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Archive for April, 2012

Happy Ingvald Day

By Linda Tancs

A unique aspect of Scandinavian culture is the celebration of Name Days.  Originally derived from the names of saints and martyrs from the Middle Ages, the custom today is to assign two contemporary names to each day of the year except 1 January, 29 February and 25 December.  Some names are assigned to dates connected to historical figures with the name.   For example, Snorre is assigned to 23 September, the birth date of Icelandic saga scholar Snorre Sturlasson, and 22 June is assigned to Håkon and Maud, the date of the coronation of King Håkon VII and Queen Maud in 1906.  Today Ingvald and Ingveig take top honors.

Jerusalem on Ice

By Linda Tancs

Jerusalem is celebrating its first ever ice festival from 6 March to 30 April at the Old Railway Station.   There you’ll enjoy sculptures of many of the city’s tourist sites, such as Jaffa Gate, the Tower of David, the Israel Museum, and the new Jerusalem Light Rail.  A family friendly event, the festival includes an ice skating rink.  Adults can enjoy a drink at the ice bar.  If you’re wondering how an event such as this fares well in the glorious Mediterranean sun, worry not.  The area is artificially cooled to about -10 degrees Celsius!

Netherlands’ Theatre of Nature

By Linda Tancs

Today marks the start of Floriade, a world horticultural exposition that is held in the Netherlands once roughly every 10 years.  So you know that something that long in the making has to be really special.  Consider the last Floriade in 2002, featuring a floating roof made out of 19,000 solar panels and Spotter’s Hill, a 30-metre-high pyramid.  This year’s event, running through 7 October, features 163 acres of park and 98 acres of showgrounds covering five distinct theme worlds: Relax & Heal, Green Engine, Education & Innovation, Environment, and World Show Stage.  As you might suspect, the exhibitions are aimed at explaining how flowers, plants, trees, vegetables and fruit impact your daily life.  For the first time ever, the event will take place outside the Randstad, in Venlo.  On the border between the Netherlands and Germany, the region is one of the largest horticultural areas in Europe.

Marine Life Thrives at Atlantis

By Linda Tancs

Atlantis in the Bahamas is a resort of choice for Caribbean travelers seeking fun in the sun.  It also happens to be the site of the world’s largest open-air marine habitat.  The exhibition encompasses 14 lagoons, eight million gallons of salt water and more than 50,000 aquatic animals representing over 250 marine species, including dolphins, sea lions, sharks, rays, barracuda, piranha, eels and even endangered alligator gar.  Admission is free for resort guests; otherwise, you’ll have to settle for a day pass, subject to availability (especially during peak season).

Always Warm in Fargo

By Linda Tancs

In April, the lowest temperature in Fargo, North Dakota can dip into the 20s or even lower.  But the Fargo Moorhead Convention and Visitor’s Bureau will tell you that it’s always warm–friendly, that is.  The Children’s Museum at Yunker Farm exudes warmth.  The century old, red brick farm house was the first brick house built in the Dakota territory.  In this home-like atmosphere learning and exploration is fun for families.  And what could be warmer than that!  Don’t miss the Easter Eggstravaganza this weekend.

Hawaiian Memories

By Linda Tancs

Far from a sleepy, island paradise, there’s plenty for both landlubbers and seafarers to do and see in Hawaii, the onetime kingdom.  Let’s explore the island charms of Oahu, Maui, the Big Island and Kauai.  Learn more at Travelrific® Travel Show.

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