Paris – Snowbound

December 8, 2010 on 11:25 am | In Europe travel, France, France Travel, Paris Travel, air travel, travel warnings, travel weather warning | Comments Off

Paris, the City of Light, has been hit by white. Heavy snow closed the Charles de Gaulle airport and the Eiffel Tower. France has issued a weather alert forecasting snow through Thursday. If you are planning to travel to Paris or central France be prepared for travel delays and lots of white stuff. See this article from CNN for more details.

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Moscow Boils in Heat and Smog

August 9, 2010 on 7:11 pm | In ThereArePlaces.com, Travel Safety, russia travel, things travelers need to know, travel news, travel warnings, travel weather warning | Comments Off

Moscow has been caught in a vicious heatwave complicated by a dense layer of smog from forest fires in the surrounding area. According to reports in the press, the death rate in the Russia’s capital has doubled from the dual onslaught of high temperatures and terrible air quality. See this article in the Examiner.

This is not the time for tourists to visit Moscow. If you have plans for Moscow this month, we advise you to change them.

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Deadly Flash Floods in Central Europe

August 9, 2010 on 7:03 pm | In Czech Republic travel, Germany travel, Lithuania travel, Poland travel, ThereArePlaces.com, things travelers need to know, travel news, travel weather warning | Comments Off

Central Europe has been feeling the brunt of summer storms and savage flash-flooding. Deaths due to flash floods have occurred this month western Poland, eastern Germany, the Czech Republic and Lithuania. Read about the severe weather in this article from the BBC. You may remember that this same area suffered from flooding earlier this summer.

Avoid holiday travel in the area over the next few weeks, as more rain is expected and rescue operations are ongoing.

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Flash Floods in Southern France

June 16, 2010 on 9:21 am | In Europe travel, France Travel, things travelers need to know, travel news, travel restrictions, travel weather warning | Comments Off

CNN International is running a detailed article on flooding that has taken place in the France region of Var, which includes the Cote d’Azur. At least 15 were killed and 12 remain missing after a series of flash floods struck the area yesterday. The town of Draguignan was hard hit as the flooding swept cars down the city’s streets.

Train service from Toulon to Saint-Raphael has been halted until Thursday (and perhaps longer) as sections of track remain underwater. In addition, numerous roads are closed due to debris and electric service remains unavailable in some sections of the region. According the AP more rain is forecast for the Var region overnight.

If you have travel plans for this area of France, we recommend that you delay them until next week, or longer.

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Flooding in Poland and Eastern Germany

May 26, 2010 on 10:01 am | In Germany travel, Poland travel, ThereArePlaces.com, things travelers need to know, travel news, travel warnings, travel weather warning | 1 Comment

Poland and Germany (Brandenburg State) have been battling flooding over the past week and more trouble seems on the way. If you are planning travel for either area in the immediate future, be sure to read the following news stories from DW-World for more information on the flooding in Poland
and Brandenburg State (the German state surrounding but not including Berlin). The article on flooding in Germany includes a map that will help you to visualize the areas and river basins impacted by the flooding.

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Europe Held Hostage by a…Volcano!

April 15, 2010 on 8:33 am | In Copenhagen travel, Denmark travel, Europe travel, France Travel, Germany travel, Ireland travel, London travel, Netherlands travel, Paris Travel, Scotland travel, ThereArePlaces.com, Travel Safety, air travel, england travel, international travel, things travelers need to know, travel news, travel warnings, travel weather warning | 1 Comment

The eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokul volcano (located near the island’s south coast, approximately 149 kilometers (92 miles) southeast of Reykjavik) has the potential to cause much damage to the country and the world’s climate. Today, however, the volcano’s cloud of steam and smoke, spread across Western Europe and the UK by prevailing winds, has become a major hazard to air travel.

Many of the airports in Europe, particularly those along the western coast zone of Europe, have closed in response to the threat that the volcanic cloud poses. Concentrations of volcanic ash and dust can decrease visibility during flights at higher altitudes and damage or cause engine shutdowns in jet-powered aircraft at any altitude.

For detailed information on the event and the response, see this article in the Wall Street Journal.

For some great photos of the volcano and detailed information on the eruption,see this excellent presentation from the Detroit Free Press.

The volcanic eruption in Iceland has created a major problem for all air travelers in Europe, as well as those planning on flying to Europe. The length of the eruption and the wind patterns can vary and there is no easy way to tell when air traffic will resume normal patterns. If you are planning on traveling to or in Europe in the next week, be sure to contact your airline, well in advance, to see what information they can offer. If you are in Europe and trying to return home, this will be a frustrating week, as volcanic eruptions are one of those situations beyond the control of the airlines or anyone else.

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Great Barrier Reef Cyclone Alert

March 18, 2010 on 1:43 pm | In Australia Travel, ThereArePlaces.com, things travelers need to know, travel news, travel weather warning | 1 Comment

A cyclone alert has been issued for the Great Barrier Reef area of Australia for the upcoming weekend, starting on Thursday of this week. Tropical Cyclone Ului is expected to pack damaging winds and islands in the area of the Reef are being evacuated. At present, weather forecasters expect the cyclone to hit the Reef Sunday morning. See this article from Channel News Asia for more information.

We recommend that you delay travel to this area until early next week when it is likely that the cyclone will have passed through eastern Australia

For Tourism Information on travel safety in Australia, click here. For information of the best places to visit in Australia click here and

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Its Snowing…On The Mediterranean Coast of Spain and France

March 9, 2010 on 11:58 am | In Europe travel, France, France Travel, Spain Travel, ThereArePlaces.com, things travelers need to know, travel weather warning | Comments Off

It continues to be a rough winter in Europe and it appears that “Old Man Winter” wants to extend his reach. Today, there was snow in Barcelona. In addition, there was snow in southern France , including Nimes (the link is to a video on the BBC that shows snow and palm trees, something you do not see every day).

Well, spring is on its way and it will be another glorious summer along the Mediterranean Coast of Europe. In fact, with all of the precipitation, it should be a colorful spring as well.

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Snow In Southeast England

February 12, 2010 on 8:00 am | In ThereArePlaces.com, UK Travel, United Kingdom, things travelers need to know, travel weather warning | Comments Off

Snow and drifting wind have made travel in Kent and Sussex, England difficult today. Eurotunnel Freight services have been suspended, although Eurostar trains are running, they are behind schedule. For more information, see this article in the Telegraph.

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Snow in Rome?

February 12, 2010 on 7:49 am | In Italy, Italy travel, ThereArePlaces.com, country travel information, rome travel, things travelers need to know, travel news, travel weather warning | 1 Comment

Today Rome experienced a rare snowfall that closed the Coliseum and a local airport. Although the amount of snow was minor, more may fall in the next 24 to 36 hours. See this article from Bloomberg in Business Week for more details.

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