Thursday, May 24, 2012

New direct flights from Bergen Airport June 2012

Vágar Airport, Faeroy Islands. Photo: Arne List
Flights to Billund will resume and all year flights to Faerøy Islands. Those are the flight news from Bergen Airport June 2012
June 3rd: Atlantic Airways will start all-year flights Bergen - Vågar, Faeroy Islands
June 3rd 2012 Atlantic Airways will start direct flights every Monday and Wednesday from Bergen to Faeroy Islands. This schedule will last until October, when flights will go Bergen - Billund - Vågar.

June 10th: Sun-Air will fly Bergen-Billund after Cimber Sterling bankruptcy

Sun-Air/BA Dornier 328. Photo: Arsenikk
Sun-Air will resume flights from Bergen, Norway to Billund Denmark, June 10th. Billund is serving Southern Jutland including the city of Århus, Denmarks second largest city, and the Legoland theme park.

This service was run by Cimber Sterling until it declared bankruptcy May 2012. Sun-Air is flying in cooperation with British Airways between the two airports five times a week, i.e. all days except Wednesdays and Saturdays. Sun-Air will use a 32 seat Dornier 328 on the flights

Scheduled flights will be:
  • BA8261 from Billund (BLL) 1.20 PM arriving Bergen (BGO) 2.45 PM
  • Return flight BA8262 from Bergen (BGO) 3.10 PM arriving Billund (BLL) 4.35 PM
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Food on rails, food in the air

Our table on board the train to Macchu Picchu
The days we coukd expect meals included in our air fare is definitely over in Europe. In Peru, however, you get meals on wings, as well as rails. It was not much, but it was included. Great stuff!!

Honey cereal, fruit salad and ham sandwich
Food on board PeruRail

On board the comfortable train on our way to Macchu Picchu we were seated around a table with a traditional table cloth.
My sister had traveled with the PeruRail four months earlier and told us that would be served a small meal as we were transported along the narrow valley leading down to the mythic Inka city.
On our way down to Macchu Picchu we were presented with a small meal, honey roasted cereal, a fruit salad with diced water melon.
There were no alcohol available. I decided to work on my altitude sickess, and chose a cup of coca tea, a remedy frequently used by the Inkas in order to endure the hardships in the Andes. 
Salad and pasta - dinner on Peru Rail
As we returned from Macchu Picchu day had turned to dusk as we ventured back to Ollantaytambo and Cuzco. 
This was reflected in our meal on board. As our first meal down was early in the morning, it looked like breakfast, and our evening meal looked like dinner. 
I was offered a bottle of Cusquena, the local beer, but I said no, as I had enjoyed a few pints in Aguas Calientes, and I chose a glass of Inca Kola
It was not a large meal, but it was warm, and large enough to get us back to Cuzco and our hotel.
Plastic wrapped ham 'n cheese sandwich and swiss roll
Snack on board Star Peru
It is a long time since we could get a free meal on a domestic or even an international flight in Europe. But on board Star Peru we got a small meal both ways. 
A plastic packed (and a little dry) sandwich with cheese and ham and a cake, even that a little dry, but it was still a free meal. 
No alcohol here either, but soft drinks, water and coffee and meal. I chose another Inka Kola.

On our flight from Lima to Cuzco - see story here
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

JULY 2012: Danish Air Transport direct Moss-Rygge to Copenhagen

Danish Air Transport ATR 42-300 in Düsseldorf International Airport. Photo: by Tm
Under dog Danish Air Transport (DAT) is challenging Ryanair at Moss-Rygge Airport. In July it will start weekly flights to Copenhagen.
Flights will leave Moss-Rygge on Fridays 7.35 PM with return flight from Copenhagen on Sundays at 9.45 PM. Flight time will be 1 hour and 10 minutes with their ATR 42 air planes. 

