Planeteer: tightrope walker crosses the Seine, chariot festival begins in Nepal, Muppets go AWOL

Harbour seal. Image by Mike Baird / 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: a tightrope walker crosses the Seine in Paris, the chariot festival of White Machhendranath begins in Kathmandu and the Muppets shoot for Melbourne but land in Vienna.

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Seto Machhendranath Jatra, Kathmandu, Nepal
Genocide Memorial Day, Rwanda
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Harbour seal. Image by Mike Baird / CC BY 2.0

New quotas permit seal cull in Sweden
Up to 290 grey seals and 110 harbour seals may be culled this year along Sweden’s coastline, following approval of new quotas by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. The organisation claims that the cull is the only way to halt the decline of fish stocks in the Stockholm archipelago. Read more:

YouTube ban illegal, rules Turkish court
A Turkish court has ruled that restrictions on YouTube use in Turkey should be removed as they violate human rights. The decision follows a similar ruling last week that restored access to Twitter. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said he had no choice but to follow the court’s directions, but did not agree with the ruling, stating that ‘all of our moral values are being set aside’. Read more:

Regimental mascot honoured with monument in Krakow
A statue of Wojtek, a bear that ‘served’ with Polish troops during WWII, will be unveiled in Krakow’s Jordan Park this May. The statue marks the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Monte Cassino, and Wojtek will stand alongside other notable Poles already honoured with monuments in the park, including his own commander General Wladyslaw Anders. Read more:

Windsor Castle. Image by Kevin Hutchinson / CC BY 2.0

Irish President in first ever UK state visit
Irish President Michael D Higgins is visiting the UK this week in the first state visit to Britain by an Irish head of state. The president will stay at Windsor Castle, address Parliament, meet members of Britain’s Irish community and present Domhnall, the Irish Guards’ wolfhound mascot, with a new dog coat. Higgins, alongside Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, will also attend a banquet hosted by the Queen. Read more:

Tightrope walker crosses the Seine in Paris
French tightrope walker, Denis Josselin, traversed the Seine in Paris on Sunday crossing on a 150m-long cable, entertaining a large gathering of onlookers. The crossing took half an hour and Josselin donned a blindfold for part of the way. Read more:

Game of Thrones sends Northern Ireland soaring
As the fourth series of fantasy epic Game of Thrones begins, Northern Ireland …read more


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