Welcome to the future of high-speed rail in Europe
By Maureen O’Hare, CNN
This week in travel news, a new high-speed train is unveiled in Europe, an RAF plane carrying Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin set a new flight tracking record and a Canadian family collects ‘visual memories’ from around the world before three of the children lost their sight.
UK mourns Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth has visited more than 120 countries during her 70-year reign: she has seen regimes change, countries come together and fall apart, the end of the British Empire and the rise of globalisation. Here are some of his more memorable trips around the world.
Many tributes to Queen Elizabeth are to be expected in the weeks and months to come, but one of the first aviation-related honors came from France: the small seaside airport of Le Touquet Paris Beach was renamed after the end of the queen.
Trains and planes
In the United States, Amtrak has canceled long-distance rail routes ahead of a proposed freight rail strike which – at the time of writing – had been avoided after an agreement has been reached. Then on Friday, hundreds of European flights were hit by a air traffic control strike. Disruption is also expected on Monday, as London Heathrow Airport said some flights would be canceled or delayed to keep the airspace quiet during events marking the Queen’s funeral.
European rail has had a better week: French rail company SNCF and train builder Alstom unveiled the first completed TGV M, a The next generation, high speed, double decker train which Alstom has dubbed “the TGV of the future”.
And in Asia, the cafes on Hanoi’s popular “train street” – where trains run along a track a short walk from homes and businesses – have been ordered to close by September 17, with shop owners given just a few days’ notice.
Life in the American Sky
A retired nurse helped save a baby’s life who had stopped breathing on a Spirit Airlines flight from Pittsburgh to Orlando. Tamara Panzino was able to resuscitate the 3-month-old and says within minutes, she knew that “we were free at home”.
Not all passengers were so helpful. A New York woman was recently sentenced to four months in jail after she and her co-defendant engaged in “unruly and intimidating behavior” on a February 2021 American Airlines flight from Dallas to Los Angeles.
And at ground level, a man was arrested after climb through the airport baggage carousel in a restricted area at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in Ohio.
Asian record holders
At 326 meters (or 1,070 feet), the Bailong Elevator in China’s Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is the world’s tallest outdoor elevator. It offers stunning views of the park’s towering karst formations, which are said to have inspired the sets for the 2009 film “Avatar.”
Ever higher, South Korea’s tallest restaurant, 123F Lounge, sits on the top floor of Seoul’s Lotte World Tower, 555 meters above the ground. Here is what it’s like to eat there.
And finally, at 800 meters, the world’s longest outdoor escalator system is in Hong Kong’s central business district. The Central-Mid-Levels Escalator is a chain of moving stairs and walkways that intersects 13 busy streets and is built on a hill slope. look here.
live in the moment
Three of Edith Lemay and Sébastien Pelletier’s four children have been diagnosed with a rare genetic disease that causes sight to be lost or declined over time. So the family is travel the world now so that children can collect precious “visual memories” for the future.
In case you missed it
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The former Miss Philadelphia runner-up landed the role in the summer of 1969. Here is his amazing story.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week downgrades Kenya to its Tier 1 “low” risk category.
In 2018, Anthony Bourdain introduced comedian and CNN host W. Kamau Bell to the sights, sounds and tastes of Kenya. Relive the episode now through the Podcast “Unknown Parties”.
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Top image: SNCF’s TGV M high-speed train is displayed at Alstom’s factory in La Rochelle, France, on September 9. (Xavier Leoty/AFP/Getty Images)