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Will The EU End Daylight Saving?
The Associated Press reports The European Commission decided Friday it will push the EU parliament and member states to ditch the system of twice-yearly changes to the time following a citizens’ consultation. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told the German ZDF network on Friday that “the people want that, and we will make it happen.” EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc said that 84% of the 4.6 million people who took part in the consultation “do not want the clocks to change anymore.” Participation among member states varied widely with 3.79% of Germans taking part compared to 0.02% in Britain. Juncker said that it would make no sense to disregard people’s wishes, indicating the European Commission proposal would go in that direction. The European Parliament and the EU member states would still need to approve the abolishment of the time change and could still impose further changes to the time system and, for example, decide whether it would be constant summer or winter time. Since 1996, the EU nations have moved the clock forward by one hour in March and backward again in October. It was harmonized across the bloc to meet concerns of the transport and logistics sectors in the single market. There are three standard time zones in the EU.
Latest on upcoming Chicago’s Hotel Strike
For the first time, UNITE HERE Local 1, Chicago’s hospitality workers union, has called a citywide hotel strike. Thousands of housekeepers, doormen, cooks and other hotel employees at 25 hotels began picketing on Friday, and plan to do so around the clock until an agreement is reached.
United Airlines Increases Baggage Fees In Step With JetBlue, Air Canada And WestJet
Forbes reports United Airlines has become the first US legacy air carrier to raise its baggage fees in what has become an expensive week for North American air travelers. The week started with news that JetBlue was suddenly increasing baggage fees by 20% for most passengers for flights booked after August 27th. Mere hours later, both Air Canada and WestJet, the second largest carrier in Canada, followed in JetBlue’s footsteps. All three carriers ended up raising first-checked-bag fees to $30 from $25 while second-bag fees went to $40 from $35. JetBlue, alone, raised its third and later checked baggage fees from $100 to $150 while oversize and overweight bags saw a similar increase. JetBlue, Air Canada and WestJet pointed to increasing operating costs and tighter competition as justification for the increased fees, saying that it had been several years since the fees had gone up.
Santorini To Impose Limits On Cruise Arrivals As Infrastructure Comes Under Strain
WSJ reports on most days from March to December, thousands of tourists spill out of cruise ships and onto Santorini, where they pump money into the local economy as they eat, drink and make their way to the Greek island’s northern tip to watch the sun slipping into the Aegean Sea. Some officials here say they have seen enough. “The island is saturated,” Mayor Nikos Zorzos said. “We can’t handle anymore tourists.” Starting next year the island will cap daily cruise arrivals at 8,000, hoping to curb a flow of day travelers the mayor said is putting too much strain on infrastructure and supplies. The move has rankled cruise operators and business owners, who say such a move would choke off their economic lifeblood and that the onus is on the island to do more to accommodate the crowds.
Travel to Mars For A Day In All New Program at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Travelwire news reports on a New Program at Kennedy Space Center in Florida: Travel to Mars For a Day by NASA. In this all-new program, students travel to the Red Planet for a day to live and work on Mars Base 1. Set in a landscape of the future, Rookie Astronaut teams have the unique opportunity to travel to Mars through the Mars Transporter Vehicle. Once there, work through the challenges of living on the Martian surface: manage the Base Operations Center on Mars, grow and harvest plants in the Botany Lab, and collect and analyze data that will be sent to real NASA scientists. Rookie Astronauts will also need to optimize energy intake for the Base by programming robots to clear debris from solar panels. Students will leave Mars with a better understanding of how to adapt to life away from Earth. It is an experience unlike any other on the planet! View available dates below.
Italy might be the home of al fresco dining, but in the tourist mecca of Florence street-snacking has become such a problem that local authorities have introduced fines of up to €500 ($581) to combat it. The four streets affected by the ban — Via de’ Neri, Piazzale degli Uffizi, Piazza del Grano and Via della Ninna — are among the busiest in the city and the restrictions are in place during peak eating times: noon to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Hungry sightseers often loiter here to feast upon some of Italy’s finest carbs and dairy. This, supporters of the measure say, exacerbates congestion in an already crowded city and also adds to a litter problem. CNN has the full story.
