Spain tourist destination – Jaca Huesca Thu, 21 Oct 2021 15:20:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Spain tourist destination – Jaca Huesca 32 32 GREAT READING: “I saw the enormous potential of trekking tourism on the Camino in Spain” Thu, 21 Oct 2021 10:05:59 +0000

I’m excited to say that season 3 of my Travel Tales with Fergal podcast has started this week, with new episodes coming out on all podcast platforms every Tuesday for the rest of the year.

I have a new feature called Destination Specials where I dedicate an episode to a location or region.

I have traveled in recent weeks for hikes in the central mountains of Portugal and the famous Camino Way in Spain.

I have seen with my own eyes on these trips how important activity tourism is to their economies and the growth potential of tourism in Tipperary.

I wrote an article a few weeks ago where I said that we are fortunate to be surrounded by mountains which provide world class trekking opportunities which could allow Clonmel to become the trekking tourism capital of Ireland.

We have the natural resources at our feet, and I wrote that all we need is the imagination and the will, combined with the government and local support to make it happen.

I will go into my travels in Portugal and Spain in detail on the podcast and in this column in the coming weeks but to summarize what I have learned is that in Portugal the government is investing heavily in infrastructure and marketing to transform their central mountainous region into a tourist activity destination.

Then I saw the enormous potential of hiking tourism on the Camino which has more than a million walkers each year in very remote areas where tourism is now the main industry.

They expect between five and seven million walkers next year, because it is a holy year. To put this in perspective, the new St Declan’s Way has a target of 20,000 per year.

But it shows the enormous potential of activity tourism.

The Portuguese and Spanish governments have seen the depopulation of their remote rural areas and have decided to remedy it.

The Portuguese saw the trends towards slow, ethical and less crowded travel and they are now pushing the central mountains as an outdoor hotspot.

The central mountains of Portugal were traditionally a large textile industrial area and did not depend on tourism.

The government is working with local communities to build remote coworking centers and on sustainable tourism projects such as local food festivals.

This is the future of tourism and Tipperary is perfectly positioned to capitalize on similar opportunities.

I started my Travel Reports with Fergal Podcast a year ago in October 2020 at the height of the pandemic in the hopes that the podcast would help rekindle my listeners’ memories of past trips and inspire people to dream. of future adventures.

Over the past year, the podcast has grown into Ireland’s # 1 travel podcast and is now listened to in over 80 countries around the world.

I’m excited to say that Season 3 kicked off this week with an interview with American comedy legend Reginald D Hunter. Reg will perform at O’Keeffe’s Comedy Club in Clonmel on Saturday January 29.

Celebrating its 3rd season, Travel Tales with Fergal Podcast interviews special guests who talk about travel, culture, people, food, politics, history, the tourism industry and expatriate life, to cite just a few topics.

The podcast has a very simple premise where I chat every week with a special guest about the five trips or places that have influenced them the most.

We talk about their travels, adventures and experiences abroad with a wide range of guests from the arts, sports, journalism, travel and expats.

Customers come from all walks of life with one thing in common. They all have great travel stories and have included Anthony Daly, Keith Wood, Mark O’Halloran, Louise Nealon, Alan McGee, Manchan Magan, and David McWilliams.

The podcast has brilliant guests for Season 3 including writers Russ Parsons and Thomas Breathnach and comedian Karl Spain to name a few.

This week’s first episode stars comedian Reginald D Hunter bringing his stand-up show “Bombe Shuffler” to Clonmel in January.

Not afraid to tackle head-on topics the rest of us sidestep, Reginald is the voice of his generation – startlingly honest, brutally funny, and uniquely placed to comment on the collapse of life as we know it.

The Travel Tales with Fergal podcast comes out every Tuesday across all podcast platforms and people can follow all of its updates on @traveltaleswithfergal on Instagram and Facebook and @FergalTravel on Twitter.

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Live camera footage from Mount Aso shows Japanese volcano eruption, firing ash from miles high Wed, 20 Oct 2021 08:45:21 +0000

Japan’s Mount Aso volcano suddenly erupted as tourists watched from an observation station, all being filmed live.

Mount Aso erupted on Wednesday morning shortly after 11:40 a.m. local time.

The eruption sent a huge cloud of ash and dust into the air, engulfing the nearby landscape. There were no immediate reports of casualties, Reuters reported early Wednesday morning.

The 5,223-foot-high mountain is a tourist destination on the island of Kyushu in southern Japan.

There is a visitor center located a few miles from the volcano – the Aso Volcano Museum – which hosts a live YouTube broadcast directed to Mount Aso.

The livestream, which shows the current situation and also takes viewers back to the past 12 hours, describes how the volcano erupted. It can be seen below.

