Archive for April 2012

A tale of two halves

Apr 30th, 2012 | By

Some readers might have spotted that I have been travelling recently. For 12 days I have lived out of a small, carry-on wheelie case. But as I picked up things it grew fatter. So I checked it in as hold baggage something I rarely do. And guess what? It didn’t keep up with me so I have been shopping for the necessities.



Hotels criticised for the cost of afternoon tea

Apr 30th, 2012 | By

Afternoon tea in establishments including The Ritz and London’s Lanesborough have been slated by Which?, who have declared they are among Britain’s most expensive for consumers



California’s cupcake craze shows no sign of abating

Apr 29th, 2012 | By

Want to start a conversation in California? Don’t bother discussing the weather. All you need to do is mention menus



The world’s best street food: part three

Apr 29th, 2012 | By

Chiang Mai’s signature dish is a creamy, spicy Thai comfort curry with noodles two ways



Too fat to fly?

Apr 28th, 2012 | By

The introduction of extra charges for overweight fliers would be welcomed, a new survey has found



The world’s best street food: part two

Apr 28th, 2012 | By

What if you had a sugar-sprinkled, deep-fried pastry dipped into hot chocolate for breakfast every morning? Getting out of bed sure would be a whole lot easier



The world’s best street food

Apr 27th, 2012 | By

Over the next three days travel bible, Lonely Planet, will be sharing the best street eats across the globe with CD-Traveller readers. Today: Ceviche de Corvina (PACIFIC COAST, PERU)



New York’s big ambition

Apr 27th, 2012 | By

The Big Apple’s mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg, and NYC & Company announced at International Pow Wow (the travel industry’s premier international marketplace and the largest generator of travel to the United States) in Los Angeles, a new goal to generate US$70 billion in economic impact from travel and tourism by 2015



Turtle Trek

Apr 26th, 2012 | By

Opening at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida tomorrow is TurtleTrek, an attraction that is going to have you children – and you – demanding a visit.



Biking, Harleys and Route 66

Apr 26th, 2012 | By

Route 66 is pretty much iconic in the US. To see it from a Harley-Davidson tends to fulfil an American dream. And one company, Eaglerider is helping fulfil that dream. But not just for Americans. We British are anxious to face the great outdoors with them as well.



Being smart about destinations

Apr 25th, 2012 | By

One of the problems of holidaying is deciding what to see. Sometimes by the time you have made up your mind and arrive at an attraction, the queues are enough to make you decide to forget it.
One of the advantages of Smart Attractions in the US is that having one of their passes means that you can skip to the front of the queue.



The mermaid of Norfolk

Apr 25th, 2012 | By

I wasn’t planning to stop at the Norfolk stand at the Pow Wow show. After all isn’t Norfolk (which is on Chesapeake Bay in Virginia) just a naval base? But I was attracted to the stand because they had USB sticks in the shape of a mermaid.
How shallow was I to be attracted by such a blatant promotion gimmick?



The best places to stay in London on a budget

Apr 25th, 2012 | By

London has plenty of stylish places to sleep, but they charge prices to match, right? Wrong. Whisper it quietly but there are several venues that could be straight from the pages of a glossy magazine – and you don’t need to remortgage the house to stay in one of them



Cruising the boudin trail

Apr 24th, 2012 | By

If you ask yourself what Louisiana means to you, New Orleans and the Mardi Gras might come to mind. Or maybe creole food. But would you think boudin?
I confess I had never heard of it before. So what is it?



The jewel of the south Californian coastline

Apr 24th, 2012 | By

That’s the name they give to the city of Redondo Beach which is just twenty minutes away from the middle of Los Angeles but which seems to be in a different world. Why?



Land of dreams

Apr 24th, 2012 | By

This is the title of a song written by Roseanne Cash – the daughter of Johnny – to launch the huge marketing effort by the United States to persuade us to visit their country. The marketing push was launched in Los Angeles yesterday morning and the UK is going to be one of the first countries to see the results.



Whatever happened to Randolph Scott?

Apr 23rd, 2012 | By

So went the opening line of a song by the Statler Brothers as they bemoaned the decline of the western. Little did they know that his name- and that of countless other western film stars lives on in at a museum called the Museum of Lone Pine Film History which is deep in the Mojave Desert of California.



Exploring Australia’s interior aboard the Ghan and Indian Pacific

Apr 23rd, 2012 | By

Felix Lowe, a freelance travel writer and photographer, explores Australia’s interior in style



St George’s Day and the volunteers of Kirkby Stephen

Apr 23rd, 2012 | By

On this, the day we celebrate what Englishness means, this year in tourism, could be the year of the volunteer.
Cumbria was particularly hit by cutbacks in tourism but what happened? The people of Kirkby Stephen didn’t just accept it they set up a community group to run the tourism services in the town.



What has happened to our sense of style?

Apr 22nd, 2012 | By

I grew up with a Mother who used to plan her “travelling outfit” anytime she was going abroad, on an airplane. Watching her carefully construct her, always stylish, ensemble caused the rest of the family much amusement



Artie Moore’s home made wireless

Apr 22nd, 2012 | By

At New Tredegar in the valleys of South Wales lies the Elliot Winding House.The recently reopened museum has an exhibition about the Titanic that has generated worldwide interest. The story of Artie Moore.



Gold in them, thar hills

Apr 21st, 2012 | By

It was something like that that they used to say in the old westerns. But gold still exists in some mining towns in the Mojave desert in California. And not necessarily the yellow variety.
Take Randsburg, a small town of eighty odd people, for example



The royal knees up

Apr 21st, 2012 | By

The organisers have announced that tickets are available for the Diamond Jubilee festival which will take place in Battersea Park. Part of it will be “a proper knees-up with dancing” according to the organisers.
Did the Queen ever do this? Do we still do “knees- ups?”



Letter from France: April 2012

Apr 21st, 2012 | By

Whether you’re a novice or seasoned traveller, France will steal your heart. Each month, Frederic – our French correspondent – gives us the low-down on what to see and do across the channel



A fair fish for a fare dish!

Apr 20th, 2012 | By

Packed with more than 250 events Pembrokeshire Fish Week, Saturday 23 June – Sunday 1 July, will be a celebration of the county’s fantastic seafood, spectacular coastline, wonderful beaches and maritime heritage



Heineken, Clubs and the Milan Design Fair

Apr 19th, 2012 | By

You have to admit that the combination of those words aren’t ones you would usually find together. But last night in Milan at the Design Fair, Heineken introduced some ideas. Will they, perhaps,change the image of clubs?



Brits invading Broadway

Apr 19th, 2012 | By

f you are travelling to New York then one thing that many visitors want to do is experience the excitement of a Broadway show. If you didn’t get a chance to see the show in London, then you have a chance to do so now



100 years after Titanic, Allianz report highlights new risks in taking to sea

Apr 18th, 2012 | By

Despite greatly improved safety records in the century since Titanic, the maritime industry faces new challenges driven by the continued growth of worldwide shipping