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World's largest Blues Festival (and it's free)!

Looking for something to do next weekend? Come out and see legends and locals alike at the 26th annual Chicago Blues Festival.The worlds largest free Blues festival is being held in Grant Park on June 12 – 14. Performances run all day and until 9:30p.m. Slated to perform on Friday afternoon is Pinetop Perkins. Born Will Perkins, this 96 years old master pianist and Mississippi native has been playing the Blues since his teen years. Headlining the Saturday evening show is Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials. Lil’ Ed & the Blue Imperials hail from Chicago’s Westside and won Band of the Year at this 2009 Blues Foundation’s Blues Award.

Food & drinks will be available for purchase on site, but admission is free!For a full performance list & more information, visit Explore Chicago.

Photos provided by the Chicago Office of Tourism. _____________________________

Shanna Quinn is a Galavanting contributing editor and based in Chicago, IL. She likes lattes, going barefoot, when public transit is on time (not that it happens...ever) and of course traveling!


Galavanting Travel News Roundup

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In this episode of Galavanting Travel News Roundup:

TWARES - It's the newest thing from United Airlines. The company started offering special discount fares to its Twitter followers this week. The "twares" are time-sensitive and expire fairly soon after posted - so keep an eye out, and be sure to follow @UnitedAirlines on Twitter.

Conde Nast $25,000 Dream Trip Contest
- Upload a photograph that you took on a memorable trip, and you could win a $25,000 Dream Trip from Conde Nast Traveler Magazine. Their website instructs you to include a caption and "Tell them why this travel moment remains embedded in your mind" by July 31st -- and you'll be entered to win.

Student Eurail Bonus Summer 2009 - Gadling.com reports that those with an International Student Identity Card (ISIC) can add two free days of rail travel to their eight-day Eurail "Select Pass". So...all you Galavanters planning a trip through Europe this summer, check out Gadling's article and make your way to STA Travel who says the offer is available through June and July.

Go Pet-Friendly - Traveling with a pet is about to get a bit easier thanks to a new site launching next week called GoPetFriendly.com. So if you're a big sucker and don't wanna leave your furry friend at home, check out the site's more than 30,000 listings of pet-friendly accommodations before your next trip.

BIXI Montreal - This month the bike-friendly city of Montréal got a new public bike system that will make getting around town fun and eco-friendly. They're called BIXIs, and have 300 locations all across town. For only $5 bucks a day, you can grab a bike at any one of the automated kiosks, swipe a credit card, and then drop it off at the closest station once you're done. Voila. Tourisme Montreal has a great post on its girlfriend getaways blog called BIKE + TAXI = BIXI with a video test drive review.

World Naked Bike Ride - Speaking of bikes... WeirdUniverse.net reminds us of the upcoming June 13th World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR). It's just like it sounds: an international clothing-optional event, spanning 70 cities in 20 countries around the world. Participants ride together in huge - naked - groups on bicycles, and skateboards or rollerblades to protest oil dependency. "It's time to put a stop to the indecent exposure of people and the planet to cars and the pollution they create." says the organization's website: WorldNakedBikeRide.org.


Kim Mance is Galavanting's editor-in-chief and host of Galavanting.tv. She's based in Chicago, IL and some of her other writing can be found at MarieClaire.com, The Huffington Post, and Babble. She has lived abroad, loves traveling, has three kids and is always up for an adventure.
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French Cocktail Hour - House Party June 4th. Location: Your Place


The French government wants the world not to be intimidated by French food and dining. So they thought it would be a nice idea to treat the world (19 countries) to wine and cheese parties on June 4th, 2009. They're forking over 2.1 million bucks to do it, too.

Is that not the wildest thing you have ever heard? And the coolest?

Of course, it could also be seen as a passive aggressive move in response to Bush's 300% increase on the import tariffs for Roquefort which, by the way, Obama still hasn't lifted. Come on. A guy who gets his arugula at Whole Foods must appreciate Roquefort...

But who cares? What are you waiting for? Apply now! It won't cost you a thing.

And not only that, you could win a trip to France!


Pamela Poole is Galavanting contributor, a California girl calling Paris home, a writer, translator, and a francophile entrepreneur.


Hijacker Releases Canadian Hostages & Crew in Jamaica and Now in Custody

The AP is reporting that a hijacker broke through airport security and hijacked a parked CanJet aircraft. CanJet Flight 918 flying from Halifax, Nova Scotia, had made a scheduled landing at Montego Bay when an armed man boarded the aircraft. He is reported to be a mentally challenged man in his twenties and is now in Jamaican police custody.

The airport Sangster International Airport had been shut down, but is now re-opened. All of the passengers were from Canada and are now resting in a local hotel after being released earlier today. The remaining crew were subsequently released unharmed.

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