Tiptoeing along the corridor in my pyjamas, I grab a quick shower in the unisex bathroom and wriggle into my salopettes. When I meet my guide, Nans, at the bottom of the slopes, he hands me a head torch and attaches strips of material called skins to the base of my skis. “Fox!” Nans whispers as a silhouette scurries across the snow.
Only since 1873 have the twin cities of Buda and Pest been united as a single entity. Split by the mighty Duna (better known to us as the Danube), both halves of modern Budapest retain distinct personalities: hilltop Buda is a romantic fairytale, while low-lying Pest is all culture and nightlife. Jet2, Wizz Air, easyJet and British Airways fly from airports nationwide, while LOT started services from London City on 18 February.
The phenomenon known as firefall has arrived in Yosemite National Park for 2019, but the conditions this year are “treacherous and unsafe”, according to locals. The spectacle occurs for two weeks in February when conditions are right, with Horsetail Fall on the east side of El Capitan transformed into what looks like a stream of lava as the sunset hits it at the right angle. Thousands of firefall chasers descend upon the park each year for a chance of seeing – and photographing – the ethereal visual effect.
A Virgin Atlantic jet could have set a new record speed for a Dreamliner aircraft after it hurtled across the US East Coast at more than 800mph. The jet was boosted by a powerful jet stream across the eastern US states, which clocked in at 231mph, the fastest for half a century, according to the National Weather Service in New York. This added tailwind increased the speed of 3,500-mile-long Virgin Atlantic flight VS8 from Los Angeles to London Heathrow, which at one point hit 801mph while over Pennsylvania.
A pilot on a long test flight decided to take out his frustration in the air by spelling out “I’m bored” on his tracking device. The pilot, a recently qualified instructor at Flight Training Adelaide, was testing out a new engine when he spelled out the message. The “I’m bored” shape was only visible on his tracking device, and wouldn’t have been visible from the ground.
The beauty of Casa La Siesta is that the nearest town – the pretty white hilltop village of Vejer de la Frontera – is a four-mile drive away down rough country roads. Aside from a small collection of wind turbines to the north and a few farm buildings in the distance, the views from Casa La Siesta are of trees on the surrounding hillside and ochre fields stretching off into the distant horizon. Guests can unwind to nature’s soundtrack of clucking hens that roam freely outside the house gates and the wind in the trees.
The troubled regional airline Flybe has rejected an alternative rescue plan – saying its preferred bid from Virgin Atlantic, Stobart Air and a US hedge fund is the only viable option. On 15 January the consortium of Virgin, Stobart and Cyrus Capital Partners – named Connect Airways – made a bid of just £2.2m. The offer valued each share at only 1p, compared with a prevailing price of 16p and a peak valuation of £2.95 shortly after Flybe’s flotation in 2010.
The designers of the award-winning restroom (the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation’s Toilet of the Year award, to be precise) at nearby Narita Airport went even further. It’s a fantastic example of how Japanese design and art go hand-in-hand, and I’m at Tokyo’s second annual Design Art festival to learn more. Suzuki reveals it’s a speaker – place a phone inside and it amplifies the sound.
The world’s love affair with Dubrovnik shows no sign of slowing down. In the meantime, hit the beaches of Lapad and Babin Kuk north of the Old Town, where life moves at an agreeably slower pace. You also get superb sunsets and views of the Elaphiti Islands from the vast gardens, outdoor pool and most of the rooms.
The Italian city of Venice kicked off its carnival season with the traditional opening of a water parade in the Cannaregio Canal and will continue till the weeks leading up to the Roman Catholic period of Lent. The moon-themed floating parade started on February 16 and will continue till March 5 which will see a variety of acrobatics, dances and fire performances onboard small boats and rafts. The parade showcased a story of a journey from Venice to the moon, paying homage to dreamers and travellers over the world. The opening ceremony saw a large moon balloon carrying a caravel, a small sailing ship dating back to the 15th century. Take a look at carnival pictures...
A British man is stranded in Prague after his friend picked up the wrong passport – and used it to fly from the Czech capital via Amsterdam to Newcastle, passing through four passport checks. Steve Vincent, 44, a professor at Newcastle University, is unable to leave Prague until the British embassy provides him with an emergency passport.
