Europe Travel & Recreation
More disruption for rail travellers in France
Russian factory under fire for 'Poor Jew' ice cream
Get Paid to Travel Around Europe Taking Photos This Summer
France mourns star chef Paul Bocuse
TripAdvisor’s best bargain hotels in the UK and Europe – from Llandudno to Ischia
Online travel agent drops airfares to Europe to below $1000
9 Not-Boring Drinks to Order at the Bar During Dry January 
More disruption for rail travellers in France
2018-04-09 04:47:13 Millions of French commuters and holidaymakers faced disruptions as rail workers went on strike against President Macron's economic reform plans. These Australian travellers had to wait a long time after their train was cancelled. "We had a train to St. Jean (Bordeaux) at 10 o' clock, and it's been cancelled, so we're looking at booking another one at three this afternoon   Read More ...
Europe has the ‘best airports in the world’ — and the worst
2018-04-05 21:45:21 High marks for Zurich, Istanbul and Copenhagen airports according to a survey of passengers. But four out of the five worst airports are also European.   Read More ...
Travel company looking for employees to tour Europe and capture travel on social media
2018-03-12 16:46:04 Published 8:11 am, Monday, March 12, 2018 Travel company Busabout is looking for four employees to make up their "2018 Travel Squad." "Are you looking for a chance to explore Europe with a group of travel-loving social media-savvy travelers this summer?" the online job description reads. "Then look no further, because this year we're looking for 4 travel addicts to assemble The Ultimate Travel Squad! Their mission will be to embark on a three-month European summer adventure and document every step of the experience on our social networks and blog   Read More ...
Russian factory under fire for 'Poor Jew' ice cream
2018-03-10 16:45:15 "Introducing the ice cream 'Poor Jew,'" the brand wrote on its VKontakte page—a Russian social network. "Try all this deliciousness, it turns out that he is not so poor." The dessert's blue and white packaging adapts the Israeli flag and features the Star of David—the symbol of modern Jewish identity and Judaism. Slavitsa's product made national news in Russia after the head of a Jewish community in the western town of Naberezhnye Chelny blew the whistle saying he "was shocked to say the least"   Read More ...
Burger-flipping robot starts job at fast food restaurant
2018-03-10 12:10:33 Next time you swing by a fast food joint for a burger, don't be surprised if you see a one-armed robot at work in the kitchen. That's probably just Flippy the burger-flipping robot doing its job. Flippy is an autonomous assistant designed to work alongside humans in restaurant kitchens. Created by Miso Robots of Pasadena, California, Flippy recently completed its first shift at a fast food restaurant there — and one day could be put to work in kitchens across the country   Read More ...
Tolerance for discomfort can save money on trip to Europe
2018-03-08 15:06:47 DALLAS -- Europe never seems to lose its appeal to American travellers, and the growth of discount airlines and alternatives to expensive hotels make visiting the Old World a bit more affordable. Whether a first-time visitor or making your first trip in many years, travel experts say there are ways you can get to Europe for less and make your money go further once you're there   Read More ...
Tolerance for discomfort can save money on trip to Europe
2018-03-08 14:36:15 DALLAS (AP) — Europe never seems to lose its appeal to American travelers, and the growth of discount airlines and alternatives to expensive hotels make visiting the Old World a bit more affordable. Whether a first-time visitor or making your first trip in many years, travel experts say there are ways you can get to Europe for less and make your money go further once you're there   Read More ...
Ryanair will keep flying through Brexit until 2021, says airline executive
2018-03-08 10:33:53 Europe’s biggest budget airline has softened its warnings on Brexit. Ryanair now says “you won’t see planes grounded” after 29 March 2017, the date the UK leaves the EU. But it still fears “open skies” may not continue beyond 2020. The Irish airline has its main base of operations in the UK, taking advantage of the policy that allows any EU carrier to fly anywhere within the European Union   Read More ...
Get Paid to Travel Around Europe Taking Photos This Summer
2018-03-06 22:05:03 A company is in search of four travelers ready to share their adventures with the world. Bus adventure company Busabout is currently on the search for four travelers looking to spend three months traversing through Europe, free of charge. The company currently has four different positions open for its “Ultimate Travel Squad”: an Instagrammer with the ability to take dreamy travel posts with intriguing captions, a YouTuber who can use the platform to tell compelling video stories, a blogger who can document their three-month travels through writing, and a Snapchat/Instagram story creator who can capture all of the trip’s unforgettable moments in real-time   Read More ...
European rail operators must be kinder to delayed travellers, industry expert warns
2018-03-05 14:35:58 After a week of disruption to travel in Britain and abroad, a leading rail expert has demanded that Europe’s train operators stop penalising passengers who encounter delays. Mark Smith founded the , named for his favourite first class seat on Eurostar, and campaigns for travellers to switch from air to rail. But he believes that archaic railway rules comprise a deterrent to passengers planning long-distance journeys   Read More ...
UAE talks up mutual travel benefits before EU-Gulf open skies talks
2018-03-02 21:02:28 European countries should look at the broader economic benefits of increased Gulf travel rather than focusing on the fate of national airlines, a senior UAE official said ahead of open skies negotiations with the European Union. The economic bloc also has a mandate to negotiate with UAE, but is waiting for it to clarify certain matters before formally launching negotiations, an EU source said   Read More ...
Say goodbye to your free checked bag: American Airlines is taking no-frills basic economy to Europe
2018-03-02 00:33:55 Budget-conscious travelers can forget about a free checked bag this spring. Starting in April, American Airlines is taking its no-frills basic economy class to Europe, meaning travelers in the lowest level coach ticket won't get a free checked bag, seat selection or the ability to upgrade. The airline, the world's largest, follows competitor Delta Air Lines in expanding the restrictive fares to Europe   Read More ...
Air Travel Disrupted, Over 50 Dead As Deadly Blizzards Lash Across Europe
2018-03-01 23:39:04 Heavy snowfall and deadly blizzards lashed Europe Thursday, forcing airports to cancel or delay flights around the continent, as a deep freeze gripped countries from the far north to Mediterranean beaches in the south. The snowstorms, unusual for much of Europe at this time of year, left roads blocked, thousands of drivers stranded and schools shut, with weather agencies predicting the biting cold would continue in parts of the region at least until Thursday evening   Read More ...
American Airlines Is Adding Basic Economy to Flights to Europe
2018-03-01 20:12:11 American Airlines is bringing basic economy to select flights to Europe, the airline announced on Thursday. The bare fares, which do not include a seat assignment or any checked baggage, will be available beginning in April. Just as basic economy on domestic flights offers an ostensibly lower fare by limiting amenities, international basic economy will have fewer previously complimentary services. If you purchase a basic economy fare on American airlines for a flight to Europe, you will: receive an automatic seat assignment when you check in, board in Group 8 (unless you have status with the airline), be allowed one carry-on and one personal item but no checked baggage, receive the same in-flight service (meals, drinks, entertainment) as Main Cabin passengers, and not be permitted to get an upgrade   Read More ...
Gremio representatives travel to Barcelona to discuss Arthur sale
2018-03-01 20:08:02 Representatives of Gremio are on the way to Barcelona in order to discuss the sale of star midfielder Arthur Melo, Goal can confirm. The 21-year-old midfielder was one of the inspirations behind Gremio's march to the Copa Libertadores title in 2017. Just days after December's victory over Lanus, Arthur was pictured wearing a Blaugrana shirt alongside technical secretary Robert Fernandez. Related While Gremio were not impressed with the photo, club director Andre Zanotta revealed to that Barcelona had apologised for the faux pas   Read More ...
Deadly blizzards lash Europe, air travel disrupted
2018-03-01 19:03:11 PARIS, France (AFP) — Heavy snowfall and deadly blizzards lashed Europe Thursday, forcing airports to cancel or delay flights around the continent, as a deep freeze gripped countries from the far north to Mediterranean beaches in the south. The snowstorms, unusual for much of Europe at this time of year, left roads blocked, thousands of drivers stranded and schools shut, with weather agencies predicting the biting cold would continue in parts of the region at least until Thursday evening   Read More ...
