Marred in the minds of many a tourist by the ever-present threat of one Joseph Kony and his so-called Lord’s Resistance Army, the nation of Uganda is actually one of Africa’s up-and-coming gems.

Yes, you’ll have to be careful, and there are warnings that need to be heeded about traveling to the contested and conflicted areas of the northern territories.

However, Uganda is, for the most part, a safe and enthralling place.

It’s a land where hippos humph through the wetlands and lions laze in the acacias.

It’s a land of rain-stained forests and misty hills that house chimpanzees.

It’s got the lapping waters of Lake Victoria, and the winding channels of the Victoria Nile to boot.

Vistas of rock-ribbed mountains and standalone vulcanos conquer the peripheries, shooting up to craggy summits where waterfalls and thunderstorms coalesce.

Meanwhile, Kampala is a pulsating city, steeped in tribal ancestry and life. It’s an all-round top African adventure!

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GHANA, The land of Gold is a country where the past meets the future.

What are you waiting for, just visit Ghana and have yourself some fun.

La capitale du GHANA est ACCRA

The Food

Ghana was ranked second on the list of countries with the most nutritive foods and that’s a fact. The country can boast of a lot of nutritive foods on it’s daily menu. Most of the country’s food are high in carbohydrates but mainly natural with no artificial additives. You might want to try your hands on Waakye, Red Red, Yaka Yaka, TZ, Fufu, etc. and your life will never be the same.

The Culture

Ghana is made up of diverse cultures but they all blend in unisson without any conflicts. The country holds each and everyone’s culture in high esteem and a conservative country, the culture of the people have been reserved for so long it talks a lot about the people. The tradition and history of each tribe in Ghana, has been transferred orally over generations.

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Emerging from a period of uncertainty for tourists, Zimbabwe is one of the most underrated countries that Africa has to offer with a plethora of gems ready to be explored. Here we give the low down on why Zimbabwe should be where you head to next…


History/ Twinning events

The town twinning movement started very soon after 1945, with the passionate support of mayors and citizens who vowed that Europe should never again be torn apart by war. Most of the twinnings were between towns from countries that had, till recently, been divided by war. The promotion of this new twinning movement was one of the main priorities of the Council of European Municipalities (as it then was) in 1951, and the 1950s saw a huge increase in the number and range of twinnings.

Twinning is not limited to the countries of the European Union-countries like Switzerland and Norway have always been actively engaged. But it is true twinning has played a positive role at each main stage of enlargement of the European Union from its original 6 member states.

In southern Europe, the restoration of democracy in Greece, Portugal and Spain in the 1970s, and their accession to the EU in the 1980s, led to a range of new twinning partnerships with the municipalities of those countries, as they prepared for and joined the EU.

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The future-Local & Regional Europe


The  Future

There are around 17,000 twinning links across Europe, which means that many more towns  are involved (many have more than one twinning partner, so the exact total is hard to calculate precisely).

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Numbers by country-council of European Municipalities and Regions

The Council of European Municipalities and Regions seeks to keep track of the number of twinnings involving European towns and local authorities. There are over 40,000 twinnings listed, adding up the figures for each country. However, since for each link there is at least one partner in another country, the total number of twinning links is estimated to be over 20,000.

We have included a map of Europe showing the distribution of twinnings across the different countries, as well as a table showing how many twinnings exist between each listed country. Please note that information is lacking for a small number of countries.

A quick overview-CEMR

 » A twinning is the coming together of two communities seeking, in this way, to take action with a European perspective and with the aim of facing their problems and developing between themselves closer and closer ties of friendship ».

This was the definition of twinning given many years ago by Jean Bareth, one of the founders of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), after the 2nd world war. In this way, he identified the primary values which twinning represents : friendship, co-operation and mutual awareness between the peoples of Europe.

For twinning is the expression of a European unity and identity built from the grass roots. It is perhaps the most visible form of European co-operation, with thousands of towns and villages proudly declaring, as you enter their territory, which partner communities they are twinned with.

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Twinning oath (Le serment de Jumelage)

Whilst not legally binding, the signing of a formal twinning « oath » or agreement facilitates the setting up of a long-term, trusting relationship.

Its form and content are not fixed, and may be amended depending on the specific nature of the partnership which is being set up, and according to the wishes of the partner towns.

Whether called a twinning oath, charter or convention on twinning, or a cooperation or friendship agreement, it should be submitted to the city or local government council for a debate on the ratification of the twinning with the partner town. The twinning oath is then signed at a formal public meeting, and is usually proclaimed aloud to those present. The signatory towns undertake a commitment together, but this carries no legal obligation, and there is  no legal recourse even if any problems arise in the future. Moreover, though this is rare, a local authority may at any moment put an end to the partnership by means of deliberation of the city council annuling the twinning’s ratification.

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Present perfect-cours

Parfait simple anglaisPresent perfect simple (équivalent du passé composé français)

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7 Best Places To Visit in Papua New Guinea Before You Die

Some of the best places to visit in Papua New Guinea before you die are still hardly discovered if there was a place to go before it got tainted by the overdose of tourism, this is one of them. Papua New Guinea, or PNG, is a sparkling gem in the Pacific, one that holds so many secrets, some which we will never know.

Papua New Guinea is one of the most culturally diverse places on our planet. With over 800 languages being spoken, tribal villages, its geography and people still being discovered, and flora and fauna still waiting to be documented, this country is just exploding with wonder and tales to tell.

The locations listed are amongst the places that are safe, but there are more, they are just not that easy to get to. Forget modern day items and amenities, you will be living a bit off grid while visiting this mysterious land mass.

Sure there are plenty of other places you can got that will be a bit easier to travel and can offer more luxuries. Many people choose to visit in the Dominican Republic before you die, Thailand, THe Bahamas, and places around Europe, but nothing can deny the undisturbed cultural and natural vibes in Papua New Guinea.

Beaches that hold some excellent surf, opportunities to visit villages that still practice ancient spiritual ceremonies and rituals, and exquisite nature still untouched is just what you will get. It will be the ultimate learning experience, very fruitful and insightful, it will be impossible not to be amazed with this perplexing, gorgeous, and intriguing country. So enough of  the babble, what are some of the best places to visit Papua New Guinea before you die? Let’s find out…(POUR MIEUX VOIR UNE PHOTO, L’AGRANDIR? CLIQUEZ DESSUS? MERCI)

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