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Europe’s most curious Christmas traditions

From logs that “poo” presents to Santa Claus’s evil alter ego who scares children... Did you know that there are lots of different Christmas traditions across Europe? We share many Christmas traditions, but there may be some that you’ve never heard of.

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Rialto Bridge

The Rialto Bridge is one of the architectural icons of Venice and the oldest of the four bridges that cross the Gran Canal.

It was built between 1588 and 1591 with a design by the architect Antonio da Ponte made in stone to replace one that previously existed in wood that was destroyed in a fire.

The main feature of this bridge is that it seems to break from the architectural tradition of building Roman-style bridges based on medium-height arches towards a new type of lower arch constructions.

However, its five hundred years of history are taking their toll and, like so many other monuments in Venice, it is suffering from serious degradation – especially on its columns.

Numerous little shops and market stalls can be found near the bridge.

Picture: Rüdiger Wölk

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Christmas in Russia

Christmas is full of traditions and every country, city and home has their own. Year after year you have the same traditions: buy a big Christmas tree, decorate it with tinsel, have family meals, sing Christmas songs, etc. Fancy enjoying a different kind of Christmas this year? Next stop: Christmas in Russia!

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The best carnivals in Europe

Costumes, parades, music and colour are at the heart of all carnivals, but every city has its owns customs and traditions. Today we would like to invite you to travel and discover what the carnival is like across Europe.

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