What’s hot: November 2016

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Just About Travel tells you what’s hot (and what’s not) in the travel world


Getting acquainted with Anfield
Liverpool FC has opened the redeveloped Main Stand to Stadium Tours for the very first time. The Stadium Tour  – which launched on the 11 September – takes fans behind the scenes inside what will soon become one of the largest all-seater single stands in European Football .
As part of the new guided tour there’s a chance to take a seat in Klopp’s dug out, check out the new tunnel, as well as get a glimpse at some of the never before seen areas of the stand. Fans will gain a fascinating insight into each one of the four stands and have the opportunity to take a seat in the world famous Spion Kop.A brand new, fully interactive Anfield Stadium tour will launch in January 2017, once the final finishing touches have been made to the redeveloped Main Stand. For further detail visit www.stadiumtours.liverpoolfc.com/tours

Bopping in a bath
Fancy partying in a pool when night falls? Well if you’re Budapest bound this month, you can splash (sorry!) about in Szechenyi Baths. DJs will be spinning the tunes from 10.30pm allowing JAT readers the chance throw some shapes in the thermal pools to a backdrop of Neo-Baroque architecture and a laser show. Book tickets at spartybooking.com

Get arty in Paris

Eiffel Tower, Paris
One of the world’s greatest French painting collections, owned by 20th century Muscovite and art patron Sergei Shchukin, was split up in 1917 as a result of the Russian Revolution.
Fast forward nearly 100 years and the collection – featuring more than 250 masterpieces by Matisse, Rousseau and Gaugin – can be gawped at in Paris’ flashy Foundation Louis Vuitton museum. For the full low-down, visitfoundationlouisvuitton.fr

Not getting lost in translation
Not a natural linguist? We hear ya. Happily for those of us who are useless at deciphering languages, a new device by Waverly Labs, should make misunderstandings a thing of the past for the New York tech company has developed an ear piece that translates French Spanish, Italian and English conversation in real time. The pilot can be pre-ordered now for approximately 180 Euros at waverlylabs.com. Of course it’’s not going to help locals understand you but hey, you can’t have everything.

Regional restaurants
Uteservering på Möllevångstorget | Outdoor seating at Möllevångstorget

Step aside London. It turns out that Britain’s best restaurants are outside the M25 according to the best selling UK restaurant guide.
The Good Food Guide 2017 has ranked restaurants in Nottinghamshire, Cornwall and Cumbria ahead of the capital. Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume in Cartmel, Cumbria has claimed the top spot for the fourth year, followed by Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in Port Isaac, Cornwall. Restaurant Sat Bains in Nottingham takes third place. Bristol and Leeds also fare well in the guide.

Park life
Attention all architecture lovers! There’s still time to check out beloved Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s latest installation. Kusama has filled a pond in Philip Johnson’s iconic Glass House in Connecticut with 1,300 free-floating spheres. First made for the 1966 Venic Biennale, the Narcissus Garden marks the 110th anniversary of the architect’s birth. The installation is open until 30 November. theglasshouse.org

Seeking out Sheffied

Sheffield Park and Garden

Searching for a bargain break? Schlepp to Sheffield which has been voted the cheapest city in Britain for a long wekend, according to a new study by TripAdvisor. The travel sire weighed up prices in 10 British cities, considering the average cost of accommodation, food and drink and entry to a key attraction with the Steel City emerging as the best value destination. Leeds took second spot, while Blackpool came third.

Chic sleeps in NYC
Kit Kemp, the legendary designer behind Ham Yard Hotel, the gorgeous Covent Garden Hotel and Crosby Street Hotel to name but a few, is working her magic on the Whitby Hotel. Due to open on the Big Apple’s West 56th Street later this month, the 86 run hotel will come equipped wing a cinema, courtyard as well as an orangery – all decked out in the designer’s distinctive bod colours and patterns. firmdalehotels.com




Will this be what draws the tourists next year?

Leicester may have stormed the Premier League to be crowned 2015-16 champions, but its record isn’t anywhere near as good when it comes to railways.The East Midlands city has only one station for its 250,000 residents. Northampton, Hull and Oldham also have just one station but fewer residents. London tops the table with a station per 1,460 residents.

Want to complain if your flight is delayed or your luggage is lost? It could cost you £25. Only those passengers who win cases overseen by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, do not have to pay. Rob Flello, a Labour member of the Commons Transport Committee, said: “This is disappointing and outrageous in equal measures. There are certain airlines I have had cause to complain to in the past that haven’t even show the courtesy of an acknowledgement. Some airlines have no concept of customer service. Anything that puts a barrier in the way for passengers who have a complaint is unacceptable.”

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