Yeah yeah, Los Angeles is all about entertainment. Not so in the West Hollywood Design District, a compact, bohemian neighbourhood that includes sections of Melrose Avenue, Robertson Boulevard and Beverly Boulevard, where residents pray at the altar of Poggenpohl and Helmut Lang rather than that of the Kardashian clan. This artsy neighbourhood is home to the highest concentration of furniture shops on the American West Coast, and it’s walkable: not something you usually say about Los Angeles.
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Travel influencer Patricia Alejos Monzon is the latest to come under fire for such behaviour, after posting a picture of herself in front of a moving train on Instagram. Monzon uploaded a photo in which she is standing on the tracks at Maeklong Railway Market in Thailand. It’s become a popular attraction, shown by the fact that everyone else in the photo has their phones out, attempting to photograph or film the moving train carriage.
Let it be said that London hotels are best dressed in winter. When temperatures plummet, the appeal of stepping inside somewhere cosy and adorned in festive decorations suddenly multiples. Some have magnificent Christmas trees, sparkling lights, and wintery drinks, but it’s the hotels with themed pop-ups that will really get you in the spirit. Favourites this year include a kitsch bar with plenty of nostalgic décor, rooftop igloos with views across the capital and a woodland glade with whisky cocktails. Don't be a Scrooge, get stuck in.
“The only stories that you hear about our hood are negative, but we have so many positive stories,” says guide Vincent Ntunja as we begin our 10km run outside Mzoli’s, famous for its barbecue meat South Africa-wide, on a Saturday morning. The Gugulethu township may not be the first place that springs to mind when you think of doing a running tour of South Africa. “Sight running”, or urban running tours, have popped up in some of the globe’s major cities, designed for serious and recreational runners.
Europe’s biggest regional airline, Flybe, is seeking a buyer as it struggles with weak demand and high oil prices. The carrier, which has a busy network of UK and short-haul international flights, has announced “a comprehensive review of the various strategic options open to it to address the current challenges facing the airline industry and maximise value for shareholders”. Flybe’s chief executive, Christine Ourmières-Widener, said: “There has been a recent softening in growth in the short-haul market, as well as continued headwinds from higher fuel and currency costs.
Train firms are failing to handle passenger complaints effectively and courteously: that is the conclusion of the consumer group Which?, after analysing data from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR). The study suggests fewer than half the 500,000 people who complained about rail services in the year from April 2017 were satisfied with how their complaints were dealt with by train companies. For three operators – Northern, Govia Thameslink Railway and Great Western Railway – only one in five passengers said they were satisfied with the outcome and/or handling of their complaint.
Graystone isn’t about marginal gains,” says Billy Morgan, the bronze medal-winning snowboarder at the 2018 Winter Olympics, “It’s about huge gains.”
The College of Commissioners – the political leadership of the European Commission, effectively the EU’s cabinet – has announced how British visitors to the EU will be treated in the event of a “no-deal” Brexit.
You don’t need to jet off to the other side of the planet to embark on an adrenaline-charged adventure. In fact, there may be more to keep you entertained on this tiny isle than you first thought. So save those air miles, and leave those passports nestled safely in the bedside draw – the UK is taking on the big boys.
On the north bank of the Thames, right beside Cleopatra’s Needle (with its sphinxes that face the wrong way), there’s an Art Deco treasure. Unveiled in 1931, Shell Mex House, the former London headquarters of Shell-Mex and BP, is an imposing masterpiece, boasting 49,900 square metres of floor space and crowned with the biggest clock face in London (wags dubbed it “Big Benzene”).
Holidaymakers due to travel to California have been reassured that much of the state remains unaffected as the death roll of the region’s deadliest ever wildfires rose to 42.
The pretty Dutch village of Kinderdijk has come up with a novel way of tackling a recent wave of mass tourism.
Known as “the golden city of 100 spires”, the capital of the Czech Republic combines magnificent medieval architecture, Gothic churches and a deep-rooted musical heritage with a modern café culture and lively bar scene. Prague straddles both sides of the Vltava River – most notably linked by statue-lined Charles Bridge.
A new flight between Bujumbura, Burundi and Nairobi, Kenya has been cancelled by the Burundi government because there is no business class on board the airline’s aircraft. Jambojet, a low-cost subsidiary of flag carrier Kenya Airways, was due to start flying the route between the two African capitals on Wednesday 7 November, having already obtained permission on 13 September.
Tourists have been warned to beware taxi scammers in Paris after a couple were charged nearly €250 for a journey from Charles de Gaulle airport to the French capital. The pair were charged nearly five times the actual fare – official Paris cabs have a flat fee of €50 or €55 from the airport to anywhere on the right bank or left bank respectively. The video shows the couple questioning the fare and refusing to pay, while the cab driver claims, “Taxi in Paris is not fixed price – it’s by meter”.
So you’ve toured Europe’s Christmas markets, had your fill of mulled wine, bratwurst and steiners – now how about something a little different to get into the festive spirit?
Predicting the future of travel is no easy task – but that rarely stop people trying. Just last month a self-styled ‘futurist’, Richard Watson, told us that paper boarding passes are on the way out (well obviously), Instagram will fall from fashion (really?), and passenger drones will one day transport people from one city to another (yeah right). He went on to suggest that Westworld and teleportation “are not completely impossible” – cue plenty of raised eyebrows.
The body beautiful – it’s supposed to be a Brazilian speciality. The ease of motion, the perfect tan, the walk with a samba sway. Plus the clothes, the hair, the amount of effort that goes in to looking effortlessly gorgeous.
The glamorous Italian Lakes, long a favoured destination of the famous and fabulous throughout the centuries, doesn't immediately conjure up images of affordability. That said, there is a way to stay in the region without blowing your budget. Sprinkled along the shorelines and tucked away inland are a number of reasonably priced hotels, b&bs and hostels.