Travel to Morocco

Discover Morocco

Going to Morocco to stay in a 5 * hotel on the beach, as many tourists do, is it well worth it? The imperial cities of Marrakech and Fez really deserve to be pampered, to get lost in the streets of the medina, and that lovers of hiking, Saharan landscapes and lost villages clinging to the mountains will delight in Crossing the Atlas and the south of the country.

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Despite a large number of visitors, it is still possible to travel simply in Morocco, if one agrees to leave the beaten track and the most frequented seasons. As for the low cost flights, they make it possible to greatly reduce the cost of the plane ticket.

Reasons to go

How many tourists see Morocco as the hotel complexes of the seaside and a quick passage in the souks? It would be a pity to stay with this image: Marrakesh, Fez, the Atlas Mountains are easily accessible to independent travelers and it is possible to leave the beaten path:

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Marrakech is undoubtedly one of the most known and most frequented cities of the country. Do not hesitate to discover it in low season, or at least dare to leave the most frequent routes. And it is undoubtedly an ideal starting point to cross the Moroccan south.

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Fez is the other imperial city of Morocco: its medina is a true labyrinth populated with architectural marvels. An official guide will not be superfluous especially if you stay there little time. The potters of the city have been famous since the Middle Ages and broadcast their productions throughout the Mediterranean, visiting their workshops will allow you to discover their techniques.

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Lovers of desert landscapes can not miss hiking in the massif of the Atlas: Ouarzazate, the ksour of Ait Benhaddou, superb fortified village are steps of choice.

Swimming with dolphins in Mauritius guidelines

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Swimming with dolphins represents the dream for many, adult or children. It is an experience of a lifetime, in a place renowned both for its breathtaking scenery and its great respect for dolphins, whales and other mammals : Mauritius

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However, if the conditions in this country are optimal to go to the meeting and swim with the dolphins , if your dream is to swim with dolphins (free, of course!), The first thing to do is to find out more about The conditions of this kind of encounters, and choose accordingly. Indeed, if you wish to swim dolphins, it is most certainly because you like these animals meeting them in their natural habitat promote their freedom and help grow awareness for this stunning animals.

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If you sail, you may have already had the opportunity to meet dolphins accompanying your boat. Maybe even you’ve already swum with them. Anyway, if you find yourself one day in the presence of dolphins and you want to jump in the water with them, here are some guidelines to respect:

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Do not throw yourself (literally) into the water

By throwing you loudly in the water, you will probably make the dolphins want to go somewhere else! So be sure to enter calmly into the water, whatever your level of excitement. You do not want to give the impression to our dolphins friends that you are a rude character. Respect their life and environment and always remember that you are a guest in this giant and mysterious place we call the ocean.

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Do not touch the dolphins

This is probably one of the most important rules. If you get to intrigue a dolphin or a group of dolphins, they will come and observe you, do some laps around you. Do not use it to try to caress them. It is the dolphins who will initiate, perhaps, a contact. Anyway, do not take the lead. Especially since, in certain circumstances, this can lead to undesirable reactions from them. These animals are known for their good humanness, but they are mostly wild animals, do not forget it.
Visual contact

Try to create a visual contact with the dolphins that will come to meet you. Those who have the opportunity to exchange a look with a dolphin, a whale or a sperm whale will tell you: there are many things that pass (some even speak of telepathy). Whatever may be a very strong impression, which may give you the certainty, if you had not already, that these creatures are indeed of extraordinary intelligence and sensibility.

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7 paradise islands where you can still travel without breaking the bank

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Want to go for a dream trip in a paradise destination? You want to play Robinson on an island (more or less) deserted, and enjoy the blue sky, fine sand and turquoise water

The problem is that often paradise destinations are expensive. This is understandable: a sense is part of the myth. If everyone could snap their fingers and spend their holidays on a tropical island, they would probably lose their appeal. And we would end up looking for vacations elsewhere.

Three islands paradise to enjoy the Caribbean without breaking the bank:

When you think of ‘paradise destination’, you immediately imagine the Caribbean, its blue sky, its fine sand, and its coconut palms. And I will not contradict you: the Caribbean is full of beautiful islands, treasures of nature, and romantic beaches for a paradisiacal holiday, cocktails and bathing in warm and translucent waters.

