Have you got your ‘big’ coat out yet? It feels like we’ve skipped a season. Anyway, in this week’s Travel News: you can go back to 1066, see famous landmarks in drops of water, there is a man suing French authorities over being told not to smile in his passport picture and the world’s deepest high-speed railway is going to be built under the Great Wall of China.
Hyde Park goes all 1066
To commemorate the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, re-enactors will be in London’s Hyde Park demonstrating what weapons were used, playing Norman games and will be recreating the battle using vegetables. Yes, vegetables.
The stop off in Hyde Park is part of a three week trek that began in York and will take the band of warriors by horse and foot to Hastings.
Photographer shows city sights in drops of water
Serbian photographer, Dusan Stojancevic has spent 15 years creating this series. New York’s Brooklyn Bridge, Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia and Belgrade’s Eastern Gate are some of the sights that feature as photographs within droplets of water.
For more on this see: lonelyplanet.com/news
Smiley man sues French authorities over passport picture
A man in France has had his passport declined because he was smiling in his picture. The civil servant is taking it further and is due a hearing at the Paris Court of Appeals. His lawyer is arguing that it does not say that smiling is not allowed in any of the relevant documents.
For more on this see: atlasobscura.com/articles
Deepest railway station to be built under the Great Wall of China
Plans are being made for a high-speed railway to link Beijing with the Winter Olympic host city Zhangjiakou. Badaling station will be built under the Great Wall.
For more on this see: theguardian.com/world