Sometimes the magic works and the most carefully planned trip gets a boost on the thrill meter from unexpected sources. Like visiting the small town of Bad Soden- Salmuenster on that one day out of the year when the whole town turns out to honor commitments made hundreds years earlier to pilgrimage miles away to a holy shrine to acknowledge deliverance from the Swedes. Or visiting Berlin the day "the wall came down." Or in Venice, in late November to witness their version of Thanksgiving as they construct a special pontoon bridge across the canal to the Madonna del Salute cathedral. Or check into the hotel in San Juan only to realize that there's an internationally known celebrity in concert at the Moro Castle. Or book a trip to Hong Kong over Lunar New Year. Or be in Malta on the way to Gozo - only to get enmeshed in an enormous wedding celebration. Or in Mexico in an outlying province that celebrates it's own "off season" Day of the Dead observances. I've tried to replicate the spontaneity factor by researching the ports ahead of time to target similar experiences - with varying degrees of success.
When the Magic Works - Value Added from Calendar Coincidences
W3e had a similar experience. We arrived in Budapest on St Stephen's day. We were treated to beautiful fireworks and airplanes flying under a bridge. We had front row seat right from our boat.
Wow, great experiences thanks for sharing.