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EMEA Pulse: Stories you Should Read for Nov. 10, 2015

Destination & Tourism | Josh Lew | November 10, 2015

EMEA Pulse: Stories you Should Read for Nov. 10, 2015

PHOTO: The celebration of Diwali is the focus of a story today from International Business Times. (Photo by Nikhil Gangavane/courtesy of Thinkstock)

Here are today's most interesting reads coming out of Europe, the Middle East and Asia:

Seoul will erect a statue honoring musician Psy in the shopping district that gained worldwide fame thanks to his hit song (and subsequent music video) "Gangnam Style." Actually, the upscale Gangnam area was popular with retail enthusiasts long before the video was ever posted on YouTube… Read more from Euronews.

BBC Travel looks into the curious obsession that people have with Singapore’s most popular dish: Hainanese Chicken Rice. This deceptively simple recipe (the two main ingredients are stated in the name) has inspired many a trans-ocean journey.

No one does the Christmas season quite like… Japan. You’ll find more ornate lighting displays, trees and ornaments in the Land of the Rising Sun than almost anywhere else on earth. Osaka’s Hotel Universal Port will start the celebration early, with Christmas festivities kicking off at the end of this week... Read more from Japan Today.

It is not the first place you’d think of when it comes to nightlife, but, according to Traveller, Istanbul is one of the best places in the world to spend a Saturday night.

The International Business Times explains Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. Celebrated all across South Asia, and any place with a large South Asian immigrant population, Diwali kicks off on Wednesday. The visually appealing festival is marked by lighting traditional lamps and installing strings of lights (not unlike those seen during the holidays in the West).

National Geographic looks into the practice of "champing" in England. Some of the country’s historic churches have been turned into hostels where guests can spend the night. While a few people complain about using these sacred spaces for non-religious purposes, others are happy to see these unused, but architecturally beautiful, spaces being repurposed so that they can be appreciated in modern times.

Anyone who has ever been there will tell you that Singapore is a great to place to eat. The creators of the respected Michelin Guide are starting to think so as well. The world’s foremost foodie publication is planning to include Singapore in the list of cities that its star-giving restaurant writers will visit next year… Read more from the Straits Times.

Though it is not quite as expensive as some other European metropolises, Amsterdam can be very pricey. The Guardian shows budget-minded travelers 10 ways that they can save money in the famous Dutch city. Tips include eating in bakeries, spending time in public parks and finding free art galleries instead of going to museums.

A climber scaled the Eiffel Tower and used a GoPro to document his ascent. James Kingston, whose adventure videos are quite popular on YouTube, was eventually caught by security. He was not charged, but was banned from visiting the famous Parisian landmark for three years… Read more from Huff Post.  

The Telegraph looks at the travel industry in Greece. Despite ongoing economic struggles and a refugee crisis, the country is still drawing lots and lots of tourists. A record number of international travelers are expected to come to the country in 2016.  


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