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WHERE TO GO -- 2010
LOVERS of Jane Austen will flock to
the Jane Austen Festival in Canberra
from April 15-18 for five days of music,
fashion, dance, food and readings.
There will be a Very Special Regency
Dinner (traditional English roast dinner
and desserts) with concert, guest
speaker, dance displays and entertain-
ment from Jane Austen's day, a Grand
Regency Ball, Grand Regency
Promenade and Picnic, and an exhibi-
tion of fashion, prints and rare books.
There will also be a theatre adapta-
tion of Austen's Sense and Sensibility,
and a novel event entitled Undressing
To get into the mood, you can even
commission a gown, hire a dress or
order a bonnet pattern to wear.
THERE is nothing in the world quite
like the Harbin Ice Festival. Each
year the town in the most north-easterly
part of China is transformed into an
amazing wonderland of ice and snow
Visitors rug up against temperatures
as low as -30 Celsius to enjoy snow
carvings, ice lanterns and firework dis-
plays. Many strip off to swim in the
The Harbin International Ice Festival
is one of world's four largest ice festi-
vals, along with Japan's Sapporo Snow
Festival, Canada's Quebec Winter
Carnival and Norway's Ski Festival.
Travel Directors has an 18-day tour
to the festival which also features
stopovers in Shanghai, Suzhou, Beijing,
Jinan, Qingdao, Qufu (birthplace of
Confucius), and Tai'an, gateway to the
sacred Mt Tai.
The tour is priced at $6997 per per-
son twin share.
COMBINE a holiday on Norfolk Island
with a week of wonderful concerts by
the renowned Operatif! Company.
Opera in Paradise focuses on popular
opera and song, plus favourites for piano
The line-up includes soprano Jennifer
Parish, baritone Stewart Cameron and
others from Operatif!, The Qld Pops
Orchestra Trio, distinguished pianists Max
Olding and Pamela Page, and brilliant
Tongan tenor Benjamin Fifita Makisi, who
recently sang in concert with Dame Kiri Te
"For anyone who enjoys opera and
music, we guarantee a week of sheer
pleasure," said Operatif's Jennifer Parish.
Travel Associates has a seven-night
accommodation, airfare, car rental and
entertainment package to the festival
which runs from February 15-19.
Prices start from $1729 per person
twin share from Brisbane and $1789 per
person from Sydney
Festival information www.operatif.com.au
Harbin turns to ice.
Enjoy opera on Norfolk Island.
ALASKA'S Iditarod, the dog-sledding
competition known as the last great
race on Earth, kicks off in south-central
Mushers and their teams of 12 to 16
dogs traverse almost 1850km of rough but
The 49th State throws jagged mountain
ranges, frozen rivers, dense forest, deso-
late tundra, and miles of windswept coast
at the mushers and their teams. Add to that
temperatures that fall far below zero, winds
that cause complete loss of visibility, and
the hazards of overflow, long hours of dark-
ness, treacherous climbs and side hills.
Mushers of both sexes and every voca-
tion (lawyers, fishermen, artists, natives)
from around the globe go the distance
each year behind their canine companions.
Every musher has a different tactic,
each a special menu for feeding and
snacking the dogs, and each a different
strategy. Some run by day, others by night.
All must carry an arctic parka, a heavy
sleeping bag, an axe, snowshoes, musher
food, dog food, and boots for each dog's
feet to protect against cutting ice and hard-
packed snow injuries.
An Iditarod competitor with her dogs.
Next month we preview events
for May, June, July and
Jane Austen fans turn out.
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