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Hitting the Right Notes at Summerfest

Hitting the Right Notes at Summerfest

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Milwaukee plays host to the world’s largest festival. From late June to early July each year, Summerfest  takes over a 75-acre festival park with over 700 entertainers on 11 stages …

Brussels at a Bargain

Brussels at a Bargain

Those looking for an August getaway without paying the high hotel costs associated with visiting Europe at the height of tourist season might want to consider booking a stay in Brussels. After business-people  frequenting the capital of Belgium and the …

Spain Celebrates – Summer Festivals and Parties

Spain Celebrates – Summer Festivals and Parties

La Mercè
La Mercè

As the summertime approaches, the Spanish find reason to celebrate. Mark these festive dates for the best bashes on the Iberian Peninsula:

Sant Joan - Barcelona's Beaches Fill
Sant Joan – Barcelona’s Beaches Fill

June – Welcome Summer in Mediterranean Spain

June 21, or …

The Flower Festival and Spanish Spring Celebrations

The Flower Festival and Spanish Spring Celebrations

Blossoms blanket the city - Temps de Flors
Blossoms blanket the city – Temps de Flors

Walking down Barcelona’s Passeig de Gracia the other day, I looked to the horizon and saw green. Spring had sprung while I was updating Twitter, and there it was suddenly, fresh and …

Hopping Through Europe’s Easter Markets

Hopping Through Europe’s Easter Markets

Europe is known for having an extensive and impressive array of Christmas markets, but the seasonal merriment doesn’t have to stop there. In springtime, when flowers, trees and hibernating critters begin to come out of winter hiding, new markets also …

DOs and DONTs: New Year in Valparaiso

DOs and DONTs: New Year in Valparaiso

Chilean Revelers

Valparaiso, for want of a better word, is a shanty town on the coast of Chile. Starting from its docks, sitting in that all too commonly found water, colored grayish brown by the offal of container ships, it …

Aruba’s Fabulous Flurry of Festivals

Aruba’s Fabulous Flurry of Festivals

Though best known for their colorful Carnival, Aruba has all kinds of cool festivals, annual events, and visitor-inclusive celebrations happening all year round!

Though Carnival lasts for three months, it really doesn’t matter when you visit Aruba as there are all kinds of …

5 Charming Christmas Markets in Germany

5 Charming Christmas Markets in Germany

Esslingen christmas market
The medieval theme of Esslingen Christmas Market will delight visitors.

Germany has hundreds of Christmas markets – Munich alone has twenty four. Contrary to what many visitors believe, the most charming Christmas markets in Germany are not always the well …

Sri Lanka: A Paradise Rediscovered

Sri Lanka: A Paradise Rediscovered

For decades, Sri Lanka was battling political unrest. A civil-war between Tamil insurgents and the Sinhalese government almost destroyed the tourism industry. Then, the tsunami of 2004 devastated certain coastal regions of the country. Luckily, the riots have ended and …

Everybody wants to Eat, Pray, Love (a beginner’s guide to travelling for mind, body and soul)

Everybody wants to Eat, Pray, Love (a beginner’s guide to travelling for mind, body and soul)

It’s become the manifesto for people yearning to do something different with their lives. Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestselling book ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ (which tells the story of her journey through Italy, India and Bali to cure herself of depression and …

Halloween Around the World

Halloween Around the World

Jack-O-Lanterns, an American Classic

Americans mark autumn with two major holidays: Thanksgiving in late November, and Halloween on Oct. 31. The latter is a personal favorite: Ever since I watched It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! as a  child, Halloween has been …

The Mother of All Parties – the Oktoberfest

The Mother of All Parties – the Oktoberfest

I KNEW I’d had too much to drink when everyone in the room began to look attractive — all 5,000 of them.

That tall, blond Germanic look can quiver my heart even when it’s perfectly sober. Yet perhaps sinking a …

The Witches of Navarra, Spain

The Witches of Navarra, Spain

Hidden in the Baztan Valley near the southwestern French border and a few miles away from the pristine shores of the Bay of Biscay, sits a little village with a big secret. Removed from the bustle of the Basque Country’s …

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