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Full metal junket: music tourism hits right note with fans

Numbers going overseas for music events are soaring Three thousand heavy metal fans disembarking from a cruise ship in Invergordon, imagine that, says Olaf Furniss, the founder of consultancy Music Tourist. Music cruises are one of the interesting growth areas of music tourism. There has been a boom; it is a real development of the last few years. Furniss is referring to the phenomenon that was the More than 90bn audio streams were listened to by British music fans last year but Furnisss three-year-old consultancy, which focuses on closer collaboration…

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10 of the best pilgrim routes in Europe: readers travel tips

From marching with monks to heavenly Korean food, our tipsters have experienced joy spiritual and earthly on these venerable trails Winning tip: Pilgrims Way, Winchester to Canterbury A 10-day pilgrimage from Winchester to Canterbury, following Hackhurst Downs in Surrey, through a gorgeous yew-lined avenue, which then opened magnificently on to St Benedicts in Paddlesworth (near Maidstone), Kent. Iona, a destination for pilgrims since the seventh century. readers’ tips homepage Was this helpful? Thank you for your feedback. St Margarets Way, Edinburgh to St Andrews The Fife Coastal Path near Anstruther.…

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Egypt unveils discovery of 30 ancient coffins with mummies inside

(CNN)Egyptian authorities on Saturday revealed the contents of 30 ancient wooden coffins discovered in Luxor and yes, they include mummies. The discovery was unveiled in front of Hatshepsut Temple at Valley of the Kings in Luxor. Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany described the 3,000-year-old coffins, which were buried in Al-Asasif Cemetery, as “exceptionally well-preserved, exceptionally well-colored.” They contained the mummified remains of men and women, as well as two children, who are believed to be from the middle class, Waziri said. While the mummies were found completely wrapped in…

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Superyachts and bad art: how Mykonos became the party island of the super-rich

The Greek island has long attracted a glamorous clique, but the influx of billionaires has transformed it into a haven of absurd luxury Theres nowhere to buy a bucket and spade, but you can pick up a 10,000 (9,000) Gucci clutch handbag or a 250,000 piece of graffiti art. This strip of sand, on the south-west coast of the Greek island of Mykonos, is no ordinary beach. Ha ha, no, says Anna, a smartly dressed hostess welcoming guests to Nammos beach club, when I pop by to ask if there…

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40,000-year-old severed wolf’s head discovered in Siberia

(CNN)A 40,000-year-old severed wolf’s head, preserved by permafrost complete with teeth and fur, has been discovered in eastern Siberia. Scientists are now building a digital model of the brain and the skull’s interior for further study, Protopopov said. A team in Stockholm is analyzing the wolf’s DNA. An ancient cave lion cub, an extinct species preserved in Yakutia’s vast areas of permafrost, is also being investigated. As the planet warms, the region is likely to yield more remains, according to Protopopov. “The number of discoveries is growing because of the…

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Sweden by train: from Stockholm to Oslo

There are plenty of opportunities to hop off the train between the two capitals and explore Swedens wilderness, lakeside towns and tiny islands When most people think of Scandinavian travel, they picture fjords, mountains and the dramatic landscapes of the Arctic Circle. But for a slice of authentic Nordic life, consider the lesser-explored central part of Sweden connecting its capital, Stockholm, and Norways first city, Oslo. Scandi map The route is mostly flat, but passes beautiful lakes, chief among them the spectacular Lake Vnern, the largest in the EU, and…

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Italy by train: lazy days around Calabria and the south coast

For author Tim Parks there is joy to be had on local trains in the sultry south, where the pace of life is as leisurely and bewitching as the narrow-gauge railways Suppose you have some summer days to spare. Suppose you have a fondness for trains. Heres the idea. Do the southern coast of Italy. Do it bit by bit, as you feel and as it comes. Not worrying too much about timetables (no one else will), or even about precise destinations. Youre not sightseeing. Just accepting the sun-struck languor…

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Running among the ruins: seeing Cambodia at a trot

