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| DotMBlurb= '''[[Istanbul]]''' is [[Turkey]]'s most populous city, and its cultural and financial center. Located on both sides of the Bosphorus, the narrow strait between the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea, Istanbul bridges Asia and Europe both physically and culturally. With its long history at the center of empires, Istanbul offers a wealth of historic and religious places to take in. September is a best times to visit the city because of the pleasant and warm weather. <small>([[Istanbul|more...]])</small>
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| DotMBlurb= '''[[Sydney]]''' is known as the Harbour City. It is the largest, oldest and most cosmopolitan city in [[Australia]] with an enviable reputation as one of the world's most beautiful and livable places. Brimming with history, nature, culture, art, fashion, cuisine, design, it is set next to miles of ocean coastline and sandy surf beaches. Recent immigration trends have led to the cities reputation as one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. In '''October''' the city hosts '''Australia's largest food festival'''- Crave Sydney- and '''Musica Viva Festival'''. <small>([[Sydney|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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| OTBPBlurb= Situated on Lake Champlain, '''[[Burlington (Vermont)]]''' is the heart of a small urban area that acts as Vermont's vibrant and cosmopolitan center.  Known for its ultra-liberal environment, Burlington is both a college town and an important commercial city, while maintaining an intimate atmosphere. Fall is a great time to visit Burlington as the city is aglow in bright colors. '''Foliage season''' begins in mid to late September, with color increasing day by day until "peak" around the first or second week of October. <small>([[Burlington (Vermont)|more...]])</small>
 
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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]}}
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{{newsitem| US Shutdown ends| 17 Oct| Federal employees return to work, national parks and monuments reopen after 16 days. [http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/shutdown-ends-federal-employees-return-work-national-parks-monuments-reopen-16-days-article-1.1488428]}}
{{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.}}
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{{newsitem|The Statue of Liberty, the Grand Canyon and Mount Rushmore open| 11 Oct| [[New York (state)|New York state's]] tourism budget will fund the park and the state will pay $61,600 a day over the next several days to keep Lady Liberty open. According to the statement, a 2012 annual report from the National Park Service counted 3.7 million visitors to Liberty Island in 2011, generating nearly $200 million in economic activity and supporting more than 2,000 jobs. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer also negotiated an agreement with the federal government to reopen Grand Canyon National Park as well, also using state and local funds amid the ongoing federal government shutdown.A similar deal was struck in South Dakota in order to reopen the mountain bearing the faces of some of America's greatest statesmen. The state government is paying $152,000 in order to keep Mount Rushmore open for 10 days, from Oct. 14 through Oct. 23. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/11/politics/shutdown-statue-of-liberty/index.html] }}
{{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]}}
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{{newsitem|Mass evacuations in Eastern India| 11 Oct| More than 200,000 people in India are being evacuated as a massive cyclone is sweeping through the Bay of Bengal towards the east coast. Cyclone Phailin, categorized as "very severe" by weather forecasters, is expected to hit [[Orissa]] and [[Andhra Pradesh]] states on Oct 12 in the evening. The Meteorological Department has predicted the storm will bring winds up to 220 km/h (136mph). A deadly super-cyclone in 1999 killed more than 10,000 people in Orissa. But officials say this time they are better prepared. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-24487130]}}
{{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]}}
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{{newsitem|Utah cuts deal reopens its National Parks| 11 Oct| Leaders in Utah say they found a way to get around the government shutdown. Utah will reopen its five national parks by Oct 12, as well as three other nationally run locations. Utah's Governor Gary Herbert made the announcement Thursday, saying a deal had been reached with the U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. "Utah agrees to pay the National Park Service (NPS) up to $1.67 million— $166,572 per day—to re-open eight national sites in Utah for up to 10 days. If the federal government shutdown ends before then, the State will receive a refund of unused monies" an official press statement explained. The deal would reopen [[Arches]], [[Bryce Canyon]], [[Canyonlands]], [[Capitol Reef]], and [[Zion]] national parks. The other three locations that will be opened are Natural Bridges and Cedar Breaks national monuments, as well as Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/11/us/utah-parks-reopen/index.html]}}
{{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|Travel Warning- Sudan| 11 Oct| The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of traveling to [[Sudan]], urges U.S. citizens to avoid all travel to the [[Darfur]] region of Sudan, the Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan states, and advises you to consider carefully the risks of travel in other areas of Sudan. While the Government of Sudan has taken some steps to limit the activities of terrorist groups, elements of these groups remain in Sudan and have threatened to attack Western interests. Terrorist actions may include suicide operations, bombings, or kidnappings. You should be aware of the risk of indiscriminate attacks on civilian targets in public places, including tourist sites and locations where westerners are known to congregate, as well as commercial operations associated with U.S. or Western interests. [http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_6171.html] }}
{{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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{{newsitem|Travel Warning- Burundi| 11 Oct| The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of traveling to Burundi. This Travel Warning updates without change the Travel Warning for Burundi dated April 22, 2013. The Travel Warning reiterates existing security concerns and notes the security restrictions on travel for Embassy personnel remain in place. Because Burundi participates in peacekeeping operations in [[Somalia]], the terrorist organization al-Shabaab, based in Somalia, has threatened to conduct terror attacks in Burundi. [http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_6170.html] }}
 
