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Posts from January, 2009

France’s Six Nations campaign kicks off in Paris

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On February 14th France will continue their bid to regain the Six Nations Championship against Scotland at the iconic Stade de France in Paris.

France have been a powerful force in European rugby for years and they emerged triumphant from the Six Nations campaign in both 2006 and 2007, giving them a total of four championship wins since the tournament was expanded from five nations with the addition of Italy in 2000.

Les Bleus will be hoping to overcome the favourites Wales, who are hungry to retain the title following last year’s magnificent victory, not to mention an England side which could find form just at the right time under Martin Johnson following some poor results in last autumn.

Fans on Paris tours should take time out from their sightseeing and soak up some of the atmosphere of this occasion as the particular carnival atmosphere is something not found anywhere in the world.

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Venice celebrates St Mark’s Day with floral tradition

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Venetian men show their romantic side on St Mark’s Day every year as they give roses to their beloved womenfolk.

On April 25th, Festa del Bocolo – rose bud festival – sees this tradition take place, with not just girlfriends, wives and lovers receiving the beautiful flowers but also mothers, sisters and any women who are important in a man’s life.

St Mark the Evangelist was a first-century gospel-writer, the patron saint of the city of Venice and is widely credited with the founding of the church in Africa.

After his death his remains are thought to have stolen and taken to Venice, where they lie in the basilica which bears his name.

Visitors on Venice tours might find themselves caught up in the mood and are encouraged to participate in this charming custom, which could see a few brownie points notched up with their significant other to boot.

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Top tennis stars to compete in Paris

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The Open Gaz de France, a highlight on the WTA World Tour, will see many of world’s top women professional tennis players in competition once again this year at the famous Stade Pierre de Coubertin in Paris from February 7th.

There’s no doubt that defending champion, Russia’s Anna Chakvetadze will be looking to continue her rise to the top of the game which saw her record a superb run of seven wins in seven tournament finals by the time she defeated Agnes Szavay in last year’s event.

Elsewhere the draw will include top names such as US superstar and two-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams, Polish prodigy 19-year-old Agnieszka Radwanska and perennial home favourite Amelie Mauresmo.

Visitors on Paris tours should look to secure tickets to this prestigious event because it will no doubt see some fierce competition as the world’s finest look to get into gear as the season progresses.

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Florence gives visitors a Taste of the finer things in life

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As if Florence didn’t provide enough sightseeing and things to do regarding its fine local food and drink, a major event in the city promises culinary overload.

Held from March 14th to 16th, Taste will be held at the Stazione Leopolda and will showcase all the rich and varied food and drink on offer in this most beautiful part of Italy.

The organisers describe the show as "a three-day journey of new experiences, events, tastings and sourcing" – this is an absolute must for culinary buffs and those on Florence tours who can savour and sample artisan creations from over 170 exhibitors.

The Taste Tour guides visitors around the country by the medium of food, while Taste Ring invites debate and discussion on new trends in food culture and the all-important Taste Shop offers the chance to take home some of the delights sampled during the show.

From famous names to the most niche products, Italy’s finest producers and innovators in the gastronomic industry are represented at Taste, which is celebrating its fourth anniversary this year.

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Venice raises the curtain on International Theatre Festival

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The International Theatre Festival in Venice will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year and promises to be as big as triumph as ever.

From February 20th until March 8th the event will see some of the leading lights of Italian and world theatre descend on this beautiful coastal city in a whirlwind of performances, workshops and informative events.

Among the highlights is the presentation of the Golden Lion to Irene Papas, for her continued brilliance throughout a career spanning several decades, as well as performances of Le sorelle Bronte and Argelino servidor de dos amos.

The spring event follows on from the series of educational and training functions held in November – highlighting how much of this tremendous institution is about nurturing new theatrical talent as it is celebrating established successes.

Visitors on Venice tours can expect to see a range of performances across many genres and the chance to meet a number of luminaries from both on stage and behind the scenes.

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Where to get the best travel deals this January

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In response to the credit crunch and the current recession the travel industry has now followed the lead of the high street and gone sale crazy. The discounts offered aren’t quite as strong as the ones offered in the high street, but there are still some great flight, hotel and package holiday bargains to be had. Read on for our guide to the best travel deals this January. Save as much money as you can on flights and hotels and then come back to isango! to spend the savings on the activities and experiences that make your holiday truly memorable. continue reading

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