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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= '''[[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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| 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 and are welcoming to outsiders. <small>([[Sedona|more...]])</small>
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| OTBPBlurb= '''Gdańsk''' is a city in Poland on the Baltic Sea that is considered the most beautiful city on the Baltic coast having a rich and magnificent architecture. It's also Poland's principal seaport and a popular summer destination for many Poles and international tourists. In modern history, Gdańsk is known as the birthplace of Solidarity, the labour and democracy movement that helped to bring down the Communist government in Poland, and subsequently marked the beginning of the end of the Cold War. The movement was led by the charismatic leader, Lech Wałęsa, who became Poland's first post-Communist president. <small>([[Gdańsk|more...]])</small>
 
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{{newsitem| Clashes at Istanbul park |31 May 2013| Dozens of people have been arrested after [[Turkey|Turkish]] police used tear gas and water cannon against protesters occupying a park in central Istanbul. Demonstrators had held a four-day sit-in at Gezi Park, angry at plans to redevelop that part of Taksim Square. An Istanbul court later ordered the temporary suspension of the project to uproot trees in the park. But there is wider anger against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the unrest has spread to Ankara. Protests have also been reported in other cities, including [[Bodrum]], [[Konya]] and [[Izmir]]. Earlier this month, riot police clashed with tens of thousands of people attempting to hold a May Day march in Istanbul. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-22732139] }}
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{{newsitem| Venice bans famous gondolas from Grand Canal | 27 Aug| Venice's famous gondoliers are to be banned from the city’s Grand Canal following the death of a tourist in a waterway collision. Fifty-year old tourist from Germany died earlier this month when the vessel he was traveling on collided with a vaporetto water taxi. Now the lagoon city is drawing up proposals to introduce a floating congestion zone, which would prevent the traditional boats from operating during rush hours. Until now Venice has operated as something of a free for all with cruise ships speed boats and water taxis joining small craft jostling for space on the major canals. But following the accident on the 17th August authorities have set out proposals to bring Venice closer in line to cities based on dry land. The city’s mayor Giorgio Orsoni said: 'We have to think of the Grand Canal as a street, a main street like that of all cities, with particularly heavy traffic. We need some discipline. [http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2402751/Venice-bans-famous-gondolas-Grand-Canal-busy-periods-water-way-collision-kills-tourist.html]}}
{{newsitem| Venezuelans Face Shortages |31 May 2013| In the past weeks, Venezuelans have struggled to find goods such as toilet paper and staple food items like milk, sugar and cooking oil. Economists say the shortages stem from the socialist government's controls on the prices of some goods and on foreign currency, which makes it hard for producers to pay for things they need to import. President Nicolas Maduro blames the shortages on hoarding and says anti-government forces are trying to destabilize the country. [http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/church-venezuelans-face-shortages-19298755#.Uaj-Qpxc0UM] }}
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{{newsitem| Fires burn in Yellowstone | 22 Aug| Four wildfires were burning in Yellowstone National Park on Tuesday 21 Aug, the 25th anniversary of a devastating day in 1988 when massive wildfires in the park suddenly grew by tens of thousands of acres. The fires now burning in Yellowstone, all of them in [[Wyoming]]'s corner of the park, are minimal compared with those of 1988, which ended up affecting almost 800,000 acres - or 36 percent - of park territory. The largest wildfire Tuesday was the 4,500-acre Alum Fire, burning near the center of the park near Mud Volcano. The Alum Fire forced a temporary road closure from Canyon Village south to Fishing Bridge, but all other roads leading into and through the park, along with all campgrounds and services, were open, the park said. There were no imminent evacuations for any part of the park.}}
{{newsitem| Biarritz battles beach pollution |31 May 2013| Local authorities have recently forbidden bathing and nautical activities due to dangerously high levels of pollution. May has been unusually wet, stormy and cold for the southwest of [[France]]. Heavy rainfall in the middle of the month has already caused flooding in parts of the Bearn region, inland of Biarritz, and the French meteorological agency has issued flood warnings for the whole area in the upcoming days. This river and rain runoff, combined with strong onshore winds, has led to high levels of sea pollution. The current order affects all the beaches in the suburb of Anglet, which are the most popular with locals, tourists and surfers. For the moment there is no indication how long the ruling will remain in place, but with rain forecast until the start of next week, anyone planning a beach holiday to the Biarritz area should look elsewhere. [http://www.bbc.com/travel/blog]}}
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{{newsitem| Asia's heat wave | 13 Aug| For countries in Northeast Asia, this summer is becoming too hot to bear.A [[Japan|Japanese]] city has experienced the highest temperature ever recorded in the country. The [[South Korea]]n government is clamping down on the use of air-conditioning in an attempt to stave off power shortages. And [[Shanghai]] has been sweltering under a record-setting run of baking hot days. The searing temperatures have brought a spike in heat-related deaths, as well as harming crops and livestock. In Japan, of the 52 deaths from heatstroke nationwide between late May and early August, nearly one third of them occurred last week, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said. The agency issued a heat alert covering 37 of Japan's 47 prefectures on 12 Aug, warning that the high temperatures are expected to continue for about a week in western, central and southern parts of the country. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/13/world/asia/asia-heat/index.html]}}
{{newsitem| Police move in on Kyrgyz protesters  |31 May 2013| About 1,000 people have been camped out for days calling for a bigger share of the profits from the Kumtor mine, owned by Canada's Centerra Gold group. The government has now declared a state of emergency around the gold mine. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22726891] }}
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{{newsitem| Smoking ban on Hawaii's beaches | 13 Aug| Seaside cigarettes will be prohibited from January 1, 2014, while lighting up in parks, swimming pools and bus stops will also be outlawed. The ban will be preceded by a campaign to increase awareness among locals and tourists about the new rules. It will be enforced by beach lifeguards, with offenders facing a fine of $100. A statement from the Hawaii Tourist Board said the move would allow holidaymakers to “truly enjoy and relax in a healthy and beautiful smoke-free environment”. It is hoped the ban will prevent non-smokers from breathing second-hand fumes, as well as lessen the number of cigarette butts left on the shore. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/10240311/Smoking-ban-on-Hawaiis-beaches.html]}}
{{newsitem| Syria tension destabilizing Lebanon|24 May 2013|An uneasy calm prevailed in the northern Lebanese city of [[Tripoli (Lebanon) | Tripoli]] on 23 May where days of clashes between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad left 16 people dead and wounded more than 156. Fear of snipers kept people indoors, reported Lebanon's state news agency said. The streets were empty of cars, and schools and universities closed. The clashing sides are residents of the Bab-al-Tibbaneh neighborhood (dominated by Sunnis), and the adjacent Jabal Mohsen neighborhood (which is dominated by Alawites). Tripoli is home to both Alawite and Sunni Muslims, and sectarian tensions have worsened in recent months as the civil war in neighboring Syria rages on. The Alawites support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The Sunnis want his ouster. The Lebanese government has remained officially neutral in the conflict. Analysts say the longer the Syrian conflict rages, the more destabilized Lebanon will become. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/23/world/meast/syria-civil-war/index.html] }}
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{{newsitem| Egypt police break up Morsi march | 13 Aug| Egyptian police have fired tear gas to disperse crowds of supporters of detained ex-leader Mohammed Morsi during a march in central Cairo. Morsi supporters went to a government compound to protest at the appointment of army officers as local governors. Local residents then clashed with the pro-Morsi crowds and both sides threw bottles and stones at each other, before security forces moved in. The army deposed Mr Morsi in July and put in place an interim government. Supporters of Mr Morsi, an Islamist leader who came from the Muslim Brotherhood movement, refuse to accept the new government and insist he must be reinstated. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-23685055]}}
 
