Archive for November, 2012

Colmar for the Holidays

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights | on November 26th, 2012

photo courtesy of Nikkodem, flickr creative commons

Year-round, picture perfect Colmar is a lovely destination to visit. Visitors can’t help but fall in love with this destinations fairytale-like backdrops in and around the old town. Half-timbered buildings line the cobblestone streets and a charming canal sleepily flows through the Little Venice district. Come late November, the city and local businesses transform Colmars historic quarters into quite possibly the prettiest place in the world for you to ring in the holidays.

photo courtesy of Office de Tourisme de Colmar, flickr creative commons

Situated nearby Germanys border and about 70 miles southwest of Strasbourg, the self acclaimed Capital of the Alsace Wine Route just opened its Christmas Markets for the holiday season on November 23rd, 2012. Colmars winter wonderland of hand-crafted goods, festive treats and merry entertainment will run until December 31st, 2012.

photo courtesy of Osmenda, flickr creative commons

There are five markets scattered amongst the towns main plazas, and as the sun sets late afternoon, tasteful white Christmas lights cast their soft glow upon the streets down below. A steamy cup of mulled wine is the perfect for keeping warm while shopping for those one of a kind gifts. There’s even a Childrens Christmas Market in Little Venice, complete with handmade toys, holiday themed kiddie rides and a large mailbox to send Santa present wish lists.

photo courtesy of Office de Tourisme de Colmar, flickr creative commons

Book your flights to Strasbourg today, and rent a car in France so that you can follow the Alsace Wine Route on your way to Colmar. Over 30 Alsatian vineyards open their wine cellar doors to the public during the holiday season.

 

List of Europe’s Best Travel Webcams

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights | on November 14th, 2012

Tour Europe in real time without ever having to leave the comfort of your swivel chair. Some of the following travel webcams allow you to control the views from your computer and others offer stunning 360 degree panoramic vistas. Watch gondoliers paddle down Venice’s Grand Canal or enjoy an evening glimpse of the illuminated Eiffel Tower as the camera sweeps Parisskyline. The lucky few may be able to catch the Northern Lights from the Borealis cam in Norway and let your children search for Santa at his workshop on the Arctic Circle in Finland. Without a doubt, these are some of the best scenic webcams across Europe!

Click on the images below to open the webcam link. Some cameras may go down from time to time, and there are others that are best viewed during daylight (their time). For a different perspective, check back different times of the day.

Panoramic of Ski Area in Soelden, Austria

Brugge, Belgium and historic Belfry Tower

5 alternating webcams in Opatija, Croatia

Prague Castle Panorama and more

Frederiksborg Castle

South Bank of the River Thames in London

Santa’s workshop on the Arctic Circle

panoramic views of Parisian skyline

pans in and out of scenes from downtown Berlin

Adrian’s Gate in Athens

Blue Lagoon in Iceland

View from Guinness Gravity Bar in Dublin

watch the activity along Venice’s Grand Canal

Overlooks Port Hercule and Monaco’s old town

great people watching along one of Amsterdam’s canals

City Hall in Belfast

Borealis Livecam panorama

pans the Main Market Square in Poland

control the camera and pan around Edinburgh’s City Centre

panoramas of Barcelona’s Old Harbour area

Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

panorama of Zurich, Switzerland

Oludeniz Beach, Turkey

Don’t just live vicariously through the internet, book flights to Europe and experience the real deal.

4 New Airline Standards Set by Boeing 787s

By 1800FlyEurope in Travel News | on November 8th, 2012

photo courtesy of gkphoto01 flickr creative commons

Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner

November 4th marked a pivotal point in history for both United Airlines and U.S. air travel when the 787 Dreamliner departed on its inaugural domestic flight from Houston to Chicago. Passengers enthusiastically boarded the plane for the momentous occasion, which can only be compared to the excitement of a child’s first flying experience. What makes Boeing’s new commercial aircraft so cutting-edge, you may ask? Read onto to discover four of the Dreamliner’s innovative features.

Efficiency

About 50 percent of the state-of-the-art Boeing’s weight is composed of carbon fiber composite materials, which are lighter, need less upkeep, and amount to less waste from manufacturing,. LED lights are the only source of illumination you’ll find inside the Dreamliners cabin, and the 787 uses 20 percent less fuel than other planes of the same size. Fitted with either a Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 or General Electric GEnx or engine, the revolutionary aircraft produces less noise and emissions than models before it.

Smoother Flights

787 Dreamliners come equipped with progressive wing and tail technology. They are integrated with a state-of-the-art Fly-by-wire system, the plane is able to detect and automatically correct its stability when encountering turbulence. Everyone enjoys the benefits of a smoother flight from the 787’s hi-tech electrical components.

photo courtesy of Jun Seita flickr creative commons

Passenger Comfort

First class passengers have the ability to lay their seats completely flat and take a relaxing snooze mid-air, a nice luxury to have for those long, international flights. All window seats will bring out our inner-childs need to push the futuristic dimming button a couple times, and the larger panes give passengers a better view of the earth down below. LEDs provide the cabin with a tranquil ambiance and designate distinct mood lighting in various hues to signify take-off, meal service, sleeping and landing times. Each seat offers fliers the cushy amenity of having a personal Panasonic eX2 in-flight-entertainment system, and there is much more room to store carry-on luggage in the overhead storage compartment. Take a tour of the United Dreamliner’s cabin here.

Improved Air Quality and Cabin Pressure

The typical commercial aircraft is fitted with a bleed air system, where the oxygen supply is pulled through the plane’s engines. This means that you are breathing in fumes and toxins emitted by jet fuel. Passenger and crew lungs benefit from the Dreamliner’s no-bleed air technology, because the aircraft’s oxygen is pumped into the cabin from separate intake ducts far away from the engines. The 787’s cabin pressure is 2000 feet less than other typical commercial planes, which means everyone’s lungs are taking in an additional 8 percent of oxygen.

December 4th, United’s 787s will begin their international flights to Amsterdam from the Houston hub. United has ordered 50 Dreamliners from Boeing (each costing more than $200 million), and it is only a matter of time before other U.S. airline companies begin to update their fleets with Boeing’s latest aircraft.

photo courtesy of Luke Lai flickr creative commons

 

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