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Travel news: Most good cities to live in, a sunken restaurant and more

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(CNN) — How is it the last week of June already??!! It’s officially summer in most major cities around the world now, which means many of us have travel brains.

CNN Travel is here to help fuel those travel dreams, with a roundup of the world’s most enjoyable destinations, an airplane seat for the future and the first Michelin stars in the Middle East, all on offer this week. .

Live and let live

Each year, the Economist Intelligence Unit publishes its global index of the world’s most livable cities. Rankings are determined by a range of factors, such as access to green spaces, quality of healthcare and crime rates.

In 2022, the list is all about Europe, with the continent securing six of the top 10 spots. You may not be able to move this year, but maybe this list can help you narrow down where you would like to visit next time?

A hint: the name of the winning city rhymes with Blienna.

North America has represented itself well on the livability list, as long as you’re only talking about Canada. The Great White North had three of the top 10 spots this year.

Far from the base

Nepal may have to move Mount Everest base camp. The melting of the Khumbu glacier has put the site at risk of environmental damage, so authorities in Nepal are exploring their options.

Department of Tourism chief executive Taranath Adhikari told CNN Travel that “anthropogenic activities” – a polite way of saying “human behaviors” – are melting the glacier much faster than expected.

Regardless, no need to panic. Any move will take at least two to three years due to the difficulty of collecting data on the world’s tallest mountain.

The floating restaurant has not reopened after more than two years of being closed due to the pandemic.

The Sunken Kingdom of Hong Kong

Shipwreck seekers may have another good mystery on their hands. Hong Kong’s Jumbo Kingdom, once touted as the world’s largest floating restaurant, reportedly sank in a remote part of the South China Sea this week.
The Forbidden City-inspired restaurant once hosted everyone from Tom Cruise to Queen Elizabeth II, but financial problems resulting from the pandemic have dented Jumbo’s fortunes.

Jumbo closed indefinitely in March 2020, but when the owners couldn’t find anyone willing to pay for the maintenance costs, they announced the closure would be permanent.

He was en route from Hong Kong to a dry dock in Cambodia when he encountered harsh weather conditions off the Paracel Islands.

Say hello, say Dubai

The most glitzy city in the world keeps raising the bar. Dubai’s new Museum of the Future opened its doors this year to much-deserved fanfare.

It’s not the only headline in Dubai either.

For the first time, the Michelin Guide has awarded stars to some of the city’s best restaurants. The debut of the food bible in the Middle East recognized a total of 69 restaurants, including 14 “Bib Gourmand” choices – just in case you thought it was impossible to dine there cheaply.

Sound effects

Do you lose your headphones every time you travel?

Euphony, a new airplane seat concept from French interior designer Safran Seats, could be the answer to your prayers.

The only downside? It’s not currently on the market, but a hitherto unnamed airline intends to trial it for first-class cabin customers in 2023.

The giant stingray was captured, electronically tagged and released into Cambodia’s Mekong River, according to Reuters.

In case you missed it

The largest freshwater fish in the world weighs 660 pounds.

Qantas plans to launch 20-hour direct flights between Sydney and London.

Electric scooters were supposed to help solve the tourism problem in Rome.

Parts of New Mexico rank highly for livability and healthiness

best face forward

Summer is synonymous with sunshine. But you shouldn’t use the same sunscreen on your face as on the rest of your body.

Our partners at CNN Underscored, a CNN-owned product reviews and recommendations guide, have a list of the 17 best sunscreens specifically for your face, some of which are available in TSA-friendly powder and stick formats.

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