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Champagne Bath Anyone?
For the ultimate in luxury, The Cadogan is offering guests the chance to bathe in 120 bottles of champagne from Valentine’s Day onwards, says VisitEngland. The bath is prepared by the guests very own “bath butler”, and it doesn’t come cheap – it will set you back at least GBP4000! See www.cadogan.com
Dates On a Plane?
From the date-less files: An Australian “entrepreneur” who met his girlfriend on a plane has launched a web site for passengers who “met that special someone" in-flight but didn’t get their contact details. The site, www.wemetonaplane.com lets users search for someone’s story using their flight number, date, origin or destination. If they don’t find the message of love they were looking for, they can post their own “story”. Just sounds plane creepy!
Choose Your Seat-mate
Clients will be able to choose who they fly next to based on interests or even looks when KLM Royal Dutch Airlines launches its reported “meet and seat” service. Passengers will have the option of loading their LinkedIn or Facebook profiles to their booking for fellow passengers to see, and find their seat-mate that way, reports USA Today.
No Cruise To Venice?
Venice is reportedly considering banning cruise ships due to fears that waves caused by the ships are eroding the city’s foundations. The city’s mayor told media that the ships should be transferred to Porto Marghera on the mainland, the Telegraph reported. Last year 1.6 million tourists visited Venice by cruise ship – four times as many as in 1997 – and the terminal is now the fourth busiest in Europe.
Gatwick Security Castle
London’s Gatwick Airport has reportedly opened an adventure walk through security for kids. Pint-sized travellers can now enter security through a “castle” and meet up with their parents at the other side. The airport’s new 19 lane screening area includes two lanes for families.
Anyone waiting for a returning traveller at Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport can now use a vending machine to print out a welcoming sign. Costing from EUR4 to EUR15, the signs can be decorated with any message, from Welcome Home to Will You Marry Me, Reuters reported. The vending machine company hopes to install them in other locations if they are successful at Amsterdam.
Stay at the Queen's
Struggling to find Olympics accommodation? The Queen has reportedly given approval to hire out state apartments at St James Palace during the games, for up to GBP30,000 a day. The decision breaks nearly 500 years of royal protocol, the Daily Mail says – St James is the Queens official residence and usually closed to the public. Meanwhile Leeds Castle is available to hire for a cool GBP1 million.
6.2m Croc Draws Crowds
A massive 6.2m crocodile, believed to be the largest in captivity in the world, has become a major tourist attraction for the remote Philippine town where it was caught and is now being held. The croc was caught in Bunawan on the southern island of Mindanao in September after a three week hunt, say reports. It draws around 500 visitors a day.
Have a Snooze at Dubai
Passengers with a layover at Dubai International Airport can now hire their own sound-proofed sleeping pod complete with full-sized bed, television and high speed internet access. Dubai is the first in the region to introduce the Kiwi-designed Snooze-Cubes, which are connected to the airport flight information system to ensure passengers don’t miss their flights. They can be hired on an hourly basis started from about NZ$22 an hour for the first four hours. The 10 cubes are located adjacent to Gate 122 at Terminal 1.
Sydney to London in Two Hours?
Joining the ranks of future super-fast space travel providers is the new venture that would reportedly see a flight from London to Sydney taking place in just one hour 45 minutes. Dutch airline KLM has joined Formula One tycoon Michiel Mol on the project, and they will reveal the first space-ship, the Lynx, next year – although the actual commercial journeys are not expected to take place for another 15 to 20 years, the Daily Mail reported. The Lynx will travel at 2200mph.
London's Big Ben lean now visible
First the Taj Mahal is said to be in danger of collapse, now reports indicate that London’s Big Ben is slowly sinking – and the towers lean is now visible to the naked eye. Surveyors say the clock tower is on a 0.26 degree lean, say widespread reports, with continued construction work going on around the tower to blame. However, they add that unless the lean increases significantly, nothing will need to be done to rectify it. The best place to check out the lean is said to be from Parliament Square looking east towards the Thames.
Taj Mahal May Collapse?
The Taj Mahal’s foundations are rotting and it may collapse in less than 5 years, according to campaigners who are trying to convince the Indian Government to save the ancient tomb. The Daily Mail reports campaigners say the foundation hahve become brittle and are disintegrating. The Indian Government has reportedly set up a body to deal with the Taj Mahal’s preservation.
No More Bullfighting
Visitors to Catalonia, Spain may have had their last chance to watch a bullfight in the region, after the last fight scheduled before a ban on the sport comes in on 01 Jan. The sport was banned in response to dwindling interest and increased pressure from animal rights groups. However bullfighting fans are reportedly still hopeful they can get the ban overturned.
Electric Bikes in Spain
Hertz now offers electric bikes in Spain, following a successful launch in London earlier this year. Hertz customers can explore Granada, Almeria, Alicante, Valencia, Pontevedra, Alava, Barcelona and the islands of Mallorca and Formentera, on a choice of nine difference Swiss Flyer electric bikes. The bikes travel up to 25km/hr with a range of 85km, and come with full training, a helmet and road safety vest. Rates are EUR24 when booked 24 hours in advance or EUR28 on the day.
Canton Ferris Wheel
While the world’s tallest ferris wheel in Las Vegas will tinker around at 168m when completed in 2013, the world highest, in Guangzhou China, has just opened. Teetering at the top of the 450m Canton Tower, the wheels 16 pods circle around the edge of the towers roof at a 15 degree incline. The ride reportedly offers 360 degree views of the city, during “clear” days and will cost around $23 per person
Pricey Stay in Space
From 2016 (if all goes to plan) those with a spare USD950,000 can jet off for a 5 day stay in space, with the Russian company Orbital Technologies revealing its plans this week for the world first space hotel. The Commercial Space Station will accommodate seven guests, who (due to lack of gravity) can choose to sleep horizontally or vertically. The cost of the stay includes a return journey on a Soyuz rocket.
Koru: Pour Your Own Beer
Passengers in Air New Zealand’s Koru Club Auckland domestic lounge can now learn the all important skill of how to pour themselves he perfect Heineken, following the introduction of the Heineken Perfect Pour Bar. Available 3-7pm daily, the Heineken-glass shaped bar includes a tutorial video and is manned with staff to lend a hand. And what is the key to a perfect pour: According to Heineken, the right amount of head which stops oxygen getting to the beer and making it bitter.
Plane on Amsterdam roof
A Fokker 100 plane has been installed on the Panorama Terrace of Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport and transformed into a full-scale aviation experience, the airport says. Airport visitors can inspect the cockpit, listen to reports from traffic control, try out the original Fokker seats and learn about the history of the aircraft. Admission is free to the plane, which was a gift from KLM.