Open Jaw: From HS2 to airport shopping
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Saturday 22 March 2014
48 Hours in Delhi
I was interested to learn that the Imperial Hotel is still without peer in Delhi. When I stayed there in the 1960s, it had punkah wallahs [fan operators] and, at tea time, Indian ladies in beautiful saris gyrating around the dance floor to the tunes of the 1920s.
Sir Edward Parkes
The real Argentina
Claiming that "a single morning in San Antonio had brought me closer to discovering the authentic Argentina than four days in the capital" is a little bit embarrassing. It is the equivalent to saying a three-day holiday in London and a day trip to Stonehenge, is a representation of the UK.
Ben P Jones
"An airport so good you won't want to take off: that is the hope of both Heathrow and Gatwick": they have a very long way to go. The benchmark for airport terminals must be Singapore's Changi. At Changi, "rest area" literally means an area to lie down and rest. There are free cinemas to pass the time while you wait for your connection, or a bar in the roof garden which is filled with beds of cacti. If you are on a budget, you can buy your beer at normal street prices in the Mini Mart and then wander to the orchid garden. And, of course, they had free Wi-Fi long before most of us knew what Wi-Fi was.
High Speed 2 – and beyond
I wonder what the service levels will be like for towns and cities currently on the inter-city network, which will not be served by HS2, for example Rugby and Coventry, and also the Midland Mainline via Leicester, Loughborough, Derby and Nottingham? I'd prefer the money was spent on proper-length trains, revitalising regional routes and proper staffing on the railways.
Germany by train
I visit Germany regularly and would recommend it to anyone, but I do have to add that the comment "trains nearly always run on time" isn't my experience of Deutsche Bahn in recent years. More like "on average about 20 minutes late". Still, far more pleasurable than travelling by UK rail.
Keep Aswan on the map
Aswan has so much going for it. We've been going there since before 2011, and it is still totally peaceful. There are the wonderful temples close by, Abu Simbel is an hour by air and Luxor an hour south with the Valley of the Kings. The Aswan hotels are good. Two of them are in the middle of the Nile. The scenery from them has to be seen to be believed and don't forget the amazing Old Cataract Hotel along the riverside. The people desperately need tourists to come back.
Howell and Vivian Green
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