ http://travelandtea.com/like-foreign-biscuit/#respond Mon, 20 Jan 2014 20:23:15 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=2261 No matter where in the world you drink a cup of tea you will want a biscuit with it. After all, a drink’s too wet without one. So what biscuits are you likely to come across on your travels?  Here are some of the best ones which are made and eaten in some of the […]

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No matter where in the world you drink a cup of tea you will want a biscuit with it. After all, a drink’s too wet without one. So what biscuits are you likely to come across on your travels?  Here are some of the best ones which are made and eaten in some of the countries you might be interested in visiting.

Springerle

This is a German biscuit which is made using a mold so that an intricate design is pressed into them. They are most common in the run up to Christmas and they are lovely. If you are planning on seeing one of the famous Christmas markets in Germany then you might want to take some of these home with you.

Alfajores

This is a type of sweet biscuit found across South America but the ones in Argentina are probably the best ones. There are two different types of alfajor commonly sold; homemade, light and crumbly ones and factory produced chocolate covered ones with firmer biscuits in the middle stuck together with dulce de leche. Both types are fantastic with the latter being a good deal sweeter.

Pierniczki

These Polish gingerbread cookies have been popular for centuries. These days they are often made in shapes such as hearts or stars. If you travel to Poland near Christmas time you should be sure to try them, while you can also find recipes online if you want to give baking yourself them a try at home. Your family will thank you for it.

Krumkakes

This is a type of waffle cookie which is traditionally eaten in Norway. It doesn’t look like the kind of biscuit Brits are used to eating with their tea but we can class it as a biscuit if we use our imagination a little. They are rolled up into cones and look a bit like crepes. While Norway is their spiritual home, you may also come across in Germany and even as far away as the USA. They are often filled with sweet stuff, so unless you have a very sweet tooth you are more likely to eat one as a dessert rather than with your tea.

Tcherek

These are Algerian biscuits which are formed in the shape of a crescent and filled with chopped up almonds. The North of Africa is a great place to eat some biscuits or sweets and you are almost certain to come across some things you have never eaten before. They also drink a lot of tea in this part of the world, although it may take you some time to get used to it.

Sablé

The food is sure to be one of the highlights of any trip you make to France. These biscuits are a round type of shortbread which are crumbly and really rather fine. There are different flavours of them made, with almond, orange and lemon among the most popular. They are traditionally eaten in the Normandy region, although you might get lucky and find some elsewhere.

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Try a Strange Soup on Your Travels http://travelandtea.com/try-strange-soup-travels/ http://travelandtea.com/try-strange-soup-travels/#respond Tue, 14 Jan 2014 05:03:24 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=2133 If you have grown up with classic British tinned soups like Cream of Tomato and Chicken Broth then you might be surprised to find how many weird and wonderful varieties of soup there are in other parts of the world. The following are a few to look out for. Menudo, Mexico Mexico is a country […]

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If you have grown up with classic British tinned soups like Cream of Tomato and Chicken Broth then you might be surprised to find how many weird and wonderful varieties of soup there are in other parts of the world. The following are a few to look out for.

Menudo, Mexico

Mexico is a country with a lot of food which the typical British tourist won’t be used to. Even if you are a local in your town’s Mexican restaurant it won’t fully prepare you for what you will find once you get here. F or example, a classic soup eaten here is called menudo. The name makes it sound pretty harmless but the fact that the main ingredient is a cow’s stomach makes it sound just a little bit more worrying. The stomach gets boiled for hour after hour and you might find some hot chilli peppers in their as well.

Bird’s Nest Soup, China

You have presumably heard of this soup before but have you ever stopped to think about how they make it. It has been a hugely popular soup in China for centuries and basically involves putting a bird’s nest into a pot of boiling water. It seems that the bird’s saliva gives the soup a thick consistency. As you can imagine, it is also a bit of an acquired taste, The fact that it is also pretty expensive might be enough to you off trying it, although it would be a memorable meal in one way or another if you tried it.

Deer Placenta Soup, China

We might as well stay in China for the next strange soup on the list. Deer placenta is said to be very chewy and it is a bit of an unexpected addition to the world of soups if we are being honest. It is popular due to the fact that it is said to give you improved health, vitality and libido. If you can forget for a few minutes what it contains you might be surprised at how much you like it.

