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Why Andorra is the Perfect Year-Round Holiday Destination

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The tiny nation of Andorra is located south of France, north of Spain and nestled between the Pyrenees mountains.

Not only is it the 17th smallest country in the world, and you could fit the whole of Andorra into the city of London more than three times over. But don’t let its size fool you! Andorra has a lot to offer holidaymakers who are looking for the perfect all-year-round destination. Andorra may be one of the smallest countries in Europe, but it boasts beautiful mountainous landscapes, and every season offers travellers new activities and adventures to explore.

Andorra is widely known for its fantastic number of ski resorts in the Winter, but the Spring and Summer months are also a wonderful time to visit the area, Once the snow begins to melt, Andorra reveals its amazing dark-green luscious scenery, making its forests perfect for exploring the country on foot, bikes or even horseback. If you need a break from exploring the wilderness, Andorra also has over 1,000 shops, many of them offering low taxes and duty-free options!

If you’re looking for a year-round European destination with plenty to offer, here are four reasons why Andorra is the perfect choice for you!

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Andorra has something for everyone who appreciates the natural outdoors and all that nature has to offer. Whether you like hiking, fishing, bike riding or skiing, rest assured that Andorra will have an activity to suit your likes and hobbies.

The best time for skiing in the region is from January to March, with winter sports lovers benefitting from lots of snow and sunshine! There are plenty of ski resorts in Andorra, but the biggest in the Pyrenees is Grandvalira.

This ski resort boasts 210km of pistes with seven different sectors, and the resort offers plenty of options that will suit skiers of all abilities. Grandvalira also has a specific snow park for snowboarders, and it even offers mushing (husky rides) too! You can book your Andorra holiday full of skiing in Grandvalira with Esquiades.com.

If you’re not a fan of the cold, towards the end of spring and beginning of summer offers equally striking scenery, and is ideal for keen walkers, hikers and riders to discover the country by foot, bike or horse. For cycling fans, you can even take a ride through some of the same routes used on the Tour de France!

Shopping

Andorra is a paradise for keen shopaholics. With over 1,000 stores to choose from, shoppers can also benefit from cheaper goods due to the country’s tax haven status. Tax rates are around 4.5% and many of the stores also offer duty-free. Andorra is a great destination for anyone looking to purchase high-quality, big-name brands at a much lower cost.

Andorra’s capital city, Andorra la Vella, has a big selection of designer brand names in its shopping centre Gras Magaztzems Pyrenees. Whether you’re visiting for a short break or a week-long vacation, you can return home with a brand new wardrobe of luxurious clothes for a much lower price. Just make sure you check the customs regulations before you fly so that you avoid any issues with your new purchases.

Food & Drink

The cuisine in Andorra is heavily influenced by its neighbours, France and Spain, particularly by the Spanish region of Catalunya.

The two regions not only share a language, but they also have many similar cultural traditions, including food! Andorra’s national dish is Escudella, which is a hearty stew filled with meat, vegetables and white beans or chickpeas. As Andorra doesn’t have a coastline, seafood is obviously scarce, however, there is a lot of fish such as trout to be found in its mountain streams.

Food fans who travel to the country are in for a real treat! Many of the top restaurants in Andorra are high-quality eateries with a taste for fancy presentation and top-notch cuisine. As for nightlife, Andorra is a great place to party, thanks to its resorts. Most of the main ski resorts have vibrant après-ski bars, while the capital of Andorra la Vella is packed with a variety of bars and clubs.

Culture

Andorra has a diverse culture and heritage, with plenty of museums, 18 to be precise, for tourists to explore and learn about the country’s rich history and art. Travellers have a unique opportunity to gain insight into Andorra’s traditions and culture, from interactive museums to art galleries. The diversity of culture in the country provides enough entertainment for anyone looking to visit. Some options are:

  • The Casa Cristo Ethnographic museum
  • The Nikolai Syadristy Miniature Museum
  • Romanesque inspired churches including the church of Sant Joan de Caselles, the church of Santa Eulalia and the church of Sant Clement de Pal.

