Amsterdam

Amsterdam is famed for its canals, galleries, museums, Anne Frank House, beautiful houses, "coffee" shops and the Red Light District. Perfect for a weekend break. Things you did not know about Amsterdam- Cannabis is not actually legal in Amsterdam: When most people think of smoking in Amsterdam coffeeshops, they assume it’s as legal as it is to smoke a cigarette, however this is far from the truth. Cannabis is not actually legal in The Netherlands, it is just tolerated in ‘coffeeshops’ for low-volume sales to the public. There is a boat dedicated to cats: Supported entirely by donations; not only is this a sanctuary for stray cats, it has been one since 1966 and volunteers give their time up to feed and look after these adorable animals. With around 50 cats on the boat at any given time, this is cat lover heaven - history and good deeds all in one! 63% of Amsterdamers use their bikes every day:Compared to around 610,000 Londoners, Amsterdam experiences an impressive 800,000 people using their bikes on a daily basis

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Egypt

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Egypt is famous for the Pyramids and Sphinx, Sahara Desert, and Nile River. It is known for its ruins, historical places, and sites of world wonders. It is also famous for its mesmerising beaches and coral reefs. The afterlife was incredibly important to the Egyptians. They believed that by preserving a dead person’s body – which they did through the process of mummification – their soul would live on in the afterlife forever. The Egyptian alphabet contained more than 700 hieroglyphs! Cats were considered sacred animals by the Ancient Egyptians.

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Fiji

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Fiji is famed for its intense tropical beauty. Trent had the privilege of celebrating his 5th birthday with the Fijian Villagers. We were aboard Captain Cook's cruise boat and travelled to Robinson Crusoe island. Magnificent scuba diving and welcoming locals. We enjoyed a traditional kava ceremony with delicious lovo. Kava is a mildly narcotic and sedative drink made from the root of the yaqona - when presented with the kava you clap and yell "Bula" (Fijian for Hello) and drink in one gulp followed by three more claps and yelling "Ma-tha!". You then feel marvellously serene ... no doubt why Fijians serve kava to settle arguments or to make peace between Villagers!

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Malawi

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What struck us most was the smiling happy people. Lake Malawi is the 2nd largest lake in Africa and is a meromictic lake - its three distinct water layers do not mix providing more environments for plants and animals to evolve in. Cichlids are especially abundant in Lake Malawi, where they’ve diverged into at least 1,000 species.

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