Travel

Iraq reopens Nassiriya museum to visitors after 25 years

Nassiriya Museum has reopened for the first time since its closure in 1991 after it was looted during a Shi’ite uprising in southern Iraq. Built in 1969, the museum was pillaged and destroyed during the uprising, prompting the then government of Saddam Hussein to close the facility and move remaining artifacts to Baghdad. Situated in the southern city of Nassiriya, the museum is the second largest in Iraq after Baghdad’s Iraq Museum. It has more […]

Life goes swimmingly for newborn hippo

The San Diego Zoo on Tuesday (March 24) announced the birth of a hippopotamus and, so far, things appear to be going swimmingly. The birth of the hippo took place around 6:30 AM Monday (March 23). The sex of the animal is yet to be determined. Animal keepers are keeping a close eye on the mother and calf, which appears to be nursing and doing well. The mother, 30-year-old Funani, also gave birth last year, […]

Auto show displaying high end cars, bikes begins in Chennai

A four-day automobile exhibit, ‘Auto Circuit’, kicked off in India’s southern Chennai city on Thursday (March 19). High-end and luxury cars and bikes were displayed at the event, which was flagged off by Alisha Abdullah, the first woman National Racing Champion. Automobiles of several luxury brands, including Jaguar, Land Rover, Mini Cooper, Mercedes-Benz, Harley Davidson, Honda, etc have been displayed. “This is like directly going and if you want to test-drive, you can take test-drive […]

Traveling chocolate exhibition in vintage train car sweetens Paris stations

Passengers waiting to catch their trains in Paris’ Gare de Lyon on Tuesday (March 17) indulged their sweet tooth at a traveling exhibition on chocolate that took place in a vintage train. The Chocolate Train, as it’s called, spans four cars of an old passenger train that will visit each major Paris train station this week, allowing passengers to take a trip through the vast history of chocolate and its production process and highlighting France’s […]

San Diego Zoo raises two Dalmatian pelican chicks

The San Diego Zoo is taking care of a couple of new residents. The Zoo’s Avian Propagation Center is raising two Dalmatian pelican chicks – one of the rarest pelican species in the world. The chicks, one only 2-days old and one 11-days old, were born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, but their parents were unable to raise them. The chicks will be taken care of at the Avian Propagation Center until they’re […]

S. African granny dives with sharks to celebrate 100th birthday

A great-grandmother marked her 100th birthday by swimming with sharks off the South African coast on Monday (March 16). Wearing a full body diving suit, Georgina Haywood climbed into a submerged cage to see the sharks under water. “An experience of a lifetime at the end of my life,” she later said. She carried out the daring feat two days after tandem skydiving in Cape Town. Haywood, who planned a number of activities to celebrate […]

Weak euro is good news for American tourists in Paris

American tourists in Paris said on Monday (March 16) that they were more likely to travel to Europe since the euro’s slide towards parity with the dollar, and that once in Europe they were likely to make more purchases. “You don’t feel like you’re spending quite so much. And it’s almost one to one in a way right now between the U.S. dollar and the euro, so it’s also very easy to convert in your […]

Butterfly Jungle opens at San Diego Zoo

Thousands of butterflies floated and fluttered around the Hidden Jungle Aviary at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park as children and adults alike marveled at the beautiful winged insects. The attendees were treated to a sneak peek of the Safari Park’s annual springtime event, Butterfly Jungle, which opens Saturday (March 14) and runs through April 12. At Butterfly Jungle, the walk-through Hidden Jungle aviary has been transformed into a temporary home for more than 30 […]

Hong Kong business tycoon welcomes individual inland travelers

Hong Kong (HK) business magnate and legislative council member stressed the importance of Chinese inland travelers on Thursday; days after Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said that the Individual Visit Scheme for tourists from the inland is to be tightened up. “Hong Kong’s biggest advantage is having inland as our supporter. If we don’t have the Individual Visit Scheme, I believe the stock would fall for over 1,000 point,” said Li Ka-Shing, a Hong Kong business […]

E-jeepneys in QC start plying route

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The first of Quezon City’s e-jeepneys started to ply their routes Saturday as the City-Optimized Managed Electric Transport (Comet) was officially launched at the SM North Edsa mall. The Comet is said to be the earth-friendly replacement of the old-fashioned, smoke-belching jeepneys plying the streets of Metro Manila and other areas nationwide. It relies on lithium ion batteries, which can be fully charged in five hours. It can travel up to […]