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Amsterdam: May Events

Amsterdam: May Events
May is the perfect month for you trip to Amsterdam; lots of events during this month. May is your last chance to visit Keukenhof Flower Garden in Lisse, the world’s most spectacular flower show. Hemeltje Lief Festival is the place to be with the kids. Book lovers can browse at Dam Square, books in all languages and on all subjects. Lots of public holidays in May: * Thursday 13 May is Ascension day which is a public holiday. Many people take the Friday off as well. Theme parks, beach pavillions...
May 2nd, 2010 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 0
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Amsterdam: What’s On This Week

Amsterdam: What’s On This Week
  The tourist season starts in April. This month can bring any kind of weather. If it’s rainy visit one of the many exhibitions in the museums. If the weather is glorious go to Keukenhof Flower Garden. The cultural season is still in full swing. Book your opera, concerts and ballet tickets direct at the theatres or go to Leidsplein Ticket Shop for half price tickets. AMSTERDAM FOR CULTURE LOVERS WHAT: Photography and Astronomy Photo exhibition documenting the history of astronomy and displaying...
April 16th, 2010 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: best of week, museums, music, Performing Arts - Theater & Dance, things to do in amsterdam

DC’s Film Festival Presents Over 80 Films

DC’s Film Festival Presents Over 80 Films
At the annual DC International Film Festival, Filmfest DC, more than 80 feature and short films from all over the world will be presented at nine locations around the Nation’s Capital.  The 11-day film festival, in it’s 24th year, will also feature more than 20 international directors, actors and producers who will present and discuss their films with festival attendees. This year, Filmfest DC is presenting a few new features, including Bel Cinema!, a selection of 8 new films from Italy,...
April 12th, 2010 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
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Leighton House

Leighton House
The Leighton House Museum reopens today; one of London’s most intriguing sights – an artist’s house, built by him to house his collections of art and antiquities, and an immensely personal, even eccentric place. Just ignore the word ‘museum’… it’s far more than that suggests. When we say 'Victorian' we don't usually think of this kind of sensuality - Leighton's 'Flaming June' There are two kinds of artist’s house museums –...
April 3rd, 2010 | Andrea Kirkby | Read More | Comments: 0
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The Ridgeway – the oldest hike

The Ridgeway – the oldest hike
It’s that time of year again, when the snowdrops have gone and the daffodils are beginning, when the sun shines between showers and it’s time to get the hiking boots out of the cupboard again. Time for the Ridgeway, at its best in spring. The Ridgeway is probably the oldest track in England. Running along the crest of the chalk ridge that runs across Southern England, for prehistoric man it was the only road that ran free of the marshes and huge forests of the lowland. Megalithic remains...
March 31st, 2010 | Andrea Kirkby | Read More | Comments: 0
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Great British food: Making my own marmalade

Great British food: Making my own marmalade
It would never have happened if I hadn’t been passing the fruit stall and seen the Seville oranges sitting there, bright little balls of sourness and juice. It wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t already posted about marmalade on this blog. It wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t tried some of that Fortnums marmalade, and wanted more… I wish mine looked this good... I went mad. I bought a pile of Seville oranges. The kindly stallholders even added a couple of bags...
March 25th, 2010 | Andrea Kirkby | Read More | Comments: 0
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Go Fly a Kite at the Washington Monument

Go Fly a Kite at the Washington Monument
Kites Take to the Air in Washington, DC The weather on Saturday for the Smithsonian Kite Festival is expected to be sunny with highs near 60 degrees. The annual Washington DC kite classic draws all kinds of kites, kite builders and kite flyers to the grounds of the Washington Monument. The festival dates back to 1967, when first started by aviation pioneer Paul E. Garber.  He was the first curator to the National Air Museum that opened in 1946, and when the museum became part of the Smithsonian,...
March 24th, 2010 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
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Amsterdam: Cannabis or Coffee?

