петък, 22 юни 2012 г.

Festivals in Europe: Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreux, Switzerland, 29 June - 14 July 2012

Montreux Jazz Festival is another musical event in Europe, which presents to the visitors not only the best of music, but the magnificent beauty of the place itself.

Situated in the Alps, on the Geneva Lake, Montreux is a wonderful city, which will present to you the best of inland Europe has to offer.

The festival will be host to some of the Jazz legends and the most promising new-comers of our time and will be a musical spectacle you will really enjoy.

Some of the guests include:


NEW ORLEANS JAZZ TRAIN
THE STUDIO MODERNITY
CREATION LEMANIQUE
AUDIOTHEQUE
GOLDENPASS JAZZ TRAIN
ERYKAH BADU
VAN MORRISON
NENEH CHERRY & THE THING
LA FEMME
BOB DYLAN
JULIETTE GRÉCO
MICHAEL WOLLNY
ANITA BAKER
TONY BENNETT

and a whole lot more !

There will be many, MANY performances and this would really be one of the main jazz events of the year.


The events will take place on numerous stages throughout Montreux, which will give the visitors a great variety not only of music, but also of the feeling of the city.

Full program and detailed information about the events can be found on the official Montreux Jazz Festival web-site:

http://www.montreuxjazzfestival.com

Festivals in Europe: Cap Roig Festival, Calella de Palafrugell, Spain, 14 July - 18 August 2012

The Cap Roig Festival is one of the exclusive musical events in Europe, in which you can enjoy a list of unbelievably good musical performances and also have a splendid vacation in one of Europe`s most beautiful places.

Calella de Palafrugell is proud to have one of the greatest botanical gardens in Europe - Cap Roig, and the surrounding nature is as beautiful as it gets due to the presence of plants from each of the continents, flourishing in Spain`s splendid climate.

The line-up of the festival includes performances by:
Bob Dylan ( 14 July 2012 )
George Benson ( 18 July 2012 )
Tonny Bennet ( 20 July 2012 )
Manolo Garcia ( 21 July 2012 )
Ben Harper ( 31 July 2012 )
Paul Anka ( 02 August 2012 )
James Morrison ( 05 August 2012 )
Chambao ( 15 August 2012 )
Alejandro Sanz ( 18 August 2012 )

and many talented artists, who will make the festival a classical and memorable event.

Additional information and ticket availability can be found on the official Cap Roig Festival web-site:

http://www.caproigfestival.com


Festivals in Europe: Festival Internacional de Benicassim, Spain, 12 - 15 July 2012

This years Festival Internacional de Benicassim will again present a list of great performers, who will make sure that the tens of thousands of festival guests will have a special musical experience.

The seaside town of Benicassim is a splendid destination to enjoy some great moments at the beach as well, so your visit of the festival can really be amazing, of course mostly focusing on the music.

The line-up includes names such as:

Bob Dylan
Florence + The Machine
The Stone Roses
Noel Gallagher`s High Flying Birds
New Order
David Guetta
De la Soul

and many others ...

Festival Internacional de Benicassim is a great opportunity to enjoy Spain at it`s best and to know that you will come back next year as well.

Detailed information about the festival, ticket prices, transport and accommodation options can be found on the official web-site of the event:

http://fiberfib.com/

Enjoy it ! 



Concerts in Europe: Bob Dylan Europe Tour 2012

Summer is getting really heated and besides the expected 2 weeks beach vacations is also giving us musical events with significant importance. Such and event is also the Bob Dylan 2012 Tour, which will have many dates in Europe and will give the audience the opportunity to witness a legend creating his magic on stage.

The dates are as follows:

30.06.2012    - The Hop Farm,, Paddock Wood, UK
02.07.2012    - Zitadelle Spandau, Berlin, Germany
03.07.2012    -  Freilichtbühne Grosser Garten, Dresden, Germany
04.07.2012    - Bonn Veranstaltungen, Bonn, Germany
06.07.2012    - Schlosshof, Bad Mergentheim, Germany
07.07.2012    - Salzburgarena, Salzburg, Austria
08.07.2012    - Auditorium Stravinski, Montreux, Switzerland
11.07.2012    - Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain
12.07.2012    - Recinto de Conciertos, Benicassim, Spain
13.07.2012    - Benicassim, Castellon de la Plana, Spain
14.07.2012    - Jardín Botánico del Cap Roig, Calella, Spain
15.04.2012    - Arena of Nîmes, Nimes, France
16.07.2012    - Piazza Colbert, Bologna, Italy
18.07.2012    - Nuits de Fourvière, Lyon, France
19.08.2012    - Site De Kerampuilh, Carhaix, France
20.07.2012    - Arenes De Bayonne, Bayonne, France
22.07.2012    - la Prairie de Kerampuilh, Carhaix-Plouguer, France

Some of the concerts will be part of international festivals, presenting other amazing artists as well, so just pick the date that suits you best and have a wonderful musical experience.

