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Insta Q&A: Turquoise Coast Is a Turkish Delight

My only regret after spending 10 fantastic days in Turkey last fall is that I didn't experience it by sea. Between the mosques and mystery of Istanbul and the country's spectacularly beautiful interior, I just ran out of time. Reader Carol Stern, on the other hand, is planning a visit...

By Christina Talcott | February 19, 2009; 01:26 PM ET | Comments (2)

Too Bad Waterford Didn't Make Crystal Balls

For years, visitors to Dublin have been taking side trips (and getting lost on the way, it must be admitted) to the town of Waterford, 100 miles south. Its presence on the Irish dance card was attributable in large part to the world-famous crystal company located there and especially the...

By Christina Talcott | February 18, 2009; 08:05 AM ET | Comments (3)

EasyHotel: Easy on the Wallet

Everyone knows about EasyJet, the low-cost European airline with a penchant for the color orange that's giving major carriers a run for their money across the pond. But what about EasyHotel? The good news is that it's run by the same folks, the bad news is that the rooms have...

By Christina Talcott | February 12, 2009; 07:08 AM ET | Comments (4)

Severe Weather Shuts Down British Airports

While President Obama scoffed at Washington area schools closing because of snow last week, nearly all of Great Britain took a snow day on Monday after the biggest snowstorm in decades. Men create a giant snowball in Kensington Gardens in London. (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images) Even London's famed Underground had problems...

By Christina Talcott | February 2, 2009; 04:38 PM ET | Comments (1)

Thursday News Round-Up

Two major stories about discrimination on airlines: You probably heard about the nine Muslim passengers who were pulled off their AirTran flight from DCA to Orlando, subsequently denied re-boarding, then offered an apology by AirTran on New Year's Day. And how about the $240,000 T-shirt? Jet Blue settled with Iraqi-born...

By Christina Talcott | January 8, 2009; 04:34 PM ET | Comments (6)

Travel Deals: French Riviera, N.Y.C. and More

If you're looking for cheap digs in Cannes on the French Riviera, set your alarm for 6 a.m. Friday. Hotel Martinez will begin taking reservations then for its 80th anniversary deal. It will offer 80 rooms for stays Feb. 1-28 at 80 euros a night double (about $109), including breakfast;...

By Carol Sottili | January 6, 2009; 11:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Monday News Roundup

In the news this afternoon: New WiFi service on planes: USA Today reported this morning that Delta is rolling out its new on-board Internet service on Washington-New York and New York-Boston flights. For the next two weeks, the service (called GoGo) will be free. Eventually, the airline plans to offer...

By Christina Talcott | December 15, 2008; 01:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Women, Men and Study Abroad

There's an online battle being waged these days, thanks to a study by the Institute of International Education showing that almost twice as many female college students study abroad than their male counterparts. As with any gender-based debate, the "why" is provoking some strong opinions. Last week, Aaron Hotfelder at...

By Christina Talcott | December 9, 2008; 10:14 AM ET | Comments (5)

Red Lights Go Out in Amsterdam

I just read a story on Tripso about the mayor of Amsterdam cracking down on sex shops, brothels and pot-peddling coffee shops. (Newsweek reported on it back in February, and the BBC published an update on Saturday.) Amsterdam's Mayor Job Cohen and Deputy Mayor Lodewijk Asscherr are leading the charge,...

By Christina Talcott | December 8, 2008; 03:13 PM ET | Comments (2)

Insta Q&A: A Tuscan Birthday Trip

Time again for Insta Q&A, where we pull a travel question out of our Big Bag o' Queries, take a stab at answering it, and then turn it over to you, our readers -- or those of you who are still in town this holiday week. Today's question is from...

By Christina Talcott | November 26, 2008; 07:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Friday Photo: The Mural Is the Story

Travel Log reader David French, of Alexandria, is this week's Friday Photo winner. (If his name sounds familiar, it's because a photo of his from Prague was selected back in June.) As the daughter of a mural-painter, I had to post French's photo, which he took in Slovakia. Here's what...