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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]}}
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{{eventsitem| Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta|5-13 Oct|The Fiesta is the world's largest ballooning event, largest annual international event in North America, and one of the most photographed events in the world. A cultural landmark for Albuquerque (and indeed, all of New Mexico), this festival gives you a first-hand look at the world of ballooning. For nine days in October, you may walk out onto a large field where balloonists from around the world set up, inflate, launch, and possibly land their balloons. Mass ascensions of balloons with hundreds of different colors and shapes create an often stunning and magnificent sight. It's one of the most heavily attended festivals in the entire U.S. [http://wikitravel.org/en/Albuquerque#Albuquerque_International_Balloon_Fiesta] }}
{{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]}}
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{{eventsitem| Nepal’s biggest annual festival, Kathmandu|5-14 Oct|The monsoons are over, the air is clearing, and it’s time for Nepal’s biggest annual festival. If you’re in Kathmandu this month you’ll be able to celebrate Durja Puja or Dashain along with the residents. This religious festival is wrapped around the seasons and the harvest. You’ll see animal sacrifices, barley seeds being sown, and hopes for a good year to come. [http://bit.ly/18CkRMC] }}
{{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]}}
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{{eventsitem|Leavenworth (Washington) Oktoberfest|5-20 Oct|Leavenworth is modeled after a Bavarian village, which makes Oktoberfest a particularly fun time to visit. The town’s three-weekend long celebration is the place to go for German beer, cuisine and entertainment. Event is only on Fridays and Saturdays. [http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2012/09/27/8-october-festivals-not-to-miss/] }}
{{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| Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival, Inle Lake, Myanmar|16 Oct- 2 Nov|It’s an important time in Myanmar, especially if you’re near Inle Lake. For this Shan celebration a procession of leg-rowed boats tow four Buddhist statues around the lake. Thousands of people from around the state, plus visitors of course, attend over the two-week period. [http://bit.ly/18CkRMC]}}
{{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| Keene Pumpkin Festival|19 Oct|This is one of the best Pumpkin festivals this Fall with food, craft court and a pumpkin road race. What sets this festival apart are all the jack-o-lanterns. The town carved and brought in nearly 30,000 jack-o-lanterns last year, and they illuminate each and every one right around the town’s center.Keene has celebrated the joy of the pumpkin in a way that no other town in the region or the world has been able to match. [http://www.pumpkinfestival.com/] }}
{{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| Fantasy Fest, Key West|19-28 Oct|Key West’s annual Fantasy Fest is a 10-day costume party with events like the Headdress Ball and a homemade bikini contest. On the second Saturday of the festival, check out Captain Morgan's Fantasy Fest Parade feel like you are in New Orleans circa Mardi Gras. [http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2012/09/27/8-october-festivals-not-to-miss/]}}
{{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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Sydney is known as the Harbour City. It is the largest, oldest and most cosmopolitan city in Australia with an enviable reputation as one of the world's most beautiful and livable places. Brimming with history, nature, culture, art, fashion, cuisine, design, it is set next to miles of ocean coastline and sandy surf beaches. Recent immigration trends have led to the cities reputation as one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. In October the city hosts Australia's largest food festival- Crave Sydney- and Musica Viva Festival. (more...)

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Situated on Lake Champlain, Burlington (Vermont) is the heart of a small urban area that acts as Vermont's vibrant and cosmopolitan center. Known for its ultra-liberal environment, Burlington is both a college town and an important commercial city, while maintaining an intimate atmosphere. Fall is a great time to visit Burlington as the city is aglow in bright colors. Foliage season begins in mid to late September, with color increasing day by day until "peak" around the first or second week of October. (more...)














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