Planeteer: Iguanas in socks, Broadway lights dimmed for Hoffman, Dead Sea scrolls online

Santorini donkeys. Image by Rennett Stowe / CC BY 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: rare iguanas found in socks at Heathrow Airport, Broadway to dim lights in memory of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Israel releases images of Dead Sea scrolls online.

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

Scotland makes gay beer
Aberdeen’s Brewdog brewery has issued a pink-labelled ale called ‘Hello My Name is Vladimir’. The pale ale, part of whose profits will go to charity, is described as a ‘protest beer’, and comes after Russia passed legislation aimed at discouraging homosexuality. Yesterday Scotland became the 17th country to legalise same-sex marriage. Read more: scotsman.com

Rare iguanas found in socks
Thirteen iguanas that were being smuggled from the Bahamas to Germany have been found at London’s Heathrow airport. The San Salvador rock iguanas had been individually wrapped in socks, and 12 of the 13 are alive. It’s a particularly important seizure because only a few hundred of the lizards are believed to exist. Read more: guardian.com

Donkeys in Santorini. Image by Rennett Stowe / CC BY 2.0

Santorini added to 2014 European Backpacker Index
The Greek island of Santorini (Thira) ‎has been added to the European Backpacker Index for 2014. According to the index, it has a daily rate of €40.60 making it cheaper than Athens. The index is in its fourth year and it rates 52 European cities by daily costs for budget travellers. Santorini is 18th this year and Athens 22nd, while the three cheapest cities are Bucharest, Kyiv and Sofia. Read more: news.gtp.gr

Never mind the Olympics, here’s the Sochi Winter Arts Festival
Although in two days’ time all eyes will be on the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi (7–23 February), there’s another major event in town at the same time – the International Winter Arts Festival (6–20 February). The rich programme includes opera, orchestra, ballet, drama, jazz and classical music, and features leading Russian and international artists. Read more: thinkrussia.com

Christie’s withdraws sale of Portugal’s Miró paintings
A scheduled auction of Portugal’s state-owned collection of paintings by Joan Miró has been cancelled following protests and uncertainty surrounding the legalities of the sale. The debt-ridden country stood to make millions from the auction at London-based Christie’s, however critics claimed the state had misjudged ‘the immeasurable immaterial value’ of the collection to Portugal. Read more: guardian.com

Sweden’s annual Viking Run cancelled
Organisers of Sweden’s Viking Run, the world’s longest skating race, have had to cancel this year’s event due to a lack of ice following unseasonably warm temperatures. The event, which was due to take place on 16 February, attracts 3000 ice skaters and involves …read more


 

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