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I had planned to get home first before starting to write my experience of Barcelona but sitting right here in the comfortable lounge of the Turkish Airways in Istanbul seems like the perfect place to start. This lounge others every passenger an opportunity to unwind, relax and socialize while waiting for the connecting flight. In the end, my two-hour transit was too short. I did not have enough time to taste the di"erent delicacies and the great wines and champagnes.

The Awesome Business class
This journey started five days ago in Kigali when I embarked in the business class of the Best European Airline. Turkish Airlines’ attention to details makes all the dfference and I now understand why passengers voted it the best in Europe. Saying that service was superb is an understatement. Service was simply “wow”. I felt pampered. The comfort in the seats that convert into flat-bed seats, the variety of personal entertainment system, the dishes with the freshest ingredients were the best I have had in the air so far.

Visiting Barcelona
I booked a two-day transport with the tourism bus that has three lines to explore the city entirely. What a great opportunity to wander around the ancient winding streets where many of the buildings date from medieval times. The open-top Double- Decker bus offered different tours that highlighted all the things to do in the city.

El Pablo Espanyol on the mountain Montjuic
This was a unique journey through 40.000m2 discovering the autonomous regions of Spain and admiring the buildings and strolling through typical Spanish houses. It was great to meet and chat with some of the 40 artisans working in their workshops.

Admiring Gaudí’s grand designs
Any art lover will simply admire the numerous and fairytale works of Gaudi in Barcelona, the famous Spanish architect and leader of Catalan Modernism. Gaudí’s works reflect his distinctive style and are largely concentrated in the Catalan capital of Barcelona. It is said that the beauty about Barcelona is that its key sights are world famous.

Sagrada Familia
This old church started by Antoni Guadia is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Barcelona. Though it requires one to be immensely patient to queue and finally access the Cathedra, it is worth the wait to admire the beauty of this construction that started way back in 1882.

Walking down Les Rambles
The rambles,known as one of the most famous boulevards in the world is definitely one of the must see places in Barcelona. . Strolling down the gateway to rural Catalonia, the Rambles is a mile-long road that bustles with tourists, artists, human statues, fortune-tellers, dancers, musicians, markets, cafés etc.


FC Barca club
There is no way one can visit Barcelona without visiting the mythic FC Club of Barca where Maradonna, Messi and the rest made history. The tour of the stadium is also worth the queue to visit the home of one of the best teams in the world. The tour starts with the museum, then the stadium itself then ends with the vestiaires where all these great footballers sit.

Go for a jog up the magical Montjuïic or try the teleferic
Montjuïic is perfect for a leafy stroll or hearty jogging because of the great views. For an energetic jogging session, I climbed to the top of the hill, which is just a short distance from the 1992 Olympic stadium.

Shop; shop; and shop until your wallet is empty
One of the best ways to shop in this city,is to make the 30-minute pilgrimage just outside the city to Roca Village. Hundreds of shops carry designer goods and o!er good discounts throughout the year. Break up the long shopping trips and discover some of
the tapas of Spain.

Spending 3 days in Barcelona is definitely a memorable experience but what makes the journey more memorable is definitely the comfort offered by Turkish Airlines’ excellent service.

Stay Barcelona is a tourist destination with several options of accommodation from 1 star to Palaces. My recommendation will be the Alexandra hotel that o!ers excellent service, a spa, a shuttle bus to and from the airport and city center.

Dine Out You will not even know what to choose. You must try some tapas and Paella. Picking on pintxos, platters of bite-sized food served on bread (a Basque version of tapas), is a popular culinary trend in Barcelona.

Night Life You need to find passion for fiesta and join a flamenco club. Barcelona has its fair share of live music venues and theatres with marvelous concert halls all around town. TSM
The Yeperienced Turkish Airlines’ service!

By Sandra Idossou
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Lorsque j’ai appris que de Kigali, je n’étais plus obligée de passer 5 heures de transit à Nairobi avant d’aller à Accra, j’ai toute suite compris qu’il était maintenant temps d’inviter mes amis à découvrir Accra, Ghana, ma chère patrie.

