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Posts from February, 2009

Rome celebrates Easter with Good Friday Procession

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With the home of the Roman Catholic church located within the city walls, there’s no denying that Rome is alive with faith and the locals are proud of their religion.

Hardly surprising, then, that Easter celebrations are played out so evocatively – a prime example of which is the Good Friday Procession, which remembers the sufferings of Christ’s passions.

Moving by torchlight, Pope Benedict XVI will lead the solemn event through the streets of the Italian capital, re-enacting the final acts of Christ from his death sentence at the hands of the Romans to his being laid to rest in the tomb.

The occasion attracts many thousands of locals and visitors on Rome tours and for all the sombre atmosphere many of the assembled faithful find it a thought-provoking and redeeming experience as the key facet of their faith – Christ’s sacrifice on the cross – is remembered with this fitting tribute.

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Rome Marathon sees thousands turn out for good causes

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One of the key dates on the European long-distance running circuit, the Rome Marathon grows in stature year on year and is seen by many as being in the same league as the London and Berlin events.

The course passes by some of the most famous sights that the city has to offer and represents a great way for visitors on Rome tours to take in several key attractions.

Among the spectacular backdrops to this challenging race are such well-known sights as the Colosseum, St Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican City.

Youngsters and those who don’t fancy trotting around the full distance can take part in the shorter Fun Run event, which is still pretty testing but more accessible to less experienced runners.

While the race itself happens on the Sunday (March 22nd), the whole weekend is given over to related events and celebrations – with perhaps even more pasta consumed the night before that at the London event!

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Amsterdam opens a new chapter as World Book Capital

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The beautiful city of Amsterdam has featured as the setting for many works of literature and it’s perhaps partly in recognition of this that it is currently serving as World Book Capital 2008-2009.

On April 22nd the city’s tenure of this coveted title will come to a close with the culmination of this fantastic year of events, conferences, competitions, public readings and all kinds of other wordy fun.

One key event as the occasion comes to a close is on March 20th: the Night of Books, which will see festivities take place between 19:00 and 01:00 local time, including a fusion between literature and music thanks to some top name DJs and a number of experimental writing events, dealing with themes of expression and censorship.

Bookish visitors on Amsterdam tours should engage themselves in one or more events being held as part of the World Book Capital celebrations as this will surely be something quite unique.

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Race of the Classics sails into Amsterdam

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Amsterdam’s coastal location makes it an ideal spot for all manner of nautical fun and the Race of the Classics – one of the biggest amateur sailing events in Europe – is a highlight year after year.

For the twentieth time, the annual event comes to its exciting conclusion in the historic city and visitors on Amsterdam tours can expect to see all kinds of stunning examples of ocean-going craftsmanship.

The race itself begins in Rotterdam and crosses the North Sea to its mid-point in England before returning to the ‘Dam for a celebration of all who participated.

Initiated by members of the local Academy, the race began life as an attempt to foster solidarity between different groups of local young people and international students.

Nowadays that sense of fellowship persists but the event has evolved into a celebration of sailing ships and fun on the open sea that attracts large crowds of locals and visitors on Amsterdam tours alike.

The night of Sunday April 19th is when the festivities will really begin as the ships reach the city and the assembled masses get down to some serious revelry.

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Roma take on Arsenal in the Champions League

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Visitors on Rome tours might well have noticed the sport-mad nature of their surroundings within minutes of stepping off the plane but those still in any doubt should try and secure tickets to this crucial European tie on March 11th.

Stadio Olimpico will be the cauldron-like venue as AS Roma take on the might of Arsenal in the second round of the UEFA Champions League.

The Giallorossi, as they are known, made excellent progress in the group stages and finished first after some impressive performances yielded 12 goals, despite suffering a shock opening round defeat to Romanian surprise package CFR Cluj.

For some years now Roma have been guided by the talismanic leadership of their captain Francesco Totti, a gifted footballer and spirited forward who has become one of the most loved players in the club’s history.

