Planeteer: Penguins on antidepressants, ‘Brangelina’ 2013 vintage rosé, world’s ugliest monuments controversy

Courage monument, Brest Fortress. Image by american_rugbier / CC BY-SA 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: Humboldt penguins in Scarborough are put on antidepressants, ‘Jolie-Pitt & Perrin’ rosé wine goes on general release to the public, and CNN’s list of world’s ugliest monuments causes outrage in Belarus and Russia.

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

Rethymno’s Carnival celebrates 100 years
Crete’s third-largest town, Rethymno,‎ will hold its 100th Carnival this year. The opening ceremony is on 9 February and there will be events throughout the month, including treasure hunting, dances, serenades and parades. Read more:

Courage monument, Brest Fortress. Image by american_rugbier / CC BY-SA 2.0

Belarus & Russia offended by CNN’s ‘world’s ugliest monuments’ list
The Courage monument at Brest Fortress, a Soviet WWII memorial site southeast of Minsk, was included on a list of the world’s ugliest monuments published on the CNN website. The site’s administration and a representative of the National Council of veterans’ affairs have expressed their outrage in the media, and the Russian embassy to the US said in a statement that the list is unacceptable. CNN has withdrawn the story and issued an official apology. Read more:

Rock in Rio Lisboa certified sustainable
The 2014 Rock in Rio Lisboa festival in Lisbon has been recognised as the first environmentally sustainable festival in Portugal, as well as one of the first in the world. The festival, which takes place over the last two weekends in May and the first day of June in Lisbon’s Bela Vista Park, will ask suppliers to follow its sustainability criteria. Other measures include donating excess food and limiting CO2 emissions. Read more:

Stand-off over plans to sell Cadiz estate
Plans to sell a huge estate in Cadiz province is causing tension between the government in Madrid and regional government in Andalucia. Andalucia want to stop the sale and keep the estate, which is situated in a natural park populated with wild animals, in the public domain. Madrid wants to offer the sale with the option to build a luxury hotel, golf courses and an airport. The actress Salma Hayek is reported to be among potential buyers. Read more:

World’s Oldest Porsche on display in Stuttgart
The world’s oldest Porsche has been put on display at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany. Built in 1898, ‘the P1′ was all but forgotten after it was parked in an Austrian barn in 1902. Now motoring enthusiasts can marvel at the vehicle, which is one of only four to ever be made. Read more:

Norway tourism set to benefit from the ‘Disney Effect’
Disney’s Frozen, a retelling …read more


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