Posts Tagged ‘travel’

Week Three of the 2014 One Small World Awards

Written by Grant Mills on . Posted in Charity, City Guides, European Bazaar, Festivals, Photography, Society, Travel

 

Europe’s Most Unmissable Festival

Winner Announced: Monday 24th Nov 2014

One thing I did not expect to discover when I set out on the European Bazaar project was just how many festivals there are out there that people would call bizarre. Even after over a year of researching and six months trekking back and forth across the continent, I’m still having people regale me with events, ceremonies or competitions that :  1) test my credulity and 2) I struggle to believe I’m yet to hear about.

Everything is (STR)AWesome – Durrow Scarecrow Festival

Written by Grant Mills on . Posted in Art, European Bazaar, Festivals, Home, Photography, Society, Travel

The European Bazaar project has now been underway for 4 months. Sadly it has been set against the distressing backdrop of the twin Malaysia disasters, the international apathy toward the massacres in Gaza and the political collateral damage of the war in the Ukraine.

And it’s times like these that it is is easy to forget that we do know how to be nice to one another.

That’s why I can now tell you that if your faith in humanity is getting a little thin, then you need to visit a little scarecrow festival in the heart of Ireland.

Mud, Sweat and Beers – Germany’s Mud Olympics

Written by Grant Mills on . Posted in European Bazaar, Festivals, Nature, Society, Travel

Driving north we are on the upward span of a long, arching bridge. Up ahead the girders of the bridge, set against the monotone grey-blue sky, make it look as if we are driving towards a door in the firmament, opening into a hazy Great Beyond.

It’s not too far from the truth. As we crest the bridge we can once again see over the pastures and fields of windmills that seem to roll on forever. The far north of Germany is almost as far into the Great Beyond as you can get and still be in continental Europe. The weather looks menacing but we’re heading to a festival where a little rain really won’t hurt anybody – Germany’s Wattolümpiade, the Mud Olympics.

BYO Shotgun (Part 1) : A Little Patch of Paradise

Written by Grant Mills on . Posted in City Guides, European Bazaar, Festivals, History, Nature, Society, Travel

I do have to admit a certain closed-mindedness when it comes to notorious party-island destinations. I’ve always been unenthused by the tales I’ve heard from Bali (or Aus-Bali-a as it could otherwise be known), I found few redeeming features in Corfu and please get my head examined if I ever mention Ibiza as a possible destination.