Flying with Spare Batteries – New U.S. Rules

January 1, 2008 on 11:45 am | In country travel information, personal travel, travel, travel news, travel restrictions | Comments Off

Well, for those of you who fly within the United States and carry spare, lithium batteries for your cell-phone, camcorder, camera, or laptop, the world of travel will  get a little more difficult today (January 1, 2008).  The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued a complicated set of new rules governing the transport spare batteries while flying.

We have added an article to our website that outlines what you need to know and tips to get you into compliance with the new requirements.  You can find it in our articles on travel planning here

UK Airport Strikes in January?

December 27, 2007 on 10:38 am | In London, Uncategorized, United Kingdom, country travel information, strikes | 3 Comments

Recent labor unrest at BAA managed airports in the United Kingdom may results in strikes that will cripple aviation traffic in January.  At this time 24-hour  strikes are scheduled for January 7, 14 and a 48-hour strike is scheduled to start early morning on January 17th.  Heathrow, Gatwick and 5 other UK airports would be affected by the strikes.  See this BBC article for more information.

The Strikes in France Ebb and Flow

November 20, 2007 on 3:37 pm | In France, Uncategorized, country travel information, personal travel, strikes, travel warnings | Comments Off

The rail strike in France worsened this week, but negotiations begin tomorrow and that  may lead to the end of the rail problem.  Unfortunately, many of the French civil service workers went on strike today and this group included air traffic controllers.  Numerous flights have been cancelled in both of airports serving Paris. 

Bad news continues for air travelers as the main pilots union in France has called from a strike from Saturday through Tuesday.  For tourists, it continues to be a difficult time to travel in France.  See this article in the Herald Tribune for all the messy details.

Rail Strike Continues in France

November 18, 2007 on 1:54 pm | In France, Uncategorized, country travel information, personal travel, strikes, travel news, travel warnings | Comments Off


Well, it is not pleasant but fairly predictable that the transportation unions in France decided to extend their strike to Monday, November 19th and perhaps beyond.  There is a negotiation session scheduled for Wednesday and some hope has been extended that the strike will end before then.

As it now stands, there is little rail traffiic, the Paris Metro has some closed lines and around half of the buses in the city are running.  Officials hope to have half of the TGV lines running Monday, but you should call ahead to determine which lines and their schedule.

 

November is shaping up as strike time in France

November 2, 2007 on 9:16 am | In France, Uncategorized, country travel information, personal travel, strikes, travel news, travel warnings | 7 Comments

President Nicholas Sarkozy of France has been trying to invigorate the country’s economy by changing the country’s generous pension programs.  His actions, however, have been met by adverse reactions, including strikes.  More are coming this month in the rail and energy areas.  If you are planning November travel in France see this article in Expatica for more information.

Transit Strike in France This Week

October 16, 2007 on 8:35 pm | In France, Uncategorized, country travel information, personal travel, strikes, travel news | Comments Off

French authorities are concerned that a country-wide transit strike will wreak havoc on the country’s transportation infrastructure this week.   See this article in the Herald Tribune .

Terracotta Army on Display at British Museum.

September 5, 2007 on 12:07 pm | In London, United Kingdom, country travel information, personal travel, travel news | Comments Off

“The First Emperor – China’s Terracotta Army” exhibition is on  at the British Museum from 13 September 2007 until 6 April 2008. The show features 12 of the 2,000-year-old terracotta soldiers from the tomb of Qin Shihuangdi, the First Emperor of China .  Numerous other artifacts are on display.

The exhibition is stunning, as the soldiers of the Terracotta Army are displayed at eye level and their details are astonishing.  See this British Museum site for more details.

 

 

Virgin Atlantic Sale

September 4, 2007 on 8:40 am | In Air Sale, London, Uncategorized, United Kingdom, country travel information, personal travel, travel news | Comments Off

Virgin Atlantic has a promotion running from now until September 12th.  If you are lucky enough to live in the Northeast of the US, you might be able to snag a ticket for $143 each way!   Prices are higher as you proceed across the US in a westerly direction ( = longer flights). Travel dates are extensive and, according to our sources, the fuel surcharge is included in the advertised price (although the September 11th security fee is not).

Click on the banners on our England or London Pages for more information.

London Underground Strike – Transport a Mess!

September 4, 2007 on 8:23 am | In London, United Kingdom, country travel information, personal travel, travel news | Comments Off

The National Rail, Maritime and Transport workers started a 72 hour strike late Monday evening that closed most of the London Underground.  The group has threatened a second 72 hour strike next week unless their demands for job security are met.

See the International Herald Tribune for more detail.

 

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.

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