German Resistance Memorial opens in Berlin, high-speed train planned for KL and Singapore, hurricane to disrupt Fourth of July celebrations in US

Get the best travel news here curated by Lonely Planet Destination Editors, who use their expertise to bring you the stories that matter from all over the world. In today’s edition: German Resistance Memorial opened by Chancellor Merkel in Berlin, plans for a high-speed train linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore have been announced and a hurricane is set to disrupt US 4th of July celebrations.

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Stories curated by Lonely Planet’s Europe Destination Editors: Jo CookeJames SmartBrana VladisavljevicKate MorganAnna Tyler and Gemma Graham.

Wrecks in the Baltic Sea threaten Finnish waters. Image by Sarah Stierch / CC BY 2.0.
‘World’s oldest mineral water’ discovered in Baltic Sea. Image by Sarah Stierch / CC BY 2.0.

‘World’s oldest mineral water’ discovered in Baltic Sea
An ‘extremely rare’ corked bottle of mineral water has been found by Polish archaeologists studying a shipwreck in the Bay of Gdańsk. It is thought to be the world’s oldest stoneware bottle and was produced by luxury German brand Selters between 1806 and 1830. The find will be exhibited at a local museum after experts carry out further tests. Read more:

German Resistance Memorial opened in Berlin
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has opened a new memorial and museum in Berlin dedicated to the the German women and men who risked their lives fighting against the Nazi regime. The German Resistance Memorial and ‘Resistance against National Socialism’ exhibition opened to the public on Wednesday in the city’s Tiergarten district, ahead of the 70th anniversary of the failed Stauffenberg plot to assassinate Hitler. Read more:

High-speed Ankara to Istanbul train to open
It was announced on Wednesday that the high-speed Ankara to Istanbul trainline will open on July 11th. The journey time by train between the two cities will be 3.5 hours compared to 6 hours currently by road. The opening was delayed from May after cables were stolen. Read more:

New exhibition to celebrate centennial of Maserati cars
A new exhibition at the Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari in Modena will celebrate one hundred years of the luxury sports car company Maserati. The exhibition, which runs until January 2015, will include 21 Maserati cars on permanent display and 30 more on rotation, plus projections about the history of the Bologna-based company. Read more:

Archaeological site to be developed near Rome’s Fiumicino Airport
Italy’s Cultural Heritage Minister visited the Portus archaeological site yesterday, with an eye to making it accessible to the public by 2016. The site, which is very close to Rome’s Fiumicino airport, contains a number of Roman treasures, including two imperial harbours and an early Christian basilica. Read more: 

Crystal clear Croatian waters. Image by ahenobarbus / CC BY 2.0
Croatian hydroplane launch imminent. Image by ahenobarbus / CC BY 2.0

Croatian hydroplane launch imminent
A new hydroplane service connecting destinations in Italy and Croatia is ready for launch following 13 years of planning. The service will be the first European scheduled seaplane and will initially connect Split with Jelsa/Hvar at least four times daily, with further connections from Ancona, Zadar, Rab, Pula and Zagreb. Read more:

Luton Airport to be modernized
London’s Luton Airport is to be given a £100m makeover. The airport, which is 30 miles north of London, is predominantly served by budget airlines and was used by 9.7 million passengers last year. The expansion will include a bigger terminal and more taxiways to allow for more takeoffs and landings. Faster train connections and more car parking is also promised. Read more:

Theme park based on The Little Prince opens in France
France’s newest theme park for kids, Le Parc du Petit Prince (The Little Prince Park) opened this week in Alsace in the east of the country. Based on the famous novel by Antoine Saint de Exupery, the theme park features giant hot air balloons, foxes, sheep and a 3D cinema. Read more:


Stories curated by Lonely Planet’s Asia & the Pacific Destination Editors: Megan EavesSarah ReidJoe BindlossLaura Crawford and Tasmin Waby.

