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Dress by Julia Clancey Cuff by Deepa Gurnani Earrings by Dori Csengeri Location Akagera National Park, Rwanda 2





Welcome to the Issue


et against a variety of locations, Modeliste has long been famous for taking fashion out of the studio and into the open air and our latest stories continue this fine tradition. We captured the sun-soaked beauty of Rwanda, its breathtaking scenery and its most welcoming, resilient, illuminating and inspiring people.

I write this early one morning, while sunlight pours in through an open screen in my tented lodge in the spectacular Akagera National Park. A monkey is perched in a tree just outside and the sound of hippos splashing in the lake in front of my tent fill me with wonder and intrigue. All seems well, embraced within the blessing of birdsong and majestic blue skies. This moment could not have been promised or anticipated – which is why it is so precious. For if life has taught me anything, it is that these small pleasures are to be cherished, though we know that they are fleeting. It’s that sense of delight, adventure, love and admiration of cultures, tradition and the art of living that enhances the desire to capture those precious, fleeting moments which is an integral part of our philosophy at Modeliste – that, and the belief that moments of beauty and joy can be celebrated and shared. It is my hope that we give our readers the opportunity to view different notions of beauty, whether in fashion, writing, photography or art. I bring you the April issue, with fashion stories that have been created in the most glorious of landscapes; and a cover shoot with Shay Mitchell, who we love for her support of other women, as well as her sunny optimism, combined with dedication to hard work and a fearless passion. Shay has discovered the freedom to do what she most enjoys and shares a passion for (traveling…. photography) and her radiant and exquisite beauty is a true reflection of her inner spirit. I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Songa Designs International, as well as both Derma E and Kai Fragrances for their most thoughtful and generous product donations which were gifted to numerous women and children in the local communities and artisan cooperatives. Welcome to the issue.

Amy McCabe


Songa Design International Pierre Arm Cuff $52,

APR 2017


Wild Thing: Shay Mitchell in Rwanda

IN EVERY ISSUE 16 Editor's Letter 36 Get The Cover Look 102 Horoscope



42 Spring Sexy Makeup Trends

Model Diaries: Shay Mitchell

COUTURE 52 Spring Fashion Trends Must-Haves


100 Spotlight on Rwanda

58 Labels we Love

MODE WITH MEANING 96 Songa Designs International

Songa Designs International Tasara Necklace $54 On the Cover Shay Mitchell


Shay is wearing Dress by Massacre Belt by LPC Earrings by Amber Sceats

APR 2017

Editor-In-Chief AMY MCCABE Deputy Art Director MONICA ROBLES Online Director JEN CARLSON Digital Director SHANNON DANNETTELLE

Contributing Editor KAREN CALDERON

Men's Mode Managing Editor MICHAEL MCCABE



Senior Travel Editor-at Large & Director of Mode with Meaning LYNNE CHIZZICK

Managing Editor / Special Features Director JILL WINKLER



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You are clearly a style icon among today’s generation. To what or who do you attribute your style inspo? I would say I get my style inspiration from many different places that I travel to. If I'm in Morocco or Africa, I’m inspired just by the culture and the way that women carry and dress themselves. I would say that it's probably from traveling where I gather most of my inspiration for my style. You are always on the go and traveling to different places - what are a few staple fashion pieces that are go-to items for a girl on the go? Of the few staple fashion pieces I carry, is probably a pair of good jeans. You never know when you’ll need them even if you're going to a hot place... and I've been on many vacations where it hasn't always been the hottest and has ended up being a little cooler. So, I always say pack a good pair of jeans. I also always have a good black dress that can carry me from day into night when I'm on trip. I would say on airplanes for me, it's very important to travel comfortably. I like to pack loose clothing and most of the time I would say I wear layers, just for when I get hot, or I get cold. You also just recently launched a collaboration for 7 new eyeshadow palettes with Smashbox! What were the different influences behind the pigments in each palette and how are they unique? I collaborated with Smashbox on the launch of their seven new eyeshadow palettes, which I was so excited about. I've always been a huge fan of makeup and getting to play around with creating different looks. These eyeshadow palettes were really fun just to be a part of celebrating the launch for them. What are some fashion and beauty tips that you follow that never fail to create your kind of chic polished and sophisticated look? I mean when I usually travel, I don't like to do that much makeup. I think that's something that's so much a part of my life when I'm in LA.