Miyeok Guk

This soup is a popular birthday treat in Korea but you might come across it even if you aren’t celebrating your birthday while you are there. It is made of edible seaweed. In fact, the plant typically used is one which his called sea mustard in English. Mothers who have recently given birth are also given this, due to the high amount of calcium it contains.

Supu, Tanzania

If you are ever in Tanzania then this soup is a popular breakfast treat you might want to try. Like the Mexican menudo, it contains cow stomach but there is more to supu than just that. You will also find the likes of the cow’s tongue, goat lungs and maybe even a head or a hoof in there. The look of it might put you off but try it once and you could find that you enjoy it even more than the British soups you are used to slurping.

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Drinking Strange Tea All Over the Planet http://travelandtea.com/drinking-strange-tea-all-over-the-planet/ http://travelandtea.com/drinking-strange-tea-all-over-the-planet/#respond Mon, 16 Sep 2013 01:53:54 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=1271 If you love a cup of tea then you will be delighted to discover that it is popular in just about every country you could possibly visit. However, the cuppa you are served might not always bear much resemblance to what you drink at home. Coca Tea – Bolivia We know that the coca leaves […]

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If you love a cup of tea then you will be delighted to discover that it is popular in just about every country you could possibly visit. However, the cuppa you are served might not always bear much resemblance to what you drink at home.

Coca Tea – Bolivia

We know that the coca leaves are a principal ingredient in the manufacture of cocaine. However, in Bolivia they are sold legally and are used mainly for chewing on. The local culture has a strong belief in the powers of this plant to do everything from fight hunger and fatigue to deal with altitude sickness. In its simplest form coca tea involves pouring hot water over a bunch of leaves. More modern presentations include little tea bags filled with the crushed up leaves. You might be offered a cup of this tea if you are suffering from altitude sickness. It isn’t a drug but some tourists still prefer to give it a miss.

Mint Tea – Morocco

If you have ever tried mint tea- known as Touareg tea – in Morocco then you were probably at least as impressed with the method of preparation and serving as you were with the taste. This delicious variety of tea is made from mint leaves and green tea, is popular in most Arabian countries and is a big part of life for the people there. When a guest gets invited to drink some mint tea the serving of the drink can turn into a rather elaborate ceremony involving the tea being finally poured into glasses from a decent height. It is usually the male head of the family who prepares and serves the tea, with the guest typically getting 3 glasses of more of the stuff. If you are suffering from a dry throat on a hot day then this refreshing drink has a wonderful cooling effect.

Butter Tea – Tibet

It sounds weird, but butter tea is a strong tradition in Tibet, Bhutan and parts of China. It involved tea, yak butter and salt. A few bowls of this tea gets a typical Tibetan ready for a day of work and it is also usually served to guests. It is said to be an idea drink for providing energy at high altitude and for helping avoid chapped lips. In fact, many people (especially nomads) are said to drink dozens of cups of this drink every single day.

Matcha Tea – Japan

Japan is another country where the drinking of tea is a highly ceremonial occasion. This typically involves a green tea called Matcha which includes a lot of antioxidants in it. The tea ceremony in Japan has a long and complex history and it continues in homes and tea houses across the country. If you ever drink a cup while you are in Japan then expect a long and elegant ceremony ending with a deliciously intriguing cup of tea with a flavour which it might take you some time to get used to.

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10 Unique Vacation Destinations Around The World http://travelandtea.com/10-unique-vacation-destinations-around-the-world/ http://travelandtea.com/10-unique-vacation-destinations-around-the-world/#respond Mon, 22 Apr 2013 19:02:19 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=952 World travel, particularly if you have to stick to a budget, can be a bit of a daunting prospect. Though there are fascinating locations all over the world, sometimes it’s more tempting to simply pack up your car, double check your Aviva insurance policy, and take off on a simple UK road trip. But if […]

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World travel, particularly if you have to stick to a budget, can be a bit of a daunting prospect. Though there are fascinating locations all over the world, sometimes it’s more tempting to simply pack up your car, double check your Aviva insurance policy, and take off on a simple UK road trip. But if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous about your travel plans this year, here are 10 spectacular, somewhat off-the-radar destinations around the world to consider.

1. Hobart, Tasmania

Known largely for its emergence as an eco-friendly city, Hobart is an increasingly popular destination. Located in Tasmania, Hobart is a bit obscure for many tourists, but it’s a worthwhile stop during any Australian vacation.

