Flyday Friday… Norwegian would!

It’s a challenging market but it’s good to see that Norwegian is pushing forward and has posted strong Q2 results.

Despite the reduced production growth and grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, the underlying operating result before ownership costs more than doubled from the same quarter in 2018.

Our friends at Norwegian have been inventive in the way it has pushed its Transatlantic route, partially because it has got to know us so well.

Take its 24-hour Christmas shopping trip in and out of Stewart, NY State. Stewart is about a 90-minute bus away from Port Authority in the city and costs $20 (€16).

I had a very grateful work colleague and more importantly his toddlers after I sent him on that trip.

Visit http://www.norwegian.com. From €334.09.

Je Suis Un Rock Star

Photo by Dominique Roellinger

Is it just me or do you see fewer selfie sticks now? People have become so adept at taking their photos around the world’s most iconic sites like this.

And just like this gent I do find gorgeous women photobombing me.

Get yourself some brownie points and take your loved one over to Paris.

Our national airline carrier has a number of magnifique French deals from €45.99. And naturellement France is more than just Paris. So check out Nice, Lyon, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Perpignan, Marseille Rennes, Nantes, Montpellier.

And you know the rules. Let me know how you got on. Visit http://www.aerlingus.com. Fares are one way including taxes and charges. Valid for travel from 1 August until 30 September. Book by 15 July.

Ryan with a view

Ryanair is all about getting you there at a low fare. But it will also set you up with well-priced accommodation too.

What about this room from €29 at the 3* Be Smart Florida in Tenerife.

Ryanair is right across Spain and has many other great offers here.

Visit http://www.yanair.com.

Broomstick Airlines

The mother-in-law flew in… late.

I think there was a splinter on the stick or some moisture on the wood.

MEET YOU IN THE SKIES

A neat Segway

A neat Segway

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Twenty years on Segways… the Travel blog that never stands still. By your Travel Editor of the Year.

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A neat Segway

It’s 20 years old this year and it’s still making progress… albeit at 15kph.

One of the daftest (but enjoyable) forms of leisurely transport, it feels like the Segway has been with us way longer than that.

I first got on a Segway four years ago on the island of Gozo in the Med and was immediately hooked.

And I was surprised to find that despite standing still it is a good form of exercise as the leaning forward makes your calves work.

So here’s a Segway twirl around the world. Me, I’ll always LEAN towards my first: Gozo. https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/malta-easer/(opens in a new tab)

Washington DC:

I had the chance to take a Segway tour of Washington when I visited a couple of years ago… but as you can see I was unfortunately too busy with matters of State such as by making Ireland the 51st State, by Presidential decree.

Washington is an absolute jewel with the White House and the Capitol building, obviously, and its Smithsonian but it can be tiring.

The three-hour On the Go Tours takes in those iconic buildings and the National Museum of National History, Ford’s Theatre (where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated), the National Air and Space Museum, the Washington Museum and much more.

From €68.07. Visit http://www.onthgotours.com.

Amsterdam:

Watch out: There’s something coming

Why should the angry cyclists have all the fun?

It was the one big difference I witnessed between my first time in Amsterdam in 1990 and when I returned last year… the bicycles didn’t have it all to themselves.

Segway City Tours Amsterdam offers an hour and a half ride for €59. You’ll whizz through Jordan, the Dam Square and by the Rijksmuseum and among others. Visit http://www.segwaycitytoursamsterdam.com.

Rome:

Now if you find yourself wandering aimlessly around Rome then you’re doing it right. When in Rome and all that. The Romans love to amble along.

I found myself doing just that spending a day and a night doubling back and retracing my steps around the city centre at the end of the Via Francigena and a 100km walk into the Eternal City. With CaminoWays.com http://www.caminoways.com.

Equally I could have taken any one of a number of themed Segway tours that day which would have saved on the shoe leather.

Bookmundi.com pitches among others Ancient Rome with Segway, a two-hour trip from €68 which will take you to Trajan’s Column and the Capitol Hill, the Colosseum, the Arch of Constantine, Aventino Hill and the Garden of the Oranges. Visit http://www.bookmundi.com.

And watch out for my Rome on €50.

Hamburg:

The beauty of Segways is that they take the strain off your feet… as does lying back on a double bed in a beach bar (really) by the dock in Saint Pauli.

Mindways Segway Citytour Hamburg is a two-and-a-half hours saunter around this buzzing port city taking in, of course, the riveting Reeperbahn.

With typical German efficiency they will ask you for your driving licence. From €64.80. Visit http://www.segway-citytour.de.

BARCELONA

La Sangria Familia… as I like to call it.

Barcelona is a sprawling old city and exhausting in the sweltering heat we had earlier this month.

Best let the Segway take the strain.

Barcelona Sun Segway has a 150-minutes Gaudi’s Works Segway Tour (12kms) with a discount from €65 now down to €59. And you’ll get entrance to the monuments too.

These, of course, are just some of my favourite cities, and you’ll have your own favourites, so tell me about them. Visit http://www.barcelonasunsegway.com.

And here’s a nod to Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway. Move slowly, my friend.

I’ll wait for you: Dean Kamen

Your next UK Ambassador to Washington

Your next UK Ambassador to Washington

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Breaking news… look who’s got the big job in Washington. By your Travel Editor of the Year.

Easy DC

Your next UK Ambassador to Washington

You read it here first.

And you thought it was a coincidence that Britain’s Ambassador to the US resigned just at a time when I became available to the job market.

And, no, I didn’t need to leak Kim’s thoughts.

As you can see I know The Donald personally.

Look me up when you’re on holiday in Washington. Visit http://www.washington.org. And Aer Lingus flies to Washington with pre-clearance. Visit http://www.aerlingus.com.

And here’s one I baked earlier… https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/obama-washington-dc/(opens in a new tab)

Mayflower meanderings

I’m not the first (or last) pilgrim to have lost my way in America. You tend to discover more though when you lose yourself.

Take the Mayflower pilgrims. I learned from the ever-knowledgeable Joanne Campbell, above left, who represents tourism to New England in the UK market that they had been looking for Virginia when they pitched up in Cape Cod, Massachussets in 1620.

We’d taken a circuitous route to get here with Surinder Manku via Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and Louisiana, her bailiwicks, and The Ivy in Dublin.

We talked Sazeracs (the new Museum of the American Cocktail in New Orleans, the birthplace of our favourite mixed drink) and music (Muscle Shoals, the former coffin showroom which became an iconic recording studio and was popularised in Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Sweet Home Alabama.

All of which has made me quite thirsty. And has got me thinking about sharing my past life as a cocktail maker for The Scary One.

Is there no beginning to this man’s talents?

Visit http://www.visit/massachusetts.com. http://www.discoverlouisiana.org. http://www.natfab.org. http://www.thebrandusa.com, http://www.visitusa.ie.

And I’ll keep you updated with what’s going on in these other states and the other 44.

Here’s some Deep South wanderings to get you in the mood… The Promised Land, The story of the Blues, The King of Kings. And..

MEET YOU ON THE FREEWAY