SHAY MITCHELL I’m always in hair and makeup, which I love. But when I do travel, I tend to bring a lot less with me and I like to be very minimal. Obviously, we were doing a really fun photo shoot here, so I had to pack my whole makeup bag. It's fun though to switch up the lip colors and the looks in subtle ways. What is your #1 Beauty tip? I would say my biggest tip is less is more, and I truly mean that. Especially when you're in warmer climates, you don't want your face to melting all over the place. I would say a primer is very important. I do love the Smashbox primer. That is something that I've always had in my makeup bag, and I just really feel like it keeps your makeup intact regardless if you're on a safari in Africa or wherever you may be. I take a primer and powder, powder, powder. What are 3 of your holy grail makeup products? My three holy makeup grail products would be #1 a good foundation. I have this one by Jouer that I really like. It has a tinted moisturizer in it and sunscreen. I just feel like those two combined kind of saves me from bringing a few products and it gives you great coverage. Sunblock is very important to wear every single day, no matter where you are. #2 I would say mascara Covergirl Lashblast is my favorite mascara. I always have that with me. And I'd say #3 coconut oil. I bring that with me everywhere I go. . I use it in my hair, lotion, lip gloss. You name it. What are some of your go-to style pieces? I would say accessories go a long way, especially when you're traveling. I like to have sort of simple looks like a nice, crisp white shirt or black jeans-- your go-to basics. Then I like to kind of dress it up with accessories. I'll have different jewelry and different accessories that kind of fit perfectly for that place.

Now we of course need to talk about your hit show Pretty Little Liars that is about to begin its final season. What do you think makes the show so successful? I think what makes Pretty, Little Liars so successful is that no matter where you are in the world, you can relate. I think the most important part of our show is the relationship that the girls have with one another. The relationships that they have on a romantic level and the the ones that they have with their parents and family. That's probably what I've heard the most. I think also the fact that there's drama. There's mystery. There's romance. There's all of that. It really does make our show so exciting and on the edge of your seat every single episode. How are you similar to your character that you plan on screen? I would say I'm similar to my character Emily as she’s extremely competitive. I played sports too and I danced when I was younger, so I think I have a little bit of that in me. Just the fact that she's sort of that friend that all the other girls go to. They need someone to listen to them or they trust her to not share their secrets. I think that's someone that I am in my group of friends. We both kind of share that. What is one of your favorite parts of being on set? My favorite part of being on-set is just the family that we've created on this show. Seven years with the same crew for the most part, cast and everybody, it's just been so lovely to be able to share this experience with them all. We spend more time together than we do with our own families. These past seven years, it's been amazing creating something that's been this successful with such a great group of people. What are you going to miss most about the show? For me, what's going to be most sad is definitely not being able to see my second fam anymore. Luckily, I can still call them and meet up though, so I'm not that worried.

Can you tell us any hints of what might we should expect in the last 10 episodes? It's the most intense season we've ever had and the most romantic, I'd like to say. This is the season for our fans. We are really answering every single question that they've ever had on the show. I promise you guys, that you will find out who A is and all of your questions will be answered. You also recently announced that you will be beginning your own reality show called Shades of Shay. What aspects of your life will this show mainly focus on? The show that I'm working on with Full Screen is going to be the real deal. It's kind of the BTS of the BTS, which means behind the scenes. It's me at my rawest form. Taking away the glamorous lights with the hair and makeup. It's taking away ... anything I was afraid of talking about before. I've always wanted to be my most authentic self to the fans and to everybody that knows me. All the different social media platforms, I've shown a few sides to me. I think this is sort of the other side. What is your most used emoji? The most used emoji is probably one eye closed with the tongue out.

What would you like to say to your fans? "I would love to say thank you guys so much for supporting me, and us, and the show and everything that we do. If it wasn't for you guys, I wouldn't be here. Thank you for helping me achieve my dreams"

What is your life’s theme song? My life's theme song? I don't know. It'd probably be like Girls Just Want To Have Fun and a mix of I Was Here by Beyonce and a mix of ... I don't know. So many different songs are coming to mind. I can definitely make a good playlist with that. You are such a jet-setter, where is one place you would like to travel to that you haven’t been to yet? There are so many places I haven't been to yet that are on the list. I really want to go to Vietnam. I haven't been to Croatia or Prague yet... I mean, I could go on. Do you have any upcoming projects you can tell us about? I'm super excited for people to see a movie that I worked on right after PLL. It's called Cadaver. It's going to be coming out later this year. It's a horror movie set in a morgue. I play a ex-cop slash recovering addict. It's going to be really, really good. I'm excited for people to get to see me play a different character in a very intense and terrifying movie.


