Valentine's Day across the world

04.02.2010 In: Vacation rental news

Valentine's Day across the world

Now that we know a little bit about how Valentine’s Day celebrations came to be, let us take a look at how Valentine’s Day is celebrated across the world. Different cultures and nations across the globe celebrate Valentine’s Day in different ways. In America, we are familiar with the exchange of cards and gifts between loved ones. Roses and chocolates are the most commonly exchanged Valentine’s Day gifts and they were usually given by man to the woman. Around 1980’s, fine jewelery became a very popular gifting choice for men. In Canada, the festival is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm. Valentine’s Day balls and parties are organized all over the country where people express their love for their spouses and sweethearts and there is always the exchange of gifts. In Canada, there is a tradition wherein children exchange Valentine’s Day gifts with their friends. Songs, skits and plays are organized by schools to celebrate the joy of love.

In Australia, Valentine’s Day is a much-celebrated festival. People in Australia celebrate Valentine's Day festival and they use the opportunity to strengthen bonds of love with family, friends, colleagues and neighbors with simple acts of love. In Britain, Valentine’s Day is celebrated with a lot of cheerful enthusiasm and charm. People express their love for their beloved on this day by presenting them with flowers, cards, chocolates and other special gifts. One wonderful custom they have is the singing of special songs by children. These children are rewarded with gifts of candy, fruit or money. In some regions delectable Valentine buns are baked with caraway seeds, plums or raisins. Another popular tradition is the penning of verses. Weeks before the festival, magazines publish sonnets and verses to honor Saint Valentine’s Day. The custom owes its origin to the poets of Britain who penned many best-loved romantic verses associated with Saint Valentine.

In Japan, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in an interesting manner on two different dates. One February 14th, women present gifts to their boyfriends or husbands. The favor is returned to ladies on the White Day which is celebrated on March 14th when men pamper women who gave them gifts a month before on Valentine’s Day. They gift a lot of chocolates and the special ones which are called “hon-mei” are meant for boyfriends, lovers or husbands.

In some countries, they have other days to celebrate love and romance. In Romania, the traditional holiday for lovers is “Dragobete” which is celebrated on February 24th. In Slovenia, the day of love is traditionally March 12th, also known as Saint Gregory’s day. In Brazil, the “Dia dos Namorados” which means “Day of the Enamored” is the day for love. It is celebrated on June 12th. It is also celebrated by exchanging gifts, chocolates, cards and flower bouquets.

Valentine’s Day is a beautiful celebration of love and romance. It crosses all boundaries of nations, races, religions and continents. It is a universal festivity for lovers across the globe to rejoice and celebrate their love. Cultures, traditions and customs might differ but the language of love is common to all of mankind and Valentine’s Day celebrates just that.

Great Ways to Spend Valentine's Day in St. Louis, Missouri.

04.02.2010 In: Travel destinations

Wondering what to do on Valentine's Day? Why not start a new Valentine's Day tradition this year? Here are some unique ways to enjoy the holiday with the one you love. For more traditional options, read my articles on St. Louis' Top Ten Romantic Restaurants or St. Louis' Best Places to Buy Chocolate.
Valentine's Hike at Shaw Nature Reserve
Enjoy the beautiful outdoors with your Valentine at the Shaw Nature Reserve in St. Louis County. The reserve is hosting a special evening hike for couples the night before Valentine's Day. Couples will also enjoy hot chocolate and delicious desserts by the fire. The cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Reservations can be made online.
February 13, 2010
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
(636) 451-3512

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Top 10 Romantic Destinations

04.02.2010 In: Travel destinations

Ah, the romance of travel… Here are ten places where I have become starry-eyed, beguiled and bewitched by the moment, the place and the person with me. I dare you to visit and not fall in love!

1. St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Undeveloped, unspoiled and cloaked in emerald green rain forest, the mother island of St. Vincent also boasts an archipelago necklace of pristine tropical islands for the most perfect get-away-from-it-all experience. This is the spot we have chosen to renew our wedding vows after 30 years of marriage.

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Saint Valentine's Day 2010 in Prague

04.02.2010 In: Travel destinations

Prague is a beautiful, mysterious and marvelously romantic city. It is the right place to be during the celebrations of Saint Valentine's Day. Just explore all corners of this ancient metropolis, stop at some of the typical cafés or restaurants, enjoy a ride on a horse team through a historical downtown, or get on a boat cruise featuring dinner. You can just also roam the streets of Prague, which will host a Bohemian Carnevale during the Saint Valentines' weekend. The carnival will feature the march of masks, street gaiety, entertainment and excellent gastronomy.

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Saint Valentine's Gala dinner and show at the Benidorm Palace!

04.02.2010 In: Vacation rental news

In the times we are living in, it is easy to get caught up in routine, thinking mostly about work and money, especially when they are hard to come by. But we mustn’t allow this to let us forget about the nicer and more important things in life, like doing something special for the ones we love. If you want to do so in style this year, then look no further, on Saturday February 13, the spectacular Benidorm Palace offers you their Special Saint Valentine’s Gala dinner and show.

