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Tue July 09, 2013 | 00:00 AM

Top 12 European Festivals

This is an impossibly broad category, like asking someone their favorite film. Since there are so many different festival genres, we categorized them so you can choose your festival to ...

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Traditions Create Companions: Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling
by  Chip Conley
This experience has helped me underscore that being “culturally curious” also means being “culturally respectful” and not making assumptions.
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Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling: Is A Picture Worth A Thousand Words?
by  Chip Conley
Turkey's honorable oil wrestling competition dates back 650+ years and brings men and boys to a modern battlefield.
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Wife Carrying, Body Painting, or Oil Wrestling? Tough Choice!
by  Chip Conley
I returned to Turkey after last year's Whirling Dervish Festival to the World Oil Wrestling Championships.
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Spoleto: Perfect Location, But Where Are All The People?
by  Chip Conley
More balloons than attendees, Spoleto burst my expectation bubble for this once-thriving arts festival.
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Il Palio: It Ain't Derby Day!
by  Chip Conley
The whole affair will be done in 90 seconds with a wild gallop around the course 3 times. Worth the price of a good seat!
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I Left My Heart in Siena: Lingering Thoughts on Il Palio
by  Chip Conley
For days to come, I bet I’ll be dreaming of flags, banners, or men in medieval uniform.
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Il Palio’s Piazza del Campo: The World’s Best Stage
by  Chip Conley
It feels like an epic Merchant Ivory film and I almost expected Sophia Loren or Gina Lollobrigida to pop-up at any moment.
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El Colacho Unmasked
by  Chip Conley
A young man tells his story.
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Siena Stirring: The Lovely Foreplay of Il Palio
by  Chip Conley
Siena’s neighborhood rivalries make the Montague’s and Capulet’s spat in Romeo & Juliet look like child’s play.
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Fes Festival of World Sacred Music: Why I Went
by  Chip Conley
Breaking down cultural barriers in Morocco
The Whirling Dervishes in Fes: Imagine My Surprise
by  Chip Conley
Magically transported back to Rumi
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Fes: The People You'll Meet At The World Sacred Music Festival
by  Chip Conley
Around the world in a day
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Burgos: The Unexpected Collateral Benefit of El Colacho
by  Chip Conley
A big surprise on the way to El Colacho is now on my Top 10 List of places
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El Colacho: In Spain or Insane?
by  Chip Conley
Racing with the Devil in Gothic Spain
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El Colacho: Life Without Gadgets
by  Chip Conley
Unplugged in the Tiny Village of Castrillo de Murcia
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Soul Cleansing in the Streets: El Colacho Baby Jumping
by  Chip Conley
Babies don't sleep in Spain: They Count Colachos
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Cooper’s Hill Winners, Say “Cheese!”
by  Chip Conley
An American takes the cheese at this uproarious hometown event in Gloucester.
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The Soul of the Cheese Roll: Making New Friends
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Bumps, bruises and other connections as we all fall down Cooper's Hill.
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“Will You Do The Cheese Roll?”: Trepidation Sets In!
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Hurdling Towards Gloucester's Annual Cheese Rolling Romp
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Scoping Out The Competition At The Cheese Roll
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Ninjas, Teddy Bears & Captain America climb to the top and tumble together for the cheese.
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The Guilty Hotelier: My First Airbnb Experience
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No frills in London provides a different view
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Bay to Breakers: The Best Costumes of 2013
by  Art Gimbel
Sunshine, sharks, gnomes and nudes.
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BottleRock Napa Festival in Review: A Solid Pour
by  Art Gimbel
Napa Valley's first major festival concludes with a glass half full
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Pics From Day 3 of Napa's BottleRock Music Festival
by  Art Gimbel
The Black Key's Headlined Day 3 at BottleRock