CANNONBALL Ireland is the largest organised road trip in Europe and it’s set to roll this September 8-10 with more than 160,000 people expected to line the streets. So for all the wonderful people who line the streets of Ireland to watch the Cannonballers roar by, here’s a handy map to show you exactly when and where you can see your favourite supercar. Now in its ninth year, Cannonball has raised almost €900,000 for Irish charities and this year proceeds will go to Make-A-Wish Ireland. Top cars including McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley will blaze a trail through Dublin, Kinsale, Limerick, Galway Plaza, Claremorris, Sligo, Mullingar, Offaly and Kilkenny in spectacular style with FREE family-friendly festivals all over the country. The start line of Cannonball 2017 will be at the Point Village, Dublin, on Friday, September 8 from 9am. The high-octane convoy of 190 supercars and novelty cars … [Read more...] about The countdown is on for Europe largest road trip that takes place on September 8-10 when the €32 million supercar convoy comes to town
Stay at La Chouette Cabane (chouettecabane.fr, cabins from €115) – a collection of three luxurious treehouses (and a gypsy caravan) between Rennes and Angers. Dinner and breakfast is served in a hamper lifted up the shady deck via a pulley. The kids, meanwhile, will love petting and feeding animals on the farm. Book Now Stop just south of Le Mans and stay the night at the magical Zoo La Flèche (safari-lodge.fr, from €129 per person) where nine comfortable safari lodges allow visitors to admire the lemurs, arctic wolves, polar bears and grizzly bears through the lodge’s large windows that look directly into the animals’ enclosures. A warm welcome awaits at Château des Briottières (briottieres.com, doubles from €150) just north of Angers where exuberant aristocrat François de Valbray and his wife Hedwige welcome guests to their ancestral pile. Sip aperitifs in the antique-stuffed salons, wander the rambling walled gardens … [Read more...] about How to enjoy the ultimate road trip through France
I WOKE in a panic, my heart beating out of my chest. The strange noise came again, a scratching sound by my ear outside of the tent. I tried to remember what we were told to do if we encountered a bear; make ourselves look big? Hard to do when cocooned in a sleeping bag — I was a pre-packed burrito — ready to serve. I wasn’t dreaming, I was camping in the Rocky Mountain National Park where the animals — and my imagination — were running wild. By morning, I couldn’t decide if it had been a bear or just the wind lashing my tent. The grizzly might not have been real but my fear was. That was my most memorable night on Intrepid Travel’s epic 25-day Northern USA Road Trip from San Francisco to New York. With Pier 39, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge, San Fran has plenty of great spots that warrant a few extra days before you start the tour. We soon swapped the cityscapes for flat, open fields, and then the more mountainous areas and the … [Read more...] about The “real” American road trip: go beyond the cities and take a walk on the (very!) wild side.
I WOKE in a panic, my heart beating out of my chest. The strange noise came again, a scratching sound by my ear outside of the tent. I tried to remember what we were told to do if we encountered a bear; make ourselves look big? Hard to do when cocooned in a sleeping bag — I was a pre-packed burrito — ready to serve. I wasn’t dreaming, I was camping in the Rocky Mountain National Park where the animals — and my imagination — were running wild. By morning, I couldn’t decide if it had been a bear or just the wind lashing my tent. The grizzly might not have been real but my fear was. That was my most memorable night on Intrepid Travel’s epic 25-day Northern USA Road Trip from San Francisco to New York. With Pier 39, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge, San Fran has plenty of great spots that warrant a few extra days before you start the tour. We soon swapped the cityscapes for flat, open fields, and then the more mountainous areas and the … [Read more...] about The “real” American road trip: go beyond the cities and take a way on the (very!) wild side.
