The policy attracted criticism from the hart-hit aviation industry, which has said now is not the time to ban a portion of its business.
Despite the unappetising, gnarly appearance of oysters, their primeval, necrotic-looking shells are of course considered to contain edible utopia. In the west coast of Denmark, wild oysters fuelled Viking rampages and were used as currency before coins were around. King Frederick II, who ruled around the same time as Tudor King Henry VIII, was so fond of the molluscs that anyone who dared pick them, depriving him, was subject to the death penalty – a law that was only abolished in the 1980s. In recent times, oysters have been successfully marketed as a supposed aphrodisiac and the ultimate protein supplement, not to mention a sophisticated and decadent food fix. Given the considerable cost at which every creamy, metallic-flavoured slurp comes, an oyster free-for-all excursion sounds like a great idea.
At just after 9.15pm each weeknight, I hear a familiar sound from outside the window of my north London flat. The gentle whine of the locomotive pulling the Caledonian Sleeper as it passes through Camden Town a few minutes after its departure from Euston station. Sometimes I open the blind and look down to the cutting below, watching the dark green metal snake, 13-carriages long, as it begins its journey north. During the first lockdown, I would ponder who was travelling, who was permitted to make the overnight journey to Dunkeld and Birnam, Dalwhinnie or Aviemore. Now I view the train’s nightly passing as something reassuring, a symbol of continuity in confusing times. Not even Covid-19 can stop the London to Inverness night express. The last time I took a sleeper was on Jan 1 2020, part of a journey from Vienna to eastern Slovakia. An unprepossessing suburban shuttle carried me across the Austrian frontier to Bratislava’s Soviet-era railway terminus, its main hall dominated by an elaborate mural showing workers being freed from their chains. The smell of gently sweating hot dogs from a würstelstand hung heavily in the air; a small group of passengers sat on the plastic benches around the digital departure board, surrounded by their suitcases, overpacked plastic bags and sleeping children.
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The company said that the 'production issue' does not affect its entire fleet and told 16 operators that the jets should not be flown until it is addressed.
From jaunts across America to steam specials through Staffordshire, we offer our pick of great rail trips for 2021 . UK and Ireland Flying Scotsman and Tornado With arguably the two most famous steam locomotives in the world running together on the national network for the first time – and along the Settle and Carlisle line, one of the most spectacular routes in the UK – this is surely mainline steam’s highlight for 2021. Four tours, all originating from different locations and running to Carlisle, are planned during October (20, 21, 27 and 28); passengers will get to ride behind Tornado one way and Flying Scotsman the other with the locos swapping at the border city. From £135pp (a1steam.com/railtours) Bespoke Cornish Explorer Slow Travel start-up ByWay organises bespoke rail trips, making the journey part of the holiday. Their Cornish adventure begins inside a private cabin on the Night Riviera sleeper from London Paddington. The morning views over St Michael’s Mount near Penzance are breathtaking. Alight here and follow ByWay’s self-guided tour along the coast path, pausing at tiny fishing villages and swim-friendly coves. Included in the price are a kayak expedition, an open-top bus ride and a shuttle along the scenic St Ives Bay train line. Plus three nights in a luxury B&B. Upgrades and alternative routes on request. From £361pp for a four-night package (byway.travel)
‘Fishing is a form of meditation’ – it’s always been my escapeI became obsessed as a boy and am still hooked. With the mental benefits of angling well documented, here are some of the best British spots to cast off your worries• Top five British wildernesses for fishing Reel ’em in … fishing on Chesil Beach, Dorset. Photograph: James Loveridge/Alamy
The transport secretary has given the green light to international travel resuming on 17 May, with a traffic light system in place
Jet2 postpones all holidays until 23 June, and blames government’s lack of clarity. Tour operator says ‘not knowing when we can start to fly and where we can fly to’ led to suspension of flights and holidays
COVID-19 cases continue to rise domestically and now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning people in the U.S. about international travel to Canada.
Lake District braces for the return of overnight visitorsLockdowns cost Cumbria £2bn in tourism revenue last year, but trepidation surrounds what is set to be ‘busiest summer ever’ A walker admires the view of Grasmere from Loughrigg Hill. Photograph: Loop Images Ltd/Alamy Stock Photo
With hotels allowed to reopen only on May 17, for many the second early summer bank holiday (May 31) marks the first real chance for a long weekend away and, unsurprisingly, a number of favourites are already booked up. Here are five top options that still have availability. Coastal break If you like... the Brudenell, Aldeburgh, Suffolk Try... Roslin Beach Hotel, Southend-on-Sea, Essex
English holiday cottages prepare to reopen to ‘ecstatic’ holidaymakersAfter losing millions in income – and a last-minute ‘spring clean on steroids’ – cottages welcome back eager guests from Monday A holiday cottage Cape Cornwall, near Land’s End. Photograph: Kevin Britland/Alamy
As Spain drops a requirement to wear masks on the beach, Graham Keeley talks to locals sunbathing on the sands of Castelldefels near Barcelona
Croatia is a country of vivid blue seas and lakes, golden beaches, pine-scented islands, mountainous hiking terrain and grand cities such as Dubrovnik and Split that are rich in history and culture. If you have been, either in recent times or when it was part of Yugoslavia, we’d like to know what you did – from island-hopping by yacht or hydrofoil to discovering its food and wine – and what you loved most about it.
PCR tests for return to the UK are likely to cost upwards of £100 each – though airlines and airports may offer a discount
While huge questions marks still linger over holidays abroad, one thing is for certain: There will be tests. It seems even holidaymakers returning from ‘green list' countries will have to fork out for £120 per head for gold standard PCR tests, meaning a family of four could be adding around £500 extra cost to their trip. A charge usually levelled at UK holidays is how expensive they can be, but with this added pricey complication and after a year short on holidays, maybe this summer the splurge could be worth it. Here are five indulgent summer holidays for a family of four that more than match their overseas counterparts. The Swap: All-inclusive Turkey for the suite life at The Shard Zip off for a four-night all-inclusive August break at the encouragingly named Grand Ideal Premium in Marmaris. Families will enjoy the huge free-form swimming pool, which winds from one end of the hotel to the other and features a multi-coloured waterslide. This rate includes a room with an inland view, but opt for a staycation and you could be looking out over the twinkling lights of London instead. Use that saved test money and splash out on four nights in a family suite at the sky-high Shangri-La at The Shard, which is fresh off its star turn in BBC Two’s Amazing Hotels. Expect floor-to-ceiling windows everywhere you turn and more space than most flats. Be sure to take a dip in the 52nd-floor infinity pool before reluctantly descending back down to earth.