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{{newsitem| 'Very Active' Hurricane Season Possible | 8 Aug| With the historical peak of the hurricane season right around the corner, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released its updated forecast for the 2013 hurricane season. NOAA still expects an above average number of named storms this season and says the season has the potential to be "very active". NOAA is forecasting a 70 percent chance of 13 to 19 named storms, 6 to 9 of which would become hurricanes and 3 to 5 major hurricanes. [http://www.weather.com/news/weather-hurricanes/hurricane-season-outlook-atlantic-20130802] }}
 
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{{eventsitem| Czech Beer Festival |18 May- 1 Jun 2013| The Czech Beer Festival in Prague is the largest gastronomic event in the Czech Republic, with seating for up to 10,000 visitors on long benches inside marquees. Sample 70 brands of Czech beer, sourced from large breweries, regional breweries and micro-breweries. Live bands entertain. [http://www.pragueexperience.com/events/events.asp] }}
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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| Vivid Sydney Festival |24 May- 10 Jun 2013| Vivid Sydney Festival is the largest international music and light show in the Asia-Pacific region that promises to enthrall the senses of all visitors and locals. The festival of light, music, art and ideas, Vivid Sydney Festival, transforms the city of Australia into a vibrant creative hub each year attracting thousands of visitors from all over the globe. The festival is designed to showcase the entire city as one big living canvas that runs from Hyde Park through Macquarie Street, Sydney Opera House and Circular Bay. Darling Harbour too is added in the list to host a few Vivid events. [http://www.journeymart.com/holidays-ideas/festivals/vivid-sydney-festival.aspx] }}
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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| Dragon Boat Festival, Hong Kong|12 Jun 2013| The fifth day of the fifth moon of the lunar calendar is the day the Chinese celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival or Double Fifth Festival! The festival combines traditional elements of a religious occasion with the drama and glory of a sporting event. The event takes place every year in [[Hong Kong]]. [http://www.journeymart.com/holidays-ideas/festivals/dragon-boat-festival.aspx]}}
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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| 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| 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] }}
 
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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] }}
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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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Gdańsk is a city in Poland on the Baltic Sea that is considered the most beautiful city on the Baltic coast having a rich and magnificent architecture. It's also Poland's principal seaport and a popular summer destination for many Poles and international tourists. In modern history, Gdańsk is known as the birthplace of Solidarity, the labour and democracy movement that helped to bring down the Communist government in Poland, and subsequently marked the beginning of the end of the Cold War. The movement was led by the charismatic leader, Lech Wałęsa, who became Poland's first post-Communist president. (more...)















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