2. Myanmar

Southeast Asia is a popular region for western tourists, but Myanmar has long been shunned due to political instability. With things in that arena improving, however, Myanmar is back on the radar and should offer a very genuine vacation experience due to having been avoided for years.

3. Iceland

Something of a tourist hotspot for years now, Iceland is particularly appealing in 2013. Internal economic issues, while unfortunate in Iceland, have helped to bring down the costs of tourism, making this tiny north Atlantic country easier to visit.

4. Magdalen Islands

Featuring incredible geographic variety, from beaches and cliffs to rolling green hills, this chain of islands near Nova Scotia makes for a great destination for outdoors lovers. In particular, water sports enthusiasts will find plenty to enjoy about the Magdalen Islands.

5. Rwanda

Despite a history of genocide, today’s Rwanda is a peaceful and beautiful corner of Africa ideal for vacationers looking for nature and wildlife. Gorilla tracking, safari, and bird watching expeditions in particular tend to attract visitors.

6. California, USA

From beautiful beaches, to wine country, to big cities, California offers an incredibly dynamic experience for people visiting the U.S. Though there are several cities worth visiting all on their own, a road trip through the state is also a great option.

7. Madagascar

Known for unique wildlife and vegetation, some of which can’t be found naturally anywhere else in the world, Madagascar is a wonderful destination for scientific-minded travellers. Plenty of national parks make for a busy but relaxing experience.

8. Azore Islands

These volcanic islands well west of Portugal barely register attention on a world map. However, due to entirely unique culture and food, as well as beautiful, otherworldly geography, the Azores make for an incredibly interesting vacation.

9. Bhutan

Known for measuring success by “gross national happiness” rather than product, Bhutan is a fascinating country that blends the ancient world with the modern. At the edge of the Himalayas, Bhutan is home to natural beauty, practicing monks, and ancient culture that is fascinating to outsiders.

10. Mykonos, Greece

While much attention is paid to neighboring island Santorini, Mykonos is a more accessible alternative. With all of the postcard beauty of the Greek isles, Mykonos is more affordable for travellers, with a lighter, more festive atmosphere.

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5 Breathtaking Backpacking Trips That Aren’t in Europe http://travelandtea.com/5-breathtaking-backpacking-trips-that-arent-in-europe/ http://travelandtea.com/5-breathtaking-backpacking-trips-that-arent-in-europe/#respond Mon, 01 Apr 2013 00:00:06 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=815 Travelling to other places is one of the most important things you should take advantage if you want some time to relax and unwind, as well explore more. Well, it’s true that not every backpacker wants and looks for the same experience. But no matter what you are really looking for, it would be best […]

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Travelling to other places is one of the most important things you should take advantage if you want some time to relax and unwind, as well explore more. Well, it’s true that not every backpacker wants and looks for the same experience. But no matter what you are really looking for, it would be best to backpack at places that will be convenient enough but where you’ll also be experiencing something different. If you are then planning for your first backpacking trip outside Europe, here are 5 breath-taking places that you can visit and enjoy.

1. The Morocco Adventure

Morocco is a paradise you should visit if you are after a great adventure. It is such a great place where you will find superb coast, wild deserts, and fabulous mountain vistas. While you are there experience sands in your shoes from the Sahara Desert. You can also walk around Rabat which as an impressively clean neighbourhood and has so many interesting things that you can explore. Don’t forget to try tagine which is a typical Moroccan dish baked in a closed clay pot put over a fire and served together with round bread. If you are travelling alone and on a tight budget, Morocco is the perfect destination for your kind of adventure. The best time you can visit this paradise is during spring by mid March to May and during the autumn seasons from September to November.

2. Explore Australia, The Land Down Under

World famous for its amazing beauty, Australia is a great place for backpacking. This wonderful continent is smooth, easy, and safe to travel around. If you would like to witness stunning city views in Australia, as well as bliss of blue waters, you can watch from the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge. If you love the beach, just grab your hat, put on some lotion, and sun bathe. You can also try snorkelling and more excitingly dive at the Great Barrier Reef to. With so many interesting stuffs in Australia, you cannot possibly see and do everything in just one trip. Australia is definitely a must for every traveller like you if you wish to explore a natural wonder.

