The LG Travel News Roundup: Turtle Riding Surfer Inspires Controversy

Weekly Travel News — By on November 11, 2011 at 5:59 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…

James Obrien Rides Sea TurtleA Wave of Controversy
North Shore pro surfer Jamie O’Brien recently posted a photo online of himself riding a turtle in Hawaii to spread awareness of fibropapillomatosis among sea turtles. Instead of raising awareness, he found himself in a massive controversy as he potentially violated state and federal laws against harassing turtles and disrespected Hawaiian tradition which view the turtles as ancestral guardian spirits. Source: SFGate

A Balloon Tour of Iraq
Kent Couch, a lawn-chair balloonist, is currently en route to Baghdad, Iraq with plans to fly over the Green Zone via balloon. Couch was invited by Iraqi daredevil Fareed Lafta, and the duo are set to launch on November 15th. The two men will rig 300 balloons and sit on a pair of lawn chairs for an overnight flight spanning 400 miles at 25,000 feet. Source: Huffington Post

Zuccotti Park: Tourist Hotspot?
New York tourist sites now have some serious competition from Occupy Wall Street protest camps. Many tourists are now stopping by Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan to take pictures with themselves and the protesters. The protesters have been camping out for over a month and are taking advantage of the tourist boom by giving away t-shirts and badges and in return accepting donations. Source: Daily Mail

The Devil in GioGtto’s Fresco
Italian art historian Chiara Frugone has discovered the devil in fresco No. 20, painted by Giotto in the 13th century. The image of the devil cannot be seen looking at the basilica, but is evident in close-up photography. It is speculated that Giotto never intended for the devil to be in the painting, but on a whim painted the devil “to have a bit of fun.” Source: MSNBC
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