Europe Travel & Recreation
9 Not-Boring Drinks to Order at the Bar During Dry January 
The Best Places to Travel in Europe in January
Best places to eat in Cardiff
Why are so many holiday foods so gross?
Champagne? It's all in the taste, says top Europe court
EU Court: If sorbet tastes like it, pop the Champagne name
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 ...
Online travel agent drops airfares to Europe to below $1000
2018-01-15 02:08:35 Looking for an airfare bargain? This one could be for you. Online travel agency Mix & Match has announced return airfares to Europe for $999 or $1,099 for those wanting to visit London. Among other deals, Kiwis will be able to secure a seat on a one-stop flight to Zurich via Beijing flying Air China for a fraction of the usual $1,500 price   Read More ...
NHS stung for £200m in health tourism scam using European insurance cards
2018-01-15 00:05:24 A HUGE health tourism scam is costing the NHS £20million a year. Millions have taken advantage of a loophole to claim free healthcare across Europe — with Britain picking up the bill. A probe by The Sun reveals how easy it is to get a fake European Health Insurance Card giving unlimited access to treatment. EU hospitals then claim the cost back from the UK government   Read More ...
Seven European cities where it's cheaper to stay in a hotel than an Airbnb
2018-01-14 16:04:55 As the January blues sweep in, sometimes it seems that the only light at the end of the tunnel is the thought of booking a long, sunny getaway to look forward to. Voucher website VoucherCloud has looked into the average cost for one person to stay in an Airbnb vs a three-star hotel across every capital city in Europe to work out in which cities an Airbnb is a savvy decision and in which locations "splashing out" on a hotel might actually save you some pennies   Read More ...
9 Not-Boring Drinks to Order at the Bar During Dry January 
2018-01-12 05:11:12 You don't have to stay at home—or get stuck with a glass of water. New Year. New Food. Healthy eating starts here, with the Cooking Light Diet. The brave souls that embark on the journey of abstaining from alcohol for the entire month of January can still enjoy a night out with friends sans the booze—and doing so need not be a bore   Read More ...
663 freight train trips made between Chongqing, Europe
2018-01-10 04:30:37 A total of 663 freight train trips were made between southwest China's Chongqing municipality and Europe in 2017, local authorities said. This brings the total number of such trips between Chongqing and Europe to 1,500 since the city launched the service in 2011. Demand for rail freight between China and Europe, an alternative to slower and riskier sea freight and much costlier air cargo, has exploded in recent years   Read More ...
The Best Places to Travel in Europe in January
2018-01-07 02:02:15 If the New Year has you daydreaming of Champagne flutes in a remote Swiss palace hotel, or a thrilling car race set in the hills of Monte Carlo, you’re in luck: January is the perfect month for breaking with the typical itinerary and seeing a different side to Europe. To find the best places to travel in Europe in January, we looked at popular annual events and noteworthy openings and sought out prime weather (whether you're in the mood for a winter wonderland or a winter escape)   Read More ...
Rick Steves: Three of Europe's most spectacular journeys
2018-01-06 23:00:06 Last Slide Next Slide Sometimes in travel, the journey is the reward. And that is particularly true in Europe, where travelers can enjoy special trains, buses and boats that link destinations near and far, high and low, urban and rural, often through spectacular scenery. One of my favorite journeys is called "Norway in a Nutshell," a series of coordinated bus, train and ferry rides that connects the cities of Oslo and Bergen — all while weaving its way through Norway's fjord country to show off the full tapestry of its scenic grandeur   Read More ...
Best places to eat in Cardiff
2018-01-06 18:02:34 Not to be missed for a weekend away this year, the Welsh capital of Cardiff is becoming a major foodie destination with a host of new restaurants and cafés. Cardiff's food scene is seriously raising its game, with a variety of new restaurants and must-visit venues. Be sure to visit these local hotspots for a gourmet experience. The Potted Pig. Best for: Casual dining   Read More ...
At least 5 dead as 'bomb cyclone' snowstorm slams East Coast
2018-01-05 14:45:28 A deadly winter storm crawling up the East Coast clobbered the Northeast on Thursday with blinding blizzard conditions and coastal flooding, which snarled travel and left millions of Americans bracing for potential power failures. Whiteout conditions were reported from New York City, where snow was falling at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour, to New England, where Providence, Rhode Island, was being buried under snow falling at 3 inches per hour   Read More ...
