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UNESCO Reports Damage To Timbuktu Worse Than Previously Reported

UNESCO Reports Damage To Timbuktu Worse Than Previously Reported Emilio Labrador A team from UNESCO has visited Timbuktu in Mali to make its first on-the-ground assessment of the damage caused by last year's occupation by the Islamist group Ansar Dine (Defenders of Faith). The group took over Timbuktu in April 2012 and imposed a...

Damage To Timbuktu's Antiquities Not As Bad As Originally Thought

Damage To Timbuktu's Antiquities Not As Bad As Originally Thought Earlier this week we reported on the possible destruction of Timbuktu's collection of medieval manuscripts. Now it turns out those initial reports were exaggerated. Timbuktu in Mali is a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its many shrines to Muslim saints and its...

Did Islamists Destroy The Priceless Medieval Manuscripts Of Timbuktu?

Did Islamists Destroy The Priceless Medieval Manuscripts Of Timbuktu? Timbuktu is now safe from the ravages of the Islamists of northern Mali, thanks to a French-led offensive that has been kicking some fundamentalist derrière for the past couple of weeks. Since April 2012, the city had been under the control of Ansar Dine (Defenders...

Islamists Renew Attack On Timbuktu's Heritage

Islamists Renew Attack On Timbuktu's Heritage The ancient treasures of Timbuktu have come under renewed attack by Islamists, the BBC reports. The Islamist group Ansar Dine (Defenders of Faith) has vowed to destroy all the city's medieval shrines of Muslim saints, which they say are contrary to Islam. The city in...

World's Worst Places: Top 10 Places In The World You Do Not Want To Visit In 2013

World's Worst Places: Top 10 Places In The World You Do Not Want To Visit In 2013 I'm the kind of person who can conjure up an excuse to visit just about any place. I grew up in Buffalo, America's most unfairly maligned city, and so I identify with underdog destinations – places with bad weather, crime, ugly people, rude people, you name it and I...

Video Of The Day: Drawing 100 Camels In Mali

Before I watched this video, I only remembered that Bamako was the capital of Mali from playing "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego" as a child. After watching, I know that the people are friendly, the music is lively, and at least 100 people know how to draw a camel....

People Of Mali Fight Back Against Fundamentalists Destroying Their Heritage

People Of Mali Fight Back Against Fundamentalists Destroying Their Heritage We've been covering the turmoil in Mali for some time now. Three months ago, rebels in the north of the country took advantage of a coup in the capital to break away and set up the nation of Azawad. This new nation, as yet unrecognized by any other, was supposed to be a...

Are We Losing Timbuktu?

Are We Losing Timbuktu? Nestled deep withing the arid sands of Mali, the city of Timbuktu is synonymous with being the end of the Earth. At the edge of the Sahara Desert and far off the well-trodden tourist track, Timbutku can, in its mystical and awe-inspiring unknown, be likened to being the...

Azawad: Africa's Newest Nation?

Azawad: Africa's Newest Nation? A Tuareg rebel group in Mali has declared the northern two-thirds of the country as a separate state. The National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) has kicked out government troops and declared the independent nation of Azawad. The region is marked out in...

Black Tomato launches Epic Tomato, an ambitious new adventure offshoot

Black Tomato launches Epic Tomato, an ambitious new adventure offshoot For years Black Tomato has delighted old travel hands with its inventive, bespoke itineraries to various corners of the globe. The company is especially good at showcasing beautiful destinations not yet well-known to most travelers beyond the surrounding region. Among...

It's time travel writers stopped stereotyping Africa

It's time travel writers stopped stereotyping Africa Pop quiz: where was this photo taken? OK, the title of this post kind of gives it away, but if I hadn't written Africa, would you have guessed? It was taken in Dar es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania. This isn't the view of Africa you generally get from the news or travel...

Round the World in 80 Sounds: Blues, Bamako & beats in Mali

Round the World in 80 Sounds: Blues, Bamako & beats in Mali Welcome back to Gadling's new series on music around the world, Round the World in 80 Sounds. Blues. Rock 'n Roll. Two distinctly American styles of music, right? That's only half true, actually. In fact, some might say you also need to head to the West African nation of...

Stonehenge, Machu Picchu top 'most threatened' wonders list

Stonehenge, Machu Picchu top 'most threatened' wonders list U.K. travel magazine Wanderlust has released their second annual list of the world's most threatened wonders, with eight very popular attractions earning this dubious distinction for 2010. Perhaps the two most eye catching destinations on the list are Stone Henge in the...

Preserving the literary treasures of Timbuktu

Preserving the literary treasures of Timbuktu Mali has been getting a bad rap lately with the kidnapping of a French aid worker and travel warnings about the dangers of terrorism, all thanks to Al-Qaeda's local band of nutcases. But like everywhere else there are more good people than bad in Mali and they've been...

Gunmen kidnap another Westerner in Mali

Gunmen kidnap another Westerner in Mali Just days after the UK issued a heightened travel alert for Mali, gunmen have kidnapped a French national in the North African country. Pierre Kamatte, a 61 year-old malaria researcher, was working in the northeastern town of Menaka when he was kidnapped outside his hotel on...

The ultimate road trip: 12,500 miles across Africa on a motorcycle

The ultimate road trip: 12,500 miles across Africa on a motorcycle Thomas Tomczyk is serious about motorcycles. He's done three motorcycle trips across India, from the steamy southern tip all the way up to the frozen highlands of Ladakh. Now he's starting his childhood dream--an epic trip 12,500 miles (20,000 km) across Africa. His...

Terror warning for northern Mali, Timbuktu

Terror warning for northern Mali, Timbuktu Timbuktu and northern Mali have long been attractive to adventure travelers, but now the United Kingdom is warning Westerners not to go there for fear of terror attacks. The travel advisory, which you can read here, states that the provinces north of the River Niger,...

Still traveling on $5-a-day budget, but switch dollars for euros

Still traveling on $5-a-day budget, but switch dollars for euros Back in September of 2005, Adrienne wrote about Leon Logothetis, the ultimate frugal traveler who travels on $5 a day and the kindness of strangers for his show Amazing Adventures of a Nobody. Three and a half years later, he's still at it, but he traded the $5 dollars for 5...

From London to Timbuktu in a Flying Car

From London to Timbuktu in a Flying Car British adventurer Neil Laughton will begin a unique odyssey tomorrow. The former special forces officer will depart from London on his way to Timbuktu, located in the African country of Mali, and while a journey like this one is interesting in and of itself, it is...

One Day in Africa: Lives of six ordinary Africans

One Day in Africa: Lives of six ordinary Africans When I watched the trailer of One Day in Africa, the latest documentary of Brook Silva-Braga, the resonance of village and city life in most African countries was immediately evident. It's a resonance that often doesn't make headline news. It resides in the pattern of each...

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