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| DotMBlurb= '''[[Barcelona]]''' is [[Spain]]'s second largest city and the capital and largest city of [[Catalonia]]. This beautiful city, located directly on the northeastern Mediterranean coast of Spain, has a rich history dating back at least 2,000 years. Barcelona is full of what European cities are known for- '''outdoor markets, restaurants, shops, museums and churches'''-and is fantastic for walking with an extensive and reliable Metro system for more far-flung destinations. The core center of town, focused around the ''Ciutat Vella'' ("Old City") provides days of enjoyment for those looking to experience the life of Barcelona while the beaches the city was built upon provide sun and relaxation during the long periods of agreeably warm weather. <small>([[Barcelona|more...]])</small>
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| DotMBlurb= '''[[Dubrovnik]]''' is an old city on the Adriatic Sea coast in the extreme south of [[Croatia]]. It is one of the most prominent tourist resorts of the Mediterranean, a seaport and the center of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. Dubrovnik is nicknamed '''"Pearl of the Adriatic"''' and is listed as a [[UNESCO World Heritage Site]] since 1979. The city is steeped in stunning architecture and sculptural detail, and boasts spectacular churches, monasteries, museums, and fountains. In '''July''' the city hosts a '''Summer Festival''' which is famous nationwide for its exquisite selection of drama, plays and concert of chamber music with more then 2,000 artists from 30 countries. <small>([[Dubrovnik|more...]])</small>
  
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| OTBPBlurb= '''[[Sedona]]''' is a town in [[Arizona]], [[United States of America]], 120 miles north of [[Phoenix]]. Known for its beauty and serene setting amidst the beautiful Red Rocks, the town is famous for its vibrant arts community with nearly 100 art galleries and events. It offers excellent outdoor adventures, including mountain biking, hiking and off-roading. Sedona is surprisingly sprawling, with Oak Creek to the south, West Sedona and Uptown Sedona each providing great views, hikes, dining and arts. Sedona is an outstanding place to experience "new-age" left wing counterculture Americana. The locals lean far to the left of center, but are warm and welcoming to outsiders <small>([[Sedona|more...]])</small>
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| OTBPBlurb= '''[[St Augustine]]''', [[Florida]], is a small jewel of a city on the east coast, full of '''romantic ambiance and old world charm'''. It is best known for its remarkable historic streets, Spanish style architecture, and panoramic bay. Do take time to wander down St. George street, a promenade of sorts, and enjoy the art galleries, quaint shops, and restaurants. For those of you don't know, '''St. Augustine is the oldest inhabited European settlement in the U.S.'''. Spanish explorer, Juan Ponce de Leon, claimed the land now known as Florida in the name of Spain on March 27, 1513. Originally the land was named La Florida, which means "Land of Flowers". The city was founded by Spanish explorer Pedro Menendez de Aviles in 1565. <small>([[St Augustine|more...]])</small>
 
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{{newsitem| Nearly uncontrollable California wildfire grows |3 May 2013| A [[Los Angeles]]-area wildfire exploded from 10 acres to 10,000 acres in about 25 hours and threatened 4,000 homes, fire authorities said. The fire, which began on the 2 May, damaged 15 homes,15 outbuildings and five commercial properties, but none were destroyed and no one had been injured, authorities said. Energized by dryness and strong winds, the wildfire raged for a second day and threatened 300 commercial properties and 50 outbuildings, authorities said. The so-called Springs Fire was all but out of control in [[Ventura County]]. More than 950 fire and law enforcement personnel were able to contain only 10% of the blaze roaring near upscale houses and through the Santa Monica Mountains, the Ventura County Fire Department said. Evacuations orders were in effect in several areas, but officials lifted such orders for the campus of California State University Channel Islands in [[Camarillo]] and for the Dos Vientos community in [[Newbury Park]], authorities said. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/03/us/california-wildfire/index.html]}}
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{{newsitem| Statue of Liberty to Reopen Independence Day, New York| 4 July| The National Park Service announced it will reopen the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island starting July 4. This will be the first time visitors will have access to the island since Hurricane Sandy devastated the area last October. The Statue of Liberty, built by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi on October 28 1886, is the United States’ iconic symbol of freedom and welcomes immigrants arriving from abroad. It has been restored three times since it opened, namely in 1938, 1986, and most recently in 2012. On the 4th of July visitors will be able to access the statue’s crown, pedestal, observation deck, museum, and grounds. The statue’s torch is not open to the public, a policy that has been in place since 1916 due to safety reasons. [http://www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com/2013/07/statue-of-liberty-to-reopen-independence-day/]}}
{{newsitem| Syria conflict: 'Dozens executed' in village|3 May 2013| More than 40 people have been killed by government forces in a village in north-western Syria, activists say. The main opposition group accused the government of a "large-scale massacre". The Syrian Observatory, a UK-based activist group that monitors human rights violations on both sides of the conflict via a network of contacts, said the army was bombarding Sunni areas in Baniyas. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22398831] }}
