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From its impressive architecture, to the lovely canals that dissect the city , and to the numerous shopping opportunities, the Netherlands capital of Amsterdam holds an abundance of attractions, events, festivals, and sightseeing venues to satisfy an visitor. This is especially true if you are a lover of art or a collector. Between the numerous art events, festivals, and trade shows, the art aficionado never runs out of things to do. This is especially true with Art Amsterdam, the most popular art event of the year.

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In many countries around the world, Midsummer’s Day and Eve is the kickoff for a month of celebrations, events, and festivals commemorating the beginning of summer and the longest day of the year. The Scandinavia Midsummer Festival is celebrated throughout the US as well as in the home countries of Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. Holiday traditions oftentimes vary from one Scandinavian country to the next.

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Also referred to as the “Running of the Bulls”, the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona is an annual event that commences at noon on the 6th of July. When the starting time of the festival is approaching, thousands of individuals begin congregating in the town square as they anxiously await the Mayor’s announcement to start the fiestas. Although the history of the festival is somewhat cloudy, there is evidence to indicate that celebratory events took place as far back as the 13th century on October 10th which coincided with the festival.

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There is no more delightful European city to visit in the fall than Paris. Not only is the summer heat and humidity gone, so are most of the tourists. Yet there is no lack where concerts, events, festivals, and other indoor or outdoor attractions are concerned. Paris is by far one of the most targeted tourist destinations in Western Europe. If you’re looking for an event or festival that encompasses dance, film, opera, and the performing arts, the Festival d’Automne à Paris or Autumn Festival of Paris is just the ticket.

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The United Kingdom is well recognized as one of the world’s major tourist destinations. However, while so many international visitors tend to focus primarily on the city of London and its many historical landmarks and other structures, they are missing some of the best music festivals that the UK has to offer. Not only are there a large number of these music festivals, they cover just about every music genre imaginable.

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If you are looking for a unique theme for an end of October holiday or vacation, you might want to consider the Relentless Energy Drink’s Freeze Festival held in Battersea, London during the last weekend of October.  Formerly known as “London Freeze”, the Freeze Festival is the UK’s ultimate music and snow festival that is held in the Battersea Power Station of London.  It is a sports competition involving the best skiers and snowboarders in the world and a line-up of musicians to match.

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The city of London, England is well known for its attractions, diverse cultures, history, many landmarks, and its pubs.  However, what most visitors to the city oftentimes overlook or just miss altogether is the Ice Sculpting Festival that attracts some of the best ice artists from around the world.  It is usually held every January when London’s weather is at its coldest in Canada Square Park at Canary Wharf.  This coming January, 2012 will be the 4th annual Ice Sculpting Festival.

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Europe’s largest dance festival of the year takes place for four days every spring when the Euro Dance Festival is held near Freiburg, Germany in the town of Rust at the Europa Park.

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Taking advantage of the attention during the Rugby World Cup, the Real New Zealand Festival runs from 9th September to 23rd October to celebrate and promote the culture and tourism of this beautiful country. The festival is spread out across the entire nation so wherever you are or want to be there should be something worth seeing, doing or eating.

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From the 20th to the 23rd of October 2011 the Kiev International Tango Festival will take place in the beautiful Ukrainian capital. The festival aims to be an annual event but this year’s will be the second so it still has a small and intimate character. Although it is in its infancy, the incongruous combination of ancient Slavic architecture and modern Latin music works very well and seems set to continue its growth. Of course, Kiev is worth a trip anyway but anyone with a passion for the tango will find even more to delight them.

Tango Kiev

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From the 15th to the18th of September the annual Brooklyn Book Festival will take place in the vibrant eponymous New York district. The long weekend will see a wide range of literary themed events taking place catering to a broad variety of tastes and preferences. As well as meeting like minded book lovers, visitors will also get the chance to meet some of their favourite authors, from up and coming new hopes to global superstars. The obvious attraction of the festival to connoisseurs of a good book is equally matched by the appeal to general readers. The festival events have been specifically designed to cater to as wide a range of interests as possible, including for young children, making this a potentially excellent family weekend.

books

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Budapest is Hungary’s capital and largest city with a population in excess of 1.7 million residents. Additionally, it is Hungary’s principal cultural, commercial, industrial, political, and transportation center and covers an area of roughly 525 square miles. Based on the culture and history of the city, it is oftentimes regarded as one of the most target tourist destinations in Eastern Europe. However, the primary allure is the beautiful Danube River as it gracefully meanders its way through the city.

Budapest Hungary Castle

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The capital of Japan and the country’s largest city (12 million plus) is Tokyo and is one of the world’s most modern cities. The city offers something for every type of international traveler. So no matter what your preference is, you are likely to find just about whatever venue you are looking for to satisfy your tastes. Whether you’re a backpacker, a family man, honeymooning, a retired couple, or just an obsessive shopper, you could be looking at your dream vacation in the city. Here are the top 5 things to do in Tokyo.

Tokyo Japan Night

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The London Borough of Camden is one of several that comprise the central part of the city.  In addition to the borough, there is also Camden Town which is an inner city district of it and the central neighborhood as well.  Always a popular destination for both locals and vacationers, the borough and Camden Town are rich in history as well as entertainment venues worth attending.  This is especially the case if you’re a fan of music as it is the site of London’s Camden Crawl.

Camden Crawl in London

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In the fall, the look of Amsterdam, the capital city of the Netherlands, turns gorgeous amber and orange. Days become cooler and shorter.
Bike and Tulips in Amsterdam
Both locals and a trickle of tourists look for indoor entertainment – museums, music venues, dance floors… Here are some vibrant dance, music and theater festivals to cheer you up in the fall. read full article

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