3. Enjoy Amazing Tranquillity in India

A country of contrast and a lot of dimension, India is one place you should surely get to visit and enjoy at. India is a huge Southern Asia country that is simply fascinating because of it great tourist attractions. If you get the chance to travel to India, you will get to see the marvels of the Himalayan peaks, swim through and chill on their exotic beaches like the beaches in Goa and Kerala. For great tranquillity, you can visit spiritual places and temples in India such as Haridwar, Varanais, and Bodhgaya. For sure, you will definitely enjoy their food that is extremely cheap and lodgings that are given out on a bargain.

4. Discover the Wilderness in Uganda

Uganda is one of the most popular places in the world where you can get to find the greatest safari attractions. Said to be the “Pearl of Africa”, Uganda features more than 10 national parks and wildlife sanctuaries such as the Murchison Fall National Park which is the largest park in Uganda and the Queen Elizabeth National Park that is said to be one of Uganda’s outstanding treasure. If you love and enjoy birds, Uganda is the place you can go because it has more than a thousand bird species. Nonetheless, getting to Uganda’s national parks and sanctuaries can be roughing it because you will have to hire a private vehicle.

5. Heavenly Argentina

With superb landscapes and truly untouched regions, Argentina is a place you should include in your great backpacking places to visit. As soon as you get to step in Argentina, you can visit most of its amazing place like in Patagonia where you can be alone and easily escape the crowd. If you wish to experience great nightlife, the capital Buenos Aires welcomes you with it great clubs, bars, and restaurants. With all these things, you will surely never go wrong about choosing Argentina as your next travel destination.

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Africa’s Best Safari Destinations http://travelandtea.com/africas-best-safari-destinations/ http://travelandtea.com/africas-best-safari-destinations/#respond Mon, 11 Mar 2013 18:47:45 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=752 Those who plan a trip to Africa can look forward to a great safari experience. The enchantment of Africa, the beauty of the African landscape and its numerous majestic animals can all be experienced on one great trip. Here is a list of five of the greatest African safari destinations. Kenya Kenya is one of […]

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Those who plan a trip to Africa can look forward to a great safari experience. The enchantment of Africa, the beauty of the African landscape and its numerous majestic animals can all be experienced on one great trip.

Here is a list of five of the greatest African safari destinations.

Kenya

Kenya is one of the most sought after destinations in all of African Safari Home. Kenya is located in east Africa. The rich wildlife in this area includes plenty of great golden lions. You can also take in the beautiful snow-capped mountains and pristine beaches of white sand. You should also make it a point to enjoy the wonderful sunsets and pink-coral sunrises. There would be no better way to rise to a new day. There are many places to enjoy in Kenya. Some of the most famous destinations of Kenya are the Diana beach, the wonderful and quaint town of Lamu. You can also find some of the most famous safari destinations of the world right here in Kenya. Do not miss a safari in Masai Mara, the Rift valley and Mt Kilimanjaro.

Tanzania

This is another one of the wonderful packages that Africa has to offer you. Tanzania is also a part of east Africa. If you want to go to some place that is far away from the rush of regular tourists, Tanzania would be the perfect choice. This does not mean that Tanzania does not have anything special to offer. Some of the most enchanting destinations of Africa are in Tanzania. Here is a list of places that you should surely visit the Serengeti, Olduvai gorge, Selous game reserve, Lake Victoria, the Great Migration and Ngorongoro Crater. Each of these destinations has the ability to take your breath away.

South Africa

Compared to the rest of Africa, South Africa is very developed. A visit to South Africa is like visiting many different worlds at once. You can find bustling cities that are great for shopping trips. You can also visit Kruger National Park and spend hours photographing the best wildlife. Another must-do on your trip to South Africa is a trip to the fabulous beaches that South Africa has to offer the visitors. There are many well maintained and comfortable game lodges to suit every budget. If you are looking forward to trekking trips you can head to the mountain ranges. You can also go for a trip to the desert or the winelands.

Botswana

Botswana can offer some amazing sites that you cannot find anywhere else in Africa. One of the sights that you must see is the vast and exciting salt pans. The wonderfully pristine and calming waterways of Okavango Delta are another spot that deserves to be visited. You can also spend some time with the Kalahari Bushmen. This would help you to understand and feel the soul of Africa. One of the factors that attracts people in Botswana is the low tourist density. You can definitely have the best time of your life is Botswana.

