BBC Ecotourism Article
Follow Grace Kelly's Footsteps
BBC News. At the moment Gabon, in West Africa, is reliant on oil for its income. But with supplies due to run out by 2020, President Omar Bongo is keen to turn some of the virgin equatorial forest - full of elephants, chimps, gorillas, mandrills, hippos and leopards - into national parks for tourists. It is a bit disconcerting to find your interviewee doesn't like talking. Liz Pearson ... Read here.
Sweet Island Escape
Daily Mail: Sarah Monaghan reports from northern Mallorca. Lying on the deck of the Balearic Breezer, its white sails billowing as it cruises across the Bay of Pollensa, I feel glamorous. We sail into Formentor Bay, a golden strip of sand enclosed by pine-forested hillsides where the water is shades of cobalt and aquamarine. Trailing my hand in it, I see a champagne cork bobbing... Read here.
Sunday Times: Sarah Monaghan discovers the remote islands of Sao Tome and Principe (original behind paywall here). I am in a fairy-tale scene. The jungle has wreathed its way into the abandoned buildings as if they were Mayan temples. A giant banana tree is growing in the hall of the the house and lianas are clambering across peeling ceilings. Is Sleeping Beauty lying upstairs? Read here.
Transcantabrian Train Travel
Gabon Magazine: With settings from Out of Africa to the Heart of Darkness, Loango National Park offers such a varied landscape that, as Sarah Monaghan discovers, each day’s safari is a new episode. Startled by the muffled yelps, Dimitri, our guide, looked around sharply, half expecting perhaps to see a wild animal on his tail. After all, that was why we were creeping ... Read here.
The Lady Magazine: Sarah Monaghan boards the narrow gauge Transcantábrico through Northern Spain. Voyeurism is half the pleasure of rail travel and on a train like this, what can you do but stare out the window and enjoy the metronomic beat of wheel over track and glimpses of lives caught in motion? The Asturian farmer in braces admiring his ploughed...
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