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ERITREA - Asmara

Eritrean kids www.mikedoughty.com/blog/archives/000420.html



Eritrea http://www.world66.com/africa/eritrea/asmara/lib/gallery

Asmara http://www.geocities.com/barnabas_yohannes/asmara/

Asmara http://www.world66.com/africa/eritrea/asmara/lib/gallery

Asmara http://www.world66.com/africa/eritrea/asmara/lib/gallery

Asmara http://hotels-shopper.com/ER/

"Eritrea is one of the poorest countries in the world, yet was cleaner than many, honest, and easy to visit. We thoroughly enjoyed our 2 weeks there and would visit it again given the opportunity." - Eritrea

"Eritrea is one of the world’s newest countries with much to offer the intrepid traveller. Our ‘Luxury week in Eritrea’ is the latest addition to our programme and is based at the newly opened Albergo Italia boutique hotel in Asmara, Eritrea’s capital. With its pleasant year round climate and stunning Art Deco architecture, a legacy of the country’s Italian colonial period, this is almost certainly the most charming city in Africa. Asmara represents perhaps the most concentrated and intact assemblage of Modernist architecture anywhere in the world.
Style of travel - Private journey." - Eritrea Travel & Tours in Africa. Experience the culture, food ...

You can fly with Lufthansa via Frankfurt from Edinburgh or Manchester or Heathrow.

"Eritrea has had a hard life so far, created out of tribal areas by Italy at the end of the 19th Century, it has had to fight for its life with Ethiopia, a much larger but poor land to its South. It also occupies all of the coastline on the Red Sea, thus landlocking Ethiopia. The United Nations tries to maintain the peace between these countries, yet the people were warm and friendly." - Eritrea

Asmara, the capital of Eritrea "was a surprise - a city with sophisticated cafe's, patisseries, wide and clean streets" and " narrow streets, busy markets, and the everyday life of people who were poor, but proud." - Eritrea
Asmara is in the highlands, 7,600ft above the sea.

"With its marble-floored espresso bars, glorious Art Deco cinemas and palm-lined central boulevard — which survived Eritrea’s 30-year war against Ethiopia miraculously intact — it feels like Turin or Bologna. The sensation of strolling through an Italian provincial market town, rather than an African capital, is at its most surreal in the evening, when Eritrean youths link arms to stroll along Liberation Avenue in what looks very much like a passeggiata." "Expect the unexpected in Eritrea,"

"After the liberation from Ethiopia there was such an opening up in Eritrea, such a happy nation. After two subsequent border wars with Ethiopia and tightening up of belts and mouths, the mood has changed 180 degrees. Now people are reluctant to speak their minds and in groups of more than five, there is a feeling there is bound to be a government spy. There is active oppression of opposition to the president Isaias Afeswerki, and again droves of people leave the country. Academic institutions, media and other institutions are subject to heavy sensorship. In short, it takes some effort to find out what is going on in Eritrea when you are there. For the sake of your aquaintances and those you meet along your trail, be a good listener and do not provoke or discuss politics and the situation unduly and in public.... Difficult to travel, political repression, tourist costs high... It's definitely still a place to visit." - http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/6ed8c/e04/8/ http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/6ed8c/e04/

Since 1 June 2006, all foreign nationals have been required to apply for travel permits to leave Asmara. www.fco.gov.uk/travel

You need a visa for Eritrea: you can apply directly with the Embassy in London - http://www.eritrean-embassy.org.uk/visa_information.htm or you can use one of the visa agencies such as Thames Consular - http://www.thamesconsular.com/members/countries/ER.htm.

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