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{{newsitem| Croatia celebrates on joining EU| 1 July| Croatia has become the 28th member of the [[European Union]], with crowds joining celebrations in the capital [[Zagreb]]. Celebrations took place in the central square of Zagreb, with fireworks and music including Beethoven's Ode to Joy, the European anthem. "Welcome to the European Union!" European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said in Croatian to the cheering crowd. President Josipovic said it was "a great and joyful day for our homeland". [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23118035] }}
{{newsitem| Japan's Mount Fuji 'set for Unesco listing'|3 May 2013| Japan's near-symetrical snow-topped volcano, Mount Fuji, looks likely to become a Unesco World Heritage site, officials say. A key UN advisory council had recommended it as appropriate for registration, a statement from Japan's cultural agency said. Mt Fuji, at 3,776 (12,460 feet) is Japan's highest mountain. The volcano, which last erupted just over 300 years ago, lies to the south-west of Tokyo and is visible from the Japanese capital on a clear day. It is featured prominently in historic Japanese art work, including wood blocks prints. It is also one of the traditional "Three Holy Mountains" - along with Mount Tate and Mount Haku, both in central Japan. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22363161]}}
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{{newsitem| North Korea builds nation's first beach resort| 27 June| As part of his plans to turn North Korea into a "world class" tourist destination, Kim Jong-un has ordered the transformation of the industrial port of [[Wonsan]] into a beach resort town. In May, Kim paid a visit to the Masik Pass Skiing Ground to provide "on-the-spot guidance" to "soldier-builders" constructing North Korea's first ski resort. The facility will have 68 miles of ski runs and Kim ordered that work be stepped up so it can be used this winter. Apparently not satisfied with that feat, Kim now wants his army to turn nearby Wonsan into a summer destination for tourists, South Korea's JoongAng Ilbo newspaper has reported. A document titled "General blueprint for the Wonsan District," calls for factories and dockyards that presently line the waterfront to be replaced with a series of new districts. Songdowon Beach will be remodeled into a stretch of sand with all the trappings of a resort. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10145092/North-Korean-leader-Kim-Jong-un-orders-the-creation-of-nations-first-beach-resort.html]}}
{{newsitem| Attack on Everest climbers|3 May 2013| Sherpas who attacked three European climbers on Everest were angry at the disrespect shown by "luxury adventurers" who demand tea in their tent on the world's highest peak, a British member of the group has claimed. The Sherpas claimed that the mountaineers had ignored their request not to climb over their ropes until they had finished fixing the route for guided expedition groups. [http://www.smh.com.au/world/wheres-my-tea-why-everest-sherpas-have-had-enough-20130501-2iscq.html#ixzz2SGQf3GAE]}}
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{{newsitem| Stunning New UNESCO Sites| 24 June| 19 new sites have been added to UNESCO's World Heritage list - the top honor for monuments, buildings, sites or natural features "of outstanding universal value". Here's the full list of 19 sites granted UNESCO World Heritage status by the committee:
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# Xinjiang Tianshan ([[China]])
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# [[Mount Etna]] ([[Italy]])
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# El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve ([[Mexico]])
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# Namib Sand Sea ([[Namibia]])
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# Tajik National Park ([[Tajikistan]])
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# Red Bay Basque Whaling Station ([[Canada]])
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# Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces ([[China]])
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# Historic Monuments and Sites in [[Kaesong]] ([[North Korea]])
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# [[Levuka]] Historical Port Town ([[Fiji]])
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# Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe ([[Germany]])
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# Hill Forts of Rajashtan ([[India]])
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# Golestan Palace ([[Iran]])
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# Medici Villas and Gardens in [[Tuscany]] ([[Italy]])
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# [[Fujisan]], sacred place and source of artistic inspiration ([[Japan]])
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# Historic Centre of [[Agadez]] ([[Niger]])
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# Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region in [[Poland]] and [[Ukraine]] (Poland / Ukraine)
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# University of Coimbra - Alta and Sofia ([[Portugal]])
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# Al Zubarah Archaeological Site ([[Qatar]])
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# Ancient City of Tauric Chersonese and its Chora ([[Ukraine]]) 