Below are some ideas for spending a dream holiday in the Caribbean with a tight budget.

The Pearl Archipelago, Panama

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The Pearl Archipelago is about two hours away by ferry from the capital, Panama City. If you are on road trip in Central America, it is really the right plan to discover a real corner of paradise without ruining you in accommodation (less than 30 USD per night) or in food (small restaurants between 10 and 15 dollars

Important: there is no bank or ATM on the paradisiacal island of Contadora (nor on others, to my knowledge). Make sure you have a small amount in cash before you arrive, to be sure to be able to meet your needs on site (most establishments will accept the credit card, but you are never too careful

Island of Vieques, Puerto Rico / United States

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United States to see a paradise island?  you are going to have a hard time believing me: except Hawaii and its surfers, there is nothing that comes to mind spontaneously. And yet … Here is Puerto Rico! The island is part of the Commonwealth, and to get there, the formalities are exactly the same as for the United States.

Puerto Rico may be considered an American territory, it really does not feel like being in the United States, believe me. It really feels like a little tropical paradise, singing Caribbean Spanish accent included.

I recommend Vieques Island, a former American military base in the middle of the 20th century, which is a short distance east of the island of Puerto Rico. It is one of the most beautiful Caribbean beaches (especially Blue Beach, a must!).

Caye Caulker, Belize

 

Belize is a tiny country stuck between Guatemala and Mexico. Independent of Great Britain since 1981, it is not the place that comes to mind spontaneously when one thinks to leave in Central America

Yet, Belize has many paradise beaches and plenty of interesting spots to share with passing travelers. Starting with Caye Caulker, a lively, vibrant, cheap island (it’s easy to find nice places to sleep for 25/35 dollars a night, which is increasingly rare in this corner of the globe).

Explore it by bike, then at the end of the day go for a head in its translucent waters. Lovers of diving and seabed will be delighted here: multi-coloured fish await you. An ideal place to recharge the batteries without breaking the bank after a backpacking tour through Central America!

Southeast Asia: paradise of paradise islands

The Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

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Southeast Asia, and this time take the direction of Malaysia, a few hundred kilometers further south.

There are two main islands: Kecil and Besar. The first, the smaller of the two, is also the most lively. If you want a spot to enjoy the marine activities during the day and go out or basically party in the evening, this is ideal. Besar on the other hand is quieter, more suitable if you are looking for tranquility in a heavenly corner.

The Perhentian Islands are famous for snorkelling: its seabed is absolutely superb: you will have put your nose in the water (well, with a tuba eh), that you will discover fish of all colors and corals to be absolutely unique.

Koh Chang, Thailand

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Koh Chang is the most accessible paradise island of Thailand from Bangkok (at least by road, otherwise the flight to Phuket is very efficient). Ideal to unwind at the end of the trip, before returning to France, if you fly from the Thai capital, as was my case during my last trip to Asia.

The prices are very reasonable as long as you do not stay in the luxury resorts. There are plenty of guesthouses where you can bargain prices and have a cozy, comfortable room, frankly not much (twenty- five dollars per night big max, if you go in the high season and you are not Hyper at ease with bargaining).

Kanawa Island, Indonesia

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The island of Kanawa is a tiny island that you can walk around in less than an hour (walking a good walk, anyway). It is right next to the island of Flores, much more known and tourist (a quasi-obligatory passage in Indonesia).

Kanawa is a real piece of paradise. The island is quiet (you will not find any cars), relaxing. People are warm and welcoming.

The seabed is there still absolutely superb and, rare in Indonesia, preserved from mass tourism.

The icing on the cake: the cost of living is really affordable on this island. It takes only a few days if you are in roadtrip mode in Southeast Asia, and it is only one stop before your next destination, but a full week is very nice if you just want to enjoy Sun, way ‘holidays in paradise’.

The paradisiac islands of Africa

For example, the Zanzibar archipelago, for example, offers an enchanting setting off Tanzania to rest after a safari or road trip in East Africa. Off the coast of Senegal, Cape Verde is worth its weight of peanuts as well. And it is still a very little tourist destination.

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And, of course, Mauritius which will delight all travelers in search of fine sand and turquoise water.

