Swiss Town Bans Tourists From Taking Photos

In the Swiss village of Bergün/Bravuogn, snapping a photo of a picturesque field of flowers or a spectacular mountain view will cost you. The town in eastern Switzerland is instituting a fine on tourists taking photos, according to Travel + Leisure.

On May 30, the town announced on its Facebook page that it had passed a regulation banning photos over concerns that seeing the incredible beauty of the Swiss village would cause people on social media complete misery. (FOMO is real!) Home to beautiful mountain vistas, a UNESCO-protected railway, and some very photogenic cows, the place does scream #nofilter. The ban is a publicity stunt—clearly an effective one, since we now know where Bergün is—but it’s a real law. If it were enforced, it would only cost you around $5.60 (€5), though.

Luckily, it won’t be. A day later, the mayor released a video announcing a special photography permit that would be granted to anyone with a camera. We can safely assume that Bergün Mayor Peter Nicolay, the face of the ban, would actually be delighted if you did a whole photo tour of his village and posted it on every social media channel possible. And really, who can resist a great Alps photo?

Just look at these photogenic cows!

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar

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Funko

Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

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Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

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Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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Visit Any National Park for Free on September 26—or Volunteer to Help Maintain Them

Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park
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Temperatures are quickly cooling down, and you might be inclined to take advantage of the last few long, sunny days with a weekend visit to the great outdoors. This Saturday, September 26, you can bask in the open air of any national park for free, as part of National Public Lands Day.

According to the National Park Service, the holiday has been held on the fourth Saturday of every September since 1994, and it’s also the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort. It’s up to you whether you’d like to partake in the service side or simply go for a stroll. Opportunities for volunteering include tree-planting, park cleanups, and more; you can find events near you here. There are also a number of virtual events you can tune into, which range from wildlife livestreams and virtual tours to how-to webinars (a Virginia State Parks ranger, for example, will teach you how to make a bee hotel).

There are more than 400 areas run by the National Park Service across the U.S., and many of them aren’t parks in the traditional sense of the word; the Statue of Liberty, Alcatraz Island, and countless other monuments and historical sites are also run by the NPS. Wondering if there might be one closer than you thought? Explore parks in your area on this interactive map.

If you do decide to celebrate National Public Lands Day on public lands, you should contact the park—or check its website—before you head there so you know of any coronavirus-related protocols they've put in place. And for those of you who can’t take advantage of the free admission on September 26, the National Park Service will also waive all entrance fees for Veterans Day on November 11.