Things to do in Amsterdam at Night

Amsterdam has captivating nightlife. You can visit the famous, or infamous, Red Light District, or you can enjoy some music at the famous Concertgebouw. You could also dance the night away to some live music, but If, like me, you appreciate culture and museums, then you’ll be happy to know that many museums and galleries, such as the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh and Anne Frank House, stay open until 10-11 pm, especially on weekends.

The Moco Museum

Located on Amsterdam Museum Square the Moco Museumis open daily; Sunday – Thursday 10:00 – 19:00 hours, and onFridays and Saturdays between 10:00 – 21:00 hours. It also offers live music and a Cocktail Experience at the House of Bols, the world’s oldest distillery.

The Moco Museum offers a first-rate collection of modern and contemporary art by artists such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Yayoi Kusama. This is no doubt in line with … Read More

Kerala Allows Tourists Again, Keeps Beaches Shut Till November 1



a tree next to a body of water: Kerala (File photo)


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After six months of lockdown, Kerala is now open for tourists once again. The state government has decided to welcome guests to revive the tourism sector in Kerala. Though major tourist hotspots in the state will be open for visitors, beaches will remain closed till November 1. If you are thinking to visit Kerala, do not forget the mandatory step which is to register yourself on www.covid19jagratha.kerala.nic.in. As per Kerala’s Tourism Minister Kadkampally Surendran, “The state has decided to reopen its tourist destinations in a phased manner in the wake of the crisis being faced by various stakeholders dependent on tourism, said. The unlock-4 guidelines of the Center have allowed the tourism sector to be reopened after taking precautions. Taking note of this, the state has decided to reopen the tourism sector and this would be a big relief for
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Take a trip to Sarasota’s Marie Selby Gardens to see a dazzling orchid display

SARASOTA — Enter the Tropical Conservatory at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and you’re immediately greeted by a living wall of purple, gold and white orchids set among lush greenery, while the twinkling notes of 1920s jazz music sets a celebratory mood.

It’s a fitting entrance for the “45th Anniversary Orchid Show: Women Breaking the Glasshouse Ceiling,” which celebrates a number of occasions.

This year is the 100th anniversary of William and Marie Selby’s purchase of the land where the gardens opened 45 years ago. It’s also the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

The living wall at the entrance is a nod to the women’s suffragette movement, using the colors of both the British and American groups — purple, gold, white and green.

Flowers on the Suffrage Celebration Wall of Orchids in the Tropical Conservatory during the 45th Anniversary Orchid
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Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Travel to India

During his visit to New Delhi, India from October 12-14, Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun delivered keynote remarks at the India-U.S. Forum and met with senior Indian government officials ahead of the U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue later this year.

At the India-U.S. Forum, Deputy Secretary Stephen Biegun joined Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla to underscore the importance of the U.S.-India partnership, particularly in advancing a free and open Indo-Pacific. The Deputy Secretary emphasized the work of the Quad toward a region protected and made prosperous in equal measure by strong and peaceful nations in the Indo-Pacific. Deputy Secretary Biegun also underscored enhanced cooperation among the Quad to create resilient supply chains, promote transparency, and increase maritime security, topics most recently discussed in the October 6 meeting of Foreign Ministers attended by Secretary of State Pompeo.

In his meetings with External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar, National Security Advisor Ajit

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Iceland Tourism Prepares for a Comeback

This year, the Icelandic government is investing roughly 1.7 billion Icelandic krona (about $12.3 million) in infrastructure at both public and private tourist spots across the country, said Skarphedinn Berg Steinarsson, director general of the Icelandic Tourist Board. Roughly 1 billion krona has been set aside for infrastructure at national parks, protected areas and large public tourist sites, while 700 million krona is going into the country’s Tourist Site Protection Fund. The investments were already being planned last year, but the government increased the funding after the pandemic hit. Further investments will support harbor and road improvements throughout the country.

The improvements at tourist sites have two goals, Mr. Steinarsson said in an interview, “allowing them to receive bigger numbers — creating parking spaces, walking paths, etc. — but also preserving the nature to make sure that the sites will not be worn down when we get the visitors back.”

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Signs of green shoots in air travel?

There is hope and signs of green shoots for the Indian aviation industry: domestic passenger traffic in September was up 39% over the preceding month. Data released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation showed that 3.94 million domestic travellers took to the skies last month, as against 2.83 million in August. The figures for July and June were 2.1 million and 1.98 million, respectively. However, domestic passenger traffic is nowhere near the pre-Covid-19 levels.

Domestic air travel resumed operations on May 25, following a two-month halt due to the country-wide lockdown on account of the Covid-19 pandemic. Since then, the recovery in air travel has been gradual and is being closely monitored by the Ministry of Civil Aviation. To begin with, a controlled re-opening of air travel was put in place, with the government allowing airlines to operate only up to 60% of their pre-Covid-19 schedules.

“In reality airlines

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In Bangkok visit, China’s Wang Yi seeks to cast Beijing as Thailand’s ‘big friend’



a group of people on a motorcycle in front of a crowd: An anti-government rally engulfed central Bangkok on Wednesday, just before the arrival of China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, for a meeting Thursday with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Photo: AFP


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An anti-government rally engulfed central Bangkok on Wednesday, just before the arrival of China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, for a meeting Thursday with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Photo: AFP

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi was due to arrive on Wednesday night in Thailand, a country central to Beijing’s strategy for Asia at a time the kingdom is facing a double hit from a pandemic-flattened economy and political turmoil.

In the big superpower square-off between the US and China, Thailand plays an oversized role.

Bordering Laos, the kingdom is China’s gateway to the Mekong region, while its endless coastline offers the promise of trade, ports, economic zones and mass tourism.

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Thailand used to be staunchly in the US camp, bound together through defence and economic ties forged during the Vietnam

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City Council Votes to Buy 2 Hotels: Will House 400 Homeless in December

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Residence Inn by Marriott at Kearny Mesa will house hundreds of people experiencing homelessness. Image via Google Maps

The San Diego City Council took a major step Tuesday in its fight against homelessness, approving the purchase of two former hotel properties to create 332 permanent units for more than 400 San Diegans currently experiencing homelessness.

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The council, which voted 9-0, approved spending $67 million for a former Residence Inn in the Hotel Circle area and $39.5 million for a former Residence Inn in the Kearny Mesa neighborhood —locations that are expected to be move-in ready by Dec. 31, 2020.

“Allowing people to live unsafely on the streets is not OK,” City Council President Georgette Gomez said. “Today, the council took a huge leap forward by creating 332 new apartments with supportive services for more than 400

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15 Arizona travel destinations named among the best places to visit

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The votes are in: Over 715,000 readers voted in Condé Nast Traveler’s 33rd Readers’ Choice Awards for 2020 and 14 Arizona hotels, resorts and spa resorts made the cut.

The city of Tucson also grabbed an accolade this year, ranking ninth on the list of top large city destinations in the United States, which brings the number of Arizona awardees to 15.

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“The results of this year’s survey, conducted at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, are a testament to the lasting power of a meaningful travel experience,” said Jesse Ashlock, the U.S. editor of Condé Nast Traveler, in a statement.

Arizona properties ranked in three categories. And two properties even cracked the top 30 awards list for best spa resorts across the world. 

Top 20 hotels in

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