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Posts from April, 2009

Check out AC/DC on Barcelona tours

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Rock and roll fans will be provided with some unmissable and unforgettable entertainment during Barcelona tours later this year when the legendary AC/DC bring their world tour to the city.

The veteran rockers have been touring the world since February to support the release of Black Ice, their first album in eight years, last October.

Barcelona’s Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys stadium will be the venue for the show on June 7th.

Belgrade (May 26th), Athens (May 28th), Lisbon (June 3rd), Madrid (June 5th), Paris (June 12th) and many other destinations will feature on the band’s tour before it finally comes to an end at Glasgow’s Hampden Park on June 30th.

AC/DC have now been rocking for more than 30 years and have been responsible for creating some of the most recognisable songs in modern music, including Highway to Hell, Back in Black and You Shook Me All Night Long.

Music fans taking Barcelona tours this year may also have the opportunity to see U2 in concert when they play at the Nou Camp stadium on June 30th and July 2nd.

Barcelona – Wonderful Gaudi architecture and a cosmopolitan atmosphere have made Barcelona Spain’s most popular city.ADNFCR-1652-ID-19103284-ADNFCR

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Brits ‘showing more interest in long-haul destinations’

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Travellers taking adventure tours and other trips abroad this year look set to head to long-haul destinations in greater numbers, according to a report by M&S Money.

The company’s currency statistics for the first quarter of the year show that destinations outside the eurozone are steadily increasing in popularity, led by the popular summer hotspots of Egypt and Turkey.

Sales of the Turkish lira and the Egyptian pound have increased by 46 per cent and 20 per cent respectively compared to the first quarter of 2008, according to the M&S Money statistics.

Orders for the Icelandic krona have risen 32 per cent year-on-year, while increasing interest has also been registered in the currencies of Mexico, South Africa and Kenya.

James Yerkess, M&S travel money manager, said: "The falling value of the pound in the past year means that holidaymakers are looking around for resorts where they are getting more for their money.

"Brits still want to enjoy a holiday, but they are being more selective about where they go."

M&S Money recently released a survey showing that more than a third (36 per cent) of British travellers consider the strength of a country’s currency before booking their holiday.

Active and Adventure – Air Activities – Enjoy an exhilarating helicopter ride over New York or a serene hot air balloon ride over the Australian outback.ADNFCR-1652-ID-19102981-ADNFCR

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Louvre ‘world’s most visited museum in 2008′

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The Louvre in Paris was reportedly the world’s most popular museum in 2008, attracting more visitors than any of its counterparts around the world.

Research by the Art Newspaper revealed that 8.5 million people visited the famous cultural institution last year, placing it ahead of London’s British Museum, which welcomed 5.93 million guests.

The Louvre was ranked the top museum for the second year running, while the British Museum moved up from the fourth place that it achieved in 2007.

Another leading London attraction, Tate Modern, was ranked in fourth position in the popularity list for 2008, while the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art completed the top five.

Rome’s Vatican Museums were the sixth most popular institution last year with 4.44 million visitors, while the National Art Centre in Tokyo was the highest ranked museum outside Europe and the US.

The most famous piece of art that people on Paris tours can see in the Louvre’s collection is the Mona Lisa, while the British Museum boasts Egyptian sculptures, the Rosetta Stone and other treasures.

Paris – Enjoy the view from the Eiffel Tower or see the Mona Lisa in the "city of light".ADNFCR-1652-ID-19102253-ADNFCR

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Discover Easter Traditions on the Red Sea

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Those looking for a break from their traditional Easter this year can find refuge on the Red Sea Coast. Ethiopia and Egypt are celebrating Easter and the arrival of spring with their own traditions. While the Ethiopian Orthodox Church’s Fasika focuses on the solemn and religious nature of the season, Egypt’s Sham el Nessim relies more on tradition, making it accessible to all religions in the region.

Ethiopia Rejoices During Fasika

Travellers to Ethiopia during Fasika, which takes place based on the Eastern Christian calendar, will find people in a state of reflection and fasting. The 55 days leading up to Easter have strict dietary guidelines which limit food intake. When Easter Sunday arrives, mass is held in the local church. All of the followers can not usually fit inside the church and sometimes it must be held outside under a large tent. Decorative Vitenge and Kanga (cloth made to look like trees or butterflies) are hung from the ceiling. Long after light is gone the priest announces that Christ has risen. It is now 3am and the celebration shall begin.
Christian hymns are sung with the beating of drums and the high-pitched Kigelegele cries of the women. Dancing and feasting brings the fast to a close as the Ethiopians celebrate life. Formal dress of stark white robes dance against the jewel tone robes of the priests. Sequined umbrellas add to the mesmerizing spectacle before you. The celebration continues through the day with great feasting and family. continue reading

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