Travel news: cool tunnel projects and the best cheese in the world

(CNN) – The longest passenger train ever has launched in Switzerland, a century-old tunnel has opened under Niagara Falls, a new cheese has been named the best in the world, and a Harrison Ford bread sculpture is making mouths water in California.

Here’s what happened in this week’s travel news.

Trains and tunnels

It has been an extraordinary month for infrastructure enthusiasts.

A record-breaking two-kilometer-long passenger train has just made its way along Switzerland’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Albula Line for the first time. And a huge tunnel buried under the thundering waters of Niagara Falls for more than a century is finally open to visitors.
Denmark and Germany are busy building the world’s longest submerged tunnel, 40 meters (131 feet) under the Baltic Sea. And a new Metro extension means commuters will have an easier way to get in and out of Washington DC.

Oh baby, it’s a wild world

A 2021 YouGov poll found that 8% of Americans believed they could defeat a lion in an unarmed fight, while 15% believed they could see a king cobra.
It could have done with those brave souls in Sydney this week when five lions escaped from a zoo, thankfully without harming animals or humans. And while cobras are shy, non-hostile creatures, combatants would do well to bookmark our tips for surviving cobra bites.
Caution is often more important than aggression when it comes to outdoor challenges: An injured hiker who had gone missing was rescued in Colorado last month when an eagle-eyed train passenger spotted it through a carriage window.

There is only cheese

A Swiss cheese was named the best in the world by an international jury at the World Cheese Awards on Wednesday. And no, it’s not Swiss cheese with holes, this is a handmade gruyère.
And if you thought there was no way to make ’80s Harrison Ford more delicious, how about making it entirely bread? A California bakery has created a “Pan Solo” sculpture for a local competition. Incredibly, it’s life-size (or bread-sized, if you prefer).
Of course, the best way to serve the carb-based Han Solo to guests is by dipping it in olive oil. But before you send out the dinner party invitations, you need to know the right way to taste the delicious liquid fat. In this clip from “Searching for Italy,” Stanley Tucci learns how.

Travel Tips

Ultra-minimalist packer Brooke Schoenman has worked out how to travel the world with only a small shoulder bag as luggage. Here are some tips from this drag queen.
These days, however, many of us are finding that our wallets, not our purses, are slimmer than we’d like. Here are eight cost-saving tips to help travelers get through these tough economic times.

‘The Last Paradise on Earth’

Home to more than 1,600 species of fish and around 75% of the world’s known coral species, Indonesia’s Raja Ampat archipelago is recognized as having the richest marine biodiversity on the planet. Here’s why it’s known as “The Last Paradise on Earth.”

If you missed it

Brits love fireworks and bonfires on November 5th.

Here is the macabre origin of the autumnal festivities of Guy Fawkes Night.

Japan’s hottest theme park has no rides.

At Ghibli Park, guests are invited to “feel the wind”.

It was his first night in Lima and his first night working at the backpacker hostel.

Plane and bird strikes are so common that they have a goo word left behind: Snarge.

Now a giant robot falcon is on a mission to end the evil snarge. Here’s how.

Sleep better on a long flight

My neck, my back, long walks take a beating. Trying to get a decent rest after hours in a pressurized tube is never easy, but there are plenty of accessories — from travel pillows to noise-canceling headphones — that can make the journey difficult.