From Paris and London to Vienna and Munich, the winter months can be some of the best months to visit Europe‘s best cities where entire cities glam up in bright lights, food stalls line the streets, outdoor music plays for everyone to hear and vendors sell beautiful handmade gifts at the Christmas Markets. Even as the snow falls, you’ll enjoy wandering through these stunning markets that only come alive once a year. Although there are hundreds to choose from, here are our top five best Christmas Markets in Europe we love to explore.
If you’ve visited Amsterdam in the summer, you already know that the city is lively outdoors, but don’t let the winter months discourage you from booking a flight to this quaint destination when the snow falls down. In fact, the winter can be just as wonderful, magical and all-around entertaining thanks to the many festivities around the city to celebrate the season. From shopping at the winter markets and skiing on the canal to dining on season-specific specials and watching a parade, here are our favorite things to do in Amsterdam in the winter.
Qantas recently revamped its A380 featuring a completely redesigned upper deck with three different lounge sections, “new” business class seats, better cabin lighting and refreshed surfaces. Although much of the first class seat hasn’t changed since 2008, Qantas did revive it to look more modern with a new color scheme, new fabric and a larger entertainment screen. Although it doesn’t compare to other first class suites like those found on ANA, Singapore Airlines, Etihad, Garuda Indonesia or Asiana Airlines, the updated Qantas A380 first class seat is a nice breath of fresh air compared to its predecessor. If you find yourself with a Qantas first class ticket on the A380, here’s what awaits for you onboard.
One of Poland’s beloved places, Krakow, is also one of Europe’s most beautiful cities and has been the epicenter of Polish art, economics, academics and culture for hundreds of years. The City has a long history that dates back to the 4th century when it was ruled by tribesmen until it became part of the Kingdom of Bohemia. It isn’t until the 10th century when Krakow finally grew into an important trade city that started to look more like a city thanks to the construction of buildings and homes made from brick. However, when the Mongols invaded in the 13th century, almost all of Krakow was left in ruins yet it was quickly rebuilt to its original state as if nothing had ever happened. In the 14th century, Krakow flourished in the arts and sciences and continued to boom culturally well into the Renaissance period.
In the 18th century, Krakow became part of the Austrian Empire for a short period followed by its independence in 1918 after a revolution, before the end of WWI. In the 20th century, Krakow became a modern city yet, with the rest of Eastern Europe, fell victim to war. It wasn’t until after WWII did the City recover, becoming once again, a major player in Poland’s economy. Today, Krakow offers visitors museums, parks, restaurants, cafes and centuries-old churches and castles to explore, and if you plan on visiting this city for the weekend, here are some of our favorite things to do and see.
Qantas has initiated “Project Sunrise” to test the aircraft, crew and passenger’s well-being on the world’s longest flight, from October through December with the first test flight completing successfully. Qantas is gearing up to fly passengers from Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane) to the US (New York) and England (London) using the A350-1000. The first test flight flew a total of 19 hours and 16 minutes—the maximum amount that the A350-1000 is designed to fly non-stop is 20 hours.
The testers aboard the flight are almost all employees of Qantas who wear special technology to track their moves, how often and how much they eat and drink, use of entertainment and sleeping patterns. The results will help Qantas adjust the crew’s 20-hour schedule while flying by identifying the best time to work and sleep. Additionally, Project Sunrise will help the airline make the right adjustments for passengers so that they can be comfortable throughout the entire flight.
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has announced a “new” business class seat on the A350 and the A321LR. However, if you are a frequent SAS customer, you may notice something vaguely familiar with these “new” seats—they are very similar to the seats featured on the A340 and A330 with some minor changes, one of which is color (albeit minimal).
For the A350 business class seat, SAS has opted for the Vantage XL seat, a popular product available on other airlines in business class such as Malaysia Airlines and China Eastern. The SAS A350 business class seat offers direct aisle access with plenty of surface space for your smaller and larger devices as well as drinks and meals, an HD entertainment screen measuring 15 inches, and a seat that converts into a fully-flat bed. The business class seat measures 77 inches long and about 24 inches wide. As for the A321XL aircraft, SAS has opted for the Vantage seat (video below) for the business class cabin.
With the future of travel changing quickly, it’s hard to imagine what we can expect in this and the next century. Will airplanes be completely controlled by robotics? Will AI technology replace the need for travel and airline agents? Are airplanes going to be reconfigured entirely to be more efficient and use an alternative to fuel to fly? The answers to these questions are still to be determined, but based on the rate we’re going, it’s not impossible. As we head further along in time, here’s what 100 years into the future of air travel may look like.
Gothenburg is one of our most favorite cities in Sweden outside of Stockholm, which sometimes is overshadowed by the capital yet shouldn’t be.
Gothenburg’s history dates back thousands of years to the Stone Age, followed by the Middle Ages when it was primarily a trading center and remained so until it was officially established in 1621 by King Gustavus Adolphus II. In the later part of the 17th century, Gothenburg was primarily Dutch, however after the Treaty of Roskilde came into existence, the City grew into a major port and trade center and was the only city that was granted to trade with other nations. In the 18th century, Gothenburg flourished thanks to fishing and trade in the industry. Beginning in the 19th century and onto the 20th century, the City modernized and quickly grew in population. Today, Gothenburg is a wonderful destination offering visitors a plethora of cafes and shops, gorgeous views across the river, botanical gardens and modern architecture mixed in with historical sites that make this a unique city to visit. For those who plan to stop through Gothenburg while touring Sweden or even Europe, here are some off the beaten path places to explore.
Some of us travel to enjoy an escape from chaos while others travel to experience more of it. From Grand Prix and French Open to Champions League and Euro 2020, Europe is gearing up for another fun-filled year for sports fanatics. Even if you’re not too big on sporting events or are heading to Europe for other reasons, you may end up being caught up in the celebrations. It’s another excuse to go out and enjoy the culture, meet new people and maybe even become a fan. So for those who are looking to do more than just sightseeing or love to watch tennis, soccer or cars, here are the top European events that you won’t want to miss out on in 2020.
London is by far one of the top most-visited cities with over 20.4 million tourists who traveled there in 2018. Although the prime time for many to spend time in this bustling city is the summer, we also love going here in the fall when the leaves have turned and fallen off, the weather requires a thick jacket, and the outdoors are starting to shine even brighter at night thanks to the strung lights around the city.
With prices falling after summer, traveling to London in November may be the best time for you to go if you’re looking for cheaper flights and accommodations. Plus, it can be just as fun and eventful as going when it’s warm. From festivals and winter markets to Bonfire Night and shows, here’s what you can do in London in November.