The skies of northern Europe were empty. That is the picture as ash cloud from the fuming Icelandic volcano near the glacier Eyjafjallajokull drifted over parts of Europe and grounding most if not all flights. This natural calamity has also sent thousands of tourists and travelers in search for rental cars, hotels, and train tickets.
Officials of the Polish government has raised concerns that the volcanic ash cloud may threaten or delay the arrival of some world leaders who are attending the funeral of President Lech Kcynski and his first lady Maria in Krakow this April 18.
Some of notable personalities going to the southern portion of Poland are US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. None of the leaders have cancelled their flights as of this writing.
According to Eurocontrol, an agency responsible for air traffic, about two-thirds of flights were cancelled last April 16 as the air space in portions of Britain, and big parts of central and north Europe were declared closed for air traffic.
Eco-friendly bathtubs for hotel rooms
Styrene-free manufacture using polyurethane spray system from BaySystems
Leverkusen, April 2010 – Eco-friendly bathtubs can make an important contribution to producing hotel room furnishings that are made to last. The Sunprime Group has created an impressive example of this in its flagship Coral Suites & Spa hotel on the island of Tenerife by fitting 120 robust bathtubs reinforced with polyurethane. Bathtub manufacturer BSB (Bañera sobre Bañera) and its direct supplier Handcrafted Industrial Projects, both based in Valencia, developed and produce the bathtubs in close cooperation with the Spanish BaySystems systems house of Bayer MaterialScience. The bathtubs were manufactured using the easy processing polyurethane spray system Multitec® Advanced Foam from BaySystems.
Sailors to retrace ancient Pacific voyage
09 Apr 2010
A fleet of traditional vaka canoes will leave New Zealand next week to sail across the Pacific, re-enacting one of the world’s greatest migrations.
Four twin-hulled canoes that have been built in New Zealand will sail from Auckland to meet a Tahitian-crewed vaka, before the fleet moves on to French Polynesia, the Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga and Fiji.
Hine Moana – the last of the four canoes – was launched yesterday (7.04.2010) in Auckland. It is due to undergo some final work before the craft and crews embark on their long ocean passage.
The vaka, which carry a crew of up to 16, are based on a traditional Tahitian design, and successfully blending modern technology with traditional craftsmanship has been a challenge for designers.
There are a number of hotels for you to choose from when you are staying in the Detroit area, and many are conveniently located close to the airport, so that you do not have too far to travel when you arrive or depart.
Westin Detroit Metro Airport Hotel
This affordable hotel is located right in the Detroit Metropolitan Airport grounds and offers quick access to the arrivals and departure terminals, and a free shuttle service is available to pick you up and drop you off from your flight if you are travelling from the L.C. Smith Terminal (this serves several domestic airlines). You can easily hire a car, order a taxi or take local pubic transport to travel to other parts of Detroit and the downtown area is about 20 miles away and offers a number of attractions including shops, restaurants and bars, and the Henry Ford Museum is around 8 miles from the hotel.
Love Luxury? Love Glasgow
A group of stylish Glasgow companies have joined forces as part of an innovative venture to drive visitor spend in the city by adding a touch of luxury.
Love Luxury Glasgow is a growing partnership of independent firms offering luxurious and uniquely Scottish products, services and experiences, which showcase the outstanding retail, culture, sport and fine dining in the city.
Geared mainly towards visitors and conference delegates – as well as those local to the city, the initiative offers a one-stop luxury shop.
Summera Shaheen, Love Luxury Glasgow co-ordinator and owner of The Diamond Studio in Argyll Chambers, came up with the idea for the initiative after being inspired by conversations with counterparts in the Glasgow luxury business scene.
“Love Luxury Glasgow is an initiative that we are convinced that will continue to go from strength to strength as even more luxury businesses in the city come on board,” she said.
Passengers of a cruise ship might be happy with seeing the great views, playing at onboard casinos, or pigging out on the buffet but there is a growing trend today as cruise lines organize exciting, extreme, and even outrageous group shore excursions.
Shore excursions are where people can enjoy the wow factor of their cruise and connect with new friends. Below are some of the most adrenaline crazy group shore excursions that we know of.
Riding a Harley in Alaska and the Caribbean
Cruisers who want to feel the wind against their faces while sightseeing can zoom on the road riding cool Harleys in Ketchikan, Alaska and in the Caribbean. You will need a motorcycle permit but you can also go with a licensed rider if you want to watch the Cozumel sunsets or go to the lush Tongass forest. A gang leader in a black leather jacket with tattoos all over will lead your group. Okay, it will be a local tour guide.
The basic of traffic laws is to stop when you need to stop, and remember speed limits if you are stepping on it. They sound pretty simple until you learn of the strangest rules that are strictly followed on the road.
Doing the Hook Turn in Australia
Being on the wrong side of the road is already scary when you are driving in Australia but wait until you need to do a hook turn in Melbourne. That will be more difficult that usual for us travelers but it is pretty simple for the locals.
Normally, you will be on the right late if you want to make a right turn but if you have to do a hook turn, you have to go to the outer left lane then on green you have to make a hard right to go where you intend to go. The hook turn was designed so the traffic on the central business district of Melbourne will not block the lines of the tram.
We had a post before about the best things you can do when you are suffering from a midlife crisis. This stage of your life can really be frustrating for some. There are places though around the globe which can somehow help you cope with all the frustrations and boredom midlife crisis brings. These places will give you opportunities to reinvent yourself.
Aside from all their tourism expenditures which gives us some of the most wonderful and creative architectures in history, Dubai is a haven for shoppers. If you think you need a makeover, getting your new outfit and your new look will be very easy in Dubai.
You can get everything from your pants, dress, handbags, and jewelries. The bling blings are lining the street of the gold souq of Dubai. It is gold crazy and about 25 tons of gold jewelries are on display. Name it and most likely they have it from necklace, to earrings, bracelets, rings, and necklaces.