Mardis Gras...where would you go?

Jan 21st, 2008, 10:19 AM
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Mardis Gras...where would you go?

Trying to decide between Paris, Italy or Spain. We are a mother daughter deadly duo and at least half of us would love a good party. What do you think?
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Jan 21st, 2008, 10:34 AM
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Mardi Gras is not celebrated in Paris. For the carnival season you have to go to the Nord-Pas de Calais region bordering the English Channel and Belgium, or else to Nice.

But the real parties are in cities like Valenciennes, Bailleul, Dunkerque, Arras, etc.
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Jan 22nd, 2008, 08:12 PM
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What about Spain - does Barcelona celebrate carnival?

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Jan 22nd, 2008, 08:52 PM
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Cadiz celebrates Carnival.
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Jan 22nd, 2008, 11:18 PM
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Belgium or the southern Netherlands, Maastricht and Den Bosch in particular.
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Jan 22nd, 2008, 11:53 PM
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Andalusia celebrates Carnival big time! Every city and every small village has a much bigger party than you would ever imagine.

Venice of course is famous for its carnival too.
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Jan 23rd, 2008, 12:01 AM
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Lucerne and Basel in Switzerland. Check out their mardi gras dates since they are celebrated a week apart.

Lucerne allows for more participation and Basel is fabulous for onlookers.
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Jan 23rd, 2008, 12:45 AM
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Well, there's also Germany - either the cities on the Rhine or, which I prefer, the Fastnacht in the South West.
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Jan 23rd, 2008, 12:59 AM
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In Switzerland, Mardi Gras is called Fasnacht.

I believe in Germany it's called Fasching (correct me if I'm wrong).
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Jan 23rd, 2008, 01:37 AM
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Sitges, just an hour from Barcelona, has a BIG carnival celebration.
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Jan 23rd, 2008, 03:03 AM
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Carnival in Venice is really spectacular.
In Switzerland, Basel's Fasnacht is another great celebration.
You can actually do both in the same year (I did once) because the Basel dates are later as schuler notes)
http://fasnacht.ch/?pm_1=21&mid=21
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Jan 23rd, 2008, 04:07 AM
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You need to make your mind up soon - it is less than two weeks away if you intend going this year.
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Jan 23rd, 2008, 04:08 AM
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Schuler: Karneval on the Rhine, Fastnacht / Fasnet and other dialect versions in the South West, Fasching in Bavaria and other parts of the country.
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Jan 23rd, 2008, 09:52 AM
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Looks like it will be Spain (though the traveling is tight because I have to watch to SuperBowl therefore need acess to satelite tv).

travelbuz - what is the best way to get to Sitges?

hetismij - dont I know it. This is going to be a very unplanned trip.
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Jan 23rd, 2008, 10:06 AM
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bubblywine - unplanned trips are the best kind have fun!
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Jan 24th, 2008, 10:49 PM
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We have changed our minds and will be in Venice for what I hear is quite a zoo for the beloved Fat Tuesday. Anyone ever been before? Any hot spots we shouldnt miss?
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Jan 24th, 2008, 11:04 PM
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Good luck on trying to find a hotel if you're planning on going this year. Hotels in Venice sell out quickly during carnival time.
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Jan 25th, 2008, 03:48 AM
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I agree with the last post you may not be able to find a hotel in Venice. You could try Padova or Vicenza which are easy trips by train (and both interesting cities to visit in their own right)

I was only in Venice for carnival once, years ago. The main crowds gathered at Piazza San Marco. In some ways the side streets/canals were more interesting--people with beautiful costumes all over, especially impressive to me at night.
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Jan 25th, 2008, 09:33 AM
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Having a little trouble with the hotel, but there are a couple reasonably priced ones with rooms still available.

Not sure is this was carnival related, but today on the train from Brussels to Bruges I saw at least 10 boys in sparkly jersies and American football helmets merging on the stairs with a dozen young people dressed in elaborate costumes from Snow White to a bunch of grapes. Felt like Halloween.
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If you're from the states (you mentioned that you wanted to watch the Superbowl, so I assume you're American), why don't you just come on down to New Orleans, where the Mardi Gras party will far exceed anything in Europe, and you won't be freezing your *^&%$ off...
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