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Poznan Old Town. Image by Angelo Romano / CC BY 2.0
Croissant museum opens in Poznan
A museum celebrating the sweet croissant speciality of Poznan, Poland, has opened to the public. Visitors to the museum in the Market Square can learn about the history of the rogal świętomarciński (St Martin’s croissant), watch how it’s baked and enjoy samples of the tasty treat. The pastry is especially popular on St Martin’s Day (11 November), when about 400 tonnes are consumed in the region. Read more: thenews.pl
More autonomy for Scottish islands
Scotland’s Northern and Western Isles look likely to get greater powers to govern their affairs, whatever happens in the country’s referendum on independence. Members of both the UK and Scottish governments have promised Orkney, Shetland and the Outer Hebrides – which have cultural links to Scandinavia as well as to the rest of the British Isles –more autonomy. Read more: bbc.co.uk
Italy’s ‘most haunted island’ up for sale
Italy plans to auction the uninhabited island of Poveglia, situated in the Venice lagoon, to help relieve the country’s debt. The 17-acre island has a troubled history including years as a leper colony and as home to a hospital for the elderly, which apparently ‘experimented’ on its residents. Other properties for sale in the online auction include a monastery and a castle. Read more: telegraph.co.uk
Paris’s Lutetia hotel closes for renovation
Paris’ 104-year old Lutetia hotel will close for three years of renovation, but will retain many of its art deco features. The luxury hotel served as the German secret service’s unofficial headquarters during the occupation of Paris and then became a shelter for French survivors of the concentration camps, acting as a point of contact for relatives searching for their loved ones. Read more: france24.com
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Six Harmonies Pagoda in Hangzhou. Image by Kent Wang / CC BY-SA 2.0
850-year-old Chinese pagoda reopens after renovations
The Liuhe Pagoda in Hangzhou, China has reopened to visitors after a year-long renovation. The pagoda was original constructed in …read more