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I have only visited Lithuania once, I had a great time getting to know the people there. They have a wonderful Jazz fesitval called the ViniusJazz festival. The City of Vinius is a very quiet place with an old age eastern european charm. I do remember that the town had an Black Madonna in a church. I also remember that the market place had many different types of Amber that they were selling. You know whats good about traveling? It's learning from each other.

They had so many different type's of Amber, they had Black ,White and Yellow Amber's. Listen I mean they had Amber, and lots of it. So I ask someone why, and they told me that it comes from the Baltic sea. So yes I was in the area where Amber comes from. I didn't know this until then ( you live and you learn). So me being me, I brought back so many pieces that I end-up giving most of it away.

Anyway we had a great time there, we went inside the city and discovered many interesting things about the City. I only had two days to discover this beatutiful place, thats one of the set-back's also when you travel like I do. Sometimes it's hard to experience all that a City has to offer. But on the other hand, I was there! Well anyway, the festival was great and the music was one-of-a-kind. It's a remote part of the world, but thats the beauty of it all.

http://www.vilniusjazz.lt/

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Finland

Feeling safe!

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The Pori Jazz festival is one of those festival you could fall in love with. It has a charm all by itself, with over 130,000 people attenting this festival you will feel the inspiration. The last time I attended this festival James Brown was there along with the group Zap Mama. You feel safe and you will have enjoy yourself here, thats one of the things I like about jazz festivals and that is you Feel Safe!

To me that is worth more then anything today. Feeling safe in a crazy world. When I say this I think I'm speaking for just about everyone that travels. After doing the airport and taxi dance, you want to go somewhere safe and this is the place. I like to call this (the comfort zone).

So, sit back and enjoy some great music and have a drink on me. You'll be glad you did!
http://www.porijazz.fi

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Lugano Switzerland

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The beautiful place called Switzerland. If you ever get a chance go there, please do me a favor and take the train. This place will take your breath away. With it's snow cap mountian's( The Alp's) it's one view that I think everyone should view at least one time in their life. Switzerland is truly a Beautiful place.

They have two major Jazz festivals. One is called the Estiva Festival http://www.estivaljazz.ch which is haled in Logano, Switzerland which is on the border of Italy. We refer to it as (Switaly). They hold the festival in the Piazza . Their are many shops to get you going in this town. Remember one thing....and that's Switzerland are famous for Watches so don't go over-broad when you see all that Switzerland has to offer. It's a great place to shop. Not only that it is next to Lake Como which is a beauty by itself.

If you are ever thinking about visiting Switzerland I hope that you go to Lugano it's only 90 km from Milan Malpensa airport

Now let's not forget about the Montreux Jazz festival. This is one of the most important festivals in Europe too. The Montreux Jazz festival has a long history with jazz also. Please visit their website at http://www.montreuxjazz.com and see for yourself. The festival starts on July 1st amd ends on the 16th of July. The line-up is alway's excellent!

This is a great festival also. It's the Willisau Jazz fest which takes place in the town of Mohren Willisau, Lucerne Valley. I can remember when this festival first started I was about 18 years old (WOW) That was about %$#* Years ago. Well anyway, The festival started out in a Barn house I can remember playing under the stage before the concert would start. When I think about it, it was the first festival for Willisau.(I must be getting old)

This Festival has come a long way from where it was and has made a name for itself as one of the better festival in Switzerland. The festival has a small town charm that makes it one of the better festivals. If you like how this sounds then by all means click on the link to see more. http://www.jazzwillisau.ch

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Germany festival's

Some very nice festivals here!

Germany also has some wonderful festivals all year round. You will find your better festival in the Fall months though. Their's nothing like going to a german festival and having a nice tall Wiesin Beer(Thats rice beer for the people that don't know).

Germany has great out-door festivals. The air is crisp and clean and the mood is a festive one for everyone to enjoy. The german's love to drink and have fun. So with that said let's move on to their festive festivals.

When you go to this festival make sure that you have your mud boots on. This festival here is a great music festivel to attend, but if it starts to rain, make sure you're well equiped. The ground will turn into a muddy mess and you will be in for a great mud fest.

But I guess thats part of the show. Click here http://www.moers-festival.com

This is a wonderful Jazz festival also very clean and organized. For a great experience of jazz music you will love this festival. Go here to see... http://www.leverkusener-jazztage.de

This here is another fine Jazz festival to attend. Just remember to bring plenty of joy with you when you attend. Click here http://www.jazz-ost-west.de

Now let me remind you that I'm only telling you about the festivals that I have attended so that you can have a better understanding of each festival.