CELEBRITY Big Brother stars Sarah Harding and Chad Johnson have planned a romantic road trip together mere days after their whirlwind house romance began. Former Girls Aloud star Sarah, 35, and US reality TV star Chad, 30, have fantasised about driving off on holiday in a Volkswagen Beetle as they continue to grow closer - despite the fact Sarah has a boyfriend in the real world. Their holiday plan was hatched during a chat in the bedroom, as the pair - who first snogged last Friday - held hands. And after Sarah told Chad "I don't want a meltdown", he said "We'll just buy like a tiny bus and we'll..." "Go on a road trip?" suggested Sarah. Chad went on: "Yeah... in a Volkswagen... Beetle?" Sarah then added: "I've always wanted since I was about 13 to go to Glastonbury." The pair were then interrupted by a commotion elsewhere in the house, which will please some viewers who've slammed their "revolting showmance". BBC bosses fears for Strictly lineup as they fail to sign A-listers after … [Read more...] about Celebrity Big Brother’s Sarah Harding makes plans to go on a road trip holiday with Chad Johnson
Weymouth beach is broad and sandy and the colour of turmeric; a proper bucket-and-spade beach. Hire a deckchair, watch the Punch and Judy show or head up to the Victorian Nothe Fort for views across to the Isle of Portland and the Jurassic Coast. This is a pleasant way to spend a day before heading for Cornwall on a route that wanders through west Dorset and south Devon on slow-mo roads that hug the coast, taking in estuaries, moorland and two world heritage sites (the Jurassic Coast being one of them). West Country road trip Spend the first night at B+B Weymouth (doubles from £70) with its clean, white rooms right on the seafront. Hang around the town’s harbour with its fishing boats, salty pubs and waterfront chippies – try crisp battered mackerel from the Old Harbour (eat in or out). In the morning, bung a tent in the boot and drive west along the B3157, following 18 miles of spectacular Chesil Beach shingle and the Fleet Lagoon. After Abbotsbury (for the famous … [Read more...] about UK road trip: Dorset to Cornwall
It’s worth getting up early in Scarborough: this is the east coast and dawn can be spectacular. The town spreads around two broad bays with a promontory in between, topped by the castle – Brontë fans will want to go up there via St Mary’s churchyard, where Anne is buried. South Bay is the earlier settlement: the harbour is a joy to explore and early birds who have an appetite should not miss the Harbour View Café, aka “the tea shack”, which serves superb fish and chips from 6am till lunchtime, largely for the homecoming fishermen. Coast to coast There’s plenty to delay a road trip. Another great cafe, the Watermark, is along the seafront where the North Bay Railway operates steam loco excursions up to the Sea Life aquarium. Walk north on the coastal path from there to reach Burniston beach, home to a cliff of sandstone that keeps dropping dinosaur footprints on to the strand. Will Watts from Scarborough’s Hidden Horizons does … [Read more...] about UK road trip: northern England from coast to coast
When I was in Sydney a few years ago, my friend Leigh got us so close to the Harbour Bridge New Year’s Eve fireworks display I could virtually smell the cordite. “So Pauline,” she emails. “When are you coming back to Australia? Fancy a Thelma & Louise-style road trip?”Had she managed to acquire a 1966 Thunderbird convertible? And would Brad Pitt be hitching a ride? “Don’t be silly. But I do have a 1989 Mercedes Coupe.” Game on.Thus we started plotting our 1,000 kilometre (622 miles) caper from Sydney, through New South Wales and up to Queensland’s Gold Coast. At Leigh’s suggestion, we swerved the busier resorts and headed for those slightly off the beaten track.Temperatures were nudging 40 degrees when my British Airways flight touched down in Sydney. I took the short drive to Bathers Beach Café at Balmoral Beach for a quick pick-me-up before checking into the quirky Cremorne Point Manor hotel. A restored … [Read more...] about Australia road trip from Sydney to Queensland’s Gold Coast
A BRITISH woman and her Australian boyfriend are touring Europe in a post van named Pat, after converting it into a camper van for just £500. Project co-ordinator Kate Quinn, 26, from Coventry and videographer Benny Leyland, 23, from Melbourne, have spent 2017 enjoying beers on the beach in Portugal, cooking dinner on a skateboard, feeding the ducks in Mallorca and tucking into giant baguettes in Paris. The hands-on couple, who met while Kate was travelling around Australia, have clocked up 10,000 miles so far driving across the continent. Kate said: “In passing conversation we’d spoken about dreams we both had and we said how awesome it would be to travel Europe at some point. “I joined Benny on a work trip where we spent five hours in the work van together and after joking if we survived that we could take on Europe in a van it just escalated. “We got more and more excited, got into Pinterest and thought, if those guys can do it, so can we, by the time I … [Read more...] about Couple take road trip through Europe after converting an old postman’s van into a camper van for £500
