Friday, 30 May 2014
A walkway through the tree canopy has opened in the arboretum at Cape Town’s Kirstenbosch NationalBotanical Garden. Known as the “boomslang”, it runs for 130 metres through trees such as hard pear, Cape saffron, wild stinkwood and myrtle quince. Initially controversial, the project was planned to mark last year’s centenary of the garden, which lies at the foot of Table Mountain’s east flank, but unforeseen construction problems delayed its opening.
Friday, 23 May 2014
A new five star hotel with views of the Ponte Vecchio and the Arno river has opened in Florence.
Portrait Firenze is the latest addition to the Lungarno Collection, part of the Ferregamo fashion family empire. It has 37 suites and rooms with Carrara marble bathrooms. Guests can can use high speed wi fi connections without charge and are provided with iPods.
Tuesday, 20 May 2014
Strong demand for child free flights – survey finds
More than a third (35%) of air travellers on leisure trips claim they would pay extra to travel on a child free flight, according to research by LateDeals.co.uk. And 70% think airlines should provide child free zones on their aircraft. It goes without saying that both percentages would be far lower if all travellers with families were included but the findings are likely to reflect the views of many Silver Travel Advisor readers. Customers of LateDeals.com who said they would pay a premium to avoid crying babies and seat back kicking claimed they would be prepared to fork out an extra £28 or £63 respectively on short and long haul return flights.
Sunday, 11 May 2014
A public bike sharing scheme has been launched in Budapest. Around 1000 bikes will be available at 74 docking stations. Borrowers will need a special smart card, a “Bubi” (Budapest Bike) pass or a day ticket. The first hour will be free. After that there's a charge but it's the same price as a single public transport ticket – which is less than £1. To accommodate greater bike use, some traffic junctions in the Hungarian capital have been reconfigured and more cycle paths created.
A new boutique hotel with its own beach hut has opened on a hill overlooking the Kent coast at Whitstable. The 18 room Crescent Turner on Wraik Hill has 18 rooms and a restaurant whose menu includes the local oysters, which the town celebrates with an annual festival in July. Guests may reserve the beach hut, which has cooking facilities including a barbecue and houses three canoes.
Friday, 2 May 2014
New hides - enabling visitors to photograph brown bears - have been built in the Tatra mountains of Slovakia. The three hides were constructed by TatraPhotography, which will use them for its four day wildlife photography courses. First it set up remote cameras at potential sites to find those most frequented by bears, then it erected the hides between February and March, while they were still hibernating. The firm, which plans to build a further six, offers packages, including flights from the UK, from £750.