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Seasons Greetings & Welcome to the Wet Age of Aquarius

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December the 21st, 2012 marked the end of the Mayan Calender, which many believed signaled the end of the world but we're still here obviously and in reality nothing particularly out of the ordinary occurred. Another theory however, is that this event symbolizes the dawning of the Age of Aquarius.  With more than 600 flood alerts and warnings, and the inevitable disruption in holiday travel plans for thousands of people, it seems rather ironic that Aquarius is the Water Bearer.    
On that note, Perpetual Traveller would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and hope that you are safe and dry at home or have managed to make your getaway just in time for the holidays.

Global Hotel prices rises in 2012

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According to a recent survey conducted by Hotels.com called the Hotel Price Index (HPI), overall the global hospitality sector seems to be recovering with a 4% increase in the first half of 2012. The bad news for Hoteliers is however that average prices remain at 2005 levels.
This is the first time in 5 years that travellers have paid more for their hotel rooms during the first 6 months of the year in all areas of the world. The global 4% rise, compared to the same period the year before, demonstrated that the economic recovery in the hotel industry was well-established.

The HPI only considers prices that people paid for their hotel nights. More specifically here below are some of the results...
Pacific rates up 6%North America up 5%Asia up 4% Latin America up 1%Europe up 1%Middle East up 1%. David Roche, President, Hotels.com, said: “The hotel industry bounced back in the first half of this year from a number of natural and political crises in 2011 and it is encouraging to see growth…

Christmas Swim in Nice, France

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Where? Nice, France

When? 25th December

If a December dip in the Mediterranean is your idea of fun, join the foolhardy swimmers at Nice's annual Christmas Swim (Bain de Noël). The swim departs from the Ruhl beach, in full view of the Promenade des Anglais. With average water temperatures hitting a goose-bump-inducing 15 degrees Celsius in December, a swim in the Mediterranean at this time of year is likely to require a wetsuit or a severe dose of courage. If you're armed with either, you are more than welcome to join the group of iron-willed swimmers who make this Christmas dip an annual tradition.

Further information:www.nicefrance.ca

Top Worldwide Events in December 2012

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Finally December 2012 is here. Its been talked about and predicted for thousands of years, with a multitude of theories and outcomes both good and bad. More specifically, it is on the 21st of December 2012 at precisely 11:11 am, the earth will be in the exact alignment with the sun and the center of the our galaxy known as the 'Milky Way'. This is a extremely rare astrological event that occurs only once every 26,000 years. Yet, as spectacular as is it, this is only part of the equation, as the earth will also experience what is known as the "Precession of the Equinoxes" by the same date. This is another event that occurs only once every 26,000 years. For more information read this article: What is 2012 all about?

Here are some more facts about December:
The name December comes from the Latin decem for “ten”, as it was the 10th month in the Roman CalendarDecember 25th was celebrated in ancient times as the birthday of the “God” Mithra and when Christianity began to ta…

Precession of the Equinoxes

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Precession of the Equinoxes 21st December 2012 - Universal Event
Many people associate the 2012 subject with the somewhat dark theory that the Mayan long calendar marks the end of the world by December 21, 2012 through a doomsday or apocalypse circumstance. To survive the coming changes that 2012 will bring about, this kind of doom and gloom belief is precisely the kind of thinking you need to avoid at all costs.

Other people philosophize that 2012 may well bring the 'end of days' however in synergy, as a race we will witness the beginning of what is termed the 'Golden Age' and an astronomical terms the Age of Aquarius.

Moreover, by 2012, many theorize that we may well experience a return of Planet X otherwise known as 'Nibiru' and as such they are seeking to a subsequent means to survive 2012. Additionally, there are those who believe absolutely nothing will occur by December 21, 2012. Who is right?

Further information: www.hypoglobal.com

German Christmas Markets 2012

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Where? Germany (various cities and towns)

When? 26th November - 24th December 2008

World famous Christmas Markets like no other! If you've not yet experienced a German Christmas Market you should add it to your list of must do’s. It’s especially interesting for all the family.

One of the most famous markets is called Nuremberg .The Old Town is decorated in its Christmas regalia and permeated with tempting aromas of mulled wine, sweet roasted almonds, Nuremberg sausages and gingerbread, thus creating an unforgettable atmosphere. The Christkindlesmarkt lies right at the heart of the city which is steeped in more than 400 years of tradition, providing an international showcase for all Franconian and German Christmas Markets.

