Planeteer: knife attack in China, St Patrick’s Day festivities begin, ancient masks on display in Israel

Corfu, Greece. Image by Michael Gleave / 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: another knife attack has occurred in China, St. Patrick’s Day festivities get underway in Ireland and the US, and the world’s oldest masks will soon go on display in Jerusalem.

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Corfu, Greece. Image by Michael Gleave / CC BY 2.0

Corfu has ‘Best restaurant in Greece’
Etrusco, a village restaurant on the island of Corfu, has won the Golden Chef’s Hat Award for the ‘Best restaurant in Greece’ at the 2014 Greek Cuisine Awards held recently in Athens. It was also awarded the title of ‘Best Greek restaurant with innovative cuisine’. Read more: news.gtp.gr

Ferrari plans new theme park near Barcelona
Italian sports car brand Ferrari has announced plans to build its first theme park in Europe at PortAventura, near Barcelona. Attractions at Ferrari Land will include a five-star hotel shaped like a Formula 1 front wing and the continent’s fastest vertical accelerator. The 75,000 sq metre park is slated to open in 2016. Read more: theguardian.com

Train travel overtakes air travel in Spain
Train travel overtook travel by plane in Spain for the first time in January this year. According to the National Statistics Institute, 1.9 million people travelled by train, up 22% on the same month last year. By comparison, 1.8 million people took internal flights, a decrease of 7.3% from 2013. Read more: foxnews.com

Bucharest hosts International Congress of Culinary Traditions
The first International Congress of Culinary Traditions is being held in Bucharest from 13 to 16 March. The event will include cooking contests, and chefs from 36 countries from all over the world have to concoct a traditional Romanian dish as well as traditional food from their own countries. The congress aims to promote Romania’s culinary tradition, as the country hopes to develop gastronomic routes as part of its tourism offer. Read more: balkaneu.com

Norwegian tourist route one of the Europe’s most dangerous
The Trollstigen (Troll’s Ladder) in western Norway, has been named one of Europe’s most dangerous roads by UK company Driving Experiences. Drivers can enjoy stunning views, but with 11 hairpin bends, it’s not for the faint-hearted. Read more: thelocal.no

Free transport in Paris as pollution increases
Authorities in Paris have announced that public transport will be free this weekend, as the city struggles with extreme pollution levels for the fourth day in a row. It’s hoped that the prospect of free transport will cut down on the amount of pollution caused by people driving private cars. Travellers can ride free …read more


 

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