Planeteer: US clown shortage, dengue fever outbreaks and new Ferrari museum

Harris among the world's top islands. Image by CaptainOates / CC BY 2.0

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Harris among the world’s top islands. Image by CaptainOates / CC BY 2.0

Scotland is home to Europe’s best islands
Scotland dominates a new list of Europe’s best islands. The list, based on travellers’ opinions on TripAdvisor, puts Lewis and Harris on top, with Orkney Islands and Isle of Mull also in the top 10 alongside Naxos in Greece and Capri in Italy. Lewis and Harris, in the Outer Hebrides, was also rated as one of the top five islands in the world. The island (Lewis is the northern half and Harris the southern) is home to beaches, mountains and prehistoric sites. Read more:

Try on a techno-suit at the Barbican
London’s Barbican Centre is hosting a celebration of the digital age on 1 and 2 March. Exhibitions and events include Transformer, a game in which participants wear a techno-suit of lights and sensors, plus holograms, 3D printing, interactive blue spheres, and numerous films and artworks. Read more:

More hotels join ‘Greek Breakfast’ project
The ‘Greek Breakfast’ project of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels is becoming increasingly popular, bringing together local producers and hotel owners across Greece and promoting the country’s regional cuisine. The hotels participating in the project are required to feature local delicacies on their breakfast menu. Over 250 hotels are already involved in the project and another 200 are expected to join by the end of the year. Read more:

Violent clashes continue in Kyiv with death toll rising
Violent clashes between anti-government protesters and riot police continue in Kyiv, particularly around Independence Square, European Square and the parliament building. According to officials, after the clashes of 18 and 19 February there are 25 dead and hundreds more are injured. Both the FCO and the US Department of State have issued alerts about increased risk of travel to Ukraine and advise travellers in Kyiv to avoid all public gatherings. Read more:

TV interest prompts Turkish Ottoman revival
A number of Ottoman buildings are being restored in the southwestern province of Muğla in Turkey, in response to increased interest from TV and film producers. Yaşar Gencel, the mayor of Bozüyük (where the sites are located), is keen to attract tourists and filming to the town, and is treating 40% of the town as an urban archaeological site. Read …read more


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