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In Iceland, it is called “Islendingadagurinn” but in Canada, it is the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba. As far as historians have determined, this is considered the 2nd oldest and continuous North American ethnic festival. The only other festival on record that is older is an Irish festival that is held in Montreal. The first Icelandic Festival of its kind was held in 1874 in the city of Milwaukee, WI while the first one held in Manitoba occurred 16 years later in the city of Winnipeg. Since 1932, it takes place in Gimli.

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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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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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With its nearly 400 miles (650 km) of coastline, the beaches of Kerala are one of the primary reasons that this area is a favorite tourist destination in southern India. Although the different beaches at one time were the targeted stops seafarers and traders, they were re-discovered in the 1960’s by backpackers and those seeking a great place to tan. That allure continues today as this is one of the more popular coastal areas in the country. The following is a list of the top beaches in Kerala, India to visit when vacationing there.

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With winter just around the corner, our thoughts turn to ways to warm up on a cold day. Don’t shy away from the snow and ice, there is nothing like a skating date to warm you up to Montreal’s winter lifestyle. Variety is key to a Montreal winter vacation, ranging from the club scene, to quiet local rinks in every city quarter.

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Viticulture has a very long history in South Africa stretching back to the 1600’s and the first Dutch settlers. The industry as it exists today is very young however, stretching back only to the early 1990’s and a wave of investment and energy that came following the collapse of the apartheid regime in the country. Nowadays South African wine has markets all over the world and the country is increasingly popular as a destination where wine connoisseurs can combine their passion with a trip through a beautiful and fascinating country.

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If travellers want to experience life in a futuristic far-eastern mega-metropolis then Shanghai is the place to go. Riding the crest of the Chinese economic miracle, even Beijing doesn’t have the energy and sense of awesome scale and ambition of Shanghai.

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How does one describe Siena’s Il Palio? This horse race is part Kentucky Derby, part Shakespearean drama with a pinch of Mardi Gras thrown in for good measure. The 90 second event is breath taking to watch. Jockeys ride bareback three times around a dirt track in Siena’s Piazza Del Campo, the first horse that crosses the finish line is declared the winner, with or without a rider. The race has ancient roots, starting sometime in the 13th century in the piazza. The foundation of the race is built on the fierce competition between the 17 different contradas or neighborhoods in Siena. Each Sienese contrade has it’s own church, social structure, patron saint and flag. Over the years the race has evolved from riding buffalos to donkeys to horses. It is now held twice a year, July 2 and August 16, former Palio is a bit older and therefore the bigger deal of the two.

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Negril, a vibrant Jamaican town, boasts in abundance the sun, sea and sand that tourists from more temperate climes seek out, especially as we move from a half-hearted summer to a wet and windy autumn. Negril walks a tightrope and has so far avoided becoming completely overrun with package tourists and not succumbing to the mahogany faced charm of over gentrification. This places it firmly in the centre ground of the Caribbean holiday market.

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Kiev is a fantastic city that has several advantages over other destinations in the region. Ukraine lacks the punishing visa regime of Russia that holds back the tourist potential of St Petersburg, but it has also avoided the worst of the binge drinking weekend trips that have blighted other cities of Eastern Europe.

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The town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee was named for Radford Gatlin, a general store owner and Confederate sympathizer during the Civil War. Despite its population of around 4,000 residents, the city has grown into a renowned mountain resort. It rests on the border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which connects the city of Gatlinburg with Cherokee, North Carolina. As a result of its geographic location, the city is surrounded on every side by a series of mountain ridges.

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The world’s largest fair of the year is right around the corner and the city of Munich, Germany and the city is preparing for its annual average of 6 million visitors that typical inundate the town for the duration of Oktoberfest, the country’s largest annual event. Even though you don’t want to sound like a local, it takes more than just learning the tips in your guidebook for ordering a few liters of beer and sounding somewhat like a local. Here are a few tips for attending Oktoberfest this year and enjoying yourself among the crowds.

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If you’re a fan of ice skating, whether it’s competitive or for entertainment purposes, then you are probably familiar with the Disney on Ice Tour. Founded by the Feld Entertainment group under agreement with the Walt Disney Company, the Disney on Ice Tour has been entertaining families with children since 1981. The shows are aimed primarily at children as the figure skaters are dressed in costumes that depict some of Disney’s most well known cartoon characters.

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If you’ve never experienced a caravan camping holiday or vacation in the UK, you have been missing out on a great way to see the beautiful countryside and landscapes of one of the world’s most pristine countries. In recent years, the camping holiday or vacation has become one of the most popular activities in the UK. The following is a list of the better camping areas that will provide you and your family with some beautiful scenery while enjoying a wide range of activities and quality time together.

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