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Discover a Secret waterfall in Mauritius

Eau Bleue Waterfall is simply amazing and offer a magical view of the wild side of Mauritius island. Named after its turquoise ponds, Eau Bleue Waterfall is a must for nature lovers.

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Located on the southeast of Mauritius island, Eau Bleue Waterfall with its breathtaking views only 20 minutes from Curepipe is perfect for a day off the beaten path for a weekend getaway and a must things to do in Mauritius.

How to reach eau Bleue waterfall

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Eau bleu waterfall situated on the Central Plateau, 20 minutes from the town of Curepipe, Eau Bleu, also called Cascade Rama sources off the Eau Bleu reservoir, in central south of the island

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Eau Bleue was named after its stunning azure color and the purity and clarity of its water. What explains this unique and natural color? During summer, Eau Bleue is supplied by underground water springs which give the river and the ponds that turquoise glare.

If you want to discover all the five waterfalls, do equip yourselves with suitable clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses and closed shoes. You also need to possess an average fitness level in order to hike in the area. Watch out for steep paths or paths covered with thick vegetation and roots. The area also becomes slippery during the raining season.

6 travel destinations to celebrate Christmas in the sun

 

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What if we celebrate Christmas in an unusual place this year? Why not swimsuit with a cocktail in hand on a beach at hundreds of miles from home?

Guadeloupe

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Spending the Christmas holidays in Guadeloupe can really change you every day, with local specialties: pudding, ham with pineapple and coconut, but also the famous local song “sung Nwèl”, tradition of the West Indies. You will of course taste the local Ti Punch and party all night. With an average temperature of 29 ° C at this time of the year you will not be cold for Christmas!

Canary Islands

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A few hours from Paris only, you could settle on the beach to make your castle in the sand or to taste the famous trucha de batata. In Yaiza, you can even test a camel ride like a King Mage! To spend Christmas in the Canaries is a nice option and not too expensive.

Mauritius Island 

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The end of the year is very touristic in Mauritius, especially for the New Year, but at Christmas it is very pleasant to discover the traditions of the island. You can find Christmas gifts in the market of Port Louis and bring back some local spices for your kitchen. Of course it is a bit more expensive than other destinations as it is very popular.

Bali

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The advantage to Bali as throughout the southern hemisphere, you will not need sweaters in your suitcase. If you come a few days before Christmas you will enjoy the amazing flora and fauna and a temperature around 30 ° C. Perhaps you will enjoy a coconut milk trek for Christmas, as it is one of the Indonesian specialties.

Cape Verde Island

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Cape Verde is the ideal destination if you want to enjoy the turquoise water and fewer tourists to spend a relaxing Christmas. There are some celebrations organized on the beaches for the New Year, but otherwise it is a fairly quiet period. Know that Merry Christmas in Cape Verde is called “Boas Festas”.

Crete island

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Did you like Crete in summer? Are you interested in a Greek Christmas and have your visited Crete Island  yet. Fewer people are still under the sun at this time of year. Put your suitcases in Heraklion, the heart of Crete, to eat the famous Vassilopita cake and admire the huge pine tree on the square with the Christmas village for children. Kalä Hristoügénna!

Bora Bora, the mythical island

The mythical island of Bora Bora in Polynesia, has not stolen his nickname “Pearl of the Pacific”! Known worldwide for its magnificent lagoon and its variations remarkable colors, Bora Bora is a gem of wonder. Island of romance , it has everything you could want to celebrate your love. Experience unique moments in Bora Bora!

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Bora Bora, the earthly paradise of Polynesia

Who has never dreamed he heard his name? Located about 50 minutes flight from Tahiti, in the heart of the Islands in French Polynesia, Bora Bora is a jewel of nature. And for good reason … Its lagoon is reputed to be one of the most extraordinary in the world: it offers sublime shades of blue depending on the depth of the seabed and is home to dozens of species of tropical fish and beautiful coral that will the delight of diving enthusiasts. In this Polynesian natural aquarium, you can observe manta rays, whale sharks and sea turtles all year and humpback whales from August to September.