Erdogan seeks reset with Europe on Paris visit
2018-01-05 13:01:34 PARIS (AFP) - Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan travels to Paris on Friday for talks with France's Emmanuel Macron aimed at improving relations with Europe, after a war of words in 2017. The lunch and talks at the Elysee Palace are expected to take in Syria and EU-Turkey relations, but Macron is also expected to voice concern over Erdogan's post-coup purges   Read More ...
Erdogan to visit France in hopes of rekindling relationship with Europe
2018-01-05 08:31:30 Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan travels to Paris on Friday for talks with France’s Emmanuel Macron aimed at improving relations with Europe, after a war of words in 2017. The lunch and talks at the Elysee Palace are expected to take in Syria and -Turkey relations, but Macron is also expected to voice concern over Erdogan’s post-coup purges. The visit to France will be Erdogan’s first since the botched July 2015 putsch and one of only a handful to Europe since the attempted army takeover   Read More ...
Erdogan seeks reset with Europe on Paris visit
2018-01-05 05:44:14 , Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan travels to Paris on Friday for talks with France’s Emmanuel Macron aimed at improving relations with Europe, after a war of words in 2017. The lunch and talks at the Elysee Palace are expected to take in Syria and EU-Turkey relations, but Macron is also expected to voice concern over Erdogan’s post-coup purges. The visit to France will be Erdogan’s first since the botched July 2015 putsch and one of only a handful to Europe since the attempted army takeover   Read More ...
Berlin's newest polar bear dies after 26 days
2018-01-03 16:45:27 A polar bear cub at Germany's Tierpark zoo has died after 26 days. The female cub, who had not yet been named, was found dead on January 2, the Berlin zoo said in a statement. She was born to 8-year-old mother Tonja and 6-year-old father Wolodja on December 7, 2017. “We were all aware of the high mortality rate for polar bear cubs in the first few weeks, but this is still tragic news and we are deeply saddened,” said Tierpark polar bear keeper Dr Florian Sicks   Read More ...
2017 safest year yet for air travel
2018-01-02 21:45:16 It has been a very good year for air transporters, after some pretty bleak ones during which passenger planes were shot down or went mysteriously missing. But 2017 was a very safe year, with accidents down by nearly half, and fatalities only in the double figures rather than the hundreds of 2016, itself one of the safest on record. In fact air travel has been progressively getting safer for the last two decades, but 2017's excellent figures mean it is the best year ever   Read More ...
2017 safest year on record for commercial air travel
2018-01-02 21:45:12 In 2017, only 44 people died in accidents concerning commercial air transport, making it the safest year on record. The number of accidents in 2017, which reached 10, was also the smallest-ever recorded figure, along with 2015, which saw the same amount of accidents but with more resulting fatalities. Safest years for air travel After 2017, both 2013 and 2016 saw relatively low numbers of fatalities but the number of people who died in plane accidents was significantly higher at 256 and 303 respectively   Read More ...
Berlin mourns sudden death of month-old polar bear cub
2018-01-02 21:01:50 BERLIN (AFP) - A polar bear cub born in a Berlin zoo has died after just 26 days, officials said Tuesday, the second such bereavement for the German capital in a year. "We know that mortality among cubs is very high in the first weeks, but we are still depressed and it's making us sad," said Florian Sicks, polar bear keeper at the Tierpark in the east of the city   Read More ...
Polar bear cub in Berlin Tierpark zoo dies after 26 days
2018-01-02 18:35:52 A baby polar bear cub has died in a Berlin zoo. Officials at Berlin's Tierpark zoo said that the young polar bear, which was born in December, was found dead when the zoo re-opened on Tuesday. The cub had appeared to be healthy when it was last seen with its mother on New Year's Eve and appeared to have died of natural causes, the zoo said   Read More ...
Brexit: UK no longer top destination for foreign jobseekers since vote to leave EU
2018-01-02 14:06:04 The UK’s vote to leave the has sent Britain sliding down a ranking of top destinations for European and non-European workers, research by a leading accountancy firm shows. Back in 2012, the UK was the joint second most popular global destination for European workers looking to relocate. It now doesn’t even make it into the top six, ranking behind the US, Germany, Switzerland, Australia, Canada and Spain, according to accountancy firm BDO   Read More ...
Travel chaos as fog cloaks New Delhi
2018-01-01 18:01:55 Extremely poor visibility in the Indian capital caused hundreds of flights to be suspended and dozens of trains to be cancelled on New Year's Day.… READ   Read More ...
Solo climbers banned by Nepal from climbing Mount Everest
2017-12-30 17:00:06 Nepal has banned people from climbing its mountains by themselves as part of a package of measures that it hopes will reduce accidents. A record number of people set up camp this year to try climb Mount Everest, the world's highest peak. But under laws Nepali officials have introduced, climbers from foreign countries will now have to be accompanied by a guide   Read More ...
Michigan man walks 6,000-mile trail across Europe
2017-12-30 12:18:29 TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man relied on a simple mode of transportation while traveling through 14 European countries: his feet. Chris Lemanski recently finished hiking about 6,000 miles (9,656 kilometers) along the E3 path, which spans from Turkey to Portugal. The 26-year-old Traverse City man made the trek solo, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported . Lemanski called his hike a "trial by error," saying he often planned as he walked   Read More ...
Polar bear cub opens her eyes
2017-12-29 19:45:18 A baby polar bear born at the Berlin zoo has opened her eyes for the first time. At the age of about three weeks, the little bear's ear canals are starting to open, allowing her to become more familiar with her environment. The newborn bear cub has not yet been named. Proud parents Tonja and Wolodja were both born in Moskow in 2009 and 2011 respectively   Read More ...
Polar Bear Cub At Berlin Zoo Opens Its Eyes
2017-12-29 19:06:42 A three-week-old polar bear cub at a Berlin zoo has opened its eyes for the first time. The zoo said on Friday that the still unnamed cub could also hold its head up by itself. (Dec. 29) Subscribe for more Breaking News Get updates and more Breaking News here The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. AP’s commitment to independent, comprehensive journalism has deep roots. Founded in 1846, AP has covered all the major news events of the past 165 years, providing high-quality, informed reporting of everything from wars and elections to championship games and royal weddings   Read More ...
Swiss cruise ship collides with motorway bridge in Germany
2017-12-27 15:34:21 At least 25 people have been injured after a Swiss cruise ship carrying 129 passengers crashed into a motorway bridge in Germany, local media report. The 100-metre-long (328ft) vessel was travelling on the Rhine river when it struck a pillar of the bridge near the western city of Duisburg on Tuesday. Most of the injuries were described as minor. Four people were transferred to hospital but released on Wednesday   Read More ...
Why are so many holiday foods so gross?
2017-12-24 12:45:10 Americans have a morbid familial and culinary fascination with foods that defy gravity and good taste during the holiday season: Fruitcake, Oreo Salad, 7 Up Salad, Ambrosia, Hanukkah Jell Rings. In my family it was ambrosia — which should not be confused with "the food of the gods," from ancient Greek for which it was named. Considered a Southern holiday staple, I always watched as cans of Mandarin oranges and pineapples, huge bags of marshmallows and boxes of gelatin were combined in a bowl with drops of food coloring to make our holiday table complete   Read More ...
British travellers will be exempt from tough new EU frontier rules, says top Tory MP
2017-12-23 21:03:41 Even Andorra, the tiny principality landlocked between France and Spain, is likely to be subject to tough new frontier rules imposed by the European Union. But a leading Conservative has insisted that British travellers will be exempt – even after Brexit. As has revealed, the EU is working energetically to impose the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) by 2020   Read More ...
Abby: Broken ankle trips European vacation plans
2017-12-22 01:07:31 Dear Abby: I had planned a trip to Europe with my friend “Elizabeth,” a friend of hers and Elizabeth’s daughter. The plan was I would share rooms with Elizabeth. We paid for the hotels in advance. Shortly before our scheduled departure I fell, broke my ankle and couldn’t go. We tried unsuccessfully to obtain some kind of refunds, and travel insurance paid only if the accident happened while we were actually traveling   Read More ...
Champagne? It's all in the taste, says top Europe court
2017-12-20 19:10:45 BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Europe’s top court dashed brand-jealous champagne producers’ hopes on Wednesday with a ruling that a sorbet sold by German discounter Aldi Sud could be labelled with the word champagne because it contained it. The five-year old case started when Aldi Sud sold the sorbet in its German stores marketed as “Champagner Sorbet”. It contained 12 percent champagne. But that was a step too far for industry lobbying group Comite Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne which asked a German court for an injunction to stop the sale, saying that the sorbet champagne was free-riding on the quality and prestige of the real thing   Read More ...
EU Court: If sorbet tastes like it, pop the Champagne name
2017-12-20 16:00:29 BRUSSELS — The European Union's top court has ruled that if a sorbet really tastes like Champagne, it can be called that. Just in time for the festive season, the European Court of Justice ruled on a case involving France's august and protective CIPV committee of Champagne producers, which sought a ban on the German Aldi chain selling "Champagne Sorbet" in its supermarkets   Read More ...
