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Austria: Visual & Performing Arts

Why stick to staring at the stationary art pieces inside museums and galleries, when you can immerse yourself in the bright pageantry of an Austrian art festival? Pack your bags and prepare to discover Austria’s visual and performance art scene with the help of your favorite car rental company, Kemwel.

The human body is transformed into a vibrant canvas of imagery at the Pörtschach World Body Painting Festival, one of the most distinctive visual arts events in Europe. This summer exhibition is devoted to turning the planes and curves of muscle and epidermis into dramatic colorful landscapes with the talented ingenuity of international artists. Participating models are more than mere vessels for these exotic and provocative works. They need a flair for the dramatic that makes their expressions and movements an extension of the artistic armor they’re encased in.

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The contours and colors of the mobile canvases are stunning.

If you can bear to tear yourself away from the eye-catching contours and colors of the many mobile canvases strolling through the festival grounds, there is a full spectrum of side events for all ages including the opportunity to get some temporary art on your own skin.

Prestidigitators versed in the arts of sleight of hand and distraction, aerial, acrobatics artists who swing from a trapeze, silent mummers, and dancers who play with fire–the International Street Art Festival of Linz is brimming with acts and actors who will shock and astound you. Listen to the special program of music in one of the designated sounds courts or the hot Latin rhythms of the Samba Parade. Numerous venues in Linz participate and provide event space for the festival every year, and should you be visiting with children, there is also a well-rounded program of kid-friendly events too!

While the number of music festivals dedicated to classical masters in Austria is immense, there are still chances for someone whose tastes run to more alternative styles to find a line-up to their liking. The FM4 Frequency Festival in St. Polten caters to eclectic tastes with a mix of German and Austrian bands interspersed with more recognizable names from the airwaves. Get the skinny from your fellow concert-goers on how to stretch your musical horizons with any unfamiliar names and make some new friends and acquaintances in the process. Some of 2014’s performances include artists like Placebo, Blink 182, The Neighbourhood, The Eclectic Moniker and Jimmy Eat World.

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Dance workshops for beginners to professionals looking to learn a new trick or two are available.

Aspiring and active dancers will find a home to hone their art at Impuls Tanz in Vienna. Workshops are organized for the dancing hopeful, the advanced and everywhere in between. Whether you choose to dabble in the graceful, delicate movements of ballet or to explore a more modern flow, if you’re comfortable with dancing, but lack confidence on stage, and even if you need to work on perfecting your technique, a wonderful diversity of dance programs allow for your varying level of interest and skill. If you’d rather be an appreciative audience member than to stand on the stage yourself, there is also an excellent variety of international performances to choose from. A new South African interpretation of Swan Lake promises to change the way you look at Tchaikovsky’s well-known ballet, or the production Deep Dish from an Austrian choreographer, Chris Haring, brings something entirely new to the stage.

Are you ready to spend your summer vacation exploring Austria’s outstanding array of artistic events and festivals? Not until you confirm your Kemwel car rental! In three, easy steps, you can book your rental car in Austria online. We guarantee the cheapest rates for renting a car in Austria and offer convenient pick-up locations across the country. Kemwel provides toll-free access to speak with our car rental reservation specialists 24/7 at 1-877-820-0668. With the peak season of travel upon us, get ready to finish finessing the details of your Austrian vacation with Kemwel!

A Colorful Array of Summer Festivals: Europe

Indulge your cultural curiosity while staying appraised of local events, festivals and activities with the help of Kemwel’s travel experts! Add a little color to your travels in these sensational European cities.

La Notte Rosa ITALY

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It’s time to go pink!

Just a short car ride from the border of France, the Italian Riviera has somehow managed to fly under the radar of many sun-worshipping hopefuls in lieu of visiting its more prominent neighbor, the French Riviera. This half-moon crescent of coastline from Comacchio to Cattotica is a picturesque landscape of azure waves, welcoming sands, and the destination for one of Italy’s most dynamic summer parties, Pink Night!

