Planeteer: Paris ‘ghost stations’, Aboriginal history documented, anti-Valentine’s day guidelines in Malaysia

Drina Bridge, Visegrad. Image by Julijan Nyča / CC BY 2.0

Get the best travel news here curated by Lonely Planet’s Destination Editors, who use their expertise to bring you the stories that matter from all over the world. In today’s edition: Designs for Paris’ ‘ghost’ metro stations, Aboriginal heritage documented in New South Wales, and Malaysia issues anti-Valentine’s Day guidelines.

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

Istanbul plans new Bosphorus cable car
The mayor of Istanbul, Kadir Topbas, has announced plans for a cable car connecting the European and Asian sides of the city. Stretching across the Bosphorus, the proposed cable car would allow journeys of 15 minutes between the Mecidiyekoy and Altunizade districts. Launching the campaign on Twitter, the mayor will open the project to bidding. Read more:

Drina Bridge, Visegrad. Image by Julijan Nyča / CC BY 2.0

Balkan history expert to do on-site lectures for travellers

An innovative tour around Albania, Kosovo, Serbia and Bosnia, organised by a Dutch travel company, brings along an expert in Balkan history from De Montford University in the UK to give on-site lectures at important historic sites in the region. One of these sites is Višegrad, the setting and inspiration for the Nobel Prize-winner Ivo Andric’s novel The Bridge on the Drina. Read more:

Russia to introduce fingerprinting for visa applicants
Russia will follow the example of western countries such as the UK and the US and introduce collecting biometric data for visa applicants from 1 July 2014. Under a pilot project, fingerprinting will be launched for visa applications in Russian consulates in the UK, Denmark, Myanmar and Namibia, and at border control at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport. Read more:

More suspected ‘Nazi art’ found in Salzburg
Reclusive art collector, Cornelius Gurlitt, has been found to have 60 works of suspected Nazi looted art hoarded in his home in Salzburg, Austria. Picassos, Monets and Renoirs are among the works found. This is the second finding of Gurlitt’s art stash after tax investigators found artworks at an estimated €1 billion in his home in Munich in 2012. Authorities are now investigating whether they were seized by the Nazis or legitimately acquired. Read more

Paris RATP station. Image by vincent desjardins, CC by 2.0

Paris Metro’s abandoned stations to become attractions
Paris mayoral candidate, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, has announced plans to transform 11 of Paris’ disused ‘ghost stations’ into attractions. Design firm, OXO architects, has come up with several options for the regeneration plan, which could see the stations become art galleries, theatres, restaurants, public gardens or swimming pools. Read more

New wave of swine flu hits Sweden
Three people have died in Sweden, following a fresh outbreak of swine flu. So far over 500 people have been diagnosed as having the virus, with northern Sweden …read more


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