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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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| DotMBlurb= '''[[Costa Rica]]''' is world famous for having an incredibly high level of biodiversity throughout its tropical forests. You can find there impressive volcanoes, mountain areas, rivers, lakes all throughout the country. Costa Rica is a country with an extraordinary wealth of things to do, but regardless of your travel interests, you're going to want to spend time at one of the country's great beaches. Costa Rica is also a popular destination for eco-tourism and medical tourism. <small>([[Costa Rica|more...]])</small>
  
 
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{{newsitem| Killer heatwave hits Spain | 1 Aug|Scorching winds from [[Saharan Africa]] with temperatures of 43C are forecast to sweep across the country from today and are expected to last for a week. The worst affected areas will be [[Andalucia]] and Murciain in southern Spain, but even the normally cooler areas of the north will have temperatures of at least 38 C in the shade. [http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2382003/Killer-heatwave-hits-Spain-Tourists-warned-expect-dangerously-high-temperatures-43C.html]}}
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{{newsitem| Storm Flossie causes havoc in Hawaii |1 Aug|  After spreading torrential rain and causing scattered power outages across the island chain, the storm is no longer a tropical depression. It is now classified as a remnant area of low pressure. Earlier, the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for [[Maui]], and flash flood watches covered the rest of the state. [http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/30/us/flossie]}}
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{{newsitem| Warning as jellyfish hit British coast |1 Aug| Bathers have been warned to take extra care after the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) reported sightings of “huge numbers” of several species in [[UK]] seas, including the Lion’s Mane, which has a powerful sting.The MCS described parts of the sea as a “jellyfish soup” and advised swimmers to “look but not touch”. More blooms are expected as the sea continues to warm up. The beaches most affected are in [[Devon]], [[Cornwall]] and the North West coast. The Lion’s Mane has been found in large numbers between north [[Wales]] and [[Blackpool]]. It is one of the largest jellyfish in the world, reaching several feet wide, with a distinctive tangle of trailing orange tentacles. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/10210699/Warning-as-jellyfish-hit-British-coast.html]}}
 
{{newsitem| Major Oil Spill in Thai Beach Resort | 29 July| Black waves of crude oil washed up on a beach at a popular tourist island in Thailand's eastern sea despite attempts to clean up the oil up over the weekend after it leaked from a pipeline. Tourists on [[Ko Samet]] island were warned to stay away from the once-serene beach, marred by inky globs as hundreds of workers in white jumpsuits labored to scrape the sand clean and remove oil from the water. About 50 tons of oil spilled into the sea off [[Rayong]] province. The leak was the fourth major oil spill in the country's history, Energy Minister Pongsak Raktapongpaisal said. Authorities closed the bay as 300 workers attempted to remove the oil from the white beach and the water. [http://www.businessinsider.com/oil-spill-in-thailand-2013-7]}}
 
{{newsitem| Major Oil Spill in Thai Beach Resort | 29 July| Black waves of crude oil washed up on a beach at a popular tourist island in Thailand's eastern sea despite attempts to clean up the oil up over the weekend after it leaked from a pipeline. Tourists on [[Ko Samet]] island were warned to stay away from the once-serene beach, marred by inky globs as hundreds of workers in white jumpsuits labored to scrape the sand clean and remove oil from the water. About 50 tons of oil spilled into the sea off [[Rayong]] province. The leak was the fourth major oil spill in the country's history, Energy Minister Pongsak Raktapongpaisal said. Authorities closed the bay as 300 workers attempted to remove the oil from the white beach and the water. [http://www.businessinsider.com/oil-spill-in-thailand-2013-7]}}
 
{{newsitem| Italy coach crash | 29 July| A coach has plunged off a flyover in southern Italy leaving at least 38 people dead in the country's worst road accident for decades. The coach hit several vehicles before smashing through a barrier and toppling down a steep slope near the town of [[Avellino]], in the [[Campania]] region. At least 10 people were injured, some of them seriously. The coach was taking about 50 people, including children, back to Naples following a pilgrimage. The cause of the accident is not yet known. Some reports say the vehicle was traveling at speed. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23486086] }}
 
