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Beth Ford

Beth is a military brat who has lived all over the US and is unable to stay put for long. She has also lived in Scotland, which gave her many opportunities to travel around Europe. She hopes to add more countries to her travel map soon, and blogs and writes about travel to tide herself over until then. She blogs at http://accidentalfinds.wordpress.com.

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Experience World Cultures at the Tesselaar Tulip Festival in Silvan, Australia

Created on August 01, 2012 by Beth Ford

If you travel the world, you'd probably expect to encounter fields of tulips in Holland, but you may be surprised to find out that one of the top things to do in Melbourne area is to attend the Tesselaar Tulip Festival. At the Tesselaar Tulip Festival you will enjoy the vibrant colors of exquisite tulip displays, and much more. The festival is less than 60 miles from Melbourne and is easily accessible by both car and train. It takes place on a working, family-run farm. The current farm owners' grandfather began holding the festival in 1954, and it has been attracting droves of visitors hungry for beauty and culture ever since. But this is not just a family-run affair – the festival is run in ...

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Regatta of the Four Ancient Maritime Republics

Created on September 07, 2011 by Beth Ford

One of the things that fascinates people about Italy is its long and influential history. When traveling the world, many people visit Italy to see the amazing museums and ancient ruins. But one of the top things to do in Italy to add to your historical experience is the Regatta of the Four Ancient Maritime Republics. The Regatta has taken place each year since 1955. That may not seem like much of a legacy, but the Regatta is a reenactment of the four maritime republics from medieval times. The Regatta is more than just a boat race - it also includes a procession and hundreds of people dressed in medieval clothes. Actors from each republic also reenact scenes from the history during the pageant that ...

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Visit a Former Penal Colony at Parque Nacional Coiba

Created on September 07, 2011 by Beth Ford

Coiba National Park in Panama is a beautiful nature preserve that is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. UNESCO sites make the best travel destinations, but Coiba National Park also hides a little gem that makes it unique. When you visit the park, not only will you come face to face with some of Central America's amazing wildlife, you will be able to visit a former penal colony that is housed within the park. This mix of unique history and natural beauty makes Coiba National Park one of the top things to do in Panama. Coiba National Park is located in an archipelago of 38 islands off of the Pacific Coast of Panama. The penal colony, which was in operation from 1919 until as recently ...

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Pay Homage at Geghard Monastery a Fourth-Century Chapel Carved in Rock

Created on August 18, 2011 by Beth Ford

Imagine standing in the midst of an ancient monastery carved into a cliff face, a beautiful mountain view, and a thousand years of history surrounding you. If that scene sounds appealing, start packing your bags, because you can experience this incredible site if you visit Geghard Monastery in Armenia. Geghard Monastery is a historic stone monastery located directly outside of Goght, Armenia. This UNESCO World Heritage site is an easy daytrip from Yerevan. While traveling in Armenia, Geghard Monastery is a must-see site, and it is one of the top things to do in Yerevan. The history of the Geghard Monastery stretches back over 1500 years. The monastery was founded in the fourth century and the current structure dates to the 13th century. Important relics ...

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Relax in the spa waters of Lake Vouliagmeni

Created on April 26, 2011 by Beth Ford

Far different from, but very nearby, the hustle and bustle of Athens lies one of the best travel destinations for a relaxing vacation - Lake Vouliagmeni. This unique lake is easily accessible from Athens and is one of the top things to do in Greece. Lake Vouliagmeni is located just outside the town of the same name. Vouliagmeni is a beautiful seaside town that is only 13.5 miles (22 km) south of Athens. You can rent a car or take a taxi to arrive at Lake Vouliagmeni from Athens; the drive takes about 30 minutes. There are also local buses that take you directly to the lake’s entrance from the capital. You can easily make a day trip to Lake Vouliagmeni from Athens, but you ...

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Cruising Along the Rhine River

Created on October 08, 2010 by Beth Ford

Traveling the world can tire out your feet - you log a lot of miles seeing all of the top sites. There are tons of things to do in Germany, and a great way to see them all while resting your feet is to take a cruise along the Rhine River. The section of the Rhine River that flows through Germany is a UNESCO world heritage site known as the Middle Rhine River. Cruises in Germany allow you to take in many attractions in a day and enjoy the scenery along this section of the Rhine recognized worldwide for its beauty. Picturesque castles line the Middle Rhine (on average, two are viewable per each kilometer along the river!), a highlight of the cruise. You have ...

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Experience South African History at the District Six Museum

Created on November 23, 2009 by Beth Ford

The District Six Museum located in Cape Town, South Africa, is a great way to experience the history of apartheid firsthand. If Africa is a stop on your world travels, you must make time to visit this historic site, as it is one of the top things to do in the city of Cape Town. District Six refers to an area of Cape Town (officially called the Sixth Municipal District) that was forcibly resettled during the 1960's and 1970's, the height of the apartheid era. The neighborhood, once home to thousands of blacks, was declared a white area by the government in 1966, and more than 60,000 people were forced to move, their homes demolished. Remarkably, the number of people living in District Six at ...

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Walk Across Fire at the Anastenaria Festival

Created on July 28, 2009 by Beth Ford

If you are looking for a truly unique experience while you travel the world, then you must attend Anastenaria, a firewalking festival. This festival takes place in Greece and Bulgaria, so no matter which of these countries your world travels take you to, you can attend this exciting event. The Anastenaria firewalking festival occurs twice each year in southern Bulgaria and northern Greece. It is practiced by a group of Orthodox Christians on the feast days of Saint Constantine (May 21) and Saint Athanasius (January 18). The festivals each last for three days, and besides firewalking, include parades, animal sacrifice, feasting, and dancing. Prior to stepping onto the burning embers, firewalkers are blessed with holy water, and believe the saints of the festival take over ...

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