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vtravelled Weekly Round-Up w/c 11th July

by andrew July 2011 - last edited February 2013 by Community Manager

This week's web round-up brings links, tips, news and summer fun for foodies, festival lovers and thrill seekers…


Franschhoek's French Festival

Anyone in Cape Town this weekend should head out the Winelands and hit the Franschhoek Bastille Festival for two days of French-themed fun including fencing, fine food and wines, boules, and er, barrel rolling.



LA Street Food Fest

Los Angeles is known for being the one of the West's best places for food on the go and this weekend everything comes together at the second annual LA Street Food Fest. We'd love to be there for what looks like an amazing line-up with quality Korean, Hawaiian, Italian and Japanese fast food. Naturally there's plenty of amazing Mexican fare, from tacos to tequila too. Plus ice cream!



Fuji Freefall

At the base of the Japan's famous mountain, the Fuji-Q Highland amusement park has just opened its newest attraction, Takabisha: the world's steepest rollercoaster, which travels at 100 km/h and has a 121° (!) drop. To be honest, our heads went a bit funny just watching the video:

Lilypad Lapse at BBG

If you feel like a lie down after that, perhaps relax with this lovely calming video taken by the lily pond at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, one of our recommended gardens this week.

Virgin FreeFest

If you're planning on being in Washington D.C. in September, you've picked the right time as the Virgin Mobile FreeFest is set to hit nearby Columbia, Maryland. Yes, it's free and takes place at the fabulous Merriweather Post Pavillion with a pretty impressive line-up including The Black Keys, Patti Smith, TV On The Radio, Calvin Harris and Cee-Lo Green. Tickets go on (non-)sale today, so get on it…

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Andrew Bowman

Andrew is an occasional contributor to the Virgin Atlantic blog. He lived in the Japanese countryside for two years until he could no longer resist the pull of London's galleries, pubs and clubs. He likes to pretend he can speak Japanese and also sometimes writes about music.