Planeteer: south Europe storms, monorail for Mumbai and Sydney’s spirit of love

Fabergé egg, Kremlin. Image by greenacre8 / 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: storms across southern Europe, Mumbai’s new monorail opens and love messages litter Sydney’s Darling Harbour.

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Fabergé egg, Kremlin. Image by greenacre8 / CC BY 2.0

Fabergé exhibition now on permanent display in St Petersburg
The world’s largest collection of Fabergé eggs, owned by Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg and with an estimated worth of US$90 million, is now on permanent public display in the renovated Shuvalovsky Palace in St Petersburg. It includes nine Fabergé eggs previously owned by the imperial Romanov family. Read more:

Thousands stranded in snow-hit roads in northern Serbia
Strong winds and snowstorms hit northern Serbia over the weekend, leaving vehicles stranded in metres-high snow and forcing authorities to close down roads and ban Danube river traffic. Around a thousand people have been evacuated, and local hero and tennis star Novak Djokovic was seen bringing food and water to the stranded people. Read more:

Spain’s Basque Country on storm alert
Storms battered the Basque region of Spain over the weekend, flooding the old town in San Sebastian and causing damage to bridges. The area remains on high alert, with waves as high as 7 metres reported along the coast. Read more:

Gallipoli. Image by Britrob / CC BY 2.0

Thousands of Australians enter ballot for Gallipoli 2015
The ballot for the 2015 centenary service at Gallipoli (Gelibolu) closed on Friday with 42,582 applications, 10,000 of which were received in the last two days. There are 8000 places available for Australians, which includes 800 for direct descendants and 800 for veterans. Applicants will be notified by 25 April if they have been successful. Read more:

Mayors call for a change to cannabis cultivation laws in the Netherlands
Thirty-five mayors from cities in the Netherlands, including Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and Eindhoven, are calling for a change to the current Dutch laws, which allow the sale of marijuana but ban cultivation. They believe regulating the growing of cannabis would help to put a stop to the country’s cannabis cafes having to rely on illegal trade from criminal gangs. Read more:

Paris secret sex tours held over the weekend
Special tours covering the city’s ‘naughty history’ were held over the weekend in Paris for the third year running. Paris Face Cacheé (Hidden Face) gives people the chance to see a unique Paris by visiting around 100 secret and forbidden places, such as the site where Napoleon lost his virginity. Read more:

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