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I’ve recently set up three google alerts on the topics food, art and travel. Apart from finding out which airline has the tastiest food, I stumbled upon an article about the Paris airport and their latest attraction.

For those who travel often and in long distances, the airport could be a dreary place to be. And so, the Charles de Gaulle airport had come up with the idea, “art on the go“. What they did was built a gallery displaying original works, on loan from Parisian museums. A total of 50 works, including The Thinker and The Kiss, by the 19th-century sculptor were loaned. The reason behind the construction of this 250 square-metre area space is to give travelers a taste of Paris, specifically Paris’ art culture beforehand. I think this is a great way to advertise Paris’ art, especially to an audience unfamiliar with the subject.

The gallery, opened from the time the first flight departs the Charles de Gaulle airport and closing only after the last arrives/departs, is located at the heart of the airport and is free to all passengers who may be transiting through terminal 2E. Besides that, the gallery, chiefly targeted at international passengers, is expected to host two six-month exhibitions a year and with a record number of 61.6 million passengers having passed through the doors of Charles de Gaulle airport in the year 2012, the gallery expects to host anywhere between 1500 and 2000 visitors per day.

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Nadia Eweida is a Christian and a flight attendant at British Airways. She was spotted wearing her cross on the job one day and was told off by her employers. When she refused to budge, she was forced to leave work. Nadia’s insistence of wearing her cross resulted in a huge legal battle between her and her employers as well as the British Government. Her request was denied by a total of six British courts, whose verdict stated that the airlines was merely sticking to protocol and was fair in their commands. The European Court of Human Rights, however, thought otherwise. Upon receiving the good news, Nadia responded by saying, and I quote,

it’s significant for Christians because they will be able to wear their crosses in their workplace without the feeling of retribution or discrimination

As a result of the intervention of the Arch Bishop of Canterbury, Nadia finally won her case in 2009 (seventh time’s the charm) and was given permission to wear her cross in her workplace. The repercussions of this extensive, and in my opinion irrational, battle had cost British Airways their corporate reputation. But it doesn’t end there. After the court ruled in Nadia’s a favor, she continued her legal battle against the British Government, saying it hasn’t adequately protected her human rights.

Click here for Nadia’s interview with CNN reporter Dan Rivers