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The Rigi Railway was opened 150 years ago, the first mountain railway in Europe

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On May 21, 1871, Europe’s first mountain railway left on its inaugural ascent from Vitznau to Rigi Staffelhöhe, in Switzerland. Today, Mount Rigi and its cogwheel trains and airborne wire cars are a must for mountain trains enthusiasts.

 To commemorate the important anniversary, the 21 of May, the ancient “steam locomotive # 7” will be set in motion, restored and brought back to its former glory on the historical journey from Vitznau to Rigi Kulm. The locomotive is also ancient: built in 1873 by the Swiss factory SLM, for 64 years, the train had climbed up and down the valleys until 1957 when it was withdrawn.

In July, in the open-air sector of Rigi Staffel, the celebration “Monte Rigi – Queen of the Mountains” will be held, which will lead to discovering the long history of the summit, such as the royal visit of Queen Victoria. It will be an opportunity to discover the place’s culture, history, folklore, and cuisine.

In this area crossed by the railways, the activities to try during your stay are varied. To the south of Rigi Staffel, lovers of walking will love the route of the former Vitznau-Rigi railway, which can be followed by walking up to the point where the route separates from the railway line: crossing the meadows, one arrives at the point panoramic by Chanzeli, a 1464 meters high. The panorama from up there is unparalleled, a scenic view from which to admire the four branches of Lake Lucerne. It is worth a short climb to reach the pretty village of Rigi Kaltbad.

There is so much to do in the area, and besides the train, you also try a cable car ride and go to the very top.  Flora and fauna are extraordinary, and you will see flowers you have never seen before.

 

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New York City, An interactive civil rights museum will open in Harlem

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The new Museum of Civil Rights will be a welcoming, inclusive and accessible facility, managed by the Civil Liberty Structure; will host not only permanent and temporary exhibitions but also promotional events for local artists, workshops, discussion forums and discussion spaces

The museum will also have a green space for the cultivation of fruit and vegetables, dedicated to education on sustainability and food consumption: this is the Roof Training Yard , a “didactic garden” located on a large terrace.

The museum will also include the Harlem Discussion Forum , located on the top floor of One 45 Tower. In this place it will be possible to attend talks, conferences and shows, enjoying an incredible panoramic view of the city.

At the centre of the cultural program will be the history of civil and trade union rights, feminist struggles, LGBTQI + associations, religious groups such as Jews, Muslims and Sikhs and in general all minorities persecuted for social, racial, sexual orientation, political reasons. and religious.  The museum is created by activists to promote a greater understanding of the history and legacy of the modern civil rights movements in the United States.  Keep it in mind next time you visit NYC.

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Not more red light district in Amsterdam, at least not in the centre

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It is down to Femke Haselma, mayor of the city, who wants to protect the women and trans people who work every day in one of the most populated and visited neighbourhoods in the whole of Amsterdam. We are talking about the De Wallen district, the one commonly referred to as “red light”. According to the new plan, the area will be redeveloped and a new centre for prostitution will be created.

The first citizen of Amsterdam has thought of a new way for all women and trans people who used to offer their services among the over 300 windows of the neighbourhood to work safely. The new  facility is a  building of 5 thousand square meters with  100 rooms, bars, restaurants, spaces for erotic performances and shops located in the suburbs.

According to a survey by 2019, the red light district workers union, for the 93% of sex workers, is against moving to another area Many of them are not satisfied, many fear that the new space is not big enough for all the workers in the famous neighbourhood. Furthermore, instead of helping and protecting women and trans people who work in this world, there is a risk of increasing clandestine work, making all these workers very most vulnerable

But according to some, the mayor’s idea is an excellent start to develop Amsterdam in a safer and more inclusive level, however, leads to the marginalization of all the sex employees who have always contributed to creating an identity of the city.

  Femke Haselma would like to move the district to protect all the workers and to discourage tourists and curious people. By moving the district to a new area, the centre of Amsterdam would be less chaotic and overcrowded, giving dignity to a profession that, over the years, in the red light district, has become a tourist attraction.

 

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Are people willing to travel again and how?

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Not many people made travel plans in the past year but in 2021 we will resume travelling even if we have to face a maze of rules and restrictions. To guarantee safety, serenity and precisely the possibility of returning to see the world. New research conducted by Booking.com, the leading d travel platform with nearly 30 millions structures, there are now five types of travel that are emerging for the foreseeable future

We start with solo travel, which according to the platform they will most likely see an increase, to be even safer and limit the risks. In fact, data from Booking.com before the pandemic showed that only 17% of travellers age interested advertisement solo holidays, against the current 30% ready to organize such a trip in the future. In short, the important thing is to leave. 

 51% of people said they will no longer take the freedom to move for granted in the future which is a big lesson to learn in our age. Only 13% are actually planning a luxury stay (e.g. in a 5-star vacation home or resort).

Last year, and still in this phase, many have been away from friends and family for long periods, for reasons of geographic distance as well as safety. According to the 61% of the interviewees, a good part of future trips will be dedicated precisely to re-establish relationships and relationships

But people are worried to book in case there are changes. Over half of the interviewees (53%) prefer to take short breaks abroad in 2021 rather than a long holiday. 

Not all are prepared to travel abroad for the same reasons, people are still worried and although there is a strong desire to travel again, the mood is to err on the side of caution for the time being. 

 

 

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