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Crazy festival to welcome Spring – Valencia & Fallas

In the Boston area we might celebrate spring by going out for a hike, running outdoors, hiding our shovel, etc. But how do they celebrate the end of Winter in Mediterranean Spain? Here we introduce Las Fallas! Las Fallas is undoubtedly one of the most unique and crazy festivals in Spain. Then again, Spain is a country known for its unique and odd fiestas. What started as a feast day for St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters, has evolved into a 5-day, multifaceted celebration involving fire. Valencia, a quiet city with a population of just over 1 million, swells to an estimated 3 million flame-loving revelers during Las Fallas celebrations. During this 5 days, there are a multitude of...

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Barcelona's best preserved historical shops

Shopping  in Barcelona -or any other town in the world- is a great way to enjoy and experience the city with all your senses and get something special -maybe just a selfie- to remember your trip or to offer as a present to your beloved ones.  Here our top six of Barcelona's historic shops where you will most certainly find unique stuff instead of tourist junk.  1. L’Arca de l’Avia - Antique and vintage-style clothes and accessories. C/Banys Nous 20 L’Arca de l’Avia participated in the costuming for movies like Titanic, and Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (filmed in Barcelona). So even if you want to see period fashion design to find inspiration or if you are planning a  Downton Abbey theme party ... then this boutique is a must....

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Brazil 2014

Today marks the beginning of the World Cup, and here at Vogas we couldn’t be more excited.Undoubtedly the largest sporting event in the world, the World Cup has been held every four years since 1930 (with the exception of two cancellations due to World War II), making this the 20th World Cup. Of those 20 champions born from the competition, Brazil has claimed the FIFA World Cup Trophy an astonishing five times. Combined with the fact that they have home field advantage, the Brazilians are a big favorite to win for a sixth time.While you’re waiting for kick-off, Shakira’s newest song dedicated to Brazil 2014 may get you in the mood for some good old fútbol. The music video features Brazilian...

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Beirut

The list of our favorite bands without a doubt would have to start with Beirut. While an American group there does not seem to be a better word for their style of music than "International" or "World," combining the folk music from far flung areas such as Mexico, the Balkans, France, and more to create a style totally unique to Beirut. One of the things we love most about Beirut is their willingness to be unconventional, drawing inspiration from seemingly disparate themes and styles to give you something truly beautiful and unique to cherish.  At Vogas we have always chosen a similar course, that of bringing together unique European styles into one, giving a touch of creativity to the classic...

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Eclectic Drexler

Uruguayan singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler came to the world's attention with his 2005 Oscar for the song "Al Otro Lado del Río" from the acclaimed movie The Motorcycle Diaries. Born in Montevideo, Drexler is the son of German Jews who immigrated to South America just before World War II. His music is a combination of Uruguayan traditional music (candombe, murga, milonga, tango), bossa nova, pop and jazz that results in very personal compositions with original arrangements that reflect on love, identity, race and religion. As Drexler's music, Vogas has mixed the colorful influences from tradition (Mediterranean in our case) with original arrangements inspired by art and urban culture. Enjoy the blend! 

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