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Let the music move you

Italy

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MALTA JAZZ FESTIVAL takes place on the third weekend in July every year.

Their known as one of the most exciting venues on the jazz circuit. Staged below the bastions of the Islands' capital, the 16th century city of Valletta, and by the waters of Grand harbor, Malta Jazz certainly has a SPECTACULAR LOCATION

http://www.maltajazzfest.com

The Umbria jazz festivals is one of Italy's most important Jazz festivals. It's set in a medieval, town of Parugia,Umbria. The setting is wonderful, one of the most beautiful village in Italy. You can walk around the Village and take snapshots of the beautiful shops they have to offer and the great church's they have too.

They also have some of the best Restaurant's in the region. At the festival you'll find some of the best Jazz and Blues musicians on the planet coming to perform at this festival.

They have shuttle buses that will take you to and from the concert area. The concerts are all over the Village so you may have to walk to some of the concerts They have hotels in town and out side of town which isn't so far, so it makes your commute very easy. You will be able to find all of your needs on their website.

Here is the link. http://www.umbriajazz.com

If you like Italy you will love the Southern Adriatic side of Italy(Roccella,Ionica). They have a festival that is absolutly spendid. You can soak-up as much sun as a beach bum here. Here you will find the Rocella Jazz festival. http://www.roccellajazz.net/ With this festival you will find some of Italy's best Jazz performers. This festival is truly a delite to attend, not only that you will also enjoy the night life here even if you don't speak the language. After all it is Italy and you will have fun. I would like to give you a Hotel suggestion these Hotels are always beautiful no matter where you go. They are the perfect Vacation Hotel's, exspecially if you and someone special are attending. Just take a look at this website and tell me if you like what you see. Click the link http://www.miramarehotel.biz

The Fano Jazz festival http://www.fanojazzclub.org

Here is a great place to go and have some fun in the sun. It's called Fano Jazz by the sea festival. The City which is also called Fano(Provance of Pesaro,Adriatic sea) is one of those Cities that will take your bearth away. With it's seaside Hotel's and it's small town feel, you will love this place. If and when you do decide to take your next vacation, do my a favor and go to this city.

There is a restaurant called La Quinta that only serves fish. Let me tell you something, you will go bananas for this restuarant. The scene is one straight out of an Italian movie, there is the owner which is about 80ish that takes your receipt after your lunch. It may take her a few minutes to get your money right, but you can believe me that it will be right, But it's all part of the scene and I wouldn't change a thing. Anyway when you go to the restaurant make sure that you get there early enough because the place fulls up fast for lunch. (between Noon and 12:30PM is good)

As a matter of fact the restuarant is right by the port,thats right the fish comes from the fishing boat's right to your plate. It can't get any fresher then that. The fish is still moving when she puts it on your plate, Now thats fresh. But there are many restuarants there to choose from and I mean plenty. They also have chineses restuarants if you can't deal with the fish or pasta, they also have great Hotels as well. Most of the hotel's are on the Lido which stands for seaside or beach front. Where I stayed was about a block from the sea and it was called Hotel Europa! and Hotel Elizabeth ll which is right on the beach Very beautiful Hotels. I think I lived more in the lobby then in my room. I have also stayed at varias Hotels through out the City. To me they are all beautiful exspecially when their by the sea!

This City is also a great place to shop, you can really get your shop on here. They have a early morning market to die for. You must go early to get the bargens if you know what I mean. The market has this great antique section that has old record player's from the 30's and 40's you know the ones with the megaphone on it that you can't find anymore. It's just a potpourri of nastilga there. So get your wallet ready for some spending.

If your not into antiques, and prefer high fashion then you are in the right place for high fashion. The City offers you some of the best clothing shops around, and just to get your spirits moving, the City Rimini is only a half hours drive from Fano. If you don't know about Rimini, it's the next best thing after Ibiza ok. You can dance the night away in this City.

Now let's talk about the Sardegna Festival which takes place in November in Cagliari. It's called the European Jazz Expo hosted by Jazz in Sardegna. What a breath of fresh air here. This festival is something special to me, It had all the trimmings of a great festival. They showcased a lot of the Jazz musicians from Sardegna. They had Antonello Salis ( Piano) Paolo Fresu (Trumpet) Elena Ledda. The Amercan act's where Charles Lloyd D.D Bridgewater, Randy Weston, Don Moye and a few more acts.

This festival by far is one of the best up and coming festvals to look out for!
http://www.jazzinsardegna.it

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