Pink Night party-goers are swathed clothes and accessories in rosy hues as they immerse themselves in pulsating sounds of international DJs and thrum of musician’s instruments. Catch a theatrical performance and dance the night away at the discotheques—everywhere you go, you’re buoyed by the frenetic vibes of this grand event. In the sky, explosions of pink pyrotechnics burst in profusion from dozens of sandy shores, while ocean waters are bathed in pink illuminations. While Rimini is the focal point of festivities, more than 25 mile stretches of beachfront towns along either side of the city collaborate in fostering the elements of the infectiously, electric atmosphere.

La fête de la Lavande FRANCE

Venerated for both its delicate fragrance and herbal qualities, French lavender is most commonly associated with the region of Provence in Southern France. Drivers follow the scenic Lavender Road which winds through the countryside, past the wild and cultivated growth of this aromatic, purple flower.

The star of Provence tourism is undoubtedly the regions lavender fields, and during the summer months, villages throughout the region celebrate their floral bounty with a series of welcoming festivals. Stroll through the lavender fields and pick your own fragrant bouquet souvenirs, or watch the speed and skill executed by participants hewing lavender in the sickle competition. Market stalls sell botanic lavender wares in every possible form, from authentic perfumes and candies, to soaps and sachets. The lavender parade that takes place in Digne-les-Baines goes so far as to incorporate a truck filled with lavender water that disperses the scent as it leads the procession through the town. Take your car rental on a tour from the rural communities to the more commonly recognized cities in Provence like Avignon and Aix-en-Provence who also host their own lavender based events and activities.

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French lavender is venerated for its delicate fragrance and herbal qualities.

La Noche Blanca del Flamenco SPAIN

The city of Córdoba is a bonafide cultural landmine in the region of Andalusia, Spain. Iberian, Roman and Islamic influences have all shaped Córdoba into the aesthetic and intellectual treasure that it is today.

The White Night of Flamenco (La Noche Blanca del Flamenco) is one of the many exceptional, summer events you’ll find in Córdoba from year to year. Original pieces are carefully written and choreographed exclusively for this event. The scintillating footsteps of Flamenco dancers echo across stages and on street corners across the city, while musical performances with enthrall you with their powerful and passion infused sounds. There is an eclectic program of activities scattered throughout the city, to further engage your senses. You could visit Córdoba at any time during the year, but we recommend scheduling your travels to coincide with one of these captivating occasions.

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The scintillating movements and punctuated footsteps of Flamenco dancers radiate across stages and on street corners across Córdoba

There are even more colorful cultural events to discover on your travels in Europe throughout the year! Your Kemwel car rental gives you the freedom and flexibility to explore each destination at a pace that suits your individual needs. Take advantage of our price match guarantee and exceptional special offers using Kemwel’s simple, online booking engine. Knowledgeable rental car reservationists are available 24/7 toll-free at 1-877-820-0668. Confirm your next car rental online today!

Remembering Mom, Wherever Your Travels Take You

The best way to keep children home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant—and to let the air out of the tires. ~ Dorothy Parker

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First Day of School

Since the first time we walked out the front door of our homes, not only unaccompanied by mom, but out of her immediate visual (and vocal) range, it was only the beginning of our progression towards exercising our independence—and the start of our mother’s worries.

Let Mother’s Day be a reminder that it’s natural for the woman who has nourished, cherished and watched us grow through the years to find our life’s travels, trials and tribulations of continuing importance.

There are many ways to show our mothers (who really only have our best interests at heart) that we care, and offer them a window into facets of our lives that as adults they’re no longer privy to on a daily basis.

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Surprise your mother with a letter, or a postcard from your travels.

Pen to Paper

My highest recommendation goes to the honest-to-goodness, pen-to-paper, handwritten letter that requires an envelope to be sealed, stamped and mailed. Who does that anymore? Guess what, you do, and here’s why; it’s personal. When was the last time YOU received something in the mail that wasn’t a bill, an advertisement, or a card for a birthday/holiday? It’s been a while, right?

