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Spring breaks: 5 of the best cities in Europe

Spring breaks: 5 of the best cities in Europe From fiesta-mad Seville to buzzing Montpellier and blossom-filled Berlin, spring is a blooming marvellous time for a short break Summers in the flamboyant Andalucían capital often nudge 40C, but spring is a delight, with the parks in bloom and the scent of orange blossom and jasmine in the air. And in Semana Santa (Holy Week, 14-20 April) the streets come alive with floats and processions. There is also the raucous annual Feria de Abril – a week-long fiesta of parades, flamenco and partying long into the night (4-11 May; expect higher hotel prices if you visit then). Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Jane Dunford, Chris Moss, Mary Novakovich, Celia…

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The best party destinations for backpackers

The best party destinations for backpackers If pumping bass is your thing, these cities and travellers’ haunts come alive at night, and boast friendly hostels when it’s finally time to hit the pillow Best for: nights under the stars Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Will Coldwell Tweet

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Belle voyage: all aboard the indie music cruise

Belle voyage: all aboard the indie music cruise The band’s frontman, Stuart Murdoch, discusses plans for the four-day Boaty Weekender festival in the Med next summer Scottish indie band Belle and Sebastian are adding to the growing number of music cruises with the launch of a four-day festival at sea. Setting sail on 8 August 2019 from Barcelona to Cagliari, Sardinia, the four-night Boaty Weekender will feature at least two performances by the band, plus sets across five stages by Camera Obscura, Django Django, Alvvays, Mogwai, the Buzzcocks, Japanese Breakfast, Kelly Lee Owens and Nilüfer Yanya, with more bands to be announced in the coming months. Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Antonia Wilson Tweet

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10 of the best places to enjoy the dances and music of Cuba

10 of the best places to enjoy the dances and music of Cuba As Havana prepares for its autumn ballet festival, we select places to watch and dance timba, salsa, rumba and more Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Claire Boobbyer Tweet

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A very Derry Halloween: a carnival of frights, fireworks and parades

A very Derry Halloween: a carnival of frights, fireworks and parades Derry’s Halloween celebration is Europe’s biggest, one of the highlights of its cultural calendar with a week of creative events “I think my favourite costume was one that a girl made from 3,000 polo mints.” Jacqueline Whoriskey told me this as her three-year-old son was climbing over her and her publicity material for Derry’s 2018 Halloween festivities. Jacqueline is the organiser of the local council’s carnival, which will see around 40,000 people on the streets in and around the walled city of Derry – for what could well be the world’s best Halloween-night experience. If you’re there and you’re not in fancy dress, you’re the one likely to…

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Magical mystery tour: a road trip through Mexico

Magical mystery tour: a road trip through Mexico Kicking off at a raucous Day of the Dead party, this odyssey takes in indigenous culture rarely seen by outsiders, with plenty of music and laughs along the way I’m lying on the grass in the churchyard in Huaquechula, a small town in the state of Puebla, central Mexico. I open my eyes and look up. A man dressed in eagle feathers is standing on top of a 30-metre telegraph pole banging a small drum, and four other men are climbing up towards him. When the four reach the top, they attach ropes to their ankles and lean far back, arms out, until they are upside down. Then the eagle-man starts…

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10 of the best autumn food festivals in Europe and the UK

10 of the best autumn food festivals in Europe and the UK With the season of mellow fruitfulness in full swing, we pick culinary events that will appeal to all palates, from white truffles in Croatia to bright golden saffron in Spain 29 September-1 October 2018Street feasting is nothing new in London but Kookeet, in central Bruges, does things differently. Only here can you eat Belgian specialities cooked by local chefs, several of them holders of Michelin stars. Pop-up stalls this year offer dishes such as Zeebrugge shrimp with poached egg, buttermilk and sourdough, Belgian pancakes paired with Liefmans beer and, for the more adventurous, Flemish white tripe with mustard and peanuts served with spring rolls. Most dishes cost…

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Pagan paradise: Glastonbury without the festival

Pagan paradise: Glastonbury without the festival What’s Glastonbury like without the bands and the fans? As the festival takes a year off, it turns out there’s still plenty to enjoy, from ethical taxidermy to wall-to-wall druids ‘Summer here is something to behold,” says Kevin Mitchell from behind the counter of Knight’s, his chippy on Glastonbury’s Northload Street. “Hippies, druids, goddesses in their finery, people dressed as elves: you never know who – or what – is going to walk through the door.” Knight’s has been run by the same family on the same site since 1909, although the building itself is medieval, constructed from stone taken from Glastonbury Abbey after it was sacked by Henry VIII. If that stone…

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Great Exhibition of the North: best days out in the north-east

Great Exhibition of the North: best days out in the north-east With the summer-long arts festival kicking off next week, singers, artists and curators share their favourite places in Newcastle and the wider region I came up the A19 from Teesside to Tyneside as a student and never left. Newcastle is a compact city, and very manageable on foot. If you breach the city limits you can walk across the Town Moor to clear your head, a huge open space that brackets the north of the city, with only free-roaming cattle for company. If you need an independent substitute for your Greggs fix, Pink Lane Bakery provides homemade pasties, cakes and vegan treats. Across the road is the Amnesty…

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Trending: Five Getaways with Local Food Festivals that are Worth the Trip

Trending: Five Getaways with Local Food Festivals that are Worth the TripHotels are expanding beyond their on-site restaurants, throwing food festivals to lure travelers at different times of the year. Here are five resorts and seven festivals worth checking out.http://rss.nytimes.com/services/xml/rss/nyt/Travel.xmlNYT > Travelhttps://static01.nyt.com/images/misc/NYT_logo_rss_250x40.pngTravel887SHIVANI VORA -geoquono- Tweet

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