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Saturday snippets – 15th February 2014

Feb 15th, 2014 | By

Nottingham is riddled with caves, at least 450 of them. But these are man-made and many are under pubs so that is where many entrances are. I’ll leave you to ponder why they might be there. Now a research team in Nottingham has developed a new mobile phone application to allow people to explore the city’s caves from above ground. The free app will be available by the end of February. The application would have a map function to allow people to locate the caves  [...]



The Little Tramp

Feb 15th, 2014 | By
Charlie Chaplin and Jackie Coogan in The Kid

Los Angeles has plenty of links with Chaplin so not surprisingly in this centenary year it has suggested a number of places in the city that you might want to see if you are a Chaplin buff.



York and the visitor

Feb 14th, 2014 | By
Viking realism in York © Jorvik Centre

Everyone knows that York is a tourist magnet. How much it relies on tourism becomes clear in the annual summary which points out that 7 million people visited the city spending £606 million. That spend has grown almost twelve-fold over the last quarter century.



The fun of train travel

Feb 13th, 2014 | By
in calmer times

On Tuesday I travelled from Carmarthen to Manchester by train. It’s a popular line and the trains get busy. But with all the rain and wind we have had recently, it’s become a bit of lottery.



Carnival time in Tenerife in 2014

Feb 13th, 2014 | By
tenerife

Tenerife is one of our most popular destinations. It is also a place where carnivals and festivals happen every month. To help those of you going here – in conjunction with the Tenerife Tourism Corportation – here is a list of what’s on and when this year.



Hunting a hotel

Feb 13th, 2014 | By
Being prepared: an outfit for travelling at the moment

After ten hours rail and coach travel yesterday, I went to my hastily arranged hotel room and got to thinking why I had chosen it. In my case, it was what was available at a reasonable price.



Homage to Catalonia

Feb 10th, 2014 | By
Calella

“Catalonia is establishing itself as a leading tourist destination in Europe and in the world”. That was the statement from a government minister. To most of us this smacks of the “bloomin’ obvious!”



Destinations – London Earls Court

Feb 9th, 2014 | By

Destnations, Earls Court, London 6-9 February 2014



Napoleon’s bi-centenary

Feb 9th, 2014 | By
Napoleon Bonaparte

This year sees the anniversary of the defeat of Napoleon. Yes, I know the Battle of Waterloo wasn’t until 1815 but in 1814 he was defeated and exiled to Elba. Although he escaped and returned to bring fear about a renewed Napoleonic empire his stay was short-lived



American Beetlemania

Feb 7th, 2014 | By
the Ed Sullivan Theatre today

Fifty years ago this very day a plane touched down at JFK in New York City bringing the Beatles on their first tour of the United States. The Fab Four were greeted upon arrival by thousands of screaming fans and hundreds of media and police officers.



Drinking dirty water

Feb 6th, 2014 | By
Woudl you drink water like this?

On Tuesday I drank half-a-glass of water that seconds previously had looked like swamp water. Why did I do it?



Will we get more air passenger rights?

Feb 6th, 2014 | By
arriving plane

Yesterday, the European Parliament voted today on proposals from the European Commission to strengthen passenger rights. Will these happen?



Just 100 hydrodomes

Feb 5th, 2014 | By
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For those – like me –who don’t know what a hydrodome is, here comes the technical bit.  They are floating Piers. And a company called Hellenic Seaplanes hopes to have 100 of these in place by the end of 2014. Why? So they can open a vast number of services that will enable you to hop between the Greek islands on their seaplanes. For regular visitors to Greece and the islands you will aware that, as sure as day follows night, you can expect troubles  [...]



Battery fires on planes

Feb 4th, 2014 | By
batteryfire

Richard Westcott, the BBC’s transport correspondent, has been running a story today about the hazards of plane fires caused by lithium batteries.

Before I go any further let me make it clear that he is talking about fire hazards caused by cheap, dodgy batteries that can be bought from disreputable suppliers.



The volcanoes of Tenerife

Feb 4th, 2014 | By
tenerife

Think of the Canary Island of Tenerife and what is your first thought? Probably a beach under a hot sun with maybe a cool drink to hand. But do you think of volcanoes?



