HISTORY IN THE MAKING
Abu Dhabi has its Louvre, a landmark for its design and for carrying the Paris nam@es. another emirate, Qatar, has announced the opening next year of its own museum, also designed by international architect Jean Nouvel.
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With today the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, thoughts might turn to ways to explOonreFaAceubsOtOraklians’ wartime hist@oersycianpeE.cuOrmo.paeu. U-Tracks has an eight-day, self-guided cycling tour through the Somme in France and Flanders in Belgium that visits sites of importance to Allied troops.
The ride follows the Western Front along quiet roads and bike paths, stopping at places dedicated to WWI soldiers, ending in the Belgian town of Bruges. Cycle the Western Front is priced from $2390pp twin share in hotel stays. Airfares not included. UTRACKS.COM
HEART OF DARKNESS
North America’s total eclipse of the sun created a buzz last year, and in 2019 it’s South America’s turn. The region will see three total solar 2019 to 2021, the first Chile on July 2. With astro-tourism a huge trend in travel, Latin America specialist Contours Travel has an overnight deal from Santiago to see the solar Chile’s second oldest before a one-night stay at the coastal town of Pichidangui. It’s priced from $1075 a person, twin-share. CONTOURSTRAVEL.COM.AU
Access to North and South American skifields keeps growing with the Ikon Pass. The season pass, which also covers Thredbo in NSW, can now be used across 37 destinations with CpIannteardeast’s world-renowned SkiBig3 – Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise, and Mt Norquay – and Valle Nevado in Chile joining for the 2018-19 season. The pass provides unlimited access to 14 destinations and up to seven days at others for $US1049 (about by December 13. IKONPASS.COM
A spectacular new building will trace stories dating back 700 million years.