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Lesedi Cultural Village
Added: 2012-01-31 21:56:47


Lesedi Cultural Village offers intrepid overseas adventurers and locals to our lovely land an unforgettable cultural adventure. This marvellous tribal village that celebrates the traditions of just some of South Africa's many cultures is superbly situated less than an hour's drive north of Johannesburg, Gauteng, and is nestled in the rugged hills and beautiful bushveld of the Cradle of Humankind.

(C) safarinow.com
New ecohotel inaugurated in Mexico
Added: 2012-01-31 21:17:56


New ecohotel called Endémico Resguardo Silvestre has been built and inaugurated in Mexican Valle de Guadalupe.

Only ecological building materials were used to complete 24 wooden bungalow that perfectly fit the mountainous terrain. Hotel has its own swimming pool and a restaurant for lovers of Slow Food.

(C) gearpatrol.com
Girls below 22 to rule Gujarat village as elders give way
Added: 2011-12-19 21:38:39


It’s a story of a small village of central Gujarat, but it can be a guiding torch for India. Central Gujarat’s Anand district village Sisva is all set to make history by electing a governing body consisting of only girls in 18-22 age group unopposed. The village decided this time to hand over the power to educated girls.

(c) http://deshgujarat.com
Honey Museum in Colmenar
Added: 2011-10-10 11:17:54


A very sweet museum opened its doors in Colmenar, a small town in the mountains of Malaga, about 30 km north of the capital.

The Honey Museum offers a walk through the world of beekeeping, an unknown sector to the public, making aware of the importance of beekeeping in biodiversity and the environment.

The name of the village "Colmenar" (Apiary) comes from a long beekeeping tradition in this small town. Museum visitors can learn about the honey bee breeding and the preparation of the eight types of honeys from Malaga (flower, rosemary, orange blossom, thyme, eucalyptus, avocado, forest and chestnut), tour through the history of the world of beekeeping, whose origins lie in ancient Egypt.

(C) Museo de la Miel
Rural African communities to get portable, solar-powered Internet café
Added: 2010-11-19 09:07:04


Back in March, GreenDiary.com let everyone know about Voices of Africa for Sustainable Development (VOA4SD) installing Kenya’s first rural internet kiosk in the South Coast that runs on solar power. Now extending the green endeavor a little further, another IT focused non-profit Computer Aid International has installed a new solar-powered Internet café in Macha, Zambia.

(c) greendiary.com
Jackson Winery employs new technology to reduce water consumption
Added: 2010-01-07 12:12:56


As reports GreenDiary.com, the folks at Jackson Family Wines in California have chanced upon a technologically advanced method to tone down their annual water consumption.

This news item might seem ecological at first place. Actually, it is. But as everyone else, farmers in rural areas would also think more about the environment and find new neat methods to farm without causing natural resource to degrade. This news are especially important as the biggest environmental problem in California IS the water. So, we cannot just let such news go - read further to know about winery's method.

Kendall-Jackson winery. Photo (C) www.expandmywealth.com
Red Phone Box in a small village is saved
Added: 2009-12-02 09:30:22


This might sound as ridiculous news item, but it illustrates how technical progress affects villages and their traditional look.

We all know that rapid development of mobile telephony badly affected business of fixed line telephony, including the booths in the streets we once used for making calls while not at home or in the office. Now, when everyone uses mobile phones, it gets too expensive for phone companies to maintain public phones that nobody really uses.

However, red phone box is an important brand for UK. It brings charm to cities, towns and villages. Without them, British settlements lose part of their Britishness.

Phone box saved! Photo from BerghApton.co.uk
The start of a new exciting era for Sri Lanka tourism
Added: 2009-11-26 20:18:58


2009 has been a important year for Sri Lanka with the declaration of peace allowing the country’s many historic, natural and cultural marvels to take centre stage.

The improved safety and security situation have opened up the areas of Yala National Park which boasts a variety of wildlife including the highest density of wild leopards worldwide, Arugam Bay – a world renowned surfing mecca, and much of the east coast including the historic port of Trincomalee – an up and coming place to wreck dive. These important additions complement Sri Lanka’s tropical beaches, tea plantations, cave temples and wild elephants that foreign visitors (mostly British) have been coming to see for many years.

Leopard in the wild, Yala National Park. (C) triptosrilanka.com
A definitive Religious Travel portfolio for Innsbruck and 25 holiday villages
Added: 2009-11-26 20:15:05


For the first time in its history, the Innsbruck Tourist Board has launched a definitive Religious Travel portfolio for the city and its 25 holiday villages. Along with thematic tours and excursion, one aspect is the church service. For any religious travel group staying in Innsbruck or its 25 holiday villages, the Innsbruck Tourist Board will arrange a church to open its doors for a private service for that Group, free of charge

Mutters village. (C) escort10ht @ Panoramio, http://www.panoramio.com/user/793410
Blenheim Palace receives environmental award
Added: 2009-11-26 19:57:04


Blenheim Palace, one of England’s most famous stately homes, became the 2000th member of the Green Tourism Business Scheme in a special ceremony carried out by Conservative Party leader David Cameron.