In the hours leading up to the eruption, the volcano is clearly visible to the camera, giving off a constant small plume of white smoke inside its crater.

As the morning passes, the smoke seems to get slightly thicker. Then, suddenly, the mountain is shaken by an explosion which sends a vast cloud of black ash soaring into the sky.

Within minutes, the camera view, which previously clearly showed the volcano, sky, and surrounding area, is completely obscured by the huge black cloud swiftly rolling over the landscape.

For a while, the cloud threatens to engulf the nearby reception center, from where people are watching.

Fortunately, the cloud stops short and within minutes is swept away by the wind, leaving the volcano as calm as before, although the surrounding landscape now looks gray.

Mount Aso’s ash plume reached 2.2 miles high, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

The agency raised the volcano’s alert level to three on a scale of five, warning people not to approach it. Below levels four and five, some people should start to evacuate.

The explosion comes as Spain’s Cumbre Vieja volcano in La Palma continues its month-long eruption, with lava having already destroyed hundreds of acres of land and around 2,000 buildings in recent weeks, though no one has been killed so far, according to Spanish News Agency Local.

Last week, the La Palma eruption engulfed a cement plant, prompting authorities to order a lockdown for people living nearby over fears of toxic fumes.

Smoke is seen rising from Mount Aso in December 2019. The volcano is believed to be one of the most active in the world.
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Moscow aims to become a new destination for Spanish tourists Mon, 18 Oct 2021 22:26:18 +0000
Moscow aims to become a new destination for Spanish tourists. image: wikimedia commons

Moscow aims to become a new destination for Spanish tourists

The Moscow City Tourism Committee has decided to make this beautiful city a major travel destination for Spanish tourists. To this end, she organized a program of virtual training and business meetings with Spanish travel agencies.

Their project is called “Moscow Virtual Roadwhow” and will offer a comprehensive package of information about the city, as well as interesting news for the Spanish tourism industry. The committee has scheduled meetings with travel agencies from all over Spain in the hope of placing Moscow in the Spanish market.

Working virtually, more than 25 incoming tour operators, hotels and other travel organizations in Moscow will present how Moscow has changed after the coronavirus pandemic and what new tourism products await their customers.

The presentations will be made in Spanish, showing the main attractions Moscow has to offer tourists. It is even possible to arrange individual meetings with local businessmen or representatives of the Moscow Tourist Board.

Russian gastronomy is a mixture of tradition and modernity

Thanks in part to an exponentially growing leisure and gastronomic offer in the city, Moscow is emerging as one of the most sought-after destinations. Moreover, the city is famous for its vibrant nightlife.

Russian gastronomy in particular is a huge draw in the world of “foodie” tourists, with a mix of tradition and modernity available in the city’s restaurants. In fact, only last year the Michelin Guide landed in Moscow, making the city a big attraction for tourists from all over Europe who want to taste traditional dishes or choose restaurants that surprise with their innovation.

“Russpass” is an online system that helps tourists plan their trips to Russia quickly and easily. With this service, travelers can buy train or plane tickets, book a hotel room or a restaurant. It also allows you to design an individualized itinerary, with sights of interest to the visitor, or you can use pre-designed maps, as reported by


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11 enchanting places where cars are not allowed Sat, 16 Oct 2021 15:33:45 +0000

Picture this: a beautiful place full of fresh, unpolluted air, free from exhaust fumes, howling brakes, car horns and screaming drivers. No fight for parking spaces, no parking fees, no danger to pedestrians, children and animals from careless drivers.

Pious wish you will say to me? Not at all. In these 11 enchanting places around the world, this idyll is a reality because absolutely no cars are allowed. Everything goes by means of transport, from feet and donkeys to bikes and even a cable car as the only way to reach the outside world, everything except a car. See how well these folks get by without what we see as essential and necessary transportation.

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1. Giethoorn, Netherlands

The Dutch are known as people who like to get around by bicycle. A striking image is that of Queen Maxima, cycling to an event with a chic dress, large hat, high heels and her handbag hanging from the handlebars. No Rolls Royce in sight! No wonder she is much loved by her people.

The people of Giethoorn, a typical Dutch village in the northeastern province of Overijssel, add their boats to bicycles as a means of transportation. This is indeed a necessity, as the village – famous for its century-old thatched houses and farms – is built on countless peat islands, crossed by waterways and connected by more than 170 small wooden bridges. These boats are called punters and moved by pushing them with long poles.

No cars are allowed in Giethoorn and the small bridges could not support their weight anyway. Visit ‘t Olde Maat Uus, the Giethoorn Museum located in an original farm building where you can see how people lived here 100 years ago.