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Your childhood, artistic Endeavors.

Now think, who’s the person that still hordes all those awkward drawings from when you were a kid? You know the ones I mean, where family members are represented by stick-figures, and weird, blockish shapes with small dots or big circles for eyes. The newspaper clippings and any other form of type-face where your name or likeness has been printed are all carefully preserved along with your questionable artwork after all this time. How much do you think a woman that has saved all of that would appreciate a letter that you took time to handwrite, hmm?

Mother is a verb. It’s something you do. Not just who you are. ~ Cheryl Lacey Donovan
App Savvy

A second option that still offers the personal touch of mailed correspondence is provided by the thriving industry of electronic apps. Postagram, Postino and Montage are examples of apps that allow you to use original, relevant photos that can be converted into tangible mementos. For example, a trip to Italy is the perfect photo opportunity to share with mom. Snap a photo as you’re propelled down the famous Venetian canals in a gondola, taking a driving tour of the verdant Tuscany wine region, or participating in one of Italy’s colorful, cultural events

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Try an app that transforms your original photography into tangible postcards!

Follow the simple steps to completing the process of converting your photography into beautifully colored postcards with a brief, thoughtful message, which will be delivered directly to mum’s door.

While a postcard doesn’t provide much space for full disclosure of your activities and doesn’t cater to towards verbosity as a letter would, a picture is worth a thousand words.

There is no way to be a perfect mom, and a million ways to be a good one. ~ Jill Churchill

Whether you’re a student or an adult traveling abroad, one of the most expedient, modern methods of letting people (like mom) know you’ve arrived to your destination safely is via social media. I’ve found the check-in option on Facebook is a quick and efficient way to say, “Here!” and it covers many friendly and familial bases at once.

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Using the check-in option on Facebook is an expedient way to let your mom know you’ve arrived safely.

Many airports offer WiFi as a courtesy to passengers, so simply find one of these hubs to note your arrival before moving on to the next phase of your adventure.

There are also many apps which allow participating parties to follow each other’s whereabouts. I used Life360 when taking a U.S. road trip this past summer which my parents and siblings have accounts for. As I progressed towards their respective residences from Maine to North Carolina to Arizona, then back east to Kansas and eventually back towards Maine, they were able to track my location with no extra effort on my part. Okay, it IS a little bit creepy, but it is also effective!

Thoughtful Gifting

A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest. ~ Irish Proverb
We have a tendency to build up holidays to the point where they are an obligation that causes undue anxiety amongst all parties involved, instead of being light-hearted and fun. I fully support a day that pays homage to motherhood, but I also believe that quality time spent and thoughtful, spontaneous gifting, with no agenda, is so much more satisfying.

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Try giving mom a sincere gift found spontaneously.

Say you’re on an extended trip to Paris, France. Some sunny afternoon, as you’re walking along the Seine, your eye is caught by the tail of a scarf, waving gently in the breeze from the rack of a merchants stall. It is the exact shade of your mother’s favorite color. Her birthday isn’t any time soon, it’s not Mother’s Day, Christmas, or any other conceivable holiday, but it is something you know she’d wear with regularity. That moment of happenstance is the opportune time to make a purchase. The story of how you chose this gift will also be that much more fulfilling to her than, “Well, I needed to get you something, didn’t I?”

Bring the holiday focus back to celebrating your familial ties. If you’re more comfortable having those gifting options for the upcoming calendar events, try setting aside those unanticipated, purchases for then. This way you feel as emotionally satisfied giving the present, as your mother will receiving it!

Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother. ~ Oprah Winfrey

Mother's Day,

Are you planning an international vacation with the mom in your life?

Whether your maternal connections are biological, or of the heart, let the mother in your life know she is loved and appreciated every chance you get!

When was the last time your mother went on an international vacation? From the cheapest car rentals and accommodations, to airfare and GPS services , plan a fun-filled holiday with mom with the expert help of Kemwel!

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