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The UNESCO World Heritage List features 981 sites from 160 countries that are party to the World Heritage Convention. Of these, 759 are cultural, 193 natural and 29 mixed properties. [http://edition.cnn.com/2013/06/24/travel/whs-2013]}}
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{{newsitem| National Parks Raise Guard Against Virus| 21 June| Near the peak of the summertime tourist season, [[Yellowstone]] and [[Grand Teton]] National Parks are fighting an outbreak of norovirus, the highly contagious gastrointestinal scourge of cruise ships. Park officials said that the virus had so far sickened 150 employees and 50 guests. Employees at the parks’ lodges and restaurants have been scrubbing rooms and sanitizing every surface to try to stop the spread of the virus. Sick employees, and some who might have been exposed, have been quarantined.  So far, park officials said that only a small percentage of visitors had fallen ill. Yellowstone draws more than three million visitors every year, and about 2.5 million people visit Grand Teton.Officials at Yellowstone said the outbreak of norovirus began June 7, when several people on a tour bus complained about feeling ill. [http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/21/us/2-national-parks-fight-a-virus-outbreak.html] }}
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{{newsitem| Singapore Haze: Air Pollution Reaches Hazardous Levels| 20 June| Singapore is covered with haze and some are calling it the worst ever as air pollution fills the sky, forcing people to stay indoors. Forest fires in nearby Indonesia have made matters worse and several public areas have been forced to close. According to the Pollutant Standards Index, Singapore's air pollution measurement, the level reached an unprecedented 371 and reached a "hazardous" classification that can make breathing difficulties even worse. The level has never been so high and the previous record was only at 226 back in 1997. The air pollution levels seem to be caused by raging fires in nearby [[Indonesia]]. The fumes have hit both [[Singapore]] and [[Malaysia]]. Singapore is asking [[Jakarta]] to do more to put an end to the fires on [[Sumatra]] Island, which farmers started to clear their land cheaply. "This is now the worst haze that Singapore has ever faced," Singapore's Environment Minister Vivian Balakrishnan wrote on Facebook. "No country or corporation has the right to pollute the air at the expense of Singaporeans' health and wellbeing." [http://www.travelerstoday.com/articles/6676/20130620/singapore-haze-air-pollution-reaches-hazardous-levels.htm]}}
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{{newsitem| Brazil sends national force to control protest trouble |19 Jun 2013|Brazil's government says it will deploy a national security force to five major cities after a wave of protests which has seen almost a quarter of a million people demand better public services. The national force will be sent to [[Rio de Janeiro]], [[Belo Horizonte]], [[Salvador]], [[Fortaleza]] and the capital, [[Brasilia]]. All of the cities are hosting games in Fifa's Confederations Cup. The announcement comes after riot police and protesters clashed in fresh protests on 18 June in [[Sao Paulo]]. Brazil's ministry of justice said that [[Recife]] was the only Confederations Cup host city not to request the support of the National Public Security Force (FNSP). Shops and banks in Brazil's largest city, Sao Paulo, were vandalised by groups of masked activists, who fought other demonstrators trying to stop the violence. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-22964785]}}
  
 
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{{eventsitem| Hue Festival, Vietnam|7-15 Apr 2013| The Hue Festival is an extraordinary cultural extravaganza of Vietnam which involves a collection of events and activities. The festival attracts millions of visitors every year making it an ideal platform for a grand social milieu. Some of its art and cultural activities are traditional concerts, dance and theatrical performances, art and calligraphy exhibitions, games, and special tour programmes to close by sites for tourists. One of the old traditions of Vietnam is ‘Kite flying’, which has been rejuvenated in the Hue Festival. Traditional kites of intricate shapes and designs fly in the sky, making the Hue City beautiful and joyful. Some people visit temples and make offerings, where traditional dances are also performed. The Hue Festival more often concludes with fireworks show. [http://www.journeymart.com/holidays-ideas/festivals/hue-festival-vietnam.aspx] }}
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{{eventsitem| 55th International Art Exhibition, Venice|1 Jun- 24 Nov 2013| The title chosen by curator Massimiliano Gioni for the 55th International Art Exhibition is Il Palazzo Enciclopedico / The Encyclopedic Palace. Massimiliano Gioni introduced the choice of theme evoking the Italo-American self-taught artist Marino Auriti who “on November 16, 1955 filed a design with the US Patent office depicting his Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace), an imaginary museum that was meant to house all worldly knowledge, bringing together the greatest discoveries of the human race, from the wheel to the satellite. Auriti’s plan was never carried out, of course, but the dream of universal, all-embracing knowledge crops up throughout history, as one that eccentrics like Auriti share with many other artists, writers, scientists, and prophets who have tried - often in vain - to fashion an image of the world that will capture its infinite variety and richness." [http://www.labiennale.org/en/art/exhibition/]}}