Causeway in Chamois, Italy
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2. Chamois, Italy

Chamois is a mountain village located on a plateau at the top of the steep slopes of the Aosta Valley in northwestern Italy. Due to its location 5,954 feet above sea level, it has always been difficult for the small number of Chamois residents to reach the valley below. This was managed by mountain trails, traveled on foot or on the back of a mule. Chamois was and is the only city in Italy that is not accessible by car. The locals weren’t “loners,” however, they just didn’t want pollution and noise from modern transport to disturb their fabulous nature of woods, mountains and abundant wildlife.

In 1955, a referendum was held in which 95% of the population voted against building a road fit for cars to connect them to the town closest to the valley, Buisson. Instead, they opted for a modest cable car which facilitated access to the village without disturbing the environment. In fact, sustainability is a major issue in their village, which is part of several Alpine Pearls that have joined the same initiative.

The coast of Islas Cies in Spain
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3. Islas Cíes, Spain

The Cíes Islands are a group of three islands located in Galicia in northern Spain at the mouth of the Ria de Vigo, off Pontevedra. The islands are a nature reserve because of their vegetation, their wild cliffs and their birds. Two of the islands are connected by a wide white beach with easy access to the water, making it ideal for vacations with children.

The protection of nature is strict. The islands are only accessible by ferry and no cars, except commercial vehicles, are allowed. Well-marked hiking trails crisscross the islands and are prohibited from wandering. Garbage is heavily penalized, you must bring your garbage with you.

There is a campground but first you need to get permission in Vigo. You can bring your tent or rent one at the campsite. There are also no actual hotels or restaurants on the islands. Basically, whatever you need for a day or two, you have to bring it and bring it back with you.

Zermatt skyline, Switzerland
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4. Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt is a very luxurious and popular city in the canton of Valais in the Swiss Alps. Surrounded by the highest peaks of the Swiss Alps – the most famous of the Matterhorn – Zermatt is an ideal holiday destination in summer and winter.

With nearly two million visitors a year, it’s no surprise that Zermatt is strictly prohibited from cars to keep them safe and the environment as healthy as possible. Access by private car is only permitted up to Täsch. From there it’s either the train, the taxi or the limousine service. Zermatt is also accessible by the famous Glacier Express.

If you want a break from hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter, simply explore the picturesque old town of Zermatt as you stroll along the Hinterdorfstrasse and admire a perfect traditional Swiss village.

Fire Island Lighthouse on Fire Island in New York
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5. Fire Island, New York

Fire Island is the large central island of the Outer Barrier Islands parallel to the south shore of Long Island, New York. The incorporated villages of Ocean Beach and Saltaire are closed to cars during the summer tourist season. Only pedestrians, bicycles and water taxis are allowed. If you want to get there by car, visit this link.

Saltaire, with its promenade and numerous recreational activities, is ideal for families looking for a little rest.

La Cumbrecita in the mountains of Argentina
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6. La Cumbrecita, Argentina

La Cumbrecita, a remote alpine village located in the Calamuchita Valley in the Grande Sierra de Cordoba, Argentina, is a surprise. Nestled among spruce and pine trees is a perfect German village with chalets, a cuckoo clock at the entrance, restaurants serving Bavarian-style schnitzels, sauerkraut and beer, and even signboards. signage in German. When the hamlet is covered with snow, the illusion of being in Bavaria is total.

To preserve the fairytale atmosphere, the village is totally a pedestrian zone and no cars are allowed. You must leave your car in the parking lot at the entrance. After all, there were no cars in the days of the Grimm brothers.

Mules waiting at the water's edge in Hydra, Greece

7. Hydra, Greece

Hydra is one of the most captivating Saronic Islands in Greece. Just an hour by hydrofoil and 2 hours by ferry from Athens, the island is a perfect day trip if you’ve had enough of the hustle and bustle of Athens. And the huge traffic of the Greek capital as no cars are allowed on Hydra except garbage trucks and ambulances. The means of transport are on foot, mules and donkeys able to sneak in the narrow and cobbled streets, allowing to admire the white and blue houses.

Hydra also includes many pristine pebble beaches, 300 churches and 6 monasteries, enough to keep you busy all day. But, you should take the time to take a boat trip around the island where all its beauty is revealed. It is not for nothing that musician Leonhard Cohen has made the island his home for some time, like many artists, writers and photographers.

A bicycle parked in Sark in the UK
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8. Sark, United Kingdom

Sark is the smallest island of the Bailiwick of Guernsey, located in the bay of Saint-Malo in the English Channel. It is accessible by daily ferry from St. Peter Port, Guernsey. The island is a natural paradise with cliffs, caves, woods, stone chalets, bees and butterflies.

