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Italy, Jan 21 (Canadian-Media): An announcement was made Tuesday by Airbnb in Italy that it will grant one couple the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity on Valentine's Day this year to stay in the Casa di Giulietta, the historic building in the Italian city of Verona, that has become a symbol of the iconic balcony from the play 'Romeo and Juliet', media reports said.
Casa di Giulietta. Image credit: Twitter
The two guests will be given a tour of Verona and Casa di Giulietta, as well as service from a personal butler and a candlelit dinner. An opportunity would also be provided to them to review real-life letters to the Juliet Club before retreating to the medieval-themed bedroom with a balcony.
Romeo and Juliet, the characters of the play were reported to profess their love for each other at the balcony, although William Shakespeare, the writer of the play Romeo and Juliet did not actually specify the exact location of Juliet's home.
The original bed from the 1960s film adaptation is featured in the room. Image credit: Airbnb
Every year, thousands of letters arrive at Casa di Giulietta, keeping the nonprofit Juliet Club busy writing replies.
Now, Airbnb is offering a modern-day Romeo and Juliet the chance to stay overnight in the historic building, which operates as a museum.
The couple will be the first to stay in Juliet's room since 1930, Airbnb said in a statement and
added that it had worked with an Italian architect to fix up the famous residence in anticipation of the lucky contest-winners, which closes on Feb 2 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
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Ottawa, Jan 5 (Canadian-Media): A travel advisory was updated by Canada for its citizens travelling to the Middle East on Saturday owing to intensified US-Iran conflicts after Iran's top general was killed by a US airstrike, media reports said.
Due to an extreme risk to personal safety in the Middle East countries, Canadian authorities are asking the people already there should consider leaving.
A US drone attack ordered by U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday killing Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy chief of Iraq's paramilitary Hashd Shaabi forces caused the escalation of the tensions in the Gulf.
Canada had temporarily suspended a Canada-commanding NATO training mission in Iraq, said Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan early Saturday and added,
"We are taking all necessary precautions for the safety and security of our civilian and military personnel," Sajjan said in a statement.
Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne on Friday said,
"The safety and well-being of Canadians in Iraq and the region, including our troops and diplomats, is our paramount concern. We call on all sides to exercise restraint and pursue de-escalation," Champagne said in a statement on Friday.