Archive for February, 2008
Galway is one of the most chilled out spots in Western Europe. Despite being a city, it feels like a big town with its easy attitude and cool bohemian vibe.
Known as the City of the Tribes, after the 14 affluent tribes who ruled during the middle ages, this thriving city is the most westerly in Europe and enjoys a strong artistic heritage and a flourishing arts, music, theatre and film scene.
Summer in Galwayis a never-ending stream of excellent festivals, with eating, drinking and entertainment all taking place outdoors in the balmy air of this warm-hearted city.
Enjoy the atmospheric pubs in this West of Ireland city with its beautiful location at the edge of Galway Bay, its pretty medieval streets and its lively weekend markets for a city break you’ll never forget.
There are over 50 festivals taking place annually in Galway, celebrating the Oyster Season, Local Arts and Culture, Music, Irish Language and so much more. Gaelic Games (Gaelic Football, Hurling and Camoige) are remain central to community life in most areas. In Galway the experience is not just of an exceptional landscape but of people and communities who’s pride and openess ensures most visitors return.
Galway County is unique in having Ireland’s largest Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) region. There are four main inhabited Islands off the coast of Galway including the world renowed Irish speaking Aran Islands and Inisboffin. In total there are 18 inhabited islands in County Galway. There are plans to gain UN World Heritage Status for the Aran Islands
Read more: http://www.discoverireland.com/
February 26th, 2008
By Thomas Hollowell
Morocco is a country where the society, culture, and various peoples are evolving rapidly with the world economy. While the distinct difference between the rich and poor is quite noticeable, the country, much like that of India or China, is booming in lieu of a possible world recession due to the United States’ own economic pendulum.
Travel to Morocco reached an all time high in 2007. Some believe that the goal of having 10 million plus tourists per year will happen much before the predicted year of 2010. The country has its own exotic allure, including mountain-dwelling cultures known as the Berbers, the rise, change, and varying view of women, along with the political change that King Mohammed VI and his wife, Princess Lalla Salma are bringing to the country. The changes are slow, steady, but noticeable.
A greater number of world wayfarers are thinking about cultural and religious understanding. Certain cultural and custom Morocco tours are able to get people beyond the mass tourist path and take them into the heart of this land and its people. The mixed Berber and Arab peoples have no real tensions and the varying populations regard each other with respect. The Berbers themselves have three main languages, which differ significantly from one region to the next. The Rif Mountains, near Chefchaouen, the Middle Atlas Mountains near Fez, and trekking the High Atlas Mountains near Marrakesh all have their own cultural nuances and languages.
Additionally, Morocco is changing in regard to women’s rights in the home and in public. Women enjoy freedom in Morocco that is based on the western idea of equality. They now hold positions in parliament, are CEOs in companies, and are starting their own branches of business competing in Morocco’s flourishing economy. Certain statutes that remain written in the law do limit women’s roles on paper. Certain religious bodies would like to continue controlling women’s societal role, but these attempts are becoming less and less prominent and important.
Overall, Morocco is rapidly changing with the times. With Europe nearby and the United States enjoying both economic and political beneficial relationships with the North African Kingdom, Morocco is on a path to a prosperous economy where the people are beginning to benefit from these positive implementations. Tourism in Morocco is also flourishing and the people of Morocco accept travelers from all corners of the globe to share in their deep heritage
Read more: http://www.journeybeyondtravel.com/
February 25th, 2008
By Matthew Holden
PodAsia offers free travel podcasts for all members of Links4Travelers.
Simply visit their website where you can listen to podcasts from their travel writers throughout Asia. Or you can visit them via Apples iTunes
Matthew Holden | Presenter/Producer, PodAsia Travel Podcast Guide, Singapore
Learn more: http://www.podcastdirectory.com/podcasts/31574
February 18th, 2008