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exotic-destination travel photos
Simone spent 5 years traveling
to over 80 countries as Senior Photographer
and Photography Teacher on Princess Cruises
Each volume covers 3 exotic locations:
Lomé ~ Togo
Lomé, with a population of 837,437, is the capital and largest
city of Togo. Located on the Gulf of Guinea, Lomé is the country's administrative and industrial center
and its chief port.
The city exports coffee, cocoa, copra, and palm kernels. It also has an oil refinery.
The city was founded in the 18th century by the Ewe people.
The city's population grew rapidly in the second half of the 20th century. The city had approximately 30,000
inhabitants in 1950: by 1960 (the year Togo gained its independence from France) the population had reached 80,000,
increasing to 200,000 by 1970.
Casablanca ~ Morocco
Casablanca is the largest city of Morocco, located in the northwestern part of the country on the Atlantic Ocean. It
is also the largest city in the Maghreb, as well as one of the largest and most important cities in Africa,
both economically and demographically.
Casablanca is Morocco's chief port and one of the largest financial centers on the African continent. The 2012 census,
adjusted with recent numbers, recorded a population of about 4 million in the prefecture of Casablanca.
Casablanca is considered the economic and business center of Morocco, while the national political capital is Rabat.
Nosy Be ~ Madagasgar
Nosy Be is an island off the northwest coast of Madagascar.
Nosy Be is Madagascar's largest and busiest tourist resort.
Nosy Be means "big island" in the Malagasy language.
The island was called Assada during the early colonial era
of the seventeenth century. Nosy Be has been given several nicknames over the centuries, including "Nosy Manitra" (the scented island).
The first of Nosy Be were small bands of Antankarana and Zafinofotsy, before the arrival the Sakalava represent the most numerous
ethnic group on the island. These people were joined later by some Comorians, Indians or Antandroy.
Nosy Be made first major appearance in Madagascar's history when King Radama I announced that he intended to conquer the whole west
of the red island up to the sea. That plan was eventually achieved when the Sakalava Kingdom of Boina came into his
possession in 1837 when Queen Tsiomeko of Boina's army was defeated.
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