Tenerife gets a bad rap, although take a look at her and she doesn’t seem to care one jot. Three million years ago this volcanic island erupted out of the Atlantic swell and today she still stands proudly, her pinnacle the cone-shaped, still steaming Mount Teide – Spain’s highest mountain, no less. This boutique-y, adults-only enclave within the larger Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora hotel has its own (blissfully quiet) pool, a lush garden with hot tubs and daily one-hour Open Bar timed for the sunset.
After a flight to Seoul, a 2.5-hour train ride east to Pohang Port and 3.5-hour ferry journey across the East Sea, you’ll finally arrive in Ulleungdo. Flung off the eastern coast of South Korea, this 2.5-million-year-old volcanic island is considered one of the most beautiful destinations in Korea – and, yes, it’s well worth the journey. On the remote island, travellers can trek through dense cedar-wood forests without seeing another person for miles, hike along craggy cliffs, scuba dive in pristine water and dine on local specialties such as freshly caught “flower” prawns or tender beef from native striped ox.
Jetblue gained its youngest customer ever after a baby was born during a flight from Puerto Rico to Florida. The event aptly occurred on a plane named “Born to be Blue”, which flew from San Juan to Fort Lauderdale. “We’d like to thank the crew and medical professionals on board for their quick action under pressure, and wish the new mother and son all the best,” a Jetblue spokesperson told NBC 6.
Concerns have been raised about relations between New Zealand and China following several tourism-related incidents. Earlier this month, a Shanghai-bound Air New Zealand jet was forced to turn around mid-flight and return to Auckland after it was discovered that the plane did not have permission to land in China. While the incident was largely dismissed as an administrative error, it follows New Zealand’s decision to bar the Chinese firm Huawei Technologies from its wireless networks, according to a report by Skift.
A large scorpion was seen crawling out of the overhead lockers on a recent Lion Air flight, causing passengers to flee the aircraft. The sizeable arachnid was caught on camera during an Indonesian domestic flight from Pekanbaru to Jakarta on 14 February. Passenger Karim Taslin posted a snap of the stowaway on Instagram, along with the caption: “Unexpected event on Lion Air JT 293 flight, Pku-Jkt, Feb 14 2019.
Rome Ciampino airport has shut due to a fire in the terminal. Aeroporti di Roma, which manages the airport, said that the terminal was evacuated as a precautionary measure when smoke was found in a basement area. Neither passengers nor airport infrastructure were affected, the company said.
The 20-year-old plane was one of 34 flown by the world’s biggest operator of the 747, British Airways. “People dressed up to travel, they put their Sunday best on,” recalled Patricia Pearce, who started working as cabin crew for the British Overseas Airways Corporation in 1966. In 1968 an engine on a BOAC Boeing 707 caught fire shortly after the plane took off from Heathrow’s other runway.
The world of travel insurance can be overwhelming, with myriad policies to choose from, each of them with their own small print clauses ready to scupper you when you find yourself in a bind abroad. Once you’ve decided on booking a holiday, work out major details from the get-go, advises Neil Wright, founder of travel insurance provider CoverForYou.
Virgin Atlantic has launched a Hidden Disabilities scheme across its networks. A specially designed symbol, which can be discretely tucked away in a passport or worn as a pin badge, signals to Virgin Atlantic crew that additional assistance may be required. The scheme, which is available at no extra cost, can also extend to staff working with passengers before and after a flight in an effort to minimise the impact of what can be a stressful experience.
These stunning shots may look like abstract works of art, but they are actually aerial photographs of some of nature's most intriguing landscapes. Whether it be the vibrant reds of Australian salt flats or the soothing greens of the Faroe Islands' veins, photographer Kevin Krautgartner has traveled the world to capture the most unusual landscapes from above. The photographer's series, titled "Mountain Waves," has seen adventurous him travel to the likes of Iceland, Norway, Italy, Spain and the Seychelles. (Caters News) See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Twitter and Tumblr.
A man has been kicked out of California’s Disneyland for revealing a Donald Trump 2020 flag, a violation of the park’s rules. Dion Cini, a 49-year-old resident of New York, displayed the flag, which read “Re-elect Trump 2020” and “Keep America Great”, on Disneyland’s Mark Twain Riverboat ride. Cini has become notorious for displaying pro-Trump flags and banners in public locations in a bid to “go viral” and draw attention to President Trump’s campaign, a technique he has termed “Operation Flag Drop”.