Amsterdam: Cannabis or Coffee?
Dutch coffeeshops sell dope in the same way as cafés sell coffee and bars sell beer. Visitors from abroad flock in their thousands to the coffeeshops in the Red Light District. It’s not only toursits who visit coffeeshops, locals do as well. The only difference is that the Dutch go the ones away from the centre because they are quieter, more atmospheric and less neon lit. Neither do they pump out reggae, rock or house at ear-splitting level. RASTABABY, Prins Hendrikkade 7, Daily 09:00 –...
March 24th, 2010 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 1
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Amsterdam: What’s On This Week

Amsterdam: What’s On This Week
March is a good month to visit museums and theatres, because it is still too cold to be outside all day. The cultural season is still in full swing so you have plenty to choose from. AMSTERDAM FOR CULTURE LOVERS WHAT: Photography and Astronomy Photo exhibition documenting the history of astronomy and displaying present-day images taken by telescopes and space probes. WHERE:Huis Marseille, Keizersgracht 401 WHEN: until 30 May 2010, from 11.00 – 18.00, closed on Monday WHAT: Oman Exhibition showing ...
March 18th, 2010 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 1
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Leidseplein: Popular Square Where Tourists Meet Locals

Leidseplein: Popular Square Where Tourists Meet Locals
Leidseplein buzzes with activity day and night. Sip chardonnay and savour bitterballen, bite-size deep-fried ragout filled balls. On chilly spring and autumn days wrap a fleece shawl around your shoulders and only the tip of your nose will get cold. In winter the square is almost abandoned. All activity shifted inside bars and cafes. Hop on tram 1, 2, 7, or 10 and get off at Leidseplein. Enjoy at least one lunch, dinner, cappuccino or Heineken in one of the restaurants, cafes or bars. Hundreds of...
March 10th, 2010 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: best of week, nightlife, Restaurants & Bars, Shopping, things to see in Amsterdam, top-feature

Azores at your table

Azores at your table
I felt in love with Azores Islands the moment I step on it. A lush green paradise where everything seems to be (still) in its place. Cows wonder happily on the hills, the sea offers plenty of fish and the land grows about everything. And tasty… The landscape is just out of the ordinary… That’s why I also suspect that it happens to most of the people that visit for the first time, they fall in love with Azores. And as we say in Portugal, if Maomé doesn’t go to the mountain, let the mountain...
March 2nd, 2010 | Alexandre Kühl Oliveira | Read More | Comments: 0
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Spring’s coming to Atlanta

Spring’s coming to Atlanta
In spite of today’s snow, March is usually the turning point here in Atlanta. The crocuses and jonquils are pushing  little determined blooms through and outdoor events are beginning. Not only will our snow be gone in a few days, but Snow Mountain at the Stone Mountain Park is ending this Sunday.  (See my post about it here.) Meanwhile, Atlantic Station opens its outdoor markets this weekend, featuring food,  and a selection of handcrafted and unique items. Orchid Daze: Towers of Flowers...
March 2nd, 2010 | Linda Erbele | Read More | Comments: 0
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March Weather in Amsterdam

March Weather in Amsterdam
March is the perfect time to visit Amsterdam if you do not mind a nip in the air. Crowds are still small and airfares still low. Locals begin to claim their seats at favourite cafe terraces and their mooring places for their canal-cruising vessels. Outdoor art markets reopen. The change of seasons is on its way. The trees start to leaf out and it looks as if some one has highlighted them with a linden-green marker. Crocuses, daffodils and hyacinths start to bloom, the overture to the bulb season....
March 1st, 2010 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 0
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A few of my favourite things: Dancing Shiva

