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Rwanda – Its Much More Than “Only” Gorillas

Children in Kinigi, Parc National des Volcans

Most visitors come to Rwanda to see the Mountain Gorillas and maybe have a quick insight of the Genocide at one of the many Memorials across the country (more often than not the Kigali Memorial Center), and then leave the country for some safari experiences in Uganda, Kenya or Tanzania. But there are various other aspects of the country that really deserve your attention and at least a few extra days!

 

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Jardín – So Close & Still Off The Beaten Track

Basilica Menor de la Inmaculada Conceptión, Jardín, Antioquia, Colombia

Basilica Menor de la Inmaculada Conceptión

For years, la Zona Cafetera has been one of the most popular areas of Colombia, and large numbers of visitors, Colombian & foreigners alike, have flooded this part of the country. Jardín, a comfortable 3 hour ride from Medellin, is a welcome change! So close from the main tourist centers, and so much Off The Beaten Track: even if the city is no longer completely a well-kept secret, only a handful of “Gringos” can be seen there…

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Siem Reap On & Off The Beaten Track

Or how to discover (many) Angkor Temples around Siem Reap without the crowd and without straining your budget!

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Angkor Wat from a Hot Air Balloon, Siem Reap

Seldom have we experienced such strong contrasts as in Siem Reap, the hub to visit the stunning Angkor Temples… On the one hand, the city itself and unfortunately the most famous temples like Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom & Ta Prohm have turned into a congested tourist mess and now represent mass-tourism at its worst. On the other hand, as soon as we headed a bit further afield, we could enjoy beautiful temples almost void of any visitors… Continue Reading →

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GrandEscapades.net – Travel Photography & Travel Experiences of Africa, South America & Asia

Gilles in the Wahiba Sands, or Ramlat al-Wahiba (also called Sharqiya Sands), Sultanat of Oman, Arabic Peninsula

Gilles in the Wahiba Sands, or Ramlat al-Wahiba, Sultanat of Oman, Arabic Peninsula

I am a French Photographer who has been traveling intensively for over 15 years. These journeys – some short, others longer like two „Trips Around the World” in 2007 and in 2015, took me to more than 40 countries on all continents except Antarctica.

I sometimes use roads well traveled to discover and photograph world famous sights, but most of the time I try to stay Off The Beaten Track. I have never been a budget backpacker traveling the toughest and cheapest possible way, but I am an experienced rucksack traveler who appreciates a minimum level of comfort. Yes, I am “Flashpacker”…

My blog www.GrandEscapades.net is about “Travel Photography” & “Flashpacking” in Africa, South America, the Middle East & Asia. I want it to be helpful for Travel Photographers & for Flashpackers who, like me, feel like Backpackers but are no longer ready for the hardcore type of budget travel. I want my blog to be a source of inspiration to discover the Unknown plus a “Travel Resources Website”, with a focus on organizing & budgeting trips, no matter how short or long, and on optimizing Travel Photography. You find here:

  • Vivid day to day travel experiences in my “Travel Blog”,
  • First-hand, structured & detailed travel information in my “Travel Guides”,
  • Detailed budget information for planning trips short & long, on each country I visited as well as tips to reduce travel costs in “Travel Budget”,
  • Insights to improve your travel photography and a selections of my best photos in “Travel Photography”,

Keep on Traveling, Discovering, Experiencing – Follow Your Dreams!

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