Tickets and additional information on the tour can be found on the official Bob Dylan web-site:

http://www.bobdylan.com/

вторник, 19 юни 2012 г.

Sozopol, Bulgaria - A Traditional And Beautiful Summer Holiday Destination

Sozopol is an amazing small town situated in Eastern Bulgaria, about 30 km from the city of Burgas. It has ancient cultural and religious history, traditional Bulgarian architectural style and amazing nature with both beautiful golden beaches with crystal clear water and nice forests around the bay.

                                                            Location and history

Sozopol is dates back from the 7th century BC and was established by the Greek colonists from the ancient town of Miletus. It has been a flourishing and rich town for centuries mainly due to its perfect location and the trading activities of its citizens with many of the other Greek colonies.

The location of Sozopol makes it presently a nice and well developed holiday traveling destination, which is very close to an international airport. This allows tourists from many countries to visit it each year and gives the town a string economical and cultural development.

Currently there have been significant archeological findings such as parts of bones of the body of St John The Baptist. This, along with the fact that Sozopol has been an important cultural and religious place in the past, gives the town a great opportunity to establish itself as a preferred destination for cultural and religious tourism.


Accommodation

Sozopol has to offer many types of accommodation options for all types of travelers - singles, young couples or families.

The Old Town is preferred by families as it is more quiet that the New Town, it is very close to a nice beach it has a beautiful main walking street with many restaurants on the main and side streets, which give you a spectacular view to both sides of the peninsula. You can at the very same time enjoy the view to the harbor and St John island on one side and the beach and the New Town at the other side. The Old Town can offer many small hotels and apartments, which are mostly build in traditional Bulgarian style and usually have a breath-taking view towards to sea and the beautiful surroundings.

The New Town is a modern holiday town with a beautiful beach, numerous restaurants and bars and plenty of shopping opportunities. There are many beautiful hotels right next to the beach, which gives you a very easy access to everything you need in a several minutes walk. Most seaside rooms have a very beautiful view to the Old Town and you besides visiting the many food and drink places around, you can really enjoy a nice and romantic dinner on the balcony.

Things to do and see in Sozopol

There are several things you should do such as:
-  take a walk on both sides of the Old Town with the harbor and St John island on one side and the ancient fortress wall on the other side
- taste traditional Bulgarian cuisine and fresh sea fish at some of the small restaurants with great sea view
- enjoy the beaches of Sozopol, which have beautiful golden sand and crystal clear water, protected from big waves by the perfect location of the lagune
- visit some of the traditional churches in the Sozopol Old Town. They might not be as spectacular on the outside as the Italian cathedrals, but you will feel their unique atmosphere and will

Sozopol is a wonderful and traditional Bulgarian town and it will give you memories, which will last.













четвъртък, 14 юни 2012 г.

Festivals in Europe: San Fermin Festival - The Running with the Bulls, 6-th July - 14-th July

The San Fermin Festival is held each year in the city of Pamplona - Navarre, Spain between the 6-th and the 14-th July as a celebration to the Saint Fermin, one of the two patrons of the town.

The festival is related to street processions with the image of the saint, which leaves the Church of San Lorenzo for only a couple of hours on the 7-th of July. The participants in the procession are dressed in white and this is a moment of great tradition for the locals, who await this moment all year long. The procession starts at 10.30 am, it includes people from different social role and has a strict route through the city.

The festival is world famous for one very spectacular reason - The running of the bulls. This is a spectacle of speed and suspense, which is viewed by millions of visitors since its beginning. Starting as a traditional way to lead the bulls to the arena, The running of the bulls is now an event, which attracts adrenaline fans from all over the world. There is a special 850 meters course for the run and along it there is a great number of safety barriers.

Prior to the start, the runners sing three times a song for protection by San Fermin. The runs start each day at 8.00 am between the 6-th and the 14-th July and the start is given by four rockets, signaling the runners about the opening of the bull barriers. The run usually takes about 4 minutes, remembered for life by the participants. Between 2000 and 3000 people participate in the runs in the different days. Although serious injuries are a small percent of the couple of hundred injured participants each year, this tradition has caused the loss of life for14 people since it is documented.

Each day at 6.30 pm there are bullfights in the Bullring. What makes the bullfights special for Pamplona are the Peñas - the local musicians, who bring a great entertainment to the atmosphere.

Just as at the end of each day, the San Fermin Festival ends officially at 11.00 pm on the 14-th July with a fireworks display, which is a fantastic way to end each day of the calender of the festival and to finish up with the festive activities.