(Repeats to widen distribution)By David LjunggrenCINCINNATI, Ohio, June 29 In the baking Ohio heat Canada's trade minister is trying to save NAFTA, one encounter at a time.Francois-Philippe Champagne is in Cincinnati for a meeting-packed June day as part of a concerted Canadian outreach campaign ahead of talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.U.S. President Donald Trump describes the 1994 pact as a disaster and has threatened to walk away from it.Concerned that any moves to abandon NAFTA or curb trade could cost thousands of jobs, the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants to remind Americans how important bilateral trade is while seeking allies to press the Canadian cause if threats emerge.Since Trump's inauguration, Canadian politicians and officials have made almost 160 trips, meeting 14 cabinet members, almost 200 lawmakers and more than 40 state governors and lieutenant governors. (Graphic: tmsnrt.rs/2tpGUdU)Mexico, the pact's third … [Read more...] about RPT-“Hammer, hammer, hammer”: Canada lobbies U.S. before NAFTA talks
By David Ljunggren | CINCINNATI, Ohio CINCINNATI, Ohio In the baking Ohio heat Canada's trade minister is trying to save NAFTA, one encounter at a time.Francois-Philippe Champagne is in Cincinnati for a meeting-packed June day as part of a concerted Canadian outreach campaign ahead of talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.U.S. President Donald Trump describes the 1994 pact as a disaster and has threatened to walk away from it. Concerned that any moves to abandon NAFTA or curb trade could cost thousands of jobs, the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants to remind Americans how important bilateral trade is while seeking allies to press the Canadian cause if threats emerge.Since Trump's inauguration, Canadian politicians and officials have made almost 160 trips, meeting 14 cabinet members, almost 200 lawmakers and more than 40 state governors and lieutenant governors. (Graphic: tmsnrt.rs/2tpGUdU)Mexico, the pact's third … [Read more...] about ‘Hammer, hammer, hammer’: Canada lobbies U.S. before NAFTA talks
By Jack Kim | SEOUL SEOUL North Korea said on Friday the death of U.S. university student Otto Warmbier soon after his return home was a mystery and dismissed accusations that Warmbier had died because of torture and beating during his captivity as "groundless".North Korea's foreign ministry spokesman said Warmbier was "a victim of the policy of strategic patience" of former U.S. President Barack Obama whose government never requested his release, according to comments carried by the official KCNA agency."The fact that Warmbier died suddenly in less than a week just after his return to the U.S. ... is a mystery to us as well," KCNA quoted the spokesman as saying.Warmbier, 22, was arrested while visiting the reclusive country as a tourist. He was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour for trying to steal an item bearing a propaganda slogan from his hotel, North Korean state media said.He was sent home last week suffering from brain damage and in what U.S. doctors called a … [Read more...] about North Korea says U.S. student’s death a ‘mystery to us as well’
By Sanjeev Miglani and David Brunnstrom | NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON The United States is expected to approve India's purchase of a naval variant of the Predator drone, a source familiar with the situation said, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi tries to revitalise relations with Washington when he meets President Donald Trump for the first time.Securing agreement on the purchase of 22 unarmed drones is seen in New Delhi as a key test of defence ties that flourished under former President Barack Obama but have drifted under Trump, who has courted Asian rival China as he seeks Beijing's help to contain North Korea's nuclear programme. The deal would still require approval by Congress. California-based General Atomics, the maker of the Guardian drone sought by India, declined to comment. Modi's two-day visit to Washington begins on Sunday. Trump met Chinese President Xi Jinping in April and has also had face time with the leaders of nations including Japan, … [Read more...] about U.S. set to approve India’s purchase of drones before Modi visit
By Sanjeev Miglani and David Brunnstrom | NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON India is pushing for U.S. approval of its request to buy a naval variant of the Predator drone, officials said, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi tries to revitalise relations with Washington when he meets President Donald Trump for the first time.Securing agreement on the purchase of 22 unarmed drones is seen in New Delhi as a key test of defence ties that flourished under former President Barack Obama but have drifted under Trump, who has courted Asian rival China as he seeks Beijing's help to contain North Korea's nuclear programme.Modi's two-day visit to Washington begins on Sunday. Trump met Chinese President Xi Jinping in April and has also had face-time with the leaders of nations including Japan, Britain and Vietnam since taking office in January, prompting anxiety in New Delhi that India is no longer a priority in Washington.If the Indian navy gets the unarmed surveillance drones … [Read more...] about India eyes breakthrough on U.S. surveillance drones ahead of Modi trip
Is there anything more American than the call of the open road? When I got my hands on a burnt-orange 2015 Corvette Stingray last month, my first thought was of a road trip from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. In a country crisscrossed from sea to shining sea by some of the world’s longest and most famous roads, what could be more simple? Just point the car and go. The reality, however, is that the condition of many of America’s highways makes any such trip at the very least slow – and at worst, dangerous. The US’s once gleaming interstate highway system is in crisis. The federal program that funds maintenance and improvements – the Highway Trust Fund – is set to expire on 31 July. Congress passed a five-week funding “patch” to extend the deadline, one of 34 it has passed in the last nine years. But if lawmakers don’t settle upon a more permanent solution, the US Department of Transportation says the fund will become insolvent before … [Read more...] about Taking a road trip this summer? Enjoy America’s crumbling infrastructure
