Planeteer: travel to Victorian London, Guatemala volcano eruption, Great Wall gets graffiti zone

cocido Madrileño. Image by Eduardo /  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: travellers now have the ability to explore what London was like in the 1890s, flights to Guatemala City are affected by the Pacaya volcanic eruption, and China authenticates the Great Wall’s popular graffiti zone.

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

Travel back to Victorian London
Fans of maps (and lovers of London) can step back in time to see the Victorian city. An Ordinance Survey map from the 1890s has been laid over the modern city by Google, letting users flick between modern streets and buildings and their Victorian equivalents, taking in docks, canals, parks, schools and railways. Read more:

The highest ‘mega zip line’ in the world opens in France
At an altitude of 3200m, La Tyrolienne is the world’s highest zip line, located in the ski resort area of Val Thorens in France. Daredevils can get an eagle-eye view as they ride at 100km/h on the zip line, which runs between the Maurienne and Tarentaise valleys. The ride (lasting one minute and 45 seconds) costs €50 per person. Read more:

Ski holiday meets dance-music festival at Bulgaria’s Horizon
After a successful 2013 launch, Horizon Festival returns to Bansko, Bulgaria’s premier ski resort, between 8 and 14 March. The festival headliners in 2013 were members of the underground British dance-music scene. The ski resort has trails starting from 900m to 2600m in height, and the the town, which dates from the 10th century, has many historic buildings and several museums. Read more:

Controversial plans for transfer of Nikola Tesla’s urn in Belgrade
The urn of the great scientist Nikola Tesla – kept in his museum in Belgrade since 1957 – should be moved to the Sveti Sava church in July, according to the decision of the city authorities and Serbian Orthodox Church Patriarch Irinej. This decision has provoked a lot of opposition from secular circles, including a Facebook group ‘Leave Tesla alone’, and an online petition against the decision. Read more:

cocido Madrileño. Image by Eduardo / CC BY 2.0

Madrid celebrates signature dish
The fourth annual Ruta del Cocido Madrileño has started in Madrid, with more than two dozen restaurants participating in the celebration of the local cocido Madrileño dish. Until 28 March, visitors and locals can purchase a route map and compare different interpretations of the dish, which became popular after the Spanish Civil War. The meal consists of three courses and traditionally includes broth with vermicelli, chick peas and vegetables, then a meat dish of beef, chicken, chorizo, bone marrow and blood sausage (morcilla). Read …read more


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