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Koelle Alaaf! Cologne Carnival opens today!

By Laeti, 11/11/2014 - 03:05

The Cologne Carnival, the biggest street festival of Germany’s fourth largest city, opens on 11 November at 11.11. Up to 70000 carnival enthusiasts meet today on the Heumarkt square in the city centre of Cologne and will celebrate the beginning of the so-called “fifth season of the year”, the carnival. Get fancy dressed to welcome the traditional Dreigestirn, trio leading the carnival festivities, as well as numerous bands who will entertain the crowd until the little hours in the morning.

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Innovative thinking: the Silk Leaf Project, or how an artificial leaf could provide us with clean air

By Laeti, 11/05/2014 - 02:51
Silk-Leaf-by-Julian-Melchiorri

At a time when rainforests are facing massive deforestation, responsible for up to 20% of global green gas emissions, Julian Melchiorri, a student from The Royal College of Arts (RCA, London) has created an artificial leaf capable of producing oxygen from a little water and light.

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10 top ecolodges in South America

By Laeti, 11/03/2014 - 14:08

With the world's largest rainforest in the Amazon River Basin, the breathtaking sights of the Patagonian plateau, the heights of the Andean plains, or the biodiverse Galapagos Islands, South America has a lot to offer for the eco-tourist seeking great adventures

1. Cristalino  Jungle Lodge, Alta Floresta, Matto Grosso, Brazil

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Otto, a faithful travel companion

By Laeti, 10/27/2014 - 06:11
Otto

Little know about this incredible travel story, it is telling us about how a little adventure can turn into a lifestyle.

In 1989 a couple from Germany, Christine and Gunther Holtlorf, decided to go on a road trip to Africa. They set off with their new Mercedes G Wagen, a sturdy 4-wheel drive, for what was to become a 26-year long trip covering over 885000km and 177 countries.

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The modern hitchhiker

By Laeti, 10/14/2014 - 05:41
Ride sharing. Photo by le cercle

Want to discover Europe sustainably, on a shoestring and make new friends along the way? This is possible when using the ride-sharing services of blablacar, an online marketplace where car drivers with empty seats find passengers going the same way. This is hitchhiking 2.0 with a lot more security than standing on the side of the road waiting for the providential ride. Blablacar, a start-up created in 2006 (http://www.blablacar.com/), is owing its success to its transparency, ease to use and trusted members.

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The faces of ecotourism

By Laeti, 10/13/2014 - 00:35
Ecotourism for world tourism day

Ecotourism is more than a concept. If tourism is now the largest industry worldwide, ecotourism is its fastest growing market according to the World Tourism Organisation.

When as a traveller, you decide to book with a locally engaged agency or organisation, you are becoming part of the story. The scope of ecotourism is to protect and share our planet treasures in a respectful and sustainable way for the local population and the environement.

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Stand Up Paddling along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

By Laeti, 10/09/2014 - 07:03
Mullaghmore, home of world-class surfing

Get inspired for your next adventure holiday with Facing Waves, a TV series featuring 30-minute episodes about the world best destinations for canoe, raft and stand up paddleboard experiences. The show explores each destination from a unique point of view following top athletes in these water sports and telling about inspiring places and attractions in the area.

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Highway to wildlife

By Laeti, 10/08/2014 - 04:01
Natuurbrug Zanderij Crailoo. Photo Credit : Goois Natuurreservaat

We are living in an ever more connected world but what about our animal and plant counterparts? Their natural habitat is being more and more reduced and disrupted through human activities. Nature reserve and national parks are a great way of protecting natural habitat and species. However being enclosed areas, they have the drawback of causing as well the extinction of some of the fauna and flora which can not freely move or adapt to the changes in environment and climate.

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