Be careful of lithium ion batteries, Europe warns Christmas air travellers
2017-12-20 04:05:33 BERLIN (Reuters) - European aviation safety authorities have urged airlines to remind passengers about how best to transport electronic devices containing lithium ion batteries over the busy Christmas travel period. Lithium ion batteries, found in devices such as laptops, mobile phones, tablets, and electronic cigarettes, are seen as a fire risk, and there are concerns that if a fire were to start in the hold of a plane, it could not easily be extinguished   Read More ...
Beware of lithium ion battery fire dangers, Europe warns Christmas air travelers
2017-12-20 03:26:04 BERLIN – European aviation safety authorities have urged airlines to remind passengers about how best to transport electronic devices containing lithium ion batteries over the busy Christmas travel period. Lithium ion batteries, found in devices such as laptops, mobile phones, tablets, and electronic cigarettes, are seen as a fire risk, and there are concerns that if a fire were to start in the hold of a plane, it could not easily be extinguished   Read More ...
EU health and food safety experts warn of stubborn salmonella
2017-12-12 15:25:39 LONDON (Reuters) - The number of salmonella food poisoning cases in the European Union has risen by 3 percent since 2014 in a “worrying” reversal of a decade-long declining trend, EU health and food safety officials said on Tuesday. Salmonella bacteria was the most common cause of food-borne illness in 2016, accounting for 22.3 percent of outbreaks, compared with 11.5 percent in 2015, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said in a report   Read More ...
EU health and food safety experts warn of stubborn salmonella
2017-12-12 14:48:38 LONDON (Reuters) - The number of salmonella food poisoning cases in the European Union has risen by 3 percent since 2014 in a "worrying" reversal of a decade-long declining trend, EU health and food safety officials said on Tuesday. Salmonella bacteria was the most common cause of food-borne illness in 2016, accounting for 22.3 percent of outbreaks, compared with 11.5 percent in 2015, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said in a report   Read More ...
Heavy snow disrupts schools, travel in UK, Europe
2017-12-11 21:13:23 London: A second day of snowfall closed schools and disrupted travel across parts of Britain and the Netherlands. Freezing weather and further snow was predicted for later in the day on Monday. About a quarter of flights at Europe's biggest airport London Heathrow were cancelled, a spokeswoman for the airport said, adding that Sunday's disruption had caused a knock-on effect, leaving planes and crews in the wrong places   Read More ...
Snow disrupts school, travel in Europe
2017-12-11 20:10:37 A man walks alongside his snow-covered bicycle in Kontich, near Antwerp, as cold temperatures sweep across Belgium. High winds and heavy snow in Europe yesterday stranded thousands of travellers, kept schoolchildren at home. The snow-covered runways in Brussels provoked about 90 flight cancellations and some 100 delays, including the plane carrying Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to return home. It was the second day running of nasty weather across the continent, with Britain still digging out from its deepest snowfall in four years   Read More ...
Local tour agencies monitoring situation in Europe following heavy snowfall
2017-12-11 13:45:20 SINGAPORE - Tour agencies here are on the alert and monitoring the situation in Europe, following the heavy snowfall on Sunday (Dec 10). Britain experienced its heaviest snowfall in four years, and over 300 flights were cancelled in Germany's busiest airport in Frankfurt, stranding hundreds of passengers. Dynasty Travel's director of marketing communications Alicia Seah said the agency has been monitoring and getting updates from its tour managers on the ground   Read More ...
Heavy snow causes chaos for European travellers
2017-12-11 06:09:43 London: Snow has caused travel disruptions across parts of Europe and Britain grounding flights, shutting down roads and triggering traffic accidents in which at least one person died. Frankfurt, Duesseldorf, Birmingham, London Stansted and London Luton airports suspended flights on Sunday as runways were cleared. The airports advised passengers to contact their airlines to check the status of flights. In neighbouring Switzerland, 80 flights to and from Zurich airport had to be cancelled amid heavy snowfall and high winds on Sunday   Read More ...
How to Turn a Dinner Party Into an Actual Party
2017-12-10 20:04:33 The plates are pretty much empty. The Brussels sprouts, the pork loin: all long gone. One or two people eye what remains of dessert, but everybody else is disinterested. When everybody starts lazily swirling the wine in their glasses, and somebody mutters something about Monday morning, you know for sure there's no going back—this dinner party is over. Hey, you tried   Read More ...