MODEL DIARIES Describe a typical day off and what you like to do. My typical day off ... pretty jammed packed. Anytime I'm not working, I like to completely fill up my day. I like being busy and I like being around people. I think that's something that got me really interested in the field that I'm in. If I'm not working out, then I might be walking my dog outside. I live in LA and it’s, for the most part, very beautiful outside all the time. I love riding bikes, hiking, that kind of thing or have a full day in bed watching Netflix. I mean, one or the other. You also recently hit 15 million followers on instagram! Congratulations! What tips do you have for creating a fun and engaging feed? For me, Instagram is kind of like an art gallery. Every single photo that I've put up, definitely curated a few minutes to figure out what photo is going to go next to this one and what filter I'm going to use on it. I'd say I'm probably am pretty picky when it comes to that. It's an extension of me and I wouldn't trust anybody else to do it. It's something I have fun with, putting up photos and getting to share my experiences with everybody. What is a piece of advice that you would give your 15 year old self? A piece of advice I would give my 15 year old self is to live more in the moment and not focus too much on the future or what has happened already. You can't change either of those, so I think for me, especially back then, I just want to enjoy more of being in the moment. That's a constant thing. I think I always have to remind myself of that. Sometimes you can get caught up in planning the future and planning on where you want to go next, when you should really just be enjoying where you are now. What is your most embarrassing red carpet moment? My most embarrassing red carpet moment is probably nip slips all the time. Falling down stairs, stuff in my teeth. I don't know. There have been so many. But, I mean, that's what makes it fun. You don't want every red carpet to go smoothly, do you? The end of the day, if you get a nip slip, you get a nip slip.

Tell us about your collaboration with Songa Designs International here in Rwanda. Sarah Sternberg, who started Songa, gave me this bracelet and I absolutely love it. Today we are going to be meeting the women who make all these beautiful pieces. This is something I'm really excited about to wear when I get back as well. Songa is such an amazing organization because they're giving these women a platform to really be able to contribute to their community and to be able to create these tangible, beautiful pieces that everybody can enjoy around the world. The impact that it has on that community is huge. You give these women a confidence to know that they support one another and support their family. I think that in itself makes a huge difference. What has been your favorite part of your trip to Rwanda so far? My favorite part of the trip? I don't know. Honestly, everything. Even when things don't always go as planned, it’s exciting. That's what makes it fun. I enjoy the plane ride because I love getting to get my sleep in, no distractions. I absolutely love Rwanda, this is my second time here, and it's one of the most beautiful countries I've ever been to. I love the people, I love the culture, the food and everything. It’s exciting to get to collaborate with such talented people to create these photos that are going to be these amazing memories I will have forever and to be able to share the beauty of Rwanda with all the readers and everybody who sees it. Why do you love Modeliste? I love Modeliste magazine because you guys are right on those trends. I mean, the photo shoots are so fun. Where else or who else can you say you got to go to Rwanda, this beautiful country, to do a photoshoot with? When I got the call that this was going to be the destination and to see if I wanted to be a part of this, that was an obvious, "Yes." Whenever you guys want to do a photo shoot, call me, please! I'm going to be on every single cover. I don't care. Can I work for them?! Haha!

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onga Designs International is a lifestyle and accessories brand that empowers a new generation of women to embrace their own potential. Songa Designs employs over 150 Rwandan women who hand-craft high quality accessories using skills passed down through generations. After working with Songa, many of the artisans are able to use their fair wages to achieve economic independence purchasing land, health insurance for their families and sending their children to school for the first time without depending on a husband. All Songa Designs products are woven with local materials including banana leaf, sisal plant and maize leaves that would otherwise end up in landfills. While all of Songa's pieces incorporate the cultural and traditional weaving skills of the artisans, the designs blend in modern aspects that are new to the artisans who have had very little exposure to the western world, so access to advanced training is incredibly helpful for these women to develop their skills. Training is also important when working with the artisans to inspire their own creativity and confidence in the work they do. This is why Songa is partnering with Shay Mitchell and her giveback campaign that will raise money for artisan training.