Namibia

Namibia is where you should go to for visiting the oldest desert in the world, the Namib desert. Namibia also has some of the greatest game parks, one of the best being Etosha. Be sure to visit Damaraland. You can take in the wonderful mix of modern style and colonial design in the enchanting little towns of Namibia.

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Just How Do Some People Manage To Travel The World Indefinitely? http://travelandtea.com/just-how-do-some-people-manage-to-travel-the-world-indefinitely/ http://travelandtea.com/just-how-do-some-people-manage-to-travel-the-world-indefinitely/#respond Mon, 28 Jan 2013 13:39:33 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=529 There are some people who usually travel the world indefinitely, and you may be wondering how they do it. Actually, it’s not that difficult; the trick is in getting the right price for everything. If you can strike a bargain for the cost of the holiday, then you will be able to save plenty of […]

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There are some people who usually travel the world indefinitely, and you may be wondering how they do it. Actually, it’s not that difficult; the trick is in getting the right price for everything. If you can strike a bargain for the cost of the holiday, then you will be able to save plenty of money. This also means that you will have more money to travel to other places later on.

Getting cheap flights

One of the most common yet highly effective tricks is getting a cheap flight ticket. Doing this can be quite a hustle, and you should allocate some solid chunks of time for it. It’s usually time well invested however, since flights are often the most expensive part of a trip overseas. Getting a cheap ticket means that you will be able to save plenty of money.

With this in mind, there are several ways of getting the lowest price on a ticket. First, you can look for discounts. For example, if you are travelling to Barcelona, Spain, then you can get an airline that is offering a special discount. This is usually a common thing, and if you are lucky enough, then you will be able to save quite a substantial amount of money.

You can also get a cheap ticket by requesting your travel agent to do so. These agents are usually well versed with getting the lowest rates for tickets. You just need to be clear that you would like to get the lowest price for your ticket. Some travel destinations such as Shanghai, China, usually hold numerous trade exhibitions throughout the year. Therefore, if you are a businessperson, you can take advantage of this and go for a working holiday. You will be given a travel package that has a discounted ticket, as well as discounted accommodation and shopping vouchers. If you compare such an offer with conventional travel, then you will notice that the difference is very significant.

Another simple trick that you can use to save money is booking your ticket pretty early. This is usually done online, as most airlines usually offer such discounted tickets for online bookings as they are actually trying to encourage more people to book their tickets online. You can therefore go for this option; however, you have to make sure that you get a refundable ticket, as this will enable you to withdraw this booking in the case that you have found a better deal.

You can also get group discounts on your ticket; many airlines usually offer this kind of discount so that they can get more people to use their airlines. In order to take advantage of this offer, it is important that you get a number of friends and choose a specific travel destination, for example the Maasai Mara National Park in Kenya. Then, you can book your tickets together so that you get the group discount. This is not that easy to accomplish, but planning early will give you ample time to get the numbers required for the discount.

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5 Exciting Travel Destinations For 2013 http://travelandtea.com/5-exciting-travel-destinations-for-2013/ http://travelandtea.com/5-exciting-travel-destinations-for-2013/#respond Mon, 07 Jan 2013 03:25:30 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=431 We Brits are fond of travelling to foreign countries. According to the latest UK government statistics, 55.5 million visits were made abroad in 2011 by UK residents, which grew by 2.3% compared to the previous year. Spain and France were the topmost destinations for British travellers. These two countries accounted for 34% of all visits […]

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We Brits are fond of travelling to foreign countries. According to the latest UK government statistics, 55.5 million visits were made abroad in 2011 by UK residents, which grew by 2.3% compared to the previous year. Spain and France were the topmost destinations for British travellers. These two countries accounted for 34% of all visits abroad.

The New Year has just set in but it is likely that the wet summer of the previous year will encourage any British traveller to make plans ahead for travelling abroad in 2013. There are some places or destinations which have long been favourites for Brits. However, exploring some alternative destinations could be more challenging and adventurous for you in 2013.

Some suggestions…

Thailand

Thailand has emerged over the years as a very exciting tourist destination for travellers from all over the world. A growing number of British travellers make holidays in Thailand every year. Thailand is a beautiful, tropical country with magnificent natural beauty and very friendly people. Thailand is a country that has never been colonised or occupied by any country. The country has a fascinating and rich cultural heritage. The beautiful beaches of Phuket, and the peaceful island of Koh Samui will give you a fantastic time. The countryside, beaches, great Thai food, and of course the bustling and entertaining Bangkok, the capital of Thailand will make your travel experience a lifetime remembrance.