{{eventsitem| Butterfly Jungle exhibit, San Diego Zoo| 9 Apr- 8 May 2013| During this yearly event guests will be completely immersed by thousands of butterflies as they walk through the Zoo Safari Park’s Hidden Jungle aviary. The 30 species of butterflies highlighted this year will hail from [[Africa]], [[Asia]] and Central and South [[America]] and include the zebra longwing, orange-barred tiger and Grecian shoemaker. [http://media.sandiegozoo.org/2013/03/01/butterfly-jungle-on-its-way/] }}
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{{eventsitem| SAIL Den Helder, Netherlands|20- 23 Jun 2013| On Thursday the many Tall ships will arrive again in [[Den Helder]]. From the Sedov from [[Russia]] to the Sagres III from [[Portugal]], they will all be there. Many of the vessels can be visited during those days and there will be many activities in and around the port of [[Den Helder]] full program [http://www.saildenhelder.nl]}}
{{eventsitem| Rijksmuseum set for grand reopening in Amsterdam|13 Apr 2013| The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Rembrandt, Vermeer and other Dutch Golden Age masters, has been closed for a decade. Housed in an eccentric building designed by Pierre Cuypers, it closed in 2003 for a makeover. On 13 Apr the Rijksmuseum is finally set to reopen to the public, after a renovation that took five years longer than expected and cost nearly $500 million, tens of millions over its original budget. [http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/news/amsterdams-rijksmuseum-to-reopen-after-375-million-revamp-with-rembrandt-pride-of-place-8559428.html] }}
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{{eventsitem| Just So Fest, Cheshire |16-18 Aug 2013| The Just So Festival is a boutique, weekend-long festival of creativity aimed at children, young people and their families. The festival provides a magical experience where art, music and literature are embedded and entwined in a beautiful and wonderous landscape. You will enjoy broad range of musical, theatrical, visual and aural performances, workshops and installations within a safe, natural and magical setting. [http://www.justsofestival.org.uk/] }}
{{eventsitem|Chithrai Festival, Madurai, India | 14 Apr 2013| Millions pour into the city for the carnival, during the Hindu month of Chithrai. [http://www.madurai.com/chithira.htm]}}
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{{eventsitem| The Big Feastival, Kingham, Oxfordshire |31 Aug- 1 Sept 2013| Jamie Oliver and Alex James present The Big Feastival, a unique two-day celebration of music, food and fun for all the family, set on Alex’s idyllic Cotswolds farm. Enjoy music from top acts, tuck into top chef demos in the Big Kitchen and have your fill from The Menu, featuring the cream of the UK’s street food crop. Browse local producer stands, join a cookery class or get your foodie fix joining top chefs for intimate Q&A sessions. Keep little and big kids happy in the fun-filled Little Dudes Den, join an arts & crafts workshop, enjoy the Big Top games or take a spin round the vintage funfair. [http://www.jamieoliver.com/thebigfeastival/feastival-info/] }}
{{eventsitem| Seville April Fair (Feria de Abril)|15-21 Apr 2013|  A release after the somberness of ''Semana Santa''. To say this is a huge party is an understatement. Most if not all of Seville takes a weeks holiday and they plan for the Fair months in advance. The fair is close to the river and covers a huge area and contains hundreds of private and public "casetas" which are laid out to form streets. Casetas are small marquees and you can only get into the private ones if invited. The public ones are large but just as much fun. The day is naturally split in two and between noon and 8PM the streets of the fair throng with horses as riders and carriages strut their stuff dressed in traditional Spanish robes. After 8 the streets are cleared and "Calle del Inferno" comes to life which is one of the best funfairs in Europe. The Fair appeals to everything that's great about Spain - Traditional dress,Flamenco dancing, guitars, Fino, great tapas and men, women and children who dance with gusto and eat and drink the day and night away. [http://wikitravel.org/en/Seville#Do] }}
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Dubrovnik is an old city on the Adriatic Sea coast in the extreme south of Croatia. It is one of the most prominent tourist resorts of the Mediterranean, a seaport and the center of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. Dubrovnik is nicknamed "Pearl of the Adriatic" and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. The city is steeped in stunning architecture and sculptural detail, and boasts spectacular churches, monasteries, museums, and fountains. In July the city hosts a Summer Festival which is famous nationwide for its exquisite selection of drama, plays and concert of chamber music with more then 2,000 artists from 30 countries. (more...)

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St Augustine, Florida, is a small jewel of a city on the east coast, full of romantic ambiance and old world charm. It is best known for its remarkable historic streets, Spanish style architecture, and panoramic bay. Do take time to wander down St. George street, a promenade of sorts, and enjoy the art galleries, quaint shops, and restaurants. For those of you don't know, St. Augustine is the oldest inhabited European settlement in the U.S.. Spanish explorer, Juan Ponce de Leon, claimed the land now known as Florida in the name of Spain on March 27, 1513. Originally the land was named La Florida, which means "Land of Flowers". The city was founded by Spanish explorer Pedro Menendez de Aviles in 1565. (more...)













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