100% of the profits from each Shay bracelet sold will go toward a multi-day training program for Songa Designs’ artisans. The week will begin with what is called train the trainers. Songa will first gather all the highly skilled master weavers in the city of Kigali to show them new designs and weaving techniques, where they practice making a prototype. Once these women have mastered the new designs, these master weavers will travel to their respective cooperatives located all over the country and in turn, train the rest of the women on how to expand their skill sets with the new designs.

Training is a way to empower the women and help the artisans reach new goals for themselves, such as creating their own original designs like Songa’s banana leaf master weaver, Jacqueline who proudly showcased her own original design, the Jacqueline handbag. All profits raised from this giveback campaign will go toward crucial production and design training for the women as they continually improve their craft and their lives.



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Embrace the season of love in red-hot hues. Take your style cue from top model Miranda Kerr by implementing edgy add-ons, like a cool animal print bag and black ankle boots.


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"The Future Is Female"Bella Hadid walks the runway at Prabal Gurung show.


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The upcoming season has us ready for statement pieces, extra-large totes, pops of color, dazzling baubles and sculptural embellishments. Consider this your cheat sheet for Spring 2017's most important accessories you'll be coveting this spring.

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Joya Pewter Pendant Necklace $52 Pierre Cuff $52 63



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Out with the old and in with the new—this Spring is a perfect time to revamp your lingerie drawer. Nothing says fresh new start like upgrading your undergarments. Panty Drop proves that good things really do come in small packages. Now you can get fun and sexy panties delivered directly to your door monthly. Each Panty Drop box includes 3 panty selections that match your preferences. Try new styles and brands knowing that you’ll love them. Just choose your subscription plan, tell them what you like & they’ll take it from there. Panty Drop has two different subscription plans: a basic plan for $35 that is a great balance between style, affordability and comfort, and a premium plan at $65 for customers who want the best in design and quality. The starting lineup of brands includes Cosabella, Commando, Honeydew Intimates, Hanky Panky and White Rabbit. 70




Creative Director BRUNO LIMA Beauty Director JOSEPH CHASE Special Features Director SARAH STERNBERG Photographed by DOVE SHORE Videography by NICHOLAS LARSEN


Caftan by OTT Shoes by Donald J Pliner Earrings by H&M Location AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK, RWANDA RUZIZI TENTED LODGE 77

Jacket by Talbot Runhof Skirt by Talbot Runhof Tank by H&M Shoes by Donald J Pliner Earrings by Amber Sceats Cuff by Nissa Jewelry Sunglasses by Illesteva 78

Dress by Julianna Bass Shoes by Johnston & Murphy Necklace by Songa Designs Cuff by Songa Designs Sunglasses by Rayban 79

Dress by Bryan Hearns 80

Dress by Talbot Runhof Skirt by Talbot Runhof Shoes by Nine West Bag by Songa Designs 81


Dress by Massacre Belt by LPC Shoes by Amber Sceats 83


Dress by Christian Siriano Earrings by Dori Csengeri 85

Dress by Julia Clancey Cuff by Deepa Gurnani 86Earrings by Dori Csengeri

Dress by Red by Valentino Necklace by Dori Cosigner Belt by OTT Earrings by Deepa Gurnani 87


Dress by Red by Valentino Necklace by Dori Cosigner Belt by OTT Earrings by Deepa Gurnani Shoes by Brian Atwood

Jumpsuit by Talbot Runhof Earrings by David Yurman Cuff by Songa Designs 90

Choker by Dori Csengeri Beaded Bracelets by Sacred Jewels Shay Bracelet by Songa Designs 91

Styled by BRUNO LIMA FOR CELESTINE AGENCY Hair Styled by JOSEPH CHASE FOR EXCLUSIVE ARTISTS MANAGEMENT using R+Co, GHD Tools and Derma E Special Thanks to Gilbert Kubwimana Songa Designs Rwanda Ruzizi Tented Lodge Hotel Des Mille Collines -andAll the Beautiful People of Rwanda