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A Tale of St. Valentine's Day

04.02.2010 In: Vacation rental news

Every year, on February 14th, people everywhere send flowers, candies, and cards to their love-interests or “Valentines“. Ironically, it is not really known for sure where this ritual of love began. There are three saints, by the name of “Valentine” which are recognized by the Catholic Church, and all of them have been martyred.

One story tells us that Valentine, who was a priest in Rome during the Third Century, gave his life in the name of love and romance. Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage for young males, because he felt that being single made a soldier better able to focus on victory than having a wife and family. Since only single men were expected to fight in wars, the Emperor felt that men were getting married to avoid going to war. Valentine felt the law was...

Winter 2010 forecast for Europe

06.01.2010 In: Vacation rental news

Summary. During the winter of 2010, mean seasonal temperatures in Europe are forecast to be close to the 1971-2000 average; however, a strong month-to-month variability is expected. In December, the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) will be in the positive phase, and unseasonably warm temperatures will dominate much of Europe, with the strongest positive anomalies in Scandinavia. Colder than normal temperatures are forecast for the Mediterranean region. In January, the westerly winds will start weakening, and the outbreaks of cold arctic air will become more frequent. As a result temperatures in Europe will be more seasonal. In February, the NAO index will turn negative and the temperature anomaly pattern will be almost opposite to that in December. It will be the coldest month of the...

10 Popular European Winter Holiday Destinations

06.01.2010 In: Travel destinations

If you are planning a winter trip, it's time to get booking. But first you must decide where you will go. Europe might be good choice for winter holiday destinations. An European tour which you can visit different places and meet different cultures might be a good adventure for you. Check my Popular European Winter Holiday Destinations list, before you decide to go holiday. Here we go.

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Venice Carnival 2010 - Six Senses Six Sestieri

06.01.2010 In: Vacation rental news

Carnivals are celebrated around the world in hundreds of cities, ranging from celebrations that attract just the odd few tourists to those that attract hundreds of thousands of spectators. Many of the larger ones are internationally renowned, such as the Rio Carnival in Brazil, though in Europe one of the most popular Carnivals is celebrated in beautiful Venice, Italy.

When and Where is The Venice Carnival in 2010?

The Carnevale di Venezia is an annual event that is steeped in history, dating back to the 1200’s and earlier. Although it has not taken place every year since it first began, it has been an annual occurrence since its revival in 1979.

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Tips for Winter Dress for European Travel

06.01.2010 In: Travel tips

Packing for winter travel to Eastern Europe can be difficult. All the gear it seems you'll need to keep yourself protected from bitter winters can weigh you down, but if you leave anything behind you can sorely regret it, especially if your finances or location don't allow you to purchase suitable replacements. Follow these tips for packing for winter travel in Eastern Europe and keep yourself from freezing.

Dress for Winter Travel To Eastern Europe - Pack a Warm Coat
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Winter Festivals in Eastern Europe - Eastern European Winter Festivals

06.01.2010 In: Travel destinations

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Eastern Europe Winter Festivals - Bulgaria
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First Ever Winter X Games Europe will take place at Tignes Resort in March 2010

06.01.2010 In: Vacation rental news

First ever Winter X Games Europe to take place at Tignes Ski Resort in France in March 2010

ESPN, CANAL + Events and Tignes Ski & Snowboard Resort will launch the first Winter X Games Europe March 10-12, 2010. The event will be the first Winter X Games held outside the United States. The event will bring together ESPN's world class X Games franchise with France’s leading pay TV broadcaster and local expertise of Tignes. A definitive list of the world's top winter action sports athletes will be invited to France to compete for medals and prize money. There will be eight different competitions over three days, including Ski and Snowboard SuperPipe and Slopestyle for men and women as well as a Snowmobile demonstration.

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Eastern Europe Travel: What to Do in Winter

06.01.2010 In: Travel tips

Many travelers avoid Eastern Europe during the winter months. It's true that the cold weather makes travel less convenient. However, just because there may be a brisk wind and snow on the ground doesn't mean you can't enjoy a fun-filled trip to Eastern Europe during the winter.

Eastern European Winter Travel - Enjoy Wintertime Festivals
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04.12.2009 In: Travel destinations

Do you dream of sun soaked Christmas far away from the every-day routine, lying on pristine white sand, floating away in sparkling warm waters or perhaps exploring an exotic culture? You can live your dream in one of these ten top destinations for your sunny Christmas luxury holiday. From beachfront retreats to rainforest sanctuaries, these heaven-on-earth locations include some of the most exclusive 5 star resorts in the world.

1. Samoa

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Skiing: From virgin to addict

04.12.2009 In: Travel tips

I like to think of myself as a man of the world, yet when it comes to that tricky three-letter 's' word, I must confess to being a late bloomer. All of my friends had done it and loved it, and yet here I was, still a virgin at 27. I guess I had kept putting it off because of the usual anxieties. What if I wasn't any good at it? What if I'm laughed at? What if I get hurt?

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