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“A new world full of ancient cultures” at Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam

Last weekend I spent some time in Amsterdam with a group of friends for an extended weekend away. Whilst we had a fantastic weekend of dinners, partying and sightseeing, a Sunday morning stroll allowed me to explore a place that really captured my interest; the Tropenmuseum.

Located on Linnaeusstraat 2, the Tropenmuseum provides a selection of permanent and temporary exhibitions that quite simply, is one of the most intriguing and insightful museums that I’ve visited in a long time. Continue reading “A new world full of ancient cultures” at Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam

Cameroon – Tourism development in action at World Travel Market, London

Cameroon’s Ministry of Tourism at WTM

During World Travel Market 2012, I was lucky to be invited to attend a press conference arranged by Wonder* Communications on behalf of Cameroon’s Ministry of Tourism.

Now, not only was this an intimate way to meet people that are equally interested in the country, but it was a fantastic learning experience about an up and coming destination that is working hard to gain our support. There’s no better way to learn than from the people that know the land, and are well placed to share their passion with new-comers like myself.

With a group of around 60 attendees and a well-run question and answer session, there was plenty of opportunity to identify the potential for the country and hear first-hand about the challenges that the country in West Central Africa is working hard to overcome. Continue reading Cameroon – Tourism development in action at World Travel Market, London

Lalla Nezha Cookery Class, Marrakech, Morocco

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As I have a keen interest in food and experiencing spices from different continents, it only seemed right to enjoy taking part in a cooking class whilst I was in Morocco.

After some research online I came across details for Lalla Nezha, a woman that seemed to offer a fantastic way of not only providing a recipe but also customing this to suit personal taste and offering complete guidance from start to finish. As I was seeking a truly authentic experience, she appeared to be the best choice – I certainly wasn’t disappointed! Continue reading Lalla Nezha Cookery Class, Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco – 3 days – 2 people – 1 objective – EXPOSURE!

In search of a diverse, culture filled break from the UK, I arranged a break to Marrakech in Morocco, North Africa for my boyfriend and I for a long weekend getaway.

Flying with Ryanair from East Midlands direct to Menara Airport (following a two hour delay!)  we arrived in the early evening and were immediately taken aback by the heat of the country. There were cashpoints immediately located in the airport, making it easy to withdraw our cash in the first instance. As we left the airport, we were greeted by a line of taxis, each bartering for our business. When we found one that seemed more familiar with our destination – Riad la Maison Rouge – we loaded our baggage and headed off into the night of Marrakech.

We arrived at the riad within around 30 minutes darkness was taking a full hold of the night. After settling into the riad, we decided to make the most of what remained fof the evening. The riad manager provided the directions and we set off for the main square, Djemaa el Fna. Continue reading Marrakech, Morocco – 3 days – 2 people – 1 objective – EXPOSURE!

Staying in the Medina at Riad Maison Rouge, Marrakech

View in Riad Maison RougeMy boyfriend and I stayed at Riad Maison Rouge as part of a break to Marrakech in search of sunny weather and good food to maximise the bank holiday break in the UK.

On first impressions, the Riad is tucked away in the back streets of the Medina, making it a little tricky to find but the locals or a good taxi driver can happily show you the way in exchange for small change.

Once inside you’re in a completely different world to the humid exterior. A cool inner-courtyard with lemon trees will welcome you with an open styled roof where we were seated whilst the Manager ran through our booking and served us mint tea which is absolutely delicious. Continue reading Staying in the Medina at Riad Maison Rouge, Marrakech

Movenpick Resort Taba, Egypt

Movenpick Resort, TabaI spent one week at the Movenpick Resort in Taba, Egypt as part of a winter sun getaway.

Upon arrival at the resort, my friend and I were greeted and had our luggage taken aside whilst we checked in at reception. We were then escorted to our room with a member of staff helping us with our bags.

After checking our room and ensuring that we were comfortable with switches for the air conditioning and other functions, we were happy to offer a tip for what was already proving to be a good experience. We were booked into a Standard twin room which offered two comfortable double beds, balcony and full sized bathroom with complimentary toiletries. Continue reading Movenpick Resort Taba, Egypt