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3 European Events Everyone Should Experience

shopnflyEuropean adventures have always been a subject of fascination. Hollywood has embodied European travel as promiscuous and exciting through popular films such as “Euro trip.” To be honest, we do not disagree. Through adventures nearly all over the continent we can safely say Europeans know how to have a good time. A vast number of cultures interconnected by trains and scenic roads guarantee an exotic exploit for any type of traveler. However, due to budget restrictions there’s no way to experience it all. For this reason we have compiled three European events every traveler should experience before they kick the bucket. So crack open the piggy bank and prepare to contact your travel agent because these three events are adventures you’ll never forget.

1.Kings Day (Queens Day) – Holland

Holland has established its reputation of having one of the most unrestrained, liberal capitalsKings Day of the world. Citizens from all over make Amsterdam a travel destination for the beautiful architecture, welcoming coffee shops, and swanky boutique shopping. However not many travelers circle Kings Day on their calendar. For shame! Kings Day, formerly known as Queens Day, or as the Dutch call it Koninginnedag is a carnival-like celebration that consumes the capital from morning until late into the night. Party boats on the canals, concerts on the iconic Van Gogh Park, and special proceedings in the famous Amsterdam markets make this an occasion deserving of international acclaim. Locals and foreigners occupy virtually every inch of the city as loud music rumbles into the distance. As of 2013 Queens Day has been retitled Kings Day in accordance with Queen Beatrix resignation from the throne after 33 years of reign. Willem-Alexander has succeeded her as monarch of the Netherlands. Whether its Queens Day, or Kings Day, it’s a day everyone should look forward to, and experience at least once in their lives.

Oktoberfest2. Oktoberfest – Germany

Germany is known for many things, and while festivals are probably not one of them, beer definitely is. So the Germans played to their strength and established the largest beer festival in the world, attracting over six million people a year from every corner of the world to Munich, Germany. Pictures for this event don’t do it justice. Aside from the fun-filled drunken atmosphere, the exotic array of languages bustling from tent to tent should be enough of a reason to drop by Munich around late September. Scandalous waitresses roam the festival with delicious Bavarian brewed beer as authentic German music echoes throughout the city. The festival has a reputation of getting out of hand, even providing a lost and found for kids at different corners of the city. Cities all over the world offer imitation Oktoberfest’s but nothing beats the original, so if you were traveling through Europe around late September – Early October, you’d be smart to pass through Munich.

3. Bull Run – Pamplona, Spain

PamplonaSpain has a lot to offer, great food, incredible history, and of course host to two of the best football clubs in world (depends on your preference). However, travelers that are in search of an adrenaline rush might forgo the customary Madrid, Barcelona excursion. Pamplona, Spain is home to one of the most exciting events in the world. Thousands of traveler’s trek to Pamplona to participate in the annual “Bull Run.” The highlight of the San Fermin festival is enjoyed so much by Spaniards that the event has been televised for over 30 years. A double wooden fence is all that stands between eager spectators and ferocious bulls. Participants gather in the early hours of the morning and are alerted by a rocket set off at around 8 A.M. to notify them the corral gates have opened. Runners then sprint for their lives (literally) through an 820-meter course throughout parts of the old city. This event is not for the faint of heart, for unfortunately some participants are more in shape than others, but for those looking for a once in a lifetime experience, you have to run with the bulls.

Traveling Europe has something for everyone. Architecture, history, culture, art, and of course glamorous events. Regardless of your travel agenda and the type of traveler you think you are, the events mentioned are once in a lifetime experiences. So plan ahead, be adventurous and make sure you check these events off your bucket list before you kick the bucket.

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The Best Places For Your Stag Or Hen Party

Are you organizing a stag or hen party, but don’t know where to go? We compiled this top 5 with the very best places in the world to celebrate a stag or hen party.

Top Stag Party Destinations - BarcelonaBarcelona

A perfect destination for a stag or hen party is Barcelona. This cultural and sunny city had loads of activities to celebrate a lovely stag or hen party weekend!

A great way to start the weekend for the ladies is with some Salsa or Flamenco dancing classes. These classes are offered throughout the city. After some dancing it’s time for some tapas. Barcelona has many good tapas restaurants and also a lot of good tapas cooking courses… So whether you would like to create your own tapas or just enjoy a great tapas dinner made by a chef, Barcelona has enough to offer… Other popular girlie activities are wine tasting and off course shopping.

For men Barcelona also has loads to offer. They could start their weekend with a treasure hunt a la Pirates of the Caribbean or go kayaking and explore the beautiful Costa Brava! The beach of the Costa Brava is perfect for a nice barbecue. Also great are the football packages to Barcelona’s popular football stadium Camp Nou.

Going out in Barcelona is spectacular for everyone. It has many trendy clubs to party until the early hours. For a special night like a stag or hen party you should arrange VIP club entrance, which can be arranged in many clubs.


Top Stag Party Destinations - AmsterdamAmsterdam

Amsterdam is also a great city for a stag or a hen party. You could start in the afternoon with making the famous Dutch wooden shoes; “klompen” or something else that’s typically Dutch: make Dutch cheese. The city is also renowned for its endless shopping streets and beer tasting. Amsterdam has restaurants for everyone’s taste. Whether it is Indian, Argentinean, Thai or a Dutch pancake house, it’s all there. The restaurants of hotel Okura are famous for their magnificent cuisine. In the evening you should visit a brown café, this are small, cosy café’s.

Top Stag Party Destinations - LondonLondon

London really is a city that never sleeps and so a great place for a stag or hen evening. A great way to get ready for this evening for the girls is to visit Space NK. Space NK has luxury make-up and has stores throughout London. Here you can arrange lovely make-up parties. You can also opt for the Beyoncé’s Single Ladies dance class. In this class you will learn how to dance like Beyoncé and it will sure be a lot of fun. London has many good restaurants from fish and chips until Japanese, so it is great for everyone’s taste. A glamorous way of getting to the club is by limousine, this can be easily arranged because there are many limousine hire companies in the city. London has several big clubs but if you prefer to go for beers in the pubs then London is also the perfect place for you party.

Top Stag Party Destinations - BerlinBerlin

Berlin is known as the party capital of Europe and therefore the perfect place for a stag or hen party. Your clothes for the day are typical German Lederhosen for the guys and the Dirndl for the girls (which is a typical German dress). Experience the city by taking the Beer Bike through the streets of Berlin. This Beer Bike is actually a riding bar, where you can sit on with your friends and enjoy German beers. A great evening for the guys would be in Berlin’s massive casino “Spielbank Berlin” on the Potsdamer Platz. This is a casino with four floors and it offers a wide selection of games. A yummy activity for the ladies is a cocktail class in one of Berlin’s trendy clubs.

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