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Posts Tagged ‘Northern Europe’

Exploring Hidden Britain: Bringing Local Communities to Life

  • Nicole New
  • 7 October 2013

Deep within the depths of rural Britain, communities are stirring. Shabby but iconic telephone boxes are being reclaimed, shuttered shops are being repurposed and visitors welcomed in with open arms. And it all has to do with community tourism, a proven way to rehabilitate local infrastructure and bolster local economies.

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The Thermal Greenhouse Town of Hveragerði: Iceland’s Offbeat Hotbed

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 29 April 2013

The town of Hveragerði, Iceland, just 45 minutes outside the capital city of Reykjavik, was built over a volcanic magma chamber, capitalising on the abundance of steam and hot water rising from the ground. Here, superheated groundwater can reach temperatures of 392°F. Resourcefully, Hveragerði residents have put their thermal endowments to use in a number of creative ways.

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Photo of the Week: Carnival of Cultures, Pentecost in Berlin, Germany

  • Björn Awe
  • 7 March 2013

Every year around Pentecost (the end of the Easter season), Berlin celebrates its multiculturalism with a Carnival of Cultures! During a four-day street party (from May 17 to 20 in 2013), there’s a lively procession full of costumes, music and dance, and about 4,000 participants perform for more than 750,000 visitors.

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Where Would You Like to Be for the End of the World?

  • WHL Group
  • 20 December 2012

This Friday, December 21, 2012, marks the end of the 5,125-year-long Mayan calendar. It’s a date that has had some new-age astrologers speculating about the possibility of cataclysmic world events, possible even a doomsday scenario. Just what are some of the best places to hide out for the end of the world? We sat down with WHL Group staff to hear their thoughts about where to they’d like to be during the earth’s final hours.

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Our Favourite Farmers’ Markets from Around the World

  • WHL Group
  • 18 September 2012

To culminate our agritourism theme, The Travel Word asked everyone in the WHL Group network about their favourite farmers’ markets. The answers we received are as varied as the places they identify, but they all have some common roots: shoppers and vendors love to meet locally to exchange their fresh goods in the open air. Which one of these is most like the farmers’ market where you live?

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Seven Hidden Harvest Festivals to Celebrate Locally

  • WHL Group
  • 2 September 2012

In the northern hemisphere, late summer and harvest time are upon us. We are reminded of the earth’s bounty as agriculturalists reap the fruits of the land. Across cultures far and wide, harvest is a time of feasting and merriment. The best thing about harvest festivals is that they are local and small-scale by nature. Every region has its own seasons and crops to celebrate, with its own customs and rituals surrounding the harvest.

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Farmsteads Thrive in Rural Lithuania

  • Kestas Lukoskinas
  • 27 August 2012

There are hundreds of farmsteads for various tastes throughout Lithuania’s five regions and their national parks. Aside from the pleasure of relaxing in nature, such farmstead stays offer many possibilities to experience the traditional way of life in Lithuania, as locals have lived it for centuries. Almost every farmstead or homestead in Lithuania is family-owned and -operated.

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When Travel Mishaps Turn Experiential

  • WHL Group
  • 29 June 2012

By the looks of glossy travel magazines and flashy vacation websites, things can only go right on the road. But anyone who has practiced the art of travel knows it’s not always lollipops and rainbows. The staff at The Travel Word has had its fair share of travel mishaps. We found that some of our richest travel stories started with a mini-crisis and ended with a mega-experience.

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Video Spotlight: Olympic Torch Relay 2012

  • Paul Tavner
  • 10 June 2012

With just under 50 days until the start of the 2012 Summer Olympics, London – and the rest of the United Kingdom – has begun to warm up in earnest. The Olympic Torch began its journey in its spiritual home of Olympia, Greece, one month ago today, where it was lit in a traditional ceremony at the Temple of Hera. Following a brief tour of Greece, the flame was passed to UK representatives, who escorted it back to the host country.

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Global Responsible Transport Service, Green Path Transfers, Rolls Across Europe

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 27 April 2012

Given the size and scope of Europe, visitors often only see what’s presented on packaged travel itineraries. They never experience the plenty that awaits independent travellers who choose to explore the continent at their own pace. For the earth-conscious, Green Path Transfers now offers secure, reliable and competitively priced 100-percent carbon-offset transport in key destinations in Europe and well beyond.

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