Le Ghana est en effet situé en Afrique de l’Ouest au bord du Golfe de Guinée et a pour pays limitrophes la Côte d’Ivoire, le Burkina Faso le Togo. Sa capitale Accra, est la plus peuplée du pays avec plus de 3.900.000 habitants. Elle est l’une des villes les plus dynamiques du pays en terme d’opportunités d’a!aires, de tourisme et de culture.

RwandAir offrant dorénavant 4 vols par semaines vers Accra, c’est donc avec beaucoup de plaisir que je vous invite à découvrir cette ville en bordure de l’Océan Atlantique, à bord d’un des avions neufs de cette compagnie qui a pour objectif de devenir l’une des références en Afrique.

Ce qu’il faut aller voir à Accra
Accra bouge de partout. Elle est vibrante, ensoleillée, gaie. Accra, malgré quelques vestiges de l’époque coloniale dans certains vieux quartiers, demeure une ville branchée et moderne avec beaucoup d’embouteillages et de grands centres commerciaux.

Le musée national
Le musée offre aux visiteurs un regard sur l’histoire du Ghana et de sa culture, de la Préhistoire à aujourd’hui. Des expositions culturelles comprenant vêtements, trônes, sculptures, peintures, poteries et une panoplie d’instruments sont des éléments riches dans la connaissance de l’histoire de ce peuple.

Le Centre artisanal
Si vous êtes amateur d’art, vous risquez de passer toute une matinée dans ce gigantesque marché d’art où vous trouverez des peintures, sculptures, vanneries, menuiserie, orfèvrerie, etc. Ne ratez surtout pas la visite des artisans qui tissent sous vos yeux, le fameux Kente, pagne traditionnel aux symboles éloquents et aux couleurs chatoyantes.

Memorial de Kwame Nkrumah
Ce parc est juste mitoyen du marché d’art et a été créé pour honorer Kwame Nkrumah, le premier Président du Ghana qui a proclamé l’indépendance du Ghana en 1957. Ce parc comprend aussi un musée sur sa vie ainsi qu’un mausolée, où il est enterré.

Les Plages de Accra
Il est important de prévoir de passer un après midi, le week end, au Labadi Beach ou à Palm Beach, pour apprécier la bonne musique et profiter des nombreux cafés, bars, restaurants. Sur ces plages, on croise souvent des vendeurs de souvenirs et des personnages incroyables qui vous divertiront avec de la danse, des tambours, des promenades à poney et de l’acrobatie.



Visiter les Châteaux Forts
Quelque soit la durée de votre séjour à Accra, vous devez absolument prévoir une visite dans l’un des châteaux -forts historiques le long des côtes du pays : Cape Coast, Elmina etc…C’est de ces châteaux que sont partis nombreux navires portugais avec des millions d’esclaves vers les Amériques. Remplis d’histoire, ces bâtiments ont ému le président Obama lors de sa visite.

Le Saviez-vous ?

1. La Côte de l’Or Le Ghana, anciennement connue sous le nom de Gold Coast (la côte de l’Or) regorge de nombreuses mines d’or. Il est aussi le deuxième producteur mondial de cacao

2. Le Kente est l’une des contributions culturelles les plus visibles et le plus vendable du Ghana. Il est apprécié pour ses couleurs et son symbole. Les longues bandes tissées sont portées fièrement et à toutes les occasions par tous Ghanéens.

3. Faites vous votre cercueil en fonction de votre profession. A Osu, l’un des plus anciens quartiers de la ville, nombreux sont les ateliers de confections de cercueils, taillés dans des formes représentant quelque chose d’important et pertinent pour la personne décédée, poisson, avions, Coca cola, militaire, livre etc.

4. Le Roi Ashanti Le Asantehene, (roi des Ashanti) est peut-être la personne la plus vénérée dans la partie centrale du pays. Comme les autres chefs ghanéens, il porte un kente riche, des bracelets en or, des anneaux et se fait toujours accompagner de nombreux parapluies très ornés

5. Football Le Ghana est aussi connu pour ses grands footballeurs comme Abedi Pele ou Asamoah Gyan, qui a fait une très belle performance lors de la Coupe du monde de football de 2010 en se hissant jusqu’en quart de finale malgré un pénalty manqué.

