The LG Travel News Roundup: 11,000 Paper Lanterns Light Up the Polish Sky

Weekly Travel News — By on July 8, 2011 at 6:00 am

By Susmita Baral
LG News Intern

Missed the big travel stories of the week? And the weird, wacky and insignificant ones? We’ve got your roundup right here…

Lantern Night in Poznan, PolandThousands Gather to Lighten Up the Polish Sky

It’s a scene usually associated with Thailand’s Loy Krathong holiday, or “Festival of Lights”–paper lanterns floating up in the night sky. But on June 21, this Thai tradition found its way to Poznan, Poland, where crowds released thousands of lanterns to celebrate the shortest night of the year. This event was organized on Facebook and has been called “Poznan’s most romantic night.” Participants bought lanterns for about $1.80 and were instructed to release them at 10:30 PM. The goal was to set a world record of most lanterns launched at once. Source: CNN Travel

Lost (and then found): One Mischevious Baboon

An adolescent baboon that escaped from Six Flags Great Adventure’s Monkey Jungle in Jackson Township, New Jersey, was found unharmed at a farm in Howell Township. After the escape, the baboon was spotted off of Interstate 195 and a woman reported that the baboon was sitting on her back porch. Park officials are currently trying to find out how the baboon managed to escape. Source: AOL Weird News

The Latest Museum in Berlin Thinks Inside the Box

The newest attraction in Berlin is a giant futuristic hexagonal silver-and-blue box building. The building will house exhibitions of the replica of the Prussian palace that is slated to be built nearby, as well as offer views of the building process. The Prussian Palace is slated to be completed in 2019. Source: FOX News

New Robot Helps You Be in Two Places at Once

Trevor Blackwell has created a 35-pound, two-wheeled, self-balancing bot that he hopes will help make business travel obsolete. The standard bot, which costs $15,000, has a microphone, speakers, a 5-megapixel camera and a GPS-size video screen on its head. Through the bot, users can feel like they are at their destination and can control the bot from anywhere as long as they have access to a web browser to connect to Source: Entrepreneur

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Travel News Bits

Postcardly makes it easier to say wish you were here

If you have trouble finding time to write and send postcards while on a trip, a recently launched website called Postcardly wants to help you out. All it takes is uploading a photo and writing out the text you want the back to read, and then they do the hard work for you–turning your picture into a postcard and making sure it gets to the right hands. Lends new meaning to the phrase, “Postcard perfect,” doesn’t it? Source: Gadling

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