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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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If there is one aspect of the French culture that they are famous for, it is the wines that they produce.  The following is a listing of the top wine regions in France and the best wineries in each.

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If you require a taste of adventure when you travel internationally, you should consider some of the nighttime flea markets in Hong Kong. These are the perfect illustration of the local culture as each of the markets listed here has its own unique charm and contain some hidden treasures worth purchasing. You’ll find all types of consumer goods but more importantly, you can haggle for a better price at every one of them.

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Without a doubt the city of Zurich is Switzerland’s favorite and most popular tourist destination, if not one of the top European favorites overall. There is much to see and do when you are visiting this culturally and historically renowned city. If shopping is your passion when you vacation overseas, then Zurich is definitely the city to visit if you are planning on visiting Switzerland. We’ve chosen a handful of recommended shopping venues and listed them here.

Zurich Switzerland Day

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Perth, the capital of Western Australia, is one of the most remote cities on earth, being separated even from the other cities of its own country by the hazardous wastes of a desert and the sheer distance of a continental landmass. However, once you have made the journey, Perth is a city that is laid back, cosmopolitan and one of the most attractive places in Australia. This has not, yet, been reflected in terms of visitor numbers although there are signs that this is beginning to change.

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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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Whether you are vacationing on the Isle of Wight, exploring London for a week or two, or venturing to the northernmost point of Northumbria, there is much to see and do in England. Known for its colorful history from ancient Roman times to the present, England’s landscape is dotted with an abundance of castles and museums to display the historical past of this once magnificent world power. The following museums in the greater London area are some of the lesser known museums in England worth visiting.

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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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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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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… read full article

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The capital and largest city in the Czech Republic is Prague. It is also one of central Europe’s largest cities and has served as Bohemia’s historic region capital for centuries now. There are a number of gift shops that target tourists lining the streets of the Old Town district. During the month of December, the Christmas Markets populate the downtown square where you can find all the arts, crafts, foods, and Prague memorabilia that you can possibly stand.

Prague Czech Republic Street

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The north of Portugal is almost totally ignored by international visitors who concentrate, perhaps understandably, on the south of the country. However this is to ignore a particularly beautiful part of the world and the immensely attractive city of Porto. Among Porto’s many charms are a world heritage city centre, a fantastic restaurant and late night bar scene as well as easy connections to the rest of Europe.

Porto Portugal River

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