The LG Travel News Roundup: 1.21.11

Weekly Travel News — By on January 21, 2011 at 6:00 am

By Candace Rardon
LG Section Editor

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

Kate and William EngagementA new London walking tour follows in Prince William’s footsteps

Hearts broke around the world when news of the prince’s official engagement to long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton hit the stands. But for those still holding out hope for him (and willing to pay a fifteen pound ticket price), tour company Celebrity Planet has started offering walking tours around London to places linked to the prince and his fiancée. Stops along the two-hour tour include Jigsaw, the retail store where Kate was working when William broke up with her, Mahiki, a nightclub where Will purportedly racked up an £11,000 bar-tab after the break-up, and, of course, Westminster Abbey, where the wedding itself will take place in April. Source:  Yahoo

Prince Harry sets his sights on the North Pole

William and Kate aren’t the only members of the British Royal Family currently making the news: attention is on red-haired Harry as well, who hopes to make it to the North Pole in March. As a patron of the expedition, Walking with the Wounded, Harry would accompany four soldiers who were injured while serving the country, as well as two other army officers and a polar guide. Departing from Siberia, the trip is estimated to take a month, ending somewhere past 90o North. Let’s just hope he makes it back in time for the wedding! Source: Gadling

New museum proves Beatlemania is thriving in the Southern Hemisphere

South America isn’t the first place you’d expect to find obsessed Beatles fans, but for years, Buenos Aires has been home to Rodolfo Vasquez, a 53-year old accountant who holds the Guinness record for owning the world’s largest collection of Beatles memorabilia. Now, Vasquez has just made his collection available to the public, opening up a museum on Avenue Corrientes. Among the 8,500 items he owns, Vasquez selected over 2,200 to display, including signed drumsticks, a check signed by Ringo Starr and a brick from the original Cavern Club in Liverpool. Source: Yahoo

Death Valley to host a night with the stars

Stars are due to gather for an annual party in California at the end of the month—but it won’t be in Hollywood! The Las Vegas Astronomical Society and park rangers from Death Valley National Park are hosting their 10th annual Star Party on January 28th and 29th and the esteemed guest list is to include the Andromeda Galaxy, the Great Orion Nebula, and the planet Jupiter. There’s even a laser presentation scheduled for both nights. And don’t worry—telescopes are provided. Source: LA Times

Travel News Bits

Western Australia teams up with Qantas to give 100 couples the chance to fly for free

Oprah has brought plenty of attention recently to Sydney and other spots along Australia’s east coast, but the state of Western Australia is looking to share in the spotlight as well, giving out 200 free flights to the other side of the country. The only catch? You have to get yourself to Australia first and spend at least six nights there. Source: AOL Wallet Pop

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