1. Auld Alliance in the Marais
This cozy Scottish bar is a must-see for any scotch aficionados. Yes, it might be known for its strong Scottish personality, but even if you’re in Paris, it’s a worth a visit. Sample a range of top-shelf whiskies or come for the cozy, intimate atmosphere. The name Auld Alliance refers to a historical agreement (we’re talking 1295) between Scotland and France against the English.
80 Rue François Miron.
2. Pomze Paris
This quirky Parisian restaurant has been called a hidden gem, and is the only eatery in town to focus squarely on apples. Choose from the finest French ciders or order from entrées that know how to seduce the apple flavor right… duck, smoked salmon smoked on apple wood, foie gras, pan-seared cod fish… the tantalizing menu goes on and on.
109 Boulevard Haussmann.
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3. Musée des Arts Forains
The private Musée houses a collection of funfair objects, curated by actor and antiques dealer Jean Paul Favand. Among the artifacts include 14 amusement rides, carousels, bicycles, Japanese billiards, a Hooghuys Organ, and so much more—all from 1850-1950. Open by reservation only, it also includes a Italian opera-based automata show and a glimpse into early 20th century world fairs.
53 Avenue des Terroirs of France.
4. Musée de Cluny
Though a bit on the beaten track, the de Cluny is a unique museum that shouldn’t be missed. Also known as the National Museum of the Middle Ages, the de Cluny is housed in a medieval structure, and stores illuminated manuscripts, stained glass, and most famously the 15th century tapestry cycle La Dame à la Licorne.
28 Rue du Sommerard.
5. Le Louxor Palais Du Cinema
Lovingly restored in 2013, this historic picture house is the perfect attraction for any cinephile. Watch French films in the company of breathtaking Art Deco and neoclassical staircases and columns.
170 Boulevard Magenta.
6. 59 Rivoli
Marvelous 59 Rivoli was once a well-known artists’ haunt back in the 1800s. Recently renovated, it’s a celebration of creative and artistic spirit. The six stories are free and open to the public. On Saturdays and Sundays starting at 6 p.m. there are free concerts in the ground-floor gallery.
59 Rue de Rivoli.
7. Dodo Manège
This grandiose Art Deco carousel might look like a historic relic, but it was only erected in 1992. Located close to the Natural History Museum, you can hop onboard to ride a dodo, panda, or even an aepyornis (once the world’s largest bird, now extinct).
Jardin des Plantes, 57 rue Cuvier.
8. Montmartre Vineyard
It’s a wonder how it’s managed to survive so long, but the Montmartre Vineyard is Paris’ last active vineyard and a beautiful staple of the neighborhood for the past 800 years. Be sure to be in town in October, when the annual Fête des Vendanges kicks off in full force.
Rue des Saules.
A New Study Suggests Taking Holidays Can Prolong Life
Travelmole reports three weeks’ holiday or more each year is the most important factor to a long life, according to researchers. The findings of a lifestyle study that began 40 years ago claim taking vacations is even more beneficial to following a healthy lifestyle. The study, which began in the 1970s, involved 1,222 middle-aged male executives, born between 1919 and 1934, who had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease, such as high blood pressure, overweight or smoking. Half were told to exercise, maintain a good diet, stop smoking or keep to a healthy weight, while the other half were given no advice. According to the findings, those given the regular advice were more likely to die young, possibly because they suffered extra stress by trying to live a healthy lifestyle. Among the same group, those who took less than three weeks off each year were 37% more likely to die young over the next 30 years. Professor Timo Strandberg, of the University of Helsinki, said: “Don’t think having an otherwise healthy lifestyle will compensate for working too hard and not taking holidays. “Vacations can be a good way to relieve stress.
National Car Rental Chosen By Travel + Leisure Magazine As ‘World’s Best’ For Fifth Year In A Row
Travelwirenews reports vehicle selection, customer service and overall value were just a few of the categories for which National Car Rental received praise, taking the top spot for the fifth year in a row in Travel + Leisure magazine’s World’s Best Awards. This recognition marks the 23rd year that National has qualified for the prestigious “World’s Best” list. In addition to the National brand, Enterprise and Alamo placed among Travel + Leisure magazine’s “Top 5 Car-Rental Providers.” This is the fifth consecutive year that all three brands have been named among the top rental car operators. Business Travel News magazine also recently recognized National and Enterprise for their mobile app technology, quality of data reporting and consistent communication, naming them as the top two car rental brands in its annual Car Rental Survey for the fourth consecutive year.
