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The Eiffel Tower 

France’s Eiffel Tower is one of the country’s top tourist spots and just taking a picture beside this astonishing Tower is the signature clue that you are in Paris, without even having to tell anyone!

Believe it or not, at 1050 feet, this structure was the world’s tallest building for over 40 years before it was overtaken by the Chrysler building in New York in 1930. Also, it was initially built as an entrance to the World Fair Exposition in 1889 to mark the 100th anniversary of the French revolution.

 

It took roughly two years and two months to complete this stunning structure, which was from 1887 to 1889. Three hundred steelworkers and well over 17000 metallic parts, 40 tons of paint, and 2.5 million rivets are what it took to birth the glamorous Eiffel Tower. 

An amazing fact about this great structure is that it moves while also being able to withstand the heaviest winds, and never sway more than 4.5 inches! In 1913, a renowned expert on aerodynamics named Eiffel published “The Resistance of the Air.” He and his team actually designed the Tower never to sway more than 4.5 inches and have heavy wind resistance.

 

Eiffel Tower is named right after the talented genius who brainstormed and designed this structure, Gustave Eiffel. France remains top of the list of most visited countries in the world.

Paris, the capital city of France is definitely on so many travellers’ must-visit list for a reason, the popular French cuisines, wine, croissants, cheese, baguette bread, historic monuments, friendly locals and so much more.

France is a globally loved nation, also famous for high-end fashion shows, skincare products, and designer perfumes. 

3 Things you didn’t know about Benin

There is a lot for you to discover if you haven’t taken a trip to Benin City, Nigeria. Growing up, I always thought the best stories were tales from other countries. Of course, they are exciting and new; but the Coronavirus pandemic pulled the beauty around me to focus. How well do you know your country or the state you live in presently?

Here are 5 things you need to know about Benin City to place it on your To-See List.

Benin City is Old.

Let’s take a walk down memory lane. The Benin Empire was one of the oldest and most highly developed states in the coastal hinterland of West Africa formed around the 11th Century AD. It was ruled by a long line of monarchs from the ogisos to obas

The Great Benin Kingdom is described as the center of Nigeria’s development with its roots of conquest stretching over areas we know today as Eko, Badagry, and Lagos. 

 

The Ancient Wall Monument

The walls of Benin and the surrounding moat were featured in the 1974 Edition of the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest earthworks before the mechanical era. It was dug in the 13th and 15th Centuries by Oba Oguola and Oba Ewuare I.

The walls of Benin were described by the New Scientist Fred Pearce as ‘four times longer than the great wall of China, and consumed a hundred times more material than the Great Pyramid of Cheops’. 

It stretched for about 16,000km with more than 500 settlement boundaries connected to it.

 

Benin is the Home of Bronze

It is popular knowledge that Benin is the home of the best Bronze casters. It is hard to discern when the tradition started, but Oba Oguola in the 14th Century (1280AD) established a guild system.

The 31-Guild system was so secretive it was impossible for outsiders to invade. They had the sole task of preserving the Kingdom’s bronze for prosperity’s sake. Bronze production and distribution were tightly controlled by the Oba before the invasion by the British. Bronze, ivory, and wood artifacts such as heads of kings and queens amongst others were used to decorate the royal palace.

Today, Igun-Eronmwon Quarters (Igun Street) is the hub of bronze casting in Benin.

Benin City is rich in culture which can be experienced all around. You can stumble into street after street intricately connected to lead to the place you desire. It is a sight to behold.

 

 

Top African Countries to visit in 2021

Do you still have plans to travel in 2020 ? Or have you stored your passport away anticipating the coming year.

Experts around the world have highlighted about 20 countries in the world that will be a top destination in 2021. This article will focus on the African countries that made the list.

Kenya

Kenya is in East Africa with her capital in Nairobi  and on a trip you should  expect to enjoy the wildlife safari, the pristine beaches and the culture of the people.The wildlife Safaris are the major attraction and every visitor sure has this on their to do list. Moreover your visit to Kenya is not complete without saying hi to the wildlife. Word on the street says you need to visit these places listed to qualify as a good tourist .

Nairobi National park, Maldini Marine National park which is a gem with clean water beaches and colorful aquatic habitation. Mount Kenya, Samburu National Reserve, Lamu Island which is very off the usual trail and reserved for discerning tourists who want an out of the box experience, the essence of the old and the past.

On a trip there, a lot of things are priced in dollars so be ready to part with a few.

Source – CNN Travel

Rwanda

Rwanda is in east-central Africa with its capital in Kigali, known for beautiful scenery and hills. The hub of sustainable Tourism and named the cleanest city in 2017 by the World Economic Forum. If you are looking for a budget  friendly location this will be your best bet. However some of the activities are expensive so you need to plan ahead and also set a priority of sites to visit. There are lots of lakes including volcanic ones, rivers,nature area, wildlife, hot springs, waterfalls etc. In summary if you are in sync with the outdoors and nature then this is your ideal spot.

             

Egypt

The first thought about Egypt is usually pyramids Mummies as in Mummy movies and pharaoh , Nefertiti youth like feeling. However there is much more to see and do with pretty beaches and swimming high on your list with at least 12 choices to choose from.

Egypt is the country where you can experience a range of activities from relaxation to adventure and the culture making the perfect mix and experience. There are temples, tombs,, historic sites,deserts e.g. The Nile river , mount Sinai, artifacts in Luxor and Cairo the capital has all the city effects.

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Tunisia

Tunisia is located in the far North of Africa and one of it’s tourist attractions is the cosmopolitan capital city of Tunis. As Tunisia is located on the shores of the Mediterranean sea, it offers some of the most beautiful beaches found in North Africa. According to The New York Times, Tunisia is “known for its golden beaches, sunny weather and affordable luxuries.” Visiting this country is a unique cultural experience and you get to visit the archaeological site of Carthage, the Sahara dessert and the star wars filming location among others.

Source- World Travel Guide
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South Africa

From Capetown to Johannesburg ,Durban, Pretoria and Port Elizabeth, you will be wowed and won over with lots of beautiful sites, adventure, fun activities and a general sense of well being. Activities include surfing,Vineyards, Lagoons,beaches, apartheid museum and a host of others.

Location highly recommended for the adrenaline junkie who derives pleasure in a host of activities and always ready to explore and hit the roads. A trip to South Africa requires you to please come prepared to spend the money.

Source – Africabriefng.org
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