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An elephant crosses the road in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Animals have had the country's world-famous wildlife parks to themselves because of lockdown rules that barred international tourists and made it illegal for South Africans to travel between provinces for vacations. (AP Photo/Shiraaz Mohamed)

Sleepy lions, empty bars, lost jobs: A world without tourism

Jul. 31, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — With no American visitors to show around the D-Day beaches or the Loire Valley’s chateaux, and no work on the immediate horizon, Paris tour guide Linda Zenou frets about how she’ll pay off a loan and continue to care for her ailing mother in the achingly lean months ahead. ...

Visitors take photos of the Leonardo da Vinci's painting Mona Lisa, in Paris, Monday, July 6, 2020. The home of the world's most famous portrait, the Louvre Museum in Paris, reopened Monday after a four-month coronavirus lockdown. (AP Photo/ Thibault Camus)

"Mona Lisa" back at work, visitors limited as Louvre reopens

Jul. 6, 2020 10:41 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The “Mona Lisa” is back in business. Paris' Louvre Museum, which houses the world's most famous portrait, reopened Monday after a four-month coronavirus lockdown and without its usual huge throngs. The reopening of the world's most-visited museum was a bright spot in what is...

Journalists walk past Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa during a visit of the Louvre museum ahead of its reopening next July 6, in Paris, Tuesday, June 23, 2020.  After four months of virus-imposed inactivity, the world's most visited museum is counting on the world’s most famous portrait, the “Mona Lisa” to help lure back visitors, when the Louvre reopens on July 6.(AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Back to grindstone for 'Mona Lisa' at post-lockdown Louvre

Jun. 24, 2020 12:33 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The “Mona Lisa” found herself all alone. The coronavirus had emptied her room at the Louvre Museum of its usual throngs of admirers. In a silence worthy of a cathedral, she could gaze undisturbed at the huge canvas on the opposite wall, “The Wedding Feast at Cana”...