No cars are allowed, only a few tractors for agricultural use and horse-drawn carriages to get around. In fact, it is one of Sark’s pleasures to take such a trip. Additionally, the island features some of the clearest, unpolluted night skies, making it a popular destination for astronomers.

Bald Head Island in North Carolina
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9. Bald Head Island, North Carolina

Bald Head Island is located on the eastern shore of the Cape Fear River in Brunswick County, North Carolina. Just 20 minutes by ferry from Southport, Bald Head Island is car-free and dog-friendly. It has its own transport system which is the tram which transports you from the ferry to the accommodation you have booked. Just get your ticket before you arrive. Otherwise, there are bikes and golf carts for hire to get around.

The place is famous for fishing, whether from the beach or kayaking around the coves. Watch out for alligators though. You can easily hike the Kent Mitchell Nature Trail or, if you visit during the fall which is a very pleasant season and participate in their popular oyster roasts.

Fez El Bali in Morocco
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10. Fès El Bali, Morocco

Fes El Bali is the oldest and fortified part of the ancient Moroccan city of Fez. Entered through the gates of the city wall, a labyrinth of 9,400 alleys can only be crossed on foot and sometimes a mule can slip through it.

The 9th-century university is covered in brightly painted ceramics while a mosque dominates a bustling souk where vendors sell perfume, spices, lamps, and beautifully crafted leather goods. It’s easy to get lost in Fes El Bali, so it is advisable to venture out with a local guide, best provided by your hotel in the modern part of Fez. He could, like mine, arrive with a mule for transport!

Mackinac Island on Lake Huron;  Michigan
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11. Mackinac Island, Michigan

Mackinac Island is located in Lake Huron between the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan. It is best known for its limestone Arch Rock formation and Fort Mackinac, a fortified group of military buildings sitting on a coastal cliff. Lovers of Native American art will be delighted to visit the island’s museum and purchase whatever catches their eye.

The island of Mackinac is completely closed to cars, pedestrians and bicycles dominate the roads, although e-bikes are also prohibited.

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Can the reopening of borders revive tourism in Southeast Asia? Fri, 15 Oct 2021 10:34:27 +0000

Bangkok, October 12, 2021

Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha on a nationwide TV broadcast last night announced that Thailand plans to allow fully vaccinated foreign visitors to enter Thailand by air without quarantine requirement from November 1.

In the initial phase, Thailand will allow fully vaccinated travelers from at least 10 low-risk countries, including China, Germany, Singapore, UK and US. The list will be expanded from December 1, and further improved to become a very extended list from January 1.

As part of the plan, fully vaccinated foreign visitors from approved countries will be required to show they are COVID-free at the time of travel with an RT-PCR test performed before leaving their home country, and take a test in Thailand. , after which they will be free to move around Thailand in the same way any Thai citizen can, the prime minister said.

Visitors from countries not on the list will, of course, still be welcome, but with quarantine and other requirements.

In addition, the Prime Minister said that the consumption of alcoholic beverages in restaurants as well as the operation of places of entertainment under appropriate health precautions will be allowed from December 1.

Below, the full speech of the Prime Minister.

National speech by the Prime Minister of Thailand


Monday, October 11, 2021

My fellow citizens, brothers and sisters:

Over the past and a half years, we have lived with some of the greatest peacetime challenges our country has ever faced in its history, brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, and which has left no one unharmed and no countries in the world intact.

It has also been one of the most painful experiences of my life: making decisions that balance saving lives and saving livelihoods – a choice that is not always clearly separated, and where we can save lives. lives, but let us commit those lives to the unbearable pain of trying to survive on little or no income; or where we can save livelihoods but commit family, friends and neighbors to death and the loss of their breadwinner.

Faced with this terrible choice, I decided that we cannot allow a slow, wait-and-see approach to deal with the pandemic and let it cost so many of our compatriots the lives of, as we have finally seen happen in so many. other countries.

As a result, I have acted decisively on the advice of many of our outstanding public health experts to make our country one of the first in the world to act quickly with strict closures and regulations.

With the collaboration of all sectors of society and with everyone joining hands to face this crisis together, we have been among the most successful countries in the world in saving lives.

But it came at the cost of very great sacrifices of lost livelihoods, lost economies and destroyed businesses – which we all gave up for our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children, friends and neighbors to can live for today.

The threat of a large-scale and deadly spread of the virus in Thailand is now diminishing, although the risk of a resurgence is still there, and even though there are still serious constraints on our hospital and medical capacities.

Now is the time for us to prepare to face the coronavirus and to live with it as with other endemic infections and diseases, just as we have learned to live with other diseases with treatments and vaccinations.

