(CNN) — Get on board. CNN Travel is back with another weekly round of global news, from Covid-stricken Amsterdam cannabis cafes to a snake on a Malaysian plane.
Plus, as always, we have the latest updates on global travel restrictions.
Airways and railways
There was chaos at 30,000 feet this week, as an American Airlines flight attendant reportedly reported used a coffee maker to subdue an unruly passenger, while a snake slipped on board an AirAsia flight in Malaysia.
The UK was gripped by Storm Eunice on Friday, and a plane spotter named Jerry Dyer became a national hero as more than 200,000 people tuned in to watch the bumpy plane landings on his live stream YouTube from Heathrow Airport.
A plane battles crosswinds as it lands at Heathrow Airport on February 18.
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On the ground floor, shiny new international train lines are popping up all over Europe – from Vienna to Paris, from Brussels to Prague, and more. Here are 19 of best new routes for 2022.
When it comes to heritage lines, however, you can’t do much better than America starry coast. It criss-crosses the west coast from Seattle to Los Angeles and delivers 35 hours of scenic splendour.
Cannabis and coffee in Amsterdam
Before Covid arrived, the Dutch capital’s biggest problem was overtourism. The streets of Amsterdam were often invaded by hedonistic hordes drawn to the infamous Red light district and liberal drug laws.
Dutch cafes selling cannabis were considered “essential businesses” during Covid and, unlike bars and restaurants, never fully closed. But without the tourists many rely heavily on, how have the capital’s 167 cannabis cafes fared during the pandemic? Here is where things stand.
London’s ill-fated “Eiffel Tower”
France Eiffel Tower is arguably the most recognizable landmark in the world, the wrought iron lines of “La Dame de Fer” (“Iron Lady”) standing proudly in our collective consciousness.
But did you know that in the late 19th century construction began on a London rival that would have been 100 feet taller than the Parisian original?
All is going well on the reopening front, as more countries announce they are easing travel restrictions.
There are Mongolia and Papua New Guineafinally open to vaccinated travellers. Canadawhich will relax Covid testing rules from February 28. Austriawhich will lift most restrictions by March 5. And Vietnamwhich is considering a full reopening from March 15. (You can listen to Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” podcast from Vietnam here).
Most countries have different rules for bitten and non-bitten travelers, but not Norwaywhich has lifted all restrictions for all travellers, and Lithuaniawhich is free for visitors from the EU, US and other selected destinations.
And while more than half of the world’s travel destinations are still ranked “very high” for Covid-19 risk by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the agency has at least lowered its risk rating for cruises from “very high” to “high”.
“I love making airplanes sexy”
Turning a hobby into a job is the ultimate dream – and airplane photographer Laird Kay has succeeded. here is the story of how his creative spark makes riveted rivets and exquisite exhaust pipes.
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A railway company has advertised for female train drivers in Saudi Arabia.
A “very rare” baby ghost shark has been discovered in New Zealand.
Get ready, travel
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Upper Norway image (Olena Tur/Adobe Stock)