More stories on DAT here on Enjoy Food & Travel 

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Oriental treasures of the Peabody Essex Museums

This wine bowl was made between 1560 and 1620 in the city of Jingdezhen in China. The blue under glaze is made from cobalt oxide brought to China with merchants traveling east.
The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem MA has an extra collection of artifacts, many of them from the Far East. Here are a few that I saw during my visit in October 2010.
This plate was made between 1522 and 1566 in the city of Jingdezhen in China for export to the Indian or Persian market. The Pomegranate tree in the middle of the plate is unusual, and it suggests it as made for a wealthy patron in the Middle East. It was gilded by Europeans in the 17th and 18th century.
This massive model of a Chinese vessel made from wood and solid silver was made by Wan Hing & Co silversmiths in Hong Kong late 19th century or early 20th century for export. 
This extraordinary exclusive dressing table and mirror on stand was made in Guangzho (Canton) the mid 18th century in ivory, zitan and paktong in European style.
This elaborately decorated Hepplewhite style chair was made in India around 1770 from sandalwood, black lac, cane and ivory. The craftsmen in Vizagapatham that made this and similar pieces of furniture was widely renowned for their ivory craftwork.
The exquisite model of a lobster was made in ivory in the late 19th century
This portable shrine was made by Japanese apprentices of the Jesuit Monk and painter Giovanni Niccolo (1562-1626)  in Nagasaki in Japan in 1597. In style it reflects 15th century Flamish art.
Location of Peabody Essex Museum, Salem

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Rating Comfort Runway Hotel, Oslo Airport

Comfort Hotel Runway - double bed
Back in March our flight to Peru departed at 6.30 AM in the morning. That is way we chose to book a hotel room at Oslo airport. The hotel that offered the best deal for a double room was Comfort Hotel Runway, located west of Norway's major airport. In spite of the marketing we found our Comfort Hotel Runway experience very disappointing.
Rating the Comfort Hotel Runway experience: BBBB- (3,63 points)
  • Location: BBB+
  • Service: BBB+
  • Room: BBB
  • Breakfast: BBBB
  • Facilities: BBBB-
  • Price: BBBB
Comfort Hotel Runway is located a 15 minute shuttle bus drive away from the terminal building. The shutte bus operates all hours except for a few hours when the terminal building is closed. You are, as the name suggests, by the western runway, but isolated windows shut nearly all the noise out. 
Comfort Hotel Runway was opened in 2010. It offers 300 double rooms with sound proof windows. It has a FoodCourt serving sushi, wraps, or Mediterranean food as well as warm and cold beverages. The FoodCourt is open 24/7 offering breakfast for early birds, as us that were to depart early in the morning.

We were met by professional staff both in the reception and at breakfast, but after we had been given our keys and locked ourselves into our room we were quite surprised, and not in a positive manner.

The room at Comfort Hotel Runway was dark and very small and compact - too compact. It was dominated by a large (and rather uncomfortable bed). A small narrow window made sure very little light entered. The interior design was unpleasant.

I looked partly unfinished and the shabby finish was interrupted by spots of uncomfortably strong colours. The bathroom was modern, immaculately maintained but very small. All in all the double room and bathroom at Comfort Hotel Runway were uncomfortably small for two.  
We helped ourselves to breakfast very early, and it included options for those that want eggs and bacon or thiose that wants a healthy start with fruit, cereal and yogurt. We chose a breakfast worthy of the long journey in front of us - cheese, cold cuts, scramled eggs and streaky bacon, coffe and juice.

Other facilitites at Comfort Hotel Runway are: 
  • A well functioning free WiFi throughout the hotel 
  • Fitness room with view to the runway 
  • Airconditioning 
  • Safe
We paid NOK 780 ($ 130,73 / € 102,27) for a double room, breakfast included in the price, cheap in a high cost country as Norway, but it was not nice to stay at Comfort Hotel Runway, so much so that I will not choose it again.  

Comfort Hotel Runway
Hans Gaarders veg 27,
2060 Oslo Airport Gardermoen, Norway
Phone :+47 63 94 88 88
Faks:+47 63 94 88 89
Hotel website (English)

More hotels at Oslo Airport: 
Tripadvisors reviewers were much more satisfied with Comfort Hotel Runway than I was:

Read review on tripadvisor here

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