Deadly blizzards lash Europe, air travel disrupted
2018-03-01 18:01:35 PARIS: Heavy snowfall and deadly blizzards lashed Europe Thursday, forcing airports to cancel or delay flights around the continent, as a deep freeze gripped countries from the far north to the Mediterranean beaches in the south. The snowstorms, unusual for much of Europe at this time of year, left roads blocked, thousands of drivers stranded and schools shut, with weather agencies predicting the biting cold would continue in parts of the region at least through Thursday evening   Read More ...
Deadly blizzards lash Europe, air travel disrupted
2018-03-01 16:31:03 PARIS: Heavy snowfall and deadly blizzards lashed Europe on Thursday (Mar 1), forcing airports to cancel or delay flights around the continent, as a deep freeze gripped countries from the far north to the Mediterranean beaches in the south. The snowstorms, unusual for much of Europe at this time of year, left roads blocked, thousands of drivers stranded and schools shut, with weather agencies predicting the biting cold would continue in parts of the region at least through Thursday evening   Read More ...
Travel Europe: plan a European getaway with this city guide from Super Milk
2018-02-19 20:02:04 A European city break is always a popular choice. To help you get there, Avonmore Super Milk have created a promotion to brighten up your Spring with a choice of a free flight to your choice of eight European destinations: Barcelona, Amsterdam, Paris, London, Milan, Madrid, Brussels and Frankfurt. All you have to do is collect 30 tokens from special packs, choose from a list of destinations and pack your bags   Read More ...
New immigration rule for Malaysians travelling to EU countries
2018-02-19 15:22:36 KUALA LUMPUR: From year 2020, Malaysians who wish to travel to European Union countries may be required to undergo a new immigration process. This new immigration process called the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) may become a mandatory requirement for citizens from visa-free countries. According to etiaseurope.eu website, citizens from visa-free countries can stay in the Schengen Area (all EU states except Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and The United Kingdom) for a period up to 90 days   Read More ...
Ikea launches vegan hot dog
2018-02-18 14:04:44 There’s more to Ikea than flat-pack furniture and meatballs. Now, the Swedish retailer has announced on Instagram they’re trialling a vegan hot dog in their Malmö store, with plans to roll the plant-based delicacy out across other European branches in August. The news comes after Ikea released a range of veggie meatballs in 2015 and forms part of the brand’s mission to incorporate more plant-based meals into their crowd-pleasing food offerings   Read More ...
VA Secretary Shulkin to pay back his wife's Europe getaway expenses
2018-02-16 08:41:23 close Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said Thursday he would pay back the U.S. government costs related to a trip to Europe for his wife, but will not resign following a critical internal-watchdog report. Shulkin was the subject of the recent internal investigation that revealed he owed the government more than $4,000 for his wife’s trip to Copenhagen and London. The investigation claimed to have found Shulkin’s top aide, Vivieca Wright Simpson, doctoring emails to say her boss was getting “special recognition” in Denmark as a way to justify his wife’s taxpayer-funded travel   Read More ...
VA Secretary Shulkin to pay back some travel expenses after Europe trip faulted
2018-02-16 00:36:09 close VA Secretary David Shulkin told lawmakers Thursday that he would repay more than $4,000 that was spent on his wife's airfare for an 11-day trip to Europe this past summer. A report made public Wednesday by the VA's internal watchdog recommend that Shulkin reimburse $4,312 that was spent by the department on a plane ticket for Shulkin's wife, Merle Bari   Read More ...
'Serious derelictions' found in U.S. veteran affairs chief's Europe trip: report
2018-02-15 02:09:18 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin improperly accepted tickets to the Wimbledon tennis tournament during a government trip to Europe last summer, and his chief of staff made false statements so the secretary’s wife could travel at government expense, the inspector general reported on Wednesday. The investigation of Shulkin’s European trip found several other “serious derelictions,” the Veterans Affairs inspector general said in a report on its website   Read More ...
