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Three popular annual Italian carnivals start in the mid or end of February.

Venice Carnival

The Putignano Carnival is the longest carnival in the world. It is scheduled for February 13 – March 8 and it is celebrated in Putignano, Puglia

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Switzerland is an expensive tourist destination but there are many free attractions and things to do in Bern. Bern is easy to get around by foot and most tourist attractions are in the city centre.

Bern attractions

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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,

Montreal skatingPhoto by craigemorsels

ranging from the club scene, to quiet local rinks in every city quarter. read full article

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Although you would not normally think of Kuala Lumpur being a city that would have a significant gay community, the city has a gay-friendly community and a thriving gay club scene and nightlife. Granted, Kuala Lumpur does not have an extensive gay scene as some other Asian cities such as Hong Kong, Manila, or Singapore, the gay culture and scene is well-established here and the gay community is extremely active and vibrant. Here is a list of the top gay spots in Kuala Lumpur.

Kuala Lumpur gay clubs

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Most itineraries for a trip to Venice start with the obligatory visit to the Piazza San Marco with its host of glittering monuments, followed by an overpriced trip in a gondola down the Grand Canal towards the Rialto Arch.

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But if the thought of jostling for a photo opportunity among the crowds leaves you longing for a taste of the real Venice, there are plenty of hidden gems to be found in the city’s backwaters.

Exploring the twisting maze of streets where the real Venetians live and work, will lead you to a variety of little-visited but fascinating museums and galleries that offer an alternative insight to this magnificent city. read full article

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Marrakech is also known as Marrakesh and is Morocco’s 3rd largest city. It is divided into two distinct districts – the historical city known as the Medina and the newer European district called the Gueliz or Ville Nouvelle. The narrow intertwining passageways and the many local shops are the key features of the Medina. Conversely, Gueliz is much more modern and features big brand stores, fast food chains, and numerous modern restaurants.

Marrakech gay clubsPhoto: Getty Images

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The spas in Sweden were established to encourage people to exercise and swim for mental and physical well being. Most of the spas are set up in brilliant secluded locations in line with its second important tenet: oneness with nature.

Traditional Swedish SpasPhoto by D Sharon Pruitt

However, this long Swedish tradition could not have escaped global influences and wave of modernization. read full article

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There are two undeniable things about the Bahamas. The first is that the island chain represents possibly the global pinnacle of luxurious holiday making in beautiful surroundings.

Bahamas sunny beachPhoto by Vagabond Shutterbug

The second is that this comes at a price, often a fantastically high price that makes the islands the preserve of the rich and glamorous. 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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Located in the central part of Romania, Transylvania is most commonly known because of Count Dracula, Bram Stoker’s most famous character but it is actually one of the most beautiful regions in Eastern Europe.

Bran Castle, DraculaBran Castle, Transylvania, Romania. Photo by Horla Varlan

It is rich in myth and medieval sites like castles, fortresses, monasteries and fortified churches, some of the very well preserved. 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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Many of the locals as well as international travelers rave about the nightlife in Riga and oftentimes refer to it as the Latvian city that never sleeps. There is no time of the year that this is more apparent than during the summers when the sun sets for only brief periods. The Riga nightlife typically starts between 8 and 9 pm when locals and tourists begin to cluster in the many cocktail bars and restaurants in the city. It is usually between 10 and 11 pm when the nightclubs open for business.

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Women are typically the first individuals to arrive at the clubs as they are not charged a cover fee and the prices they pay are discounted up until midnight. read full article

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Switzerland is one of the best places in Europe to visit traditional Christmas markets. The city of Zurich alone has several good markets in November and December. Zurich city centre gets its Christmas lights in the end of November when the famous shopping street Bahnhofstrasse is decorated for the holidays. From the traditional Christmas Market in Zurich’s old city to the annual Christkindlimarkt, here are the best places to go Christmas shopping in Zurich.

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Bahnhofstrasse Christmas Shopping

Zurich’s most famous and possibly most luxurious shopping street, Bahnhofstrasse, is decorated for the holiday season in the end of November. read full article

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Stockholm Archipelago is a mosaic of numerous skerries, islets and islands scattered in the Baltic Sea. However, only 1,000 are populated.

Sailing in Sweden archipelagoPhoto: Getty Images

These serene landmasses are accessible by boats (classic white archipelago boats) or cars. Some islands are tiny while others are huge. Most of the islands are not affected by tides. The archipelago, the home of fishermen and farmers, has inspired many Swedish writers and artists. read full article

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So you’ve checked Florence’s major sites off the list: David, the Uffizi gallery, Piazza della Signoria and the Ponte Vecchio to name a few. Now what?

florence: 24 hoursPhoto: Getty Images, Corbis

Florence’s historic, cultural and artistic treasures are undeniably many of the world’s best. But that’s not the only thing the city has to offer. And 24 hours are all you need to discover how to live it up like a true Florentine! read full article

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