EMEA Pulse: Stories You Should Read for Monday, Nov. 16
PHOTO: Tokyo attraction the Tsukiji Fish Market may change venues, bringing an end to one of the city's quirkiest tourist draws. (Photo courtesy of Thinkstock)
Here are travel stories from Europe, Asia and Africa that are worth reading today.
The Tsukiji Fish Market is one of Tokyo’s most interesting attractions. Now, authorities have decided to move the wholesale portion of the vast marketplace to a new location a few miles away. People are worried that the retail market, which will not be moved, will not be the same now that fishmongers, sushi dealers and restaurateurs have taken their buzzing early-morning commerce elsewhere.
Alice in Wonderland is a fairy tale, but you can actually visit the sites that inspired Charles Dodgson, better known by his pen name, Lewis Carroll. The New York Times takes readers on a tour of the more-whimsical side of Oxford, where Dodgson was a mathematics lecturer. Despite its stuffy image, this English university town actually has quite a soft spot for Alice.
Wexford is a small town in southern Ireland, about an hour away from Dublin by car. For most of the year, this seaside enclave of 19,000 is a charming place to wander the waterfront. But for a couple of weeks every November, it becomes the center of the opera world. The Wexford Festival Opera features rarely performed classics and draws young talent from around the world… Read more from the Wall Street Journal.
India is updating its railway system. This will mean faster trains and more comfortable cars, but the so-called pantry cars, where fresh food was cooked for passengers, will be phased out. They have been part of the Indian rail experience for more than a century. People will still be able to eat onboard, but the offerings will be take-away style meals, not freshly-made foods... Read more from the Guardian.
Next year’s European Soccer Championships will go ahead as planned in France despite the recent terrorist attacks. The head of the tournament’s organizing committee, Jacques Lambert, said that all necessary steps would be taken to ensure a safe event. The Euros draw fans from all over the continent…. Read more from Fox Sports.
London transit authorities have revealed that Friday, Oct. 9 was the busiest day in the history of the Underground. 4,735,000 people took the Tube on that day, breaking the previous record, set in 2014. Because of its ever-growing ridership, the subway's Oct. 9 record is not expected to last very long… Read more from the Telegraph.
Shanghai is one of the world’s economic capitals. When residents want to escape the modern, fast-paced life, they head to Suzhou, which is just 30 minutes away by high speed train. This ancient city features canals, bridges, classical gardens and the kind of timeless architecture that has been torn down in Shanghai to make way for newer buildings… Read more from the BBC.
The Straits Times takes readers to Koh Jum. This tiny Thai island near Krabi has been mostly overlooked by tourists. No one is quite sure why the travel boom that has turned the surrounding regions into beach havens has skipped Koh Jum. This is one of the last accessible places in southern Thailand that has an authentic, non-touristy vibe.
The UK’s foreign office has released a report that tells which countries are currently considered safe for Britons to travel to. The report includes a color-coded map that shows unsafe countries in red, safe countries in white and countries with unsafe regions in yellow.
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