The European Union has been choosing a city to carry the European Capital of Culture title every year since 1985. Cities such as Athens, Lisbon, Paris and Madrid have all had their year in the spotlight. Each city chosen has the opportunity to exhibit their cultural developments and cultural attractions to the world, as a European Capital of Culture. This year, the European Capital of Culture 2008 is Liverpool, and the city has been hard at work to take full advantage of promoting themselves.
The city of Ravenna in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy has a long and illustrious history stretching back to before 49 B.C. when Julius Caesar gathered his forces there before his famous crossing of the Rubicon River. Ravenna later served as an important base for the Roman imperial fleet and as the seat of the Western Roman Empire. These days the fascinating city of Ravenna is landlocked with a canal connecting it to the Adriatic Sea and serves as the capital city of the province of Ravenna.
The first Beloit International Film Festival was held in the year 2006, and the eagerly awaited 2008 Beloit International Film Festival is guaranteed to be an event of magnificent proportions. In a mere three years, the festival has been named amongst the top four of its kind and it has even been suggested that the festival is a great alternative for those who aren’t attending the Sundance Festival. Filmmakers from as far as London and even Seoul have scrambled to get their films entered into the festival, which is keenly anticipated.
Located alongside the Regnitz River in Bavaria, Germany, the town of Bamberg has the distinction of being the only town in Germany that stood intact through the bombing raids of World War II. The old town center is a cultural and architectural delight which is appreciated by its inhabitants and marveled at by visitors.
Each year Stockholm, the beautiful capital of Sweden, plays host to one of the most spectacular and esteemed formal occasions in the world – Nobel Day. This fantastic annual event has been held on December 10 since 1901 and is a memorable day for all involved.
The Fontainebleau Castle (also known as the Royal Château of Fontainebleau) is the largest of the French royal châteaux in France. It is located in the midst of the beautiful Fontainebleau forest, a 25,000 hectare forested area surrounding the city of Fontainebleau and nearby villages about 50 kilometers south-east of Paris.
Set on the banks of the river Avon in the scenic Warwickshire countryside, Stratford-Upon-Avon is one of the prime tourist destinations in England. Picturesque Stratford-Upon-Avon has many attractions for visitors to explore, as well as allowing easy access to some of England’s most beautiful places including Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire.
The Paradors of Spain should rather be seen as a discovery chain, than a hotel chain. They are known to be some of the best hotels in Spain, and it is their locations and luxury accommodation that sets them above the rest. Spread across the vast countryside of Spain, every parador provides visitors with a unique experience. Every parador is different, and for those who want to travel through Spain in luxury, you should consider staying at any one of the ninety-one paradors of Spain.