SPAIN IN ONE WEEK: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE; James Getgood; Intrepid Travel

 

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Mycenae and Epidaurus Day Trip from Athens; Dave Briggs; Dave’s Travel Pages

Greece – Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus

Explore two UNESCO World Heritage sites in Greece during this Mycenae and Epidaurus day trip from Athens. See the Tomb of Agamemnon in Mycenae, the outstanding theatre of Epidaurus and more as you journey back into Ancient Greece.

The Birthplace of Ancient Greece

Mycenae was once the most powerful kingdom of the ancient Greek world. Rising to prominence in 1300 BC, this was the city from where King Agamemnon launched his war against Troy. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with its most famous features being the Lion’s Gate and the magnificent tombs. If you are only staying in Athens for a few days, it might be difficult to reach Mycenae by yourself. My suggestion is that you might want to consider an organised day trip from Athens. This way, you can also see Epidaurus, Corinth Canal and Nafplio.

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Turkey’s new Troy Museum to draw 1 million tourists, celebrities; Daily Sabah

Turkey – Archaeological Site of Troy

The new Museum of Troy in Turkey’s western Çanakkale province is expected to draw 1 million tourists in its inaugural year, including several Hollywood celebrities who were invited by the Turkish government.

Turkey’s government declared 2018 the “Year of Troy” in honor the 20th anniversary of the ancient city’s recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The 10,000-square-meter museum which cost TL 50 million will showcase archeological findings of the ancient city, as well as 24 gold pieces known as the treasures of Helen of Troy, which were returned to Turkey from the United States after 125 years.

The Hollywood actors who starred in the 2004 movie Troy, including Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eric Bana and Orlando Bloom, have been invited to visit the museum by Tourism and Culture Ministry.

The ministry has planned multiple events to mark the “Year of Troy,” including war reenactments, symposiums and Trojan-themed performances.

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Towards a more inclusive community-based tourism development; Curacao Chronicle

Netherlands – Historic Area of Willemstad, Inner City and Harbour, Curaçao

WILLEMSTAD – Punda is unique compared to many other islands in the Caribbean. Curaçao’s city center has authentic historical buildings and our Handelskade is on the UNESCO world heritage list. Cruise tourism is growing rapidly, and tourists are spending locally. Punda is doing well, but we’re not there yet.

Old Punda, New Punda

In the old times Punda was the throbbing heart of the island. When you needed to get your shopping done or if you were looking for entertainment, you went to Punda. The city was full of life and it had an atmosphere that attracted large numbers of people on a daily basis. Then other shopping areas began to emerge around the island and Punda lost some of its luster. This trend developed further and at a certain point Punda became empty.

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26 tourist landmarks in Europe that are worth lining up for, according to top travel experts; Bobbie Edsor; Business Insider

UK – Giant’s Causeway and Causeway Coast

We’ve all been there.

You’ve gone to the Eiffel Tower on your first day in Paris. Now you’re three hours deep in queues and your schedule for the rest of the weekend has been thrown off.

Then you reach the top of the iconic tower, take in your surroundings, and realise that the very best thing about Paris’s skyline is missing from your view.

There are many tourist traps which sound great in theory but will eat into your holiday in a big way. Once you go, you realise that — although they look great on a postcard — they aren’t entirely worth the visit.

But there are plenty of landmarks that are worth the wait. Business Insider asked travel experts from the likes of Lonely Planet, Rare Escapes, and KAYAK for their favourite European landmarks that are actually worth visiting.

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Top 10 Trending Destinations in the World for 2018, According to TripAdvisor; Anoop Menon; India.com

Latvia – Historic Centre of Riga

The year is still new, and TripAdvisor has some interesting choices for your next big international destination for 2018.

TripAdvisor recently revealed its Travellers’ Choice Awards for destinations that are ‘on the rise’, based on booking interest and positive feedback from travelers. And there are some interesting entries in this list. From a little-known Japanese island to more than a few up-and-coming gems in Eastern Europe, you’ll find plenty of ideas here to plan out your next international trip. So let’s jump right into it and see what TripAdvisor has to advise us.

1. Ishigaki, Japan

The island of Ishigaki ranks first in TripAdvisor’s list, quite a feat for a lesser-known Japanese island. Ishigaki got high praise for its tranquil blue waters and clean beach stretches with soft white sand. The island also has dense mangrove forests and tall mountains to scale.

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Why Cappadocia Needs To Be On Your 2018 Bucket List; Erica Fong; Hong Kong Tattler

Turkey – Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia

Discover the land of fairy chimneys, cave homes and hot-air balloons

Taking flight

It’s 5am and we’re standing in a dark valley in Cappadocia. Severely jetlagged and shivering from the cold, our group of pan-Asian journalists can barely keep our eyes open, let alone see what’s in front of us … but no one’s complaining. Huddled around, cameras at the ready, we wait in anticipation as our hot-air balloon gets inflated.

Our eyes gradually adjust and the silhouettes of a dozen other hot-air balloons start to appear around us—their bulbous shadows blending seamlessly into the distant skyline of Cappadocia’s famed cave homes and fairy chimneys.

The result of millions of years of natural erosion, this otherworldly Anatolian landscape is what makes a hot-air balloon ride over Cappadocia such a coveted bucket list item.

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Egypt: A Luxury Small Group Tour; Luxury Escapes

Egypt – Memphis and its Necropolis – the Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshur

Take an enchanting tour to visit the pyramids and tombs of ancient Egypt on this once-in-a-lifetime 10-day, small-group tour, including a four-night, all-inclusive luxury cruise on the famous Nile. Stay in luxurious five-star accommodation – including Mena House which sits mere minutes from the Pyramids of Giza – as you uncover thousands of years of history. See the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World, the Great Pyramid of Giza, the astounding Valley of the Kings – home to the tomb of Tutankhamun, the ruins of the ancient city of Memphis and other incredible sights. All this plus all internal flights, a tour of Abu Simbel, the services of expert local guides and more.

Highlights

From sweeping deserts to bustling cities, majestic temples to colourful souks, Egypt is full of charming locations just waiting for you to explore.

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Capitol Complex buildings lack fire safety: Consultant; Ramkrishan Upadhyay; Tribune India

India – The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement

Buildings at the Capitol Complex have failed to meet fire safety norms. Sources said glaring lapses had come to the fore in a report prepared by a Mumbai-based heritage architect, Abha Narain Lambah, who had been given the task of preparing a conservation and management plan for the Capitol Complex.

The sources said the consultant had mentioned the fire safety audit of the buildings conducted by the fire department of the Municipal Corporation.

The Capitol Complex comprises three buildings — the Secretariat, the Assembly and the High Court. Monuments such as Geometric Hill, the Tower of Shadows, Open Hand and Martyrs’ Memorial — are also part of the Capitol Complex. Consultant mentioned that despite glaring shortcomings in the fire safety audit of the MC, nothing was done to remove these.

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Belize Protects Barrier Reef with Offshore Oil Ban; Monica Poling; Travel Pulse

Belize – Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System

The Government of Belize has halted all offshore drilling to help protect the world’s second-largest barrier reef.

In what the UNESCO World Heritage Centre is calling a “major milestone,” the Government of Belize has put into effect a full stop on all offshore oil exploration. Including activity within the region that makes up the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System World Heritage site.

“The World Heritage Committee has always taken a strong position that oil and gas exploration or exploitation activities are incompatible with World Heritage status. This moratorium is fully in line with this,” said Mechtild Rössler, Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. “I would like to congratulate the Belize Government for its leadership and thank both civil society and the government for working tirelessly hand-in-hand to safeguard this site for future generations.”

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