{{newsitem| Italy coach crash | 29 July| A coach has plunged off a flyover in southern Italy leaving at least 38 people dead in the country's worst road accident for decades. The coach hit several vehicles before smashing through a barrier and toppling down a steep slope near the town of [[Avellino]], in the [[Campania]] region. At least 10 people were injured, some of them seriously. The coach was taking about 50 people, including children, back to Naples following a pilgrimage. The cause of the accident is not yet known. Some reports say the vehicle was traveling at speed. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23486086] }}
{{newsitem| Wave of deadly car bombs , Iraq | 29 July| A wave of car bombs has killed at least 51 people in mostly Shia areas of the Iraqi capital, [[Baghdad]], and in other cities around the country. More than 200 people were wounded in the attacks, officials said. More than 2,500 Iraqis have died in attacks since April, the UN says - with violence at its highest since 2008. The spike comes amid heightened Shia-Sunni tensions. Sunnis say they are being marginalized by Prime Minister Nouri Maliki's Shia-led government. The Baghdad bombs, hidden in parked cars, hit markets and car parks in several areas of the city, police say. The deadliest was said to have hit the eastern Shia district of Sadr City, report say. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-23487211]}}
 
{{newsitem| Los Angeles campgrounds closed| 29 July| Health authorities have closed three campgrounds in a forest near Los Angeles after the discovery of a squirrel infected with the plague. Officials said they would dust the forest's squirrel burrows for fleas. They warned people to avoid visiting areas near the campgrounds, which are likely to remain closed for at least a week, and to not feed wild animals. They also said people should protect pets from fleas and use insect repellant.[http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/25/los-angeles-campgrounds-closed-squirrel-plague]}}
 
{{newsitem| Strikes in Cairo| 29 July| No one's going anywhere, say protesters camped outside mosque in east [[Cairo]] after at least 65 killed in nearby street. Supporters of the overthrown Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi have pledged to maintain their weeks-old sit-in in east Cairo, despite the massacre of scores of their comrades by state officials. At least 65 pro-Morsi protesters were shot dead during an eight-hour attack by police officers and armed men dressed in civilian clothes. Tens of thousands of Morsi supporters have camped outside the mosque since late June when the president's overthrow began to seem likely. [http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/28/morsi-supporters-stand-firm-massacre]  }}
 
{{newsitem| General strike in Athens | 16 July| A 24-hour general strike protesting further austerity measures brought many public services in Greece to a grinding halt. Public transit systems, flights and garbage collection services are affected by the nationwide action- the fourth general strike this year-  while hospitals are running on skeleton staffing. Labor unions held a rally in central Athens, followed by a march to the national parliament building.About 16,000 to 17,000 people took part in the demonstration, which was peaceful and resulted in no arrests, Athens police spokesman Panagiotis Papapetropoulos said. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/16/world/europe/greece-strike/index.html]  }}
 
 
 