By Christina Talcott | November 14, 2008; 07:33 AM ET | Comments (1)

Insta Q&A: It Takes a Villa in Tuscany

Hi folks, and welcome to Insta Q&A, the midweek edition of the Post's Travel Q&A column. This is where we'll continue our Q&A dialogue, and where you get a crack at being the expert. That's right. If you think you've got the answer to your fellow travelers' questions, we want...

By Christina Talcott | November 12, 2008; 07:39 AM ET | Comments (4)

Honeymoon Hints

Planning the wedding is a big enough job. But add the stress of putting together a never-to-be-forgotten honeymoon, and it's enough to put even the most organized couple over the top. Choosing a destination is the top priority. It sometimes helps to see what's popular, either to be part...

By Carol Sottili | September 12, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (15)

United's Food Service Changes . . . Again

United Airlines has just announced that it's dropping its experiment to charge customers for food on transatlantic flights. The airline was planning to stop serving free food on flights from Dulles to Europe beginning Oct. 1, testing out customers' reactions before it started charging for meals on all transatlantic flights....

By Christina Talcott | September 3, 2008; 07:28 AM ET | Comments (12)

No (Airline) Food For You

Starting Oct. 1, there will be no such thing as a free meal on United Airline's flights between Washington Dulles and Europe. The airline will become the first major carrier to start charging economy seat passengers for food on transatlantic flights (first and business-class passengers will continue to receive free...

By Carol Sottili | August 22, 2008; 11:07 AM ET | Comments (33)

Friday Photo: I Scream, You Scream...

Some people swear that ice cream is necessary to life, especially on hot summer days. Regular Travel Log reader Jamie Pearson, this week's Friday Photo winner, took the cool treat's application to a whole new level in Spain this summer. She writes: "Ice cream was the only thing that made...

By Christina Talcott | August 8, 2008; 07:07 AM ET | Comments (1)

Anteing Up in Copenhagen

Or rather, to be completely truthful, I've just returned this morning from a trip I took there for an upcoming Travel piece. Everyone knows that Europe's expensive -- which may be why I saw a rather startling lack of Americans in Denmark -- but just how out-of-reach is it? The...

By Scott Vogel | July 17, 2008; 11:23 AM ET | Comments (9)

What's the Deal? Look to Unfamiliar Airlines for Deals

Don't forget smaller foreign carriers when searching for deals to Europe. Not all offer service out of Washington, but even those that fly out of other hubs often offer codeshare agreements. And some sales are so good that it may be worth it to fly out of New York or...

By Carol Sottili | June 20, 2008; 06:44 AM ET | Comments (6)

Heathrow Layovers: The Experts Weigh In

The kind folks at the British Travel office recently read our Monday chat and offered some tips on Heathrow layovers, which we talked about a lot during the course of our one-hour gabfest. Here's what they said about arriving at Heathrow: "While the fantastic Heathrow Express is your fastest option...

By Christina Talcott | June 12, 2008; 10:27 AM ET | Comments (6)

The Monday Rant: Detaining Foreign Visitors

So now America is trying to keep European tourists out. In a shocking story, the New York Times revealed on Wednesday that an Italian man who frequently came to the States to visit his Alexandria girlfriend was denied entry to the U.S. by a customs official at Dulles airport. Customs...

By Christina Talcott | May 19, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (17)

World Heritage Sites: Tasty?

When the World Heritage committee designates a man-made structure like the Taj Mahal or a natural creation like the Grand Canyon as a World Heritage site, the place draws tourists and creates national pride, among other things. Currently, the list has 851 sites natural and cultural worldwide that have "universal...

By Cindy Loose | May 15, 2008; 06:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

It Came From the Chat: Summer Savings Tips, Part 2

You know what I love about our Monday chats? Every week, the participants share travel tips and information with each other. There are usually four or more Travel staffers answering questions, and we can usually answer questions authoritatively and at a rapid-fire pace. But sometimes what the chatters themselves advise...

By Christina Talcott | May 13, 2008; 02:13 PM ET | Comments (3)

Your Turn: Cell Phones in the Air?

