Every Friday, we help you navigate the week’s most important and interesting travel news stories.

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ABBA The Museum opened this week in Stockholm, and we can imagine that lots of 1970s pop addicts will be using it as the perfect excuse to head to the Swedish capital. [The Telegraph]

New York’s Metropolitan's Museum's much-discussed Costume Institute Gala had a punk theme – but not much in the way of punk energy, despite a careful re-creation of  CBGB's proudly disgusting bathroom and Madonna climbing the Met's 2,000-year-old Temple of Dendur  to "cheer on"  Kanye West. To get you in the mood for the exhibit itself, Punk: Chaos to Couture, which runs through 14 August, check out these photos of New York in the 1980s and 90s. The raw portraits seem both scarier and a bit sexier than what you can find in the city's current rendition. [Vanishing New York]

Amazing things that should happen more often

Last Sunday, a group of British tourists found themselves with more than just a bellyful of sweet treats when they ordered four ice creams from a parlour by Rome's Spanish Steps. The total bill, 64 euros, brought shock, dismay and an appearance on BBC Breakfast. The parlour itself wasn't completely penitent: an anonymous worker said that “the prices are clearly on display. They got what they asked for -- four ice creams.” In any case, the tourists won in the court of public opinion, receiving from Rome's mayor both an apology and an invite to return for free ice cream. [Irish Times]

Is it possible that tourists could be getting lots of things right? Going to the most popular places at the most popular time, and doing it with capacious bags packed for every contingency just might be the best way to travel. [USA Today]

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Photos and videos that went viral on the Web this week

Canada may not do much in the way of advertising directly to the US, but something tells us that Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism's video of a tiny goat getting ejected from a horse's back has done a lot to get the province's name out among lovers of random cuteness the world over. [YouTube]

Travel writer Richard Grant hosted a moving video of just what drew him to the Mississippi Delta. He travels from the Peabody Hotel's lobby, where ducks swim daily, to the infamous crossroads where the musician Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil to learn how to play the blues. [The Guardian]

Hold on folks, we’re in for a rocky ride

It's going to be hard to go for a soak in hotel bathtubs after this latest example of that travel-news mainstay, the confessions of a former hotel maid. [HotelChatter]

Beijing's frequent bouts of heavy air pollution have made a well-fitting and effective gas mask a must-have for visitors as well as residents these days. [Businessweek]

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