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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Sausage season! All about Mallorca’s Matances tradition

Sausage season! All about Mallorca’s Matances tradition

Mallorca has a lot of gastronomy to offer — and all of it is excellent! Have you ever tasted a delicious sobrassada (the typical red sausage from Mallorca)? Or maybe a pa amb oli (bread with olive oil) with butifarró? What about a tasty camaiot? Or the frit de Matances? All...

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The story of Mallorca’s UNESCO-honoured Christmas song

The story of Mallorca’s UNESCO-honoured Christmas song

A legend says that in Mallorca, at the beginning of time, the land was petrified by the snake-haired Medusa of Greek mythology. Since then, time has stood still in Mallorca, traditions never changing. As far as damnations go, this was a pretty good one, as Mallorcan traditions are beautiful and...

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Holiday celebrations around the world

Holiday celebrations around the world

‘Tis the season to celebrate! It’s that time of year when we start thinking about Christmas, New Year’s, Hannukah, King’s Day, the solstice… and how we’re going to fit into our pants after all those holiday dinners. But because we realise that all around this great big world of ours no two celebrations...

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Christmas in Venice: A local gift guide

Christmas in Venice: A local gift guide

One of the best parts of travelling is coming home not just with great memories but also with luggage full of presents either for yourself or your loved ones. And if you’re travelling during the weeks leading up to Christmas, it’s the best time shop for the perfect gift for...

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9 of the world’s best Christmas markets for merrymaking

9 of the world’s best Christmas markets for merrymaking

Year-round, local markets are the best place to get a taste for local life (literally, since you can scoop up tasty snacks as you browse!). But at Christmas time, markets become so much more than just a place to shop — they become magical winter wonderlands filled with tasty cold-weather...

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Behind the fine art of Christmas baubles

Behind the fine art of Christmas baubles

It’s that time of year, to hang lovely balls and baubles from the tree as you decorate your house for Christmas. But as you’re hanging all those colourful charms, did you ever wonder who invented these now traditional decorations, and how they’re made? The first Christmas bauble similar to the...

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A local’s guide to Loy Krathong and Yee-Peng in Chiang Mai

A local’s guide to Loy Krathong and Yee-Peng in Chiang Mai

Every year, on November’s full moon night, Thailand celebrates two festivities: Loy Krathong and Yee-Peng. Each serves its own purpose in honouring the past, the present and the future, with one taking to the water and the other looking up into the sky. In Chiang Mai, where Yee-Peng is so...

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When the Dead come to dinner: Celebrating Día de Muertos

When the Dead come to dinner: Celebrating Día de Muertos

Imagine you’re hosting a huge party. Everyone is invited — all the family members and friends you love will be there. Even the ones who are dead. In Mexico, this party is celebrated every November 2, when locals honour Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. Locals...

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