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Published Date: Fri, 23 Oct 2020 15:34:11 +0000

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What could you order from Ansett Airlines’ inflight bar in the early 1970s?

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People have always liked to drink on board flights, especially people from Australia. Therefore, it should be no surprise to anyone that there was an inflight bar offering in the 1970s.

Ansett Airlines were a major player in the Australian domestic market up until their demise in September 2001. For many years, there were two domestic airlines, Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) and Ansett.

Ansett’s Inflight Bar

At the time, Ansett operated Boeing 727s, Douglas DC-9s and Fokker F27 Friendships on domestic routes in the country. Airline tickets were quite expensive, with tariffs agreed upon by both airlines thanks to Australia’s weird two-airline policy at the time.

While tickets were expensive and food complimentary, you still had to pay for a drink at the bar. Here is an inflight bar menu from the era, showing the drinks available and their prices.

Clearly the pricing is astounding by today’s standards – 30 cents for a beer? I’ll have thirty-three please! I like how Australian gin is 35c while the imported gin is just 5c more. Which would you choose?

You can tell it is from another era as you can buy cigarettes on board. These price up at 45c, a far cry from the extortionate prices people in the west pay these days for a smoke!

Overall Thoughts

The on board offering is pretty comprehensive for internal flights, and I imagine you’d be hard pressed not to find something you might like. In those times, all payments would have been by cash as well, which would have meant a lot of coinage being handled on board.

Of course, things haven’t changed too much over the years. On many airlines you pay for your drinks just as they did back in the 1970s. Shame the prices aren’t the same of course!

Did you ever buy drinks on board flights from the inflight bar back in the day? Do you still? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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By: The Flight Detective
Title: What could you order from Ansett Airlines’ inflight bar in the early 1970s?
Sourced From: travelupdate.com/ansett-airlines-inflight-bar-menu/
Published Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2020 15:03:14 +0000

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These Shrimp Leave the Safety of Water and Walk on Land. But Why?

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The shrimp stop swimming at dusk and gather near the river’s edge. After sunset, they begin to climb out of the water. Then they march. All night long, the inch-long crustaceans parade along the rocks.

The parading shrimp of northeastern Thailand have inspired legends, dances and even a statue. (Locals also eat them.) During the rainy season, between late August and early October, tourists crowd the riverbanks with flashlights to watch the shrimp walk.

Watcharapong Hongjamrassilp first learned about the parading shrimp, and the hundred thousand or more tourists who come each year to see them, about 20 years ago. When he started studying biology, he returned to the topic. “I realized that we know nothing about this,” he said: What species are they? Why and how do they leave the safety of the water to walk upstream on dry land? Where are they going?

Mr. Hongjamrassilp, a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles, decided to answer those questions himself. His findings appeared this month in the Journal of Zoology.

Working with wildlife center staff members, Mr. Hongjamrassilp staked out nine sites along a river in Thailand’s Ubon Ratchathani province. They found shrimp parading at two of the sites — a stretch of rapids, and a low dam.

The videos they recorded revealed that the shrimp paraded from sundown to sunup. They traveled up to 65 feet upstream. Some individual shrimp stayed out of the water for 10 minutes or more.

“I was so surprised,” Mr. Hongjamrassilp said, “because I never thought that a shrimp can walk that long.” Staying in the river’s splash zone may help them keep their gills wet, so they can keep taking in oxygen. He also observed that the shells of the shrimp seem to trap a little water around their gills, like a reverse dive helmet.

DNA analysis from captured shrimp showed that nearly all belonged to the species Macrobrachium dienbienphuense, part of a genus of shrimp that live mostly or fully in freshwater. Many Macrobrachiumspecies spend part of their lives migrating upstream to their preferred habitats.

Most parading shrimp that Mr. Hongjamrassilp captured were young. Observations and lab experiments showed that these shrimp probably leave the water when the flow becomes too strong for them. Larger adult shrimp can handle a stronger current without washing away, so they’re less likely to leave the water.

