Ny luksus-resort i Japan

Aman Kyoto åpner i november 2019. Foto: Aman Resorts

Luksushotellgruppen Aman lanserer sitt tredje resort i Japan, denne gang i Kyoto. Resorten skal ligge i en skjult hage, og byr gjestene  på 24 rom, og to villaer, skriver Se og Hør.

Aman Kyoto fokuserer på det tradisjonelle og konseptet “hot springs”.

De to andre Aman-resortene i Japan ligger i Tokyo og i Shima.

Aman Resorts International har totalt 24 destinasjoner i 21 land. Ordet “aman” betyr “fred”, “sikkerhet”, “ly”, og “beskyttelse” på flere asiatiske språk, som hindi, sanskrit, punjabi, arabisk, urdu, persisk, og malay.

Kjeden ble startet av indoneseren Adrian Willem Lauw Zecha (f.1933) i 1988, og har hovedkontor i Singapore.

The Netherlands celebrates the year of rembrandt

Rembrandt, self portrait.

In The Netherlands, the Year of Rembrandt is marked this year, as it is 350 years since the painter, artist and graphic artist Rembrandt van Rijn died.

Rembrandt, one of the Baroque’s great masters, is celebrated throughout 2019.

The Rembrandt House Museum at Joodenbreestraat 4 in Amsterdam, where the artist lived and worked for a number of years, not far from the present-day city hall.

He purchased the house in 1639 and lived there until he went bankrupt in 1656, when all his belongings were auctioned off. The auction list enabled the reconstructions of all his belongings which are also on display in the house.

The museum opened in 1911, and includes 260 of the 290 most famous Rembrandt sketches.

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was born on 15 July, 1606 in Leiden in the then Dutch Republic (now The Netherlands), and died 4 October, 1669 in Amsterdam, aged 63.

Learn more at www.holland.com

The Rembrandt museum in Amsterdam (Museum het Rembrandthuis) – www.rembrandthuis.nl

Sri Lanka opens consulate in Nicosia

Nicosia

Cyprus Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides and his Sri Lankan counterpart Tilak Janaka Marapana said while inaugurating Sri Lanka’s consulate general in Nicosia, capital city of Cyprus, that the two countries were opening a new chapter in their bilateral cooperation, the Cyprus-Mail website reported.

“After the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1963, our relations are growing steadily,” Christodoulides said in his address at the ceremony.

The two foreign ministers discussed ways of enhancing cooperation in the trade, tourism, investment and education sectors.

Mr Christodoulides said, “we share many similar ideas and principles which guide our close cooperation in many international organisations and associations, such as the UN and the Commonwealth.”

He went on to say that the presence of the Sri Lankan community on the island had also contributed to the strengthening of the ties between the two countries.

At the beginning of the ceremony, Sri Lanka’s flag was raised outside the consular premises and the national anthems of the two countries were played.

The foreign ministers also unveiled the Consulate’s plaque and lit a traditional candelabra. A Sri Lankan couple in traditional attire presented folk dances before guests.
The ceremony was also attended by Daya Srikantha John Pelpola, the ambassador of Sri Lanka to Cyprus, resident in Rome.

News source: www.cyprus-mail.com

Bærekraftige reiser

Illustrasjonsfoto: www.tui.no

Nordmenn blir stadig mer opptatt av å velge bærekratige reisealternativer. På reiseoperatøren TUI sine nettsider har selskapet samlet alle Travelife-sertifiserte hoteller under fanen “Bærekraftsertifiserte hoteller”, skriver Se og Hør.

Rundt halvparten av TUIs nordiske gjester benytter slike hoteller i dag.

VM i skreifiske i Lofoten avlyst

Foto: Wikipedia

En av verdens største fiskekonkurranser, VM i skreifiske i Svolvær i Lofoten, er avlyst på grunn av høye bølger og mye vind. Uværet ventes å fortsette utover kvelden lørdag. Arrangørene begrunner avlysningen med at de er bekymret for sikkerheten til deltakerne på grunn av mye vind og regn, skriver NTB / VG.no

– Det gjør vi sammen med politiet og kystvakta, og de båtene vi har snakket med. På grunn av høye bølger på 4–5 meter og 12–18 sekundmeter med vind, sier daglig leder Sten-Ståle Sortland i Vågan Båt- og Sjøfiskeforening til Lofotposten.

VM i Skreifiske ble arrangert for første gang i 1991

Finner gamle lik på Mount Everest

Mount Everest. Illustrasjonsfoto: Wikipedia.org

Global oppvarming fører til raskere smelting på Mount Everests isbreer, skriver NRK.no
Det gjør at sherpaer og klatrere finner mennesker som har ligget døde i mange år. Det er anslått at det ligger 200 døde på fjellet, begravet i snø og is.

Kilde: www.nrk.no

Rio de Janeiro is the World Architecture Capital in 2020

Theatro Municipal, Rio de Janeiro. Photo credit: Wikipedia.org

UNESCO has chosen Rio de Janeiro in Brazil as the World Architecture Capital for 2020.

It is the first time the UN is awarding a city this title, and this is part of a work of preserving architecture history in major cities.

The aim is to create an international forum for debates on demanding global challenges from a perspective on culture, cultural heritage, urban planning and architecture.

Rio de Janeiro was founded in 1565 by the Portuguese, and was the capital of Brazil until 1960 when the capital was transferred to the new city of Brasilia.