According to reports issued yesterday, flights are resuming from Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport, Amsterdam and London’s Heathrow airport, finally bringing stranded passengers home.
According to the UK’s Met office as of this morning April 21st, Eruptions from Eyjafjallajökull have continued through today with debris being emitted to around 13,000 ft. Weather patterns continue to blow new areas of ash towards north-western parts of the UK, but ash over other parts of Britain and Europe should gradually disperse during the afternoon and evening.
As a result some travelers are rethinking their vacations.
One option is to make plans to travel to places and in ways that won’t be impacted. Here are some suggestions:
Can’t get to the French Riviera try the French Caribbean. The islands of the French West Indies offer white sand beaches, French inspired cuisine, and an immersion in French language. Choose from Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Barthélemy, St. Martin, Les Saintes and Marie-Galante. That will be the hard part. See the Slide show featuring photos from http://www.martinique.org/
Take a fast plane to China for the Shanghai Expo.
Promising to be the high point of the tourist season, Expo 2010 opens in Shanghai China on May 1st. The theme of Expo 2010 is “Better City, Better Life,” representing the optimism of our urban future. Apart from the opening and closing ceremonies enjoy more than 20,000 events and cultural performances, including martial arts, a tea show, acrobatics, dancing, magic, songs. If that isn’t enough, the city of Shanghai offers attractions galore.
Head to the Colorado Rockies (or other breath-taking national parks)
The USA’s National Park Service, created on August 25, 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson, our national parks has got to be one of the very best this country has to offer. In fact, writer and historian Wallace Stegner called national parks “the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst.”
With 68,561 archeological sites, 43,162 miles of shoreline, 27,000 historic structures, 2,461 national historic landmarks, 582 national natural landmarks, 400 endangered species, 392 national parks, and 40 national heritage areas, there is certainly something for everyone, many times over.
The mission of the National Park Service is to care for “special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.”
Take a slow boat to Europe
It’s the way people traveled before planes, and it could make a come-back. Longer, and more relaxed, arrive without days of jet-lag. Length varies but generally 6 to 8 days. Cunard Line offers many transatlantic cruises on the Queen Mary 2 generally leave from New York City.
Several cruise lines offer two-week and longer cruises that depart from the USA but then explore different regions of Europe. These can be one-way trips so book carefully.
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