Culture, A!aires, farniente, bonne cuisine épicée, nature ou encore histoire, autant d’intérêts pour découvrir Accra. Et vous l’aurez compris, RwandAir vous o!re cette opportunité maintenant, 4 fois de vols par semaine. TSM


 

 

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You deserve a little hospitality even when on business. Visit Istanbul for business or on holiday and the hospitality starts on the flight aboard Turkish Airlines. Voted Europe’s Best Airline at the Skytrax Awards two years running – 2011 and 2012, Turkish Airlines truly cares for the passenger.

Every time I have flown Turkish Airlines, I can’t help noticing how relaxed and polite the flight attendants are, totally in control. Stressed people stress others and attendants who are flustered make you feel a burden and burdened being on their flight.

They say no one flies for airline food but it certainly makes a difference if it is good! Forget the ‘chicken or pasta’ chant, meals on Turkish Airlines are creatively prepared and served at welcome intervals taking into consideration check in times and allowing passengers enough time to rest on the flight. But that is just the journey to Istanbul…there is more when you arrive!

Istanbul is an old, historic and very beautiful city. Although its old age is apparent, it is not all wrinkles and bent backs. The ancient walls have been kept for posterity but they stand firm and well maintained. The buildings aged thousands of years still look sturdy and stand proud. I guess that is what gives one the feeling of awe being in Istanbul. Many modern buildings dot the city and the roads are certainly up to date and beautiful flowers grow on the road sides giving the city a bright, colourful and happy feel.

The Turks are friendly and especially love Blacks. In most cities where there are a few Blacks, they are often regarded with suspicion and frowned upon. Not so in Istanbul; the darker you are, the more fascinating to them! This is surprising considering that Turkey is not a common destination for the African migrant.

Istanbul is a city between two continents – on the one side you can see Europe and on the other you step into Asia. Take a boat ride or ride the ferry from one point to another and you will have visited Asia and Europe in one day. The boat ride also gives you an opportunity to view the two continents from a distance. The Castles that were built thousands of years ago that dot the shores and are now kept as Museums will give you a view of architectural history. Those days they built to last!

You can visit a number of interesting and historical sites in Istanbul. The Hagia Sophia previously built as a church was later converted into a mosque and is now kept as a Museum. The magnificent building is indeed an architectural master piece as well as an artist’s paradise. It stands for the religious tolerance Turkey is proud of with both Christian and Islamic motifs uniting on the walls and the high dome of the building.

The Yerebatan Cistern may be an eerie place with its huge columns, dim lights and wet floors but it is an interesting architectural structure. It was built to supply water to the Royals at the Palace. Presently cultural events are held in the building and some fish have swam in that water for years.

When it comes to dining, Istanbul restaurants serve cuisines from all over the world. But don’t miss a chance to taste Turkish food. The menu includes plenty of sea food, meats, breads, vegetables and desserts. Turks fancy yorghurt and various aromatic spices in their food preparation which gives their delicious dishes an exotic taste. Dinner time is a relaxed affair and can last up to two hours without long waiting times.

No visit to any modern city is complete without a shopping trip. The Grand Bazaar is the epitome of shopping with over 20 entrances and 3500 shops selling all products ranging from gold to food. Needless to say, the Grand Bazaar is huge and one can spend hours and hours seeing, shopping and eating there.  The great thing about it is that prices are negotiable and part of the experience is getting a good bargain. If you fancy a more modern shopping experience, shopping malls of various sizes all over the city stock branded goods and you can enjoy your kind of shopping there. Turkey is known for its textile industry.

When it’s time to leave, Turkish Airlines’ CIP lounge at the Ataturk International Airport is considered one of Europe’s best. It is open to Business Class passengers and offers a wide range of refreshments, entertainment, a chance to freshen up and rest before you take off.

The amazing thing about Turkish Airlines is that you do not have to enjoy all these by making Istanbul your destination. If you are in transit longer than 6 hours, Turkish Airlines through its ‘touristanbul’ service, will take you out of the airport and into the city and show you Istanbul’s most popular tourist sites as you wait for your next flight.

The Englishman who said you can’t have your cake and eat it had not experienced Turkish Airlines’ service!

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