The best summer festivals in Europe

The best summer festivals in Europe

If you’re visiting Europe this summer, go beyond the typical tourist attractions and catch some of the amazing festivals taking place. From theatre and design, to techno music, to celebrations of dragons or wine, these cultural events will show you another side of Europe. Krakow, Poland There are so many...

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How locals really celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Mexico

How locals really celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Mexico

Dust off your sombrero, find a bar and celebrate with tequila or margaritas and a joyful mariachi band! It’s Cinco de Mayo, Mexico’s most famous holiday. But is that really how Mexicans celebrate the day, and what does Cinco de Mayo really represent? Here are five facts about Cinco de Mayo...

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How to celebrate Venice’s Vogalonga regatta like a local

How to celebrate Venice’s Vogalonga regatta like a local

Venetians are taught to drive a boat or swim before they can even walk — that’s the saying here in the city. We love this part of local Venice life so much that as soon as the first rays of spring sunshine come out, we take our boats out into...

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How to make fried pumpkin fritters (buñuelos de calabaza)

How to make fried pumpkin fritters (buñuelos de calabaza)

Buñuelos de calabaza, or fried pumpkins fritters, are shaped like doughnuts and usually served with a generous dusting of sugar. The best ones are piping hot, giving you that satisfying crunch on your first bite, and crescendos in taste if you dip them in a cuppa hot chocolate, too. This...

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3 Cretan Carnivals… and how to enjoy them like a local

3 Cretan Carnivals… and how to enjoy them like a local

The island of Crete may be best known for its summer sunshine and lively beaches, but there’s one very good reason to come in the off-season: the festival of Apokries, or Greek Carnival. Dionysus was the ancient god of wine, fun and fertility, and Dionysian festivals took place at the...

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How to celebrate Venice Carnival like a local

How to celebrate Venice Carnival like a local

As a Venetian, I must admit that sometimes Carnival feels less like a celebration and more like the beginning of the tourist season — the end of our few days free from floods of people and complete chaos. But then it also reminds me of my childhood, when we would...

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Best cities for showing your Pride

Best cities for showing your Pride

There are some cities that just know how to do Pride right. We’re talking going far beyond hanging a few rainbow flags in windows, and instead throwing the biggest, baddest parties to celebrate who you are — from sexual orientation to gender to race to age. Because while Pride started...

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Everything you need to know about Las Fallas in Valencia

Everything you need to know about Las Fallas in Valencia

Wanna know what’s the most fun experience to have in Valencia? It’s Las Fallas, an important festival that happens every spring. Las Fallas is an entire month of minimal sleep, fireworks, fiestas, amazing giant puppets, incredible bonfires, and lots of food, of course. Sound like your type of party? Then...

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4 lesser-known Diwali celebrations

4 lesser-known Diwali celebrations

The celebrations of Diwali are held at a huge scale in India. With the neighbourhoods lit up with bright oil lamps, candles, earthen lamps, and fairy lights, this auspicious moonless night is celebrated with much fervor and enthusiasm. No matter which part of India you are in, you’ll find locals...

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What’s on in San Sebastián: Olatu Talka Cultural Festival

What’s on in San Sebastián: Olatu Talka Cultural Festival

If there’s one thing you’re almost always guaranteed to find in San Sebastián, it’s a cultural festival happening somewhere. Throughout the year, the city finds numerous ways to honour its culture and heritage, and one of the most well-known of these events is Olatu Talka. This festival is linked to...

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