Today I would like to announce the first, small but important step in the decisive start of the process of trying to restore our livelihoods.

In recent weeks, some of Thailand’s most important tourist origin countries have started to ease travel restrictions for their citizens – countries like the UK, which now allow easy travel to our country, as well. than countries like Singapore and Australia that have started to soften. travel restrictions imposed on their citizens visiting other countries.

With these developments, we must act quickly but always with caution, and not miss the opportunity to attract some of the holiday and New Year’s travelers over the coming months to support the millions of people who live of our tourism. , the travel and entertainment sectors as well as many other related sectors.

I have therefore asked the CCSA and the Ministry of Public Health to urgently consider in this week to allow, as of November 1, international visitors to enter Thailand without any obligation of quarantine if they are completely vaccinated and arriving by plane from countries at risk.

All visitors will need to do is show that they are COVID-free at the time of their travel with an RT-PCR test performed before leaving their home country, and take a test in Thailand, after which they will be free to move. Thailand the same way any Thai citizen can.

As a first step, we’ll start with at least 10 countries on our low-risk, no-quarantine list, including UK, Singapore, Germany, China, and the United States of America, and expand that list to ‘by December 1, and by January 1 move to a very long list.

Visitors from countries not on the list will, of course, still be welcome, but with quarantine and other requirements.

By December 1, we will also consider allowing the consumption of alcoholic beverages in restaurants as well as the operation of entertainment venues under appropriate health precautions to support the revitalization of the tourism and recreation sectors, especially in the New Year’s Eve is approaching.

I know this decision carries certain risks. It is almost certain that we will see a temporary increase in severe cases as we relax these restrictions. We will have to follow the situation very carefully and see how to contain and live with this situation, because I do not believe that the millions of people who depend on the income generated by the travel, leisure and entertainment industry can possibly afford the devastating blow. of a second lost New Year’s vacation.

But if in the coming months we see the unexpected emergence of a new, very dangerous variant of the virus, then of course we must also act accordingly and proportionally when we see the threat. We know this virus has surprised the world many times, and we need to be prepared for it to start again.

By mid-June of this year, I had set a target of 120 days for a quarantine-free entry into Thailand and to speed up our vaccinations.

I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the extraordinary achievements of our public health workers, other public officials and all citizens for their response to my appeal in June.

After adopting the 120-day target, extraordinary efforts were made to increase our vaccine supply and compete with many other countries for deliveries. And they have been very successful. Our vaccine deliveries have tripled from around 4 million doses in May to nearly 12 million in July… then to nearly 14 million in August, and will now rise to more than 20 million per month until the end of the year. end of the year, for a total of over 170 million doses. , far from the goals I had set for myself.

Likewise, our public health staff have worked tirelessly to speed up vaccinations to support our 120-day goal, and the public has been very cooperative in signing up for vaccinations despite the inconvenience that may have been caused. in planning. As a result, our daily vaccinations, which were working at around 80,000 doses per day in May, immediately increased. A month after we set our goals, our public health team tripled the number of injections given per day, and they kept increasing that number until Thailand became one of ten. fastest countries in the world to administer injections! Currently, they frequently administer more than 700,000 injections per day, sometimes even exceeding one million injections per day.

Shortly after my speech to the nation in mid-June setting our goal of non-quarantine entry into Thailand in 120 days, the world was struck by the highly infectious Delta variant. Cases around the world rose and peaked in August, just as they did in Thailand, and few believed that it would be possible to secure entry without quarantine in Thailand this year.

The fact that we can begin entry without quarantine in November, and despite the fact that many countries are still trying to contain Delta variant infections with restrictions on the travel of their citizens is a great tribute to the unity of objective and to the determined response to my call for public health services, by many other ministries, by the private sector and by the cooperation of citizens in all fields.

Our nation has achieved an extraordinary feat over the past few months and we can all be very proud of the enormous contribution each made to these achievements. These achievements, coupled with the gradual easing of travel restrictions from other countries, now allow us to begin the process of entry without quarantine into Thailand.

Thank you.

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The Maldives records more than 905,000 tourist visitors in 2021, Maldives Thu, 14 Oct 2021 01:30:00 +0000

As the COVID condition around the world improves, people are regaining confidence while traveling. And the Maldives has been people’s favorite destination this year! The country recorded more than 905,000 tourist arrivals in 2021 (to date). In fact, the Asian island nation has proven to be the safest vacation destination to visit amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The data was shared by the Maldives Ministry of Tourism. He also said tourist arrivals were 122.5% higher than in 2020 due to border closures and travel restrictions on international travelers. But tourist arrivals in 2021 were a record on their own given the pandemic situation.