A few of my favourite things: Dancing Shiva
Here’s another of my favourite things, from the Asian galleries at the British Museum. He’s a dancing Shiva – the Lord of the Dance, if you like. Shiva dances in the British Museum I just love the movement in this figure – his hair is flying out, and his whole body is moving, his arms elegantly upheld and his legs treading out the rhythm of the dance. The circle around him appears to flatten him, but when you look closely you see that he’s modelled firmly in the round...
February 27th, 2010 | Andrea Kirkby | Read More | Comments: 0
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What’s on Edinburgh – Late February Edition

What’s on Edinburgh – Late February Edition
Hopefully you have an eventful (or uneventful, as the case may be) Valentine’s Day.  We’re on the home stretch and it will be spring soon – the sun is rising earlier and earlier and setting later now, so let’s celebrate with what’s on the end of this month. Arabic & Middle Eastern Poetry.  How about something different for a change?  You can see Arabic and Middle Eastern Poetry on display at the Scottish Poetry Library (hidden in a close just steps from...
February 22nd, 2010 | Andy Hayes | Read More | Comments: 0
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Review: Classic Dining at Casa da Comida

Review: Classic Dining at Casa da Comida
I’m not a fan of Classic style atmosphere, still, I have to say Casa da Comida got it just right.  Recently under the guidance of top Portuguese chef, Bertílio Gomes, this elegant classic restaurant has some great contemporary details and outstanding Portuguese food (with a personal touch from the chef). Arriving at Casa da Comida is half the fun, so try to turn up earlier than your reservation.  This restaurant stands on one of the prettiest and off-the-beaten-track places in Lisbon —...
February 21st, 2010 | Alexandre Kühl Oliveira | Read More | Comments: 1
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Quirky Shops in Amsterdam

Quirky Shops in Amsterdam
Warmoesstraat one of the oldest streets in Amsterdam lies on the edge of the Red Light District and is filled with funky boutiques, quirky shops, bars, coffeeshops, souvenirs and tourists. Buying dildos proves as easy as stocking up on chicken drumsticks for an evening meal. Warmoesstraat 53: The Greenhouse Effect Coffee shop, bar and hotel with only twenty rooms that fills up quickly. Who can resist sleeping in one of the themed bedrooms: 1001 Nights, Turkish Delight or Mary Jane? Green House Effect...
February 16th, 2010 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 1
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What’s on Edinburgh – Valentine’s Edition

What’s on Edinburgh – Valentine’s Edition
Hey you love birds!  If you’re looking for something to do for Valentine’s Day, this What’s on Edition will not help – you’re too late.  (But you can try one of our suggestions for romance in Edinburgh on Valentine’s Day.) But here are some tips for what’s coming up this week. Vive La France! Scotland once had a very close relationship with France via the Auld Alliance.  Learn more about French/Scottish history at the Institut Francais d’Ecosse...
February 14th, 2010 | Andy Hayes | Read More | Comments: 2
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Enjoy Great International Food at the Embassy Cook Off

Enjoy Great International Food at the Embassy Cook Off
Join nine embassy chefs as they cook and compete for honors at the second annual Embassy Chef Challenge in Washington, DC, at a gala fundraising event next month. This year, nine embassy chefs will be participating and creating a sampling of their most impressive appetizers, main courses and desserts for 350 guests. Chef Nazha Kasraoui of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco returns to defend her title.  This year, she’ll be competing against chefs from the embassies of: Bahrain Hungary Israel Korea Nepal Ghana Panama Serbia Guests...
February 14th, 2010 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
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Valentine’s Paso Robles-style

Valentine’s Paso Robles-style
Get ready for a Paso Robles roundup of three activities you can do this Valentine’s weekend. Paso Robles is in central California’s fastest-growing wine region. However, there’s more to this town than wine. Look at the variety of things you can do. They are sure to be something your Valentine has never experienced and will remember for years. -Black Tie Valentine’s Dinner February 13 Chefs Andre and Cristina Averseng will create a special Valentine dinner menu in the caves of Eberle Winery....
February 12th, 2010 | Joannaline C. Young | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Arts and Entertainment, best of week, Tours, wine