Christmas markets 2020: Which events are going ahead?

(CNN) – There is nothing quite like a festive market to bring out the Christmas spirit in people. While these events can be traced back to Vienna – the city’s first recorded market was in December 1298 – the tradition spread throughout the world over the centuries. From Germany to Switzerland to New York, it’s … Read more

Exploring Vardzia, Georgia’s mysterious rock-hewed cave city

Vardzia, Georgia (CNN) – From the 3,000-year-old Uplistikhe to the 6th-century David Gareja monastery and the long-forgotten dwellings of Samshvilde, all of Georgia’s cave sites are stunning. But nothing prevails like Vardzia. Spread across the cliffs of Erusheti, looming over a fertile valley fringed along the Kura River, Vardzia is Georgia’s most famous cave town. … Read more

Thai monkey festival returns as tourists finally come back

(CNN) – Tourists and locals watched thousands of monkeys in Lopburi, central Thailand, eat two tons of fruit and vegetables after the city’s monkey festival resumed after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. Hundreds of macaques, also known as long-tailed monkeys, were seen climbing on people and piles of fruit, feeding on bananas and … Read more

Advent traditions: 8 places around the world rich in the spirit

(CNN) – Wreaths, candles and calendars. These are sure signs of the coming of Christ for many Christian groups around the world. The word Advent is derived from the Latin AccessAnd Which means to arrive or visit. Advent is the beginning of the spiritual year for these churches, and is celebrated on the four Sundays … Read more

What we learned about global travel this week

(CNN) – Countries around the world have imposed travel restrictions after a new variant of Covid-19 was discovered in South Africa, more than 2.3 million Americans have flown to celebrate Thanksgiving, and in Asia and the Pacific, New Zealand and the Philippines have revealed plans to reopen. Here are some of the top travel developments … Read more

A British guy crashed her Thanksgiving dinner. They’ve been married for 20 years

(CNN) — It was November 1997 and Dina Honour was hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the first time. The then 27-year-old had invited a group of New York City friends who, like her, had decided to stay in the city over the holidays. It has been a tough year for Honour. She’d been suffering from depression … Read more

Travel doors slam shut as new Covid variant triggers alarm

(CNN) – The European Union and other major destinations moved to ban flights from African countries after an aggressive surge of the Covid-19 virus was detected, echoing previous emergency responses that led to a global travel freeze. Italy, Austria, France, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom are among those imposing restrictions on flights and travelers … Read more

Avenue of the Sphinxes: Egypt reopens road connecting Luxor and Karnak

(CNN) – Egypt celebrated, on Thursday evening, the reopening of the ancient Sphinx Street in Luxor, a 2.7-kilometre (1.7 mi) road that connects two temple complexes in the area, Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple. The event included the reactivation of the Opet Festival, an ancient annual celebration and carnival held by Egyptian dynasties in the … Read more