I'm planning a RTW trip starting fall 2006 for my gap year. I'm trying to plan at least some of the trip around major events in cities I'm visting. Besides reading each country's travel guide, are there any comprehensive lists that you know of with major festivals around the world? Or does anyone have any omigod-you-have-to-go-there-and-see-this ideas? I'm looking for unique things that you might have seen and really reccomend. An amazing party you went to? Great eating? Best festival ever? Anything you can think of would be fabulous. Thanks much!
Spring Racing Carnival, Melbourne, Australia. This week long horse racing carnival is held in November - the most famous day being the Melbourne Cup - held on the first Tuesday in November every year. Why the best party? Imagine thousands of young people - guys in suits, girls glammed up in dresses, hats or facinators (you might need to google that!) - with the best champagne, enjoying the sunshine on green lawns dotted with roses .. absolutely the best party ever (and I've been to Octoberfest!). Good luck!
And I have been to the Melbourne Cup, twice.. great day