International

A week of music, food, dancing and joy at Seville

The April Fair is one of the most international and popular of Seville’s fiestas. It was created in 1847 as a cattle fair, and over time the festive atmosphere that had grown up around the occasion took over the business aspect, and it became a permanent fixture in Seville’s social calendar. For a week more than a thousand “casetas” or tents installed in the fairground area become the second home of the city’s inhabitants, a place where people come together to have fun and share experiences until the early hours of the morning.The fair generally begins two weeks after the Semana Santa, or Easter Holy Week. This year it happens to be from May 6, 2014 to May 11, 2014. The fiesta officially begins at midnight on Monday with the “lighting test”, the illumination of the thousands of mult

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InternationalNews

Enjoy ‘Original feast’ at Culinaria

Culinaria is back. A gastronomical event is not to be missed After 5 successful editions, Culinaria, supported by the Brussels Capital Region, has become an internationally acclaimed event, serving haute cuisine from around the world. A true smorgasbord in the heart of Europe, Culinaria offers a unique taste of Belgian culinary talents. Each year, Culinaria has a main theme, and the cutting-edge gastronomical trends attract large crowds. The theme for 2014 is the Original Feast. For its sixth anniversary, Culinaria will return to the essence of gastronomical delights, and revitalise this edition in a retro-libertarian, cheerful, and mischievous way. A few laughs at a grand banquet, do justice to delicious ingredients in steaming hot dishes, and an authentic, communal banquet that is...

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Hunter Lodges at a manor

The Celtic Manor Resort in South Wales has opened the first three of its spectacular new Hunter Lodges to guests. The luxury lodges provide the best of both worlds – a private home-from-home in the peace and tranquility of the South Wales countryside, yet with Celtic Manor’s five-star amenities and activities on their very doorstep. The Hunter Lodges command a stunning location within the resort’s 2,000-acre estate, enjoying glorious views of the Twenty Ten Ryder Cup golf course and the beautiful Usk Valley beyond. Sleeping up to eight people, the large, Scandinavian-style, log lodges all have four double or twin bedrooms, spacious dining and living areas, and fitted kitchens. For that extra touch of luxury, they also boast outdoor hot tubs and indoor saunas. All lodges are fully

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AdventureInternational

Adventures await at Tampa Bay

Get close to Cheetah! Touch a Stingray! Key to life is adventure. So whether you seek your thrills by land, air or sea, Tampa Bay in Florida has got you covered with a lot. Just have a look at the options below. Discover your daring while you Unlock Tampa Bay. Make toys and treats, watch a training session, learn the history and interact with a variety of wild cats at Big Cat Rescue during an exclusive, two-hour behind-the-scenes tour. At Busch Gardens Tampa go behind-the-scenes at the Animal Care Center with the Wildlife Docs or into the Heart of Africa on a 90-minute walking tour to get up-close with hippos, cheetahs, lions and more. You can also become a Keeper for a Day and work side-by-side with the zookeepers or learn the ins-and-outs of Bengal tigers and Bornean ora...

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IndiaInternationalNews

Amidst MH370 crisis Malaysia allays fears for tourism

Despite worldwide concerns on whereabouts of a flight with 239 passengers on board, Tourism Malaysia went ahead with its road show to  attract more Indian tourists. Four city roadshow  started from Kochi on 12th March and ended at New Delhi on 20th March 2014. Although it was  a scaled down effort, owing to impending situation- mysterious disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 on Saturday 8th March, with no signs whatsoever so far, even after two weeks. Malaysian tourism minister was himself to attend the event but he had to skip. A few trade visits have been cancelled from India  after the incident, but Tourism Malaysia Director General Dato' Mirza Mohammad Taiyab dismissed possibility of major impact on tourism arrivals in Malaysia.  Malaysia is actually celebrating its ...

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Cavalia returns to Brussels

Cavalia, an innovative multi-media and multi-disciplinary production created by Normand Latourelle, one of the co-founders of famed Cirque du Soleil, returns to Belgium this spring. The show featuring more horses, more artists, new projections, new acts and new stunning costumes premieres May 13, 2014, under its signature White Big Top at Brussels Expo. “Seven Springs have passed since Cavalia erected its White Big Top in Brussels twice in the same year due to strong demands from audiences across Belgium, and we have been eager to return,” said Normand Latourelle, president and artistic director of Cavalia. “Since our last visits in 2007, the show has travelled across North America, Europe, Australia and the Middle Est and is continually evolving to highlight the strengths and personali

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Raghurajpur : Home to Pattachitra painters

It can be named in one of the most famous Indian villages. No where does one get to see such an assemblage of artworks in one single place, other than in this unique village situated in the state of Odisha in eastern India.  As far as art is concerned, only thing that comes close in comparison are havelis of Nawalgarh in Rajasthan, India. Craft, painting and dance- all are knitted beautifully in cultural traditions of Raghurajpur. It also has the distinction of being the place where the traditional decoration called Patas, used under the throne of Lord Jagannath and on the three chariots during the annual Rath Yatra festival.Raghurajpur is located 14 km from Puri, an important pilgrimage destination, and 50 km from Bhubaneshwar, the capital of Orissa. A village, which normally no tourist g

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Places to be this season – Kerala Backwaters

A sneak peek into god's own country- Kerala through its backwaters. An experience worth cherishing. Alleppey (Alappuzha) is indeed one of the best places to be, which rightly calls itself Venice of the east. None other than Lord Curzon exclaimed this.  Here nature has showered her richest bounties. Alleppey to Punnamada is a backwater highway of a sort. A place to be at any time of the year. ...

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Amelia Island in Florida Features Exciting Events

Northeast Florida’s coastal treasure, Amelia Island is a barrier island rich in colorful history and breath-taking natural beauty.  Consistently ranked in the top 10 North American Islands by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler, Amelia Island offers long, beautiful beaches, abundant wildlife, and pristine waters.  Upscale resorts with world-class spas, championship golf and exclusive dining blend effortlessly with a captivating collection of bed and breakfast inns and historic districts.  The island is home to Fernandina Beach, once a vibrant Victorian seaport village, and now a charming downtown district of eclectic shops, attractions and eateries. Located on the northeastern coast of Florida, Amelia Island features an incredible calendar of special events throughout the year. Each event c

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InternationalNews

Few days to go for St. Patrick’s Festival

With less then a week to go for St.Patrick's Festival (14th to 17th March) at Dublin in Ireland, there's lots going on! Last Thursday was announced festival's 2014 Grand Marshal Stephen Roche, one of Ireland’s greatest ever sporting stars. Really looking forward to seeing him lead the Parade on the 17th of March! Festival also launched its I Love My City cultural programme in Iveagh Gardens. I Love My City cultural programme, is a series of events and happenings, featuring both established and emerging artists from a variety of disciplines including literature, music, film, song, spoken word, photography, visual art and more! Organisers have also been working hard on their 2014 Festival Programme, so make sure to get your free copy in the Irish Independent next Monday the 10th of Ma...

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