Italy abounds with medieval history, much of it violent. But in the town of Ivrea each February, this past is celebrated with an altogether less bloody battle. Sometime during the 12th or 13th century, the townsfolk of Ivrea were said to have overthrown their cruel overlord.
With cerulean blue waters, coral-sand beaches, and lush mountain retreats, the Philippines has much to recommend it as a travel and retirement destination. And if you’re in the mood to celebrate, head to the Philippines this January.
The holiday season is usually devoted to celebration and cheer. But in Edinburgh, Scotland this New Year’s Eve, keeping evil spirits at bay is also on the agenda. That’s what Hogmaney is all about. It’s a friendly, inclusive twist on an old pagan tradition.
With its wonderful selection of craft beers and chocolates, Brussels, Belgium’s capital, has much to recommend it at any time of year. But in November, you have even more reason to visit this modern European metropolis, when the Brussels Light Festival returns to town.
As this month’s cover story on Mexico’s Colonial Highlands reveals, the city of San Miguel de Allende is never short of festivals for you to enjoy. If you’re spending some time here this October, you’ll get to enjoy La Calaca, which kicks off toward the end of the month.
For Janet Hitchens, exploring the lush hills of Panama’s Veraguas province is a far cry from battening down the hatches for cold Michigan winters. “People come here and feel better because of the weather,” she says. “I like to think of it as like Michigan in July."
Lying on Ireland’s wild Atlantic coast, the city of Galway is renowned as the nation’s seafood capital. And the last week of September is the best time of year to experience the finest fare Galwegian waters have to offer.
Spain’s warm sun helps grow a huge selection of fruits and vegetables…including tomatoes. But far from being cooked or sliced into a salad, tomatoes are put to a very different use on August 31 in the town of Buñol.
"I swore that, when I retired, I would never have to wear a jacket or a long-sleeved shirt again,” says Alan Worline. Luckily for Alan, he found the perfect place to do just that: in David, one of Panama’s hottest cities.
Most people try to avoid getting covered with mud. That social norm goes out the window each July in Boryeong, South Korea, when the Boryeong Mud Festival returns to town. The local mud is said to have special healing qualities. So in the spirit of healing, locals have devised a range of activities for indulging in the local mud, from mud wrestling to the Mr. Mud contest. There’s even a special kids’ area where younger mud enthusiasts can wallow in peace. The festival has taken on an international air in recent years, attracting top-quality pop and hip-hop musicians to entertain the millions of mud worshippers. A fun (if messy) time is sure to await you.