Holiday Tags: Culture

One of the most fascinating destinations in Africa is the exotic seaport of Stonetown on the idyllic island of Zanzibar. Historically significant, Stonetown is vibrant mix of architectural and cultural influences such as arabic, indian, african and european. With out a doubt the best seafood experience weve ever had was at the Forodhani Garden. The garden has a carnival-like atmosphere with a frenzy of people buying and selling food and curios to the light of gas lamps and flaming woks. There are stacks of kingfish, tuna, barracuda, white shark, red snapper, blue marlin, small prawns, large prawns, lobster, mussels, and clams all on kabobs. Behind the kabobs are piles of crab claws, calamari, octopus tentacles, cassava, breadfruit, falafel, fried potatos, salad, nan bread, and chapatti. Forodhani is definitely the best and the cheapest seafood anywhere.

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Lonely Planet author Michael Kohn recommends Mongolia as the kind of country where you can just turn up and be guaranteed adventure. Not a surprise when nomad culture is alive and their hero is Ghengis Khan.

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Tony Wheeler, one of the founders of Lonely Planet, explores the biggest of Croatia’s coastal cities, Split. The Roman ruins are one of the biggest and impressive sites anywhere in Europe. But amongst this historical place lives a vibrant shopping, cafe, restaurant and bar culture.

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Tony Wheeler, one of the founders of Lonely Planet, visits Raratonga in the Cook Islands. It’s all beautiful beaches to laze on, the Muri lagoon, snorkelling and diving. And if the pristine beauty isn’t spiritual enough, try the Sunday church services with the locals.

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Lonely Planet author George Dunford sums up Edinburgh. More Europe than Britain probably because of the month-long Edinburgh Arts Festival every August, the city is sophisticated Scotland. Pub culture is the backbone of society, making it easy to meet locals. Try scotch or hand-made Real Ale but steer clear of football in conversation until you find out which team they go for.

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Visit the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. This prominent landmark is and was the cultural heart of Athens, a temple complex and a building the Parthenon that was perfect. Athens is on he mainland in case you were unaware. I’d also be inclined to look at package holidays to the Greek Iskands if you are in the area. Some of them are beautiful.

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