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(CNN) — It’s Labor Day weekend within the United States and Canada and simply plain previous September all over the place else. CNN Travel is again with one other weekly roundup of reports from planes, trains, the good outside and the ocean depths.
Life at sea
A brand new underwater expedition will set out September 4 to discover the uncharted mysteries of the Maldives. There’s a lot to find: The tiny Asian island nation is 99% ocean and simply 1% land.
And in Iceland, tourism officers had been outraged this summer time over the resumption of whale searching after a four-year hiatus. The searching season ends this month and might be Iceland’s final.
News from the air
Two Air France pilots had been suspended after a cockpit combat, and a Southwest Airlines flight was disrupted after a passenger AirDropped a nude photograph to different flyers.
This follows the information that air traveler complaints within the US in June had been up a enormous 270% from pre-pandemic ranges. Here’s our information on what to do in case your baggage is delayed, misplaced or broken: You would possibly need to bookmark this.
A bald eagle stunned fliers at Charlotte, North Carolina’s airport after it handed by way of the common safety line on the finish of August. And an 11-year-old Vizsla-Labrador combine named Ebbers has received the US Transportation Security Administration’s Cutest Canine Contest: Take a take a look at him right here.
Our animal associates
Lucas, a penguin from the San Diego Zoo, who suffers from a persistent situation known as bumblefoot, was lately fitted with customized orthopedic sneakers.
In zoo information, Cincinnati has a new child hippo known as Fritz, and England’s Paradise Wildlife Park has welcomed an endangered purple panda cub.
Fort Worth Zoo has a child elephant that likes to play with bubbles — watch him right here, having the time of his life with a bubble maker — whereas a San Diego penguin has been fitted with particular orthopedic sneakers to assist together with his bumblefoot.
Asia’s largest chicken park is about to shut after greater than 50 years of internet hosting our feathered associates, and final month Indonesian tourism staff had been hanging over a huge hike on ticket costs to see the nation’s well-known Komodo dragons — entry now prices $250.
And lastly, Thailand’s Chiang Mai Zoo has an uncommon drill to arrange for animal escapes: A employees member capers round in a large ostrich costume.
Canada may be getting a 1,000 kph vacuum-tube train. Its makers hope FluxJet will probably be in service by 2035. And Hong Kong’s much-loved Peak Tram has reopened with a new take care of being closed for greater than a yr.
European hilltop cities
You know you are dwelling the excessive life when the horizon stretches on for days. Europe has a whole lot of picturesque cities and villages perched on lush hilltops and rocky promontories. Here are 14 of probably the most gorgeous.
In case you missed it
On August 31, La Tomatina, the “world’s largest meals combat,” noticed 1000’s of revelers pelt one another with ripe tomatoes. Watch right here.
But days earlier, a truck on a California freeway beat them to it, inflicting a enormous crushed tomato spillage that took transportation staff hours to clear. See what occurred.
Capital cities usually have a distinctive vitality, fairly totally different from the remainder of the nation.
70 years in the past, they fought to defend South Korea.
England’s seashores have a sewage downside.
Best crossbody luggage
Why do savvy vacationers love crossbody luggage a lot? Perhaps it is the hands-free practicality. Maybe it is the well-spread weight distribution. Or it may very well be the safety advantages that make them a lot tougher to pickpocket than backpacks. Whatever it’s, our companions at CNN Underscored, a product critiques and suggestions information owned by CNN, have rounded up 20 of their favourite crossbody luggage which are good for journey.