The LG Travel News Roundup: Man Crosses Alps With Helium Balloons

Weekly Travel News — By on September 30, 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…

Jonathan Trappe Crosses The Alps In Helium Balloon FlightA New Way to Travel the Alps
38-year-old adventurer and helium balloonist Jonathan Trappe has successfully crossed the Alps using nothing but helium balloons. Trappe strapped himself under 54 helium-filled balloons for the 12 hour journey. The North Carolina native isn’t new to traveling across Europe with balloons–last year he crossed the English Channel strung under more helium creations. Source: MSNBC

Going Wild In London Zoo
If you’re in London, you no longer need to leave the city  for a safari-feel. The London Zoo is introducing a safari-style outing for adults. For five days in May of 2012, safari-style posh tents will be pitched in the zoo; these tents come with beds, linens and bedside lamps. Costing £225 per person, the adventure will include a torch-lit guided tour, a three-course dinner, breakfast and a private morning tour of the zoo before it opens up to the public. Source: The Guardian


A Road-Kill Cook-Off
In Marlinton, West Virginia, road kill means one thing: a cook-off! On September 24th, the town hosted the West Virginia RoadKill Cook-off and Autumn Harvest Festival in which dishes will be presented for on any animal commonly found by the side of the road. Animals in the cook off included raccoons, possum, deer, armadillo, alligator and buffalo. Source: Metro

Victory for Canines in China
A 600-year-old traditional dog eating festival has been banned in China after an uproar on the internet. In this festival, thousands of dogs are chopped and skinned in the streets of the Qianxi township in China. The festival commemorates a military victory during the Ming dynasty in which the invading military killed and feasted on all dogs to ensure they do not bark and alert the enemy.  For now, dogs can sleep a little easier in China. Source: Global Post

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