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For decades, the Parc de la Cuitadella was Barcelona’s only public green space. Today, the 70-acre park remains a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.

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On February 9, 1964, the Fab Four indulged the States with a 4-song set on the Ed Sullivan Show. But with all the hype surrounding the Beatles 50th anniversary show this past Sunday commemorating that event, people tend to forget about their first live performance that sparked a musical revolution.

Just 2 days after the iconic Ed Sullivan appearance, the Beatles hit the road for Washington, DC, ready to take the stage with a performance that would propel the Beatlemania phenomenon. On February 11, 4 lovable lads from Liverpool, England, walked into the Washington Coliseum for their first-ever live performance in America, and delivered an unbelievable, 12-song set that started off with a cover of the Chuck Berry classic, “Roll Over Beethoven.” READ MORE

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Walt Disney may have found this dramatic setting in Bavaria as inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s castle, but the real life occupant of this German castle was far more fascinating than a Disney princess.

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If there is something that should be well-known about Brazil, it is that ecotourism is taken just as seriously as soccer. Just ask Fuleco, the 2014 FIFA World Cup mascot whose name originates from “ful” for futbol and “eco” for ecology. This personable armadillo is native to Brazil, and symbolizes the importance of preserving the ecosystem, as well as a passion for soccer that is present in Brazil. The city of Manaus is a perfect marriage of the 2: the practice of street soccer and efforts to preserve the Amazon rainforest.

Manaus, the City of the Amazonas
In the 19th century, Manaus was known as the “Heart of the Amazon and City of the Forest,”  when the natural resources of the Amazon rainforest were used in creating rubber as an international export. The city instantly began to flourish, and with wealth exponentially growing, extravagant buildings were being constructed like the Amazon Theater (Teatro Amazonas). For a while, there was a strong European presence in the tropics, but the city’s economic success suffered when the Asian market discovered a way to create artificial rubber. Since then, Manaus has made a comeback.  Locals have continued to work hard to offer excellent tourism services and educational programs  to travelers interested in exploring the Amazon rainforest.
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The World Cup is a momentous occasion that sets the stage for the world’s greatest soccer athletes. Thousands of people will travel to  12 cities in Brazil to see their favorite teams play an international sport that will bring people together from all around the globe.  And there are several reasons why Fortaleza is the perfect  city to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup games.

Fortaleza, the City of “Fortalezenses”
Fortaleza is known for its people, “Fortalezenses.” Although the city on its own is aesthetically beautiful, it’s the good-humored nature of its people that automatically make it a charming destination. Fortalezenses are known for being helpful, hospitable and caring hosts to tourists. They stay active by walking around in urban parks or by the seafront.

The History of the Fortress
In case you didn’t know, Fortaleza in Portuguese translates to “fortress.” In 1649, the Dutch settled and built Fort Schoonemborch. A few years later, in 1655, the Portuguese seized the fort and renamed it Nossa Senhora da Assunção, after the patron saint of the city, the Lady of the Assumption. Visitors can visit  the beautiful fortress on Monte Marajaitiba for free. Today, the fortress is home to the Army Military Headquarters.

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Barcelona’s favorite son, Antonio Gaudí, never finished his reverent masterpiece, the Sagrada Familía, but that only seems to add to its allure; two million-plus visitors meander through its mystical spaces and climb its twisting staircases every year.
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The most memorable thing about Essaouira (pronounced “essa weera”) is the one thing you can’t see.

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Temple Bar Trad Fest, Ireland's big music bash (Photo: Love Temple Bar)

Temple Bar TradFest, Ireland’s big music bash (Photo: Love Temple Bar)

We at Travel Channel love the Irish. And just when we thought we’d exhausted our list of reasons why, here comes another big event: the annual Temple Bar TradFest. This 5-day event showcases the best in Irish song, music and dance, with the festivities underway this week in Dublin’s Temple Bar area.

Known as Dublin’s cultural quarter, Temple Bar is home to a lively mix of pubs, like the Porterhouse, as well as local cultural institutions, such as art house cinema and music venues. Added to the mix is the annual TradFest event. Since 2005 the festival has grown into one of Ireland’s biggest music and cultural festivals, showcasing more than 200 events, including dance shows, pipe bands and street performers.

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From the stories hidden within the walls of Buckingham Palace to the brutal history behind some of the world’s most infamous castles, tonight is a night of mansions — and the rich and powerful who once resided in them.

Beginning at 9|8c, Greatest Mysteries’ Don Wildman takes us to London to uncover the secrets surrounding the most famous residence in the city: Buckingham Palace. Hear the tales of espionage, theft and attempted murder hidden behind the palace’s fortress-like walls. READ MORE

Ponta Negra Beach (Photo Courtesy of Embratur)

The city of Natal is “painted” with the same organic colors proudly displayed on the Brazilian flag: blue skies, golden-yellow sand dunes and green palm trees. During the FIFA final draw, it was announced that the USA team would be playing against Ghana in the Arena das Dunas for their first game on June 16, 2014. Even though the USA is in Group G — which is considered one of the hardest group’s in the 2014 World Cup — fans really hit the jackpot with having Natal as the perfect host city to cheer on the US team.

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