Sweden issues heatwave warning, Beyoncé honoured at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Indian pilots grounded in alcohol spot checks

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: Sweden issues Class 1 weather warning, Beyoncé set for  Rock and Roll Hall of Fame award, Jordanian arts festival donates money to Gazan orphans and  99 Indian pilots grounded in alcohol spot checks since 2011.

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

Prado museum, Madrid. Image by alicia bramlett / CC BY 2.0
Prado museum, Madrid. Image by alicia bramlett / CC BY 2.0

Prado museum loses 885 artworks
Madrid’s Prado Museum has misplaced 885 works of art, according to a recent audit. The museum suspects that many artworks were lost during the Spanish Civil War or in the merging of the Prado and Trinidad museum collections in the 19th century, but museum documents cannot confirm this. Spain’s Audit Court has recommended that the Prado create a logging system to track artworks lent to other institutions. Read more: elpais.com

Swedish heatwave prompts first warning
Soaring temperatures in Sweden have prompted the Swedish weather agency, SMHI, to issue its first ever Class 1 warning over high temperatures in the country. To justify a Class 1 warning, daytime temperatures must exceed 30ºC for three days in a row or more, bringing risks to public health. The north of the country is most affected, with the warning applying to Västernorrland, Västerbotten and Norrbotten. Read more: thelocal.se

Adventure park opens in Sochi
Sochi has a new tourist attraction, the AJ Hackett Skypark Sochi, which opened to visitors on July 1. The park offers various extreme adventures, including Russia’s highest bungee jumping and a suspended pedestrian walkway claimed to be the worlds highest (207m) and longest (550m).  Read more: sochi-travel.info 

Iron Curtain bike trail hopes to promote sustainable tourism. Image by Fabricio Zuardi / CC BY 2.0
Plans for Iron Curtain bike trail revealed. Image by Fabricio Zuardi / CC BY 2.0

Iron Curtain bike trail planned
Plans have been unveiled for a 6,800km bicycle trail following the route of the former Iron Curtain. The border divided eastern and western Europe for nearly 50 years, and the route will run from the Norwegian-Russian border to the Black Sea. The plans aim to promote ‘European culture, history and sustainable tourism’. Read more: thelocal.no

Prehistoric tomb has mind-altering acoustic properties
Scientists studying the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum in Malta have found that the shape of the necropolis is designed to boost the acoustics of certain frequencies of sound waves, meaning that deep male voices produce echoes that last several seconds. Tests have shown that exposure to sound waves at these frequencies can have an effect on brain function similar to meditation. Read more: independent.com.mt

Street fishing: the new craze in Paris
In the 19th-century, the Seine was populated by fishermen and now a new wave of urban ‘street fishers’ have started flocking to Paris’ waterways. It’s proving popular with young people as well as tourists who have reported catching giant catfish, black bass and pike. You can now get an online map of the best fishing spots around the city. Read more: thelocal.fr

Greek company offers new service for travel with kids
A company in Greece is offering a new service for families travelling with with babies and young kids. It rents out baby and toddler equipment and sells childcare products, and everything is ready upon a family’s arrival to their accommodation in Greece. The service, called My Baby in Greece, is currently available in Athens, Thessaloniki and Crete. Read more: news.gtp.gr

Ingredients: almond, coconut, cacao and crickets. Image by fdecomite / CC BY 2.0
Anyone for cricket? Image by fdecomite / CC BY 2.0

Icelandic insect bars go into production
Two Icelandic entrepreneurs have started making energy bars from insects. Their first effort, dubbed Crowbar, uses cricket flour alongside almond, coconut and cacao. A 2013 UN report suggested that insects, which are high on protein and calcium and are a sustainable food source, should be an increasing part of our diets. The pair plan to expand into other insect-infused food products. Read more: icenews.is

Record year for British jellyfish
2014 is shaping up to be a record year for Britain’s jellyfish population. Recent mild winters and warm summers have seen ever increasing number of the animals, with scientists hailing Wales as a particular hotspot. Barrel, blue, moon and lion’s mane jellyfish are the most common species – most are harmless, although the lion’s mane’s sting can be painful. bbc.co.uk

Italy’s beaches patrolled by lifeguard dogs
This summer Italy’s beaches will be patrolled by over 350 dogs trained by the Italian School for Rescue Dogs to perform water rescues. The dogs work alongside the coast guard and have saved hundreds of lives over the years, including many children. Read more: ansa.it

How much is a hotel in Paris worth? You decide.
A new initiative set up in Paris allows customers to pay what they want for a room at a select group of five hotels, with the aim of giving a voice back to the customer. Bookings need to be made via the ‘pay what you want’ website  (in French only) and can be made up until August 10 2014. Read more: thelocal.fr