Egypt

Egypt does not need an introduction. There are so many things of attractions to do or see in Egypt that the list will be endless. There is more of Egypt to see other than the very famous and the iconic pyramids, and Sphinx. A Nile Cruise can be an ideal start for any British traveller to explore the Valley of the Kings, and famous Aswan. Cairo is a bustling city with numerous world class museums, ancient landmarks and a vibrant Egyptian life. The great Egyptian food is just as delicious as you can think of. There are plenty of budget hotels along with luxurious 5 star hotels in all the main tourist destinations in Egypt. The beaches, the sparkling water of the Red Sea resorts will make your holidays full of joy.

Spain

Probably for any British traveller Spain is one of the topmost travel destinations abroad. In fact, Spain remains the number one travel destination for British holidaymakers and has been a favourite for UK travellers. The most travelled places in Spain are the Balearic Islands of Mallorca, Ibiza, and Menorca, and the Canary Islands of Tenerife and La Palma and Gomera. Catalonia and Costa de la Luz are also favourite beach destinations.

The availability of numerous low-cost airlines can be availed by any British traveller and explore interesting places in Spain. Cities like Palma and Seville with rich culture can be great destinations for breaks. Mountains, empty beaches, medieval towns, lively cities, beautiful countryside of Northern Spain will give you a real delight.

France

France is on the other side of the English Channel and one of the yet one of the most favourite travel destinations for the Brit travellers. Any British traveller would love to visit this beautiful land of champagne, world class arts, galleries, beaches, some of the best cuisines of the world and many more things. The beaches of Corsica, Ile de Ré, Monet’s Garden in Giverny, and Paris will give you a pleasant travel experience in France. If you love wine then France will be your favourite destination. You can take a wine tour too. You can go for an excursion to places such as Burgundy, Gascony and the Canal du Midi etc. Paris is full of fun with lovely food, world class museums, art galleries, and many more exciting things. The river Nice is another attraction.

USA

Although the USA is on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, far away from the UK, it remains one of the main tourist destinations for British travellers. 2013 can be a great year for any British traveller to explore one of the world’s most richest and powerful countries in many different areas. The impressive and vast diversity of landscapes, great American food, friendly people, many iconic cultural sites, famous cities and towns, and many more attractions will impress any British visitor immensely.

New York City can be the starting point for you. There is so much to see in this world city that you can spend weeks here without getting bored. New England is a charming place to visit. Travelling to Washington D.C., Boston, Philadelphia etc will give you an enjoyable time. Cities like San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Dallas, Seattle etc will be great places to see. Michigan, Great Lakes, Grand Canyon, the beaches of the west coast, the sunny and warm weather of California, vast tracks of wilderness, mountains etc will certainly astonish you when you travel to the USA.

There are many more destinations abroad for 2013 like Malaysia, Australia, Brazil, the Maldives, Italy, Japan, UAE, South Africa and many more places for British travellers to get sun, fun and joy in the summer of 2013.

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5 Must-Visit British Battlegrounds For The Traveling History Buff http://travelandtea.com/5-must-visit-british-battlegrounds-for-the-traveling-history-buff/ http://travelandtea.com/5-must-visit-british-battlegrounds-for-the-traveling-history-buff/#respond Mon, 17 Dec 2012 06:28:28 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=395 England is the largest nation of the four nations that make Great Britain. It is one of the most economically stable countries in the world. This is evident from the previous engagements that England under the banner Great Britain have taken part in the past and won. Britain has always taken the bull by its […]

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England is the largest nation of the four nations that make Great Britain. It is one of the most economically stable countries in the world. This is evident from the previous engagements that England under the banner Great Britain have taken part in the past and won. Britain has always taken the bull by its horns; this is evident from the battles and wars that it has fought.

The Battle of Waterloo

For historians who want to know more about the battle of Waterloo they can visit England. While in England, they will have a chance to visit some historic sites where they can find more about the brave English soldiers. The Battle of Waterloo took place in 1815. It took place in Belgium south of Brussels. The armies involved were from Britain, Germany, Belgium, and Netherlands who were against the French army. The Generals of this army were The Prince of Orange, Marshal Blucher and the Duke of Wellington against Emperor Napoleon. The size of the armies involved were 23,000 British troops with 44,000 allied troops. The British had 160 guns who were against 74,000 French troops who had 250 guns. The winners of this war were the British and all their allied troops.

