Trouble at Heathrow

August 25, 2007 on 9:31 am | In London, United Kingdom, country travel information, personal travel, travel, travel news, vacation travel | 1 Comment

Heathrow Airport in London seems to be adding to traveler woes this summer. 

Take a look at this article in the Los Angeles Times that describes the numerous problems the airport has experienced while dealing with an ever increasing numbers of travelers. 

If you are transferring through Heathrow, you might want to budget some extra time and pack a change of clothes in your carry-on.  Don’t forget, in Europe you can board only one carry-on.  There is no variance for an additional purse, briefcase or laptop (these are regarded as your one carry-on), unless they fit inside your carry-on.  Your carry-on will be subject to size and weight limits.  Check with your air carrier for details.

Hawaii Cruise News and New Seat Configuration for Some Airlines?

April 12, 2007 on 4:44 pm | In travel, travel industry, travel news, vacation travel | Comments Off

Norwegian Cruise Lines has decided to cut back on the number of ships that is has on its routes in Hawaii (reducing from 3 to 2).  The company has decided to move the largest ship serving Hawaii (the Pride of Hawaii) to Europe for the 2008 season.  Apparently the company’s Hawaii cruise venture has not turned out well, as it generated substantial losses in 2006 and 2007.  For more detail see this link .

Several airlines are considering reconfiguring the layouts of their planes but turning some of the seats backwards.  Doing so will allow a significant increase in the number of passengers on a plane.  See this article for more detail .

It’s Cold Outside – But our inbox gives us warm thoughts about Greece

March 2, 2007 on 5:57 pm | In travel, travel industry, vacation travel | Comments Off

As you might suspect, our mailboxes for http://www.ThereArePlaces.com often contain interesting materials. Every once in while something catches our attention and today was one of those days.

Sitting in our inbox was an unsolicited email from a company called Mediterranean Traditional Mansions Ltd. Their website is at http://www.medtm.com  and is worth a look. MedTM bills itself as a voluntary association for the marketing and promotion of castles, manors, abbeys, mills and lodges that have a historic identity AND offer Mediterranean hospitality.

Currently, MedTM indicates that it offers accommodations in Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Morocco, Spain, and Turkey. Although they mention more countries on their website, they apparently do not yet have agreements covering properties in all countries. Also, in some countries, such as France, they only have one listing (although it is a delightful hotel in Colmar that we have visited in the past). Next, most of the listings are for hotels, which, it appears, were once private mansions.

However, the reason that we are point out MedTM is for the accommodations that it offers in Greece. Hotels or not, these are the types of accommodations that make you think vacation. Since this has been a week filled with difficult winter weather in most of the U.S., why not spend a few moments looking at MedTM’s great collection of hotels in sunny Greece? After all, it is time to be planning your next international vacation.

According to the logo shown on their website MedTM is a member of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA) and several other associations.

We do not have an association with MedTM and this review should not be taken as a recommendation to use their services. If you plan on contacting them, use the same due diligence that you would when making another purchase of the same amount.      

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