Record Cruise Year For Northern Europe
Cruise Industry News reports cruise ships will be in record numbers in the waters of Northern Europe this summer, with 129 ships set to offer cruises in the region. Capacity will also move to a record high, with more than 2.5 million cruise guests expected, up from 2.3 million in 2017, and way up from just under 2 million in 2014.
New Zealand To Abolish Departure Cards
New Zealand will follow Australia and abolish “bothersome” departure cards from November in a move pitched as bringing seamless travel between the close neighbors one step closer. Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway and Customs Minister Meka Whaitiri announced the document’s demise Sunday but have yet to announce an exact date. The removal is in line with an international trend as countries rely on more sophisticated records to track traveler identity information. Australia axed its onerous green departure cards in July last year. New Zealand estimate it will save departing travelers 100,000 hours as they complete more than 6.5 million cards a year.
Air Yachts: The Next Big Thing In Yukon Luxury Tourism?
Hybrid Air Vehicles of Britain has built a modern blimp with a passenger gondola that looks more like a luxury yacht than a platform for filming football games. Branded as the Airlander 10, it is a self-contained unit for transporting guests and everything they want. It has glass floors and 360-degree windows, a cocktail bar and bedrooms. Guests can stroll around the 20 metre-long cabin as they watch the landscape roll by underneath. The airships cruise at up to 150 kilometres per hour. The Whitehorse to Dawson run becomes an afternoon outing instead of a week-long saga. The Airlander 10 is designed to carry fuel for five days so, unlike a river boat, side excursions to land on a glacier or watch a herd of caribou on a distant mountainside are possible. You can also fly low and quietly hover. Unlike the infamous Hindenburg, the German hydrogen-filled airship that burst into flames spectacularly in 1937, today’s airships are filled with helium, which doesn’t burn. They have sophisticated multi-directional propeller systems that allow pilots to control them much better, even in high wind. In the off-season, you can fly it somewhere else and generate cash flow all year long. An Airlander 10 might do trips in the Yukon in the summer and spend the winter floating its cargo of people, money and champagne around California and the Caribbean. It’s an intriguing idea. However, the catch is the cost. Hybrid Air Vehicles is reported to be planning to charge about $40 million per airship. That’s not far off what a new Boeing 737 costs. So don’t expect to see a fleet of luxury airships hovering over Dawson City any time soon.
Delta Is Adding New Seatback Screens While Other Airlines Get Rid of Them
In a press release last week, Delta Air Lines announced that it had installed a seatback entertainment system on its 600th aircraft. Delta now says it has more aircraft with seatback screens than any other airline in the world. The figure underscores Delta’s desire to keep passengers entertained in multiple ways. “With seat-back screens, customers don’t have to choose between using their phones or watching a movie,” Tim Mapes, the airline’s chief marketing officer, said in a statement. “Whether they want to work, relax, or a little bit of both – we want to give our customers the ability to choose and make the most of their time in flight.” Delta Studio, the in-flight entertainment system, works on seatback screens and personal devices. Last year, Delta introduced free messaging via Wi-Fi on board.
Fiji Increases Departure Tax
The Fiji Government is hiking its departure tax by more than US$25, but players in the tourism industry don’t believe that will stop tourists visiting the popular travel destination. As part of its budget, the Government has announced its airport departure tax will increase from US$81 to US$108 from January next year. Fiji’s new departure tax is far higher than its direct competitors, including Samoa and the Cook Islands. Nearly $US3 of the tax will go to the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji and five dollars will be given to Airports Fiji Limited. The tax, which is included in the price of the ticket, will also include a five-dollar environment levy.
Cruise Line To Avoid Swamping Small Towns With Thousands Of Passengers
Visits by the 3560-passenger Majestic Princess are expected to inject $100 million into the New Zealand economy over the coming summer cruise season. A cruise line bringing almost 100,000 passengers to New Zealand this coming summer says the industry needs to be careful not to swamp smaller ports as vessels get bigger. Princess Cruises largest and newest ship, the Majestic Princess, which carries almost 5000 passengers and crew, will make its maiden voyage here at the end of September. Akaroa residents have complained about the small port town being swamped by cruise visitors and tour buses, and some have called for an end to “two ship” days at the height of the season. Princess Cruises’ senior vice president for Australia and New Zealand Stuart Allison said they were mindful of the impact ships had on smaller centres such as Akaroa, and they had worked hard to increase shore excursions getting guests off the beaten track.