By Mitra Taj and Gabriel Stargardter MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico sent a stark message to U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday, saying an upcoming visit to China in September made it clear Latin America's No. 2 economy "has lots of other alternatives" amid tense trade negotiations. Mexico is grappling with Trump's desire to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that underpins its economy, prompting the government to try and diversify away from the United States, which takes 80 percent of its exports. "We will use (the China visit) geopolitically as strategic leverage" said Guajardo, answering questions from reporters. "It sends the signal that we have many alternatives." Mexico has tried to deepen commercial links with China for years, and President Enrique Pena Nieto had hoped a Chinese high-speed train contract would presage more investment. However, the train deal was scrapped in 2014 after Pena Nieto and his then-finance minister became embroiled … [Read more...] about Mexico warns U.S. of alternatives on trade, points to China
By Mike Stone WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington is working to push through contracts for tens of billions of dollars in arms sales to Saudi Arabia, some new, others in the pipeline, ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump's trip to the kingdom this month, people familiar with the talks told Reuters this week. Saudi Arabia is Trump's first stop on his maiden international trip, a sign of his intent to reinforce ties with a top regional ally. The United States has been the main supplier for most Saudi military needs, from F-15 fighter jets to command and control systems worth tens of billions of dollars in recent years. Trump has vowed to stimulate the U.S. economy by boosting manufacturing jobs. Washington and Riyadh are eager to improve relations strained under President Barack Obama in part because of his championing of a nuclear deal with Saudi foe Iran. Lockheed Martin Co programs in the package include a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defence system with … [Read more...] about Exclusive – Saudi Arabia, U.S. in talks on billions in arms sales: U.S. sources
By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) – On his first trip as U.S defence secretary to parts of the Middle East and Africa, Jim Mattis will focus on the fight against Islamic State and articulating President Donald Trump’s policy toward Syria, officials and experts say.His trip may give clarity to adversaries and allies alike about the Trump administration’s tactics in the fight against Islamic State militants and its willingness to use military power more liberally than former President Barack Obama did. One of the main questions from allies about Syria is whether Washington has formulated a strategy to prevent areas seized from militants from collapsing into ethnic and sectarian feuds or succumbing to a new generation of extremism, as parts of Iraq and Afghanistan have done since the U.S. invaded them. U.S.-backed forces are fighting to retake the Islamic State strongholds of Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria, and questions remain about what will happen after that and … [Read more...] about U.S. Defence Secretary Mattis to talk Islamic State, Syria in Middle East
AS Daniel and Majella O'Donnell come to the end of the road, their final stop sees them take in the sights of the North stopping at Enniskillen before heading to Newtownabbey. The hugely successful series, 'Daniel and Majella’s B&B Road Trip', concludes with the final episode broadcasting on Monday, November 30, at 8pm on UTV. Daniel and Majella’s first stop is with Joan and Tom Foster owners of Willowbank B&B in Enniskillen. Willowbanks tranquil setting with un-spoilt views of the lake from nearly every room in the house and Joan’s superb homemade treats including potato farls, hash browns, scones, and compote make the B&B a special experience for guests. When asked about Daniel and Majella, Joan said: "“They were such a fantastic couple, easy going with a great sense of humour. It was a great experience, we enjoyed every bit of it.” Daniel and Majella find their sea legs as they kayak around Enniskillen taking in some breath taking … [Read more...] about Daniel and Majella’s road trip comes to Enniskillen for final stop (From Impartial Reporter)
Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Alzheimer's Association; Gregg DeGuire/PictureGroup via AP IMAGES We must admit. Seth Rogen in a road-trip comedy flick? Sounds pretty funny. But Barbra Streisand as his partner in crime? Oy. But we have our fingers crossed all will turn out well with the upcoming My Mother's Curse. We caught up with Rogen the other night and talked Babs—and the possibililty of the two singing together... TWITTER: Follow @marcmalkin and @brettmalec "I am excited about it!" he told us at the A Night at Sardi's fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Association. "I've met her only a couple times so far but she's really funny and nice and really reminds me a lot of my actual mother, which is very odd...My girlfriend's like a huge Barbra Streisand [fan]." In the flick, Rogen plays an inventor who brings his mom along for a cross-country car ride. So will we be getting a Rogen and Streisand duet? "No," Rogen insisted, "there's no singing in the movie." VIDEO: Kevin Costner … [Read more...] about Seth Rogen & Barbra Streisand’s Road-Trip Flick: Will There Be Singing?