THOSE old jokes about aeroplane food? They’re getting harder to make these days. As passenger tastes change, so do the menus of airline in-flight meals (yes, even in economy class). In fact, it’s the back of the plane that presents the most challenge, and airlines are upping their game to please palates with more than a quick snack. Here are several airline economy meals that go beyond the usual “meat or pasta.”
IT’S no secret that the Taj Mahal is a monument of love, built by a Mogul emperor as the final resting place for his beloved queen who died giving birth to their 14th child in 1631. What’s less known is that the white-marbled tomb was not her first resting place after death. Queen Mumtaz Mahal in fact died some 900 kilometres away in central India’s Burhanpur town and was buried there, in a rose-tinted sandstone pavilion in her favourite deer park. The once opulent and richly decorated pavilion is now a sad, crumbling ruin, thanks to neglect and apathy by authorities and Burhanpur’s own 200,000 residents.
One hundred influential meeting planners and business events journalists from countries across Europe were in Dubai this week as part of Dubai Tourism’s efforts to enhance the city’s global status as a premier destination for international business events.
The UK government is to reduce the number of visitor visa routes from 15 to four. The overhaul will make the system easier to understand, it is claimed, and will affect all those visiting the UK from April, whether for business or leisure.
SOLDIERS stand to attention on almost every street corner. Homes are riddled with bullet holes. Beggars swarm on visitors. It’s a land of despair and bloodshed, but out of the darkness that haunts Lebanon emerges a beauty that can be witnessed in incredible natural sites. That’s what Australian traveller Taghred Chandab discovered when she explored the notoriously dangerous country, which the Government currently advises against visiting. Chandab, author of the travel website MyArabia.me and mother-of-three, says her trip last December trip was a life-changing experience.
IT’S cold in the United States. Brisk. Chilly. Frigid. Frosty. Bleak. Absolutely bloody freezing. For days now, temperatures have failed to rise above zero across huge swathes of the country’s northeast and midwest. It’s enough to send shivers down your spine, give you goosebumps, and potentially kill you.
DEEP within the Guatemalan jungle lies a hidden paradise you’d never expect to find. Sitting high up in the densely forested hills sits Semuc Champey — a spectacular oasis of cascading pools, caves, waterfalls and incredible views. Hard to reach, the closest town to this slice of paradise is Lanquin, a four hour journey from Guatemala City. From Lanquin, brave visitors must traverse the country’s infamously dangerous roads with the last few kilometres steep, muddy and filled with rocks.
THE mystical, ‘magical’ metal which is said to have propelled Atlantis to the heights of ancient technology may have been found in a 2600-year-old shipwreck off Sicily.
IN CITIES large and small around the global, there’s a whole other world lying beneath the streets. Shaped by history, weather and geography, these underground cities are fascinating foundations and reflections of life above. While many of these subterranean worlds have long since become obsolete, others are fully functional urban spaces.
LYING in paradise sits a ghost island, completely uninhabited and marked by a sordid history. Klein Curacao in the Caribbean Sea is just 1.7 square kilometres in size, completely isolated and a two hour boat ride from Curacao.