Travel News: Van Gogh’s Sunflower

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X-Rays Show That Van Gogh’s Sunflowers Will One Day Wilt
The Smithsonian reports a new analysis shows that half of the canvas held in Amsterdam is painted with pigments that darken with exposure to UV light. Some of Van Gogh’s most iconic floral artworks, painted in 1888 and 1889, are facing the test of time. Vincent Van Gogh painted his iconic Sunflowers in vibrant yellows and golds, bursting with a sense of life and movement that has made them universally beloved. But the artist could hardly have predicted that more than a century later, those bright lemon-yellow hues would start to wilt into a brown muddle, reports Daniel Boffrey at The Guardian. A new X-ray study confirms what researchers and art lovers have long suspected: Van Gogh’s paints are fading over time. In 2011, Sarah Zielinski at Smithsonian.com reported that chemists were looking into how the 100-year-old paint was holding up. They found that exposure to UV light, both from sunlight and the halogen lamps used to illuminate paintings in some museum galleries, led to oxidation of some paint pigments, causing them to change color. A 2016 study looked deeper into the matter to find that one of the bright yellow paints Van Gogh liked, a mix between yellow lead chromate and white lead sulfate, was particularly unstable. Under UV light, the unstable chromate changed states and the sulfates began to clump together, dulling the color. The museum has already taken some steps to protect the artwork, like installing smart LEDs last year which allow them to control the light spectrum hitting the paintings and more finely control the brightness and hours of light paintings receive. But now is definitely the time to head to Amsterdam to catch the color before it fades too much!

Three Western Women To Head Saudi Women Driving Program

Travelwirenews reports Saudi Arabia has chosen a global team of instructors from Wales, Canada and America to train women starting from June 24. The BBC has reported that this team will work as “senior assessors” to train new examiners and instructors. Around 1,500 people applied for the three jobs. Susan Newbon, Deborah Sherwood and Norma Adrianzen were the ones chosen for these positions. Newbon said teachers at the driving schools will be Saudi women who have obtained their license abroad. She added that more Saudi trainers are travelling to other countries in the region to get their driving licenses and experience in preparation for the team’s arrival. In September 2017, a royal decree announced the end of a decades-long ban on women driving, the only one of its kind in the world. The lifting of the driving ban comes in light of the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s push for reform in the country which aims to restore moderate Islam to the country amid decades of conservative domination as well as boost the economy by opening up the workforce to more women. Allowing them to drive is seen as essential in boosting their numbers in the workforce.
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New Zealand Is Experiencing Overcrowding In Its Tourist Hotspots

Travelwirenews reports Tourism in New Zealand is on a crossnote. Calls for visitor limits and charges to help pay for infrastructure are not only loud in Galapagos, Barcelona or Hawaii. In New Zealand current growth is a threat to this World Heritage walk. New Zealand tourism is complaining having queues of tourists in protected parks enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Wanaka.There is a rare opportunity to experience a dynamic glacial environment, worth the 30 minutes wait to find a parking spot. And while New Zealand’s threatened species become ever more threatened, the de facto tourist department, aka the Conservation Department, is employing car park attendants and investing millions of Dollars building toilets and tracks for tourists who pay nothing towards their upkeep. 

The Shed At Dulwich’ Was London’s Top-Rated Restaurant – Except It Didn’t Exist

Washington Post reports the Shed at Dulwich was a unique restaurant in London and certainly the hardest to get into. And it beat out thousands of upscale restaurants in the city to earn the top ranking on the popular review site TripAdvisor for a time, drawing a flood of interest, except the restaurant did not exist. The restaurant was just a listing created this year by a freelance writer, Oobah Butler, who used his home, a shed in the Dulwich area in South London, as the inspiration for a high-concept new restaurant that he posted on TripAdvisor: “The Shed at Dulwich.” With hardly more than some fake reviews, “Best shed based experience in London!” a particularly cheeky one read, and a website, it had gamed the site’s ratings in London, a highly sought-after designation that could bring a surge of business to any restaurant, let alone one in a major global capital. The story has by now traveled around the globe and back, after Butler wrote a piece that exposed the ruse on Vice. The moral of the story: be aware of fake news on review sites!

Did you know?    The Best Passports for Travel

USA is 4th Place!
1. Japan 189 countries can be visited without a visa
2. Germany, Singapore: 188 countries without a visa
3. Finland, France, Italy, Sweden, Spain, South Korea: 187 countries
4. Norway, United Kingdom, Austria, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, United States: 186 countries
5. Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland, Ireland, Canada: 185 countries
6. Australia, Greece: 183 countries
7. New Zealand, Czech Republic, Malta: 182 countries
8. Iceland: 181 countries

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