According to the data, Indian, Russian and German tourists alone accounted for 23%, 19.4% and 6.3%, followed by France, Kazakhstan, Spain, Ukraine, United Kingdom respectively. United and United States.

The country had closed its borders to international travelers for three months in 2020. Then in July 2020, the borders were reopened and travelers were allowed entry under strict restrictions related to COVID-19.

Again in May 2021, when the world was hit by the deadly second wave of COVID-19, the Maldives completely closed its borders to tourists from South Asian countries. It was in July 2021 that the country began to welcome foreign tourists.

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The economic agency anticipates the growth of cycle tourism for the Almaguin highlands Tue, 12 Oct 2021 19:25:09 +0000

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Almaguin Community Economic Development is one of the main organizations helping to organize a major cycling event in Magnetawan next August.

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Dave Gray, Economic Director of ACED, says that in recent years, a lot of effort has been put into creating cycle tourism in the Almaguin Highlands.

Gray says this has happened through partnerships with Discovery Routes, the cyclists themselves who participate in the rides, and local city councils who listen to opportunities and run with ideas.

He says the 2022 Ghost Gravel race is resulting in “huge awareness of the benefits of releasing some of these cycling products.”

“It really helps to put us in the spotlight as a promising tourist destination for cycling adventure sports,” said Gray.

Ghost Gravel is the brainchild of Matt Foulk of Toronto, an avid cyclist who has ridden in many countries including the United States, New Zealand, Spain and various parts of Canada.

Along the way, he racked up more than 8,000 kilometers on his bike.

It was only in the last two years that Foulk discovered the Almaguin, Magnetawan and Old Nipissing Road highlands region.

He accidentally stumbled across the area when his brother-in-law bought land in Loring and as a cyclist Foulk saw the potential to ride the gravel trails in the area with his bike.

Foulk took the next step and reached out to Gray to set up what would become the Ghost Gravel ride.

By becoming more involved with Ghost Gravel, Gray admits he’s learning more about areas he knew little about.

“I have lived in this area my whole life and the road Matt chose, I can honestly say there are roads that I never intended to travel,” said Gray.

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A cyclist himself who explores a number of trails, Gray says it has been amazing for him personally to discover trails he has never ventured on.

Gray especially likes that Foulk’s chosen route includes the Old Nipissing Road, which has a lot of history behind it.

He says that many Almaguins are familiar with the many points of interest in the area, but little effort has been made to share this information on a wider spectrum.

“But now we’re starting to reveal the secret,” Gray said.

“There are great access points to the wilderness of northern Ontario and many of them pass through the Almaguin Highlands.

Gray says a great rediscovery and reassessment of northern Ontario is underway and people like Foulk are proof of that.

He says this bodes well for future growth in tourism, adding, “I’m happy to see an event like Ghost Gravel shining a light on gravel driving.

“It’s a growing offshoot of the equestrian community, and we have a lot of gravel,” Gray said.

Rocco Frangione is a reporter for the Local Journalism Initiative who works at the North Bay Nugget. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.

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Gatwick Airport: UK travel list changes take effect as 47 vacation spots open Mon, 11 Oct 2021 14:12:28 +0000

Travel to dozens of long-haul destinations such as Mexico and South Africa open from UK airports from today.

The travel “red list” has been reduced from 54 countries to just seven from 4 am Monday to give a boost to families hoping to take breaks abroad.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced the long-awaited update to the system last week with South Africa and Thailand also being removed from the list, reports The Mirror.

Read more: Update on Travel to Spain for Brits as Airport Reopens After Closure

Indonesia was also removed from the red list, opening up tourist destination islands like Bali.

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This means that Brits returning from these countries will no longer have to isolate themselves in a hotel for 11 nights at the cost of £ 2,285.

And residents and nationals of those countries will finally be allowed to visit the UK again after months of a total ban.

The only seven countries that now remain on the red list are Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Venezuela.

It comes after the Foreign Office lifted its advisory against non-essential travel to 42 other countries and territories due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This makes it easier for people to obtain travel insurance for travel to these destinations.

There are now also two sets of rules for people coming from the rest of the world to the UK depending on their vaccination status.

Fully immunized children and adults arriving from the rest of the world now only have one test to take – a “Day 2” PCR test after landing.

There is no need to isolate yourself, and no need to take a “pre-departure” test before flying.

The Day 2 test will also be replaced with a cheaper side-stream later this month, which passengers can simply send in a photo to authorities.

But the plan to replace Day 2 Covid PCR tests with cheaper lateral flow tests for fully bitten ones is causing rifts in the Cabinet and does not have a launch date yet.

