Ten years ago, Leeds would have made a very dour weekend away, but this old Yorkshire industrial city is becoming quite the 21st-century dynamo. Heritage red-brick mills and warehouses have been reimagined as craft-beer bars and modern British restaurants, street art is filling cracks in the urban fabric and a web of Victorian covered laneway arcades make atmospheric shopping thoroughfares. Leeds city centre is compact and walkable.
Houses made of sugar might seem like the stuff of fairy tales, but come October cocoa enthusiasts can live out their fantasy with a stay in a cottage made entirely of chocolate. Designed and manufactured by Jean-Luc Decluzeau, the renowned artisan chocolatier who specialises in chocolate sculptures, this unique, 18-square-metre chocolate cottage will be crafted out of approximately 1.5 tons of comfectionery.
A Delta Air Lines flight from San Francisco to Detroit had to disembark passengers after plumes of smoke were seen pouring from one of its engines prior to take-off. The flight, which was due to depart San Francisco on Sunday evening, was aborted following the discovery and frightened passengers were evacuated from the plane. The moment was captured on camera by passengers on-board the fated Delta flight who can be heard saying, “Can you smell that?
Bristol is banging. Visit the thriving docks, now home to Wapping Wharf, with its cluster of lively restaurants made from old shipping containers, sample Michelin-starred delights at Casamia or grab a latte at the Clifton Observatory’s brand new cafe with 360 degree views of the city. The terrace of the Avon Gorge Hotel has always drawn a crowd.
Visitors to the remote Scottish Highlands are increasing the area’s vulnerability to erosion by building rock formations in an attempt to capture the perfect photograph. Conservationists and local people on the isles of Skye, Iona and Orkney have raised concerns about the growing trend among tourists to create tall, stacked pyramids of stones for photographic and “artistic” purposes. Local resident Claire Irons, 53, saw at least 50 of the rock formations at the Fairy Glen in Uig, on the Isle of Skye, while walking her dog.
A couple whose city break was ruined when their flight was cancelled were told by Thomas Cook to claim the money back on their travel insurance, instead of being offered a full refund by the tour operator. The first disappointment for Nigel and Samantha Neal was that their flight to Rome was abruptly cancelled as they waited at Gatwick. The third upset was when Thomas Cook, which organised the trip, refused to refund the cost and instead told the couple to claim on travel insurance.
The entire length of the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) line in London was suspended on 18 September due to a signal failure at West India Quay. London Underground, London Buses and Southeastern accepted valid DLR tickets via any reasonable route for the duration of the stoppage, according to Transport for London (TfL). The failure coincided with an event being held by the DLR called “Meet the Manager”, a Q&A at Canning Town from 7.30-9.30am.
Want to visit all seven new wonders of the world? Tour operator Contiki has created an epic 82-day round-the-world trip that takes in all the new seven wonders of the world – including the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China and Machu Picchu. The "7 Wonders" trip departs next March and visits seven countries across four continents, beginning in Delhi and ending in Rome.
If the latter, forget about it unless you’ve got pockets deeper than the Mariana trench. Now, there’s a sobering reason for this: a prolonged and deep drought which even Aussie farmers are coming to accept is linked to global warming.
Ryanair will train up to 450 new pilots over the next five years as part of a new training partnership with a Cork-based international flight school. The pilots will train for 16 months intensively at the school, which the budget airline is running in conjunction with Cork’s Atlantic Flight Training Academy to support further growth across Europe. The budget airline, Europe’s largest, added that it would hire up to 1,000 pilots a year over the next five years.
Flybe has apologised after abandoning dozens of passengers in Italy when it abruptly cancelled a flight. Saturday’s 1.55pm departure from Verona to Southampton was first delayed by over two hours, then cancelled altogether. Under European air passengers’ rights rules, an airline that cancels a flight at short notice must arrange and pay for hotels, meals, local transport and an alternative departure as swiftly as possible.
Strike-hit French Railways is rapidly developing “drone trains”, with the aim of running fully-automatic services within five years – and “semi-autonomous” trains by 2020. According to Railway Gazette, the president of the national rail operator, SNCF, wants train drivers to become more like pilots, monitoring the journey while technology optimises performance. SNCF group president Guillaume Pepy vowed to put France at the forefront of innovation in the rail sector.
