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Where Danielle Got Her Tan

Catch a tan on Tenerife

One of the unfortunate tourists that got stuck on Tenerife due to the volcanic ash cloud were Gary Lineker, his wife Danielle and their five children. After spending Christmas and New Year’s even in Barbados, they were polishing up their tans in the Canary Islands right before the ash cloud halted all flights in Europe. Though the journey back to London must have…

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Mexican Margarita

Next Wednesday, most USA citizens will celebrate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on the 5th of May, 1862. Cinco de Mayo, Spanish for “fifth of May”, is celebrated all throughout the USA because the 4,000 Mexican soldiers defeated the much better-equipped French army of 8,000 that had not been defeated for half a century and, since the Battle of Puebla, no American…

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The Soundtrack of Greece

Preveza

If you’re tired of Glastonbury or feel too old for festivals, then maybe it’s time you thought about travelling to the Greek coast for a music festival like no other. From July 1st to the 4th each year the idyllic town of Preveza plays host to the International Choral Festival. Now in its twenty seventh year, the event is unique in that it is split into two distinct parts.

One half of…

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Buying Books in Lisbon

book at the beach

In 2010, the eightieth edition of the Feira do Livro, a great open air book fair in Lisbon, will take place again in the Parque Eduardo VII from 29th April to 16th May. Opening hours are from 12:30 to 23:30 on weekdays and from 11:00 to 23:30 on Saturdays and Sundays. It’s bound to be a sunny and lively festival because participating bookstores…

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Horse Races on St George’s Day

Saint George

Happy St George’s Day, England! The 23rd of April has been a national feast day since 1415, after the Council of Oxford declared this date to be St George’s Day and after St George replaced Edward the Confessor as England’s patron saint in the 14th century. His emblem is a red cross on a white background, which is incorporated in the British flag, so you’d think that…

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