Misbehaved tourists in 2023: Couple abandon baby at check-in
(CNN) — Our weekly travel newsletter brings you snapshots of what’s happening in the world right now, from the delivery of the latest Boeing 747 to a selfie-loving Colorado bear and ancient monasteries for sale in Italy.
Boeing bid farewell to the “Queen of the Skies” as the last Boeing 747 jumbo jet was delivered to Atlas Air. During the seven-hour flight from Washington to Cincinnati on Feb. 1, the plane’s path traced the shape of a crown across the sky, with a “747” embedded in the shape. See here.
The swansong of the 747 follows that of the Airbus A380, the other gas-guzzling four-engine that passengers loved but fell out of favor with airlines when more fuel-efficient models appeared. Several A380s have already been scrapped or recycled, which is a lot of material when it comes to the largest airliner in the world. Here’s how they do it.
Freezing weather has hit much of the United States hard this week, with thousands of flights canceled over several days. However, these numbers would be much higher if it weren’t for the rigorous cold weather testing that aircraft undergo before entering service.
Crime and misconduct
After a sluggish start to the year, dishonest travelers are making a comeback. A couple abandoned their baby without a ticket at check-in in Tel Aviv as he ran to catch his flight to Belgium, and an American tourist was fined for driving a car over the famous medieval Ponte bridge Florence Vecchio.
Among other illegal behaviors, there has been an alarming wave of animal thefts from zoos and animal shelters across the United States: tamarin monkeys have been recovered in Texas, squirrel monkeys have been stolen in Louisiana and a exotic toucan was captured in Florida.
Then in China, an influencer was fined for live-streaming cooking and eating a great white shark, a protected species in the country.
Finally, from February 1, Hong Kong criminalizes CBD as a “dangerous drug” on the same level as heroin, although cannabidiol was a booming new industry in the city until recently. Travelers caught bringing CBD products into the area could face penalties.
Humble little Italian villas are great and all, but for a private retreat with a wow factor, there are ancient monasteries, convents and abbeys for sale all over Italy. If you count a few million, you can buy one to make it your luxury property.
If your budget is a little smaller, but you still want a home away from the monotony, you can take inspiration from people who live in converted airplanes. Once you have your hot tub in the cockpit and your bed and living space in the master cabin, you can hear yourself like everyone else except for the windows that don’t open.
The “virgin island” of Greece
Once a religious sanctuary, the Greek island of Samothrace now attracts ecotourists eager to explore its rivers, waterfalls and verdant forests.
Loving from a distance
At CNN Travel, we’ve long believed that distance is just a journey you haven’t taken yet. And in our Chance Encounters series, we regularly share stories of triumphant love through thick and thin, like the American who fell in love with her Dutch guide in 1971 and is still together more than 50 years later.
If your loved one is far away this Valentine’s Day season, you can show them how close they are to your heart by choosing something from this list of perfect gift ideas for long distance couples. It was put together by our partners at CNN Underscored, a guide to CNN-owned product reviews and recommendations.
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