Travel Newsletter - 29 May, 2020
The world's best pizzas and millions of blue flowers in Japan, star cities, steam locomotives in Vietnam, 747 lounges.
A weekly newsletter of great travel reads and news by James Clark from Nomadic Notes.
Greetings from An Bang Beach, Vietnam. A domestic travel bubble is forming in Vietnam as there have been no new local cases of the plague for over a month. I’m doing my bit to help restart the local tourism economy.
An Bang Beach is a beach area of Hoi An. I’ve never stayed here before, I wanted to see a beach, and I wanted to see Hoi An without crowds, so this location ticked all the boxes of where to visit first for my post lock-down travel.
I will stay here for two days and then move camp to Hoi An. I haven’t written a blog post for over a month, so I will now have things to write about. I have been writing on other sites though, and one travel related article I posted this week was about the New Manila International Airport.
[An Bang Beach, Vietnam.]
Here are this weeks travel reads.
Amidst all the talk of travel bubbles and some countries opening up for travel, I’m not optimistic of open international travel for the rest of the year. To keep up to date with when and where you can go, travel industry news site Skift has set up reopening.travel.
Never let anyone tell you that Germans don’t have a sense of humour:
Michael Flammer 🌍🌡#KlimaVor8 @JumpsteadyOh ja. Danke für diesen Lacher am Morgen, @DB_Bahn. Bitte Sound an. 🔈 😂 https://t.co/Ufuv4iUNZX
And here’s why we should all be wearing cloth masks.
I visited Athens for the first time in May last year, and one of the things I noticed was the uniform height of the buildings (yes these are the sort of things I notice).
“Central Vietnam is set to get a major new tourist attraction with two steam locomotives chugging on the Hue - Da Nang route.”
Assorted Travel Reads
Here at the Travel Newsletter my general rule is to not post articles that have been posted before, and articles should be new (within about a month). Having said that I’m going to do a repost because it came up in the news this week.
I’ve sent this article to many people, because a) it’s a great piece of writing, and b) people are incredulous when I tell them that the Japanese are now the world’s best pizza makers. Here is the article: Slice of Tokyo: How Japan became a pizza hotspot.
“I’ve always felt that nowhere is uninteresting to the interested eye.”
“The inhabitants of Tristan da Cunha, which sits in the remote waters of the South Atlantic, are insulated from the coronavirus by an immense moat.”
“In the absence of travel, what is a travel writer to do?”
“Perched atop the first Qantas Boeing 747s, the Captain Cook lounge is a colourful blast from the shagadelic past.”
I don’t if it’s true that you can see these man-made islands from space, but you can see them when arriving into Dubai (depending on what side of the plane you are sitting). I remember the Dubai property market was a white-hot bubble in 2006. I somehow ended up in a scenario where I had a British real estate agent trying to sell me property on one of these islands.
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