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April 2010

Royal Caribbean's 'Splendour of the Seas' in Venice

Splendour of the Seas in Venice
ABOVE: Two Port of Venice tugs pass Royal Caribbean's Splendour of the Seas as the ship departs on a 7-day Mediterranean cruise.

We aren't quite sure why a Miami-based cruise line uses British spellings in its ship names, but no matter: Whether you spell it "Splendour of the Seas" (as Royal Caribbean International does) or "Splendor of the Seas" (as English-speaking Miamians are likely to do), the 2,076-passenger ship is hard to miss when it comes cruising up Venice's Giudecca Canal, as it did yesterday afternoon:


Martin Luther's Wedding in Wittenberg, June 11-13

Martin Luther statue in Wittenberg
ABOVE: Martin Luther displays his wedding-photo album in Wittenberg. 

Wittenberg, in Eastern Germany, bills itself as the "Lutherstadt." Martin Luther launched the Reformation in 1517 by nailing his 95 theses to the door of Wittenberg's Schlosskirche. Eight years later, he married Katherina von Bora, and their wedding is still being celebrated with the annual "Luthers Hochzeit" festival in Wittenberg.

The festival, which runs from June 11-13 this year, features a procession of some 1,000 wedding enthusiasts in historical costumes, a crafts fair, and other events. It draws an estimated 100,000 visitors to the city.

For more details, see the German National Tourist Office's Luther's Wedding page. To plan your stay in Wittenberg, visit the English-language section of Lutherstadt Wittenberg's Web site at www.wittenberg.de.

Photo: Christina Hanck.


Winchester Chamber Music Festival, April 23-25

London Bridge Ensemble
ABOVE: The London Bridge Ensemble will perform at Winchester Discovery Centre and participate in other public events for music students and families.

The third annual Winchester Chamber Music Festival will take place from Friday, April 23 through Sunday, April 25 at the Winchester Discovery Centre in Winchester, England.

The three-day festival features the London Bridge Ensemble and two guest performers: violinist Lucy Gould and Robert Plane on the clarinet.

The program includes instrumental pieces, song, and special events such as a masterclass (which is open to the public) and musical events for schoolchildren and families.

For complete information, visit the Festival's Web site at winchesterchambermusic.com.

Source: Sharon Kivity, Sharonarts.eu