Feb 28, 2012, 3:09 GMT
Portuguese chocolate festival celebrates 10th anniversary
Obidos, Portugal (dpa) - The annual chocolate festival in the medieval Portuguese town of Obidos celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. The festival, which runs from March 2 to 25, offers the chance to taste numerous varieties of chocolate and courses in cookery as well as the chance to see competitions between international chocolatiers. An exhibition of sculptures made of chocolate will be the highpoint of the event.
New terminal for Phuket airport by 2014
Phuket, Thailand (dpa) - The Thai holiday island of Phuket is to get a new airport terminal by 2014 with construction to begin this summer, according to the Phuket News. The new terminal will be used for international flights and will increase the airport's capacity from 8.2 to 12.5 million passengers a year. Up to 20 airplanes per hour will be able to be accommodated. The terminal for national flights, meanwhile, is set to get a facelift, with the modernisation work due for completion by 2016.
See the impressive spring tides in Brittany
Paris (dpa) - The small walled coastal town of Sant-Malo in Brittany is cut off from the mainland at high tide. However, tourists can enjoy the spectacle of the highest spring tides of the year hitting the city walls between March 9 and 11 as well as on the Easter weekend of April 8 and 9. The bay of Saint-Malo is particularly prone to the natural phenomenon because the mass of Atlantic water is directed up a narrow channel.
Arizona's Oracle State Park reopens
Oracle, Arizona (dpa) - The Oracle State Park in Arizona has reopened after being closed for two years with visitors allowed to enter the park on Saturdays from 0800 to 1700 between February and April and September and November. The park is also open to school groups on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. (http://azstateparks.com)
Exhibition of the works of Degas in the Musee d'Orsay
Paris (dpa) - The Musee d'Orsay in Paris is hosting a large exhibition of the works of Edgar Degas. The exhibition, entitled 'Degas and the Nudes,' consists of numerous depictions by the French artist (1834-1917) from the second half of the 19th century, according to Atout France. The exhibition is jointly organized with the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and follows the development of the artist in the way he depicted nude people from his early to late works. (www.musee-orsay.fr)
Read more about Travel