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Archive for March, 2012

Dubai is Obvious Choice for Boat Show

By Linda Tancs

Named after its home port, the 531-foot mega yacht Dubai is the largest private yacht in the world, owned and presumably enjoyed by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of the Emirate of Dubai.  You might catch a glimpse of it at the Dubai International Boat Show, taking place now through 17 March.  Now in its 20th year, the event at the Marine Club promises more than 100 new exhibitors from over 24 countries.  Austria, Egypt, Hong Kong, Madagascar, Tunisia and Poland will be making debuts along with North Africa’s leading shipyard, Koot Yachts.  The show is open from 3 to 9:30 p.m.

Brazil’s Polynesia

By Linda Tancs

Ilhabela means “beautiful island” in Portuguese. Discovered in 1502 by Américo Vespucio, this archipelago and city situated four miles off the coast of São Paulo state in Brazil is unique for its pristine beaches and untouched rainforest.  It also reputedly has the best shrimp in the country.  Best of all, with an average annual temperature in the 70s (fahrenheit), it’s the perfect vacation destination year-round.  To get there from São Paulo, it’s approximately three hours by car to São Sebastião and then a 15-20 minute ferry ride to Barra Velha on the island.

Nordic World Cup

By Linda Tancs

Holmenkollen FIS World Cup Nordic is an annual ski event since 1892 in Norway.   Taking place in beautiful Holmenkollen, the event attracts tens of thousands of ski enthusiasts eager to cheer on their favorites in ski jumping and cross-country.  The event takes place between 9 and 11 March this year, culminating on “Holmenkollen Sunday” with the men’s competitions.  The Holmenkollen ski jump is a landmark in the Western Aker borough of Oslo.

A Land of Golden Arches

By Linda Tancs

There’s a land of golden arches in our midst and, no, it isn’t a world of burgers and value meals.  These arches are magnificent sandstone arches revealing millions of years of geologic history.  That’s what you’ll find in Arches National Park, five miles north of Moab, Utah.  One of the most beloved formations is Delicate Arch.  View it against the night sky for an unforgettable experience.

More Brightness in the City of Light

By Linda Tancs

The Luxor Obelisk in Paris would be hard to miss at 230 tons and 75 feet in height at the center of the Place de la Concorde.  With new lighting, though, it’s even more visible at night.  The pink granite monolith was given to the French in 1829 by the viceroy of Egypt, Mehemet Ali and is decorated with hieroglyphics portraying the reigns of the pharaohs Ramses II and Ramses III.  What’s your favorite landmark in Paris?

Cornwall Marks Annual Holiday

By Linda Tancs

March 5 of every year is St. Piran’s Day, the patron saint of tin miners.  Piran is also the patron saint of Cornwall in southwest England.  So what does a typical Cornish celebration look like?  That would be an annual processional play acting out Piran’s life from his birth in Ireland to his arrival in Cornwall and discovery of tin.  Hundreds of flag-carrying people gather, generally dressed in black, white and gold (the colors of the Cornish flag).  The action begins at 2 p.m. at Perran Sands Holiday Park.  Don’t be late; have a pasty while you wait.

Spinning Tales in New Jersey

By Linda Tancs

The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts in Madison, New Jersey provides a glimpse into the trades and crafts practiced in New Jersey from its earliest settlement.  The current exhibit, Spinning Tales: The Fabric of New Jersey, tells the story of Early America through the crafts of spinning and weaving, following the process from raw material to finished product.  Why not go for a spin and check it out.  The museum is located at 9 Main Street (NJ Route 124 at Green Village Road) in the heart of Madison, about 28 miles west of New York City.

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