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Notice: The Sistine Chapel reopens As the Conclave has now come to an end with the election of Pope Francis, the Sistine Chapel will reopen for visits by the public on Monday 18 March at 9am. It will also again be possible to visit the Borgia Apartment and the Collection of Modern Religious Art.


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The European Biathlon Championships can draw sizeable crowds: In 2004 in Belarus, they attracted some 80,000 visitors, and given that the World Championship in Germany in February 2012 attracted more than 200'000 visitors over 6 days, you can expect that the Bansko region's ~100,000 beds will be rather well occupied. The competitors in the Biathlon event ...


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K-18 tickets are for people 18+ and it means that they're selling alcohol, usually. If you have a non-K 18 ticket, you don't get access to the seperate bar area.


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The various news articles I read about this (eg Reuters and Catholic.org) said that they installed a false floor and the stoves. They needed about a week to do that plus sweep for bugs, and that work will need to be undone once the conclave is finished. They will be voting for an unknown amount of time (Huffington Post) : a week is a good guess I suppose. If ...


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Biathlon is a combination of cross-country skiing and shooting. As such it doesn't take place on downhill/snowboard slopes. While it is probably worth checking with the resort, I doubt any downhill slopes will be closed. Of course it may mean that the place is much more crowded.


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This is "opinion only" - I cannot speak with authority on specifics but, I have visited Singapore a number of times (4 or 5?)and the following would be what I would expect based on what I have seen there and elsewhere in Asia:. While I have seen the downturn in Asian public activity immediately after Chinese New Year (even Hong Kong gets very quiet) I'd ...


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Yes there is nudity. Burning Man US is all about lots of booze, dope & free love. Here are some photos of Burning Seed http://www.offmyfacebook.com.au/burning-seed-australia.html


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The quote from the Wikitravel page is quite mistaken. Singapore in no way comes to a "standstill" during the first two days of the Chinese New Year (CNY). Whoever wrote that must have assumed that it was somehow analogous to Christmas in Europe or the USA. Not at all. Indeed I would be quite surprised if there were even one major tourist attraction that ...


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I am not sure if this will help but I am sure that some of these strange -> weird -> bizarre sports have presence and competitions in the NorthEast US. I haven't gone through all of them but you are welcome to search. :) Complete List of Unusual Sports Present locally: Bike Polo Chess Boxing P.S. Some of these sports are painful just to read about.


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Firstly, to get an overall impression of what to expect, Youtube as always has a great video, titled "Burning Seed 2010" - of Australia's first Burning Man event. From arriving, to the partying, fire, and more, it gives a solid 12 minute taste. The only problem is in answering your question with the video - much of the footage is at night, and it's not ...


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Definitely on Friday, come as soon as possible. Once the weekend starts and people come from work or school (Friday from 16:00 on), it gets packed very quickly. People start lining up overnight to get the best stuff anyhow. You can assume that once the prices go down, the good things will be gone, too. The visitor numbers have been increasing massively over ...


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Burning Man Festival itself organises a ticket exchange programme for those interested in reselling their tickets. They call it 'STEP' (Secure Ticket Exchange Program). However, for the 2012 festival this is now closed. The Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP) is an online system that facilitates the safe resale of tickets that have been purchased ...


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For 2012, it would seem you're out of luck by official routes. The main website describes the ticketing structure and process, and the final dates have indeed passed. A search on ebay reveals at least one seller of tickets, but I'd be very cautious buying tickets second-hand - not that it can't be done though.


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A good place to start for me is the Interrail website list. Using the info there it is easy to google on and find more detailed information. A quick google also returned spain.info website with an events search ability for any given area of Spain, the link is for Madrid events in September.


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DirectGov and the British Monarchy have both published lists of events for the Jubilee. Alas, the events seem to mainly be a couple of weeks before you get there: British Monarchy - Announcement of plans for the central Diamond Jubilee weekend in 2012 Public Services - The Queen's Diamond Jubilee - celebrations and events The Official Website of the ...


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As we pointed out in some comments, there really are tons out there. It being mostly a Catholic (historically) and Spanish-Portuguese continent, a lot of the festivals tend to be related to dates at similar times, as well as historical dates (independence days and the like). For this, I'd recommend a site like Festivals in South America - which lists ...


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Which running event would that be? I looked at several event calendars for Prague, and they all list only a marathon on May 11th. In any case, I wouldn't be concerned; you're in walking distance of lots of sights, and the metro shouldn't be affected by such events anyway.


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So, I did some search in google and found these for Coimbra: https://www.facebook.com/semanaacademica http://www.semanaacademica.pt/queima-das-fitas-coimbra-2014/ These are in Portuguese but I think you can easily translate it either in google or in the built-in tool in FB. The dates are from 9 May to 16 May. The program is not very clear yet. I am sure ...


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There are many resources you can look at. You can probably start with official tourist guides for the states such as Arizona Guide or Utah.com, but if not you can probably Google IT or use Rodeoz, which has some of the many rodeos listed state by state.


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The island does indeed slow to a crawl, however, Arab Street & Little India as indicated above are both open for business. My wife's family (about 2/3 of which live in SG including her mom) have made a point of taking me (the only Gwai-lo in the family) out to see the city when it's at it's ebb during CNY, including lunch on Arab street, buying durians ...


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According to this website, there is nothing special on these dates. The closest to your travel dates are the January 1st (New Year's day) and the January 11th (Independence Manifesto Day 1944). In my experience, I was a January 1st in Marrakesh and I didn't perceived any special celebration.


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I don't know when you will be doing this, but try the East Coast Kinetic Sculpture race - http://www.kineticbaltimore.com/ From the website: Kinetic Sculptures are amphibious, human powered works of art custom built for the race. Each May, the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) hosts the East Coast Kinetic Sculpture Race Championship on the shore ...


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Most festivals are in spring and summer over here (Chile), starting in September until early in the next year (Jan/Feb). March and April are the first off-season months (all schools are open again and tourists have left). The weather is still very good (speciaal voor ons Nederlanders hehe), and another positive thing is that the prices of Hotels or Hotel ...


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It should go without saying that buying in the open market is a bad idea, but don't forget Craigslist.



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