What happened this week in the travel blogosphere? Well, retro is in, cleavage is out. Here’s what else grabbed our attention on Travel Channel’s blogroll.
Opening today, the new Disney film Brave is sure to be a hit – set in Scotland, it’s already inspiring trips to the country, including those with a special itinerary designed by Disney. Gadling explains… READ MORE
This week, big-name acts rocked out at Jazz Fest, One Word Trade Center became NYC’s tallest building, and Queen Elizabeth II continued her tour of the UK to mark her 60th year as monarch.
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival …
The 42nd annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival kicked off with performances by the Beach Boys, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Bruce Springsteen and Jimmy Buffet, along with many local musicians like Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. This weekend is set to be just as epic: Zac Brown Band, Ziggy Marley, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, the Foo Fighters, the Eagles and local bands like Rebirth Brass Band are all slated to perform. READ MORE
On April 17, visitors milling about on the National Mall in Washington, DC, got to snap some quick photos of a once-in-a-lifetime event –Space Shuttle Discovery’s very last flight. It wasn’t flying solo though; the space shuttle was mounted to a 747 carrier aircraft as it was transported to its final resting place at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Now that’s an awesome photo-op! Discovery replaced Space Shuttle Enterprise, which has now been loaded onto a 747 to be flown to JFK International Airport on Monday, April 23. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City will become the new home for the Enterprise.
This week also marked the start of the 100-day countdown to the 2012 London Olympic Games, sparking celebrations around the world. BMX Riders got air at the “100 Days Out” event held in Times Square; torch bearers unveiled a garden planted to resemble the Olympic rings — made out of over 20,000 flowers and plants — at London’s Kew Gardens; and Coca-Cola hosted a giant celebration in front of the famed Bird’s Nest in Beijing. Only 98 day left to go! READ MORE
Luxury hotels in Hong Kong are taking Japanese fish, beef and other foods off their menus due to Japan’s nuclear crisis, according to Bloomberg.
The concern is that food may have been contaminated after radiation was released from the deteriorating nuclear power plant.Shangri-La, Mandarin Oriental and Four Seasons hotels in Hong Kong have all stopped buying fresh foods from Japan even though no clear risk has been confirmed yet.
At the Four Seasons in Hong Kong, chefs are no longer cooking up Wagyu beef, sea scallops and abalone from Japan. The hotel is using products from New Zealand and Australia, according to hotel publicist Claire Blackshaw.
Hotel officials say they won’t add Japanese food back on the menu until the situation stabilizes.
The devastation in Japan after the earthquake and subsequent tsunami is at the forefront of everyone’s mind, but if you need a lighthearted distraction here are the travel stories that had us scratching our heads.
Cyndi Lauper sings during airport layover: While on tour in South America, the singer belted out “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” to stranded passengers at the Buenos Aires airport. [YouTube]
Toddler put in overhead locker: Flight attendant fired over alleged peek-a-boo game, but child’s mother is outraged. [Herald Sun]
Delta passenger slips past security with stolen boarding pass: TSA is investigating the incident at New York’s Kennedy airport. [HuffingtonPost]
Continental cuts flight staple: Claims it will save airline $2.8 million annually. [CNN]
Homeless thrive as tour guides: Offer ‘Unseen Tours’ in London for roughly $10, “depending on your circumstances.” [Gadling]
Like the rest of us, our hosts were getting into the Valentine’s Day spirit this week. Of course if your love life is dead, you’d probably prefer to celebrate with the Ghost Adventures guys and their Ghostly Lovers special. And if all else fails, you can fawn over these adorable snow babies.
Here’s the news you might have missed:
Which airline has hottest flight attendants? According to a survey of 1,000 people, 53% picked Virgin Atlantic. [Huffington Post]
Bomb threat suspect: ‘I did it for love!’ The 300 people who were evacuated from the plane moments before takeoff weren’t amused. [MSNBC]
Not knowing wife’s name gets man in serious trouble: But it may also be to blame for getting her stuck in China. [Gadling]
Baggage handler got trapped: Narrowly missed becoming passenger in the plane’s cargo hold. [CNN]
You can still smoke on planes? Electronic cigarettes, that is. And not for much longer if the US Department of Transportation gets its way. [Huffington Post]
You had to be buried under a rock -– or perhaps a pile of snow from the monster Midwest blizzard — if you didn’t hear about the unprecedented political unrest in Egypt. The silver lining? Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow, which apparently means spring is on the way. Let’s sure hope so. Until then, these festive Chinese New Year celebrations will have to lift our spirits.
With such a busy week, it’s easy to miss a few important links:
A less-naked body scanner? TSA is testing a new system in 3 airports that ditches the x-ray style for a more modest scan that looks like a chalk outline of a body at a crime scene. [Travel Channel]
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Mice trained for airport security: Israeli scientists claim they’re more accurate than using dogs and x-ray machines. [The Telegraph]
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A divorce has to be easier: An Immigration agent put his wife on the do-not-fly list so she can’t return home. [Daily Mail]
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