The Art of Espresso is well-documented in Roman cafés. Order a tiny cup, guzzle, head out the door. But what if you want to soak in the flavor of a place? Here are Four Caffè you’d do well not to miss when in Rome.
Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè
Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè has been a Roman institution since 1938. Historic, laidback, simple yet elegant, this caffè brings the best beans from Brazil, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Dominican Republic to your taste buds. Probably one of Rome’s most famous coffee bars, drawing the throngs of tourists and once, the likes of Henry Kissinger and Mikhail Gorbachev, this coffee is still well worth a stop. The staff roasts the beans in a wood-burning stove that’s been operating since 1948. If you’ve a sweet tooth, baristas will add a touch of the saccharine to your coffee in the form of a sweet, frothy foam.
Piazza Sant’Eustachio 82.
Antigua Tazza d’Oro
Antigua Tazza d’Oro is a well-respected café just a few feet from the Pantheon. Open since 1946, they claim to have an award-winning taste, among the best in the world. Grab an espresso or order a slushy granita al caffè. If it’s a souvenir you’re after, take home a tin can of roasted coffee beans.
Via degli Orfani 84.
Antico Caffè Greco
Open in 1760, Antico Caffè Greco is one of hte oldest coffeeshops in Europe. And it seems to have lost none of its lustrous Renaissance charm. Order a cold caffè fredo on a hot August day from a very ceremonious waiter in formal tux. This caffè boasts an illustrious clientele, from Goethe, Stendhal, Casanova, Wagner, Keats, Byron and dozens more. Don’t miss the 300 works of art on the walls – the largest private gallery open to the public – all available for admiration at the cost of a cup of espresso.
Via dei Condotti 86.
Though its claim to fame lies in its delicate pastries, from baklava to amuse-bouches, this coffeeshop charms visitors and locals alike with an outdoor patio dressed in colorful flowers. Though of course you can’t leave without indulging in at least a croissant, it’s best paired with a caffè con panna.
Via Merulana 54.
The Italian Glossary of Coffees
Caffè Corretto: shot of espresso with a small amount of liquor—usually grappa, sometimes sambuco or brandy.
Caffè: Take note, when you want an espresso in Italy, order “un caffè.” Most Italians drink an espresso with a touch of a sweetener.
Caffè Americano: A espresso that’s been watered down slightly and served in a larger cup. The closest thing you’ll get to a cup of Joe in Rome.
Doppio: It’s what it sounds like — double espresso, two shots in a slightly larger cup.
Freddo: Any coffee drink that is served cold or cool.
Granita: The delicious granita di caffè is blended ice with coffee and milk.
Hag: This is a shortcut term for decaf coffee. Also un deca.
Latte: Note that in Italy, latte just means milk—so if you order a latte at a bar, you’ll get—guess what? A glass of cold milk. Order a caffè latte and you’ll get closer to a tall glass of steamed milk, with a small shot of espresso.
Lungo: A caffè lungo is partly Americano, partly espresso. It’s like a cup of espresso that is topped with hot water run through coffee grounds. Something akin to a strong cup of coffee.
Macchiato: This word derives from the Italian “stained,” and in essence this drink is a shot of espresso stained with a drop of hot milk.
Marocchino: This little cup of heaven is the best of all worlds—a small shot of espresso, a sprinkle of cacao powder, and a layer of foamed milk.
Panna: If you want a dollop of whipped cream, any type of caffè con panna will get you your creamy fix.
Scuro: Scuro means dark, and at an Italian bar, it means a little less milk than usual. If you like your coffee with cream just a bit more on the coffee side, this is the specialty to go for.
Ristretto: I’ve seen this item on some Portland bars, and it means the same in Italy – a single shot of espresso with less what than traditional.
Caffè d’orzo: A coffee substitute that nevertheless isn’t that close to coffee flavor. Made from barley, it is treated kind of like chicory is in the USA. A non-coffee coffee option.