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Travel Guide To South Rajasthan

Taragarh Fort, Bundi, Rajasthan, India

Taragarh Fort, Bundi, Rajasthan, India

In April 2012 we had our first brush with India, to be precise Eastern Rajasthan. For eleven days we gazed at the most incredible Moghul architecture in Agra and Jaipur. We also threw in a bit of wildlife by visiting Ranthambhore National Park. When we returned in March 2013, we headed for the Southwest of Rajasthan for twelve days, to marvel at these impressive forts & palaces in Udaipur, Kumbhalgarh, Bundi, Chittorgarh and last but not least Pushkar & Ajmer. Delhi was our hub during both trips. Continue Reading →

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Travel Guide To The Cook Islands

View of a part of the lagoon from the plane, Aitutaki Atoll, Cook Islands

View of a part of the lagoon from the plane, Aitutaki Atoll, Cook Islands

We spent three weeks on the Cook Islands in February 2008 during our Round The World Trip: altogether 9 days on Rarotonga, 7 on Aitutaki and 5 on Atiu. The Cook Islands were definitely a highlight in our trip and finally we discovered some of those Pacific Islands that matched our ideas of the “South Seas”.

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Rimarau Burial Cave – The Cave Of 500 Leaves

Legend says that in a battle between two tribes, one succeeded in trapping the other in a narrow spot in the Makatea. All the warriors from this tribe were killed and their bodies thrown in a cave. So many lives were lost that nobody at that time had a system to count them, Atiu Island, Cook Islands

Legend says that in a battle between two tribes, one succeeded in trapping the other in a narrow spot in the Makatea. All the warriors from this tribe were killed and their bodies thrown in a cave. So many lives were lost that nobody at that time had a system to count them, Atiu Island, Cook Islands

Legend says that in a battle between two tribes, one succeeded in trapping the other in a narrow spot and killing all the warriors from this tribe and threw their bodies in a cave. So many lives were lost that nobody in those days had a system to count them. So the cave was given the name of a tree with supposedly 500 leaves, the highest number known, hence being called The Cave of 500 Leaves or Rimarau Cave. Continue Reading →

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Peru – A Selection Of 41 Pictures

One of the most famous views in the world - Machu Picchu, with Wayna Picchu in the background, Cusco, Peru

One of the most famous views in the world – Machu Picchu, with Wayna Picchu in the background, Cusco, Peru

We spent one month in Peru in September & October 2007 and discovered the famous highlights of the south of this country: Nazca (Nazca Lines & Cauchilla Cemetery), Arequipa, the Colca Canyon & Cruz del Condor, Cuzco, the Sacred Valley (Pisac, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, Saqsaywaman) & of course Machu Picchu, Puno & Lake Titicaca (Sillustani, Uros Floating Islands, & the Javari Project). Continue Reading →

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Peru – Budget Guide

Gilles in Aguas Qualientes, near Machu Picchu, Peru

Gilles in Aguas Qualientes, near Machu Picchu, Peru

All in all, we spent on average almost exactly the same amount of money per day as in Venezuela: 33.5 Euros or 47 USD. Yes, the present exchange rate Euro-Dollar is the best thing that could happen to us! Peru is to some extend a very cheap country, especially coming from Brazil, but classic tourist activities can be at times really pricy. Continue Reading →

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