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

Hikers in Son Doong cave. Image by Doug Knuth / CC BY-SA 2.0
Hikers in Son Doong cave. Image by Doug Knuth / CC BY-SA 2.0

Tours inside world’s largest cave booked out
Travellers hoping to visit Vietnam’s Son Doong, the world’s largest known cave, will have to be patient as tours are fully booked until 2015, according to tourism officials. Son Doong was first opened to the public in 2013, with limited organised tours the only way for visitors to enter the cave. Read more: thanhniennews.com

Thai junta cracks down on visa runners
Hopping over the border to get a 30-day extension on a tourist visa for Thailand is set to become a thing of the past, as the nation’s military junta tightens controls over foreigners entering the country. From August 13, tourists from the 48 nations currently exempted from applying for visas prior to arrival will not be given extensions after their initial stay. Read more: asianewsnet.net

Saltwater crocodile seen in The Kimberley’s Lake Kununurra
A 2.5 m saltwater crocodile has been spotted in the freshwater Lake Kununurra in The Kimberley, bypassing dam walls. It’s the first time in several years since a ‘saltie’ has made it to the lake. It poses a significant risk to humans – unlike freshwater crocodiles. Aboriginal rangers are trying to capture and remove the crocodile as soon as possible. Read more: abc.net.au

‘Tipsy’ pilots caught by alcohol spot checks in India
Since 2011, 99 Indian pilots have been grounded after testing positive for alcohol in random pre-flight breathaliser tests. The aviation industry in India was downgraded by international monitors in January 2014 over concerns about safety. Read more: timeofindia.indiatimes.com

Nepal to harness power of sacred river
An engineering firm has been commissioned to build a new hydroelectric project on the Bagmati River, the most sacred body of water in Nepal. Like the Ganges in neighbouring India, the Bagmati is revered by Hindus as a physical manifestation of Read more: news.oneindia.in

Curfew shortened in Mandalay, Myanmar
The 9pm to 5am curfew that has been in place in Mandalay since July 3 has been reduced by two hours, now ending at 3am. The curfew was imposed following violent clashes between Buddhists and Muslims. Read more: irrawaddy.org


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

Guitars outside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Image by Andrew Hitchcock / CC BY 2.0
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland. Image by Andrew Hitchcock / CC BY 2.0

Beyoncé honoured in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Eight years before she is eligible to become a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer in her own right, Beyoncé is being honoured at the Cleveland museum in the ‘Legends of Rock’ exhibition. From Tuesday, costumes from some of the singer’s most famous performances will be on show, including the bodysuit she wore for her legendary Superbowl XLVII appearance and her ‘Single Ladies’ leotard. Read more: usatoday.com

Cardboard boat race on in Vegas
Kids and parents will take playing with cardboard boxes to a new level with Friday’s annual Cardboard Boat Regatta in Las Vegas. The event challenges families to build boats out of cardboard and duct tape and set sail 15 yards across a pool. The program’s supervisor, Jessica Laguna, said only about 25% actually make it all the way across. The event starts at 5pm at the Desert Breeze Aquatic Facility. Read more: reviewjournal.com

Seattle’s first legal pot headed for museum
The 65-year-old woman who waited all night to be the first in line at Cannabis City, Seattle’s first legal recreational pot distributor, has announced her plans to donate her purchase to a local museum. Deb Greene says she will donate her historical pot to Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry. Cannabis City says it will also donate items from opening day. Read more: nytimes.com

Squatters evicted from tallest slum in the world
Officials moved hundreds of families out of the 45-storey ‘Tower of David’ in Caracas on Tuesday. Abandoned since 1994, the skyscraper was initially supposed to be a banking center and is thought to be the tallest slum in the world. It has served as a shelter for 3,000 needy Venezuelans, who will be provided with new homes under the government’s Great Housing Mission project in the town of Cua, south of Caracas. Read more: buenosairesherald.com


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

African Heritage House, Kenya. Image by Michael Gallacher / CC BY-SA 2.0
African Heritage House, Kenya. Image by Michael Gallacher / CC BY-SA 2.0

African Heritage House threatened by new Kenyan railway
Kenya’s African Heritage House, which has been dubbed the most photographed home in Africa, may be destroyed to make way for the country’s new higher-speed standard gauge railway, according to the Huffington Post. Founded by Joseph Murumbi, one of Africa’s greatest art collectors, the mud structure in Nairobi holds 6,000 pieces of African art and more than 50,000 books and letters. Supporters have launched a social media petition. Read more: artnet.com

Jordan’s Shabib Festival to donate 20% of revenue to Gazan orphans
The 20th Shabib arts and culture festival is due to kick off on July 30 this year, and is being held at the Roman Theatre in Amman, Jordan. Entrance for the first two days of the four-day event will be free, and JD3 after that. Festival president, Sharifa Budur said that 20% of revenue will be donated to Gazan orphans. Read more: jordantimes.com