Posts Tagged ‘festival’

March 31, 2014

Spring into Travel Season

“Spring is Nature’s way of saying, ‘let’s party!’” – Robin Williams

Birds are chirping, cherry blossoms are blooming, and PDX is experiencing sunshine, rain, snow, heat, frost, wind, and fog. This can only mean one thing: Spring has sprung! The season remains relatively slow in the travel world, aside from spring breakers, but with off season prices still in effect, Spring can be one of the best times to cash in on travel bargains – and make some great memories at the same time! Here’s a look at what our three destinations have to offer springtime travelers:  Read more »

  1. June 21, 2013

    Holland Festival: A Celebration of Arts

    Over 140 festivals grace the streets of Amsterdam each year, but only a select few reign as festival royalty. The Holland Festival is one of these, and it rocks its crown with a leotard and stage makeup.

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  2. June 15, 2013

    Photo of the Month: Night Sakura at Chidorigafuchi

    One of the most visited places in Tokyo sits at the northwest corner of the Imperial Palace in Chidoya in Kitanomaru Park – the Chidorigafuchi.  Read more »

  3. April 12, 2013

    A special Queen’s Day for Holland

    Nothing makes you feel part of a culture quite like a nationwide party. Fortunately, it’s almost time for Holland’s biggest celebration of the year. Read more »

  4. February 8, 2013

    Salzburge Dom

    Photo of the Week: Sounds of Salzburg

    The hills are alive with the sound of Salzburg, Austria. Home to both Mozart and The Sound of Music (which, by the way, few locals have actually seen), this musical city draws in visitors from all corners of the world. At the center of the old town is our travel photo of the week, the Salzburger Dom (Salzburg Cathedral).  Read more »

  5. November 30, 2012


    Winter Havens in Japan

    Don’t hunker down for winter — visit Japan! Here are three off-the-beaten-path destinations to enjoy the cool weather in this fantastic country.

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  6. January 24, 2012

    Photo of the Week: Setsubun Bean Festival

    The Japanese don’t traditionally celebrate the Lunar New Year like many other Asian nations. Instead, the Setsubun Festival, or Bean Throwing Festival, falls in sync with the New Year celebrations across the world. Read more »

  7. June 14, 2011

    Dance Across Oceans

    Whether you like to tango, swing dance, salsa, waltz or just let loose freestyle on the dance floor, there is a little something for everyone both in Portland and across the pond. Several dance festivals, performances and groups are hitting the stage this year, and should make it to your calendar. If you’re in the mood to be amazed, inspired, or even shake a tail feather yourself, check out what 2011 has in store for you. Read more »

  8. April 13, 2011

    Photo Diary: Food Festivals

    Celebrating food is a daily tradition in Portland, Amsterdam and Tokyo, but throughout the year, each city pays special tribute to culinary genius during themed festivals. In Portland, a compilation of Oregon’s best chefs and restaurants gather on the Tom McCall Waterfront to boast their latest creations at the Bite of Oregon. The Dutch are famous for their cheese, and when paired with artisan bread at the Kunsthal Kookt, visitors are bound to leave with full stomachs and smiling faces. While the people of Tokyo take great pride in their own cuisine, they appreciate other cultures’ as well. During the Thai Festival, vendors present their best Thai dishes, including the spicy papaya salad pictured below.

    Photo credits: Som Tom Spicy Papaya Salad, Ken Funakoshi; Pork sliders, Jocelyn McAuley; Cheese stall, kattebelletje

  9. July 28, 2010

    Photo Diary: Outdoor Concerts

    Few things say “summer” more than live outdoor music, and Amsterdam, Portland and Tokyo do not disappoint in this entertainment department. Here are a few clips from some the destinations’ more famous summer festivals: Fuji Rock Festival, MusicFestNW, and concerts at Vondelpark. Read more »