Monthly Archives: May 2016

Five myths about bike tours

Dozens of companies are ready to take you to Croatia, Cuba or California on two wheels.

      

 

 

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Turboprops set for a big U.S. comeback?

That’s the bet being made by European aircraft manufacturer ATR as it turns its focus to the U.S.

      

 

 

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Europe Travel Alert

As part of the State Department’s continuous efforts to provide Americans travelling abroad with information about relevant events, we are alerting U.S. citizens to the risk of potential terrorist attacks throughout Europe, targeting major events, tourist sites, restaurants, commercial centers and transportation.

The large number of tourists visiting Europe in the summer months will present greater targets for terrorists planning attacks in public locations, especially at large events. This Travel Alert expires August 31, 2016.

France will host the European Soccer Championship from June 10 – July 10. Euro Cup stadiums, fan zones, and unaffiliated entertainment venues broadcasting the tournaments in France and across Europe represent potential targets for terrorists, as do other large-scale sporting events and public gathering places throughout Europe. France has extended its state of emergency through July 26 to cover the period of the soccer championship, as well as the Tour de France cycling race which will be held from July 2- 24.  

The Catholic Church’s World Youth Day event is expected to draw up to 2.5 million visitors to Krakow, Poland, between July 26 and July 31. U.S. citizens should be aware that local infrastructure may be strained due to the large number of visitors. Poland will impose border controls at all of its national borders from July 4 to August 2, and visitors to Poland during this period should be prepared to show their passport and undergo stricter security screening throughout Poland.  More information to help prepare for travel to World Youth Day can be found at U.S. Embassy Poland/World Youth Day and travel.state.gov/WorldYouthDay

U.S. citizens should also: 

  • Exercise vigilance when in public places or using mass transportation.
  • Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid crowded places.
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities, especially in an emergency.
  • Monitor media and local event information sources and factor updated information into your travel plans and activities.
  • Be prepared for additional security screening and unexpected disruptions. 
  • Stay in touch with your family, have a plan if you are separated and ensure they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency.

European authorities continue to take steps to assure public safety and disrupt terrorist plots. We work closely with our allies and will continue to share information with our European partners that will help identify and counter terrorist threats. 

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An inside look at Bordeaux’s new wine museum

A glorious, high-tech immersion in the world’s wine cultures, La Cité du Vin opens June 1.

      

 

 

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Aircraft-maker shows off ATR 72-600 turboprop at Washington Dulles

        
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Rescued sea lions find happy home at Georgia Aquarium

The pinniped trainers at Georgia Aquarium are dedicated to providing a fun and enriching environment for sea lions who may not have had the easiest start in life. See their exciting new tricks and how far they’ve progressed at their new home.

      

 

 

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Readers’ Choice: Your favorite summer experiences

See what summer experiences 10Best and USA TODAY readers voted as tops.

      

 

 

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Are outrageous airline fees going buh-bye?

The most ridiculous fees may be headed for the emergency exits.

      

 

 

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Ask the Captain: Why are hurricane hunters propeller-driven?

Why are the hurricane hunter planes turboprops and not regular fan jets?

      

 

 

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Amtrak’s Cascades route: Pacific Northwest at its most majestic

The route wends its way between towering mountain ranges and along winsome bodies of water.

      

 

 

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