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São Paulo, Brazil, Shares Its Bustling Metropolis with whl.travel

  • whl.travel
  • 18 December 2012

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND PORTUGUESE. It’s easy to see why São Paulo, Brazil, with its gleaming skyscrapers and modern infrastructure, is thought of by many travellers as a concrete metropolis. São Paulo, however, has so much more to offer than meets the eye, especially to people who attend the 70,000 events it hosts per year as one of the world’s biggest event destinations, and to the business travellers who account for 60 per cent of the city’s foreign visitors.

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National Holidays: Experiential Travel at Its Best

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 4 July 2012

The (northern hemisphere) summer holiday season is now well and truly upon us, complete with major celebrations. Independent travellers with a particular penchant for direct, deep and engaging discovery – something sometimes called experiential travel – of new lands and cultures often wrap their travel plans around these happenings. Here are some of our favourites.

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The Off-Season in Corfu, Greece: A Slower Kind of Travel

  • Eva Makris
  • 27 February 2012

In the off-season, even Corfu Town slows down. It becomes easy to find a table along the elegant Liston arcade and no one complains if you decide to spend hours and hours reading your newspaper while slowly sipping a coffee or ouzo. In the narrow alleys of Corfu Town, you can enjoy the small family-run tavernas that have been serving lunch to the locals for generations.

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Photo of the Week: Tshechu Dancers, Bhutan

  • Dawa Choden (Photo)
  • 27 November 2011

The whirling silks of this Tshechu dancer’s costume blossom into an impressive shape as he loses himself in the rhythm of the traditional Cham (or Tscham) dance as part of the Lhuntse Tshechu, an annual festival held in northeastern Bhutan. These masked dancers perform to a musical accompaniment provided by brother monks or other locals.

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The Sizzling Spring Festival in Morro de São Paulo, Brazil

  • Fabiana Massoquette
  • 19 July 2011

This year will be the second annual Festival da Primavera, following the smashing success of last year’s inaugural event. The host island of Morro de São Paulo, Brazil, is expected to attract international and Brazilian visitors alike. The Spring Festival started in 2010 to commemorate the municipality Cairu’s 400th anniversary.

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The Allure of Aluna, Princess of Lao Pop Music

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 11 July 2011

Lao musical artists’ devotion to their craft dates back thousands of years. In their spirit of devotion, the best musicians have experimented and created unique traditions and styles. This same persistent approach can be heard today in the mesmerising music of Aluna, the princess of pop in Laos.

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Photo of the Week: Tudo é Jazz Festival, Ouro Preto, Brazil

  • André Franchini (photo and text)
  • 10 July 2011

This year, Ouro Preto’s Festival Tudo é Jazz will pay homages to Tom Jobim, the great master of Brazilian music. In its 10th year, the festival usually brings jazz fans from all over Brazil, who gather around a few stages erected around the town.

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Corfu Music: Philharmonics in the Streets of Greece

  • Eva Makris
  • 4 July 2011

With influences from Italy, France, Great Britain and mainland Greece, Corfu music is full of surprises. Walking through the narrow alleys – the ‘candounia’ – of Corfu Town, you may suddenly stumble across a spontaneous string quartet playing local traditional songs.

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Budva Beach Escapes in Historic Montenegro

  • Samantha Libby
  • 1 June 2011

Budva, Montenegro is much more than an average beach escape. With its centuries-old architecture, exceptional natural scenery and exciting entertainment, this getaway is the newest ‘it’ spot. Budva is one of those rare gems that offer true cultural immersion away from the standard tourist trail. The city’s classic summer vibe, music festivals, impromptu theatre, beach parties and more make Budva a must-see destination in the heart of the Balkans.

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Sacred in Morocco: the Fes Music Festival

  • Maureen Valentine
  • 31 May 2011

Morocco is the perfect place for a travel itinerary that takes in a musical event like no other. Every year, the World Sacred Music Festival in Fes promises a diverse range of musical acts and fills the famous Fes medina (aka Fes el-Bali). It’s a unique celebration of cultural exchange and rhythms, a gathering of musicians (in 2011, from June 3rd through June 11th) from all corners of the planet for tantalising feasts of music, culture and, of course, mouthwatering Moroccan food.

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