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Archive for August, 2009

Krishna’s Bash in Brisbane

By Linda Tancs

This time of year Hindus the world over celebrate the birthday of Krishna, a revered deity. Lest you think the event is solely reserved to India, festivities and pilgrimages abound in Nepal, Toronto, Montreal, Paris, Singapore, Malaysia, England–and Brisbane, Australia. Brisbane, in fact, is hosting its first ever Krishna’s Birthday Festival at Roma Street Parklands Celebration Lawn on 23 August from noon till 5 p.m. Like other festivities, they’ll have plenty of food, face painting, music and merriment. The joyful noise Down Under might not attract the 65,000 or so pilgrims expected at Watford, England, but a pleasant time is guaranteed for all.

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Summer in New York City

By Linda Tancs

New York City is known the world over for its spectacular Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. But the dog days of summer give rise to lots of fabulous events, too. Find out more at Travelrific® Travel Show.

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Tall Ships Sail Into Belfast

By Linda Tancs

Belfast’s Maritime Festival this weekend is all the more special as Belfast hosts the final leg of the Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge 2009, a 7000-nautical-mile race that began in April at Vigo in the northwest corner of Spain. The ships will be berthed along Queen’s Quay, Abercorn Basin, Donegall Quay and Albert Quay, presenting a spectacular array of square-rigged and modern-rigged vessels with and without spinnaker-like sails. It’s anchors aweigh on the afternoon of 16 August. The best viewing will be along the County Down and County Antrim coastlines.

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Picasso’s Castle Opens to Public

By Linda Tancs

Opening to the public for the first time this summer is Château de Vauvenargues, Picasso’s château near the Provençal town of Aix-en-Provence in the south of France. Nestled in the foothills of Mont Sainte-Victoire, the grand estate was purchased by Picasso in 1958–a fitting acquisition, given that the mountain playing host to this dwelling has been often depicted in paintings by Paul Cézanne, Picasso’s idol. Among the sites to be seen are the guardroom where Picasso’s body lay in state and five interior rooms, including the ground floor dining room and the master bedroom upstairs. The property will be open until 27 September, and tickets must be purchased in advance.

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400 Dollars for 400 Years

By Linda Tancs

You still have 6 days to get a $400 resort credit at Bermuda’s ultra-casual 9Beaches Resort for travel until 21 August as part of their celebration of Bermuda’s 400th anniversary. Hotels are so yesterday. Here you’ll stay in a private cabana (beachside or over water) with an ocean-view veranda. If this all sounds fancy schmancy, you’re quite wrong. Flip flops, not ties, are in order. With names like Top Banana, Aqua Vista, Sea Forever or Coco Coral, you should have no problem finding lodging that meets your personality type. Bring the kids, too; an extra cabana can be had for 50% off. And yes, there are 9 beaches!

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On the Fringe

By Linda Tancs

Now until 31 August it’s time for The Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland. Hailed as the #1 tourist attraction in Britain, this arts festival commandeers a few streets in Scotland’s capital city during its duration. Not that anyone seems to mind, of course. For the uninitiated, the event is a combination of music, dance, comedy and carousing involving very large numbers of people. That means you better book your dinner early because the eateries will swell. You can book the events you’d like to see online as well.

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Brač and Bol

By Linda Tancs

The Croatian island of Brač is the largest island in Dalmatia and the third largest in the Adriatic. Site of the highest peak of all Croatian islands (Vidova Gora), it might be better known for its limestone and dolomite, used in early Roman times in the building of cities, amphitheaters, temples, palaces and graves all over Dalmatia. Oddly enough, it has no permanent water source except in Bol, the island’s southernmost and oldest town. Needless to say, this makes Bol the isle’s best bet as a tourism center. The magnificent winds for surfing, local and appealing gastronomy, sandy beaches and a dreamy Mediterranean villa feel amidst the ancient stone abodes don’t hurt, either.

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