High-speed 'G' train.
High-speed train. Image by Fabio Achilli/ CC BY-2.0

Dinner in KL, supper in Melaka and clubbing in Singapore soon to become a reality
Malaysian transport authorities have revealed proposed stops for the planned high-speed rail (HSR) link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Travel time between the two cities on the HSR (expected to be completed by 2020) will be 2.5 hours, with proposed stops in Seremban, Ayer Keroh (Melaka), Muar, Batu Pahat and Nusajaya in Johor. Read more:

Myanmar to launch e-visas for tourists
Myanmar has revealed plans to have an e-visa facility for foreign visitors operating by September. Currently, tourists must apply for 28-day visit visas at embassies in their home countries, with long wait times common in countries without a Myanmar embassy. Read more:

Pakistan’s air industry struggling over security fears
Four international airlines have ruled out leasing aircraft to Pakistan International Airways, the flag carrier of Pakistan, citing security fears following the deadly attack on a PIA plane at Peshawar in June. The airline is struggling to find additional aircraft to fill the gaps created by foreign airlines who have cancelled flights to Pakistan. Read more:

Tar blackens reputation of Goa’s beaches
The once-pristine beaches of Goa are facing a growing threat from balls of tar, washed up by the high tides associated with the monsoon. As well as discouraging tourists, the tar poses a major threat to the environment and the livelihood of local fishermen. Read more:

Pitcairn Island Marine Reserve proposed
The feasibility of a marine protected area at Pitcairn Island will be considered over the the next few months. The Island’s governor, the British High Commissioner to New Zealand, explained that any plans need to consider sustainable fishing for locals and the costs of maintaining the reserve as well as environmental considerations. Read more:


Stories curated by Lonely Planet’s Americas Destination Editors: Clifton WilkinsonDora WhitakerAlex Howard and MaSovaida Morgan.

July 4 in Washington. Image by dpbirds / CC BY 2.0
July 4 in Washington. Image by dpbirds / CC BY 2.0

Hurricane to disrupt 4th of July celebrations
A hurricane currently developing off the east coast of the USA could bring disarray to planned 4th of July fireworks and parties. In Boston, the Boston Pops fireworks display has already been rescheduled for the 3rd. The storm is due to hit the North Carolina Outer Banks, a popular holiday spot, on Thursday and there is a state of emergency in place for a large area of the state’s coastal region. Read more:

Large turnout expected at Las Vegas area Fourth of July parade
Organizers for the Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade, an annual Fourth of July parade in Las Vegas, expect an audience of over 35,000 this year. The parade, now in its twentieth year, will include over 70 floats, live music and giant balloons. Read more: reviewjournal.comIncreased security for flights to US amid bomb fears
The US is increasing security measures at overseas airports for direct flights to the US amid fears of a bomb threat. There are concerns that al Qaeda militants in Syria and Yemen are developing bombs that can be taken onto planes. The new measures affect flights out of Europe, Africa and the Middle East and will be in place over the next few days. Read more:

Battleship dive site for San Diego
Authorities in San Diego are planning on sinking a Canadian World War II battleship and creating a dive site in it. HMCS Annapolis will be the second Canadian vessel to move to Southern California to become a dive site and if all goes to plan it will be sunk with explosives in spring 2015. Read more:

European budget airline heads to US
Budget airline Norwegian has begun twice-weekly flights from London to Los Angeles in what’s hoped will be the start of cheap tickets between the US and Europe. The Ireland-based company will also roll out flights to New York and Florida in the next few weeks. Read more:


Stories curated by Lonely Planet’s Middle East & Africa Destination Editors: Helen Elfer and Matt Phillips.

Heading home, an elephant in Kenya. Image by Richard Rhee / CC BY-SA 2.0
Elephant-back safaris to end at Sun City Image by Richard Rhee / CC BY-SA 2.0

Elephant-back safaris to end at Sun City due to pachyderms retiring
Sun City is retiring the animals who take part in its elephant-back safaris and elephant interaction activities at the end of August. The plan is to reintroduce the elephants back into the wild, though where the pachyderms will end up is still under discussion. Read more:


Stripping pilot delays flight
Fed up with the airport security scanner repeatedly beeping each time he walked through it, a South African Airways pilot stripped down to his pants in protest in front of passengers at Harare International Airport. He was subsequently arrested for indecent exposure and the flight to Johannesburg was delayed by five hours while the airline found another pilot. Read more:
Matt Phillips

Underground animals go on sale
Highlighting parts of the London Underground map reveals various animals. Illustrator Paul Middlewick spotted the first, an elephant, on this journey home from work in 1988. The designs will be released as merchandise by London Underground in early August and include White Chapel the polar bear, Mudchute the snail and Tooting Bec the toucan. Read more:
James Smart