Detailed information about the city of Pamplona and the events of the San Fermin Festival can be found on the official Pamplona web-site:


 source: http://sanfermin.pamplona.es


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вторник, 12 юни 2012 г.

Festivals in Europe: Corpus Domini, Orvieto, Italy

Corpus Domini is one of the traditional European festivals, which preserves the history of our continent and brings back events, which have been kept for hundreds of years. It is one of the beautiful local events, which are rarely seen in traditional traveling of the main touristic locations and is an unique experience for everyone, who wants to witness a traditional Italian festival and to be a part of the history of the place for a day.

Corpus Domini is a religious and historical festival, set after the Pope declared a religious miracle after a local monk found blood on an alter cloth during a communion. The main event of the festival is the Corteo Storico, a parade of people of the town dressed in traditional costumes.

The festival combines history, tradition and religious celebrations and is one of the little marvels, which every traveler should witness.

Information about the festival and the town of Orvieto can be found here:

Information, Events & Festivals in Orvieto


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Festivals in Europe: Rock Werchter 2012, 28.06.12 - 01.07.12

Rock Werchter is one of the main events in the festival calender in 2012 and the proof for this is that the tickets for the 2012 festival are unfortunately already sold-out. We however would like to turn your attention to the line-up of the festival, so you can get a sense of the phenomenal talent, which will be brought in one place, and definitely plan ahead the next year addition of the festival, so you can get an early ticket.

Some of the bands playing at the Rock Werchter will be:

The Cure
Cypress Hill
Blink 182
Pearl Jam
Deadmau5
Lana Del Rey
Paul Kalkbrenner
Incubus
Red Hot Chili Peppers

and many others ...

The festival takes place in the village of Werchter, 30 km from Brussels and the access to the village is very easy. There is a free shuttle bus to the festival and about 20 camping sites situated in different zones according to the entrance road to the festival.

Detailed information about the festival can be found on the official Rock Werchter web-site:




понеделник, 11 юни 2012 г.

Concerts in Europe: Sting on Tour 2012

Sting is an artist like no other and his music has been innovative, sensual and original in the past 25 years, which has made him one of the legends, still entertaining people all over the world.

His 2012 Tour has already started in the USA and he is just about to enter Europe for a number of concerts on multiple venues. Bellow is the list of dates for the European part of the Sitg 2012 tour, and if you are in or near some of these cities, do not miss the show.

16 Jun 2012    Helsinki     Helsinki Classic Festival
17 Jun 2012    Oslo          Norwegian Wood Festival
19 Jun 2012    Bergen      Bergen Calling Festival
21 Jun 2012    Odense     Engen Fruens Bøge
23 Jun 2012    Werchter   TW Classic Festival
25 Jun 2012    Prague      O2 Arena
26 Jun 2012    Budapest   Budapest Arena
27 Jun 2012    Zagreb       Zagreb Arena
29 Jun 2012    Oeiras        EDP CoolJazz Festival
30 Jun 2012    Marbella    Hotel Puente Romano Tennis Club
01 Jul 2012    Ibiza            Ibiza 123 Festival
03 Jul 2012    Amsterdam  Ziggo Dome
04 Jul 2012    Henley         Henley Festival
06 Jul 2012    Cognac       Cognac Blues Festival
07 Jul 2012    Albi             Albi Pause Guitare
08 Jul 2012    Argelès-sur-Mer    Les Deferlantes Festival
10 Jul 2012    Piazzola       Anfiteatro Camerini
12 Jul 2012    Molfetta       Molo del Porto
13 Jul 2012    Taormina      Teatro Antico
15 Jul 2012    Perugia        Umbria Jazz Festival
18 Jul 2012    Toulon         Voix du Gaou Festival
19 Jul 2012    Paleo           Paleo Festival
21 Jul 2012    Carhaix        Vieilles Charrues Festival
22 Jul 2012    Arcachon     Stade Velodrome d'Arcachon
25 Jul 2012    Moscow      Olimpiski
27 Jul 2012    St. Petersburg   New Arena
29 Jul 2012    Riga             Riga Arena
31 Jul 2012    Kaunas        Zalgirio Arena

The talent and positivity of Sting makes his music a wonderful and memorable experience for all music fans and witnessing a concert of such a great artist is definitely a great start of an amazing musical summer.

Detailed information about the concerts and tickets purchase options can be found on the official Sting web-site:

http://www.sting.com




петък, 8 юни 2012 г.

Festivals in Europe: Creamfields 2012 Electronic Music Festival, Daresbury, Cheshire, 24.08.2012 - 26.08.2012

Creamfields 2012 will be one of the main festivals of 2012 electronic music events calendar. The festival grew significantly in the past years and this year the line-up is simply fantastic. Just few of the names to attend the festival are:

David Guetta
Tiesto
Paul van Dyk
Richie Hawtin
Avicii
Deadmau5
Eric Prydz
John Digweed
Sebastian Ingrosso
Afrojack

... and the list goes on and on ...

Creamfields is located in the lovely countryside between Manchester and Liverpool and is very easily accessible by car, bus and train from the international airports. The camping option of the Luxury Camping of the festival is perfect for the ones who like camping, but want to do it the Creamfileds style, including some nice extra services. Tickets are available with the camping option, as you can of course use other accommodation options.

The festival will indeed be one of the best events of the year and we strongly advise you not to miss it if you like the line-up and fancy the experience.

Tickets and camping prices, list of the available services and extras and info about the guests is available on the official Creamfields 2012 web-site:

http://www.creamfields.com/


Festivals in Europe: Gods of Metal Festival - Rho, Milano

One of the significant events in the Metal/Hard Rock musical calender this year in Europe is the Gods of Metal Festival in the town of Rho near Milano, Italy.

It will take place between the 21st June and the 24th June and will host some of the most awaited names by the public:

Ozzy & Friends
Guns N' Roses
Motley Crue
Manowar
Slash feat. M.Kennedy and the Conspirators
Children of Bodom
The Darkness
Opeth
Black Label Society

The venue is very easy to get to from all directions, as it is located between several highways. The festival will of course present opportunity for camping, as well as assistance for accommodation in hotels nearby.

Information about tickets prices, availability and the festival itself can be found on the official Gods of Metal Festival website:

http://www.godsofmetal.it


сряда, 6 юни 2012 г.

Festivals in Europe: EXIT 2012 - Novi Sad, Serbia

EXIT is one of the biggest festivals in Europe lately and this year will not be an exception -the guest performances will be by artists such as:

Guns n` Roses
Duran Duran
Ericah Badu
New Order
Richie Hawtin
Laurent Garnier
Gossip
Suicidal Tendencies
Miss Kittin

and many many others  ...

The festival will take place between the 12th July and the 15th July in the town of Novi Sad, Serbia. The stages will be located on the riverbank of the Danube and there will be several venues - Main Stage, Dance Arena, Fusion Stage, Suba Stage, Explosive, Elektrana and HNS Stage.

A significant part of the EXIT Festival experience is the EXIT village, where visitors from all over the world will listen to music and enjoy being part of the great EXIT feeling.

Detailed information about tickets, line-up, travel information for the town of Novi Sad and camping options are available on the official EXIT Festival web-page:

http://exitfest.org




вторник, 5 юни 2012 г.

Europe Travel Destinations: Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria - A spectacular Sound and Light historical show

Veliko Tarnovo is a former Bulgarian capital during the middle ages and it was the last free major town of the Bulgarian kingdom, which was conquered by the Osman Empire prior to the 500 years enslavement over Bulgaria.

The town has a spectacular beauty, history and location. It holds the fortress of Tsarevets, which was where the royal and the patriarchal buildings of the middle age rulers were located, between the strongly defended fortress walls.

Veliko Tarnovo has many cultural sites such as the Bulgarian revival museums, the archeological museum, picture galleries and theaters. It is also the host town of several annual international musical festivals. The architecture of the town center is in traditional Bulgarian style and the view to the Yantra river gives the town a wonderful calm feeling.

The most spectacular event in Veliko Tarnovo is the Sound and Light Show, which is organized on Bulgarian national holidays ( 3th March, 24th May, 6th September ) and on the town holiday ( 22nd March ). The show is formed of lights and sound effects from installments located on the Tsarevets fortress, which color all parts of the fortress and its surroundings. The sound effects are a sensual and harmonic show of traditional Bulgarian music and combined with the light effects, the visitors witness an unique and unforgettable show, dedicated to Bulgarian history.

Detailed information about the show and the dates can be found on the official Veliko Tarnovo web-site:

http://velikotarnovo.info
http://velikotarnovo.info/id-22/

source: http://velikotarnovo.info


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понеделник, 4 юни 2012 г.

Europe Travel Destinations: Brussels Gourmet Tram

The Brussels Gourmet Tram is an unique and delicious travel experience, part of the activities of the 2012 Year of Gastronomy events in Brussels.

The special gourmet tram was build by the Brussels public transport company in cooperation with high-class restaurant equipment company and a team of famous chefs, who have prepared special menus for each season. There are 24 different menus, made by the six chefs, and each of them is made with the proper care and attention, making the Brussels Gourmet Tram a spectacular experience for every visitor of the city.

We recommend that you book your tram gourmet experience some time in advance, as the interest towards this great idea is significant.

Booking can be made on the website of the VisitBrussels web-site:
http://visitbrussels.be/bitc/BE_en/brusselicious/tram-experience.do