The next in a series of six days of strikes by Northern Rail staff on consecutive Saturdays is taking place on 15 September. The strikes, which have been confirmed by the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, are part of an ongoing dispute over the role of train guards and rail safety. This will be the third round of industrial action taken by Northern Rail staff this year, with previous strikes taking place in March and June.
Losing your valuables on public transport is a traumatic enough experience as it is – but train companies’ charges for retrieving lost belongings adds a rather expensive insult to injury. The issue of lost property fees came to the fore recently after Arriva Trains Wales passenger Adam Howells complained on Twitter that the company had charged him £2 plus 10 per cent of the cash inside to retrieve his lost wallet. The company responded to Mr Howells by providing a full list of its lost property charges, which included a £3 charge for walking sticks and £25 for laptops.
TripAdvisor has temporarily suspended reviews for the “Bude Tunnel”, a 70m plastic structure that links a supermarket to a car park, after it received more nearly 150 “excellent” reviews. Thanks to some enthusiastic public support, this plastic tunnel became the highest-rated tourist attraction on TripAdvisor in Bude, a popular seaside escape in Cornwall. Reviewers rated its panoramic views, space and careful design.
A secondary airport of an Asian capital, and an island that is not exactly up there with Bali or Barbados as a dream travel destination: that does not sound a particularly promising air link. The two ends of the perennially chart-topping link are Seoul’s Gimpo Airport (which was eclipsed when the much bigger, smarter Incheon opened in 2001) and Jeju Island, which for many Koreans constitutes the most accessible holiday getaway. If you like your island to be volcanic with beaches, rather like the Canary Islands, Jeju is a very pleasant place to be.
The action of smash-hit movie Crazy Rich Asians, which opens in the UK this weekend, takes place in Singapore's most swaggering hangouts. Marina Bay Sands is the triple-tower ship-topped building that cost £4.2bn to build and is hands-down Singapore’s most bonkers and bling piece of architecture. Accompanying 360-degree vistas of the skyline and the supertrees in Gardens By the Bay are plates of wagyu beef ribeye and 2kg portions of beef tomahawk, alongside bottles of 1961 First Growth Pessac-Léognan, Chateau Haut-Brion or Vintage Dom Perignon Rose.
British travellers to Europe face a monumental tangle of red tape in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The government has published details of contingency planning for travel if the UK crashes out of the European Union without an agreement. British passports with EU branding will continue to be valid as UK travel documents after Brexit.
Anybody flying to or from East Asia this week will have seen a powerful storm on the horizon. Typhoon Mangkhut, the strongest storm to hit the region this year, is due to make landfall on the Philippine island of Luzon on Saturday 15 September, before continuing onto southern China and Hong Kong if it continues on its current course. Also referred to as Typhoon Ompong in the Philippines, the superstorm is expected to make landfall in the Cagayan-Isabela area of the Philippines on Saturday in the early morning.
A prime example is the “Dundee dash”, an event that actually takes place in Edinburgh. Which means than that they will need to travel between the Thames and the Tay, and back again. Almost as soon as the southbound rail trip begins, the train swings past My Lord’s Bank (an estuarial feature, not a heavenly financial institution) to cross the broad expanse of the Tay – with the forlorn foundations of the original rail bridge testifying to the loss of 75 people in the disaster of 1879.
The busiest flight route in the world has been revealed, and it’s to a destination you might not have heard of. An average of 180 flights go each day from South Korea’s capital to the island, well-known as a tourist destination in Asia for its beach resorts, volcanic landscape and bizarre Love Land theme park. In second place was the Melbourne to Sydney route, on which 9.9 million passengers flew in 2017 - trounced by the Seoul-Jeju route by 4.4 million.
A British Airways flight from London to Calgary had to make an emergency landing in Nunavut, Canada, after the cockpit reportedly filled with fumes and a burning smell. Pilots had to don oxygen masks during the incident, according to photojournalist and aviation photographer Tom Podolec.
Millions of travellers are to be hit by a policy change on passport renewals. Until now, the Passport Office has granted up to nine months of extra validity for British passports renewed ahead of the expiry date.