Weekend Wrap: Bali volcano disrupts flights, Tiger killed in Paris, Radisson RED's Big Gig

2017-11-26 19:03 - Gabi Zietsman
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Gabi Zietsman

Cape Town - Catch up on the weekend travel stories you need to know. 

Friday kept Europe busy with a false terror attack in London and an escaped circus tiger in Paris that ended in tragedy. 

The latest popular Airbnb listing is an abandoned nuclear missile silo converted into luxurious accommodation, while Cape Town keeps the party going at Radisson RED hotel.

Also after months of tremors and small eruptions, Mount Agung in Bali has finally made enough of a show that it's affected flights in the area. 

SEE: Weather Update: Fire danger in the west with rain in northeastern central parts of SA

16 hurt fleeing false terror alert in London's Oxford St 

Police rushed to London's busy Oxford Street shopping district on Friday after reports that shots had been fired, sparking fears of a terror incident and leaving 16 people hurt in the panic.

Armed officers locked down the area for more than an hour before the Metropolitan Police said it had not found "any trace of any suspects, evidence of shots fired or casualties".

British Transport Police said they believed the security scare started with "an altercation between two men" on the platform of Oxford Circus Underground station.

In the first statement, police said they were called at 16:38 "to a number of reports of shots fired on Oxford Street and underground at Oxford Circus tube station... Police have responded as if the incident is terrorist related".

They later said there were "numerous 999 (emergency) calls" reporting shots fired in a number of locations in the area.

Circus personnel kill escaped tiger in Paris 

A circus tiger was found wandering the streets of Paris on Friday, affecting public transport and bringing emergency services rushing to the area before being shot dead by its owner who was then taken into custody, French police said.

Firefighters were called shortly before 17:00 by people who saw the 200kg animal wandering around the 15th arrondissement in the southwest of the French capital near the office of France Televisions.

The tiger had escaped from the Bormann-Moreno circus, which recently moved to the area and planned to open its doors to the public on 3 December.

The owner, who was not named, was taken into custody after the event according to a police source. A police investigation has been opened into the incident.

This photo was taken from France Televisions window.

Airbnb: Want to stay in a nuclear missile silo underground? 

A Cold War-era missile silo in rural northeast Kansas, that housed a nuclear warhead 65 years ago and was later converted into an underground mansion, is now finding a new lease on life as an Airbnb location.

The Subterra Castle Airbnb opened for business about six months ago. It's located in rural Wabaunsee County, about 25km southwest of Topeka.

Matthew Fulkerson, 37, is the host for Subterra, and said it was his idea to turn the site into an Airbnb. Fulkerson is a neighbor of Subterra's owners, Ed and Dianna Peden, who have lived in the converted missile base since 1994 and are on board with the Airbnb idea.

In addition to a main-floor bedroom, Airbnb guests at Subterra will have a full kitchen, private bathroom, laundry services and a fireplace which gives a "nice, cozy feeling in the fall and winter months," Fulkerson said. 

Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP

Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP

Always say 'yes' to a Radison RED party 

If you ever get an invite to a Radisson REDparty, just mark your RSVP yes.

The new hotel in Cape Town threw its first Big Gig on Thursday, and they really pushed the envelope for a multi-faceted party experience.

Welcomed with a treasure hunt to keep you occupied for most of the evening, we went trawling for a selfie with a superhero and men in kilts, get a (temporary) tattoo, find the password for the speakeasy, ask for an autograph from the musical talent spread across three stages and try out their local brew - the Bitch'n Blonde.

Not only were we spoiled with activities, the variety of food and beverages available kept the stomachs happy and the spirits high till the early hours of the morning.

Safe to say, the Radisson RED crew can throw a party that even Bonang will be jealous of.

ALERT: Bali volcano dusts resorts in ash; Lombok airport closes 

A volcano on the Indonesian island of Bali has rumbled to life with eruptions that dusted nearby resorts and villages with ash and forced the closure of the small international airport on neighboring Lombok island as towering gray plumes drifted east.

Mount Agung erupted on Saturday evening and three times early Sunday, lighting its cone with an orange glow and sending ash 4 000 meters into the atmosphere. It is still gushing and the ash clouds have forced the closure of Lombok island's airport until at least 06:00 on Monday, an official at the airport said.

Australian airline Jetstar, which canceled nine flights to and from Bali on Saturday evening, said most of its flights would operate normally Sunday after its senior pilots assessed it was safe to fly. However, it warned that the movement of ash cloud is highly unpredictable and that flights could still be canceled at short notice. Virgin, KLM and AirAsia Malaysia also canceled several flights on Saturday and AirAsia canceled more than 30 flights on Sunday. 

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