Attracting youth to Thessaloniki

Feb 3rd, 2014 | By
White Tower  © K. Kouzouni

Thessaloniki, the second biggest city in Greece, is the ‘European Youth Capital’ for 2014. The title of ‘European Youth Capital’ is awarded to a European city for the period of one year.

Why Thessaloniki?



Pullling a grand piano uphill

Feb 2nd, 2014 | By
It's not Yorkshire but neither will this match the Tour de France de Yorkshire!

Before you ask why anyone – other than for a university prank – might want to pull a piano, let alone a grand piano uphill, just remember that doing something like that gets publicity. And publicity is what most destinations want.



What’s hot: February 2014

Feb 1st, 2014 | By
Why does the Tower of London attract and not some regional attractions?

CD-Traveller tells you what’s hot and what’s not in the travel world. This month it’s good news for Hull and the cruising industry. Not so for New Delhi…



Year of the Horse

Jan 30th, 2014 | By
New year celebrations in Hong Kong

Chinese New Year is upon us – this year it being the Year of the Horse.

There will be celebrations in most of our cities where there are strong Chinese communities but in the Fare East the celebrations will be much larger. Take just two popular destinations, Hong Kong and Taiwan for example.



Do we need a register of overseas adventure firms?

Jan 28th, 2014 | By
Kate Green MP

Quite frankly, this is not limited to adventure holiday providers. Any service provider would be affected so why pick on adventure holidays. If he had died when the harness on a zip-line had broken may be it would be right to look at these sorts of companies but a caravan park, a hotel, a campsite, a self-catering villa could all be affected by this sort of issue.



Our tips for 2014

Jan 28th, 2014 | By
Thracian cliffs in Bulgaria © Anthony Lydekker

Each year, Just about Travel asks its writers for their highlights and tips for the coming year. Because we are individuals just like all our readers, few ever agree with each other. That is partially because they get inspired by where they have been just like you do. In alphabetical order then, here are the destinations that our writers are tipping for this year as spots that you should seriously consider visiting,



Seaworms and jousting in Indonesia

Jan 26th, 2014 | By
Komodo dragon

Solely for the UK market, the Indonesians have launched a brand new tourism website dedicated to the UK market. The new site, www.tourism-indonesia.co.uk, is Indonesia’s first official destination site in the UK and reflects their commitment to us as it sees the potential of attracting more of us to holiday and travel there.



Where the experts holiday: top British climber, Leo Holding

Jan 26th, 2014 | By
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Leo Holding – aka Britain’s best climber – talks travel



Bats about jellyfish

Jan 24th, 2014 | By
Bat Cleft

The Australian state of Queensland is a holiday hotspot much favoured by Aussies who head there for a winter sun destination and by Japanese, Chinese and Taiwanese who go there any time of the year. Apart from the sunshine, the beaches and the warmth, Queensland is known for being the state adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef. Many also know of the oldest rain forest in the world – Daintree. But it is home to some other natural attractions that many visitors don’t know about.  [...]



Welcome to Just about Travel

Jan 21st, 2014 | By
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Today we launch our new web design and our new title.

Welcome to the new name for CD-Traveller, Just about Travel.



Joining carnival time in Nice

Jan 19th, 2014 | By
Carnival in Nice

Although there are over 2,000 events held every year in Nice it is the carnival that is the most popular. Since the middle ages the carnival has been held and today, it ranks as one of the most well-known anywhere in the world. And it is only a month away. It starts on St Valentine’s Day (a suggestion there if you were planning a romantic getaway) and runs until the 4th of March. For over 15 days, the city hums to the rhythm of this  [...]



Every Bird Must Count…

Jan 18th, 2014 | By
blackbird © Jules Hill

Over 2-million of regularly watch and care for garden birds, spending £200-million on bird seed and other items – such is our national passion. Bird populations are a great indicator of the health of the countryside, which is why the RSPB launched its Big Garden Birdwatch survey in 1979.



Seven days = 3 months gaol

Jan 17th, 2014 | By
Lindos

Both The independent and Metro ran a story earlier this week about parents who took their children out of school time on a holiday to Rhodes for seven days last September.