The Battle of Balaclava

People from Russia, France and Turkey can travel to England whenever they wish to learn about this battle. The war was called the Crimean war and started on the 25th October 1854. This army involved the British, French and Turkish troops who fought the Russian army.

The Battle of Colenso

England has a connection with Africa. Most countries in Africa were colonized by Great Britain hence speak the English language. Tourists from South Africa should visit England and get to know the details of this war. The Battle of Colenso started on the 15th of December 1899 at a place called the Colenso on the Tugela River in South Africa. It resulted in the Boer war. The people involved in this battle were the British who fought the Boers. The generals of these armies were General Botha and General Sir Redvers Bullers. The sizes of the armies were 12,000 Boers against 16,000 British.

The Jacobite Rebellion

This is the ideal place for the local tourists of Great Britain living in Scotland and England. This is one place the tourists from the two countries can visit when faced with a standoff. The Jacobite Rebellion took place between 1745 and 1746. These rebellions were aimed at James VII of Scotland and James II of England. The rebellion took the name Jacobus which means James in Latin.

The Battle of the Nile

Travelers from northern Africa can visit England so that they really understand the history of the Nile and how eventually it was named the Nile. The Battle of the Nile or the Aboukir Bay resulted in what is referred to as the Napoleonic war. The war commenced on the 1st August 1798. This battle took place in Egypt, east of Alexandria off Egypt coast. The combatants were the French navy against the British navy. The generals of this war were Admiral Brueys d’Aigalliers for the French fleet and Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson of the British army. The winners of this battle front were the British Fleet who won with resounding victory.

These are some of the rich historic happening that happened in Great Britain thus making English travel memorable.

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If going on safari has always been a dream vacation, then East Africa has to be the ultimate destination. There is a fine choice of magnificent national parks to visit and matchless opportunities to observe wild animals in their natural habitat. Here are the most outstanding of all East Africa’s national parks.

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Widely considered to be the best wildlife reserve in Africa, the Serengeti National Park has an impressive number of predators and prey packed into its 5,700 square miles of savanna, or grassland plains, as well as its forests and woodlands situated on riverbanks. A world heritage site, there are marvelous opportunities to observe the “big five” of the game world here – the African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, lion and rhinoceros. There is also a wealth of other animals, including giraffe and gazelle, and somewhere in the region of 500 bird species, including the crowned crane and marabou stork ostrich.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

Originally part of the Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is located in the southeast, and its topography, geology and wildlife are various and unique. The Ngorongoro Crater is home to approximately 25,000 animals, including black rhinoceros, wildebeest and, unusually, hippopotamus. There are also grasslands, mountain forests and waterfalls that sustain both animal life and human life, notably the Masai tribe.

Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya

The Masai Mara is a northerly continuation of the Serengeti National Park, separated from it by the Mara River. The big attraction here is the annual migration between July and October of wildebeest, gazelle and zebra – almost two million creatures in all pour across the river, while lions, leopard and crocodiles stalk them in order to prey on the weak and vulnerable. Besides catching a glimpse of the big five, lucky travelers can also spot cheetah, hyena and eland, plus many more.

Amboseli National Park, Kenya

A popular park with tourists, Amboseli offers unique access to the local Masai people and has the highest concentration of elephants anywhere in Kenya. With extremely picturesque scenery and Kilimanjaro as a backdrop, it is a favorite destination for photographers who love to capture some of the 600 species of bird life in the area, along with bats, impalas and gerenuks, as well as many other species.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

Perhaps not on the same scale as other national parks, the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is nevertheless a UNESCO world heritage site and home to one of the last remaining wilderness experiences on the planet. Accessible only by foot, the 128 square miles of jungle forests here are one of the most diverse forest environments in East Africa for plants as well as one of the richest ecosystems found on the continent. They are home to approximately 340 Mountain Gorillas and are a sanctuary for many more primates, including chimpanzees, as well as butterflies, birds, frogs and geckos.

Getting there

Travelling to East Africa is straightforward and cheap flight tickets are easy to find. Depending on the itinerary, travelers can choose from airports in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. Upon arrival, land travel by 4×4 vehicles is a wise choice when visiting the national parks.

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