High speed train travel to Geneva with no need to change stations in Paris is now possible. Eurostar passengers from St. Pancras or Ebbsfleet can switch to TGV Lyria services in Lille. Travel time to and from the Swiss city is just over 6hrs. There is a 37min wait in Lille on the way out (33mins on the homeward journey).
Wednesday, 10 December 2014
Guided walks through an ancient salt lake system have been launched at Curtin Springs, a vast 1m acre cattle station 100km from Ayers Rock in Australia’s “Red Centre”. Night hikes will afford the sight of the gleaming crystals by the light of the full moon. There will also be walks around the base of Mount Connor, sometimes mistaken for Uluru, to use Ayers Rock’s Aboriginal name.
A new design and architecture centre has opened in Palm Springs, the Californian desert city 100 miles east of Los Angeles. The glass and steel building, originally designed as a bank, provides extra exhibition space for the city’s Art Museum, which houses works by artists including Picasso, Matisse and Anish Kapoor. Palm Springs has a significant concentration of mid-20th century architecture.
Johannesburg’s Westcliff hotel has opened under the Four Seasons group banner following a huge refurbishment costing around £35m. With 117 rooms and suites set in landscaped gardens on a hillside, the property was owned until 2012 by Orient Express. It has five restaurants, two outdoor pools and a spa, which is scheduled to open in January.