Culture, travel, fashion and culinary delights: the Kosmos pages of Lufthansa Magazin bring you interesting and useful tidbits from around the world
On April 15, Buddhists in Myanmar use plastic bowls and water pistols to soak each other with water. The water festival is part of the New Year’s celebrations there – and for many a welcome opportunity to cool off.
… Thirteen percent of Scots are natural redheads, putting them ahead even of the Northern Irish and Welsh (each roughly ten percent). Red is the least-common hair color, as only two percent of the world population has the “ginger” gene, which is also responsible for freckles.
Picnic season is upon us, so what are you waiting for? Pack a hamper, grab your beloved and head for the park. For a particularly romantic experience, check out these parks in Barcelona, San Francisco and Tokyo.
Gingerbread houses, pointy towers, curvy stairs and benches: Antoni Gaudí gave his creative genius free rein in Park Güell, Barcelona, which looks straight out of a fairy tale. There are peaceful spots away from the tourist hordes at the bottom end of the park.
Waterfalls, windmills, lots of greenery: The Golden Gate Park in San Francisco is one of the largest urban parks in the world. The best place to picnic is on top of Strawberry Hill with a panoramic view of the city.
Tokyo’s Shinjuku Gyoen park features English, French and Japanese landscape gardening and is particularly attractive at cherry-blossom time in April and May. Gourmet picnickers can buy their picnic feast next door at the classy Takashimaya department store.