Tag Archives: Holidays

The National Christmas Tree in Washington DC

The National Christmas Tree at the White House

In 1923, the 1st Lady Grace Coolidge, wife of President Calvin Coolidge, would start the tradition of the lighting the National Christmas Tree at the White House in Washington DC. On Christmas Eve of 1923, the first tree was a 48 ft. Balsam Fir from Coolidge’s native state of Vermont, lit on the south side […]

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November 28, 2011 by | Comments Off on The National Christmas Tree in Washington DC

Top 12 Festivals around the World

Masked participants at the Carnevale celebrations in Venice

Need some help with your travel itinerary? Why not take inspiration from the world’s rich smorgasbord of festivals, and plan your next vacation around the dates and locations of some of the planet’s most exciting events. To get you started, here’s our top 12 far-flung festivities, one for every month of the year…

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November 3, 2011 by | 1 Comment

Planning Your Day of the Dead in Mexico

Putting the finishing touches on an altar for Our Lady of Solitude

The brilliant orange of marigolds, in Mexico still called by their Nahuatl name, cempasuchil, seems to brighten the evenings that come ever earlier as autumn wears on. All of Mexico is preparing for a truly ancient festival, one with roots far deeper than the Spanish, or even the Aztec, Empires. This is Día de los […]

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October 24, 2011 by | Comments Off on Planning Your Day of the Dead in Mexico

Christmas & New Year’s Eve in Paris

Spend your Christmas in Paris, and see how the fashionable French celebrate Christmas in style! Oozing with atmosphere, Paris has long been the destination of choice for stylish shoppers, romancing lovers, families and food lovers alike. So what better place to spend the festive season – perfect for Christmas shopping in the chic boutiques, or […]

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December 20, 2010 by | Comments Off on Christmas & New Year’s Eve in Paris

How to Avoid a Turkey Thanksgiving

If most Americans are like me, and I suspect many are, when it comes to Thanksgiving, they trudge home through horrible traffic and/or airport delays to eat a very large meal on Thursday, visit their family, maybe see a movie, and possibly battle some horrendous shopping crowds in an effort to get a jump on […]

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November 24, 2010 by | 3 Comments

Munich Christmas Markets

The start of Advent season brings the traditional Christmas markets to the squares and streets of Munich. Opening this year on November 26, 2010, the most well-known market is Christkindlmarkt, located in Marienplatz.

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November 18, 2010 by | 1 Comment

Dublin on St Patrick’s Day? Maybe Not

What’s the best time of year to visit Dublin? It’s a common but always tricky question put to The Disillusioned Dubliner. The dry, not-too-crowded shoulder months of May and September are one possible answer; the celebratory, slow, two-week build up to Christmas also displays the city at its best. All in all not an easy […]

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March 11, 2010 by | 1 Comment

London for Christmas: A Holiday Survival Guide

It was the second last weekend in November and a friend of mine was in London without a room booked for the Saturday night (a long story). Dragging her suitcase, she walked into about 50 hotels ranging from one star to five. None of them had a vacancy. She headed to an internet café, checked […]

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November 24, 2009 by | 3 Comments

Guide to Public Holiday Travels

Picnic with colleagues at Shinjuku Gyoen

It was a Monday. That much was clear. I’d decided at some point that on this particular Monday I was going to make a fresh start, get up early, shake off whatever kinda hangover it was that cursed my morning that day, and get out and get some work done.

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September 9, 2009 by | Comments Off on Guide to Public Holiday Travels

A White Christmas in Scotland

Christmas Day in Australia. Turkey, ham, the plum pudding set alight then eaten with brandy butter. A tree decorated with tinsel and coloured lights and little wafts of cotton to look like snow. Carols about reindeers and sleigh rides through snow which lay all about. And then we go to the beach for a swim. […]

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December 29, 2008 by | 3 Comments