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1) Schloβ Belvedere: This absolutely gorgeous palatial complex is definitely not to be missed while in Vienna. The former palace has been converted into an art gallery and now houses some of the most coveted international artwork. Stroll through the impeccably-maintained gardens. Visit the art galleries. Marvel at the beautiful Baroque architectural facades of the palace. Learn more about Austrian history at one of the museums. You won’t run out of things to do or see.

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The common meaning of Easter and the reason for celebrating it was the death of Jesus Christ and his ensuing resurrection. Supposedly he arose from his tomb after he had been crucified to death on the cross and later took his place in heaven alongside God and the Holy Ghost. Despite the religious connotations, it is still cause for celebrations and festivals around the world. In Italy, the celebration of Easter is known as the Pasqua Festival and was named after Eostre, the spring goddess of the Anglo-Saxons.

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Held every year in the months of July and August in the area that surrounds the eastern slopes of Mt. Olympus is the Olympus Festival of Greece. As Greek mythology goes, the famous summit was to the god Zeus and the other Olympians. The annual music and theater festival in northern Greece at Pieria in the ancient Theater of Dion. The Greek Ministry of Culture and the Municipality of Dion support the annual festival as well as several other Pieria Prefecture local authorities.

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The Inter-Cultural Festival of Hungary will be held in Gyor, Hungary the 16th and 17th of June in 2012. It is a gathering of groups and individuals from many nations as well as student organizations who promote their cultures and traditions while displaying the cultural heritage of their countries. Costumes, dancing, and folk music are the primary bill of faire at the Inter-Cultural Festival of Hungary all of which serves to bring light to gaining a better knowledge of the different cultures of the world.

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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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