Planeteer: Dublin’s bike hire scheme expands, Bali descends into silence, jazz festival starts in Tunisia

Széchenyi Chain Bridge, Budapest. Image by Dennis Jarvis / CC BY-SA 2.0

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: Dublin’s Bikes scheme is to expand almost tenfold, Bali descends into silence to mark New Year, and Jazz à Carthage music festival kicks off in Tunisia.

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31 March is…
Chaitra Sukhladi (Hindu New Year, aka Ugadi, Gudi Padwa and Samsar Padwo) in India
The anniversary of the Dalai Lama’s escape from Tibet in 1959
Nyepi Day of Silence, Bali


Stories curated by Lonely Planet’s Europe Destination Editors: Jo Cooke, James Smart, Brana Vladisavljevic, Kate Morgan, Anna Tyler and Gemma Graham.

Széchenyi Bridge, Budapest. Image by Dennis Jarvis / CC BY-SA 2.0

Budapest best budget city break for Brits
According to a new report by the Post Office Travel Money, Budapest is the best destination for budget city breaks for British travellers. The research compared 25 cities looking at transport, sightseeing, accommodation, food and drink, and Budapest proved cheapest for the second year in a row. Read more:

Moscow hosts The Myth of the Beloved Leader exhibition
An exhibition called The Myth of the Beloved Leader has opened in Moscow’s State History Museum. It examines the cult of personality of Soviet leaders Lenin and Stalin and displays more than 1000 objects from the museum’s archive, including some of the leaders’ personal items. The exhibition lasts until January 2015. Read more:

Avalanche kills two people in the French Pyrenees
Two hikers who had gone snowshoeing near the village of Rabat-les-Trois-Seigneurs in the French Pyrenees were killed when an avalanche struck on Saturday. Another person managed to escape but with serious injuries. All three were French nationals. Read more:

Paris elects its first female mayor
A tough election run came to an end at the weekend with Paris electing its first female mayor. Spanish-born Socialist, Anne Hidalgo, came out on top with a surprisingly comfortable win in the end. Read more:

Statue of Bonn’s most famous son unveiled
An unconventional 2.7m tall bronze statue of Ludvig van Beethoven has been unveiled in Bonn, Germany. The artist behind the sculpture, Markus Lüpertz, describes it as ‘a free interpretation’ of the world-famous composer, who spent his childhood in Bonn. The city also hosts a festival every September in honour of Beethoven. Read more:

Dublin bike hire scheme to expand
The Dublin Bikes scheme is to expand almost tenfold. There are currently 550 of the bicycles in the city, spread across 99 stations, but within four years that number will increase to 5000, with stations reaching into the suburbs. The bikes, which are free for journeys under half-an-hour, have been used for more than six million journeys since the scheme opened in 2009. Read …read more


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