Watchdog Faults Veterans Affairs Head David Shulkin for Using Taxpayer Money on Wife’s Airfare to Europe
2018-02-14 18:48:01 (WASHINGTON) — An internal watchdog’s investigation has found that Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin improperly accepted Wimbledon tennis tickets and likely wrongly used taxpayer money to cover his wife’s airfare for an 11-day European trip. The inspector general’s audit is the latest in a controversy over misuse of government travel by top Trump administration officials. Shulkin’s lawyers say he did nothing improper   Read More ...
Travel Europe: plan your European break with the Super Milk city guide
2018-02-12 20:02:33 Dreaming of a holiday full of lazy breakfasts, freshly pressed hotel bed sheets, soaking up some culture and history without a long haul flight? Avonmore Super Milk have a promotion to brighten up your springtime with a choice of a flight to one of eight European destinations: Barcelona, Amsterdam, Paris, London, Milan, Madrid, Brussels or Frankfurt. All you have to do is claim 30 tokens from special packs, choose from the list of destinations and pack your bags   Read More ...
Turkey says it has met EU criteria for visa-free travel for Turkish citizens
2018-02-07 17:31:16 A senior Turkish official says the country has fulfilled all 72 requirements set by the European Union to secure visa-free travel for Turkish citizens to the 28-nation bloc. Ibrahim Kalin, spokesman for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said Wednesday that Turkey had submitted all related documents to officials ahead of an EU-Turkey summit in March. Kalin said he hoped the right to visa free travel would be implemented in 2018, adding that it would give "a new momentum to Turkish-EU relations   Read More ...
Turkey says it's met EU criteria for visa-free travel to EU
2018-02-07 14:39:48 ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A senior Turkish official says the country has fulfilled all 72 requirements set by the European Union to secure visa-free travel for Turkish citizens to the 28-nation bloc. Ibrahim Kalin, spokesman for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said Wednesday that Turkey had submitted all related documents to EU officials ahead of an EU-Turkey summit in March. Kalin said he hoped the right to visa free travel would be implemented in 2018, adding that it would give "a new momentum to Turkish-EU relations   Read More ...
Turkey says it has met criteria for visa free travel to EU
2018-02-07 13:12:44 ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A senior official in Turkey says the country has fulfilled all 72 requirements set by the European Union to secure visa-free travel for Turkish citizens to the bloc. Ibrahim Kalin, spokesman for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said Wednesday that Turkey had submitted all related documents to EU officials ahead of an EU-Turkey summit in March. Kalin said he hoped the right to visa free travel would be implemented in 2018, adding that it would give "a new momentum to Turkish-EU relations   Read More ...
Turkey says it has met criteria for visa free travel to EU
2018-02-07 13:11:37 ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A senior official in Turkey says the country has fulfilled all 72 requirements set by the European Union to secure visa-free travel for Turkish citizens to the bloc. Ibrahim Kalin, spokesman for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said Wednesday that Turkey had submitted all related documents to EU officials ahead of an EU-Turkey summit in March. Kalin said he hoped the right to visa free travel would be implemented in 2018, adding that it would give "a new momentum to Turkish-EU relations   Read More ...
Ryanair warns of Brexit concerns as profits rise
2018-02-05 10:34:11 Ryanair has announced a 12 per cent rise in profits for the three months from October to December 2017, but has warned about “continuing uncertainty” over Brexit. Europe’s biggest budget airline flew six per cent more passengers than in the same quarter in 2003. The growth occurred even though Ryanair grounded 25 aircraft and cancelled thousands of flights as a result of what Michael O’Leary, the chief executive, called “our pilot rostering failure   Read More ...
Bear’s eye view: cameras give unique perspective on under-threat polar mammals
2018-02-04 17:45:22 This is the remarkable footage from cameras attached to under-threat polar bears off the coast of Alaska. It shows them hunting, play-fighting and swimming in the Beaufort Sea. The footage was gathered by wildlife biologist Anthony Pagano and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) as part of a research project. The study revealed the rate of polar bears' energy use is higher than previously estimated   Read More ...
