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As the largest city of the island nation, Colombo is located on the west coast of Sri Lanka and serves as its capital. Like Galle and other cities along the western coast, Colombo also endured a turbulent past under the rule of the Portuguese, Dutch, and British. But even before Europeans dug their claws into Sri Lanka’s strategic port city, seafaring traders were using Colombo as a major trade hub over 2,000 years ago. It seems even ancient societies like the Greeks, Romans, Persians and Arabs understood the value of trading goods with one another and the Sinhalese kingdom along the east-west trade routes in one of Sri Lanka’s largest natural harbors.

Nowadays Colombo is an international city and Sri Lanka’s commercial center that possesses a truly unique mix of natural, colonial, and modern features. Almost every British governor that held office in Colombo has a street named after him. The city itself is not that large in comparison to other Asian cities, and it takes just 40-45 minutes to travel from one side of town to another. In just one day you could see various colonial buildings, explore the harbor, visit elaborately decorated mosques and temples, and enjoy a refreshing dip at the beach. Visitors can get a crash course in the island’s history and culture at the National Museum. Its exhibits range from prehistoric to modern, and chronicle the island’s natural, political, and artistic history. The Gangaramaya Temple and the Dehiwala Zoo are also must do’s while in Colombo. The city also features tons of outdoor public space like the Viharamahadevi Park, Beira Lake, Galle Face Green, Independence Square, Pettah, and the Colombo Fort.

While most visitors stop over in Colombo for just a few days before heading out to explore other parts of the country, there is something to be said about the culture of this lively capital. While most everyone you’ll meet is friendly, the city is hectic, backed up with traffic, quite warm, and noisy at times. But with a well-devised plan to experience the sights and sounds efficiently, comfortable walking shoes, and an open mind you will conquer Colombo and encounter a magical city unlike any other in the world before departing on your next adventure.

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Ancient Akrotiri - Santorini Island, Greece

This video is by David Hoffman and can be found together with a whole bucket of other amazing videos from Greece here:

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David Hoffman is the founder of the great and inspiring website: www.davidsbeenhere.com - a lot of articles from Greece is waiting for you here among a lot of other good stuff. 


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29 Instagram Images of Gorgeous Santorini - Picture series

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Oh Santorini.. Everything you’ve heard is true. From the people, to the food and history, there is much to hold you in Santorini. It is one of my all-time favorite places I’ve traveled to, and one that I plan on returning to someday soon! I was able to capture my trip to Santorini on Instagram, and here are the best shots of the trip. Enjoy!

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The Ryugyong Hotel has a height of 330 metres (1,080 ft), making it the most prominent feature of Pyongyang’s skyline and by far the tallest structure in North Korea. The hotel has held the Guinness World Record for the world’s tallest unoccupied building for an unenviable 21 years! 🇰🇵
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5 Things to Do in Durban, South Africa

http://davidsbeenhere.com In this episode, David shows us 5 things to do in Durban, South Africa’s third largest city.

David’s first stop is Moses Mabhida Stadium, it may look familiar to you. It was built to host games during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It has the capacity to seat 54,000 spectators. Here you can ride Big Rush, the world’s tallest swing as per the Guinness Book of World Records!

Second thing to do in Durban is visit the Golden Mile, a 6-kilometer long beachfront promenade. Here, you can grab a bite, go shopping, or go surfing. There are plenty of surf shops in the area that also offer surf lessons.

Now for some shopping! David goes shopping at Victoria Street Market (AKA the Indian Market). Here you can find Indian spices, crafts, and there is also a meat and fish market.

From the market, David heads to Durban’s aquarium, uShaka Marine World. It is the largest aquarium in Africa and the fifth largest in the world. For lunch David dined at Cargo Hold restaurant located within an old shipwreck inside Ushaka Marina World.

And the last of the 5 things to do in Durban is to try Bunny Chow at House of Curries on Florida Road. It’s basically curry served in a bun and its delicious!
If you’re flying into Durban to experience the nearby game reserves I recommend you spend a couple of days seeing the city!

Have you been to Durban? If so, leave us a comment below with your top 5 things to do in Durban.