Monday, September 29, 2014

Bavaria Now More Handicapped Accessible

The website of the Bavaria tourism board now has a listing of 30 certified accessible hotels throught the region and more than 40 trips and sights suitable for those with limited mobility.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

No More Big Ships in Venice

Starting December 1, 2014, cruise ships that are larger than 96,000 tonnes will no longer be allowed to enter the Guidecca Canal to pass by sites such as the Doge's Palace or St. Mark's Square.

This ban is the result of an agreement between the Cruise Line International Association and Italy's government after years of complains from environmentalists and Venetians.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Going Through Security? Make Sure Your Electronics Have Power

If you are flying into the U.S., especially from Europe, make sure your laptop, cell phone, etc. is not dead. You may very well be required to power it up at security. If you can't, you may be given the option of putting it in your checked luggage (which you've already checked ... duh!), or it being confiscated.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Keep Track With Homing PIN

HomingPin, a company based in England, makes baggage loops, key rings and stickers for phones, tablets and computers, all with unique numbers that help airport personnel track the item for owners if the item is lost or misplaced.

When the number is put into the WorldTracer system, the owner can learn immediately where their item is and can be helped in recovering it.

The tags can be purchased and registered at the website. A pack of 15 PINS with tags cost around $17 and includes a year of tracking service.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sarajevo City Hall Open Again

The city hall in Sarajevo first opened in 1896. It was closed in 1992 and reopened on May 9, 2014.

The reopening was timed for the centenary of World War I. It was the building Archduke Ferdinand and his wife left soon before they were assassinated in 1914. In 1949 it was converted into a library. During the Bosnian War it was shelled and burned and almost two million books, including rare manuscripts, were lost.

The building now hold the national and university libraries, a museum and the city council.