A dawn jog around the magnificent temples of Angkor is the perfect way to meet an ancient country with deep roots Temple Run is a relentlessly addictive computer game. The concept is simple enough. Youve stolen a cursed idol from an ancient crumbling temple and now you have to run for your life to escape the evil monkeys gnashing at your heels. The temple run I am doing, however, is much slower, far less frantic and it only features a handful of snoozing macaques. But it is so infinitely more…

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Some beach cities are trying to make this the least fun spring break for college kids

(CNN)Ah, spring break — the time of the year when tens of thousands of college kids head to the beach for fun, sun and shenanigans. But increasingly, these warm-weather locales are giving young partyers a chilly reception. “We are not going to prostitute ourselves for a buck,” Tony Kennon, mayor of Orange Beach, Alabama, told CNN. Miami Beach is warning students with a catchy but dire slogan In Miami Beach, where hordes of rowdy youngsters have become a liability to one of the world’s top tourist destinations, police this year…

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Trash, toilet odor build at national parks amid government shutdown

(CNN)California’s Joshua Tree National Park on Wednesday will become the latest casualty of the federal government’s partial shutdown, closing campgrounds amid health and safety concerns over near-capacity pit toilets. “The park is being forced to take this action for health and safety concerns as vault toilets reach capacity,” the park service said. “In addition to human waste in public areas, driving off-road and other infractions that damage the resource are becoming a problem.” The National Park Service also said the shutdown prevented it from making staff available to “provide guidance,…

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Colin O’Brady makes history with solo mission across Antarctica

Floppy-eared pups aren't as scary as pointy-eared ones, according to the TSA.Image: BARBARA BRADY-SMITH, getty images /HERO IMAGES Expect to see more floppy-eared good boys at your local airport in 2019.  In an effort to put passengers at ease, the Transportation Security Administration says it is deploying more floppy-eared dogs to detect explosives in airports. Their pointy-eared brethren, apparently, tend to make us more nervous.     SEE ALSO: TSA seeks homes for dogs who flunked training or retired “We find the passenger acceptance of floppy-ear dogs is just better,” TSA…

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PR Disaster: United Airlines Has Apologized To A Passenger After The Bomb In His Suitcase Was Destroyed Mid-Flight

United Airlines has been no stranger to PR disasters in recent years, but unfortunately, this devastating new development takes the cake: The beleaguered air carrier has apologized to a passenger after the bomb in his suitcase was destroyed mid-flight. Bradley Horne was flying from the U.K. to Washington, D.C. on what should have been an otherwise easy airplane trip. But when he boarded the plane with a briefcase containing an improvised explosive device, a flight attendant took the bag from him and carelessly stowed it in a crammed overhead bin.…

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The Trump Slump Hits U.S. Tourism

Summertime, but where are the foreign tourists? Ever since our forty-fifth president was elected, tourism to the United States from foreign countries has steadily droppedin the face of a world-wide boom in traveland the authoritative U.S. Travel Association has just provided me with figures projecting a further drop in 2018, from a share of worldwide tourism of 12.0 percent in 2017 to 11.7 percent this year. And this is after a drop in Trumps first year in office from 12.9 percent. Though the numbers and differentials look small in percentages,…

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New University Rules Encourage Scientists to Avoid Air Travel

Last December, on a dark evening in Baltimore, Anna Scott left her apartment and dragged her bag three minutes to the train station. She eventually caught her train, the Crescent, claimed a comfortable seat to cuddle up in, and took out her laptop full of files related to her PhD work on urban temperature at Johns Hopkins. The Crescent would be her home for the next 27 hours. The same weekend, Arvind Ravikumar, a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford, showed up at the train station in Los Angeles and got on…

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Betrayed: This 26-Year-Olds Parents Told Her Shed Have To Buy Her Own Plane Ticket Home For Thanksgiving

Twenty-six-year-old Amber Ferland assumed Thanksgiving this year would be like any other: relaxing with family, eating home-cooked food, and catching up on sleep. But then an unthinkable tragedy befell her out of nowhere. Less than two months before the annual holiday, Amber’s parents informed her she would have to pay for her own flight home for Thanksgiving this year. “They paid for my flight from Boston back home to Atlanta all through college and for each of the past four years,” Amber explained amidst this understandably trying time. “This year,…

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