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Hagia Sophia in Sultanahmet district, Istanbul. Turkey.

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The week's strange travel news.

Maybe a quick bus on the cheek?

In 1999, a Turkish man named Mahir became an Internet hit with his website declaring, "I kiss you!"

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Today, travellers on Istanbul buses can get in trouble for getting too kissy.

On July 14, the driver of the 76E double-decker bus reportedly used an onboard security camera to catch a couple canoodling on the top deck, and yelled: "Enough with it! You are making love here! Get off, right now!"

Two years ago, another driver ordered a couple holding hands to disembark since, in his words, it wasn't a "sex bus." Reacting against this hyper-conservatism, protesters have held "kiss-ins" on public transit routes. They'd better watch their tongues.

Ve von't vork on vacation

The Germans might be known as workaholics, but they're unlikely to take their work with them on holiday.

Seventy-three per cent of Germans said doing so is never acceptable, according to a new international Monster.com poll that garnered 4,000 responses. In contrast, only 39 per cent

of the British, 37 per cent of North Americans and 35 per cent of the French said

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they'd never work while on vacation.

The Germans have it right: How can you have fun quoting Nietzsche while climbing a mountain if your boss keeps phoning you?

Who's that sleeping in my bed?

Getting 50 per cent off a hotel room is generally good news. Getting those savings because you're sharing with a stranger … well, that might cause second thoughts.

Regardless, a new website called EasyNest.com is designed to link up solo travellers who are willing to split rooms with people they've never met face-to-face.

The site lists the following additional benefits: "You can have access to better hotels, better locations … and make new friends." But everybody knows real friends come from Facebook.

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