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Tiramisu. Image by Robert Banh / CC BY 2.0

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Tiramisu. Image by Robert Banh / CC BY 2.0

Restaurant where tiramisu was invented to close
Le Beccherie restaurant in Treviso, near Venice, where the classic Italian dessert tiramisu was invented, is to close. The dessert was invented by the current owner’s mother in the 1970s, when she combined mascarpone, coffee, sweet Marsala wine and sponge biscuits and named the result ‘pick-me-up’. Business at the restaurant has suffered as a result of the recession in Italy, with many former customers choosing to eat at cheaper establishments. Read more:

Budapest’s VinCE wine festival kicks off
The fifth VinCE Budapest wine show is held in the Hungarian capital from 28 February to 2 March. This is an exhibition of wine from Central Europe, with 160 exhibitors from Hungary and the neighboring countries taking part. There will be tastings, gourmet products, masterclasses and workshops. Read more:

FCO issues travel alert for Crimea, Ukraine
The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued a travel alert for Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, advising against all non-essential travel there. There are reports that armed men have seized Simferopol airport and that Sevastopol airport is blocked by military. Read more:

Art ferry to visit Portugal’s wine country
A Lisbon city ferry converted to an art pavilion for the 2013 Venice Biennale is to return to Portugal. Douro Azul, a company that operates cruises through Portugal’s wine region will use the art ferry from April. One of the hits of the Biennale, the ferry is decorated in textiles, LED lights and paint. Read more:

Railway strike to cause travel chaos in Rhône-Alpes
Thousands of travellers hitting the slopes in the Rhône-Alpes in France this weekend should expect travel disruptions, due to rail strikes planned in the region. The strike is against working conditions and restructuring plans by railway company SNCF, and an estimated 50,000 people are expected to be travelling in the region, as the timing coincides with a peak winter holiday period. Read more:

New Zealand & Croatia sign working-holiday agreement
A new reciprocal working-holiday visa scheme will mean that New Zealanders aged 18–30 can apply to study and work in Croatia for up to a year. Visa-holders can work for any employer for up to a three month period, but would be wise to look into job opportunities before travelling, because jobs are currently scarce …read more


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