The EU is finally doing it: It has decided to allow passengers to use cellphones on airplanes. Hmmmmm. The Associated Press reports reports that phone calls will be routed through "an onboard base station -- like a miniature cellphone tower -- linked to a satellite and then to ground networks,"...

By Christina Talcott | April 8, 2008; 12:46 PM ET | Comments (31)

Insta-CoGo: Heathrow's New Terminal Woes

Last summer, when CoGo was inundated with complaints from travelers whose bags had been lost during transfers at Heathrow, British Airways said: Never fear, just wait until the new Terminal 5 opens and all will be well. Well, Terminal 5 at Heathrow opened last Thursday, and all hell broke loose....

By Cindy Loose | April 1, 2008; 06:51 AM ET | Comments (2)

Insta-Q&A: Rooms in Paris for La Famille

Today's Insta-Q&A question comes from a reader who's trying to find a reasonably priced hotel in Paris that can comfortably house a family. If you have some advice for Allison from Millersville, by all means post a comment. And if you have a question yourself, e-mail us at travelqa@washpost.com. She...

By Scott Vogel | March 19, 2008; 07:16 AM ET | Comments (6)

Heathrow's New Panacea, er, Terminal

London Heathrow's $8.6 billion Terminal 5 is set to be unveiled March 27. Talk about much-anticipated! Heathrow, of course, is legendary for its sprawling layout, excessive delays and security problems, and the luggage fiasco of last summer -- when 6,000 bags were lost in one weekend -- left many travelers...

By K.C. Summers | March 13, 2008; 03:22 PM ET | Comments (11)

London (and NYC) Calling: Spring Theater Flings

Need a musical reason to spring for a spring trip to London? Up for a megadose of Shakespeare? Looking for help picking a Broadway show teenagers might enjoy? Sharon Isch, our resident theater maven, has a few tips on spring shows. In London: * The creators of "Les Miz" have...

By K.C. Summers | March 12, 2008; 12:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Insta-Q&A: Taking Credit for Italy

It's Insta-Q&A time again, where you can pose questions to the Travel section and also help out fellow travelers with your own answers to their queries. Today's question comes from a reader who's wondering about credit card use during an upcoming Italian vacation.If you have some advice for Tom from...

By Scott Vogel | March 12, 2008; 07:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

What's the Deal: First Summer Airfare Sale to London

British Airways is the first carrier to break the ice on summer airfare sales across the pond. The sale fare is still not cheap -- $959 round trip (including taxes) to London Heathrow from Dulles or BWI -- but it's one of the first fares we've seen for under $1,000...

By Carol Sottili | March 11, 2008; 01:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

What's the Deal: Sales to Europe Are Popping Up

It's been slim pickings for sale fares to Europe. We told you about some business-class sales last week, but this week, we have even better news. Iberia has launched a sale from Washington Dulles to destinations across Europe. And United and Virgin Atlantic are offering sale fares to London. The...

By Carol Sottili | March 7, 2008; 07:10 AM ET | Comments (9)

What's the Deal: Europe This Summer? It Can Be Done

If you've spent the past months scouring Web sites in an attempt to find an airfare of under $1,000 round trip to Europe this summer, you most likely haven't booked yet. There have been a couple of short-lived sales, but none that have had broad appeal. Blame jet fuel, Europeans...

By Carol Sottili | February 29, 2008; 07:19 AM ET | Comments (2)

Cheap Hotels in Europe

Just as we enter the shoulder travel season, when airfares to Europe begin to dip to affordable levels, Eurocheapo, which features budget hotels throughout Europe, is expanding its offerings. The site has has led us to some pretty cool digs at great prices in the major European capitals (examples: the...

By Gary Lee | September 6, 2007; 01:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Is Europe Over?

With the dollar getting smacked around bigtime by the pound and the euro, you'd think that travel to Europe would be way down this summer. Anecdotally, we're hearing pretty much the opposite from readers -- our email and weekly Internet chat continue to have a definite Eurocentric slant. And the...

By K.C. Summers | August 22, 2007; 01:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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