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With very warm temperatures throughout the year and with the Atlantic Ocean on its western and southern coasts, Portugal is an ideal location for surfers. In fact, there are many surf schools which cater to surfers of all abilities. Here are the top five Portuguese surf schools.

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Coral is the same animal group as jellyfish. Their skeletons form beautiful coral reefs found in warm, tropical and semitropical seas. In Australia, the most famous attraction in Queensland is the world’s biggest coral formation, the Great Barrier Reef. In the South Pacific, Fiji Island‘s coral coast has the second-biggest reef, a fringing coral reef off Viti Levu. Mexico has the world’s second biggest barrier reef – the Meso American Reef – beginning at Yucatán.

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For those interested in doing snorkeling/scuba diving, France offers astounding scuba diving destinations to get the best experience. The country brings us the images of Paris, fashion, and its vineyards, but it is also gaining popularity for water sports like snorkeling and scuba diving etc.

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The southeastern region of Italy is known as Apulia or Puglia in Italian. Because of the boot-like shape of Italy, Apulia is oftentimes referred to as Italy’s heel and is nicknamed “the heel of Italy.” Being bordered by the Adriatic Sea on its northeastern shoreline and the Mediterranean on the southeastern and southwestern sides of the heel, Apulia is a popular destination for a wide variety of water sports, especially snorkeling.

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Oftentimes referred to as just Wembley, the world famous football (soccer) stadium was originally built in 1923 but was recently rebuilt on the original site of the structure and re-opened in 2007. It is occasionally referred to as the New Wembley. Originally called Empire Stadium, it was also known as the “Twin Towers” during its earlier history. When it is filled to capacity both seated and standing, it houses about 105,000 people.
Wembley Stadium

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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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From 9 September to 23 October the 2011 Rugby World Cup will be contested in New Zealand, with twenty countries from around the world vying for the coveted Webb Ellis Cup. Although many people may not know or understand the sport, for those of us who know which is the truly beautiful game it is more than enough reason to travel to far New Zealand. Here is a brief guide to the 2011 tournament for those lucky enough to the travelling to see the games or who will just be watching from home.

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London has for months now been gripped by the drama of the Olympic tickets. This has been made all the more exciting due to the inexplicable bidding system where people have paid for their tickets, often many hundreds of pounds, before they have been told which events they will be seeing. All this means that if you haven’t planned ahead you are unlikely to get tickets to the 2012 Olympics unless you are willing to pay very large amounts of money for them. However, there are several events within the competition that are free to watch and many other concerts and performances around London that visitors can take part in to make the most of this incredible opportunity.

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This winter, skate under wintry sky of Oslo to energize and burn the extra calories consumed during winter. The Norwegian city offers indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks that welcome both amateurs and professionals. Ice skating is not a ho-hum physical exercise. It provides a chance to enjoy and relax with entire family on a dull cold day. If the idea of skating scares you, join audience at the rinks hosting ice skating competitions and events.

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Narvisen Skating Rink, located in the heart of Oslo, welcomes everyone. The rink in Spikersuppa remains open between 11 am and 9 pm on all days. Entry to the rink, which opens from December to March, is complimentary for everyone. read full article

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Latvia is a very popular tourist destination, especially for those individuals who are looking for a great winter skiing holiday or vacation experience. The ski season in Latvia starts in December and concludes in April.

Latvia: ski resort

Currently, there are 19 different ski resorts in Latvia, all of which offer great cross-country skiing opportunities. Because the counrty lacks in speed slopes the opportunities for downhill skiing are few. However, there is sufficient terrain to accommodate anyone that loves to ski, whether a beginner or an advanced skier. Moreover, most ski resorts in Latvia offer nice accommodations and ski tutelage. read full article

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Berlin has been hosting the Six Day Race since 1909, but it was not held between 1935 and 1948. The American cyclists- Floyd McFarland and Jimmy Moran- won the first race.

Berlin cycling race

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The six-day race will start on January 27, 2011 to select 100th winner among the best cyclists from around the world. read full article

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London has lots of ice skating rinks, many of them right in the heart of the city. Here are some of the best places to go ice skating in London.

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Ice Skating in Hyde Park

The Winter Wonderland theme park comes to London’s Hyde Park every year before Christmas with lots of seasonal activities and a very popular ice skating rink. Hyde Park is a nice setting for skating and you can also browse the German Christmas Market, check out the Christmas Circus and enjoy a hot drink in the bar. read full article

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Switzerland is world renowned for its great ski destinations. The Alps in the southern part of the country and Jura to the northwest, attract winter sports aficionados from all over the world. The following article provides information on some of the best ski resorts in Switzerland.

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Andermatt – is one of those popular ski resorts that lull you into a sense of getting in touch with the season and well-being. read full article

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My first ski holiday was at the tender age of 9, and I was hooked from the off. Generally speaking, when I am on a ski holiday I am at my happiest. Undoubtedly, the actual skiing and snowboarding play a big part in plastering a smile across my face, but there is so much more to it than that. For me, skiing is about spending quality time eating, drinking and generally making merry with friends and family, exploring an awe-inspiring natural landscape that I wouldn’t otherwise get to see, and of course there is a bit of exhilarating sport thrown in for good measure!

 Ski Resorts  in FrancePhoto: Walter Bibikow/The Image Bank/Getty Images

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Summer in London usually means a sticky, oppressive heat that seems to come at visitors as much from the buildings all around as the sun above. The less said about the tube during the famous London heat-waves the better. The ideal way for visitors to refresh themselves after traipsing through the dusty streets is with a swim in one of London’s excellent pools. These can also be used in winter of course but the appeal of outdoor pools is greatly reduced when it is cold, grey and raining.

London Swimming Sculpture

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