Planeteer: Search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight continues, Ireland shrinks, world’s oldest message in a bottle is found

Myrtos beach, Kefallonia. Image by Antti Simonen / 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: the search continues for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, Ireland shrinks in size following winter storms, and the world’s oldest message in a bottle is discovered in German waters.

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Myrtos beach, Kefallonia. Image by Antti Simonen / CC BY 2.0

Seaplane island-hopping in Greece
Greece’s new airline Hellenic Seaplanes SA will start offering flights between Greek islands this summer. It will also build new water aerodromes, and the government will speed up licensing so that the flights can start before the main summer season. Other plans include offering sightseeing flights, resort transfers and cargo services. It’s estimated that with continued growth in tourist numbers, seaplane commercial flights could generate €1 billion in annual revenue. Read more:

Human rights featured at Bucharest’s One World Film Festival
This year’s One World Film Festival, which takes place 17–23 March in Bucharest, Romania, is dedicated to the memory of Czech writer and president Vaclav Havel. The programme will feature 50 movies focusing on human rights issues in eastern Europe over the past 25 years. Read more:

The Caucasus Mountains. Image by Rio Murr / CC BY-SA 2.0

Georgia avalanche kills four
Two French and two German snowboarders have been killed after being caught in an avalanche in the Caucasus mountains in Georgia. The incident occurred on Saturday in the Svaneti region of the country. A fifth snowboarder survived and has been evacuated. Read more:

Thousands celebrate Rotterdam’s Museum Night
Rotterdam celebrated its 13th edition of Museum Night on Saturday. Fifty-one art galleries and museums opened to the public with exhibitions, installations and music. There were also food trucks and an after-party. The beautiful spring night attracted around 15,000 visitors to the event. Read more:

Scooter hire scheme in Paris
A new scooter hire scheme could be introduced in Paris according to the deputy mayor. Scootlib would provide up to around 5000 electric scooters to complement the existing bike hire, Vélib, and electric car hire, Autolib, schemes. Hire will cost around €3–10 per hour and scooters will be fitted with a GPS tracker to avoid theft. Read more:

Abandoned Spanish villages for sale
Whole rural villages are currently for sale in Spain for under £50,000. The small hamlets were abandoned during the financial crisis by families leaving to seek work in the city. There are reported to be around 2900 ‘ghost’ villages in rural Spain, with English buyers purchasing job lots of houses for less than the price of a London garage. Read more:

Turkey discusses banning Facebook & …read more


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