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{{eventsitem| Naadam festival, Mongolia |11-13 Jul 2013| Mongolia is home to the "three manly sports": wrestling, horse racing, and archery, and these are the same three sporting events that take place every year at the Naadam festival. Naadam is the National Holiday of Mongolia celebrated on 11-13 Jul. During these days all of Mongolia watches or listens to the whole event which takes place in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar through Mongolia's National Television and Radio. Many other smaller Naadam festivals take place in different aimags (provinces) around the country throughout the month of July, and it is at these Naadam festivals that you are able to get a much closer look at the action. It is believed that Naadam celebrations started with the rise of the Great Mongolian Empire as Chinggis (also known as Genghis) Khan's strategy to keep his warriors strictly fit. After the fall of the empire, the contests were held during religious festivals, and since the communist revolution it was celebrated on its anniversary. [http://wikitravel.org/en/Mongolia#Holidays_and_festivals]}}
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{{eventsitem| Manhattan, New York Summer Streets |4,11,18 Aug 2013| For this three-Saturday event, nearly seven miles of NYC from the Brooklyn Bridge all the way to Central Park will be cleared of vehicles, creating a pedestrian paradise complete with food and entertainment. Previous years have included free bike rentals, a rock-climbing wall, a zip line and picnics along the route. Be sure to look around for outdoor art installations. [http://www.nyc.gov/summerstreets]}}
{{eventsitem| Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival |13 Jul 2013| The marine life that inhabits the [[Florida Keys]]’ living coral reef is widely acclaimed for its color and variety, but it usually doesn’t include costumed mermaids or musicians strumming their instruments. Except, that is, during the annual Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival. The 2013 underwater action is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Looe Key Reef, an area of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary approximately six miles south of Big Pine Key. The unique festival typically draws several hundred divers and snorkelers each year to enjoy the sound of music in the ocean realm. [http://www.lowerkeyschamber.com/calendar.cfm] }}
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{{eventsitem| Serbia, Guca Trumpet Festival |5-11 Aug 2013| A brass band festival, the country village of Guca goes absolutely mental every August when it fills with thousands of musicians and thousands more who come to hear, watch, dance to the cacophonous sounds of Balkan brass and traditional gypsy wedding music being played absolutely everywhere, at speed and all at once. Emir Kusturica opens this year's festival; watch his filmBlack Cat White Catto get a taste of what you're in for. [http://www.guca.rs]}}
{{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/]}}
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{{eventsitem| Rhode Island, The Rhode Island International Film Festival |6-11 Aug 2013| The Rhode Island International Film Festivals brings directors, writers, and movie buffs to Providence. This is a festival to go to discover new voices of independent film [http://www.film-festival.org]}}
{{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]}}
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{{eventsitem| Japan’s Obon Festival |13-15 Aug 2013| This Japanese version of Asia’s hungry ghosts festivals is the nation’s most important religious holiday, based on the Buddhist belief that on the 15th day of the 7th month, the gateways to Heaven and Hell open, allowing spirits to visit the living world. The Obon Festival lasts for 3 days and is celebrated at different times in different regions. Due to a shift from the lunar to the Gregorian calendar, there can be up to three different dates. Shichigatsu Bon (Bon in July) is celebrated in eastern cities such as Tokyo on July 15th. Hachigatsu Bon (Bon in August) and Kyu Bon (Old Bon) are based on the lunar calendar, and both are usually celebrated around August 15th. That can change yearly, however, so it’s best to check in advance.[http://www.fest300.com/festivals/obon] }}
{{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/] }}
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{{eventsitem| Il Palio, Siena, Italy |16-18 Aug 2013| For 2 days a year, the Palio di Siena, or Il Palio as it’s more commonly known, takes over the city of Siena with its epic horse race. While it’s more of a sporting event today, its origins are deeply religious. The horses race for only a minute-and-a-half, but the celebrating lasts for days. [http://www.fest300.com/festivals/il-palio] }}
{{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/] }}
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{{eventsitem| La Tomatina, Buñol, Spain |16-18 Aug 2013| In August the streets of Buñol, Spain, turn into a free-for-all food fight. Trucks roll into town hauling over 130,000 kilos of juicy tomatoes, and 30,000 revelers go medieval. Though the tomatoes take center stage, a week of festivities lead up to the final showdown. It’s a celebration of Buñol’s patron saints, the Virgin Mary and St. Louis Bertrand, with street parades, music, and fireworks in joyous Spanish fashion. To build up your strength for the impending brawl, an epic paella is served on the eve of the battle showcasing an iconic Valencian dish of rice, seafood, saffron, and olive oil. [http://www.fest300.com/festivals/la-tomatina] }}
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{{eventsitem| Great Bull Run, USA |24 Aug 2013| Organizers of a new event planned for several U.S. cities plan to unleash bulls to sprint through fenced-in courses as daredevils try to avoid being trampled. The Great Bull Run is inspired by the annual running of the bulls in [[Pamplona]], [[Spain]]. It's set to kick off Aug. 24 at a drag-racing strip south of [[Richmond]], Va. A second event is planned for Oct. 19 at an Atlanta-area horse park that hosted events for the 1996 Olympics. More events are planned later for Texas, Florida, California, Minnesota, Illinois and Pennsylvania. About 5,000 people have signed up to participate in the Virginia event, and the number grows by about 50 each day, said Rob Dickens, co-founder and chief operating officer of The Great Bull Run. And with 2,000 signed up for the Conyers, Ga., event, Dickens expects 5,000 to 7,000 to run there in October. [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/05/great-bull-run_n_3707421.html]}}
  
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Costa Rica is world famous for having an incredibly high level of biodiversity throughout its tropical forests. You can find there impressive volcanoes, mountain areas, rivers, lakes all throughout the country. Costa Rica is a country with an extraordinary wealth of things to do, but regardless of your travel interests, you're going to want to spend time at one of the country's great beaches. Costa Rica is also a popular destination for eco-tourism and medical tourism. (more...)

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Alberobello is a town in the Italian region of Apulia (Puglia) and is known as the Capital of the Trulli. The trullo is a building with conical roof made without mortar. Alberobello has special status internationally - designated a UNESCO world heritage site - because its collection of some 1,500 trulli in an urban environment is unique. Some of the trulli are now used for stores, restaurants, and lodging. But many are still inhabited by locals, who are very friendly to visitors. As a world heritage site, Alberobello is a tourist attraction, but as it is less accessible from the tourist-heavy west coast, it is not overrun by tourists, and most tourists of Alberobello are Italians. (more...)














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