The Transportation Department said the new testing rules would come into effect by the end of October, which could be too late for thousands of families planning a mid-term break abroad.

They would be forced to shell out more money for expensive PCR tests.

The Foreign Office has also removed advice against non-essential travel to 42 other countries and territories due to the coronavirus pandemic, making it easier for people to obtain travel insurance for travel to these destinations.

Foreign Minister Liz Truss said on Friday: “These updates make it easier to travel abroad – boosting trade, tourism and bringing friends and family together.

“I am delighted that the safe reopening of travel allows people to exercise their personal responsibility and visit more destinations around the world.”

]]> 0 Lori Dengler | Atlantic eruption raises fears of tsunami – Times-Standard Sat, 09 Oct 2021 23:26:48 +0000

A volcanic eruption began three weeks ago in La Palma, in Spain’s Canary Islands, about 300 miles off the African coast. The eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano produced lava flows extending three kilometers downstream in populated areas, causing more than 5,000 evacuations. Hundreds of buildings were damaged / destroyed and ash falls covered 14,000 acres.

Much of the media coverage has not focused on the current eruption but has focused on the potential for a catastrophic landslide producing a megatsunami. It is helpful to examine the basis of the hype and the likely results of the current rash.

The Canaries include seven inhabited islands and a number of smaller islets that are home to over 2.1 million people. It is a major tourist destination with at least 4 million annual visitors before the pandemic. The islands owe their existence to a geological hotspot, a concentrated plume of hot rock from the depths of the Earth’s mantle, which formed beneath the African plate about 70 million years ago.

The Canary Islands probably formed, succumbed to erosion, and reformed several times since then. The oldest rocks (~ 20 million years old) are found on the island of Fuerteventura in the east. La Palma is one of the most recent; its first rocks date back less than 2 million years. It has also been the most volcanically active with seven historical eruptions documented since 1470.

La Palma is dominated by the Cumbre Vieja, a volcanic ridge that stretches almost the entire length of the island from north to south. The largest historical eruptions occurred in 1677 and 1971 and received a score of two on the Volcanic Explosive Index (VEI), a qualitative measure of the size and vigor of an eruption. Two means modest explosions – more ejecta than a typical Hawaiian eruption, but not as violent as Mount St. Helens.

The current eruption began with the sudden onset of seismic activity on September 11. Spain maintains a network of instruments to monitor volcanic activity in the Canaries. The initial earthquakes were of low magnitude (

Three days after the start of the seismic activity, the regional government raised the volcanic alert level to yellow, the second stage of the Spanish 4-level alert system. Inclinometers and GPS monitoring detected a few centimeters of swelling, confirming a probable rise in magma. Localized evacuations were ordered.

A fissure eruption began on September 19, with lava flows seen in the Cabeza de Vaca area just east of the town of El Paso and the eruption alert level increased to the highest level (Red). The initial flows were effusive (VEI 0), but the proximity of the residences resulted in the evacuation of at least 5,000 people. A week after the start of the eruption, small explosions spread ash over much of the central and southern part of the island and brought the VEI to 2. Involcan, the volcanoes institute of the Canary Islands, estimates that approximately 10,000 tonnes of sulfur dioxide continue to be emitted into the atmosphere. every day as the rash continues.

After that ? If it follows a pattern similar to that of 1971, the eruptive activity will soon slow down and in a few weeks Cumbre Vieja will fall back into dormancy. Evacuation orders will be lifted, structures rebuilt and new ashes will be incorporated into the rich soils that support the many banana plantations in the western part of the island.

But there is always uncertainty about an event taking place. It is entirely possible that the current eruption will last longer than 1971. Some European volcanologists predict that it could continue until November, with continuous lava flows and modest explosive activity. No one predicts that the eruption will become much more explosive.

Where does a tsunami take place? Volcanic eruptions can produce tsunamis. Two of the deadliest tsunamis on record have been linked to volcanism. Thirty-seven thousand years ago, a violent eruption from Santorini into the Aegean Sea triggered a tsunami that devastated Crete and struck a blow to Minoan civilization. In 1883, the eruption of Krakatoa in Indonesia was followed by a tsunami that probably killed 36,000 people.

There is no evidence that a Santorini or Krakatoa scale eruption is likely in the Canary Islands. These were both huge eruptions (~ VEI 6) and the geological setting of the Canaries does not lend itself to an explosion on this scale. The buzz of the La Palma tsunami comes from another source. Tsunamis can also be caused by underwater landslides and some scientists have speculated that the Canary Islands are vulnerable to catastrophic collapse.

