Monthly Archives: September 2008

Belgium’s water features From boating to white-water kayaking to hydrotherapy, Lucy Mallows looks at three of the best water-based trips in Belgium The fancy facades of merchants’ houses are reflected in the canal along Bruges’ Spiegelrei. These days, little more than a trickle of Brussels’ River Senne flows through the […]

Belgium’s water features

Belgian browser Our pick of restaurants, hotels and the best events from cities across Belgium. BED DOWN Hotel Café Pacific57 Rue Antoine Dansaert, BrusselsSituated on Brussels’ most fashionable street, this boutique hotel is just minutes from the port. The bedrooms have all been beautifully designed with contemporary furnishings and quirky […]

Belgian Browser

H2O hysteria From Christian Lacroix-designed bottles and specialist water bars to towns that have built their identity around bottled waters, Tom Moggach takes a look at Europe’s love affair with water Next time it rains, stop and think. Every brand of bottled water starts with rain, yet the story of […]

H2O hysteria

Douala Population (Cameroon): 18,468,000Currency: CFA francAverage temp. (Jul-Aug): 25ºCCountry code for Ivory Coast: +237 GETTING AROUNDDouala International Airport is 10km from the city and taxis charge CFA 3,000 (€4.50) in the day and CFA 4,000 (€6) at night to take you into town. First-time visitors are best booking an airport pick-up through their hotel. […]


Banjul Population (The Gambia): 1,735,000Currency: DalasiAverage temp. (Jul-Aug): 27ºCCountry code for Ivory Coast: +220 GETTING AROUNDBanjul has a simple taxi payment system for tourists, which works out more expensive than the everyday yellow taxis but saves a lot of hassle. Green tourist taxis will take you from the airport to the main hotel/beach centre […]


Yaounde Population (Cameroon): 18,468,000Currency: CFA francAverage temp. (Jul-Aug): 22ºCCountry code for Ivory Coast: +237 GETTING AROUNDYaoundé Nsimalen International Airport is 28km from the city centre. The official taxi tarif is CFA 5,000 (€7.60) from 6am to 10pm and CFA 6,000 (€9.15) from 10pm to 6am. EAT OUTThe aroma of well-spiced fish greets you as […]


Freetown Population (Sierra Leone): 6,295,000Currency: LeoneAverage temp. (Jul-Aug): 25ºCCountry code for Ivory Coast: +232 GETTING AROUNDThe most efficient way to Aberdeen in the west of the capital is by hovercraft, run by Diamond Airlines Hovercraft Services. It costs SLL 150,000 (€32) and takes 20 minutes. You can also catch a ferry from Tagrin to […]


Conakry Population (Guinea): 10,211,000Currency: Guinean francAverage temp. (Jul-Aug): 25ºCCountry code for Ivory Coast: +224 GETTING AROUNDA taxi from Conakry International Airport to the city centre takes about 30 minutes and costs around GNF 50,000 (€7). Most hotels can arrange taxi transfers – make sure you negotiate the price before you leave. EAT OUTFormerly known […]


Kigali Population (Rwanda): 10,186,000Currency: Rwandan francAverage temp. (Jul-Aug): 21.5ºCCountry code for Ivory Coast: +250 GETTING AROUNDKigali International Airport is only a few minutes’ drive from the city centre, but be prepared to pay about RWF 5,400 (€6.40) for a taxi. Some of the big hotels arrange airport shuttles, but you must tell them in […]


Luanda Population (Angola): 12,531,000Currency: Kwanza (AOA)Average temp. (Jul-Aug): 20ºCCountry code for Angola: +244 Ideally situated alongside the Atlantic coast, Linda Martindale explores Angola’s bustling capital, Luanda Angola is getting back on its proverbial feet after nearly three decades of war came to an end in 2002. While the infrastructure is still crippled on the […]