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SWITZERLAND

Locarno

 
3 August 2020
 

Virus Causes Locarno Film Festival to Mutate

 

The focus in 2020 will be on unfinished films

 

ONE OF THE world’s oldest film festivals is remaking itself this year as a response to the covid-19 virus. The 73rd edition of the Locarno Film Festival runs 5-15 August and has been retitled Locarno 2020—for the Future of Films.

 

GREECE

Alonissos

 
1 August 2020
 

Greece Opens Its First Underwater Museum

 

2,500-year-old merchant ship sank carrying 4,000 amphorae of wine

 

GREECE WILL OPEN its first underwater archaeological museum 3 August, allowing visitors to dive to the site where a cargo vessel with 4,000 clay amphorae—storage jars—in its hold sank in 30 metres of water about 425 B.C.

 

AUSTRIA

Salzburg

 
31 July 2020
 

Salzburg Festival Goes Ahead, Despite Covid-19

 

100th anniversary season is curtailed, but not cancelled

 

ARTS FESTIVALS around the world will be watching to see if the approach taken by Austria’s Salzburg Festival is successful and if it can be used by them to restart their own programmes.

 

ENGLAND

Swindon

 
29 July 2020
 

Britain’s National Trust Reopens a Few Properties

 

2020 is not the 125th anniversary the NT had hoped for

 

BRITAIN’S NATIONAL Trust, headquartered in Swindon, 130 kilometres west of London, is not having the kind of 125th anniversary year it had hoped for. Since mid-March all of its more than 300 historic buildings, from castles to cottages, have been closed thanks to covid-19.

 
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Port Ellen

 

Isle of Islay Scotches

All eight distilleries offer tours to tutor the palate in Islay whisky’s smoky, peaty ways

Rough Guide to Scottish Highlands & Islands, 8th edition

OFF SCOTLAND’S west coast, the Isle of Islay (pronounced “eye-la”) “is famous for one thing,” says the 8th edition of the Rough Guide to Scottish Highlands & Islands: “single-malt whisky. The smoky, peaty quality of Islay whisky is unique, recognizable even to the untutored palate.”

If you come to the island there will be plenty of opportunity for your palate to be tutored, as all eight of Islay’s distilleries are open to the public. Three of the most significant ones are handily strung along five kilometres of path east of Port Ellen, a planned village laid out in 1821 and home to Islay’s largest fishing fleet. In order from town they are:

Laphroaig, www.laphroaig.com. Gaelic for “the beautiful hollow by the bay,” which is “true enough, the whitewashed distillery is indeed in a gorgeous setting by the sea… It also has a great little museum.”

Lagavulin, www.malts.com. Beyond it “stands Dunyvaig Castle, a romantic ruin on a promontory.” Its product “is probably the classic, all-around Islay malt, with lots of smoke and peat.”

Ardbeg, www.ardbeg.com. “Traditionally considered the saltiest, peatiest malt on Islay, and that’s saying something.” Its tour “is one of the best. Moreover, its café, the Old Kiln, is excellent.”

Standard tours last an hour “and traditionally end with a generous dram, and occasionally a free glass.” More comprehensive tours are also available with more tastings.

It’s a two-hour ferry ride to Port Ellen from Kennacraig, itself a three-hour (112-kilometre) drive west of Glasgow.

 

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Agrigento

 

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Dawson City, YT

 

OMAN

Salalah

 
 

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