This crucial tie against London opposition for the second time in this year’s competition will see Roma tested to the limit in their quest for an elusive first European crown.

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Silent Procession marches through Amsterdam

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The historic and evocative city of Amsterdam will once again host its Silent Procession (Stille Omgang) on March 21st.

This important occasion follows the route used by pilgrims down the centuries in memory of the ‘Miracle of the Host’ in 1345. According to tradition, on March 15th in that year a seriously ill man lying in his house on the Kalverstraat received last rites from a priest.

After being given the sacrament, the man vomited up the host he had just consumed, which was thrown into the house’s fire. However, the next day, the host was found to be undamaged and was put into a box and taken to the local church.

Even more incredibly, the item made its way back to the house on Kalverstraat – twice – which informed the route that became Amsterdam’s Miracle Procession.

The Silent Procession itself came into being in the late 19th century after the Catholic faith regained its standing in Europe and a group of laymen decided to continue the traditional route and start a more modern ceremonial event.

Visitors to the city conducting Amsterdam sightseeing should not miss this unique spectacle which is shot through with quirky local history and fascinating origins.

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Romans hunt down a bargain

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Every fortnight locals and visitors doing a spot of Rome sightseeing alike gather to sniff out a bargain or two at the twice-monthly La Soffitta Sotto i Portici.

The market at Piazza Augusto is always a huge draw and features a wide range of wares for sale. Antiques and art nestle alongside a plentiful array of knick-knacks and curios – there’s surely something for every taste.

Visitors looking for things to do in Rome should consider heading down the charming square on the first and third Sundays of the month when in the city, as they’re sure to be able to find an old watch or a piece of hand-crafted furniture to their liking.

The market is also well-located, so shoppers can make their way into the heart of the city after the event finishes at sunset and enjoy the plethora of fine eateries and bars that Rome has to offer.

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Celery, Celebrity … and Celebrations!

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So, I’m proud to say I am committed and sticking to the regime so far. The fast-track lunch box is a now a fixture on my desk and carried with me into all meetings (particularly remarked upon during 2 full days of very important isango! investor meetings we recently held…much to our investors’ bemusement!). Most importantly, it’s working! 7 kilos so far (although I also got a rather drastic hair cut in the last fortnight at the behest of my wife).  People are starting to notice, my clothes definitely feel looser and I’m even back in a jacket or two that have been gathering dust over the last year for their failure to button up comfortably. I find the healthy snacking surprisingly easy throughout the day and it has definitely had an impact on my hunger levels and the speed with which I eat my main meals. Fair to say, a great success so far! continue reading

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Italy gear up for a scrum in Rome

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Italian rugby fans will see their team in action at home for the first time in the 2009 Six Nations championship in Rome on February 15th.

Ireland will be the visitors for this second round tie at the city’s 30,000-seater Stadio Flamino, as both sides look to make progress in what is surely the most keenly-watched annual event in world rugby.

As the prestigious competition’s most recent entrants, after the old Five Nations was expanded in 2000, Italy have shown themselves to be no poor relations in the tournament, having recorded some impressive wins and put in dogged performances both at home and away.

Rugby fans looking for sightseeing and things to do in Rome should hurry to get tickets to what promises to be a hotly-contested match in front of a noisy and furiously passionate home crowd.

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Kaiser Chiefs set to storm into Amsterdam

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One of the UK’s top live acts will head to the vibrant city of Amsterdam to play at the Heineken Music Hall on February 16th.

The Leeds five-piece will entertain a crowd bristling with excitement as they perform their exhilarating sound against the backdrop of this fabulous city.

Visitors taking in some of the fantastic Amsterdam sightseeing should swing by this popular venue to hear some top class rock and roll. The band is expected to play old favourites such as I Predict A Riot and Every Day I Love You Less and Less.

Fans looking for things to do in Amsterdam might also be lucky enough to hear a number of newer songs including Everything Is Average Nowadays and Never Miss A Beat.

Kaiser Chiefs shot to fame in 2004 with the release of the single Oh My God, was taken from their Employment album which was released in 2005.

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