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Malta, Sardinia and Corsica

Malta, Sardinia and Corsica

October 2017

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Three Mediterranean Islands – all very different. Sardinia part of Italy, Corsica, governed by France and Malta, an independent nation which was once a British colony. If year-round sunshine and 7,000 years-worth of living history is your thing, the ex-British colony of Malta should be on your travel bucket list. This independent nation comprises three small Islands – Malta, Gozo and Comino which is uninhabited. It is a traveller’s dream because you can take in every- thing within a small radius, sampling the architecture (both grand and quaint), a stunning fortified har- bour, the rocky landscape, traditional hilltop towns, fishing villages, and an upbeat lively capital city, all against the languid backdrop of the magnificent Mediterranean. Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean, presenting a rather rugged mountain scape, balanced by placid bays. In rural parts, stone-walled Neolithic fortresses call Nuraghes can still be seen in the fields. Sardinian towns and cities, especially those along the coast, have a rich tradition of shellfish and seafood while inland towns and cities are known for game and farm produce, most no- tably its capers, olives and Pecorino sardo.

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Botswana, Namibia, Cape Town and Victoria Falls

Botswana, Namibia, Cape Town and Victoria Falls

September, 2017

Botswana has a wonderfully diverse culture, with many different tribal influences coexisting with Europeans. The tribal groups within Botswana (Tswana, Kalanga, Basarwa and Kgalagadi) have different languages, traditional dances and clothing, and live a vastly different lifestyle to city- dwellers. Home to large populations of wildlife, rugged national parks, wetlands alive with birds and one of the world’s largest deltas, Botswana’s bounty of natural treasures is remarkable. With winter sunshine, a temperate climate and golden sunsets, it’s no wonder most locals have beaming smiles - they’re surrounded by some of Mother Nature’s greatest triumphs.

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The Balkan Countries

The Balkan Countries

September 2017

The Balkans derives its name from the Turkish word meaning ‘a chain of wooded mountains’. This is where farming first reached Europe in the Neolithic era. It is easier to think of the Balkan States as ‘Southeastern Europe’. To the west is the Adriatic Sea, with the Mediterranean Sea to the south and the Black Sea to the east. Wholly or partially on the peninsula, you will find nearly one dozen fascinating and beautiful countries including Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro and Slovenia. Their polyglot nature has been forged in turn by the Greeks, Romans and Slavs, and even formed part of the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century. A genuine cultural crossroads, the Balkan region was where Orthodoxy met Christianity, and Christianity met Islam. While many of these names have been synonymous with political turmoil in modern history (Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo in 1914, sparking the First World War), the current reality is a collection of countries and cultures now relishing in their own identities, and enjoying a resurgence of interaction with the outside world.

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