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Songa Designs International


Shay Mitchell with Designer Naleli Rugege. Dress by Naleli Rugege Bracelets by Songa Designs

Defined as “the path forward� in Swahili, Songa is synonymous with the journey toward economic empowerment for women in developing countries. 98

Songa Designs International is a lifestyle and accessories brand that empowers a new generation of women and makes a positive impact around the world. Working with underresourced women of Rwanda in East Africa, Songa provides more than 150 artisans with employment opportunities that allow them to achieve economic independence simply by using skills acquired through everyday life. Trained by generations of local cultural tradition, the skilled artisans of Songa craft stylish, high-quality accessories and home dĂŠcor items to bolster one's personal and interior style. Each piece in the Songa line is inspired by nature and made of natural materials such as banana leaf fiber, sisal plant, pewter, re-purposed cow horn, and paper beads that otherwise would end up in landfills. Modeliste was thrilled to have the opportunity to partner alongside Songa Designs and Shay Mitchell.

Special Mention and Thanks to Bhavana World Project. Bhavana World Project is a social enterprise working to advance economic and social empowerment for women's small businesses in Africa and Asia. As a collaborator on our Rwanda shoot, Bhavana helped us reach the talented designers highlighted in this issue. To learn more about their work in Rwanda and other parts of the world go to Special thanks to Derma E and Kai fragrances for their generous donations to the women of Songa Design’s cooperatives in Rwanda.






RUZIZI TENTED LODGE Secreted deep within the National Reserve, Ruzizi Tented Lodge is the ultimate Rwanda safari destination.

Akagera National Park, Rwanda



et your dreams transport you to a luxury tent in the heart of Africa, a magical place where wildlife gather to drink nearby at a lake shore and the wondrous sights and surround sound of bellowing hippos splashing, grunting roars of crocodiles, braying zebras, chattering monkeys, and a cacophony of bird songs fill the airwaves and saturate your senses. Akagera National Park lies in eastern Rwanda, bordering Tanzania. The varied terrain is home to an abundance of wildlife including zebras, giraffes, elephants, lions and hundreds of bird species, such as the rare shoebill stork. In the southern part of the park, vast Lake Ihema is home to hippos and crocodiles. A labyrinth of swamps and lakes that follow the meandering course of the Akagera River, known to be the most remote source of the Nile, is a breathtaking mix savannah landscape, acacia woodland and expansive grassland. Secreted deep within the National Reserve, Ruzizi Tented Lodge is the ultimate Rwanda safari destination. Embraced by picturesque vistas and washed by a sea of richly rolling grasslands, it stands centre-stage to one of Africa's most dramatic wildlife arenas. Drawing its inspiration from the traditional cultural, Ruzizi Tented Lodge offers a rare blend of raw African splendour and sumptuous sophistication, views of eternity, and spectacular restaurant set amidst a large deck overlooking the lake where a kaleidoscope of animals including buffalo, hippos collect to drink, play and bathe. An evening spent next to the fire, gazing up at the stars after a day of wonder is unmatched. Dining at Ruzizi Tented Lodge is exquisite, made from hand selected seasonal fresh produce, with an extensive array of options. With the utmost of impeccable and welcoming service, Ruzizi Tented Lodge offers magnificent luxury, and a blissful, yet exhilarating private sanctuary during your African adventure. This wild stretch of Africa is all yours.




Dreams do come true and bucket list wishes too as you magically awaken in Rwanda’s amazing Ruzizi Tented Lodge camp. Experience the reality of those sounds while nestled in the comfort and safety of your bed under crisp white sheets and duvet, the aromas of coffee and breakfast cooking. The morning mists lift from tiny Rwanda’s Lake Ihema in Akagera National Park, truly in the heart of Africa, as you emerge from your tent, one of the 9 luxury tents with ensuite bathroom featuring shower and solar powered hot and cold running water and electricity in one of the earth’s most rarefied destinations is truly extraordinary. To experience Rwanda is to experience the possibilities and potential of all of Africa, its rebirth demonstrates the changes that can be derived from devastation. Restoration and reconciliation among peoples uniting to rebuild a new country embracing the role of women in this nation building process with 60% of the Rwandan Parliament women legislators. A commitment to education, to healthcare, to families, to the environment and protection of their precious resources has transformed this small nation into a leader and a wondrous safari and travel destination.