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Enjoy the white sand beaches you will not see anywhere else and begin your relaxing stay on the beach of Matira, THE most beautiful beach in Bora Bora, located south of the island. The sand is very fine, almost white and coral pushed on shore like a sea foam … a warm, gentle breeze, in charge of tiare fragrance lulls this magical paradise where the sunsets are magnificent! As for accommodation, Bora Bora has a varied hotel infrastructure that fits perfectly to the exceptional scenery of the island. The overwater villas is a must: typical Polynesian, it offers a level of exceptional comfort, from your private balcony, direct access to the crystal clear lagoon and the privilege of enjoying your breakfast delivered on board a canoe.

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A multitude of activities to do during your stay in Bora Bora

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There are no better than Bora Bora place to enjoy water sports enthusiasts will be thrilled by the possibilities. The queen activity is of course diving. A test version of snorkeling or scuba diving. In addition, you can enjoy many excursions to go around the island within the lagoon: a semi-submersible submarine or catamaran (ideal to discover the island for those with the sailor as for those less experienced). The possibilities for walks on the lagoon are many.

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More extreme, you can also go jet skiing in the crystal clear waters, discover the Polynesian island in another way thanks to parasailing or witness the spectacular “shark feeding” safe. Bora Bora also allows for many shore excursions: tours in 4×4, on foot, by bike and quad or horse … In the Heart of the Journey recommend renting a car to move on to Bora Bora the coastal road and stop at the three main villages on the island or on archaeological sites and viewpoints offering unusual views of the lagoon and surrounding Polynesian islands.

The 5 best places to visit during your honeymoon in Cambodia

Honeymoon in Cambodia

 

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The stress of the past marriage, it is time for you to unwind and enjoy the lovely honeymoon offered by friends and family on your Zankyou list. Cambodia is the ideal destination for adventurous couples seeking adventure. This paradise on earth, nestled between Vietnam and Thailand, two neighbors who are attracting more and more curious.

Suitcases, tickets in hand, out of the question to go home without seeing these five essential!
1. Make a vow to Wat Phnom

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How about a little luck to start your adventure together? See you at the top of one hill of Phnom Penh, in the temple of Wat Phnom where the Khmers love to pray for luck. If the wish is granted, it is customary to bring back the gift promised to the foot of the altar. Another custom is to buy a bird cage riding on top of the hill, take in hand during prayer and release.

 
2. Marvel contemplating the Silver Pagoda

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Still in Phnom Penh, the Royal Palace temple houses some of the most prestigious national treasures like the Emerald Buddha Baccarat crystal or Maitreya Buddha, encrusted with diamonds and adorned with nearly 10,000 regalia.

 
3. Open your senses to market Psaar Chas

At the gates of the ruins of Angkor, Siem Reap stopover of choice. In the evening, let yourself go for a stroll along the river and discover the many local products sold in the night market Psaar Chas. Palm wine, river eel, perfume, stoles … Crack for all kinds of local products enjoying an unparalleled atmosphere.

 
4. Learn about the history of Angkor

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Ranked in the UNESCO World Heritage Angkor is one of the main archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptures … The prestigious remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire lie in the middle of a forest, in an archaeological park of some 400 km2.

 
5. Do you like to Banteay Srei

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Banteay Srei or the Citadel of Women. Real gem of the city of Ankgor, the temple houses the most famous models of classical Khmer art and especially the distinction of being built in pink sandstone. At the time of the sunset, you can live a magic moment with your partner

Discover Mexico: A mysterious island with ghosts dolls

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In the marshy area of Xochimilco, south of Mexico City, is probably the most scary place in Mexico. After a long trip through an extensive network of canals, we can discover an abandoned island where the trees, covered with small mutilated bodies, offer a vision of a nightmare. Become one of the strangest sights in the world, this island is known as the “isla munecas the” Island of the dolls.

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The history of the island starts in the 50s, when a Don Julian Santana Barrera decides to live as a hermit, leaving women and children behind. Shortly after arriving on the scene, Don Julian became convinced that they are haunted by the spirit of a little girl drowned in the canal that borders the island. To appease the ghost of the girl and protection from evil spell, Don Julian will start collecting old abandoned dolls that sometimes drift with water. One by one, he will hang from the trees of the island, forming a strange mausoleum in honor of the deceased child.