The ancestral home of one of England’s greatest military heroes, the Duke of Marlborough, and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill has been awarded a Silver grading by the UK’s leading green tourism promotional body in recognition of its commitment to helping the environment.

On Friday, 13th of November, local MP David Cameron presented the Duke of Marlborough with a Heritage Tree to mark the Palace’s continued commitment to conservation and the environment.

Aerial view of Blenheim Palace. (C) Aeropic.co.uk
Harissa Forest of Lebanon Saved from Destruction by Maronite Church
Added: 2009-11-25 21:13:57


Lebanon’s Harissa Forest is only 400 square hectares in size, but it is considered one of ten Mediterranean forest attractions from a sheer beauty and conservation standpoint.

Located on a hillside above the predominantly Christian city of Jounieh, the more than 1,000 year old forest had been threatened by real estate developers and construction contractors who wanted to include the area in a series of holiday resort developments that included a cable car (pictured above), restaurants and night clubs, and a large casino. But it’s thanks to the work of a church that generations in the future will get to experience this natural treasure.

View over the coast from Harissa forest. (c) © Fareed Abou-Haidar, 1996
Negev Nectars - Sustainable Milk and Honey CSA Box in America
Added: 2009-11-25 21:08:06


“A land flowing with milk and honey” – that’s one of the most well-known passages from Exodus describing the Land of Israel and one of the first biblical expressions to make its way into the English language. Today, Israel is known for its abundant variety of high-quality food products made from these very ingredients.

While olive oil and dates from Israel are widely available in the United States at supermarkets and health food stores, a new American company called Negev Nectars – based in the Tri-State region – is making sure that the very “best of the sustainable best” from Israel will be delivered to American doorsteps, three times a year.

Organic olives growing for Negev Nectars. Photo (c) GreenProphet.com
Why Israeli Rodents Are More Cautious Than Jordanian Ones
Added: 2009-11-25 20:44:35


Is a border line simply a virtual line appearing on the map? If so, why is it that Israeli rodents are more cautious than Jordanian rodents? Why is it that there are more ant lions in Israel than in Jordan? And how come there are more reptile species in Jordan than in Israel?

Modern agriculture practices in Israel have caused population shifts in animal species. (c) GreenProphet.com
Mexico developing smart speed bumps
Added: 2009-10-28 07:50:03


Speed bumps are the bane of many an urban driver all around the world. We understand that the little protrusions were first installed to promote safety by getting drivers to slow down in congested areas, but we can't be the only ones that think the dang things have been getting out of hand as of late. Such is apparently the case in Toluca, Mexico, where a company called Decano Industries is working on a new smart speed bump that may both increase safety and decrease fuel consumption. Wait... smart speed bump?

So far, beware of these signs while in Mexico. Picture from emreandwei.com
Along Loire River on a Bicycle
Added: 2009-10-23 14:58:27


New full-featured route is being developed in Loire Valley for tourists on bicycles. The route ("La Loire a Velo") goes through the central region and departments of Western Loire, and is designed to introduce a countryside and the most important castles.

Length of the route that starts in Nevers and ends on Atlantic coast, is about 800 kilometers. It goes through Orleans, Blois, Tours, Saumur, Angers and Nantes. By now, approximately 600 km of roads are prepared. If everything goes as planned, all roads will be ready by 2011.

Sancerre – village on route famous for its wines. Photo from dilupicino.de
Prehistoric people attract people to Crimea
Added: 2009-10-23 14:49:40


Guides from Simferopol, central city of Ukrainian Crimea peninsula, proposed to attract visitors to tourst sites by special performances - historical scenes. According to these idea, performances might happen in unexpected places - for example caves, where tourists are brought by local travel agencies.

(C) Ilya Bushmelev
Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé! - New Beaujolias has arrived
Added: 2009-10-22 19:56:55


On every 3rd Thursday of November, it comes the joyous French national event of “Beaujolais Nouveau”, a day for the formal release of the new vintage of Beaujolais.

Barrels are ready to start their journey. Photo from passionapples.com
Kangaroo Island tourism operators reject levy plan
Added: 2009-10-12 19:38:12


Source: ABC News

Kangaroo Island Council had proposed a levy to help meet fast-rising costs such as road maintenance. However, Tourism Kangaroo Island has decided it will not support any tourist levy for the Island.

Photo by Anthony Gerace, ABC News
Aviatlas - Super-useful resource for birdwatchers
Added: 2009-10-12 18:59:23


We at rural.travelage.eu heart birds. We are not the real birdwatchers, though. This, however, cannot stop us reporting the super-useful website for real birdwatchers, that we have recently spotted on the net. Please welcome the aviatlas.com, very nicely done Google Mashup with interactive map and descriptions of spots for watching birds all over the world.

Interactive map as it appears on their site.
Isla de Coco Costa Rica is one of the cleanest places on planet
Added: 2009-10-12 18:37:23


As reports vacationscostarica.com, National Geographic has just come back from Costa Rica’s Isla de Coco (Coco’s Island) which lies 500km West of Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast and has stated that it is one of the most purest and cleanest places on the planet. Isla de Coco should not be confused wth Playas del Coco, a popular beach in the Guanacaste region of northern Costa Rica.

Isla de Coco, photo courtesy: vacationscostarica.com
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