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April showers

An antique Smigus Dyngus box found in
a junk shop. Photograph: Oginia Tabisz If you’re heading over to eastern Europe for a spring break this weekend you may be in for a surprise. The Poles take Easter very seriously – it is the most important event in the Catholic calendar – with processions, fireworks, bell ringing, blessings and religious rituals bringing the country to a

standstill.

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Road Trips

1 – Norway

The Atlantic Road zigzags across 12 low bridges that jut out over the sea, linking the islands between Molde (famous for its annual Jazz festival in July) and Kristiansund in the western Fjords. The Hustadvika is an infamous stretch of ocean and in storm it’s fantastically dramatic. In calmer weather you might spot whales and seals. Classic Travelling (0870 350 0122, classictravelling.com) includes the Atlantic Road on a nine-night trip with ferry crossings from Newcastle to Bergen for £1,100pp.

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