The Best Places to Travel in Europe in February
2018-01-27 08:03:16 Travelers who head to Europe in February can enjoy some of the continent’s best sights crowd-free, including major attractions like the Spanish Steps and the Tivoli Gardens. This month is something of a breather: a sweet spot between the busy holiday season and spring breakers. While the summer months promise balmier temperatures, it's hard to argue with the allure of a deserted beach in Cyprus, say, or a discounted rail tour across England   Read More ...
France mourns star chef Paul Bocuse
2018-01-26 13:34:43 The crème de la crème of French chefs filled Lyon cathedral in their white jackets for the funeral of Paul Bocuse, known as the "pope" of French cuisine. Bocuse became an ambassador for French cuisine, with a food empire that spread from France to restaurants in New York, Orlando and Tokyo. The chefs in St Jean Cathedral included Alain Ducasse - whom Bocuse considered his protégé - and Joël Robuchon   Read More ...
TripAdvisor’s best bargain hotels in the UK and Europe – from Llandudno to Ischia
2018-01-23 17:08:05 EVERYBODY wants a bargain when they go on holiday – whether it’s a UK staycation or you’re heading off abroad. Luckily, TripAdvisor has rounded up the top ten best-value for money hotels in the UK, and also in Europe for its 2018 Travellers’ Choice awards. There are several categories in the Traveller's Choice Awards, including Top Hotels Overall, Luxury, Bargain, Small, Best Service, BnBs, Romance, Family, All-Inclusive and Best Value in the annual awards   Read More ...
Chinese tourists to Europe growing: report
2018-01-23 03:30:41 The number of Chinese tourists to Europe grew in 2017 and is expected to keep surging in 2018, which marks the China-EU Tourism Year, a relevant report has shown. In 2017, more than 6 million Chinese citizens visited European countries. Statistics showed that more people preferred personalized travel experiences and showed more interest in traditional European architecture and museums, according to the report launched by the China Tourism Academy and Chinese online travel agency giant Ctrip   Read More ...
Bushfires rage at Sydney's Royal National Park
2018-01-20 15:45:19 Holidaymakers trapped by bushfire had to be rescued by boat from a national park south of Australia's largest city of Sydney and 200 people were evacuated by firefighters as a heatwave struck the eastern seaboard on Saturday. Firefighters in the state of New South Wales said on FaceBook they were escorting 200 people to safety from the Wattamolla area to Bundeena as two fires raged south of Sydney on Saturday evening   Read More ...
Crocodile found in Russian weapons raid in St Petersburg
2018-01-19 16:10:12 Russian police searching for illegal weapons in a St Petersburg house faced a scaly surprise in the basement: a two-metre (6.5ft) Nile crocodile. Police said the reptile did not cause any injuries - but now they must find a new home for it. Russian media say the house is used by a nationalist group. A stockpile of illegal arms was found in the raid, in the city's Peterhof suburb, RIA Novosti news reports   Read More ...
Trains, planes and ferries across Europe disrupted by winter storm
2018-01-19 09:06:36 A winter storm sweeping west across northern Europe has left travel chaos in its wake - leading to the temporary closure of Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, the suspension of all rail services in Germany’s most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia and widespread delays and cancellations elsewhere. Europe's third busiest airport closed completely for around two hours, due to winds gusting to 70mph or more near the Dutch capital   Read More ...
Extreme Winds Shut Down One of Europe’s Busiest Airports
2018-01-19 06:16:08 At least 260 flights were canceled. Extreme wind temporarily shut down Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport on Thursday, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded. Airport activity was suspended around 8 a.m. local time and resumed a few hours later, but there are still ongoing delays and cancellations, according to an update posted on the airport's website. At least 260 flights, most traveling within Europe, were canceled as a result of the storm, Schiphol posted on Twitter   Read More ...