wanda, Land of a Thousand Hills, beautiful and peaceful home of lush green hillsides dotted with tea and coffee plantations, immaculate terraced farms, and a national pride and commitment to maintaining the highest environmental standards in Africa. Rwanda has found healing and reconciliation with its traumatic past and the wondrous beauty and harmony of its people now welcoming guests to the revisioned country is an inspiration. Ecotourism and the wonders of safari wildlife viewing have made Rwanda a top destination for tourists seeking breathtaking encounters with Africa’s Big Five plus the wonders of primates unique to this region. The Volcanoes National Park is famed as the protectorate of the Mountain Gorilla and the exclusive venue for the most touching and emotional wildlife experience of gorilla trekking. Chimpanzees, lowland gorillas, Colombo monkeys and numerous other species dominate the rainforests. 108

Chimpanzees, lowland gorillas, Colombo monkeys and numerous other species dominate the rainforests. The grasslands and savannahs promise exceptional biodiversity, lions, cheetah, elephants, hippos, giraffes and zebra, and more. The beautiful Hotel Mille Collines stands tall in Rwanda’s capital city of Kigali, the views from its balconies capturing the panorama of a beautiful city built on a series of lush green hillsides. The iconic Hotel Mille Collines immortalized in the film, Hotel Rwanda, remains as a tribute to Rwanda’s phoenix-like rise from self destruction and genocide. The famed hotel manager, Paul Rusesabagina, sheltered and protected 1,268 people from the terror that surrounded them in an extraordinary feat of negotiation using the power of words. His life story has become the historic story of the Mille Collines, beautifully written in his autobiography, humbly titled, An Ordinary Man.


Comfort and hospitality are paramount at the Milles Collines.The hotel features 112 guest rooms and suites, with high end amenities, bathrobe and slippers, down comforters, Egyptian cotton sheets, WiFi, room safe, writing desk and seating area, and 24 hour room service. A fitness center and tennis court are provided for guest enjoyment as well. The beautiful terrace and sparkling pool beckons with relaxed lounge seating for capturing the sun and the brilliant city views. Your relaxation will be enhanced by a massage at the poolside spa gazebo. Inside, the relaxed ambiance of the lobby is a popular rendezvous point for business travelers and tourists alike. A welcoming gathering spot for those attending conferences and meetings in the modern well- equipped conference rooms, the lobby is a morning hub of activity as guests are picked up for travel excursions in the city and safaris beyond. The Mille Collines is popular among tourists and locals as a dining destination. Known for its amazing breakfast buffet, La Terrasse displays an array of fresh fruits, freshly baked breads and pastries, omelettes, meat and cheese platters, and offers casual dining throughout the day.

Terrace dining is found at the Poolside Bar offering light fare and refreshments perfect for snacks and cooling off in the sun. Le Panorama presents breathtaking views of the Kigali Hills from its 4th floor vantage point. Romantic dining with gourmet cuisine overlooking the twinkling of Kigali’s city lights makes this a most popular choice for couples and groups. Retire for a nightcap and a re-cap of the day’s sights and adventures relaxing at the Hotel Bar or enjoy cocktails and live music entertainment at the Bistro on the terrace. The hotel’s prime location in the central business district welcomes international guests, business and government leaders, NGO and humanitarian workers, and the ever-growing numbers of tourists eager to discover and explore the natural wonders and artisans of Rwanda. The staff of the Hotel Mille Collines continues the signature dedication to hospitality and service, the legacy of Paul Rusesabagina. They are eager to share the sights of their city and recommend itineraries and transport in their highly acclaimed concierge services. Within minutes, visitors sense a difference arriving in Kigali. This capital city is truly remarkable in its cleanliness and order, its natural

beauty enhanced by planned gardens, groomed traffic circles, roadways with law abiding drivers, and participation in a nationwide monthly cleanup endeavor involving everyone from the President to school children. The markets are filled with neat displays of produce and groceries, beautiful handmade crafts, traditional baskets, carvings, jewelry, colorful wares, and rows of tailors, men and women with sewing machines flanked by bolts of colorful fabrics ready to become

custom designed clothing created right before your eyes. Friendly shopkeepers welcome everyone in an atmosphere warmed by smiles and rhythms of African music in the background. Safe, hassle free shopping everywhere is a tourist delight.




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