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Crazy for Culture

What are the common attributes that link Athens, Amsterdam, Antwerp and Avignon? They all start with the letter ‘A’. Check. They are all exciting cities in Europe. Check. And they have all been given the chance to demonstrate their cultural development by delivering a 12-month project dedicated wholly to art and culture through the European Capital of Culture title in recent years.

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Umeå – European Capital of Culture 2014

Umeå is popularly known as the City of Birches, which dates from 1888 and the enormous city fire that devastated large areas of the city. When Umeå was rebuilt, wide avenues with birches planted along them were used as fire breaks to prevent fires from spreading. There are now more than 3000 birch trees in the city centre.

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Geared to expansion: Leonardo Hotels expands its portfolio with additional hotels and destinations

In one of Europe’s largest hotel deals in recent years, in April 2013 the Israeli hotel chain Fattal Hotels Group acquired the 20 former hotels of the Queens Moat Houses Holding GmbH Germany, including 15 Holiday Inn Hotels, four Best Western Hotels and one Queens Hotel.

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Castilla La Mancha, the best connection

” when the renowned knight Don Quixote of La Mancha, quitting the lazy down, mounted his celebrated steed Rocinante and began to traverse the ancient and famous Campo de Montiel; which in fact he was actually traversing.”

(DON QUIXOTE DE LA MANCHA, Miguel de Cervantes)

The image of a vast plain comes to mind when we think of Castilla-La Mancha. Its plateau and geographical situation in the middle of the Iberian Peninsula have historically made this region a natural crossroads for transport and commerce between Madrid and the South Coast.

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The Stuttgart Region – Number One in Sustainability, Culture and Conferences

Fascinating and beautiful, cosmopolitan and charming, traditional and future-oriented – the diversity of the Stuttgart Region makes it worth visiting more than once. Its economy and its culture are equally thriving, and one is often interlinked with the other, as in the case with the world-famous automobile brands that are synonymous with the Stuttgart Region (think Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, among others).

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