Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Lacemaking museum opens in Bruges

Learn the history of lacemaking is at a new museum just opened in Bruges. The industry took off there in the 16th century and soon began to play an enormously important role in the culture and economics of the Belgian city. In the 19th century, religious groups also started teaching the skill. The museum is housed in one of the former schools they founded – that of the Apostollinnen sisters on Balstraat 16.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Airline baggage fees legal - court ruling

Airline fees for carrying checked luggage are legal, the European Court of Justice has ruled. The court in Luxembourg had been asked by a Spanish court to consider whether the country’s ban on such fees was compatible with EU law. This followed a complaint by a passenger against the low cost airline Vueling. In its ruling the court said the cost of carrying hold baggage was, as a component of the price of the service, a significant element. And it noted that it cannot be excluded that some air passengers prefer to travel without checking in baggage on the basis that doing so reduces the cost of their plane ticket”.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

River cruise and walk

The appeal of combining a river cruise with guided walking will new tested soon by Ramblers Worldwide Holidays and Fred Olsen Cruise Lines. The two operators, who already combine their expertise to run sea cruise and walk packages for are offering an 8 night holiday on the Loire and Garonne in France. Passengers will sail from Dover aboard Fred Olsen’s Braemar on 1 August. Prices start at £1125.

Friday, 19 September 2014

White House Visitor Centre re-opens

Washington’s White House Visitor Centre has re-opened after a $12,6m (£7.8m) renovation. During the work the centre, which includes exhibits covering aspects of the Presidential home from its architecture to the First Families who have lived there, has been housed in temporary premises. Admission is free and the centre is open from 7.40am until 4pm daily except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and January 1.

Docklands get Hamburg flights

Flights to Hamburg are scheduled to take off from London City Airport next month. Starting on October 27, British Airways’ Danish franchise partner Sun-Air will operate two round trips a day on weekdays to the north German city, using a 32 seat Dornier 328 aircraft.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

York claims techno lead

York may be one of our oldest cities but it now claims to offer more ways to explore its attractions through technology than any other in the UK. Among them is a pioneering app - the world’s first according to its tourist office - featuring holographic guides. Developed in cooperation with appeartome.com it makes characters from the city’s past appear on the screens of visitors’ mobile devices at appropriate points on their itineraries. Details of this and other apps are at visityork.org. Free wi fi is available throughout the city centre with a free log in which you can get from the visitor centre.

Raffles hotel opens in Istanbul

Boasting a rooftop pool and one of the biggest spas in the Turkish city, a new Raffles hotel has opened in Istanbul. With 180 rooms and suites the property is in the Zorlu centre, a new food, fashion and arts complex in Besiktas, overlooking the Bosphorus on the European side. This will be the tenth hotel in the Raffles chain. The first Raffles opened in Singapore – the company’s home base – in 1887.

Go snowshoeing in Albania

Snowshoeing in Albania is on offer in a new winter programme from Exodus. The tour operator says pevious experience is not essential but would be advantageous “as this is a moderate to challenging grade trip in a remote region”. Travellers will be based at Valbone and Tropoje in the Albanian alps. Nine day. Trips cost from £1,099 per person, including flights, accommodation and all but two meals, snow shoes and poles.