In 2001, an article was published on the collapse of the flank of the Cumbre Vieja volcanic system and a large or megatsunami that followed. Geologist Simon Day posited that La Palma was in the early stages of a collapse due to migration of the African plate to the hotspot and changes in the plumbing system. He teamed up with Steven Ward who modeled the tsunami. The story grabbed the headlines and spawned a number of sensational documentaries postulating waves big enough to cause damage along the eastern seaboard of the United States and across Europe.

Since then, the work has attracted much criticism from both the geology and tsunami communities. The modeling assumptions are considered unrealistic and other modelers have not been able to reproduce the results. A credible summary of the Canary Islands tsunami potential is available at

Steep oceanic islands are inherently unstable and landslides will occur. Over the course of several millennia, some of the landslides in the Canary Islands will be large enough to produce tsunamis. The largest of these could impact the adjacent African coast and possibly southern Europe, but it is unlikely to make waves as far as the United States. And there is no evidence that the current eruption of Cumbre Vieja has made major landslides more likely in the near future. Stay tuned, I’ll let you know if this review changes.

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Saturday, October 9, 2021 – La Minute Monocle Sat, 09 Oct 2021 05:04:49 +0000

A few years ago, I developed an unusual – and fortunately fleeting – habit: I began to look forward to my Sunday night TV appointment with the BBC Antiques roadshow. The show could wrap itself in more layers of cuteness than a Victorian lady in a ruffled petticoat (think plummy presenters with hair as lacquered as a shiny dining table; a bunch of famous country as a backdrop, this musical theme) but what really makes it so watchable is much more delicious stuff than that.

First, there are the unsuspecting people who don’t realize that their ancestors were probably thieves. They arrive with a pair of elaborate silver candle holders and a half-baked story about how their great-grandmother was so loved by the family she worked for that they told her to take whatever she wanted. when she retired. Of course they did, my dear. Then there were all kinds of colonial and military spoils that I don’t think would be allowed on air these days: pinched tiles from the forbidden palace, maharaja’s breeches. But what I used to savor was watching the show blast the air of people’s dreams of untold wealth before your very eyes.

Sometimes the presenter would explain that the said object appeared to be a later imitation, had been glued together, or was rather commonplace, making its owner feel both poorer and publicly belittled. Even if they were enthusiastic about, say, an old grandfather clock, then they would add: ‘At auction it could fetch £ 100. Poor Sap now realized that she had basically wasted her life polishing this nasty bully (clock, not presenter) but was now stuck in front of a TV camera and needed to pretend somehow that she had never been bothered with money. So over and over again they would say the same phrase through clenched teeth, “Oh really, that much.” And then the presenter would use the equally reliable phrase, “The most important thing is that you have fun.”

Value. It sounds like such a solid and reliable word. What we, what things, stand for. How much monetary or personal importance we attach to something. But some days it’s a weird concept to contend with.

This week we gave something to someone we know whose life is not easy and probably not organized the way most of you reading this column would find comfortable. There are no drugs or drinks involved but a few problems for sure. The gift was of modest monetary value, but it was something they had hinted that they wanted and would appreciate. However, on a phone call 24 hours later, they told us that they went to the local pawnshop and sold it – and for a terribly low sum.

Try to sort out the value we tried to place on a gift. The fleeting value he retained for someone whose life is not easy. The value placed on it by a pawnshop. What was he really worth? I do not know. But I found the experience maddening – and unreasonably because, really, once it got out of our hands, it was none of our business whether it was valued.

You will also remember that at the beginning of the year I spoke about the death of my partner’s aunt and all that it involved. Selling a house after someone has passed away in the UK can be time consuming. First, you need to get probate (my partner’s job as executor) to disperse the estate. Then you “trade” on the sale with your buyer – it finally happened on Monday – and this is the time when no one can back down. And then you “finish”. This date is set for October 25. The keys will be handed over.

While most of the property has long been scattered, now is the time to get rid of the furniture and this week has been a painful re-enactment of the vengeance of Antiques roadshow. In our post-coronavirus world, you send photos of potentially valuable items to auction houses and a posh-named young man – Archie, James – returns their appraisal verdicts. It turns out that a Georgian cabinet is “of little commercial value”; glassware sets will be accepted but “please remove all sherry glasses as there is no market for these”; even a lot of things they want suggested such low reserves that renting a van to haul them to the auction house carries the risk of losing any potential profit. How can a table that has been enjoyed for centuries be less valuable than a new MDF table from Ikea? But we can’t keep these things; we don’t have space. So we have to hope that someone else will buy them and cherish them.

And maybe that’s all our friend did too. Thought simply, “I hope the gift ends up somewhere where it is treasured; he can’t stay here because right now I need the money. And maybe when the owner of the pawnshop made a paltry offer, the response, delivered with relief, was, “Really, that much? “

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