Don Julian will even go out of his hermitage to collect dolls advantage of in landfills, and aboriginal even take the habit of exchanging him against waste dolls that vegetables grown on the island. Small silhouettes mutilated then accumulate hundreds, literally covering vegetation. Over the years, they break down horribly, rain and sun eroding their faces with empty eyes. Attached to the branches by son of rusty iron, they are often covered with spider webs or dirt when they are not dismembered.

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The island was really discovered by the public in the 90’s, during one of the Xochimilco canals cleaning program. The “trajineras” local gondolas, could then access them freely, and the island of dolls became a kind of macabre and surreal attraction. However, it is not on the classic tourist routes, and must specifically ask the boats drivers for a tour. Two hours through a maze of canals navigation is required to access it, but those who have visited the island speak for a unique experience, as a degenerate art installation in which one feels observed everywhere.

Don Julian Santana Barrera was found drowned April 17, 2001, at the age of 80 years. He lived alone on the island for the last 50 years of his life, the heart of his absurd and grandiose work. Now only occupying places, dolls slowly continue to rot in the sun of Mexico, but according to local superstitions, we could see them moving when the night comes ..

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Discover Oman and it’s beautiful diving sites

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In the Middle East, specifically in the south of the Arabian Peninsula, is the Sultanate of Oman, Gulf still unknown yet full of treasures … You may have heard of Oman for its beautiful dunes desert Wahiba Sands or the majestic rocky mountains. But Oman holds many other surprises … These panoramas of amazing contrast are bordered by a wild and unspoilt coastline that falls in the Indian Ocean to the south and east and the Gulf of Oman to the north.

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The underwater depths of Oman, still preserved, full of natural treasures: a fauna and flora incredibly rich! Lovers of diving, beginners confirmed, will be conquered … Discover the most beautiful regions diving in Oman: Muscat Daymaniyat the islands, the Musandam Peninsula and the Dhofar region …

Diving off the side of Muscat islands Daymaniyat

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Welcome to Muscat prestigious capital of Oman. This is where your wonder will be at its peak thanks to the beauty of the dive sites. There are no less than 10 diving clubs underwater for 20 most outstanding sites on this part of the world.

The particularity of diving off Muscat is that it is accessible all year round. Indeed, the water temperature ranges from 20 to 30 ° C depending on the season, but is very easily walkable to the lack of power in the area. A few kilometers away, the islands of the nature reserve of Daymaniyat offer among the finest in the country dive sites.

A must for diving enthusiasts. You can discover many species of fish. If you are lucky, you may have the opportunity to meet eagle rays. Towards the month of February, is the spectacle of whales that awaits you …

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The diving off the Musandam Peninsula: on a separate site …

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Separated from the rest of the country by the United Arab Emirates, the Musandam Peninsula is home to majestic mountains throwing in the Strait of Hormuz, thus forming numerous small coves the turquoise lagoon … The coast of the Musandam Peninsula harbors fabulous underwater sheltered by massive fjords. The panorama, still wild and preserved, is a very singular beauty.

Khor al Sham is by far the most extraordinary fjord in the region. Just by practicing snorkeling (diving with fins, mask and snorkel), you will take full sight and can not resist the urge to explore the depths of the site. It is not uncommon for cruises on the theme of diving are organized around this peninsula. The flora and fauna is the most extraordinary. Admire the beautiful seahorses and other colorful fish for your enjoyment.

Diving in the Dhofar region: a wilderness

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If you are looking for adventure, Dhofar is the ideal place for your underwater excursions. This region is still very little known and has preserved its wild nature in its raw state. Diving in this area will only satisfy your thirst for discovery.

However, be aware that diving can take place in the summer during the monsoon. Dive into the clear waters bordering the Dhofar region and the delights of beautiful rays, parrot fish, sea turtles and other creatures from the depths of Oman.

You can now book an underwater accommodation surrounded by Sharks on Airbnb

Who have never dreamed of sleeping in an underwater bedroom surrounded by more than 35 big Sharks ???

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The private room where you can sleep peacefully while sharks swim around your bed is now a reality and it’s located in an aquarium in Paris.

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You will be hosted by Fred Buyle, a Belgian freediver and shark enthusiast

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There are some rules if you want to stay first no selfies, since sharks are sensitive to light and they really don’t like duck face. Night swimming and diving are also forbidden, but you can swim if you are on a healthy diet and exercise regularly otherwise the sharks could have an indigestion.

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