Further information: www.christmasmarkets.com

The Escalade Festival in Geneva, Switzerland

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Where? Geneva, Switzerland

When? 7th - 9th December

L'Escalade, or Fête de l'Escalade is an annual festival that celebrates the defeat of Duke of Savoy, who tried to capture the city during the night of 11–12 December 1602. The revelry and other commemorative activities includes demonstrations of period weapons in the Parc des Bastions , tours, music and re-enactments which take place all over the city. A bonfire is erected on the Cour Saint-Pierre outside the cathedral, and the famous soup of Mere Royaume and mulled wine are available to all. The opening of the Passage Monetier - a narrow walkway that leads to the remains of the Roman fortifications - is only open once a year during this festival.

Further information:http://www.compagniede1602.ch/

Great Christmas Pudding Race in London, England

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Where? Covent Garden Piazza, London 
When? 1st December 
"Seasonal Silliness" The 29th annual Great Christmas Pudding Race will be taking place at Covent Garden Market in London on December 5th.Participants will take part in a relay race in which they will have to navigate an obstacle course at speed while carrying a Christmas pudding on a tray a good laugh expect to see some weird and wacky sights !

Further information:http://www.viewlondon.co.uk

International Exhibition of One Hundred Nativity Scenes, Rome, Italy

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Where? Rome, Italy
When? 26th November 2012 - 6th January 2013
Recommended by the New York Times as one of six to visit events worldwide, every year this exhibition gathers nativity scenes ranging from large dynamic exhibits, full of light, to smaller scale displays that can fit in a person's hand. Each year more than 100 of the best and most artistic exhibits of nativity scenes are selected from all over Italy and the world. Organizers expect up to 40 thousand visitors this year.

Further information: http://www.presepi.it/

ChocolART in Tübingen, Germany

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Where? Tübingen, Germany 
When? 4th – 9th December

Imagine this participating in a chocolate-making course followed by a tasting session ! Yum Yum workshops Galore learn the Art of chocolate decorating . If that all sounds a bit much for you or it that a bit much for you try out the relaxing and very tasty Chocolate Massage

The ChocolART festival and best of its entire all FREE!

Further information:http://www.chocolart.de/festival

A Celebration of Christmas in England

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Where? St. Paul's Cathedral, London

When? 13th December

The festive season is celebrated in magnificent style this year with a number of services featuring Christmas carols at St Paul's Cathedral. Songs performed by the Cathedral Choir as well as readings by celebrities will feature at the Celebration of Christmas special service. Starting at 6.30 pm on Tuesday 15th December, this popular event promises to be a spectacular part of the season of Christmas carols at St Paul's Cathedral.
Further information: www.stpauls.co.uk

FIS Ski-Jumping World Cup

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Where? Titlis Glacier, Engelberg
When?  15th – 16th December 
The FIS Ski-Jumping World Cup sees the best in the world compete for the most coveted title outside of the Olympic Games. This date welcomes the competition to the spectacular Titlis Glacier in the Swiss Alpine resort of Engelberg.

Further information:www.fis-ski.com

Art in Ice at the Livigno Resort, Sondrio, Italy

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Where? Livigno Resort, Sondrio, Italy
When? 3rd - 7th December 
Livigno hosts the annual international Art in Ice competition, where ten teams of three sculptors compete to transform three-meter blocks of pressed snow into works of art Italian Ice. Artists the world over head to the festival to make the mono-color artworks. The event strives for purity and simplicity, with strict rules on the dimensions of the three square meter snow blocks and banning of chainsaws, other electrical cutting tools and all means of coloring the snow. Weather permitting, the sculptures stay on display until March.

Further information:http://www.artinice.org

Trio Tekke in Nicosia Cyprus

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Where? Nicosia

When? 22nd December

As a sign of the times, the music in Cyprus and Greece these days is somewhat more toned down and even sad. For example. Neo-Rembetika group Trio Tekke has received great praise from the U.K. and European press for their experimental approach to the 'Greek blues' by fusing different styles and writing from their own modern-day experiences and yet retaining musical elements of the old style. The concert will held be at WhereHaus 612 in Nicosia and will see Trio Tekke performing songs from their albums as well as new unreleased songs, and will be followed by a party with the DJs Koulla P. Katsikoronou, Lefto and S.S Karamazov. Trio Tekke consists of Antonis Antoniou (voice, tzouras), Lefteris Moumtzis (voice, guitar) and Colin Somervell (double bass).

Further information:www.cyprusevents.info