# Sunday, July 27, 2008

blogoftheweek_thumb This weeks travel blog of the week is Traveling Mamas. The blog as its title suggests is written by a a group of mothers and offers tips and advice about places to visit with children. One recent article looks at the San Diego Omni hotel. The hotel gets a good review due to its family friendly approach. On arrival the children were presented with some children's backpacks which contained a various delights such as glow in the dark gummy worms, bracelets, a kaleidoscope and a children's cup which gives them free refills in the hotels restaurant. Cleverly the backpacks give the adults in the group much needed time to settle into the hotel and unpack whilst the children are exploring what is inside them. The hotel also gets the thumbs up for its fantastic kids menu and for the packages it provides such as the Seaworld family package which includes accommodation, breakfast and Seaworld tickets.

This blog doesn't just concentrate on vacations for the whole family it also looks at other types of holidays such as romantic getaways. This article looks at how to survive your wine tasting and suggests the Napa Valley as a great destination to visit. It has a few humorous tips including "Don’t get angry when someone says “that’s a big nose” - they are referring to the aroma of the wine, not you" and "When the pourer suggests you may want to spit, you want to do it in the slop bucket, and not at the other tasters." All very good advice and sure to make your first wine tasting pass without incident.

posted on Sunday, July 27, 2008 6:00:48 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

The world's largest aircraft model has been unveiled at the approach to Heathrow. It is a replica of an Airbus A380 and weighs 45 tonnes. The model has a wingspan of 28.5 yards, it is 26.2 yards long and took 18 months to build. It will take the place of the model Concorde which previously stood in the space but has now been moved to the Brooklands Museum in Weybridge. The model Airbus is due to remain on the site until 2013.

posted on Sunday, July 27, 2008 1:21:58 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, July 26, 2008

qantas460A Qantas plane was forced to make an emergency landing after a hole appeared mid flight. The plane was carrying 350 people at the time on a journey from London to Melbourne when part of the fuselage broke away leaving a four metre hole in the side of the aircraft. The damage caused a drop in cabin pressure and the oxygen masks were deployed. The pilot managed to control the aircraft and land it safely. The incident is not being investigated to find out what caused it.

posted on Saturday, July 26, 2008 11:18:23 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, July 25, 2008

A firm of engineers have unveiled a plan that would enable passengers to take a high speed train from Heathrow directly to the continent. The scheme would involve extending the high speed rail link from St Pancras to Heathrow. If the scheme were to go ahead it would cost around £4.5 billion and could be completed by 2019.

posted on Friday, July 25, 2008 7:27:26 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, July 24, 2008

MPs have approved a bill which will se the £16bn Crossrail scheme go ahead. The rail scheme will link Maidenhead in Berkshire to Shenfield in Essex via Heathrow. Under the scheme a number of new stations will be built. The first trains are expected to start running in 2017 and are expected to carry 78,000 passengers an hour during peak times.

posted on Thursday, July 24, 2008 8:37:57 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A North Yorkshire post office will close following a public consultation. The branch in Aspin Lane Knaresborough will close by the autumn. This is despite a petition signed by thousands of people who wanted to save it. Post Office bosses have said they will provide an outreach service in the area.

posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2008 9:28:30 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, July 22, 2008

This article suggests that an increasing number of British families are now taking their summer holiday in the UK. The main factors influencing their decision seems to be that they are trying to save money and also avoid delays and problems at the UK's airports. Whilst people still appear to be booking short haul holidays to places like France, Malta and the Canaries customers seem to be steering clear of long haul destinations.

posted on Tuesday, July 22, 2008 9:09:01 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, July 21, 2008

Qantas Airways have announced that they will cut 1,500 jobs worldwide and abandon plans to create 1,200 new jobs. The move has come as the company tries to deal with high fuel costs. The losses will include closing call centres in Tucson, Arizona and London with the loss of 99 jobs. Around 1,300 jobs will be lost in Australia with the rest overseas. The airline is also scrapping plans to increase its capacity by 8% in the 12 months to mid 2009 as they are not expecting any growth in that period.

posted on Monday, July 21, 2008 8:33:44 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, July 20, 2008
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blogoftheweek_thumbThis weeks Travel Blog follows Jon and Jacky as they travel around for three months on  their honeymoon. Their journey started in May when they visited Vietnam. One of the posts from their time there shows some of the interesting items of sale, such as th2334396-Elephant-ear-fish-0ese snakes and scorpions in a jar (right). They also show some of the more unusual food on offer, such as this elephant ear fish (left) which although ugly is apparently perfectly edible.

2492582-Feeding-time-at-the-zoo-0Another post finds them in Singapore visiting the Singapore Zoo.  The title of the post "If Carlsberg made zoos" says it all. None of the animals at the zoo are in conventional enclosures giving an altogether more close up experience as you can see by this picture (right) of crocodile feeding time.

2557888-Monkeys-on-ice-0 The most recent posts find the couple in New Zealand. A few highlights include the ice bar. A2591023-Pancake-rocks-0 bar that is basically an -8 degree room where all the chairs, bar and glasses are made of ice. Another post finds them visiting a glacier and walking around the ice caves and another recent post shows these rather unusual limestone rocks (right).

posted on Sunday, July 20, 2008 5:39:18 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback