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New Year Traditions Around the World

What are you doing when the clock strikes 12 on New Year’s Eve? Depending on where you are, this answer could vary. In America, there is the tradition of watching the ball drop from Times Square in NYC (or the Peach drop in Atlanta and so on), along with an impressive fireworks display that rivals Independence Day, breaking out into “Auld Lang Syne” and the kiss to start the year off right. But, that’s America. What about downing 12 grapes at each chime of the clock? Or smashing plates against a front door? There are different New Year traditions around the world. Let’s take a trip, shall we?

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December 27, 2013 by | 1 Comment

Visiting Mallorca in the Balearic Islands

Monument on a cliff of Palma de Mallorca

A small, town hugged the shoreline and the smell and fragrances of bougainvillea and pine trees filled my nostrils. Fishing boats chugged out to sea and my fellow guests scattered their towels and lounged on the veranda, soaking up the morning sun. I was to discover a region of untold beauty, of dramatic scenery with some of the highest peaks on the island and a coastline dotted with small bays and villages. No wonder it was the favourite haunt of writers such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Agatha Christie, Robert Graves and the notorious George Sand who wooed Frederic Chopin in Valdemossa.

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July 5, 2013 by | 0 Comments

6 Highlights of the Basque Country in Spain

San Sebastian

While most of Spain is instantly recognizable from its rolling fields of wheat and hills of olive groves stretched out beneath wide blue skies, the farther you head north, the more you begin to realize just how diverse this southern European nation is. By the time you reach the Basque Country on the northern coast next to France, it feels almost as if you’ve left Spain, and, well, according to many locals, you actually have.

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June 13, 2013 by | 0 Comments

Cooking Classes Around the World

Paella

One of the best ways to learn about a country, its people, history and its culture is through its food. Tasting the recipes and spices from around the world that are unique to a country or city can help you connect to a place, and bonding with people over food – even if you don’t speak the same language – is a rewarding experience in its own. Here is an offering of several unique cooking classes around the world that are available to you.

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June 12, 2013 by | 0 Comments

The World’s Strangest Beaches

Giant's Causeway, Dublin, Ireland.

While white sand beaches with azure waters and billowing palms are nice, they’re far from unusual. For those looking for a truly unique coastal experience, the following beaches provide just that. Barking sand, star-shaped fossils and natural underground hot springs are just a few of the strange experiences you can have on the following weird beaches.

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April 12, 2013 by | 2 Comments

9 of the Best Summer Music Festivals Around the World

Sziget Festival

It’s that time of year again, when music concerts swap sticky dive bar floors for well-tramped grass and enormous open-air stages. 2012’s festival season is finally upon us and to get in the mood, here are 10 of the world’s best. From America to Australia via Europe and Japan, just about every artist you can think of, is bringing their music to the great outdoors this year and the only question is, which one do you go to first?

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April 10, 2013 by | 0 Comments

Seeing a Different Side of Spain in Santiago de Compostela

View of the Cathedral from Paseo da Ferradura by Stephen Lafferty

Santiago de Compostela is the capital of Galicia and the final destination of the pilgrimage following the “Way of St. James” with various routes running from France along the northern Spanish coast, and from Portugal and Andalucía in the south. However, there is more to Santiago than its holy and religious associations. Galicia is a region rich in music, art and gastronomy, with Santiago de Compostela at its heart. The local culture is predominantly Celtic, with Galicia making the list of Celtic nations alongside Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Brittany.

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April 3, 2013 by | 0 Comments

The 10 Best European Cities for Layovers

Blue Mosque, Istanbul

Whether your layover is a quick break or an entire 24 hours, venturing outside the airport in one of these ten European multi-faceted cities will make your layover just as memorable as your final destination. Here are our picks for the best European cities for layovers.

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April 1, 2013 by | 1 Comment

12 of the Most Beautiful Castles and Palaces in Europe

With its tumultuous history of feuding Royals and battling troops, its no surprise that Europe harbors an impressive array of castles and palaces, many of which boast spectacular locations. From the official residence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth to the real-life Sleeping Beauty Castle, here are 12 of the most beautiful Castles and Palaces in Europe.

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March 19, 2013 by | 4 Comments

Meet Private Tour Guide Aitor Delgado in Vitoria, Spain

Viator private tour guide Aitor in Basque Country

Meet Aitor Delgado, one of Viator’s local experts in Vitoria, Spain with a license and passion for providing visitors with private tours of his beautiful region.

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February 5, 2013 by | 0 Comments

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