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São Paulo is Brazil’s largest city with a population of roughly 11 million while the greater metropolitan area is now pushing 20 million. It is the capital city of the southeastern state that goes by the same name. Suffice it to say, the city is a hub of excitement that provides visitors with an intense cultural experience and a lively nightlife. Additionally, São Paulo is one of the southern hemisphere’s richest cities. You will not be lacking for things to do in São Paulo when vacationing here as the following attractions and sights should be seen.

 

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Have you always dreamed about visiting a real medieval castle? Well, Carcassone is the perfect place to make your dream come true. Nearly three million people visit every year this fortified medieval hilltop where the entire city is a castle. UNESCO declared La Cite, the fortified upper city, as World Heritage Site in 1997.

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If you are ever in Madrid on a Sunday, don’t miss the chance to spend the afternoon in El Retiro, the most popular and widely visited park in the city. Just crossing the street from Puerta de Alcala El Retiro is also the meeting point for all sorts of people, from kids with their rollerblades and young people jogging to families with their kids having ice cream and walking the dog. In summer time people just go and spend the whole day tanning and having fun. The park has a lake where you can take boat rides when the weather is nice.

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Milan is a great city and any visit is sure to be a wonderful experience but, as with most places, there are pitfalls and troubles that can be easily avoided. Here are my top 5 tips for enjoying a hassle free visit to Milan.

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The 155-km long Berlin Wall, built in 1961 to prevent large-scale emigration from East Germany to West Germany, symbolized partition of the country and division of the globe into two powerful blocks. The historic landmark boasted more than 300 observation towers and various deadly defenses –fakir beds and anti-vehicle trenches- dotting the “death strip” circumscribing its entire length. The fall of the wall in 1989 concluded the Cold War and reunited the country. However, some sections of the wall are preserved, but visitors can browse through related events in different wall memorials.

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Berlin is abounding with purchasing potential, whether you’re equipped with money to burn or are one of the city’s many budgeted traveler. From the offbeat neighborhoods of Freidrichshain and Kreuzberg to the more mainstream found in Berlin’s central districts, indulgence is easy. There are, however, are a couple things unique to the city that shouldn’t be missed.

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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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