Walking on land is dangerous for the little shrimp, even under cover of darkness. Predators including frogs, snakes and large spiders lurk nearby, Mr. Hongjamrassilp says. “Literally, they wait to eat them along the river.”

And the shrimp can survive on land for only so long. If the parading crustaceans lose their way, they may dry out and die before they get back to the river. A few times, Mr. Hongjamrassilp came across groups of lost shrimp dead on the rocks, their once-translucent bodies baked pink.

Yet most navigate upstream successfully, and scientists have spotted other freshwater shrimp around the world performing similar feats, scaling dams and even climbing waterfalls.

Leaving the water when the swimming gets tough may have helped these animals spread to new habitats over their evolutionary history, Mr. Hongjamrassilp said. Today, the number of parading shrimp in Thailand seems to be declining. He thinks tourist activity may be a factor, and learning more about the shrimp might help protect them.

The study’s authors made “some really excellent observations,” said Alan Covich, an ecologist at the University of Georgia who was not involved in the research. But understanding why the Ubon Ratchathani shrimp move upstream, and how far they travel, will require more research, he said.

“The most surprising thing to me was that it attracted so many tourists,” Dr. Covich said. He doesn’t know of any other example of people gathering to appreciate a crustacean in quite the same way.

“We have crayfish festivals, we have all kinds of things,” Dr. Covich said, “but generally it’s people eating them, not watching them move.”

By: Elizabeth Preston
Title: These Shrimp Leave the Safety of Water and Walk on Land. But Why?
Sourced From: www.nytimes.com/2020/11/18/science/shrimp-parade-thailand.html
Published Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2020 17:02:07 +0000

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Will Aer Lingus launch transatlantic flights from Manchester?

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There are reports that Aer Lingus have applied for 1,500 slots at Manchester Airport for the Summer 2021 season. This will allow the airline to base four aircraft there and service flights to the United States.

At present, there have been no press releases from the airline stating what is going on. Even so, it probably makes sense for the Irish airline to do this in the current market.

Aer Lingus And Manchester

From what is known, there will be three Airbus A321LRs and an A330 based at Manchester. These will operate non-stop services to New York JFK, Boston, Chicago and Orlando, and the season starts on 28 March 2021.

With Thomas Cook having gone out of business, there is likely space for another competitor. New York and Orlando will see competition from Virgin Atlantic, while the other two routes have no airline flying at the moment.

Aer Lingus has been connecting passengers over Dublin very successfully from the UK regions for a while now. Due to this, they will have visibility on traffic patterns, potential yields and more, making this an informed decision.

I imagine they also hope to cream off some of the connecting traffic that routes through London Heathrow on British Airways and Amsterdam on KLM among others. It would prove to be quite successful.

Transatlantic Joint Venture Approval

The US Department of Transport has tentatively given its approval for Aer Lingus to join the oneworld transatlantic joint business. This is operated by American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia and Finnair.

These airlines coordinate schedules and pricing, share revenues and expenses. For the consumer, it means more choice – those making a booking on British Airways across the Atlantic will also see options on American Airlines on the BA web site as one example.



Theoretically, it would allow people seeking flights on the British Airways web site to automatically be given options to fly non-stop with Aer Lingus, along with the Manchester-London Heathrow-US city connecting itinerary.

Whether Aer Lingus will join the oneworld alliance, even in a oneworld connect capacity remains to be seen. Frequent flyers would welcome it, especially those in Ireland.

Overall Thoughts

No doubt the boffins have been working behind the scenes to see if the business case for transatlantic flights from Manchester stack up. As things have proceeded as far as a slot application, I would guess chances are good that it will go ahead.

Either way, let’s see if this happens and if it does, whether Aer Lingus will stay for the long haul. If they can make more money elsewhere, they’ll up sticks and leave. Regardless, it is an interesting development in European aviation.

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By: The Flight Detective
Title: Will Aer Lingus launch transatlantic flights from Manchester?
Sourced From: travelupdate.com/aer-lingus-manchester/
Published Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2020 18:03:48 +0000

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