Singapore’s Airport Is Getting Two Different Garden Mazes

Courtesy Changi Airport
Courtesy Changi Airport

Singapore’s Changi Airport is already considered the world’s best, but it’s about to get even more luxe. The upcoming Jewel complex—located near the airport’s Terminal 1—will be a veritable forest playground. The giant indoor garden will be equipped with slides, sky nets, and two different mazes, according to Condé Nast Traveler.

The 3.5-acre Canopy Park will be filled with play spaces, gardens, and restaurants, according to the latest announcement from the airport. It’s going to have over 1400 trees, and walkways lined with animal-shaped topiaries.

Rendering of a garden maze from above
Courtesy Changi Airport

There will be two mazes: a hedge maze with an observatory tower that will give visitors a bird’s eye view of the labyrinth, and another that’s kind of a combination between garden maze and mirrored carnival funhouse.

Almost everything will feature some sort of elevated observatory. There’s the 164-foot-long, 75-foot-tall canopy bridge, an 82-foot-tall bouncy net to walk on, and a 26-foot-tall observatory platform in the slide playground. Singapore is a particularly lush place, thanks to a 50-year-long government effort to turn it into a "city in a garden." If the Jewel complex proceeds as planned, Singapore will have an airport in a garden, too.

The complex is under construction and is due to open in 2019.

[h/t Condé Nast Traveler]

New Jersey's Anthony Bourdain Food Trail Has Opened

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Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Before Anthony Bourdain was a world-famous chef, author, or food and travel documentarian, he was just another kid growing up in New Jersey. Earlier this year, Food & Wine reported that Bourdain's home state would honor the late television personality with a food trail tracing his favorite restaurants. And that trail is now open.

Bourdain was born in New York City in 1956, and spent most of childhood living in Leonia, New Jersey. He often revisited the Garden State in his books and television shows, highlighting the state's classic diners and delis and the seafood shacks of the Jersey shore.

Immediately following Bourdain's tragic death on June 8, 2018, New Jersey assemblyman Paul Moriarty proposed an official food trail featuring some of his favorite eateries. The trail draws from the New Jersey episode from season 5 of the CNN series Parts Unknown. In it, Bourdain traveled to several towns throughout the state, including Camden, Atlantic City, and Asbury Park, and sampled fare like cheesesteaks, salt water taffy, oysters, and deep-fried hot dogs.

The food trail was approved following a unanimous vote in January, and the trail was officially inaugurated last week. Among the stops included on the trail:

  1. Frank's Deli // Asbury Park
  1. Knife and Fork Inn // Atlantic City
  1. Dock's Oyster House // Atlantic City
  1. Tony's Baltimore Grill // Atlantic City
  1. James' Salt Water Taffy // Atlantic City
  1. Lucille's Country Cooking // Barnegat
  1. Tony & Ruth Steaks // Camden
  1. Donkey's Place // Camden
  2. Hiram's Roadstand // Fort Lee

Chernobyl Creator Craig Mazin Urges Visitors to Treat the Exclusion Zone With Respect

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Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Following the success of the HBO miniseries Chernobyl, one tour company reported that bookings to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone located in Ukraine rose 35 percent. Now, series creator Craig Mazin is imploring the new wave of tourists to be respectful when snapping selfies at Chernobyl, Gizmodo reports.

A 2500-square-kilometer exclusion zone was established around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant shortly after its reactor exploded in 1986 and flooded the area with harmful radiation. The abandoned towns are still too radioactive for people to live there safely, but they have been deemed safe to visit temporarily with the supervision of a guide.

Chernobyl has supported a dark tourism industry for years, but thanks to the miniseries, photographs taken there are gaining new levels of attention online. News of influencers posing for irreverent selfies at the site of the nuclear disaster quickly went viral. Mazin tweeted:

Regardless of why people are visiting the site, being respectful in the presence of tragedy is always a good idea. It's also smart to resist leaving a tour group to snap the perfect selfie in some abandoned building: Tour companies warn that breaking rules and wandering off approved paths can lead to dangerous radiation exposure.

[h/t Gizmodo]

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