Coming & Going: Europe, Istanbul, Stockholm, Birmingham, Munich
What's new, Europe?
If it's 10 a.m., we must be in Turkey; 10:15, it's London; 10:30, Norway; 10:45, Austria. And so it went at the Visit Europe Media Exchange, an annual convention where CoGo found itself in another European "country" every 15 minutes.
Presented by the European Travel Commission and held last week in New York, the event squeezes nearly 40 national tourism offices and other industry folks under one hotel roof. Travelistas spent the entire day hopping from (add country) desk to (add country) desk, plumbing the experts for tips, news and tour ideas. Here are some tidbits gleaned from CoGo's speed-dating session with Europe.
-- Istanbul, along with Hungary's Pecs and Germany's Essen, was named a 2010 European Capital of Culture. The Turkish city recently released its calendar of events, which are, of course, heavy on culture: http:/
-- For a breath of carbon-free air: Stockholm was designated the first European Green Capital for 2010. . . . The Swedish capital has introduced a walking tour based on the "Millennium" trilogy by late author Stieg Larsson. Info: http:/
-- Go straight to the seafood source (read: fish and chips) at the new multimillion-dollar fish market complex on Brixham Harbour in southwest England. At the renovated port, scheduled to open next August, visitors can watch the fishermen in action, then eat their catches at a new waterside restaurant. Info: http:/
-- On Dec. 13, the Thalys high-speed train will make it quicker to travel from Brussels and Paris to Amsterdam or Cologne, Germany. Time saved: one hour. Info: 800-622-8600, http:/
-- The Munich airport, a major gateway to Italy and Eastern Europe, recently reissued its Stopover Guide, which provides ideas on how to fill your time during lengthy layovers (plus coupons!). One idea: Catch some winks at the new Napcabs, mini-rooms with a bed and TV that rent by the hour ($15 night rate; $22 day). Info: http:/
Reporting: Andrea Sachs. Help feed CoGo. Send travel news, road reports and juicy tattles to: email@example.com. By mail: CoGo, Washington Post Travel Section, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071.