Monthly Archives: February 2016

Waldhaus Sils. Living the Grand Hotel Experience

29/02/2016 by .

What I like about the Waldhaus Sils is that, although it’s just 7 miles from St. Moritz, it’s in the heart of the countryside, surrounded by nature, perfect for relaxation. It also helps that it’s been owned by the same family since it was built in 1908, and they’re very much in evidence around the hotel.

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Foligno. Still undiscovered in Umbria

26/02/2016 by .

Early evening and  the ancient Palazzo Candiotti in Foligno has a big smile on her face. It’s just like old times. A proper baroque banquet. The Festa d’Oro e di Vento no less, with 250 guests commemorating the 70th anniversary of the modern Quintana joust. I can almost feel this grand old dame sighing in contentment in her Sunday best. If I didn’t know better, I would think I’d been teleported back to the 17th century.

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Rio de Janeiro. There’s more to Rio than beach

25/02/2016 by .

“Rio de Janeiro is a magical place to be” many people told me.  I remembered this as I crossed the road from the eminent Copacabana Palace Hotel and lay on the legendary shoreline, enjoying the sun and glancing up the hill towards the iconic outstretched figure of “Christ the Redeemer”.

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Samoens is the French Alps’ little secret

23/02/2016 by .

Mention the French Alps and a few famous names spring to mind; Chamonix, Val d’Isere and Courchevel perhaps, but there is one village tucked away in the Giffre Valley which has been a firm favourite with those in the know for many years, in both winter and summer. Yes, Samoens is the French Alps little secret.

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Cuba and USA will resume scheduled air services

23/02/2016 by .

After a gap of some 50 years Cuba and USA will resume scheduled air services in a pact agreed this month. Under the new accord, which was announced a year after the two countries began talks, United States airlines will be allowed to fly 110 round trip flights per day

Thomas Engle, deputy assistant secretary for transportation affairs at the U.S. State Department said that although 110 round trip flights per day have been agreed, the airlines will first have to apply for permission from U.S. regulators to fly specific routes before they can be advertised on airline web sites. US charter flight companies already have permission to fly to destinations inside Cuba.

The agreed deal includes 20 flights a day to Havana the Cuban capital along with 10 flights to other airports in Cuba.

Interestingly, while these flights have been given the green light, US citizens will still be banned from using them for general tourism, as the accord only allows the flights to be used for one of 12 criteria to visit, such as visiting family in Cuba or taking part in educational tours or journalistic activities.

Most of the leading U.S. carriers have announced they are interested in offering service to Cuba as soon as they’re allowed to do so. A United Airlines spokesman said the airline has 15 days from today to submit its request to launch Cuba service to the DOT.and  “looks forward to submitting a Cuba service proposal to the Department of Transportation in the coming weeks.”

 

 

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American Airlines launches Premium Economy cabin

23/02/2016 by .

In a bold move to attract more trans Atlantic passenger traffic one of the US main carriers will be offering a new class of service directly behind Business Class on its wide body fleet from later this year as American Airlines launches Premium Economy.

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